It’s All In The Maths

Something a little different for you this week; we have asked our engine rebuilder to give us a taster write up of the technicalities of his work. Obviously we will leave out some of the trade secrets, measurements and settings, but this will give you an idea of what is actually involved in the engine rebuild process and why it costs what it does.

Take it away Dave, the blog is yours;

We were recently speaking to a valued customer regarding his very sorry sounding engine. It was agreed re-building his unit seemed the best solution and he asked if during the rebuild we could achieve more power. This is no problem, but the whole engine project needs to be planned from start to finish. Simply buying go faster parts and bolting them on can lead to a severe mismatch of parts and a disappointing end result.

The extra power was to be gained via some very nice alloy AFR cylinder heads and an up rated camshaft, then we have to consider modifying a lot of the remaining engine components to compliment these new parts.

For instance the AFR heads we used came with larger inlet valves which are great for airflow, but would almost certainly have hit the standard pistons. The piston valve clearance cut outs are machined to clear the standard diameter valves and a standard camshaft. With the extra lift from the performance cam, sufficient cut out depth needs to be considered.

The completely bare block casting was re-bored and chemically cleaned so new pistons could be fitted along with a new crank and camshaft bearings.

The engine is then dummy built to measure many clearances – especially the piston to valve clearances, it was evident the piston cut outs needed machining to clear the valves, also piston crowns were machined to desired height spec and then balanced as a set.

The AFR heads as lovely as they look were completely stripped down and all valves were checked for proper seal, also valve springs were checked for coil bind at full valve lift as without enough coil clearance they will break or damage camshaft etc,

The combustion chamber volume was checked and heads machined for desired compression.

The engine is then finally assembled with all new seals, core plugs etc , the rods are matched in weight as a set and ARP rod bolts fitted, new oil pump and performance pump drive, new timing chain set and front engine damper and camshaft timed as required.

Finally an often overlooked detail is the rocker arm contact point on the valve tip, if the roller doesn’t operate centrally on the valve tip the valves and valve guides can suffer. We used roller rockers to suit the AFR heads and after applying engineers marking blue, the engine is turned over to watch tip contact point – different pushrod lengths affect the position of the contact point and via an adjustable length pushrod a suitable pushrod length was chosen.

Then after the engine is fitted to vehicle it’s down to ensuring all the ancillaries are working correctly to cool and feed the motor harmoniously – then a lot of steady miles to bed everything in.

All this work and calculation is still only for a modified road engine, but must be done to ensure all parts work harmoniously together.

Thanks to Dave for taking time out and writing that up for us. If you want to know the cost, “then you can’t afford it”, as Adam would say. This type of engineering is an old school precision art form and not many can do it properly and that all comes at a price.

As ready built crate engines are becoming harder to get in the UK, this engine rebuild process is the only option. On the other hand, going down this route you know exactly what you are getting and the power you want is only determined by how deep your pockets are.


We have had a number of emails regarding the prototype seat extenders we featured a while back. We are satisfied with the results and we now have them in stock to buy here.

The prototypes were fitted by Mart D and this is what he had to say about them; “They are one of the best upgrades I have fitted to my car, they made such a difference.”

We have already shipped two pairs to customers who have been waiting patiently waiting for them. We wanted to make sure they were good to go after a season of car shows.

Christmas Gifts

We have waited until December before we mentioned Christmas. We sell lots of accessories for the petrol head in your life. Everything from little stocking fillers to full engines, gearboxes, axles, wheels, shocks etc. (Although we would like to see Santa bring a nice new shiny C4 transmission down a chimney!)

If you don’t know what to buy, give them the choice with our Gift Vouchers. You can buy them online and print them from home, no waiting for Royal Fail to deliver them (when they aren’t on strike that is). Click on the images below to take you to the WebShop.

Something we sold a number of last year was service kits, oil, oil filter, spark plugs, air filter, all tailor made for the particular model of vehicle. Drop us an email if you would like something similar or maybe a “petrol head hamper”, what would you want to see in it? Help us to help you.

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Poor Starting

First up we apologise for no post last week as our blog editor had to go away unexpectedly, so wasn’t able to do the post for us. Anyway we’re back for another instalment.

Customer Cars

We was asked to refresh a 428 Cobra Jet engine which has been now almost been completed apart from going back into the car.

The engine was stripped down with the manifolds removed, blasted and coated, new sump and water pump. The engine was painted with contrasting exhaust manifolds.

The valve covers were blasted, painted and then sanded to show the relief detail again.

The before on top and after below. The difference is subtle, but when it’s all back in the engine bay it just looks fresher, but not out of place. If they don’t look radically different you may say. Well in that case we have achieved the goal, keeping it all in style – just refreshed.

With the engine completed we can start to bolt the other parts and plumbing in place.

’66 Bad Starting

With bad cold starting this is a time consuming problem to diagnose. The reason being you have to let the engine get fully cold before trying to find the problem. Once it eventually fires the issue disappears and you have to wait again for a cold start up.

We diagnosed the initial problem down to a fuel supply from the carb squirter, this had perished and was leaking. E10 fuel? Nothing conclusive from just looking at it, but the leak was a little clue. We took the carb squirt diaphragm out and replaced it and starting was much more positive, but still not right.

We now had fuel when and where we wanted it, so now it was down to electrics or timings. We checked the HEI distributor and discovered the distributor module was intermittent compounding the problems. We pulled one from stock, a like for like swap out and fitted it with base engine timings. The car then burst into life and problem solved after a couple of minor fettling adjustments. The big advantage with this style distributor is that it only needs a live feed in.

With the main starting problems sorted, the car was in for a few other things; the inner door latches needed replacing to the correct ones.

The doors were put back together and new weather seal was fitted.

Last but not least was the Borgeson power steering conversion. Often mentioned as one of the best upgrades to go on a classic Mustang. Out with the old on the left and the new one in place on the right.

Lots of work, but this will feel like a different car when the owner takes her back home.


We are excited to announce that we now have our own branded oil filter FL1A which is made by the same manufacturer to the exact same standards as the originals. But our filters are for sale at cost saving on the branded originals. These filters will fit 1964 – 1988 any style.

Click here for the link to the WebShop page.

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Mustang Wins NASCAR

This week Adam has taken a week off of to the sunny shores of Spain, he should be back with us next week, unless he extends his stay. We appreciate your understanding for any delays in email responses. To be fair it has never been a problem, until now.

Just to prove the fact Adam was on holiday he took this photo yesterday, you can tell by the colour of the sky it wasn’t taken in the UK!

A customer has sent a number of emails to Adam earlier in the week wanting an update. Because Adam didn’t reply immediately, the customer arrived at our offices wanting to know why he hadn’t got an answer. (Note, Adam did respond to the customer to explain he was on holiday). It took a few attempts to tell him that Adam was actually on holiday and may not be looking at emails, nothing more sinister than that. Unfortunately the customer wasn’t happy and seemed a little hacked off. We apologise to the customer for the fact that Adam was trying to relax on holiday! On Adam’s return we suspect that this customer will be taking his rightful place on “The C list”.

Customer Cars

The super charged beast had gotten the replacement differential and was fitted no problem, the shafts relocated and topped up with the correct differential oil. The clutch’s freedom of movement was biggest problem for us to fix, what had already been fitted. This clutch had its cable and cantilever replaced with a hydraulic system. This works via a master cylinder and series of pipework. The operation needed to have a gearbox shaft modification and to be realigned as a result, all subtle stuff.

With the prop cleaned and put back we could start to reassemble the exhaust and the framework.

The road test was exactly as we expected quick and enjoyable. The ‘bum hum’ from the diff had gone and the car is ready to be collected by the owner. Under power the clutch didn’t slip as it did before and now the full power can be unleased to the road.

Yet again Mustang Maniac has fixed a car that a number of other people have failed to do.


Mustang Captures First NASCAR Cup Series Championship as Joey Logano Wins Second Career Title with Team Penske

Avondale, AZ., November 6, 2022 – Team Penske’s Joey Logano claimed his second NASCAR Cup Series championship after winning Sunday’s season finale race at Phoenix Raceway, giving Ford Mustang its first championship at NASCAR’s highest level.

Logano dominated the weekend as he won the pole on Saturday and then led the first 87 laps of the 312-lap event.  He took the lead for good after passing fellow Ford driver Chase Briscoe with 29 laps to go and never looked back as he won for the fourth time this season.

“Amazing.  It felt like it took too long to get back to this point, but it’s so special to win championships.  It’s what you want.  It’s the only thing I race for.  Race wins are nice, but championships are what it’s all about,” said Logano, who led a race-high 187 laps.  “We worked so hard the last couple weeks trying to put ourselves in position. And everything that happened in 2020, I knew we just wanted to have a solid run and do this today.  I can’t thank Ford and Shell-Pennzoil enough for supporting me over the last 10 years and getting us a couple championships.”

The championship is the second for Logano, who claimed the 2018 title after winning the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and the first for Mustang in NASCAR’s top series since becoming Ford’s flagship model in 2019.  It’s the third series title for car owner Roger Penske.

“I knew going into this thing that we were going to win the championship. I told the guys we were the favorite from Daytona, and we truly believed it, and that’s the difference,” said Logano, who started the season by winning the Clash at the Coliseum and finishing it with a victory in Phoenix.  “I had a good team with a bunch of confidence, and we had all the reason in the world to be confident. I’ve never been truly this ready for a championship race, and yeah, we did it. I can’t believe it.”

Logano becomes the 17th driver to capture more than one series title and only the second Ford driver to do it, joining NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson who won championships in 1968 and 1969.  It also marks the 10th Cup Series driver’s championship for Ford.

It also capped a weekend that saw Ford drivers go 2-for-2 in championship races with Zane Smith winning the Camping World Truck Series title on Friday night.

“Joey is a racer who pays attention to every single detail and especially getting locked in early like he did.  That’s all he’s been focused on the last three weeks, with (crew chief) Paul Wolfe and the entire team.  He’s just so committed and so strong and executed every lap today,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports.   “At the end of the day and at the end of the season it’s the championship that matters, so to get the Truck championship and the Cup championship means so much, “

Logano’s win capped a dominant day in which Ford led 310-of-312 laps and had four drivers post top five finishes, with Ryan Blaney second, Chase Briscoe fourth and Kevin Harvick fifth.

Congratulations to Ford, Team Penske and Joey Logano on their win.

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Last week finished the engine side of the wonderful ’67 Super charged beast, and now we move onto the other end of the car.

Customer Car

The ’67’s engine is now running as sweet as a nut, and we can start looking at the rest of the car. During our initial road tests we identified that the rear differential was making some undesirable noises. Nothing that we hadn’t heard before. The other issue was the fact under full torque the clutch was slipping. This could be down to a few reasons, but both needed to be investigated regardless.

To take the power of the engine the car has been strengthened underneath as you would expect. Some of this framework needed to be dismantled so we could get to everything.

To get the diff out the drive shafts needed to be removed. This was also an ideal time to check seals and bearings and that all is good at this end of the car. The diff will now need to reconditioned before we can get to refit it.

Once we had removed the exhaust and prop shaft we could see what the problem was. The original installation wasn’t done correctly and an issue was preventing the clutch from releasing fully, thus inducing the slip.

With the gearbox was out we could make a modification (our secret), that will now allow the clutch wo work correctly and engage drive without any slippage.

428 Refresh

On another vehicle we were asked to refresh a 428ci American Muscle. We took most of bolt-ons off the engine and inspected what was underneath. Worn parts are replaced as we check them, this is not just slap a bit of paint on the engine to make it look good.

With the sump off we could see an issue.

We had to flush the block through for the water and oil ways, the and check the oil pick up. Some parts were in a bad way and need to be replaced. Once the engine was given the once over we could reassemble the engine and start the Ford blue paint job.

All that remains now is to put the engine back into the car.

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Blown It?

This week we managed finish this exceptional ’67 with the supercharger that was fitted by somebody else a while ago. The car had never run properly and we were asked if we can sort it out for the owner once and for all. We needed a little tweaking for the Holley Sniper for the super charger as it obviously wasn’t stock, the car was now running how we expected it to behave. We had to take it for a second road test for driveability testing.

Park & Pic

The air intake is not just for show perched on the hood and gives a rather (un)subtle hint of what lies beneath.

Under the hood we have everything in place and the heart of this car just looks so sweet.

The whine of the super charger is unmistakable, you don’t see many examples of classic Mustangs with these bolted in place, unless they are tearing up the quarter mile.

Yogi had the pleasure of taking this lady out for the test drives and we asked him what he thought of it? He simply said; “It’s fast!” For Yogi to say that about another car – it must be fast.

Inside the car the wiring was a real mess with many spliced in connections, a couple of them not even going anywhere.

We fitted the Sniper screen and tidied up the wires and put them back neatly. The interior now looks amazing as all these ’67’s tend to be.

The car is now waiting for the owner to pick her up and take her home. We enjoyed on working on this little lady.

Customer Cars

We had a car in with a blowing exhaust manifold. Sometimes rather than trying to manoeuvre an exhaust out of car to change a gasket it’s easier to pull the engine out. that’s what we done here.

With everything out of the car we had plenty of space to work around the engine so we can clean the surfaces and make sure the manifold would seal correctly. Yes, it can take more effort to get the engine out, but it saves knuckles, saves potential damage to the engine bay and potentially having to refit the gasket again. The picture above shows what is left of the gasket and some of it was also be on the engine block that had to be cleaned.


We had some replacement emblems arrive in stock. These are a subtle way to change the look of your car or just to refresh the look.

We had a second delivery of one or two Holley carbs and pipework which have been on back order for a few weeks now. Yes you can make your own pipes, but these are pre shaped and fit exactly where they are supposed to.

That second delivery also had our expected 2005 to 2014 Mustang electric fan. We were asked to order one as a special for a customer which we did of course. Adam did what he does best, he thought why not order a few for stock? So he did. Here he is opening and checking them for quality and contents.

We have updated the WebShop with all the new stock and latest partnership with “Dynamic Racing Transmissions” click here for the link. We have sold more of these parts than we expected, it shows go to show that there is a market for these performance parts.

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Something a little different this week to start the post where we have been asked if Mustang Maniac would like to do some sponsorship for a football team. We thought about it and agreed, not it’s not a premier league team or anything like that, we certainly couldn’t afford that type of money for a very niche market. But we start this week with another multiple Park & Pic;

Park & Pic

A recent Shelby flanked by a couple of classics. Yes, we do look after some modern day beasts, but that is because we look after their classics or they are loyal customers.

We recently had a customer who wanted us to service their 2020 model Mustang. We have never had any previous orders from this person yet his email tone demanded that we booked his car in on a certain day that suited him and he would then pick it up a few hours later. First things first, we don’t just take drive in services from customers without being booked in. We had never heard of this person and their email was blunt and quite rude to be honest. We responded back to say we are not taking on new customers, but thanks for asking. We got a whole heap of abuse returned by email, saying we’re rubbish (not the word he used), how do we call ourselves Mustang Specialists? (He obviously hasn’t even looked at the fact we are Classic Mustang orientated). We never responded and now this person received an honorary “C” (cancelled) button.

Super Charged

We have a vehicle in with us which is having a EFI Sniper kit fitted to their car. The difference is that this one has had some pretty heavy duty upgrades on it previously. Super charger, coil over suspension, strengthening front end, all of which have done pretty well to be fair. However, the car has never run properly since. Yes you can bolt bits on and it will work, the secret is to make it all work together. The engine has run erratic, and not as responsive as it should be. The decision was made to add the EFI which would have it’s own sensors to regulate the air/fuel mixtures, power delivery curves, idling etc. The wiring under the dash was a bit of nightmare with all sorts being chopped into the looms.

To understand what we need to do, we need to understand what is already going on. So a fair bit of time was taken unpicking the redundant bits and creating a foundation to build on. The EFI has effectively five wires to control the unit. Once it’s understood where these can be added without being ‘interrupted’ we can start to get meaningful readings.

The throttle body was bolted onto the supercharger along with the controller unit over the valve cover.

Fuel lines were piped into place and the timings set back to defaults for a our baseline settings. We turned the ignition on to prime the fuel and then started the car.

The unmistakable whine of a supercharger sprang to life and we could start going about tuning the engine. Hopefully we will get to road test early next week and get a few miles on the car to settle her down.


Mustang Maniac are delighted to have struck a deal with “Dynamic Racing Transmissions”. We now have a dedicated page where we stock some of their quality mild performance and upgrade parts which can be found on our WebShop here. Before you ask – Yes, we do use them for our own projects vehicles. Depending on the needs of our customers we might, just might go down the route of the full on performance parts. But, we think the number of people who are going to go down that rabbit hole will be quite limited. But saying that, there is always demand for quality performance parts and Dynamic Racing Transmissions meets that criteria with their proven championship winning and record setting products.


The start of this post we talked about a football sponsorship. The team are ‘Abby Youth’ who are based in Waltham Abby, Essex. Hopefully we can help towards their, kit, equipment travel or what ever they need. Here is one of the little guys proudly showing his new sponsors after what looks like an enjoyable muddy game of football or Soccer for our friends over the pond.

We have sponsored teams and events in the past, sometimes we just like to help out.

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Goodbye Ol’ Friend

Last week we didn’t have a post due to the fact that the dreaded Covid had hit part of the social media team and were in no fit state at the time to post for us. But, all is good with the team again, updates collated, photo’s selected and edited ready for todays post. We start with some sad news.

Sad Passing of Robbie Coltrane

You will have probably noticed in the news that Robbie Coltrane has passed on at the age of 72. This came as a shock to us as Adam was only speaking to him a couple of weeks ago, as we have one of his cars in our yard. We had a photo taken with him many years ago in his much loved convertible we have looked after for him for many years. The photo wasn’t taken on the best of cameras and is pretty rough as a result. We tried to improve the picture as best we could to remove some of the pixelation. The filter removed a little detail at the same time, but we think it looks a bit better. In Adams main workshop you can see the much larger banner we had made of this photo.

We will miss you Robbie as a somebody we called a friend and not just a ‘celeb’ customer. Thanks for making us laugh and keeping us enthralled with your stories while we shared a good few cups of tea with you.

Our deepest condolences to Robbie’s family – May you forever drive your Mustangs on the great highways of your personal Heaven.

The original was very small and quite pixelated.

Park & Pic

This week we had a two cars waiting for collection either side of the matt black wrapped ’66. The wrapped ’66 was in with us for a once over, a couple of upgrades and a little Mustang Maniac magic to make it the car it should be.


We have a little story to share with you about a customer whom has now had the “C” button applied and added to the “C list”. A few weeks ago we agreed to make a special order for an SN95 (2000) fuel tank to be imported. We made the order using our buying power, paid the import duties, notified the customer and shipped the part to the customer as soon as we got it. While Adam was on his holidays a few days after our dispatch, the (now ex)customer emailed us to complain the part was damaged, he was really upset. We asked him if he could send us a couple of photos, just so we could verify the damage. The customer refused to take any photos. He then demanded we pick up the part at our expense and make the refund in full. We contacted Adam and he of course authorised the pick up and refund as we could only take the customers word for it. Adam returned from his break and inspected the part that was now sitting in our despatch room. The reason we might ask for a photo is for this very reason, not to be awkward. We could have told the customer at the time that the part was on fine and he would have been happy again.

The “damage” was inspected and as Adam expected, there wasn’t any damage. The box wasn’t even damaged from shipping.

The part is exactly as it was manufactured and intended to be. The so called ‘bent’ damage was in fact the original design that are there in order for the part to fit into the car. Adam was not impressed that he tried to do somebody a good deed and they then created because they didn’t know what they were talking about. We lost out on money having to get the item picked up, these things can happen. It was clear that the customer didn’t even check the part with his one already in the car, or he wouldn’t have complained. We have managed to re-sell the part on to another customer who was very happy to pick one up of the shelf.

Our own products

We have our own page on the WebShop here that is being updated with our own products. Not everything is on there yet, but we are adding all the time.

We are now developing our own ‘upgrades’ to common parts like a thermostat housing. This part has a the option for senders or anything else you may want to bolt into it.

Yogi will be back this week so we should be getting some more car related news for you.

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Tidy Up

This week we have had some urgent work to do on our vans and trucks. So Yogi has spent a few days welding and repairing those and makes a short term change to looking after Mustangs. We like to refer to it as ‘looking after’ these cars for our customers. In fact we treat them as if they were our own.

Customer Cars

We have a ’67 Fastback with us for a rather nice upgrade. One of our Holley Sniper Kits straight of the shelf.

The car has had some fuel and wiring upgrades in the past, so it wasn’t exactly stock. It took a while to figure out what goes where and what could be unplugged under the dash and unbolted. We placed all the old bits into a container for the customer in case he wants them back. A fair bit of kit here, but to be honest a little dated and cumbersome under the hood.

The first step was to remove the old carb and intake manifold ready for the substantial upgrade. The car has already had some mods such as the serpentine belts, pullies and a number of billet parts as well.

The Sniper EFI kit gives the fuel injection starting reliability with controlled fuelling via a carb. The system control and setup is via a small display screen which can be tweaked for your driving style and learns as it goes along. The LCD screen is placed inside the car where it could be hidden or just loose mounted for when it’s needed. One of our customers has the screen on a clever hinge system then he just flicks down from under the dash, and folds up out of the way when not in use. The ECU is mounted on the carb itself, so again no additional boxes around the engine bay.

The under dash has seen some modifications and looks a bit of a mess at the moment.

So rather than sort all that out now, we will pass through the wiring for the EFI and then tidy up the cabling once we are happy that everything is working as expected.

Other News

We have the UK’s postal service, ‘Royal MFail’ striking yet again which is all out of our control. When we posted about this in the past, we got some flack over it, even some abuse! When we don’t advise of the strikes we got even more flack over it, as customers didn’t know of the strikes.

Royal Fail were on strike 31st September and 1st October with much more to follow as noted below. So if you didn’t receive your parts that’s the reason. If you want more up to date information from Royal Fail click here.

  • Thursday 13 October 2022
  • Thursday 20 October 2022
  • Tuesday 25 October 2022
  • Monday 28 November 2022

Further dates which impacts parts of the Royal Fail’s ‘operation’ are on the following dates & services:

  • Processing, Distribution, International, Collections, Admin: 3, 9, 15, 24 November and 1 December 2022
  • Delivery: 4, 10, 16, 25 November and 2 December 2022
  • Network: 2, 8, 14, 23, 30 November 2022

Important Announcement – Our Postage

It’s fully understandable that people are trying to make savings were possible with the cost of the postal service (when they’re not on strike), costs of living and business costs escalating exponentially, a difficult decision has had to be made from a business point of view.

We have seen a significant increase in the number of people ‘abusing’ the free postage we offered on orders up to £50 over the last couple of months. Our customers asked us if free postage was something we could do, we obliged with the caveat we will review the service if it’s abused. What we have clearly evidenced from recent sales analysis was larger orders were being broken down into smaller chunks to get the free postage service. In some cases on multiple orders to the same customers, we were effectively giving away our parts that were equal to the cost of the postage that the customer had saved. Great if you’re the customer, but a bad business model. If you go supermarket shopping, you don’t get free products if they give you free parking. If the supermarkets offer a delivery service, they won’t give you free products and free delivery.

Over the last couple of months we have carefully monitored the sales/postage trend which had resulted in a number of meetings with Adam and his WebShop team. The decision was not taken lightly, this trend just can’t continue. For that, we are very sorry.

What we have done about it?

We have now introduced a single fair ‘Flat Fee’ of £5 per order up to £50, then continue with the standard costs after that for the larger orders which hasn’t changed. The heavier items will still cost more than the £5 flat fee, so you are in effect getting a subsidised postage rate. It now makes sense to order multiple items for your order up to £50 rather than smaller orders. that way you will save on postage.

You can still collect yourself, make your own arrangements for collections, just let us know what you want to do and your order will be ready for you.

Is this permanent?

This £5 flat fee will be reviewed fairly on a monthly basis. Once we can see the costs of living and services have returned to more manageable levels, we would revert back to the “Free Postage” options again.

We also output a Facebook message yesterday about the postage change on our group pages to advise our customers as well.

We hope that our customers understand the difficult decision that has had to be taken. In fact it was a simple decision from a business point of view, but we kept postponing. It was a very difficult decision whether we should pass the costs on to customers.

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Cutting Corners

We are back to normal this week with our Mustang Maniac updates on what we have been up to. It seems that in the last week or so everybody has posted the same thing about the new 2024 Mustang. Since our post we have seen a release from Ford that the newly revealed S650 Mustang will be available in Europe “late 2023**” Those little asterix when you look for the small print actually says; “December 2023”. So we might as well say that the 2024 Mustang will indeed be 2024 for us.

Did You Know; the word “asterix” is ancient Greek, translated it means ‘little star’ as it resembles a conventional image of a heraldic star.

Park & Pic

This week we have a double car picture for you, both of which we will tell you about below.

Customer Cars

Part 1

The first was the green ’67 Fastback that we have looked after for a number of years now. The car was in for her annual service and MOT. This car runs and drives like she looks.

Part 2

Next up was a ’68 where we were asked to swap out the stoke exhaust manifolds for a pair of headers. This involves a bit of cutting and refabricating to join it all up properly along with a healthy dose of patience and above all – knuckles of steel!

Did You Know; if you swap out the stock exhaust manifolds for a good set of headers you can gain up to ten percent power increase. 😲

Part 3

Another ’67 we have had for a while was to only fix the rust issues and get the metal work ready for prep and paint. A few posts ago we showed the work we had done to replace most of the rear end. A lot of work and sheet metal used so far.

We often say that we don’t cut corners – we do it right! Well, sometimes we do cut corners, especially on the bottom leading edges of doors, a common place to rust out. If the majority of the door skin is fine there is no need to replace the whole skin, or even the door. A skilled fabrication of a corner is all you need.

Here is a little of that Yogi magic.

It’s not just about slapping a cut out into the door, it’s about maintaining that important factory look. The lip of the ‘patch’ is worked round to match the existing skin. The curve of the door, the leading edge of the metal all has to match up, or the eye will pick up on it straight away.

Welded into place and ground to the same levels.

The doors refitted after some spray to protect the exposed metal. Of course it’s not perfect, but when the prep, filler and pre paint rub downs are completed, it’s fresh metal to be painted.

So do we cut corners? Only the bad metal ones.

So, how do we round up this post?

With a picture of Yogi’s beast ripping up the drag strip, that’s how.

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The New Stallion

At Mustang Maniac we have been waiting with baited breath after the recent teasers from Ford about the new 2024 or S650 Mustang. We weren’t disappointed and we like what we see. The fact Ford have kept with the internal combustion engine and not some eco warrior electric on version only will surely please many petrol/gear heads. Yes, we like to look after the planet that’s a given, but these cars are very economical now days much more so than cars of just a few years ago. Not only that, these cars will still give thundering performance when the pedal hits the metal. Ford have gone back to their roots and produced another Mustang that can again be classed as a proper “muscle car”. There has been lots of posts and updates about the new ‘pony’ to the stables, so we had to pause or normal weekly updates in order to bring you what we have found out, so far.

2024 or S650 Mustang Arrives

Ford once again sounds a wake-up call for sports car lovers around the world with the introduction of the all-new Ford Mustang.

The seventh generation is the most exhilarating and visceral yet, from its fighter jet-inspired digital cockpit to new advanced turbocharged and naturally aspirated engines to its edgier yet timeless exterior design.

“Investing in another generation of Mustang is a big statement at a time when many of our competitors are exiting the business of internal combustion vehicles,” said Jim Farley, CEO of Ford Motor Company. “Ford, however, is turbocharging its ICE growth plan, adding connected technology, opinionated derivatives, and hybrid options to our most profitable and popular cars – all in the Ford Blue family – on top of investing $50 billion in electric vehicles through 2026.”

The new Mustang adds another chapter to an icon, delivering the looks, sound and appeal of the world’s best-selling sports coupe for seven years running. Whether convertible or coupe, V8 or turbocharged 4-cylinder, manual or automatic, Mustang has options at multiple price points and performance levels.

A completely rethought interior
Behind the chiseled exterior silhouette of the seventh-generation Mustang lies the most technologically advanced, driver-centric cockpit of any Mustang to date. The fighter jet-inspired cockpit offers the driver two flowing and curved displays that can be quickly customized to show information the driver wants or needs to see.

The car’s 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster can be customized to display different animated designs and new drive-mode dependent visuals. Based on the same Unreal Engine 3D creation tool used in modern video games, when choosing personalized drive mode settings, the car’s current setup is displayed on the center stack as real-time graphical renderings. Settings can be adjusted by simply swiping the graphic to rotate the car virtually in a true gamified style.

“We’re taking advantage of every pixel,” said Craig Sandvig, Ford Mustang interaction design manager. “We can be creative in showing necessary driving information and give the driver control of selecting colors, classic Mustang gauges or even a ‘calm’ screen where only minimal details are displayed.”

Mustang’s default instrument gauge setting has shifted from traditional, cool blue and light grey tones to an ultra-modern, copper appearance theme also shared with Mustang Mach-E. From there, almost everything in the displays – and the ambient interior lighting – can be configured to selected tones, while instrument clusters adapt to drive mode selection.

When choosing personalized drive mode settings, the car’s current setup is displayed on the center stack as real-time graphical renderings. Settings can be adjusted by simply swiping the graphic to rotate the car virtually in true gamified style. 

This digital instrument cluster can be optionally configured to flow seamlessly into a 13.2-inch SYNC® 4 center stack behind a single piece of integrated glass that’s angled toward the driver.

“We knew what customers wanted and designed the most digital Mustang ever while retaining the all-important driver-focused cockpit,” said Ricardo Garcia, Ford interior design manager. “Removing some of these physical buttons, such as radio and climate control, and integrating them into a digital display was popular in research with Millennials, Gen-Z and traditional Mustang drivers alike.”

Beyond the screen, an all-new race-inspired flat-bottomed steering wheel provides more space when getting seated.

Outside the vehicle, animated welcome lighting greets drivers as they approach and, upon entry, Mustang splash screens come to life. And for those who enjoy the sound of a revving engine, Mustang introduces Remote Rev, providing the ability to rev the car’s engine remotely using the key fob. 

Mustang has a standard cloth interior featuring all-cloth seats with optional Micro Suede vinyl inserts and black seat belts, while Premium models benefit from upgraded wrapped and accent stitched across the instrument panel and door trim. EcoBoost models feature Ford’s ‘ActiveX’ synthetic leather upholstery with multiple color options, while GT models gain leather seat inserts.

Higher series models offer an upgraded, full-leather steering wheel, as well as a choice of color accent stitching and a unique upholstery perforation across the seat inserts, complemented by color-coordinated, asymmetric accent striping on the seat belts.

The center console can also incorporate an available wireless mobile phone charging pad while new overhead USB ports are installed above the cockpit, conveniently placed for track cameras and other devices, helping prevent wires from draping across the cabin.

The available B&O Sound System is optimized for the car’s interior, contributing to the visceral experience of Mustang ownership. Customers can share the ultimate driving playlist through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both of which are fully compatible with SYNC 4.

Amazon Alexa Built-In with Ford Streaming allows music and podcasts to be played with simple voice commands. Like the all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV, the all-new Mustang features Ford Power-Up software update capability.

Edgier design with timeless Mustang cues, plus more customization
The seventh generation adds modern chiseled looks to its heritage-inspired design, which sets out to appeal to the broadest Mustang customer mindset yet.  

Its low, horizontal brow across the front emphasizes overall frontal width, while the upper grille design shape is influenced by the original 1960s design. The Tri-Bar LED headlamps continue the Mustang’s classic lighting signature. Its sleek roofline, broad sprinting stance and shortened rear overhang are also true to the authentic proportions of the first generation, while the widened rear haunches point to the power over the wheels in true Mustang style. The roofline is optimized for driver entry and exit without removing their helmet on the track, and an extended rear deck houses a new crisp signature tri-bar lighting and redesigned diffuser for improved aerodynamic balance in the rear.

Each model in the Mustang lineup carries its own unique front end. GT is differentiated from EcoBoost models by larger, more aggressive grille openings, engineered to allow increased airflow, reflecting the increase in power and performance. The car’s aerodynamics are optimized further with the addition of new hood vents and redesigned front splitter. “Both the EcoBoost and Mustang GT have unique styling cues that deliver on their promise of Mustang Performance,” said Christopher Walter, Ford Mustang design manager. “The new Mustang is more chiseled and edgier, leaning into Mustang’s classic brawniness and timelessness.”

Mustang convertible continues its drop-top legacy offering maximum open-air freedom. A simple, one-touch activation with a single-handle center latch opens and closes the fully lined and insulated fabric roof. The compact roof design and independent rear suspension also contribute toward segment-leading trunk space that can accommodate up to two golf bags.  

The all-new Mustang launches with 11 exterior color options including two new shades, Vapor Blue and Yellow Splash, complemented by new stripe colors and designs. Customers also can choose from three Brembo brake caliper color options: Black, Red and Grabber Blue, plus an all-new lineup of alloy wheels, ranging from 17-inch standard size on base models to 19-inch for GT with optional 20-inch alloy wheels.

New for the 2024 model year is the Mustang Design Series, providing further customization options straight from the factory. The Bronze Design Series Appearance Package adds Sinister Bronze alloy wheels with bronze badges, and is available on both EcoBoost and GT models, with or without the optional Performance Pack. 

Most Advanced and Athletic Engines Ever
The way Mustang looks, drives and sounds is key to the experience that makes customers want to get in the driver’s seat and hit the road. The all-new Mustang delivers an even more exciting drive experience with new and advanced engine technologies. It starts with Mustang GT, now powered by an advanced, 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine. The fourth-generation 5.0-liter is set to deliver the most naturally aspirated horsepower of any Mustang GT thanks to an innovative dual air intake box and dual-throttle body design, that helps minimize induction loss by enabling higher air flow rates.

“This is the most athletic and confidence-inspiring Mustang EcoBoost and GT to drive yet,” said Ed Krenz, Ford Mustang chief nameplate engineer. “Whether driving an automatic or manual transmission, thanks to drive modes combined with fine-tuned digital engine, suspension and steering controls, we’re now able to give drivers peak performance everywhere, from their favorite roads to their local track.”

Ford has saved the manual transmission for a new generation and the 5.0-liter V8 continues to offer a standard six-speed manual transmission for customers who want an uncompromised connection to eight-cylinder power. Ford’s advanced 10-speed automatic transmission is available, and it almost instantaneously reconfigures its shift patterns to match the selected drive mode. Customers who desire Mustang’s fun-to-drive feeling with fuel efficiency benefits can opt for the EcoBoost model, powered by an all-new, four-cylinder turbocharged 2.3-liter powertrain. The feeling of freedom and confidence Mustang instills in its drivers is amplified when they take control of how the car behaves.

On a twisty back road or a weekend track day, the driver can quickly adjust steering effort, engine response, and transmission and electronic stability control settings through six available Drive Modes to create the perfect Mustang at any time. These are Normal, Sport, Slippery, Drag, Track plus a customizable setting with up to six individual profiles, tailored to the driver’s view ahead of them. As each mode is selected, high-fidelity graphics in the digital instrument panel bring the mode to life.

Mustang GT and EcoBoost models are both available with an optional Performance Pack, which adds a host of track-focused features, including a front Tower Brace, Torsen® Limited Slip differential and optional MagneRide active suspension, wider rear wheels and tires, and larger, 390-millimeter front and 355-millimeter rear Brembo brakes. The GT Performance Pack adds brake ducts for even more enhanced cooling and a standard auxiliary engine oil cooler. Performance Pack also offers optional Recaro® seats and active exhaust.

Mustang GT with manual transmission includes standard rev-matching that helps hold engine RPM when the clutch is engaged. This retains peak torque between manual gear changes, delivering even more precision, thrill and better refinement.  Quicker steering ratios and minimal compliance from steering wheel to tire significantly enhances the car’s cornering dynamics, with increased straight-line power.

A segment-first electronic drift brake takes new technology to the racetrack, unlocking the rear-wheel-drive drifting capability of Mustang with the visual appeal and functionality of a traditional, mechanical hand brake. The Performance Electronic Parking Brake comes standard with the Performance Pack on all Mustang models, engineered for novice drivers to learn and improve their drift skills while also providing expert drivers with a competition-ready system.

More Available Advanced Driver Assistance Technologies
The new Mustang comes equipped with Ford Co-Pilot360™ features, including Speed Sign Recognition, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane Centering Assist, Evasive Steer Assist and Reverse Brake Assist. Another key feature is Active Pothole Mitigation, included with the Performance Package, which continually monitors suspension, body, steering and braking input and adjusts suspension response accordingly.

Owners can stay connected with their car via the FordPass™ app in other ways, utilizing free remote features such as remote vehicle start and stop, door locking and unlocking, scheduling a start time, locating the vehicle, and vehicle health and status checks. The FordPass app provides important vehicle information available to users, including fuel and oil levels, service history and warranty information. 

The all-new Mustang goes on sale in the U.S. starting in the summer of 2023 and is assembled at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich


Dark Horse Variants(s)

We have also found more details on a “Dark Horse” edition which has yet to confirm the full specs, but can only drool at the thought. Below we drop the report and a few tasty looking pictures as well.

Ford loves itself some nostalgia, so it doesn’t roll out new-new performance trims very often, instead choosing to rely on that connection to the past. So, when something properly fresh lands in the Mustang lineup, it’s kind of a big deal, and the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse fits that bill.

Ford on Wednesday evening introduced the 2024 Mustang Dark Horse. It’s the first new performance trim in the Mustang lineup in 21 years, following the introduction of the Mustang Bullitt in 2001. The goal with the Dark Horse was to create a Mustang that wasn’t just a beast on the street, but also on the track.

While Ford hasn’t yet divulged every one of the Mustang Dark Horse’s specs, what we do know looks mighty promising. Under the hood is a modified version of Ford’s 5.0-liter Coyote V8, which in the Dark Horse will make an estimated 500 horsepower thanks to additions like the connecting rods from the Shelby GT500. That bolts up to a standard Tremec six-speed manual transmission, but a 10-speed automatic is also available.

Performance is more than just power, though. Standard magnetorheological dampers (MagneRide, in marketing speak) should provide a good balance of ride comfort and capability, while the rear sway bar is a bit larger than on other models. The drivetrain should stay nice and frosty with cooling solutions out the wazoo, including brake cooling ducts, an additional engine oil cooler, a rear axle cooler and a beefier (but also lighter) radiator with stronger fans. 13.9-inch front brake rotors handle stopping duties, and additional bracing should keep the body composed as it works its way around a track.

It wouldn’t be a performance car without options packages. The optional Handling Package takes things a step further with the Dark Horse, adding a special rear wing with a Gurney flap, stiffer springs, thicker sway bars and sticky Pirelli Trofeo tires. Carbon-fiber wheels are also available, but they won’t be ready right when the Dark Horse launches.

And I haven’t even mentioned how the Dark Horse looks yet! As the name suggests, the aesthetic is a bit darker, with smoked headlights, a gloss black grille, special nostrils feeding dual air intakes and a special lower bumper, in addition to more aggressive side skirts, a fixed rear wing, a unique diffuser and darker exhaust tips. There’s even a special Dark Horse badge, and it looks pretty badass. A deep Blue Ember metallic paint job is unique to the Dark Horse, as well.

Ford will also launch two Dark Horse variants specifically for track activities. The Mustang Dark Horse S ditches every non-essential part in the car, replacing that stuff with a full FIA-compliant roll cage, safety nets, a racing seat and steering wheel, electrical disconnects, a fire suppression system, Multimatic DSSV dampers and a racing exhaust. and data acquisition. A passenger seat is optional. The Mustang Dark Horse R takes that one step further with unique serialization, a fuel cell and special wheels.

Considering the 2024 Ford Mustang won’t be coming out until 2023, it’ll likely be a while until Ford is ready to deliver more explicit output numbers, as well as a price tag. But considering just how much has changed under the body, we aren’t expecting the Dark Horse to be an inexpensive proposition.



We couldn’t finish up without mentioning the Shelby name. Although we haven’t seen anything official yet, we can guarantee that the legendary engine tuners will get their hands on one of these beasts and turn it into a guided missile. From Mustang Maniacs point of view we can’t wait to see what they bring us. We have friends within the Ford domestic sales area. We have been told that they have already started taking pre-orders for the new Pony on the block!

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