Rolling Out

The main work for the Onion Mustang has been completed and now she is now a rolling restoration. A massive milestone in any restoration in fact, the car will now be moved to another workshop so that the rest of the project can be completed in a quieter atmosphere, and should be well out of harms way. The car looks amazing and attention to detail is so easy to see, we don’t need to tell you. just have a look at the pics!

Park & Pic

We are going to make this a honoury Park & Pic this week, even though she has not been finished yet.

Editor’s Note:

From the pic above, I think a nice set of Magnum 500s in chrome would look the absolute business on the car. Just like these on a previous beautiful restoration. Click here for the full story on this car’s rotisserie restoration.

What do you think, any other suggestions?

Yogi has now plumbed in the engine and gearbox doing more bespoke, hand-made, one-off workmanship.

The rest of the bodywork has been bolted into place and gapped once she was sitting back on the floor with her own boots on.

We then were able to wheel and steer her out into the yard for a little photo shoot.

In case you had forgotten what she looked like when we started, the before and after:


Heritage-Inspired Grabber Lime Arrives for 2020 Ford Mustang

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Ford is unveiling Grabber Lime for the 2020 Mustang. More potent than kryptonite, this high-impact green inspired by a vintage Mustang color from the 1970s is sure to leave other muscle cars green with envy. “It’s lime green on steroids,” said Barb Whalen, Ford color and materials manager. “This color traces back to a Mustang heritage color while bringing it forward with more modern, dynamic pigments and bold new energy.”

Grabber Lime is one of two new feature colors available across the Mustang lineup for 2020; Twister Orange is the other. In addition, new Iconic Silver and Red Hot Metallic will freshen up the new Mustang palette, including for Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500 models. “These bright, vibrant retro colors are trending in design – in home furnishings, sportswear and even appliances,” said Whalen. “Aspirational and confident, they are fun, youthful colors that make a statement of how you want the world to see you and who you want to be. And your car is an extension of that.”


Did you know?

When the 2020 Shelby GT500 goes on sale later this year, it will be the quickest-accelerating, most aerodynamically advanced street-legal Mustang ever, thanks to virtual testing in supercomputers and 3D printing.

Borrowing best practices from more than a century of racing, Ford Performance designers, powertrain and aerodynamics engineers functioned as a virtual racing team to test hundreds of designs both digitally and physically. They used state-of-the-art digital and additive manufacturing prototyping tools as part of a mission to make the ultimate, most advanced performance street-legal Mustang of all time.

“We created and studied designs among the engineering teams and proved out different strategies long before we built our first prototype cars,” said Matt Titus, Ford Performance vehicle engineer. “Not only did this improve the effectiveness of the designs, it dramatically reduced the time it took to develop the GT500 – and the costs associated with that.”

Every millimeter counts for the Mustang Shelby GT500 to deliver on downforce, braking and cooling targets. The team leveraged Ford’s vast resources of advanced design simulation tools, including the Ford Performance technical center in Concord, North Carolina, and rapid 3D prototyping systems at its Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford, Michigan. To physically validate the improving designs, Ford’s wind tunnels in Michigan and Windshear rolling wind tunnel in Concord were also used.

Real-world testing still matters, so the Shelby GT500 team ran extended high-speed tests on some of the most notable racetracks across the United States – including Virginia International Raceway, NOLA Motorsports Park and GingerMan Raceway – to refine the aerodynamic designs and help the all-new Shelby GT500 deliver the fastest track times ever in a production Mustang along with improved driver control for greater confidence behind the wheel.

We are starting to work another car, a coupe this time with some major metalwork being done on it. We have given this car the name SPS – Six pot Sprint. We shall bring you pictures of that next week.

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The Heart Goes In

This week sees more intense work on The Onion Mustang, Yogi has been doing his thing with the brake and fuel lines before the engine and gearbox are fitted and get in the way.

The suspension has been fully installed with the new brake lines connected to the brakes in all four corners and then bled fully.

There is an electrical fuel pump going to be used on this engine as the carb requires it, we won’t give that bit away just yet though. 🙂

The Engine was craned over to the car and lowered into place.

Paul, Mark & Yogi maneuvered the engine into place to sit on the engine mounts, the car was then raised up so that bolts could be threaded into place.

The engine bay started to rapidly take shake with the export brace and the radiator going in.

The fender splash guards and hood reattached completed front end for a while. Now that the engine was in place the gearbox was bolted to the back of the engine.

With the car able to sit on her own boots, the first steps for the steering have also been taken.

Yogi got a grip on the handles (see what I did there?). Nice new ones attached to the doors certainly give the car a little character.

We hope to continue with the onion this week, maybe squeeze the odd little job in for a break now and then. All of a sudden The Onion starts to really look the part.

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Black Is Back

This week we have seen the return of The Onion fully painted back to the yard. We wasted no time starting the rebuild within the hour after we checked the checked the car over.

The shell has gone straight into Yogi’s workshop and the panels are safely stored out the way where they won’t get damaged until we need them.

In slightly less a week we have moved along at a rapid pace. The previous test fittings and adjustments that needed to be done before the paint has saved a huge amount of time and parts bolt straight into place.  We are now almost at a rolling shell stage, the rear axle is in, the front suspension is going back on.

Its worth pointing out here that the Spax shocks are in Red, That’s because we have had these made especially for Mustang Maniac. Nobody else has these shocks, they are custom-made and bespoke to us. Black and red? Oh yes!zinc,


The front springs and red shocks looks pretty damn cool as well.

Yogi has already got the brake master in place and has started his custom build, one-off, hand-made and bespoke brake pipes for this car. Remember that no two cars are the same when the bear does his thing with those brake pipes, there is always something unique somewhere.

The attention to the detail is now starting to show with the zinc plated parts and the Ford logo bolts.

Prep inside the car for the matting going in before the pedal assembly is fitted.

It wont be long before this little lady will be a rolling chassis, couple of days maybe.

Exciting times.

Lego Article

While we are on the subject on building things we have been sent some information about another Lego product. You may recall we built a mini Lego model a little while ago for the newer Mustang.

We even built a huge 1:18 scale part build model from DeAgostini, link here for the full build project.

Well, Lego have now gone back to the to the beginning of the Mustang DNA with their version of the 1967 Shelby.

Words from the Lego Site:

Discover the magic of an iconic 1960s American muscle car with the LEGO® Creator Ford Mustang, featuring dark-blue bodywork with white racing stripes, bonnet scoop, printed Mustang grille badge, GT emblems and 5-spoke rims with road-gripping tires.

Developed with input from Ford, this authentic replica comes with optional add-ons for customization, including a selection of license plates, supercharger, rear ducktail spoiler, beefy exhaust pipes, front chin spoiler and a nitrous oxide tank.

You can even adjust the lift of the rear axle for an extra-mean look! Remove the roof panel or open the doors and you have access to the detailed interior with handsome seats, radio, working steering and a mid-console gearshift.

Store items in the trunk or lift the hood to reveal a detailed big block 390 V8 engine with battery, hoses and air filter detailing.

This advanced building set has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience full of nostalgia and makes a great centerpiece for the home or office.

  • New-for-March-2019 special elements include 5-spoke rims, 2×8 brick with bow, 1×3 mustang logo tile, 2×4 bow with ‘GT’ Emblem.
  • Measures over 3” (10cm) high, 13” (34cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.

This model doesn’t come cheap, weighing in at an eye watering $150. But, it could be a bit of fun to build it. Unfortunately we have our hands full with the real thing at the moment.

When we mentioned it to Yogi he simply said, I don’t need Lego with an instruction manual – I got The Onion, that’s Lego stuff for real men without an instruction manual!

(Didn’t he mean bears? Ed.) But he does have a good point! 😀

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The Onion Colour Revealed

Busy week with three separate deliveries of parts for our WebShop stock. Some of it is already allocated for a our little project, the rest of it being stored away eventually ready for our customers. As Mustang Maniac has new premises with lots of storage space for stock, he has ordered more than usual. We also happen to know that Adam doesn’t like to see empty space where stock should be!

The Onion Mustang

Thinking back to how many layers of bodge jobs we removed from this car, now we are at a stage where we are replacing the old layers with lots of new layers of paint.

We can now reveal the colour of this little lady is going to be black.

The doors have been seam sealed ready for the primers and top coats.

After masking up the inside the paint is applied. Black is notorious for being one of the most difficult colours to paint as it shows every ripple, bump and imperfection. Hence the attention to prep with lots of block coats.

Depth of shine looks like you want to dip your fingers in the paint.

We suspect it will be another two weeks before we get the Onion back to us then we can run full steam ahead to get this lady ready. We’re looking forward to seeing her with the new colour back at the yard we must say.

More Customer Cars

Back at the workshops we had a lovely little ’73 convertible which came in for a new steering box and little once over by Yogi.

The road test showed a big improvement on the handling and feedback to the steering wheel. As the weather has been pretty good, we had to do an extended road test – just to make sure that everything was spot on of course.

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Pro Street Goes Home

We have done our little bit on the Pro Street Mustang and the customer is pleased with the results. The car was parked up ready for collection Saturday morning, Marcus and Adam discussed seat belts and a solution found which should make a nice improvement to the comfort of driving the car.

The previous work was to remove the old rotten metal and replace with new and repaint. If you can’t see it, we have done our job well.

Yogi, decided to replace the fuel line as he was not happy with it and of course he fabricated a one-off, hand-made bespoke fuel line just for this car.

Yogi also decided that the car needed a little extra something was needed when the fenders started to go back on. His choice? A set of Ford stamped stainless bolts and a little polished stainless bolts makes all the difference. Only a few quid extra on the bill, but the subtle difference makes it all worth while. There is a little black sealer between the inner and outer fenders which we hadn’t cleaned just yet. We advised Marcus to drive the car for a little while to settle the fenders down, then after a couple of hundred miles remove the excess and no more sealer should show.

While outside we had a pic of Marcus with his nice new clean lines engine bay.

Another (new) satisfied customer whom we look forward to seeing again. We believe there could be a couple of little more jobs, but nothing that needs doing right away. We just want Marcus to enjoy the car for a while before we have her back. We took a little video of Marcus leaving for his trip home, we’re pretty sure he won’t mind. 🙂

We have been asked what this car sounds like, well turn up the volume to find out and enjoy this lovely idle.

Adam’s New Toy

Adam and LAR have decided that they needed a big power pulling vehicle to pick up lorries and winch etc. The name of the new lady – “Babby”, and Adam says that this 6 x 6 truck is just “simply, simply lovely”.  The crane hoist and all mechanics are remote-controlled from a box hanging around your neck, so you can see exactly what is going on while operating the controls. Did we mention it has a twelve litre Rolls Royce engine as well?

OK, it’s not a Mustang, but this is a serious truck and lets face it – every bloke and a few ladies of course wants to have a go!

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New Layers For The Onion

This week we have an update on the The Onion Mustang and how it was getting along in the paint shop. All is going well so far (not that we expect anything less) and the car has taken a number of steps in the right direction. We expect another couple of weeks or so until we get her back to us ready for the rebuild.

She arrived looking not to bad at all then she takes a turn for the worst, as we would expect at this stage. Bodywork comes of then goes back on again a number of times, bodywork is subjected to blocking coats, fillers, more coats, etch primer, and more blocking. All just to get a flawless finish to paint. Believe it or not, painting is hardly any time in comparison to all the prep work involved.

(My own personal favorite of the car so far. Ed.)

Masking outside and inside the car ready for the paint.

With most of the blocking and filler work completed its time for some proper primer.

We can’t wait, well for two weeks anyway until we get her back. Have we divulged the colour yet? That’s a little surprise for a future post.

F100 Truck Rewire

Trucks we don’t deal with a lot of the time, but we were asked if we could re-loom this classic F100 truck. We had a little space as the The Onion Mustang wasn’t due back just yet, so we slipped her in for the customer and it gave Yogi something a little different to do.

We used our Hot Rod wire loom kit which was more than enough to cover the minimal requirements of the truck. A day to strip out the loom and a couple of days to prep, route and finish the loom.

We brought this little lady up to date with some rather nice LED lights too while keep that important stock look. Like all LEDs they never seem to come out to well on photos though, trust us, they are bright!

We think it’s a job well done and well worth the effort to get a modern set of wires in the truck for reliability. We don’t always keep these looms in stock, but we have the odd little gem laying about. 🙂

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Behind Closed Doors

This week sees a cold snap hit the UK, but nothing like the unbelievable temperatures in the USA. Our thoughts are with you guys on that side of the almost frozen pond. A lot of work is going on behind the closed doors of the new office and store rooms. Revised part labelling and stock storage is pretty much now completed. Not that there will be anything different to see even if we took a load of photo’s for you. The shelves are now bursting at the seams, like they always are. We are happy with the new electronic stock picking system that Morgan has been fine tuning and works a treat for walk in customers.

Customer Cars 

We have Chris’ ’66 Coupe which we have been storing for a while now and has now been promoted to the body shop room where The Onion Mustang was previously rebuilt. This car had a couple of rear quarters fitted by a third-party, although they were sort of OK, they were certainly not up to our standards. To be honest, they would have caused issues a little later on, we will explain a little further down. The floor pan was shot after it was stripped back for a close inspection. We thought that we could salvage and patch in new plates of metal, but the rust worm made the metal as thin as aluminium foil in places. It looked fine, unfortunately some of the structural areas near the sills we were certainly not happy with. So a new floor is the most economical way to fix it.

The floor was cut out back to the fresh metal. The front chassis legs look pretty good so that is pretty big bonus for Chris.

Chris had been working hard on the outside and inner panels with the red oxide ready for base and top coat paints.

When we get to the back of the trunk area we will need to check the drop offs and rear panel.

The rear quarters were skinned and not the full rear quarters. The skins involve cutting a line and mating the old and new panels up. This method of repair is notorious for cracking and rusting out at the seam joins. its much better to take out the whole quarter and braze the panels in on the C pillar like they are supposed to be. But, that requires a lot more time and effort as well as a new skill set to do it correctly.

Tip: If you are looking to buy a Mustang, always check inside the trunk for a part skin repair. Feel along the inside of the rear quarter panels to see if you can feel a seam, they should be smooth all the way down from top to bottom.

Ford article for the new 2020 Shelby Mustangs: 

The all-new Shelby GT500 – the pinnacle of any pony car ever engineered by Ford Performance – delivers on its heritage with more than 700 horsepower for the quickest street-legal acceleration and most high-performance technology to date ever offered in a Ford Mustang.

“Carroll was always working on the next faster Shelby, I think he would love this Mustang more than any other,” said Jim Farley, Ford president, global markets. “A takedown artist, the new Shelby GT500 will surprise supercar owners with its Ford Performance racing tech, supercharged engine and visceral swagger.”

Arriving this fall to join its Shelby GT350 stablemate, Shelby GT500 is engineered to attack on all fronts. At the drag strip, it’s set to produce a projected 700-plus horsepower via its first-in-class dual-clutch transmission. At the track, performance improves even more thanks to its race-bred chassis, custom Michelin tires and the largest front brake rotors ever available on an American sports coupe. On the street, its menacing aerodynamic design and Ford Performance driver control technologies make every moment behind the wheel even more exhilarating.

Most powerful Ford production car ever

In the process of making the all-new Shelby GT500 the quickest street-legal Mustang ever, Ford Performance created an exclusive powertrain to deliver new levels of power and torque. “With its supercar-level powertrain, the all-new Shelby GT500 takes the sixth-generation Mustang to a performance level once reserved only for exotics,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. “As a Mustang, it has to be attainable and punch above its weight. To that end, we’ve set a new standard among American performance cars with our most powerful street-legal V8 engine to date, plus the quickest-shifting transmission ever in a Mustang for all-out precision and speed.”

Shelby GT500 starts with a supercharged 5.2-liter aluminum alloy engine built by hand. To keep the intake air cooler and deliver a lower center of gravity, the team inverted a 2.65-liter roots-type supercharger with air-to-liquid intercooler tucked neatly in the V8 engine valley.

Like Shelby GT350, the aluminum alloy block features weight-saving wire-arc cylinder liners and high-flow aluminum cylinder heads, plus larger forged connecting rods, improved lubrication and cooling passages. Beneath that, a structural oil pan adds strength, reduces vibration, and features a patented active baffle system to keep oil where it’s needed. To channel power and torque to the unique carbon fiber driveshaft, Ford Performance leveraged learnings from the tuning of its Ford GT supercar’s dual-clutch transmission. The team selected a TREMEC® 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, which is capable of shifts in under 100 milliseconds – markedly faster than any manual gearbox. This dual-clutch transmission is designed for a number of drive modes, including normal, weather, sport, drag and track, and activates features like line-lock and launch control through selectable Track Apps.

Next-evolution Mustang performance bred from Ford GT and Mustang GT4

To harness the power and torque of the most powerful Mustang ever made for the street  requires cutting-edge active chassis technology, track-bred Michelin tires and Brembo® brakes – all dialed in by Ford Performance.

Shelby GT500 takes advantage of revised suspension geometry, a new electronic power steering unit and lighter-weight coil springs front and rear. Next-generation active MagneRide suspension is baked-in, along with the latest in advanced drive mode technologies from Ford Performance. The payoff is the highest-ever lateral acceleration from a Mustang for greater track performance and driver control.

Putting all this chassis hardware to the pavement, custom Ford Performance-spec Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires and more aggressive Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires feature unique compounds and tread. To provide track-ready stopping power, massive 16-5-inch (420-millimeter) two-piece rotors are added – the largest of any domestic sports coupe – plus larger, stiffer Brembo six-piston calipers. With 20 percent more swept area than the Shelby GT350’s, these brakes have more than 30 percent additional thermal mass in the front corners.

Two handling packages with increasing levels capability are offered for the all-new Shelby GT500. An available Handling Package includes adjustable strut top mounts and spoiler with Gurney flap. For the truly hardcore, an available Carbon Fiber Track Package features exposed 20-inch carbon fiber wheels with 0.5-inch-wider rear wheels (11.5-inch), custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, adjustable exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing and splitter wickers with integrated dive plane. The rear seat is deleted to reduce weight.

A functional, menacing design tuned with Ford Performance know-how 

Thanks to a cross-functional team of designers, Ford Performance engineers and motorsports collaborators, the 2020 Shelby GT500 has functional track-hero looks to match its performance capabilities. “With a double front grille opening and 50 percent more cooling pack airflow versus the Shelby GT350, along with the most advanced aero components and downforce we’ve ever offered, every millimeter of Shelby GT500’s fastback design is aimed at improving performance,” said Melvin Betancourt, Ford design manager. Those large angular grille openings and muscular hood combine for a menacing, aerodynamic-led design inspired by modern fighter jet aircraft. The car’s wider front fenders and stance housing Shelby GT500-specific 20×11-inch wheels proportionally align to its rear fenders that hug up to 20×11.5-inch wheels. A standard new rear spoiler and updated composite materials in the rear diffuser result in added thermal management.

The team leveraged Ford’s motorsports technical center in North Carolina and its windshear rolling wind tunnel – where top-tier racing teams test – to perfect the design of the Shelby GT500. Front fascia openings are more than doubled versus the Shelby GT350, while six heat exchangers are stuffed in to increase cooling pack airflow by more than 50 percent. A massive 31×28-inch louvered hood vent features a removable aluminum rain tray for better air extraction and increased downforce.

More craftsmanship, technology and driver comfort

Shelby GT500’s purpose-built cockpit boasts race-inspired premium materials and unique finishes worthy of its world-class power. Premium touchpoints include an available exposed carbon fiber instrument panel appliqué and new door panel inserts in Dark Slate Miko® suede with accent stitching. Available Recaro racing seats with firm side bolstering and pass-throughs for safety harnesses offer the highest level of performance. For those looking for even greater comfort, power-adjustable seating with Miko suede inserts is offered. The all-new Shelby GT500 picks up a 12-inch full-color LCD instrument cluster, while a high-performance custom-tuned 12-speaker B&O® Play premium audio system is available. All of this is controlled via an 8-inch SYNC® 3 touch screen featuring SiriusXM and FordPass Connect. New colors for 2020 include Red Hot, Twister Orange and Iconic Silver. Painted stripes are available for the all-new Shelby GT500 too.

Building on the legacy of Shelby performance

With a reputation for transforming Ford Mustang into dominant road racing machines, Carroll Shelby, American racer and entrepreneur, took his legendary Mustang GT350 model further in 1967 to craft the first-generation Shelby GT500 with a modified 428-cubic-inch V8 inspired by his team’s 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans.

Carroll Shelby called the original Shelby GT500 “the first real car I’m really proud of.” Today, that legacy continues with the third-generation 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 – the most powerful and most advanced Mustang ever.

We at Mustang Maniac think that Ford & Shelby America need to give us a GT500 so we can show it off sorry, promote it for them. We would drive it sensibly and not drive it like we stole it. Well, most of the time anyway. Do we want one? Oh, yes!

It will prove to be a worthy successor to the fabled Mustang and Shelby badges.

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