Rolling On

We often browse through many forums, classic Mustangs, Electric Mustangs, Coupes, fastbacks, Mustang II, Fox body, S197, S550 etc just about any Mustang forums we can find. We look to see what is going on in the world of all things Mustang. During one of our browsings we noticed that somebody was after a window guide roller nothing wrong with that of course. From us the rollers are £1 and we have one or two in stock, a box full in fact. That’s it £1 each; the small cost includes the design, metal tooling, the plastic tooling, the metal shaped spring, the plastic mould itself, plastic materials, the assembly of the roller, shipping costs and finally the import charges to us, the later of which has gone up nearly ten fold, but the rollers have not gone up from the £1 we absorb the cost. We mention this because we have been beaten up again for being expensive, then we get bashed about the cost of the postage. If you buy one or two the price is the same, or four, or ten or twenty so on it’s the same, until the parcel increases to a size or weight which is dictated to us by Royal Mail. The response was that these rollers are rubbish and should be made of brass. Let us quickly explain that the reason for failure is that these parts are over fifty years old now, they get brittle and break or just wear out. We ask the hobbyist mechanics out there; would you buy a brass one at £5- £10 each, if £1 is already too much to pay? If you would like them in brass, let us know and we can look into machining them up for you so you can sell them on with your own markup, subject to minimum order of a thousand like many manufacturers require as a minimum order. We wouldn’t even pass on our costs on to you, just the actual manufacturing costs, how’s that for a deal? We would even buy one or two from you to get you going in the marketplace. 🙂

We are looking to have a trial of another postage option. Whether we do it or not depends if we can make it work without Mustang Maniac selling at a loss. Watch this space.

Customer Cars:

‘The Pear’ has most of the outside completed now apart from some fettling that is. Now the inside has been the focus and getting that freshened up to look as good as the outside.

To do that we have some of the left over external colour being used to colour match the interior. Yogi has got out his spray gun in the body shop room and started the meticulous and art form process of spraying the parts.

Curved surfaces are some of the most difficult to paint due to getting an even coat and avoiding paint runs. Although it doesn’t look much, but this type of work can take quite a while to prep and complete.

We have a couple of little ladies in for a regular once over and servicing one of which is almost a daily driver. It’s always good to hear stories of these cars being used often, but we do know that they aren’t used in real bad conditions like snow and ice, torrential rain and fog for obvious reasons. Some cars can be a lot of fun in the dry maybe bite you unless you show some respect, but where traction is limited they become a lot of fun to being a real handful.

WebShop:

Finally we have now got the ‘T Park Lock’ handles added to the webshop, click here for the link or the screen shot to take you there.

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En Guarde

We have been asked a few times now about a product we selling on our WebShop here. Mustang Maniac are indeed official distributors for Lanoguard the rust protection system to stand guard against the UK’s bad weather.

We have been trialling the Lanoguard products ourselves for a while now and we can say that we are extremely happy with them and we are now proud to be a distributor. We have added a quick link to the right of the blog pages to take you straight to the Webshop.

We have a video here on how Lanoguard works and what a difference it can make to you. It really is worth a watch. If we didn’t believe in it, we wouldn’t stock it or use it on our own cars.

Yes it really is this good!

It’s so easy to apply, eco-friendly and clear so it doesn’t cover up your underside with a thick black mess. This is the official link to the Lanoguard website here for more information. Mustang Maniac will only put their name to a product that they believe in. If we use it, so should you.

Customer Cars

Sheleanor is now completed with the last of the front lights in place.

The car now just waits for the owner to have some fun with arguably one of the most iconic cars to hit the movie screens.

The Pear

As the hood isn’t on the car Yogi has taken ‘brave’ option to drop the engine, gearbox and headers into the engine bay in one go. this is often the best way with bodywork not secured to the car.

The engine has been cleaned up and assembled on the stand and then onto the engine lift ready to be dropped back into the car.

This big block is a ready squeeze in more ways than one. Yogi decided to use his hand as a feeler gauge will lowering in. His hand protected the paint job. That’s dedication for you.

With the engine in place the header bolts could be done up properly and then the rest of the engine mounts and supports to be bolted up.

The valve covers are on and plumbing starting to take shape.

Aircon unit also installed which will just need gasing.

The bodywork could then be fitted back to the car with a ‘loose fitting’ in order to be able to move things around and get the gaps right.

Getting the hood to line up with the fenders is a skilled job, considering the weight of the hood and tiny adjustments at the hinge will make a back difference to the front of the hood and its alignment with the fenders and doors.

The front bumper, grill and trims now fitted.

Next up is the interior work to not only add the furniture inside but also the electrics and trim. Often some of the most time consuming parts of the job.

At least the majority of the heavy work has now been done.

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Metal Work

Things have got to the point now that Mustang Maniac is not taking on any new customers for restoration work, we were fully booked for the next two years, we are now fully booked up for the next three years, absolutely unbelievable. We appreciate that we are lucky in that respect and we can’t complain of course. We have had to make some tuff decisions as a result.

Our predictions of sheet metal going up in value has come true, it hasn’t just gone up – in fact it’s rocketed up. We have enough sheet metal for our booked in projects, and keeping that in mind Mustang Maniac may not be selling sheet metal panels at all for the next year or so. Even Adam’s ‘contacts’ can’t get him any more supplies for the time being. It must be bad!

We have advised some potentially new customers who have asked for our sheet metal (and nothing else), to refer back to their normal suppliers as we can’t help them out at the moment. Virtually all of them have responded with; “They don’t have any in stock and we’ve heard that you have some”. Although this is true, these potential customers have even been cheeky enough (not the word(s) Adam used by the way), to ask for our trade discount, even though we know that they’re not trade. They even want to buy our sheet metal at the ‘pre shortage’ prices, as if they are doing us a favour. So Adam’s response was quite predictable, “Nope, we don’t have any sheet metal for sale as we need to look after our loyal and regular customers first.” Which is a very fair point. All of a sudden when people can’t get the parts where they normally go – our prices aren’t so bad after all!

We have to buy, ship, pay taxes, import duty, then transport to our yard, sort, store and make our small percentage profit on the parts. To sell at a loss doesn’t make any sense to us or anybody with a business brain. In the yard at lunch times we have had many conversations along the lines of; ‘what is going on with the world that this is becoming the normal attitude of customers dictating the terms of availability and what they are willing to buy it at’? We don’t go into Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s or Walmart and say we will give you £100 for that 65″ Plasma TV as you have a pile of them over there.

Park & Pic

The ‘Sheleanor project has been completed and the car is now moving on her own again. We are still waiting for the lower lights due to the lack of lorry drivers or whatever the excuse is this week.

We think the car looks great especially with the LED stock look sequential lights. Lets hope the owner has a lot of fun with her.

This car was “Eleanored” with our very own molds, if you are interested email us for more information.

Customer Cars

We talked about a project with no name on the last post, well Yogi has now given that project a name, “Metal Mayhem”.

Work has continued and the work has started to take shape at the front with a few bits of metal from our stock.

The inner sills are cut and patch panels fabricated into place ready for the floor.

The missing parts of the body to floor sections are replaced and repaired.

Floor and seat base are welded together then the edges bare metalled ready for the welding.

Our custom light weight rolling jig is the perfect starting point to assemble the panels with clamps and the odd tack weld. The front rails are treated inside and mounted to the jig and the rest of the panels are bolted on.

Yogi puts the fenders on just for now to make sure that the gaps will be correct from the measurements we have. Bolting on the bits where we can and aligning up. We won’t be giving away many of our secrets obviously.

We will be bringing you more on this project as there is plenty to do still.

Take Care & Keep Safe!

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Gas or Electric?

A month or so ago Adam placed an order for a car. Yep, he bought a brand new Mustang. Since he has had the car he has seen many forum debate if this is a proper Mustang or not, the Mach E Mustang. Ford calls it a Mustang therefor it’s a Mustang. Nothing anybody can say will change the fact it’s a Mustang in the eyes of Ford who not only make the cars, they also name them too. This mentality seems to rear it’s head for each subsequent iteration of the Mustang as it evolves. 1st Gen, Mustang II, Foxy body, S197, S550 owners now the Mach E etc.

Park & Pic

We have had the privilege of having in a real treat of a car to work on, a genuine Cobra Jet which is more than fitting for this weeks leading post’s photo. The lucky owner of this vehicle has had her for a long time and has looked after it well, as a result it’s a great example of these sort after models.

The car came to us for a potential brake issue to check out and a once over. The owner has never been happy with the brakes since he has had the car and wanted to find out if this is how they should be or could they be improved?

At some point in the past the car has had a ‘Brake Boost’ conversion, so in theory the car should have stopped well, but it wasn’t great. Theory and fact are two very different things, especially in classic cars. We got the car into the workshop and got her up in the air to check for anything obvious, but all was as expected. We know from past experience that in order to increase the stopping power we fitted some ‘EBC performance’ brakes to make sure the potential stopping power was there to start with.

Adams house and guard dog Ellie even photobombed the picture below for approval!

Again on a road test we weren’t happy with what should have been much better performing brakes. Back into the shop for a second look.

The plan was to start from the inside and work out. No sooner had we started inside when we found the problem. An unusual issue we hadn’t seen for a long long time.

Although the booster had been swapped out fine, the brake pedal hadn’t been swapped over at the same time as it should have been with this style of booster. This pedal swap out is a few hours work of being upside down and being a contortionist too. Which is probably why it wasn’t done in the first place if the truth is to be known. The pedal was swapped out and the correct brake light switch fitted. The car now has a nice performance feel and stopping power as we would expect from these brakes. Once we were happy with the brake issue the car was serviced with new oil, filter etc.

For safety, the owner wanted to be more visible so we swapped the rear lights out for a set of stock look LED board conversion with inclusive indicators.

Like most of the cars when they entered the UK the rear back up lights were swapped to be the indicators, as that was cheapest and easiest way of doing it. However, being so low down they can’t be seen very well. That has all changed now as the owner has a full set of rear driving lights, seperate brake lights and amber flash indicators where you would expect them to be.

We recommend these upgrades for safety and a peace of mind. However, with the silicon shortage (as well as the current fuel shortages) the required chips are difficult to obtain at the moment to make these boards up for us.

So, if you want to see a great example of the real nice Cobra Jet, take a look at this little lady. We do like a nice Cobra Jet here at the Mustang Maniac.

Mach E

Adam predicted (yes he has been playing with his crystal balls again!) that there might issue with fuel availability and also wanted to try out the growing trend of electric vehicles. It wasn’t until ford Released the Mach E that he took interest. After a few months of “shall I, or shan’t I” he went for it.

We was going to make this the ‘Park & Pic’ for this week, but the Cobra Jet took that spot, justified if you ask me.

He took delivery early of the ’71 plate car to take it apart. Yep you read that correctly, Adam had it up on the ramps, wheels of, under trays off and was looking at the consumable parts. The reason is that he can then stock those parts as well. As these cars become more common they will need serviceable parts too, like the brakes and bulbs.

The interior is real nice place to be, and goes ‘very well’ according to Adam. He did say ‘there is so much to play with and take a little while to set it up how you want it.’

Adam even tells us that the centre console can be made to sound like a v8 inside if you want to. He even said it sounded better than some of the v8 powered Mustangs he has worked on!

Speaking of lights there are a few little “Easter Eggs” to be found like the pony on the front lights.

The puddle lights are a nice touch.

The rear lights;

The doors have keyless entry and also a keypad on the door, nothing new in the USA, but here it’s not that common.

The charging options are very good, household, fast charging and direct charging. The choice is yours!

It won’t be long until there will be some Mach E parts in stock.

with current fuel status in the UK this was sent to Adam;

So having a nice petrol (‘Gas’ for our friends over the pond) car and an state of the art electric vehicle what would you go for?

Article:

So speaking of the Mustang Mach E this has been brought to our attention.

“Tough Enough for Law Enforcement: Mustang Mach-E Is First All-Electric Vehicle to Pass Michigan State Police Tests.

“The fact that the Mustang Mach-E successfully stood up to the grueling Michigan State Police evaluation demonstrates that Ford can build electric vehicles that are capable, tough and reliable enough for even the most challenging jobs,” said Ted Cannis, CEO of Ford Pro. “We understand the needs of our commercial customers and are committed to unlocking new electrification opportunities for them.”

The Ford Pro all-electric police pilot vehicle based on the 2021 Mustang Mach-E SUV just became the first all-electric vehicle to pass the rigorous Michigan State Police 2022 model year evaluation. Testing included acceleration, top speed, braking and high-speed pursuit, as well as emergency response handling characteristics. Michigan State Police is one of two law enforcement agencies that annually test new model year police vehicles and publish the results for use by agencies nationwide.

Ford Pro submitted the all-electric police pilot vehicle for testing in the Michigan State Police 2022 model year evaluation Sept. 18 and Sept. 20. Michigan State Police will publish results for vehicles tested on its website later in the fall.

Ford Pro is a separate global vehicle services and distribution business within Ford that is leading the company’s efforts to develop and deliver work-ready products and services for commercial and government customers. The Ford Pro vehicle lineup includes the all-electric 2022 E-Transit van and the all-electric 2022 F-150 Lightning Pro pickup.”

Source: https://www.at.ford.com/en/homepage/news-and-clipsheet/news/2021/9/police-mach-e.html?cid=BOC-2021-09-24

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Cut & Paste

We have had a good response to last weeks post about the “T Park Lock” with a number of enquiries. We have sold a couple leaving only a couple left in stock for us. On with the cars as promised from last week where we have an update on our projects.

Customer Cars

Sheleanor is having a little attention as Yogi has started to put the lights back on the car and wire in some new ones.

With the main grill being fitted to the car along with the radiator fill plate the car immediately transforms.

Making everything disappear behind the dash and around the engine bay takes time to get right, the small attention to details that nobody seems to notice takes time, yet if they aren’t done, they become obvious. On the odd occasion, even what you envisage in your mind to look good, isn’t what actually looks good in practice. Sometimes you just have to try it, then come back to it the next day and just see if it looks and feels right.

We are just waiting for the lower spotlights to arrive so they can be fitted, all the wires and relays are in place so it should be a simple bolt in place and align. The back of the car has started to get some attention for the huge set of light bulb clusters now in place with the lenses to be fitted once we have test run the bulbs.

The top fill fuel cap is an iconic part like the scoops which needs to be positioned with care as the trunk opening to cap gap is cleared by ‘not a lot’ as Adam said at the time. Inside the trunk there is the extension tube to the fuel tank that needs to be routed carefully and securely to avoid any fuel leaks obviously.

The Mustang project with no nickname (yet).

Yogi has started to cut chunks out of the restoration and rebuild the patches. Both sides needed the same patching, not a case of cut & paste, more like cut and weld.

Inside before we can even get to the floors we needed to replace a large patch under the seat.

Stock

No sooner had we posted last week about our new stock of windscreens, we then sold one the next day. It was collected by the owner who was looking to fit it himself! That’s either a brave owner who knows what he is doing or he will be complaining next that the glass leaks. We shall wait and see!

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Hidden Numbers

We had a week off last weekend due to other commitments and couldn’t put out a post in time so we apologise for that. We’re back now, so let’s give you the updates. We was asked a question a a couple of months ago and forgot all about it, but we will try to address that question with the first part of this post.

Customer Project Car Costings?

A little while ago we went to look at a Mustang project for a rough idea on restoration costs, which was going to be given to us to complete. As the car/shell was in a garage and we couldn’t get all the way round as we had hoped. We gave the owner a very rough idea of the costs involved and times. We would need to get the car back to the yard for the full once over and itenary to see how much the owner wanted to spend and limits to budjects.

Once we got the project into the body shop and started to strip away the trim for a proper detailed look around. This car hasn’t been given a nickname yet by Adam or Yogi, but we are sure that it will be coming soon.

We got to a point where we needed to be, then we started to find the unexpected. The left rear quarter looked and felt good from the outside. However the inside inspection was a different story.

The left rear quarter looks to of had some damage for what ever reason a long time ago. The original quarter was cut down and a patch section was welded in with a genuine Ford rear quarter part. The original part number is still clearly visible in the photo above. This then leads to the problem is the car still square if it’s been in an accident? All of a sudden a straight forward quarter replacement becomes a jig setup along with time and effort by us to measure it up and check it. If we don’t, it has the potential to become a whole heap of hurt waiting to come our way.

The usual places that we already knew about for rust like the floor pans, arches, sills etc. didn’t give us any additional nasty surprises and were pretty much what we expected.

This is exactly why it so hard to give an accurate cost for a restoration. We will speak to the owner to see what he wants to do with the rear quarter. There will obviously be some filler on the outside which could be covering up some rust issues from the inside out. A budget will determine just what will be replaced, we can only advise from our experience.

If anybody says it will cost £xyz for a restoration, they either have a crystal ball or are taking chances. We always like to look over a car the whole car before we even start.

Our Stock

We are quite excited to announce a new product which we have developed and now have our first batch going into stock. The top quality handle part as you would expect but it has been re-engineered by us in the UK. These handles are designed for ’64 to ’73 Mustangs.

This is our new “T Park Lock” shifter handle which has been designed to look stock as much as possible. The handle is a direct replacement for the standard T-Shift handle. The button on the right side simply presses in to lock, and a key is used to unlock it in order to select and shift as normal.

In the closed position you still have the black button as normal, but the right button is replaced with the press to lock fitting.

With the lock open the handle continues to a chrome finish.

You do not need the key in the lock to drive, but you can if you want to keep the key separate to the car’s keys.

For added security once you have tightened the handle in place as normal, you drop some glue into grub screw to stop any tampering and trying to remove it.

Any car that uses this handle fitting could use this lock. No modifications needed to the car and is fitted within minutes. This anti theft device retains its stock look, but prevents the drivetrain from being engaged.

Here is the video uploaded to YouTube of the lock in action.

We hope to have this on the WebShop shortly, it it’s not on the WebShop by Monday drop us an email. There is also a small batch held by Mart at onemanandhismustang.com who will be selling them. This is not something we normally do, but as he gets out to the car shows he’s in a good place to demo the product who want to see it in action. He also doesn’t have the pain of VAT on his prices like we do!

Park up and press to lock up.

Glass:

An order has finally turned up after being delayed a few times. It’s a very fragile delivery and for once with no damage to any of the glass windscreens. Normally we have one or two that are damaged. We were certainly expecting the odd one due to constant handling.

We now just need to get them into safe storage.

We will be bringing more updates on our projects next week, until then.

Stay Safe & Take Care.

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Rest Of The Drag Racing Day

As we hoped this week we have been sent the official pictures of the day. Taken by a professional cameraman Chris Tilley who can be found on Instagram “Cortinachris“. If you see anything you like contact him and let him know. Thanks for the use of these pics Chris.

Chris has offered us over five hundred pics throughout the days event. That’s just way too many to post on here. So we have decided to pic what we like to show as many varied cars as possible, (which was a very, very hard choice). We then split this post into sections; park up, racing shots and the trip back from racing the strip. To finish we have the winners of the trophies presented by Roy from the Mustang Owners Club Of Great Britain.

First we have Yogi looking chilled as ever waiting try out his new wheel nuts!

Some parking up and prep work for the racing.

The burnouts;

Staging ready to race;

The look of fear! Have you ever wondered what what fear looks like? If you want to know, then the look into the eyes of the passenger up for the 1/4 mile blast in Yogi’s car. A picture speaks a thousand words. 🙂

Racing;

I’m allowed to use this photo again as it’s the high resolution version.

The ride back from racing down the strip;

At the end of the day the prize winners collecting their new silverware.

Nobody was a loser on the day everybody had a good time, atmosphere was great. Although the Chevy, Dodge and Plymouth boys all raced it was as friendly as always, no matter what they drove.

Big Thanks goes to;

Adam from Mustang Maniac for sponsorship.

Chris Tilley for all the photos in this post.

To everybody who showed up to watch, or race making it another great day out.

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Watching The Light Tree

A short week for Mustang Maniac as we made our annual visit to Santa Pod Raceway arranged by Mustang Owners Club Of Great Britain. This is always a very popular day and fully booked months in advance. We were also lucky patches of sun but not baking hot.

Again Mustang Maniac sponsored the event and Yogi was dead set on bringing back a haul of silverware again. Yogi’s was interested in one thing only… his fastest classic crown. A real nice gesture was shown, but more on that a bit later.

There were was some amazing cars there some raced for the first time, some just showed up offer support.

We have this picture of a strange man lurking by Yogi’s car. He himself has a beautiful car and it’s also no slouch either. Rumour has it this man was looking over Yogi’s car for ideas to make his go faster. If you know this man – don’t give him any Rizzla papers as he will lose them. 😉

There was a couple of serious cars coming out to play.

In fact a nice mixture of old and new cars, even the odd non-Mustangs infiltrated the day.

As the editor of this post I have the advantage of picking my favorite pictures to post. This candid shot of our very own “Lob Monster” Paul and Yogi lined up ready to go. I’m not to sure what was being said, but knowing these two, I reckon it would have been some serious trash talk about who had the fastest red car!

Then my favorite race picture is this perfectly framed and captured Yogi goin’ for it.

Some other racing action on the day.

We even have Yogi showing the moderns how it should be done. Worth turning up the volume for this one.

We mentioned that Yogi was after a haul of silverware, as expected he defended his Fastest Classic crown with his best of the day at a respectable 10.5 Although it was an improvement on his previous runs, he still wasn’t overly happy with that time, it was rumoured that he said “that will do for now, but I have an idea how to go faster – stop the (bleep) wheels spinning.” Again his nemesis is losing time trying to get of the line when you study his time sheet.

Yogi also won the “Fastest Speed” for a classic, but being the nice guy that he is, he stepped aside from the win and let the next fastest speed car take the trophy home.

We were expecting some more pictures of the day’s fun, but as we write this blog they haven’t arrived yet. So for now it will be a short and sweet post.

Thanks again to the Mustang Owners Club of Great Britain for organising another great day out. Same again next year please. 🙂

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The Crystal Ball

At the beginning of this year Adam predicted and we posted a few times about the lack of sheet metal. Things are that bad now that Adam told us; ‘Since the start up of Mustang Maniac parts business, we have never had so much stuff on back order, that list is just getting longer and longer now’. As Adam foresaw this, he ordered as much as he could at the time and he even advised our customers to buy now. Many took Adam up on the advice and did order. Some didn’t and it’s those customers are the ones who keep trying to call and email Adam about availability.

Yes, we do have sheet metal for our own projects, because we forward planned it that way. Some customers know this and still try to buy them from us, but they are not for sale. Everything we want to sell is marked up on the WebShop as “In Stock”. If the item is “Out of stock” or not listed at all then we don’t have or we won’t sell it.

Even now with Adam’s contacts and his priority stock allocation, he is predicting that things won’t get back to normal for a couple of years. As we have said before, our regular and loyal customers are and will be contacted once their parts are in stock with us. The sheet metal is coming in to us, but at seriously slow rates.

As we don’t answer the phone because we are an “online” business now, there are certain people that take to social media to and slag us off and give us downgraded ratings. We need to ask a simple question, do you call amazon to order your items? No. To help you, our customers out, we even redesigned our website to help with finding parts and cross reference part numbers to make life as easy as possible.

We had a customer who ordered a few parts after our offices shut at five past five on Friday evening. We then got an irate email saying he hadn’t had the parts Saturday morning. We don’t work 24/7 like the Amazon business model as our parts turnover doesn’t to warrant that type of service. We had to inform the customer that as their part was over a certain size it has to go via 48hr service, not our choice but the Parcel Force rules. Again this wasn’t good enough, Adam was still trying to explain this to the customer via email at eleven at night. Adam had enough by then and now he has applied the “C” button to that ex-customer who will not be getting parts from us again.

Another customer has emailed us trying to ask about an engine intake manifold. Again we don’t answer the phone as people want our knowledge, and then they buy the parts elsewhere. His email stated “you don’t get Covid from answering the phone”. With that sort of rude response, Adam is now ignoring his emails and this lucky customer has also now been allocated the “C” button.

Please check our front page of the WebShop for the delivery services and terms. They say that the customer is always right, Adam agrees that some customers are now right at the top of his growing “C”ancelled list now.

We will always try to respond to your emails as quickly as we can, if you have a specific question it doesn’t have to be asked on the phone.

Question.

As we are constantly asked for advice on fitting parts etc. how would people feel about us setting up a “Premium rate” phone line? The customers calls the number and is charged £1 a minute for the call. We would offer advice and technical support, that way our time is still paid for. If you want legal advice you get charged by a solicitor. Just the same principles as you don’t ring up a builders merchant on how to build your house.

Customer Cars:

We have had a real nice Coupe in to us which had a few issues both fluids related. A fuel leak onto the top of the intake manifold potentially a fire hazard. Then the other was the good ol’ leaking heater matrix and the

Yogi managed to find the first issue pretty quickly.

The fuel squirt is a rubber diaphragm (that seals itself) for some reason somebody had fitted a gasket to the rubber as well, thus creating a problem believe it or not.

With the diaphragm replaced with a new one for the sake of a few pence, the problem was fixed. All that remained was for Yogi to do his dark art magic on the carb and set it up again.

The second issue was a well known problem which is the heater matrix.

A time consuming job for a simple swap out.

Most of the time these are replaced with cheap versions and the problem will come back just as quickly. If you have a leak, don’t cheap out the replacement. This particular matrix was a a good quality one, which had a tiny flaw and leaked from the corner.

With a new matrix fitted the problem was cured, apart from having to dry out the carpet.

Next up was a replacement thermostat housing that still leaked. The old one had seen better days and replacing it was a good call.

However the replacement part is the shiny chrome ones which look great but soon rot out. This one had only been on for a short while but already has started to show pitting at the bottom. We don’t like them but we get asked for them, so we stock them.

We have arrowed the gasket for a the reason of the leak. Although the housing had been fitted correctly the thermostat had slipped down out of the recess and put a lip on the gasket. This means that it wouldn’t seal properly. The more you tighten, the more it will distort and the problem gets worse.

So we replaced the housing and reseated the thermostat correctly. Problem solved.

WebShop.

We have had another little delivery of a carburettor or two.

We also have the rebuild kits for Edelbrock as well as the Holley carbs.

We have also had another delivery of a some cast 6 pot valve covers.

We have these allocated to project cars so they are spoken for and not technically for sale. But, if you email Adam with a reason why you want to buy one, he could be tempted to sell you one!

Events

On the 13th August (next Friday) The Mustang Owners Club Of Great Britain will be at Santa Pod Raceway for a bit of drag racing.

As a result Yogi has been cleaning his beast ready to play.

We know Yogi has been playing with his setup like new drive shafts that we know of. There is a rumour that he has done ‘some small adjustments’ to the diff as well. He has remained very tight lipped about it so far.

We do know that Yogi has extra long wheel studs now fitted, but he has also had the wheel nuts lathed to lighten the weight.

According to Yogi; ‘that should be at least a couple of tenths gain off the line!’ 😉

there area few spectator places available as far as we know, contact the MOCGB if you wanted to watch. The racing has been fully booked for the day for a while now and is always a popular well turned out event. Now we say that, let’s hope it don’t rain.

Take Care & Stay Safe.

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Mustang Maniac Feeling Foxy

It’s a known fact that Adam is a wiley ol’ fox and this week he has started a new line of parts for his much loved Mustangs. Not the most loved looking Mustangs made, but over time they are starting to look better and the prices are reflecting that.

Adam has been doing some service work on wheel bearings again and some service work. We think he enjoyed it to be out of the office. Apart from the odd naughty word where he swears that there is Braughing (not Bermuda) Triangle in his workshop. He’s put stuff down and it mysteriously moves on it’s own to somewhere else, so he claims anyway! 😉

Customer Cars

With Yogi away this week a holiday ‘Sheleanor’ was left ready to have the glass fitted before he finished up for his well deserved break. As is our (and recommended) way we like the glass to be bonded in as well as the clips. This helps to stop leaks, prevents water pooling and the potential for rust. The very thin bond line doesn’t detract from the look of the car, we think it improves it to be honest. However some purists will argue with us, but then they may have a built in foot spa during some heavy rain. If we were to build a car to concours standards then that is different matter of course.

The rear window got the same treatment.

With the glass in place things start to look so much better and more like a car.

The customer supplied paint job over the body kit we fitted has gone well, it’s just now a case of putting things back together again.

Once the fitting has been completed we will have a test drive. Once we are happy then we will have a full tidy up and wipe down to make sure the car will be looking its best for the customer.

WebShop

We mentioned earlier that Adam is crafty ol’ fox. It was a little play on words as well as we tend to do. Manufacturers are now starting to produce the parts for the Fox body Mustangs. That means that Mustang Maniac will now be stocking an expanded range of these scarce parts until now. Many of these parts are just starting to appear on the market as these cars become more desirable and so the parts demand increases. So in no particular order we have;

We have some nice hoses properly shaped.

Throttle and parking brake cables.

Then there are some badges of honour too. These black look chrome finished pony emblems are really nice and we sold one the day we opened the boxes as the customer was standing there watching.

More badges, bulbs and back-up lamp switches.

All these parts and more are to go into stock once we have found room for it all, again.

Moving on to the more familiar territory we have been asked if we can get some more ‘branded’ parts for our more discerning customers. Yep we listened and here is nice Autolite branded dizzy cap.

This specialist parts may not be big seller, but not many suppliers can offer the sheer alternatives of the same parts; colour, make, branded, quality etc. But we aim to please.

Stay Safe & Take Care!

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