What Happened?

Last week there was no posted blog. We had an email and a couple of comments at the offices to ask what happened to the blog. The answer is quite simple, but not so quick to fix. The blogging PC decided it wasn’t going to play ball and threw a frothy fit and dropped dead. Earlier in the year it was tagged by a nearby lighting strike and it had been a little flaky and temperamental ever since. The usual tell tale signs such as; random blue screens of death, random shut down, not starting, posts not being saved and the edited pictures disappearing now and again too. We went to turn it on as normal Sunday and nothing. No bleeps, no sounds, no nothing, we were not happy as you can imagine. We removed components from the motherboard part by part until something happened. Standard practice to find a faulty part that could stop a PC from booting. Nothing happened until all the parts apart from the CPU were removed. Then we managed to get some sort of post bleep sounds from the speaker. A load of bleeps long and short signals the inevitable sounds of doom. We managed to set the board to defaults and restart to see what we got. A little life this time, plugging the parts back in to see if we got anything. As soon as the drives were plugged in the PC failed. Interrogation of the motherboard showed nothing was being detected on the drives connections. The CPU was showing some random default and certainly not what it should be. Three hours later we gave up, it was dead. Finally after eight months clutching onto twelve volts of life, the LEDs went out for good.

We ordered a load of replacement parts, as the motherboard had died you can pretty much guarantee what was plugged into it directly would have been effected too. Memory, processor, graphics card etc. Just before Christmas the expense of a new PC was not what we needed, not just the cost but the inconvenience as well. Well and truly into four figures for our bespoke system, the parts arrived midweek. It took a complete day to physically build the PC into the case and configure all the parts. The next two days setting up the operating system and reinstalling the programs we use. But due to best practice we didn’t loose the blog as that was all backed up, just a few of the latest photo’s not backed up had gone.

So in short – the PC died and we needed to build a new one and get it running again. So we hope you can forgive us for no posts. Sorry.

WebShop

We have had some bespoke back up lamp LED bulbs made for us which we are quite pleased about. A day or so before the PC died we uploaded a little video to our YouTube channel click here for the link of it working.

These are super bright and you can actually see where you going.

The link directly to our WebShop for the bulbs click here. Our first batch has almost sold out and we are awaiting for more to arrive.

We are looking to add more to YouTube of our parts working and maybe a few little demos too. Of course we will place the links here for you too.

This is a short post as the photo’s we had of the Yogi working on his cars have gone. we will need to get a few more and bring you back up to date on the next post.

Christmas Time.

It’s that time of year when the petrol head in your life can’t wait to open lots of lovely car parts on Christmas Day. But of course if you don’t know what to buy – the next best thing would be our Gift Vouchers. We can supply them up to any amount in £20 and £10 denominations.

Click here for the link for the vouchers.

Hopefully our next post will be back up to the normal standards.

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Back To Work

Adam is now back from SEMA 2019 and he says that he misses the rain and moaning of politics in the UK. It was a busy time out there this year with lots of meetings and appointments, some of which we hope to see the fruits of those labours soon. Adam also caught up with friends for a few days and and then for a little personal holiday time. Yogi has been been attending to some personal matters, (no he doesn’t need cream for it!) With his hectic schedule as well he hasn’t been in his bear cave as much as he would liked over the last couple of weeks or so. But we can show you some of what has been going on.

Customer Cars

The engine swap out has progressed well and Yogi has been doing his thing with the brake lines as well.

Obviously the plumbing and wire work needs to be completed yet. The Gearbox is in the process of being reconditioned and shouldn’t be to long before we can road test this little lady.

Project Car

The little secret Resto-Mod has taken a little more shape with some fitting, filler and fettling taking place.

This should be a nice steady project over the weekend for the bear.

WebShop

This has now been updated with regards to the sheet metal. Unless you are trade and have a particular log on the general public will not be able to buy the fenders, floor panels now. When you try order these parts you will be meet with similar notifications.

It’s a shame that a few ignoramus have ruined it for the many. But, our business model can’t sustain shipping and replacements parts at our expense because a customer doesn’t know what they are buying. On a couple of occasions now we have actually sold sheet metal parts at a loss to the business in order to maintain full customer service satisfaction, when in fact nothing was wrong with our service or indeed the parts supplied.

We hope you understand.

Electrifying News

Source: https://www.at.ford.com/en/homepage/news-and-clipsheet/news/2019/11/Mach-E-Europe.html

Ford has finally released the details of the Mustang Mach-E. There has been much debate on the forums saying they don’t like it as it’s not a Mustang because it has 4 doors etc, or there is no v8. We can’t possible say one way or the other, but there is no V8 and yes it will go like hell. But is it a Mustang – that debate will rage on for a while yet! But, here is what ford says;

“For the first time in 55 years, Ford is expanding the Mustang family, bringing the famous pony into the electric age with Mustang Mach-E, an all-new, all-electric SUV born of the same free-spirited ideals that inspired the best-selling sports coupe in the world.

Mustang represents freedom, progress, fast performance and a touch of rebellion. Now, Mustang is ready to reimagine these ideas for a powerful electric future, with space for customers’ growing needs and advanced over-the-air updates that continue to improve the vehicle.

“At the first-ever Detroit auto show, Henry Ford said he was working on something that would strike like forked lightning,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “That was the Model-T. Today, the Ford Motor Company is proud to unveil a car that strikes like forked lightning all over again. The all-new, all-electric, Mustang Mach-E. It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s freedom. For a new generation of Mustang owners.”

Ford brought the Mustang Mach-E to life through a development process concentrated entirely on customer needs and desires. The result is a sleek, beautiful SUV that delivers spirited ride and handling, with state-of-the-art connected vehicle technology that makes Mustang Mach-E even better over time.

When it arrives in late 2020, Mustang Mach-E will be available with standard and extended-range battery options with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive powered by permanent magnet motors. Equipped with an extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive, Mustang Mach‑E has a targeted pure-electric driving range of up to 600 km (more than 370 miles) according to the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).1 In extended-range all-wheel drive configurations, Mustang Mach-E is targeting 337 PS (248 kW) and 565 Nm of torque.

Ford also will offer a special performance version. The Mustang Mach-E GT is targeting 0-to-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration in less than 5 seconds,2 as well as an estimated 465 PS (342 kW) and 830 Nm of torque.

“The Mustang Mach-E is one of the most exciting vehicles Ford has ever introduced,” said Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe. “This purpose-built all-electric vehicle is unique, but still unmistakably a Mustang, and it’s coming at exactly the right time for customers in Europe.””

What do you think either as an owner of a classic or new Mustang, or just a reader?

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The Rest Of SEMA 2019

During Adam’s time at SEMA this year there was lots of meetings more so than usual and catching up with his elite circle of friends very high up in the motoring world. We have been some pictures sent back to us and here are those remaining shots.

Starting with the obligatory Mustangs of course.

A rather shiny Cobra

Dom’s famous Charger

And of course the odd celeb. who wanted to speak to Adam and waited in line until he was available. 😉

A couple of shots of some ladies who were helping with the promotion work.

After Adam & Lynn had done shopping a little medicinal shopping was required. Now it’s not know if this alcohol was purchased or just for demonstration purposes, but the next batch of messages didn’t make a lot of sense. We suspect the messages got corrupted on the way over the Bermuda Triangle.

 

Adam & Lynn are now on their way to a private holiday break taking in Memphis Graceland. But they did take a picture of the hotel car park and the bull riding ring ‘inside’ the hotel.

Just a quick note, that hotel car park is better looking than some of the ‘hotels’ I have personally stayed in. Adam will be back soon to a mountain of work that he thought would go away while on holiday, nope it’s not gone away. 😀

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SEMA 2019 Day One

These post won’t need any introduction as it’s quite obvious they are from SEMA. We got a batch of pics arrive in no particular order. So I will try and sort them out; outside, Mustangs, Ford Stand, trucks etc.

Outside

Celeb Spotting

The Ford Stand

Adam found a relative of Yogi’s waiting at the ford stand for him.

Trucks

Mustangs

Eleanor

Paul Walker’s Ford Escort RS1600 Mk1 

Other 

Adam did find a truck just for Yogi though;

Depending on when we get the next batch of pictures we will bring you SEMA Day 2.

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Full Steam Ahead

The start of the SEMA journey 2019 has begun. Adam & Lynn have taken a flight to Los Angeles hired a car and then traveled to Barstow where they were going to stop overnight and ready for SEMA the next day.

On their way they stopped of at a couple of places of interest, on of which is this place full of big trains, not quite running on steam more like diesel! Adam had his eye on a couple ‘couple of little trucks’ that he could use for LAR Recovery too.

A couple of stops for some food saw a previously visited diner. A couple of places they didn’t try.

Adam did say that the waiter service was a bit slow though.

Stopping of at Whiskey Pete’s Casino in Primm, Nevada they found the Bonnie & Clyde ‘death car’.

At 9.15am on May 23rd, 1934, the notorious Bonnie and Clyde were gunned down in a police ambush as they were driving a stolen 1934 Ford Deluxe near Sailes, Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  Immortalized in Arthur Penn’s 1967 Oscar-winning film, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, Bonnie and Clyde are still considered the most famous gangster couple in history. Their story goes back to the height of the Great Depression when they met for the first time and entered a world of crime.

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, sometime between 1932 and 1934, when their exploits in Arkansas included murder, robbery, and kidnapping. Contrary to popular belief the two never married. They were in a long standing relationship. Posing in front of a 1932 Ford V-8 automobile.

It was 1932 when Bonnie and Clyde began a crime spree that lasted for 21 months and resulted in 13 deaths. In addition to this, they committed several bank robberies, burglaries, kidnappings, and automobile thefts. However, May 23rd, 1934, was not their lucky day as they were killed by the police in a hail of bullets. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow had no chance of survival and died as they lived, by the gun.

While the story of Bonnie and Clyde ends here, the 1934 Ford Model, 730 Deluxe Sedan in which the outlaws were killed, became an instant celebrity after the police had returned it to its original owner.

The Trail’s End” was on a road deep in the piney Louisiana woods.

The criminal couple stole the now famous 1934 Ford Deluxe from Ruth Warren of Topeka, Kansas. She bought the car for $835 (15,000 in today’s worth) in March 1934 and in April it was already stolen by Bonnie and Clyde. One month later, the car reappeared, but it had over 160 bullet holes and was stained with Bonnie and Clyde’s blood.

No wonder the car had so many bullet holes since each of the six officers that ambushed the notorious couple had an automatic rifle, shotgun, and a pistol. The officers emptied all of their weapons and, since they knew who they were dealing with, they even kept shooting at the car after it had stopped.

Their gunfire was so loud, that the posse suffered temporary deafness all afternoon.

The 160 bullet holes and the duo’s blood were just a tiny problem for the owner of the car. When Ruth Warren went to reclaim her stolen car she was shocked to find out that she had to pay $15,000 to get it back. At least that was what the local Sheriff, named Henderson Jordan, told her. Warren decided to sue, so she hired an attorney, named W.D. Goff, to represent her and with his help, she managed to win the case and finally get her car back.

In the years that followed, the car was leased several times, and it was displayed at the Topeka Fairgrounds. In 1945, it was sold for $3,500 (nearly $50,000 in today’s money) to Charles Stanley, who used the death car as a sideshow attraction at his traveling carnival. Stanley even brought the car to the Nevada race track where he allowed people to sit inside it for the price of 1 dollar.

When Stanley retired in 1960, he sold the famous car to Ted Toddy for $14,500 (nearly $120,000 in today’s worth), and he also had to sue a man named Johnny Portemont to prove that the car he owned was the 1934 Ford Deluxe in which Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow died. He won the case, and the court prohibited Johnny Portemont from exhibiting any other car except Toddy’s car as the “true” Bonnie and Clyde death car.

The death car again changed its owner in 1977 when Toddy sold it for $175,000 ($725,000 in today’s worth) to Peter Simon II, who displayed it at his casino Pop’s Oasis in Nevada. About ten years later, the casino closed and he sold the car to the owners of Whiskey Pete’s Hotel and Casino in Primm, Nevada.

The infamous Bonnie and Clyde death car has been touring across the country for the past 30 years, but, mostly, it remained in the lobby of Whiskey Pete’s Hotel and Casino in Primm, Nevada, where it can be found today. The car is not the only Bonnie and Clyde artifact that can be seen at Whiskey Pete’s where visitors can also see Clyde’s bloodstained shirt which he wore the day he died.

Arriving at the overnight stop.

Adam decided that he needed to see into the future, it was bright – apparently he’s going to SEMA.

After a busy day it was time to relax;

There will be some pics from SEMA itself as we get them. Watch this space.

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Carpet Riddle – Solved

As you read this Adam will be a good few thousand feet in the air on his way to the USA and looking forward to the SEMA 2019 show. Before he left he done a few little videos for us about his 2016 ‘Enos 350’ spec Mustang which will be going on YouTube very soon, but we grabbed it first straight out the editing suite for the blog. Speaking of videos we start with a serious clip on how not to do an upgrade yourself!

Customers Cars

There is so much you can do to Mustangs to improve their look in the wheel area; beauty rings, rim swap outs, alloy wheels, white letter tyres, roll the arches, tub them etc. One of those tweaks is the addition of wheel spacers. Readily available with various thicknesses from 3mm to 5mm which we also stock. Fitted correctly with the correct studs and nuts to hold the wheels in place, they don’t pose a problem and can change the look of a car. However, if you don’t know what you are doing it can be dangerous and cause serious issues with the car stability. This couple of second snippet of video shows you what we mean!

Nothing else needs to be said. If you’re not sure about it, let the professionals do it.

Our Engines

Somebody emailed Adam a while ago when we were talking about our new stocked engines. He was quite blunt about engine rebuilds thinking that we sort of made it up about our range of date correct stock! Adam’s response?

‘Nahh mate, – we ain’t got no engines, just like you say’

There’s no strokers, no 351 Clevelands or Windsors, no big block anything, no inline 6s or custom built engines anywhere! We don’t have any 302 crate motors either come to think of it. 😉

Those who know Adam also know that he has engines, gearboxes, heads, blocks etc. stashed all over the place, these finished examples were stored here just for now while the space was made in the engine shed for the new addition or two.

WebShop

Mustang Maniac is now getting much more supplies for a lot of the newer mustangs in stock which has swelled enormously as a result. As we like to test the parts ourselves before we sell them, Adam fitted his new Smoked Lens 2016-2018 LED rear lamp swap out. He filmed it all on his own at the time. This video will be up on YouTube soon. But, we have it here first:

Shelby Tags

A new stock item has arrived for the GT350 Shelbys. These door tags look amazing and just what you need for that full restoration.

Email for further information as these haven’t been added to the WebShop yet.

Mystery of the horse carpet – Solved!

We posted that we couldn’t work out how the Mustang horse carpet came into Adam’s stock pile of memorabilia. Well we now know thanks to an email and a photo.

This was taken at he Mustang Owners Club of Great Britain’s stand at the Birmingham NEC a number of years ago. It being the horse carpet was raffled of as a prize. The person who won the carpet later had a conversation with Adam where the carpet exchanged hands. It was forgotten all about until space was made to store some engines (that we don’t have) on a temporary basis. We still don’t know what to do with it.

Next week may not be a standard weekend blog, but there may be some SEMA posts though. We will just have to wait and see how it all pans out.

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SEMA 2019

Over the next few weeks the blog may be a little erratic. Adam is leaving for SEMA 2019, every year this is Adam’s favourite business trip. The SEMA show is from Tuesday 5th November to Friday 8th November. Once the contacts have been met, caught up with friends, deals been made and new products sourced, there will be a few days holiday after the show while he is in the USA. We will be bringing you some photo’s of SEMA when we get them. Adam’s access to emails will be limited and the time zones could mean responses at all sorts of hours. Also due to the NEC in a couple of weeks, there may or may not be a post that weekend.

The clocks went back this morning so we are now in official winter time. Not many Mustangs come out to play and have been ‘Winterised’ as Adam would say, tucked up in their safe warm storage places. So over these dark winter months we get to work on our own projects. One of which is a private job for a very good friend of ours and wishes his project to remain offline for now, we will respect that of course. But, lets just say Yogi’s metal work skills have come into play, a lot! The other thing that can happen is that cars which have seen the summer out can come in for some serious project work such as our first car here.

Customer Cars:

We have a ’67 Coupe in with a swap out and recondition required.

This little lady has had a 351W swap out at some stage in the past and the customer wants to keep that level of power still.

The replacement is to be one of our reconditioned 351W slightly breathed upon on engines. The other recondition was going to be the C4 transmission. Although we have these in stock ready to go, the customer wanted to keep his original transmission and get it reconditioned. We agreed and that will be going of to our UK Engineering company to be worked on over the coming weeks.

When we have her back we can bolt together and road test.

Hood Scoop

The customer of this car wanted a replacement hood with a scoop without loss of strength. Carbon fiber would be great, but costs are mental money. So glass fiber supported by a steel frame was the way to go. Considerable saving on weight and the results are top quality. Black spray job on fiber glass is never easy but as you can see this is spot on!

WebShop

Trade Sheet Metal,

We now have an important message regarding our sheet metal parts. The WebShop has now been updated to only sell sheet metal to “Trade”. Thanks to a particular customer that has managed to ruin for everybody else now, Adam has now changed his approach to the parts. It seems that customers are complaining that they are damaged and bent. They aren’t of course, it’s the pressing marks and stamping creases. This caused Mustang Maniac a lot of aggravation, time and we ended up out of pocket through no fault of our own. We will bring you the full story later, once Adam has calmed down. As a result this was seen to go up outside one of his workshops the next day!

If you intended to by sheet metal parts from us, you will need to supply the details of your “Trade”, which will be checked by us, or already have a Trade account with us! Our sheet metal terms and conditions have now also been applied at the check page.

Adam might and we mean very little chance, might change his mind in the future, but considering his reaction – we doubt it very much.

LED’s 

We have some real nice Mustang Maniac bespoke H4 replacement LED headlight bulbs come into us and this is the first of the batch. They are not cheap, but these are white and bright! We have yet to trial these on our own cars, but from what we have seen so far these will be popular. A straight H4 LED bulb, not just for Mustangs either. Canbus friendly 12 -24 volt fitting. We are very excited about these.

Lost & Found

A few years ago at the NEC car show there was a large Mustang Carpet on display that had many feet walk over it in the course of the weekend. During a recent clean up to make room for some more reconditioned engines this was found; a one off custom made mat.

Adam has no idea how he has come to have it, but here it is, in it’s full grubby state. Adam isn’t sure what to do with it now. Was it stuffed into a car that Adam transported back from the show, was it a present, or did somebody dump it, we don’t know.

Any suggestions or ideas?

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