Watching This Space

We have many projects on the go at one time, in fact it’s a logistics game to work out what is where and what can be worked on in the mean time. This week is one of those weeks where things started to fall into place nicely, we even managed to make more room but we shall get into that in a little bit. To start the post this week we start with the Park & Pic, at the moment we have good few cars ready to post on this section. If we haven’t posted yours yet – don’t worry we will as there is a queue at the moment.

So we start with Jimmy’s 1970 302 fastback. We had this little lady in a few weeks ago for a few little jobs like a service and replacing the alternator. The Slot Mag wheels were taken off and polished back up to their full former glory.

Keep sending us your pics of your pride and joy at out yard!

Customers Cars:

We have the Mach1 Restoration project finally getting some colour on her now. So as promised here is the selection of the pics showing the process. Here the seams are sealed up before the etch and the primers are applied.

Then some base coats added the outside and the engine bay given a lick of Satin Black.

Inside was given her coats of colour and panels sprayed ready for fitting.

It wont be long before the outside coats go on and we can get this lady back ready for her rebuild.

Our Yard:

We mentioned at the beginning we managed to move a few things around and we have a couple of cars from a couple of customers with their own temporary little parts of our yard.

We have  the Tilley Corner…

And we have Todd Avenue…

With space now being made Adam managed to get his cars where he wanted them to be, so he put a couple of his Shelbys away properly.

Your name on the wall?

We mentioned a post or two ago to watch this space as Adam has had another idea! Well we can now reveal what he means. The fence at the back of the yard has now been replaced with nice fresh steel sheets and lights, the down side is that it looks a little bland at the moment. So what was Adam’s idea? Well this wall would make excellent advertising space. Being as we take lots of pics of the cars in the yard and post them on our blog, those pictures are seen in the UK as well as all around the World literally, confirmed by our blog statistics. We have spoken about this idea to our Snap-On rep who comes to see us, and he has started us off with his illuminated sign:

Adam will be having a big Mustang Maniac sign up on the wall soon along with possible project that we hope will come to fruition also for the wall which will look amazing. So how can this idea help you? Get one of your signs on our wall for the advertising space and see what it can do for you. Adam also has a great Idea to turn this side of the Yard into something special, again all will be revealed soon. The rates won’t be stupid and Adam is very open for discussion depending on size etc. just have a quick conversation with Adam for what you want and he will be happy to do a deal with you.

Unusual Request: 

We often take on some little projects such as the pedal cars we sprayed up to match the car a little while ago. This time Adam was asked to spray a Raleigh Chopper back to her former glory!  This is a very collectable bike now and can exchange hands for the cost of a cheap run around car!

A little history of the start of the Releigh Chopper

The Chopper’s patent was applied for in the US during 1967. The Chopper was introduced at American trade shows in January 1969 but it was not until April 1969 when Raleigh Choppers were available for public to purchase . The bike featured a choice of a single-speed coaster hub, or a 3-speed or 5-speed Sturmey Archer gear hub, selected using a frame-mounted console gear lever — one of its “cool” features. Other features that appealed to the youth market were the unusual frame, long padded high-back seat, sprung seat at the back, high-rise (ape hanger) handlebars, ‘bobbed’ mud guards (fenders) and differently sized wheels — 16 in (41 cm) front and 20 in (51 cm) rear. The rear hoop above the seat resembled a dragster anti roll bar “sissy bar”. Even the kickstand was designed to give the stationary bicycle a lean reminiscent of a parked motorcycle. Tyres were wider than usual for the time, with a chunky tread on the rear wheel, featuring a red line around the sidewall. In 1970 the Raleigh Chopper was launched in the UK market this was a triple launch for Raleigh, with the Chopper branded as The Hot One, alongside the Moulton Mk3 (The Smooth One), and the RSW Mk3 (The Dolly One).

Two things to finish on:

  1. Send us your Park & Pic of the your ride at our yard.
  2. Ask Adam about his advertising wall.

And The Winner Is…

The yard this week has had lots of little maintenance jobs ready for the Car Show season coming up, which starts around the middle of next month, besides we thought Yogi could do with a break from devouring Onions! The colouring in competition closed last weekend and we had some nice pictures emailed to us and it was a difficult decision to pick a winner, but we (Adam actually) eventually did. Before we get to announcing the winner below, we start the post with the lead pictures of the Park & Pic section.

Park & Pic

This is owned by a guy simply known as “Hutch” who picked up his ’67 Convertible after a little maintenance. We are pleased to say that this car is used regularly and driven around Europe. It can often be seen sitting on the motorways cruising along exactly as it was designed to do.

This car really does drive very well and with the nice smooth and straight foreign roads we can imagine it’s a relaxing drive. This little lady has the unusual option boot rack, and it’s not just for show after a shopping trip apparently!

Competition Result:

The time has come to reveal the winner of our colouring competition.

Well Done Aaron Botevyle, Aged 10.

We shall be getting Aaron’s goody bag and vouchers over to him and hopefully get a photo of the winner too if he is up for it.

These runners-up also deserve a mention too; Theo Green Aged 8, Sam Kumari Aged 9 & Kelly Fullerton Aged 4. All of whom will be getting a little something from us too.

It leaves us to say a big thanks to all those who took time to colour in the drawings and send us in your entries, we appreciate it and hope you enjoyed the fun as much as we did looking at them. Adam has a few paint job ideas now so he tells us.

Adam’s New Toys:

We have had an email from the odd customer trying to buy something over the phone and not being able to get hold of Adam. Remember you don’t need to call us to make an order, that is what the WebShop is there for. Anyway, the reason is quite simple, Adam has gone back to his roots for a few days. Many people will know that Adam started of in the recovery business, and that is what Adam has been doing this week to help out. As a result he has bought himself a “new toy” as a result.

The other additional purchase or “toy” which was “an offer to good to miss”. Another Ford Falcon, but this little lady has had a hard life and was used for racing. Adam’s dilemma is; do I restore it, or have it as a race car and have some fun? Perhaps you could let him know.

Adam quoted us another of his little mottos: “He who dies with the most toys, wins.” 🙂

WebShop:

Adam is feeling quite pleased with himself as he has just signed a deal to be a UK supplier of an very exciting product for early Mustangs. We are just waiting for the first delivery of the items in early next week, we will let you know all about it in next weeks post with a photo update.

DeAgostini Shelby GT500 1:8th Model

Issues 61 – 64.

It seems as though We had a long break before our next instalments of the GT500 model, but at least we got them now.

Part 61

The rear seats and seat belts on this issue. AS per previous issues we are not fond of the way the seat belts pin to the underside. Again we used a little superglue to hold them in place as the little lugs didn’t seem that good. At least it can’t be seen on the underside and just gives a little piece of mind. Just make sure you get the right buckle and clips around the right way.

Place the seat into the back and screw into place.

Part 62

The rear carpet section is in two halves and clips together. Place into the back and two screws behind will hold it in place. Next are the two little clips for each corner, again held in place by smaller screws.

Part 63

We were quite excited about this issue as we see the steering wheel for the first time. This has the wired horn section and the bottom of the steering rack to be fitted.

The bottom cog is tight to the steering column shaft and needs to be tapped fully home.

 

The top of the steering column is in two halves the bottom half will hold the micro switch for the button. It took a little bending of the wires to make it sit correctly.

The top cover of the section steering column is three screws to hold it in place. The steering wheel itself just pushes of the other end of the shaft, with the horn button clipping into place.

We found the steering wheel does not sit perfectly square and with a little pulling will come straight back off the shaft. We would like to have seen a support screw in the middle here of some sort to be honest. Perhaps a little super glue later on? The quality of the steering wheel is very nice though. There are a few parts left over from this issue so keep them safe as they will be used later apparently. It looks like the steering column support bracket and bottom grommet to us.

Part 64

Dead simple this as we have done it before, the spare wheel. Two parts only pressed into each other.

Adam has a very interesting idea or proposition for his back fence. We will tell you about it next week, you could even benefit from it! We finish with a face that says it all – We have a Cadillac waiting for you Yogi!

Peeling Off The Layers

The “Onion” Mustang has picked up a few interested comments, and yes we can confirm that we will bring the full restoration to you. Just like the “French” Mustang or the “Mastic Mustang” the car was in a bit of a mess should we say, but now they look absolutely stunning. This is again a big project from the ground up. So we kick of the post with the Park & Pic article:

This is Paul Todd’s Mach1 which has been restored using as much of the original car as possible, the paint job was done by the man himself. The car has had a set of our Magnum alloy rims on the car and they really suit it. The tyres are yet to be decided but that is just minor details. The subtle touch is the red centre caps to match the hood intakes!

The car needed a few minor additions and Yogi was seen prowling the premises and was collared into fitting some new wiper blades.

Customer Cars:

67 Fastback. Last week we showed you the poor state of the suspension arms that have now been replaced. This week Yogi has completed the under hood wiring loom and looks stock.

We are awaiting further instructions whether to continue with the rest of the restoration or hand the car back as she is, which was plan A. 🙂

The Onion Mustang

We start this update with a little selfie time that was uploaded to Facebook forum click here for the link. The guys getting stuck into the Onion and had a tea break feeling pleased with themselves.

The car has had the floor pans cut away, the front and the rear cabin sections. The Jig was custom-made by Yogi to make sure everything goes back at is should with the original factory jig holes being used. Now we can start to build her up layer by layer. Already she looks totally different.

The dash section was fine and will be used for the basis of the panel fit with the rear cabin section.

With the floor pan now out of the way, the new floor pan could be laid on the jig and married up to the jig and the existing parts.

A new sill was needed along with more metal work.

That leaves replacing the front inner metal work.

Off course none of this can be welded in place yet and is clamped and lightly tack welded just for now until we are happy with the measurements taken of the old parts. Watch this space to see how it all comes together.

WebShop Stock

We get asked now and again if we can get some Rostyle wheels for the early UK Fords. Well we listened and have a batch in stock. We have sold some already and have some left. Shall we keep them as stock or make this a one of batch? Let us know! These wheels we part of original kit for MGB, Rover and of course the early Fords. What we have here are the 15″ version and we love the look of the wheels.

Competition:

You only have a couple of hours to go before the competition deadline runs out. It’s not official this, so don’t tell Adam, but if you send them to mustangmaniacuk@gmail.com after the Midday cut off until this evening, I will sneak them onto the little stack on Adam’s desk.

The Car That Started It All…

This weeks post is a first for us as we have a double-header of lead news. A car we are very fond of arrived into the yard for a little annual maintenance, and Yogi taking a bite out of an onion! But we start this weeks quite important post with the Park & Pic section.

Paul Barns is the owner of this rare ’66 “3” coded car that was built for Export only and has never been on USA roads. It is believed to have started life as a much coveted “T5” Coupe that was possibly shipped to Europe (Germany) or straight to the UK via USAF in ’67. Documentation is pretty scarce around this period of time unfortunately to confirm exactly her origins. More details on the car and the restoration can be found here or under the “Customer Cars” menu above. It took a total of two years hard work to restore it to the way she is now. As this pic was taken in our yard outside Yogi’s old work shop (cave), we thought it was a great pic anyway. So much so that if this picture was a black and white pic, you would say it was taken at a period correct time frame.

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So we messed around with a couple of filters on the pic to show you what we mean.

Keep your pics coming in to us for the Park & Pic, no matter where they were taken on the premises and you will be the lead car for a post.

The car that started it all….

Meet Ken Longmore, if the name sounds familiar it should, as it’s Adam’s Dad. This is Ken’s ’66 Coupe which he has had since 1971 when it was first imported to the UK from Belgium. This car was the very first car that Adam restored all those years ago, and ultimately the trigger for the company “Mustang Maniac” that commands such great respect around the world today. The best part is that Ken is 82 years old and still drives his beloved Mustang. We plan on doing an article (interview) with Adam about this car and how Mustang Maniac started as a result. We do have some of the original photos before the restoration started way back then. The problem is just getting Adam to sit down for ten minutes and tell us all about it just so we can document it, which sounds a lot easier than done. Where are the Jaffa Cakes to tempt him with a cup of tea?

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Those with good powers of observation will notice the rear view mirrors are from a ’67, the reason for that as Ken explains, “I needed bigger mirrors to see who is behind me when I go past them.” Who can to argue with that. 🙂 The “J” plate registration is noted as 1970 – 1971 in the UK which was when the car was first imported to the UK, as that was the rules at the time.

So we now have a twofold question for you: 

A) Do you know of anybody who still owns their Mustang longer than Ken has?

B) Do you know of anybody older than Ken who still drives their Classic Mustang?

Yogi takes a big bite out of an onion!

Now wouldn’t mind betting that you are intrigued to know what we are going on about; the ’67 Convertible formerly know as the “Pop Rivet” Mustang has been renamed to “The Onion.”

Yogi has come up with this new name for this project and the reason is quite simple as we explain. Back on the 18th December we posted pics of the restoration project being loaded into the workshop for some work. We spotted then that there were lots of pop rivets, hence the “Pop Rivet” at the time. This week Yogi got to work on her to see what was needed after a bit more stripping down. Yogi was heard to growl “This has been welded up like an onion has layers”. Yogi likes to get his teeth into things, but even this little lady is going to be a tough project. Yogi has made a Jig for this lady as this needs to be very mobile just now.  Here are a couple of pics of her going to her new home back in December last year.

When work was started on her we hoped that new panel metal work would be enough, so we cut some of them away as we show here.

But thing never ever seem to go to plan and we revealed more than even we were expecting. The original rotten metal was repaired with patches, and then patches on those patches later on. As a result of that inspection, Yogi now stands where the back of the car used to be as it couldn’t be saved! Another pic for the Yogi Fan Club!

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The back of the car had to be carefully cut away as the frame-work for the convertible is not reproduced at the moment. This will have to be cut down and rebuilt welding into the new metal work. Has Yogi bitten of more than he can chew? He told us, “Nope”. Truly a man (bear) of many words then!

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The layers can be seen here in better detail with the patches on patches.

There are parts where the rust holes had just been filled and used like an oversized rivet on top of the layers.

The front didn’t fare too much better either after the structural integrity being investigated more, we suspect the front will have to come of as well.

Like all out projects they will turn out to be amazing looking cars afterwards, in fact we suggest that this car will be the sweet cherry on top of the cake, and not a sour onion at all. We are looking forward to bringing you this restoration build as we go along. At the moment there is no urgency to complete this project, but that can always change.

1967 Fastback

Yogi had to rewire this little lady and change some suspension parts, he was shocked to see that the front control arms were dangerous, they were replaced back onto the car with cracked metalwork around the bolts and with the bushings hanging out, thus allowing for a good quarter of an inch movement. They even labelled the sides up with marker pens for refitting back to the car.

So far we have done as we we asked but there could be more work to be done.

Competition:

Don’t forget the competition for the colouring in ends next week. We asked if anybody has a line drawing and Chris Tilley has sent us this as, “there wasn’t a coupe on the last drawings.”

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Feel free to download and colour in, this has also been added to the “Download” section in the menus at the top. We are loving these so please keep them coming.

Competition Time!

It seems as though last weeks post was well received as we had a couple of emails suggesting we should do a competition for the best colouring in. Well, it has been agreed that we will do a little competition for all of our younger readers as well as those big kids among us. The prizes will be one of our Gift Vouchers from Mustang Maniac and a goody bag. You can send us your coloured in pics by pencils, crayons, water colours, airbrushed or Photoshop pics directly to our blog email address just for this competition: mustangmaniacuk@gmail.com  All the received entries will be judged by Adam, and as usual what he says, that will be the final ruling. The closing date for our first competition will be the mid-day 12th March 2017, and the winner will be announced a week later on the 19th March 2017 with their winning picture. There is even a temporary countdown timer on the right of the page now just to keep you advised of the days left before the closing date. Just make sure you put your contact details with your entry so we can send you the prize if you are the lucky winner. We of course would like to see where we get the entries from all around the world. Download the image from the bottom of the of the post, or click here for a link. Also, if you have any line drawings you wish to share with our readers, again send them to us on the email above and will add them to our download section and give you a shout out on the blog too.

Park & Pic

We have had a couple more pics sent to us and the next in line was Tony Pook’s lovely fastback with a superb number plate. Thanks for the Picture Tony.

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Keep those pictures coming in and we will get you on the blog as the lead picture.

Customers Cars: 

We had a ’67 fastback in with us for some work to be finished up and some maintenance. The car has been rewired by the owner and we were asked to finish under the hood wiring.

Yogi has wired the car and wrapped the loom with our own cloth tape to for that original look.

We were asked to fire the car up for a few seconds after it had been wired up. The engine had no exhaust headers fitted at this point and not a lot water in the engine.

Ever wondered what a v8 looks like firing straight out of the cylinders? Here is a very rare chance to see only a few seconds of what happens, filmed from inside the Yogi workshop.

Before you ask, yes it was a LOT louder than the video suggests!

The car is going to have the brakes overhauled and some suspension replacements. Yogi started that process of by painting the master brake reservoir before re-fitting it back into the engine.

Chris’ Project

Chris has been a busy boy getting back to bare metal in order to paint with the trusted Red Oxide paint as a base coat. The big problem he is having at the moment is the Waxoyl treatment. A hot air gun is being used as the first plan of attack to soften the goo up and then scrape it off. That’s all before the paint even starts to come off.

 

Colouring In Competition Sheet. 

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Get colouring in and send us your entries, enjoy and have fun.

Farewell & Fairlane

A busy week with a new arrival to the fleet, Adam decided he wanted something a little different from a Mustang. Before you ask, yes he still loves his Mustangs! We will start with the Park & Pic on this post which has turned out to be a popular section. thank you for the pictures been sent to us, please keep them coming as we now have another four cars lined up ready for the lead pic. This has to be done on a first come first sent basis, so if you have sent in a pic, we will use it, promise.

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Jon O’Leary’s ’69 Fastback which he has only had for a few months now is this weeks lead pic. A couple of weeks ago we posted the shocks going on, the new exhaust and some work around the engine cooling. Jon picked her up and was well pleased with the transformation to his car’s handling. The car is now sporting a set of our Magnum 500 Alloy wheels and new tyres, the matt black and alloy work really well and suit the car perfectly. The car also had a set of our bespoke LED lights at the rear behind the stock lenses, a subtle and very safe upgrade we like to recommend.

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We may well have a few more things to do on her in the future, but for now Jon wants to enjoy his car, and we can’t say we blame him!

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We say farewell to this little lady for now. On another note (exhaust), we think we may just of heard the car going down the road!

Paul the Paint’s Mach1

The car is finished and ready for the road so we say farewell to this restoration project too. The only thing that remains to finish the car is the wheels and tyres. As yet these haven’t been decided, but the car can be driven and there is no immediate rush for the wheels and tyres. The car was assembled back together using as much of the original parts as possible, that was inside, under the car and under the hood.

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The wheels and tyres combo is going to be open for debate for a while, 15’s, 17’s or 20’s?

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Ford Fairlane 500 

Did you know:

The Ford Fairlane model was sold between 1955 and 1970, the name for this particular model was taken from Henry Ford’s estate, Fair Lane, near Dearborn, Michigan.

Adam’s new addition is this very original ’66 Fairlane. The car was a one owner with only 46,000 genuine miles on the clock. Adam decided to put a couple of upgrades on the car. That would be the LED lights front, which are side lights and indicators. The rear lights have the back up lights and the change to indicators when not in reverse. This set of LED’s are the only ones in the country like it and were custom-made. In fact Adam did say “Don’t ask!”

We have uploaded a video of them working to our YouTube channel or you can watch it below here:

The car is a beauty to drive with disc brake conversion at the front with a pretty awesome bench front seat.

The 289 starts and runs beautifully now after Yogi had worked his magic on it.

A pretty good selfie of Yogi and Paul looking at the Fairlane. We thought we would keep the Yogi Fan Club happy this week.

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We finish this week with some artwork stuff for you. The first drawing was from an email signature that we liked, so we decided to share it with you.

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A little give away for adults as well as kids now with a colouring in page which you can download, resize as you want and print to keep the younger ones happy, even the adults can get in on the action. This picture can also be found on our “Downloads” heading above, or click here for the link.

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Clamping Down

It seems as though last week’s Park & Pic was liked and we have a few pics ready lined up now. Thanks to Ian Coxshall for being the first this week to send us a pic of his car in our yard. The pic wasn’t taken at the front of the offices, but we love what he had done here. This was taken just after the restoration and almost ready to hit the road in 2011. So keep sending us your pics of your pride and joy at Mustang Maniac and you could take the lead pic too on our blog post. The page has been updated with Ian’s pic as well on the new page “Park & Pic” or click here for the link.

Ian Coxshall ’66 Fastback

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Customer Cars:

Gulf Stream Aqua’ 65 Coupe

The car has moved from the temporary body shop to the paint shop now and is looking ready for some paint.

We don’t know about you post, but we think a car sitting in primer is a pretty awesome sight:

Hopefully the next few pics will see the car in colour, then it will be putting her back together again.

WebShop News:

We have been asked if we can get a supply of some branded “FoMoCo” hose clamps. So we set about getting some in for our customers who want that little bit more originality. We are pleased to say that the wait is now over, we have three different sizes of these premium quality Stainless Steel clamps in stock. They can be found by searching for FoMoCo on the WebShop and found under “Engine”, or click here for the quick link, or copy and paste the link here: https://mustangmaniac.co.uk/parts/engine/38 to your browser. We have been using them by request already and the quality is very good.

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If there is anything in stock that would benefit all our customers with things like this, then let us know your requests and we could look into it, who knows we may well start stocking the items. We are the only company who genuinely listens to our customers requirements and stock what we can or at least order in as special item for you.

Mustang Maniac Forum

A few have noticed that the old forum has been updated to run on Facebook now. The principles are exactly the same, it’s a chat room and chance to ask some questions of the many experts that have been there, done it or are doing it to their own Mustangs. Click the link on the menus or click here to go straight there. Request to join and that’s it, no passwords, no waiting for responses, it’s just Facebook for Mustangs.