Drive In Transmission Shop

Mustang Maniac is taking the very small tentative steps to try and get back to some sort of normality. We have started taking in the odd job to help out our regular customers. The social distancing is being taken very seriously by all of us. Technically we are still closed to the public for visitors except for drop off and pickup of your cars, or to pick up purchases from the webshop with a prearranged time.

Park & Pic

This was taken on what Adam called Black Monday, but not in the sense of a financial crisis, this was about a collection early year black Mustangs.

Customer Cars

A very unusual situation on Monday was that three cars were in for gearbox issues. We had “The Onion” an almost completed black convertible in for a gearbox filter change and some adjustments. We had Lance’s “Black Beauty” with a measure up for a potential transmission swap out. The car also had a little Yogi sercice.

Then finally a call from an old customer with an unnerving gearbox noise.

Mart called us up to say he took his car out on the way for some exercise and his car was making an increasing transmission noise. We said he could it to us and we would have a look for him. On hearing the car whe it arrived it was very evident something was wrong. From the description he gave us, the car bogs down and almost stalls and thuds when selecting a gear via the shifter. The whine was coming from the gearbox and speed related. The car was driven straight into the workshop and up onto the ramps. The engine was running and it was immediate that the issue was indeed the gearbox and or the torque converter. The bogging down of the revs was almost certainly the torque converter locking to the drive and not spinning freely. The whine was the gearbox. The difficult decision was taken to drop the gearbox for a look.

The transmission fluid was drained and there was a major problem. Instead of the dark clear red, we had an opaque pastel foaming pink. From the past experience this is usually water in the oil.

Once the oil was drained we unbolted the C4 cooling lines. We were concerned to see water dripping out. The gearbox had to come out as it was invariably now damaged to some degree.

With tthe gearbox out we could asses the damage. There torque converter was also full of water oil mix and damaged.

We took the oil pan off and found some of the problem. The filter should be clean, but this filter was filling up with debris and doing its job.

The debris would be from the bands, bits of swarf and no doubt seals. This gearbox wouldn’t be going back in. Another discussion was had with Mart and he opted for one of our fully rebuilt of the shelf, stock C4 gearbox and torque converters. This selection was a genuine ’66 gearbox to replace what he aleady had. Adam fetched the gearbox from his secret stash.

The gearbox was refitted back into the car at the end of the day with the help from Stuart.

Mart left the car with us and would come back the next day to visit his very sick little lady.

The water was an issue now. The engine had to be drained and flushed out. The engine coolant looked ok. The first bit of good news for Mart.

The only place the water could be coming from was the transmission cooling section at the bottom of the radiator. We removed the radiator and confirmed on pressure test there was failure. The pressure of the radiator had forced water into the gearbox lines which run at a lower pressure. So a new radiator was also going to be needed. A choice of styles was offered to Mart who went with the stock OEM look.

The fittings and connections were all fitted and plumbed back in the next morning.

The car was road tested and tweaked for idle and driving. The car will need to settle down with a possible small tweak after a few runs.

Although Mart took the car home happy with the car working again, this was not a cheap fix. This all happened within a relatively low number of miles from the initial detection, and in the worst case scenario this could have happened on the side of the road. In fact he was lucky to get it to us running under its own power. If you have any concerns about your radiator rusting don’t let it go unchecked. This scenario was very unusual and couldn’t have foreseen the failure of the radiator, which in turn boiled, ruined the gearbox and torque converter. On lighter note during the swap out the problem was refered to as “C4 virus” had struck a Mustang down.

We cant think of any other Mustang restorers that has a selection of stock C4 gearboxes, torque converters, parts all ready to fit, straight of the shelf. That’s what we call a drive in transmission shop service!

Friendly Advice.

When your mate says he has seen a YouTube video all about it, and then offers you his ‘proper advice’, we advise you to then check with the experts. Adam agreed to accept a return which in no way was Mustang Maniac’s fault. A customer was advised that Fairlane and Mustang suspension springs were the same, so he ordered the Fairlane springs. Adam was not happy that it in some way being our fault, but he still stepped up, helped out the customer in these difficult times, even though he didn’t have to. The difference is fairly obvious:

 

Keep safe and look after yourselves. 👍

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Special Requests

As the Corona Virus lock down continues we are very limited to what we can do and very little is happening to customer’s cars for obvious reasons. However the WebShop is still operating as normal, but its continued operation is very reliant on on the key worker delivery drivers. We posted “Adam’s response” a couple of weeks ago and we would like to say a big thank you to all the support we have received since then. An overwhelmingly positive response to what Adam had pointed out. It seems as though the very small minority of people that had moaned about the costs didn’t respond – funny that! This is not just about poor Mustang Maniac as there are plenty of businesses that are going through the same thing as us. Based on the responses to our last post;

Adam Longmore

“Thank you for all your support during these difficult times.”

Customer’s Car Mini Project.

Like we mentioned above the WebShop has been doing well with the usual service items and some bigger projects taking place. For our most loyal customers and those within the fabled inner sanctum of Mustang Maniac, we will go out of way for the more unusual requests. Such a request cam into us for a stock look LED headlight upgrade. There are plenty of LED upgrades out there, but not many with the Ford lens look. Our standard Ford lens on the left and the replacement stock style lens on the right.

Adam looked around and found a close match with the H4 fittings. The biggest problem is to find an LED bulb that will fit behind the lens within the headlight bowl itself. As the wire harness plugs directly onto the back of the bulb it makes the overall length quite long deeper than the standard 6″, which will then hit the front of the fender and not allow the bulb to be secured correctly. Adam had a couple of ideas, one would be ideal and might be a tight fit, the other will fit with a little creative working.

Here is the standard H4 halogen bulb, the nice to have LED in blue, and the it will fit option in grey. The issue becomes plain to see when the comparisons are made.

The full and detailed fitting guide can be found here on how it was done;

https://onemanandhismustang.com/led-head-light-conversion/

A few phone calls were had between Adam and Mart for various options. The upshot was that Mart was going document the fitting for us and test the idea. Mart was then going to let Mustang Maniac how it went. All was good and the actively cooled LED bulb set with the pigtail fitted as Adam had envisaged. There needed to be a couple of minor ‘mods’ to make it all dust proof back on the car. The comparison was made with the standard Ford sealed beam Halogen headlight on the left, and the replaceable LED on the right. Total time to fit? half an hour or so each side, not including the OCD cleaning behind the headlights that took place at the same time.

The finished article looks great and will be a huge advantage for night driving and to be seen by other road users.

Although this was a mini bespoke project depending on the response and demand Mustang Maniac gets, we may start to stock these as a kit and be available on the WebShop. Please email us and let us know if there is a general market for this option.

News:

The sad loss of Gale Halderman – the last of the original Mustang team.

Gale Halderman of Tipp City, world-renowned for being the original designer of the iconic Ford Mustang, died Wednesday April 30th 2020 at Upper Valley Medical Center, a family spokesman said. He was 87. Halderman died after a short battle with liver cancer, according to his family.

His design became the basis for a car that would eventually sell more than 8 million units, span six design generations, and be one of a handful of models continuously built for 50-plus years, local auto enthusiast Skip Peterson wrote in the Dayton Daily News Wheels section in 2017.

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“To have lived 87 years and to have designed something that is part of pop culture and automotive history, he had such an impact,” said Jimmy Dinsmore, author of “Mustang by Design: Gale Halderman and the Creation of Ford’s Iconic Pony Car,” acting as a spokesman for the Halderman family.

“He did it in such a humble way that has touched the heart of every Mustang enthusiast out there. As great of a designer as he was, he was an even better human being,” Dinsmore said. The most striking thing about the 40-year Ford employee was Halderman’s humility, Dinsmore said. For many years, Halderman did not receive much attention for being the Mustang’s original designer, preferring to let others take the credit, he said. That’s a testament to his makeup and the type of person he was, Dinsmore said. “I’ll always remember his smile at car events when people would thank him for designing such a beautiful car, the smile it would bring to his face,” he said. “That’s the impact Gale had – whether you were a Mustang fan or not.”

Dinsmore recalled when he and Halderman attended a Mecum auto auction in Indianapolis and a 17-year-old boy ran up to the legendary designer as soon as he came through the door.

“He was so revered throughout the Mustang community,” he said. “When Lee Iacocca passed away last year, Gale was the last of the Mustang legends still with us. In some regards, this is the end of the golden era of the Mustang’s beginnings.”

Halderman’s status with Ford Motor Co. did not go unnoticed.

“When he went back to their Christmas dinners and such, he would be seated at the table with Mr. Ford,” Dinsmore said. Halderman is survived by three daughters: Karen Koenig, Kim Learning and Carol Marchelletta; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death in 2013 by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Senter Halderman; an infant son; and a daughter. Halderman graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Dayton. He also earned an industrial design degree from the Dayton Art Institute.

During his 40 years in design at Ford, Halderman was director and executive director of the Advanced Design Studio, Interior Design Studio, Lincoln/Mercury Design Studio and the Ford Design Studio. A member of the Mustang Hall of Fame for his design, he also received the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award for the design of the 1990 Lincoln Town Car and was honored with the Lee Iacocca Award on April 19, 2014, for dedication to excellence in perpetuating an American Automotive Tradition. In 2016, Halderman was also inducted into the American Legion Buckeye Boys State Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to the automotive field.

In 2014, he created the Halderman Barn Museum on his family homestead in Tipp City, which holds a giant collection of drawings, artwork, memorabilia and information about all things Mustang, Ford and Lincoln Mercury. It also houses the first car Halderman bought, a 1965 Mustang convertible, according to Peterson.

The museum will be kept open by appointment. and a celebration of Halderman’s life is planned for the future.

Source: https://www.daytondailynews.com

Money News:

Yep, if you have a Fox body Mustang you are about to be in the money!

PARK CITY, Utah – Ken Block recently revealed his latest concept vehicle, “The Hoonifox,” which pays homage to 1980s motorsport styling and takes design cues from Ken’s own 1965 Hoonicorn Mustang. It also reimagines the best of that era while putting a modern-day spin on a Ford classic.

The all-wheel-drive Ford Mustang “Hoonifox” is a Fox Body Mustang design that Block developed with Ash Thorp, designer of the forthcoming Batmobile, with whom Block worked with to design his current Ford Escort RS Cossie V2.

Block and Thorp hope to use the same “render-to-reality” path they took with the Cossie V2 racecar project to bring to life a Gymkhana car concept that has been in Block’s head since the Hoonicorn V1 was built. Their idea is to modernize an ’80s Fox body Mustang, making it raw and simple like the Hoonicorn V1, while leveraging the new possibilities of Thorp’s 3D design skills.

Taking cues from ’80s motorsport, not to mention “Miami Vice”-era levels of street car excess, they got to work. Aggressive, boxy, modern rally car-inspired over fenders were a must. While the combo of classic Mustang GT louvered tail lights and window louvers are a nod to car styling of the era.

The Hoonifox will similarly be equipped with a rally-spec AWD system, and will include possible power plants like the Ford Ecoboost V6, or the naturally aspirated Roush Yates V8 found in Hoonicorn V1 –which Block has touted for its rawness and driveability. Another option could be the Mustang Mach-E drivetrain.

With the renderings of the Hoonifox concept now coming to light, there is much to be done before seeing the car to production. Starting the physical build, further development, inclusion of new tech, and testing is still needed. Block is looking forward to seeing the Hoonifox become a reality.

“I absolutely want to build the Hoonifox,” he said. “And do a ‘Gymkhana’ video with it, of course. And, do it in a 1980s ‘Miami Vice’-style version if it. Down in Miami.”

In a video released on Block’s YouTube channel; he, Thorp and Hoonigan Industries CCO Brian Scotto give a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of developing project vehicles for Hoonigan Racing Division. The announcement of the Hoonifox concept is a first for the team, in that it allows fans and auto enthusiasts alike a rare, early peek into the development process of an all-new Gymkhana racecar.

The video highlights Thorp’s designs from the Batmobile to major motion pictures. Block, Thorp and Scotto also discuss the history of the Fox Body, go into detail on how it came about and walk through the design process, finishing up with some amazing beauty shots, and concept liveries.

source: https://www.at.ford.com

Finally:

Happy VE weekend on the 75th anniversary. Adam has gone to some effort to celebrate the Victory in Europe Day in the lock down, although hardly anybody will see it apart from delivery drivers and couriers. Adam was quite happy to sit in his office to raise a beer to the brave men and women who gave their all for their country.

Stay Safe!

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Adam Responds

Lock down continues and Mustang Maniac is no exception to the rules. This post is slightly different in terms of content, normally Adam will let us know what needs to go into the blog if he wants something specific, most of the time we have a lot to choose from. Over the past few weeks Adam has had some emails that have not impressed him should we say. Those who know that Adam will certainly understand his reaction to those emails. It’s also well known that Adam is a very fair man and this is reflected within his business ethics. He prides himself on being honest and values his customers very much. However, the start of this post is directly from Adam where he has wanted us to address a few of the emails in general without pointing the finger to those responsible. We have covered this recently, but it seems as though the message hasn’t gotten through.

Message From Adam:

“While we have never been the cheapest place to buy Mustang and Falcon parts, we do pride ourselves on only supplying the very best quality we can find and having them all in stock ready for when they are needed.

This carries a significant cost so…………

…..In these days of Covid-19 we are, like all other businesses, experiencing significant added supply, shipping and other costs.

So we thought it would be a really good idea to explain the costly and complex world of Mustang and Falcon car parts brought into the UK.

It all starts off with us having to guess the parts that will be needed in the future and then to order those parts from our various US/global suppliers – at which time we have to pay – not only for the parts but for shipping, taxes and duties and we are also at the mercy of the daily exchange rate ($ to £).

So the money has gone from our bank and we won’t see the parts or be able to offer them for sale for quite some time….

So the first cost to us is the use of our funds and labour costs for the time to place the orders etc.

Then the shippers, goods handlers and freight forwarders all get involved – each adding a percentage to the cost even though some may not actually handle the part but simply process pieces of paper. Great business if you can get it!

Once the cost of shipping has been agreed and added to our growing bill, we then face import duties – which are paid as a percentage of not only the cost of the part, but shipping and handling costs as well!

So the second cost to us is import duties which must be paid prior to the part being allowed into the country.

But that’s not all……..

Our third major cost is the dreaded VAT.  

Once all the costs have been added up – the part itself, the shipping, handling fees and import duties, we then have to pay VAT on the total amount…..that’s right another tax on a duty already paid!

Once the part has finally arrived in the UK and cleared customs with all duties and VAT paid, the costs simply don’t stop there.

Our fourth major cost is in providing parts storage.

We have to ship the parts from point of UK entry and into a safe place where we can store them ready for you to decide to buy and fit to your beloved Mustang or Falcon.

A part could be required straight away or remain in stock for 6 months plus.  Remember that we paid for the part when we ordered it along with all the shipping and taxes.

So that we can be one of a very few that offer all parts in stock and ready to go, the storage required for those parts is both significant and very costly – considering building costs, business rates, security, heating/lighting along with staff and equipment costs.

These costs have to be paid regardless of whether we sell a part or not.

The end result of all this is that our basic costs (not counting actual parts costs rising as they are) have risen by over 45% since the start of covid-19 and continue to rise as the global business world struggles to keep going.

But that’s not all….. we also have to keep the WebShop up to date so that it accurately shows what’s in stock every day. If we say it’s “in stock” then it is sitting on a shelf in our warehouse waiting for you.

Once you press the ‘buy it’ button we then have to pick, package and arrange shipping. While this seems to happen by magic it does involves significant time, effort and cost to have the right part in the right packaging sent out using reliable shipping companies.

So we need to not only stock Mustang and Falcon parts but also the various labellers, envelopes, boxes, wrappings to get the parts properly package for shipping.

So our fifth cost is the stock of all the packaging and labelling material which we have to buy and stock up front so we are ready to ship your part the very next day.

We want to always offer great quality parts at the best prices we can but to do that in the long term we must cover our costs and overheads along with preparing our business for an uncertain future.

Simply put, the prices of our parts are what they are, but we are always trying to keep them as competitive as we can – particularly during these very difficult times.

If someone is offering them at a lower price, chances are they are not in stock and of the same quality as our parts….but don’t take our word for it.

Stay safe and stay at home – protect our NHS

We don’t actually have much to post about for work on customers cars, although we have a couple in. We just need to get a steer from Adam if he want’s them to post or not.

So we have had some images sent to us regarding project by others on Mustangs. We have posted a few of them here. If you have any more to add we will post them up for you so the world can also ‘admire’ them. So here we have the section:

Are You Sure!

Chopped..

Big Wheels looks great, maybe not.

Stretched

No words…

Then there is a trip to AutoZone or Halfords in the UK.

Although this is not a real Mustang as such, there has been a lot of clever work gone into this. Or a lot of drinking beer which we suspect is when this idea came to him.

Ford News

It’s called the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 and, yes, that number stands for 1,400 horsepower. What’s different from other recent Cobra Jets, Ford’s track-only drag racing version of the Mustang, is that this one rips down the drag strip with an electric whine instead of a thundering exhaust note. The Cobra Jet 1400 is an electric vehicle, a one-off prototype that Ford says is capable of low 8-second quarter-mile times at a trap speed of more than 170 mph. When it comes to electric vehicles in motorsports, drag racing is better suited than most. With such short distances, the overall range is less of a concern than racing an EV on a road course. And dragsters are already suited to handle the big, instantaneous torque that electric motors provide: 1,100 lb-ft in the case of the Cobra Jet 1400.

The prospect of electric drag racing is one of the reasons why Ford developed this new car. According to Berj Alexanian, who handles Ford’s Mustang communications:

We decided to do this project based on the fact that the NHRA and drag racing are very open to electrification, and it was an opportunity to use what was a proven race car platform that we already had great benchmark performance numbers for, so we wanted to be able to match and beat those numbers with a new all-electric powertrain.

Revived in 2008 for the 40th anniversary of the original, the modern Cobra Jet is a turnkey racer based on stock Mustang bodywork but built with a full roll cage and NHRA-compliant safety gear, much like like the Chevrolet COPO Camaro and Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. Those cars are often built with partner suppliers, and the Cobra Jet 1400 is no exception, only instead of a Ford Racing engine under the hood the Ford Performance team turned to Cascadia motion for the electric motor and inverter. AEM EV supplied the software control systems. The roll cage and chassis development came from Watson Engineering, veterans of previous Cobra Jet programs and the Boss Mustang 302S race car. MLe Racecars is credited with the build and design of the Cobra Jet 1400.

It has been noted that the Cobra Jet 1400 is quicker than Chevrolet’s 2018 eCOPO concept, which made 700 hp and could do 9-second runs. While both of these cars are prototypes with no immediate details on production, surely this means that the age of the electric dragster is close at hand.

Before we sign off, we would just like to echo Adam’s final note:

Stay safe and stay at home – protect our NHS

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Adapting

The hot “C” word of the moment “Corona” is dominating everything we can do and everything we will continue to do for now. We are very busy with our stock going out as fast as we possibly can, but like we said before we are reliant on logistics. If the orders aren’t picked up we can’t deliver – simple as that we hate to say. A couple of emails haven’t been that understanding of these unprecedented times should we say and thus received an explanatory email from Adam about the situation. One customer wanted us to leave their items outside for them. We are fine with that if you let us know, but they didn’t know when they could pick it up. When we said we need a time scale, they got a bit grumpy when we said we are not allowing the public into our premises for our own and your own protection. The funny part – they are not our normal customers, these are people who can’t get their parts anywhere else due to the additional import charges making some stock scarce. We will not be selliong to that customer again. We need to make a living too, if you wan’t it cheaper as others are stating – then please feel free to order from them. As Adam says “I can be even cheaper than them, if I haven’t got it in stock!” We can safely bet that the order won’t be as quick as you expect should we say?

The latest pallets we had ordered before all this virus lock down kicked off, have now been delivered, the sting were expecting was pretty harsh for the final duties to be paid. The pallet with the rear springs on cost us just over four figures (£) and the other pallet a little under that. To put that into context that’s additional charges just for shipping to the UK, on top of the normal costs to import to the UK. The increased base prices per item with our retail costs being applied will unfortunately have to get passed on to our customers for the time being. When we get asked why these parts are now more expensive than before, that is the reason. On the plus side, there are a lot of Mustangs that are going to get some visits from the Easter bunny this weekend. 🙂

Blog News:

While the Corona Virus keeps us all inside we have scaled back our work loads, thus we don’t have so much to report each week. So our little ol’ blog will be coming out every other weekend for a while – Just until we get back to normal.

Customer Cars:

We have finished working on the ’67 Coupe with the last parts going on.

A much nicer car drive now and many of those annoying little niggles have now gone.

World News:

24/3/2020 – Ford Motor Company said that it is working with 3M and General Electric‘s healthcare unit, as well as the United Auto Workers labour union (UAW), to ramp up production of urgently needed hospital and safety equipment. 

Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and respirators are in short supply as hospitals and first responders have mobilized to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The pandemic has also left healthcare authorities worried about a shortage of hospital ventilators, which are necessary for the many COVID-19 sufferers who have difficulty breathing. 

Workers on a well-lit factory floor are shown hand-assembling face shields.

Ford is testing and developing a new face shield for healthcare workers. It’s also planning to make 100,000 of these shields per week with production ramping up within days

What Ford, 3M, and GE said

In a press conference on the morning of 24th March 2020, Ford explained that it has been working on several different efforts since last week:

Ford and 3M are collaborating to manufacture powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) at scale. These are battery-operated protective devices that provide filtered air for healthcare workers and first responders who may be exposed to the virus for several hours at a time. Engineers from 3M and Ford are working quickly to adapt an existing 3M design to incorporate parts (such as blower motors and switches) that Ford has on hand.

Ford manufacturing engineers are also working with 3M to help increase production of other PPE equipment, including N95 masks.

GE Healthcare is working with Ford to engineer and get regulatory approval for a simplified version of an existing GE ventilator design that can be put into mass production quickly. The simplified ventilator will be built at GE factories, and may also be built at a Ford manufacturing site as well. 

Ford is preparing to test a new transparent full-face shield for medical workers and first responders. Ford’s U.S. design team, together with UAW-represented workers who have volunteered to work while Ford’s factories are closed, have already produced 1,000 of these shields for testing at Detroit-area hospitals. Ford expects to manufacture about 75,000 shields this week, and over 100,000 per week thereafter, at a subsidiary’s factory in Plymouth, Michigan. 

Ford is also working on a separate effort, not involving GE, to produce ventilators in the U.K. in coordination with the British government. 

Ford is bringing 165,000 unused N95 respirators back to the U.S. from China, where they were sent earlier this year, and will make those available to hospitals while it works to acquire more. 

Jacek, wearing a "Ford Engine Prototype" t-shirt and the face shield, is standing on a factory floor.

Dave Jacek, a Ford 3D-Printing technician is shown here wearing the the prototype face shield for the Healthcare Workers. Image source: Ford Motor Company.

It makes you feel human again to thing that these major players in the market are pulling together to help each other. Ford have managed to start and produce the masks, yet here in the UK they are talking about getting things in place shortly.

Our News:

We have some work being done to our Resto Mod Project which we will bring you next time, in the mean time – here is a little teaser;

If you can’t take the Mustang out – bring the Mustang in!!

We can only say one thing really which has been echoed around the country, “Stay home and save lives”. Go and clean your car(s) or go fettle and tinker, go take a nap in your car if you must feel the need to bond with it again, tidy up your tools and put them neatly in the tool box(s) box. Do what ever you like – Just stay at home.

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Weighing Up The Costs

Mustang Maniac are trying to maintain an uninterrupted service to our customers via our online WebShop. Over the last week or so we have been getting emails from our various freight handlers which basically state that a surcharge for weight has now been introduced. Some are charging more than others, we can’t help but think that some people are just cashing in on the Coronavirus band wagon. We know some shops are charging stupid money to make a quick buck of other people’s hardships.

These charges are basically (on average) amounting to an eye watering $1.05 per 1kg of weight, regardless the size of the order. Taking into account the Pound to Dollar exchange rate this becomes a double whammy for us. That’s all before Mustang Maniac has to pay our normal import duty and taxes on top of those additional charges. To give you an example; a pallet of stock was ordered before the government introduced CV lock down. We have calculated that the surcharges alone will now run well into four figures just for that single order. Then we have to add our overheads on top of that, which we will absorb this time. As a business model we simply can’t sustain for two or three times a month. We would then be in a situation where we are selling the parts at a loss. So we have no choice but to pass these additional charges on to our customers which leaves us with a dilemma; Do we stop ordering and wait for the pandemic to finish keeping costs down, or do we order and pass the short term charges on and keep going? We know many people are working on their cars during this stressful time as they can’t go out, and not having any stock to support our customers really goes against what we stand for. We will continue to order stock in the mean time, as long as it still sells.

However, this strategy can only continue as we are, and always have been totally reliant on the couriers, shipping and freight companies we deal with to a) get the pallets of stock to us b) enabling us to keep getting the orders out to our customers. The alternative which has always been an option is that the current stock is available to be collected directly from us. Let us know when ordering that you will be picking up from us. We in turn will leave your order in a safe place where it can be easily picked up.

To protect us and our customers;

On a temporary basis we will no longer able to offer our legendary tea, coffee, biscuits and our conversation hospitality within our offices, which are closed to the general public for now. Our regulars have been amazingly supportive and understanding of this measure and totally get it.

Keep safe and stay at home. Sooner we all do it, the quicker we can all get back to normal and get on with what we enjoy – restoring and looking after Mustangs.

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Getting On The Right Side

Another busy week with a couple of drop in services left with us. We managed to hand back three larger project cars to their owners who were more than happy with the hand overs. We were tempted to ask for payment in toilet rolls due to the the stupidity of people stockpiling them here in the UK. When we last checked the Coronavirus didn’t effect the functionality of the bowels, it attacked the lungs! More people die of flu and complications each year than the pandemic Corona outbreak. Never the less, we are now binge watching The Walking Dead for tips on how to survive the Zombie Apocalypse – Not! Anyway back to being sensible, we have had a rare car in this week..

Customer Cars

Before we get into the car itself we need to give you a little history of the car. There is not a huge amount of info on Ruddspeed, but we have found some information:

In November 1945 Ken Rudd started a business from a disused stable in Worthing, from these humble beginnings of working on general engineering for local farmers he graduated to more specialised work on sports cars, he called the company K.N. Rudd (Engineering) Ltd. With a steady flow of work he soon ran out of space, so had to move to new premises in Worthing’s Victoria Road.

In 1953 he had become sufficiently well know as a competition driver to be invited by Donald Healey to understudy for him at Le Mans. At the motor show that year he bought himself an Ace which he raced until 1958, the AC marque was to be the backbone his business.

He formed Ruddspeed Ltd, to undertake tuning conversions for Austin Healeys, Volvos, Alfas and later converting Ford Mustangs to Right Hand Drive cars. He also occasionally worked on one-off projects for customers.

“Sadly Ken passed away in 2010, but his aim was always to take a good car and make them even better, we here at Ruddspeed wish to continue with that tradition.”

A couple of nice adverts featuring the Rudd Mustangs.

You probably guessed now that we had one of these rare Ruddspeed right hand drive conversions with us. The car has been over here in the UK since it was new, and obviously has suffered due to our weather. The car had door skins a good few years ago and were now showing signs of the dreaded rust worm again on the doors. Knowing full well that the same would happen again it was decided to put new doors on. The customer wanted to buy a couple of doors from us and fit them himself. Such a task is not simple and they need to be ‘fitted’ not just bolted on. Sometimes that ‘fitting’ means cutting the doors or patching bit on to make the gaps correct. On top of that there needs to be two paint jobs, inside the doors as the outsides.

Mustang Maniac to the rescue, with new doors and proper matched paint job to the rest of the car.

This car has a little history as Adam had a chance to buy it a number of years ago, but decided to pass on it. However he was glad to see her back and now ready for the road again.

Cervini Convertible

A much more modern little lady now which has had a Cervini body kit fitted to her. A nice kit on a convertible which prompts you to get out of the way. The Cervini was parked up next to Adams ‘latest’ Hertz GT-H which is now been added to the growing Hertz/Shelby collection!

It’s still business as usual for now at Mustang Maniac in this cray world of Coronavirus, if you feel the need to donate a few toilet rolls, just let us know. 😀

Oh the irony!

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Sharing The Love

A quick update this week as we have been doing some work on a little project behind the scenes which we can’t share, just for now that is. However, Yogi has finished the required update builds for the ’67 Coupe we have been working on.

Customer Cars:

The ’67 Coupe car has been wheeled out and is now ready for the final fettling.

A pretty looking little lady that will handle like a new car now, disc conversion to stop her, Borgeson steering to handle the corners with driver feedback and an upgraded sway bar. Wing mirrors on, bumpers and lights.

The upgrades are not cheap options, but what you do get is a huge difference that certainly makes it worth while to upgrade.

The best thing about this little lady? It’s owned by a lady. It’s so good to see the fairer sex enjoying these classic cars too. It’s one make of car that makes us all feel equal and proud to drive a First Gen Mustang. We have a number of female owners of Mustangs on our books now, and we hope that number continues to grow as well.

Shares:

A very close friend of ours has presented us with a little something special for us. We have been given a couple of Ford Shares Certificates.

These Original Share Certificates are becoming more difficult to find due to the now normal online trading. Such a shame that you can’t see these wonderful items any more.

Now we really do have shares in Ford Motor Company.

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