We are back to normal this week with our Mustang Maniac updates on what we have been up to. It seems that in the last week or so everybody has posted the same thing about the new 2024 Mustang. Since our post we have seen a release from Ford that the newly revealed S650 Mustang will be available in Europe “late 2023**” Those little asterix when you look for the small print actually says; “December 2023”. So we might as well say that the 2024 Mustang will indeed be 2024 for us.
Did You Know; the word “asterix” is ancient Greek, translated it means ‘little star’ as it resembles a conventional image of a heraldic star.
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This week we have a double car picture for you, both of which we will tell you about below.
The first was the green ’67 Fastback that we have looked after for a number of years now. The car was in for her annual service and MOT. This car runs and drives like she looks.
Next up was a ’68 where we were asked to swap out the stoke exhaust manifolds for a pair of headers. This involves a bit of cutting and refabricating to join it all up properly along with a healthy dose of patience and above all – knuckles of steel!
Did You Know; if you swap out the stock exhaust manifolds for a good set of headers you can gain up to ten percent power increase. 😲
Another ’67 we have had for a while was to only fix the rust issues and get the metal work ready for prep and paint. A few posts ago we showed the work we had done to replace most of the rear end. A lot of work and sheet metal used so far.
We often say that we don’t cut corners – we do it right! Well, sometimes we do cut corners, especially on the bottom leading edges of doors, a common place to rust out. If the majority of the door skin is fine there is no need to replace the whole skin, or even the door. A skilled fabrication of a corner is all you need.
Here is a little of that Yogi magic.
It’s not just about slapping a cut out into the door, it’s about maintaining that important factory look. The lip of the ‘patch’ is worked round to match the existing skin. The curve of the door, the leading edge of the metal all has to match up, or the eye will pick up on it straight away.
Welded into place and ground to the same levels.
The doors refitted after some spray to protect the exposed metal. Of course it’s not perfect, but when the prep, filler and pre paint rub downs are completed, it’s fresh metal to be painted.
So do we cut corners? Only the bad metal ones.
So, how do we round up this post?
With a picture of Yogi’s beast ripping up the drag strip, that’s how.
At Mustang Maniac we have been waiting with baited breath after the recent teasers from Ford about the new 2024 or S650 Mustang. We weren’t disappointed and we like what we see. The fact Ford have kept with the internal combustion engine and not some eco warrior electric on version only will surely please many petrol/gear heads. Yes, we like to look after the planet that’s a given, but these cars are very economical now days much more so than cars of just a few years ago. Not only that, these cars will still give thundering performance when the pedal hits the metal. Ford have gone back to their roots and produced another Mustang that can again be classed as a proper “muscle car”. There has been lots of posts and updates about the new ‘pony’ to the stables, so we had to pause or normal weekly updates in order to bring you what we have found out, so far.
2024 or S650 Mustang Arrives
Ford once again sounds a wake-up call for sports car lovers around the world with the introduction of the all-new Ford Mustang.
The seventh generation is the most exhilarating and visceral yet, from its fighter jet-inspired digital cockpit to new advanced turbocharged and naturally aspirated engines to its edgier yet timeless exterior design.
“Investing in another generation of Mustang is a big statement at a time when many of our competitors are exiting the business of internal combustion vehicles,” said Jim Farley, CEO of Ford Motor Company. “Ford, however, is turbocharging its ICE growth plan, adding connected technology, opinionated derivatives, and hybrid options to our most profitable and popular cars – all in the Ford Blue family – on top of investing $50 billion in electric vehicles through 2026.”
The new Mustang adds another chapter to an icon, delivering the looks, sound and appeal of the world’s best-selling sports coupe for seven years running. Whether convertible or coupe, V8 or turbocharged 4-cylinder, manual or automatic, Mustang has options at multiple price points and performance levels.
A completely rethought interior Behind the chiseled exterior silhouette of the seventh-generation Mustang lies the most technologically advanced, driver-centric cockpit of any Mustang to date. The fighter jet-inspired cockpit offers the driver two flowing and curved displays that can be quickly customized to show information the driver wants or needs to see.
The car’s 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster can be customized to display different animated designs and new drive-mode dependent visuals. Based on the same Unreal Engine 3D creation tool used in modern video games, when choosing personalized drive mode settings, the car’s current setup is displayed on the center stack as real-time graphical renderings. Settings can be adjusted by simply swiping the graphic to rotate the car virtually in a true gamified style.
“We’re taking advantage of every pixel,” said Craig Sandvig, Ford Mustang interaction design manager. “We can be creative in showing necessary driving information and give the driver control of selecting colors, classic Mustang gauges or even a ‘calm’ screen where only minimal details are displayed.”
Mustang’s default instrument gauge setting has shifted from traditional, cool blue and light grey tones to an ultra-modern, copper appearance theme also shared with Mustang Mach-E. From there, almost everything in the displays – and the ambient interior lighting – can be configured to selected tones, while instrument clusters adapt to drive mode selection.
When choosing personalized drive mode settings, the car’s current setup is displayed on the center stack as real-time graphical renderings. Settings can be adjusted by simply swiping the graphic to rotate the car virtually in true gamified style.
This digital instrument cluster can be optionally configured to flow seamlessly into a 13.2-inch SYNC® 4 center stack behind a single piece of integrated glass that’s angled toward the driver.
“We knew what customers wanted and designed the most digital Mustang ever while retaining the all-important driver-focused cockpit,” said Ricardo Garcia, Ford interior design manager. “Removing some of these physical buttons, such as radio and climate control, and integrating them into a digital display was popular in research with Millennials, Gen-Z and traditional Mustang drivers alike.”
Beyond the screen, an all-new race-inspired flat-bottomed steering wheel provides more space when getting seated.
Outside the vehicle, animated welcome lighting greets drivers as they approach and, upon entry, Mustang splash screens come to life. And for those who enjoy the sound of a revving engine, Mustang introduces Remote Rev, providing the ability to rev the car’s engine remotely using the key fob.
Mustang has a standard cloth interior featuring all-cloth seats with optional Micro Suede vinyl inserts and black seat belts, while Premium models benefit from upgraded wrapped and accent stitched across the instrument panel and door trim. EcoBoost models feature Ford’s ‘ActiveX’ synthetic leather upholstery with multiple color options, while GT models gain leather seat inserts.
Higher series models offer an upgraded, full-leather steering wheel, as well as a choice of color accent stitching and a unique upholstery perforation across the seat inserts, complemented by color-coordinated, asymmetric accent striping on the seat belts.
The center console can also incorporate an available wireless mobile phone charging pad while new overhead USB ports are installed above the cockpit, conveniently placed for track cameras and other devices, helping prevent wires from draping across the cabin.
The available B&O Sound System is optimized for the car’s interior, contributing to the visceral experience of Mustang ownership. Customers can share the ultimate driving playlist through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both of which are fully compatible with SYNC 4.
Amazon Alexa Built-In with Ford Streaming allows music and podcasts to be played with simple voice commands. Like the all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV, the all-new Mustang features Ford Power-Up software update capability.
Edgier design with timeless Mustang cues, plus more customization The seventh generation adds modern chiseled looks to its heritage-inspired design, which sets out to appeal to the broadest Mustang customer mindset yet.
Its low, horizontal brow across the front emphasizes overall frontal width, while the upper grille design shape is influenced by the original 1960s design. The Tri-Bar LED headlamps continue the Mustang’s classic lighting signature. Its sleek roofline, broad sprinting stance and shortened rear overhang are also true to the authentic proportions of the first generation, while the widened rear haunches point to the power over the wheels in true Mustang style. The roofline is optimized for driver entry and exit without removing their helmet on the track, and an extended rear deck houses a new crisp signature tri-bar lighting and redesigned diffuser for improved aerodynamic balance in the rear.
Each model in the Mustang lineup carries its own unique front end. GT is differentiated from EcoBoost models by larger, more aggressive grille openings, engineered to allow increased airflow, reflecting the increase in power and performance. The car’s aerodynamics are optimized further with the addition of new hood vents and redesigned front splitter. “Both the EcoBoost and Mustang GT have unique styling cues that deliver on their promise of Mustang Performance,” said Christopher Walter, Ford Mustang design manager. “The new Mustang is more chiseled and edgier, leaning into Mustang’s classic brawniness and timelessness.”
Mustang convertible continues its drop-top legacy offering maximum open-air freedom. A simple, one-touch activation with a single-handle center latch opens and closes the fully lined and insulated fabric roof. The compact roof design and independent rear suspension also contribute toward segment-leading trunk space that can accommodate up to two golf bags.
The all-new Mustang launches with 11 exterior color options including two new shades, Vapor Blue and Yellow Splash, complemented by new stripe colors and designs. Customers also can choose from three Brembo brake caliper color options: Black, Red and Grabber Blue, plus an all-new lineup of alloy wheels, ranging from 17-inch standard size on base models to 19-inch for GT with optional 20-inch alloy wheels.
New for the 2024 model year is the Mustang Design Series, providing further customization options straight from the factory. The Bronze Design Series Appearance Package adds Sinister Bronze alloy wheels with bronze badges, and is available on both EcoBoost and GT models, with or without the optional Performance Pack.
Most Advanced and Athletic Engines Ever The way Mustang looks, drives and sounds is key to the experience that makes customers want to get in the driver’s seat and hit the road. The all-new Mustang delivers an even more exciting drive experience with new and advanced engine technologies. It starts with Mustang GT, now powered by an advanced, 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine. The fourth-generation 5.0-liter is set to deliver the most naturally aspirated horsepower of any Mustang GT thanks to an innovative dual air intake box and dual-throttle body design, that helps minimize induction loss by enabling higher air flow rates.
“This is the most athletic and confidence-inspiring Mustang EcoBoost and GT to drive yet,” said Ed Krenz, Ford Mustang chief nameplate engineer. “Whether driving an automatic or manual transmission, thanks to drive modes combined with fine-tuned digital engine, suspension and steering controls, we’re now able to give drivers peak performance everywhere, from their favorite roads to their local track.”
Ford has saved the manual transmission for a new generation and the 5.0-liter V8 continues to offer a standard six-speed manual transmission for customers who want an uncompromised connection to eight-cylinder power. Ford’s advanced 10-speed automatic transmission is available, and it almost instantaneously reconfigures its shift patterns to match the selected drive mode. Customers who desire Mustang’s fun-to-drive feeling with fuel efficiency benefits can opt for the EcoBoost model, powered by an all-new, four-cylinder turbocharged 2.3-liter powertrain. The feeling of freedom and confidence Mustang instills in its drivers is amplified when they take control of how the car behaves.
On a twisty back road or a weekend track day, the driver can quickly adjust steering effort, engine response, and transmission and electronic stability control settings through six available Drive Modes to create the perfect Mustang at any time. These are Normal, Sport, Slippery, Drag, Track plus a customizable setting with up to six individual profiles, tailored to the driver’s view ahead of them. As each mode is selected, high-fidelity graphics in the digital instrument panel bring the mode to life.
Mustang GT and EcoBoost models are both available with an optional Performance Pack, which adds a host of track-focused features, including a front Tower Brace, Torsen® Limited Slip differential and optional MagneRide active suspension, wider rear wheels and tires, and larger, 390-millimeter front and 355-millimeter rear Brembo brakes. The GT Performance Pack adds brake ducts for even more enhanced cooling and a standard auxiliary engine oil cooler. Performance Pack also offers optional Recaro® seats and active exhaust.
Mustang GT with manual transmission includes standard rev-matching that helps hold engine RPM when the clutch is engaged. This retains peak torque between manual gear changes, delivering even more precision, thrill and better refinement. Quicker steering ratios and minimal compliance from steering wheel to tire significantly enhances the car’s cornering dynamics, with increased straight-line power.
A segment-first electronic drift brake takes new technology to the racetrack, unlocking the rear-wheel-drive drifting capability of Mustang with the visual appeal and functionality of a traditional, mechanical hand brake. The Performance Electronic Parking Brake comes standard with the Performance Pack on all Mustang models, engineered for novice drivers to learn and improve their drift skills while also providing expert drivers with a competition-ready system.
More Available Advanced Driver Assistance Technologies The new Mustang comes equipped with Ford Co-Pilot360™ features, including Speed Sign Recognition, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane Centering Assist, Evasive Steer Assist and Reverse Brake Assist. Another key feature is Active Pothole Mitigation, included with the Performance Package, which continually monitors suspension, body, steering and braking input and adjusts suspension response accordingly.
Owners can stay connected with their car via the FordPass™ app in other ways, utilizing free remote features such as remote vehicle start and stop, door locking and unlocking, scheduling a start time, locating the vehicle, and vehicle health and status checks. The FordPass app provides important vehicle information available to users, including fuel and oil levels, service history and warranty information.
The all-new Mustang goes on sale in the U.S. starting in the summer of 2023 and is assembled at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich
We have also found more details on a “Dark Horse” edition which has yet to confirm the full specs, but can only drool at the thought. Below we drop the report and a few tasty looking pictures as well.
Ford loves itself some nostalgia, so it doesn’t roll out new-new performance trims very often, instead choosing to rely on that connection to the past. So, when something properly fresh lands in the Mustang lineup, it’s kind of a big deal, and the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse fits that bill.
Ford on Wednesday evening introduced the 2024 Mustang Dark Horse. It’s the first new performance trim in the Mustang lineup in 21 years, following the introduction of the Mustang Bullitt in 2001. The goal with the Dark Horse was to create a Mustang that wasn’t just a beast on the street, but also on the track.
While Ford hasn’t yet divulged every one of the Mustang Dark Horse’s specs, what we do know looks mighty promising. Under the hood is a modified version of Ford’s 5.0-liter Coyote V8, which in the Dark Horse will make an estimated 500 horsepower thanks to additions like the connecting rods from the Shelby GT500. That bolts up to a standard Tremec six-speed manual transmission, but a 10-speed automatic is also available.
Performance is more than just power, though. Standard magnetorheological dampers (MagneRide, in marketing speak) should provide a good balance of ride comfort and capability, while the rear sway bar is a bit larger than on other models. The drivetrain should stay nice and frosty with cooling solutions out the wazoo, including brake cooling ducts, an additional engine oil cooler, a rear axle cooler and a beefier (but also lighter) radiator with stronger fans. 13.9-inch front brake rotors handle stopping duties, and additional bracing should keep the body composed as it works its way around a track.
It wouldn’t be a performance car without options packages. The optional Handling Package takes things a step further with the Dark Horse, adding a special rear wing with a Gurney flap, stiffer springs, thicker sway bars and sticky Pirelli Trofeo tires. Carbon-fiber wheels are also available, but they won’t be ready right when the Dark Horse launches.
And I haven’t even mentioned how the Dark Horse looks yet! As the name suggests, the aesthetic is a bit darker, with smoked headlights, a gloss black grille, special nostrils feeding dual air intakes and a special lower bumper, in addition to more aggressive side skirts, a fixed rear wing, a unique diffuser and darker exhaust tips. There’s even a special Dark Horse badge, and it looks pretty badass. A deep Blue Ember metallic paint job is unique to the Dark Horse, as well.
Ford will also launch two Dark Horse variants specifically for track activities. The Mustang Dark Horse S ditches every non-essential part in the car, replacing that stuff with a full FIA-compliant roll cage, safety nets, a racing seat and steering wheel, electrical disconnects, a fire suppression system, Multimatic DSSV dampers and a racing exhaust. and data acquisition. A passenger seat is optional. The Mustang Dark Horse R takes that one step further with unique serialization, a fuel cell and special wheels.
Considering the 2024 Ford Mustang won’t be coming out until 2023, it’ll likely be a while until Ford is ready to deliver more explicit output numbers, as well as a price tag. But considering just how much has changed under the body, we aren’t expecting the Dark Horse to be an inexpensive proposition.
We couldn’t finish up without mentioning the Shelby name. Although we haven’t seen anything official yet, we can guarantee that the legendary engine tuners will get their hands on one of these beasts and turn it into a guided missile. From Mustang Maniacs point of view we can’t wait to see what they bring us. We have friends within the Ford domestic sales area. We have been told that they have already started taking pre-orders for the new Pony on the block!
We have been sent a link to FeedSpot who are the “Internet’s Largest Human Curated Database of Bloggers and Podcasts“. We mention the website as there is a section for Top 20 list of Mustang blogs and pod casts where we feature at a fantastic #11. We are proud to be recognised amongst our peers who have considerably more followers and resources. Not bad for a company who was once described as a “small car parts supplier” in the UK. Thanks to Mart from onemanandhismustang.com who is a good friend of ours as well as a loyal customer for bringing this listing to our attention.
Our aim is to continue bringing you the best we can offer from our work, how to projects, videos, industry news, parts update from our expanding WebShop or what we get up to, not just around the yard.
The desperately sad news that our Queen Elizabeth II has passed away on the 8th September 2022 at the age of 96. She had given her entire life of seventy years on the throne to work tirelessly serving our country. Queen Elizabeth had been the backbone of our Country through good times and the not so good times. We all have respect for such a dedicated, mother, grand mother, great grand mother and the much loved Queen of Great Britain.
From all of us at Mustang Maniac we wish to send our sincere condolences to the Royal Family in these unprecedented and seriously sad times. For many of us we have never known anything other than the Queen who was respected around the entire globe.
R.I.P Queen Elizabeth II
A few posts ago we mentioned that a customer had purchased a car in good faith that turned out to be a bit of a nightmare. The engine was burning oil at a rate that would make us go and buy shares! The decision was made by the customer to recondition the original engine.
With that in mind it has had a mild cam fitted, bored out pistons, higher compression, and alloy heads. Before we fitted the engine we bench test the engine to make sure all is good, not that we expect otherwise. We wanted to ‘run in’ the new cam before its even let on the road.
Once we were happy with the engine and settled down on the test rig we proceeded to fit it back into the car.
Once we have bolted all the exhaust and gearbox back to the car we will take her out for a road test and fine tune her if we need to.
We have been working on a couple of our project cars this week as we need to free up some spaces in order to get the next batch of customer cars into the workshops. On top of that Adam has had some long expected stock arrive in a couple of split shipments although they were ordered at the same time.
We have Derek’s car with us in for a little bit of differential work which is causing some problems. this is an awesome looking car and not in your face with the stripes.
With some space cleaned out we hope to start on her this week.
We have a car in to rectify a problem that somebody else couldn’t fix. We tend to get a lot of these throughout the year(s) with the newer Mustang restoration ‘experts’ out there keeping us busy. This particular engine was running rough with a cough and splutter along with some erratic idle. To try and work out what was going on Adam has had to get out his old school equipment. Not many modern day ‘mechanics’ would even know what this is as a ECU on modern cars and a laptop does it for them.
It turned out that it was a mixture of things. ‘Mixture’ being part of the operative word with the carb settings being all over the place to compensate for the distributor.
The distributor was checked with the dwell meter and it was as expected being all over the place. this narrows things down a bit and we were thinking that the dizzy was to blame. We removed the distributor and checked it by hand for play which would randomly change the ignition timings. The carb was set up in such a way to try and cater for it. The carb was removed in order to be cleaned out, checking the jets and the float chambers to start with. Parts of the carb were a little gummed up with the good ol’ E10 ethanol fuel which took some cleaning but we got there in the end. The dizzy was swapped over for a spare that Adam had laying around and the dwell was rechecked which had now settled down and was much more in line with what we are expecting. With the ignition timings now stable the cleaned and default setup on the carb didn’t take long to set for our defaults.
Immediately the car fired up and sounded better straight away. The car was taken out and road tested and felt like a new engine in comparison to what was driven to us before we worked on it.
We now need to speak to the customer about what he wants to do with the dizzy, go full electronic, like for like points replacement, or go halfway house with a Pertronix setup retaining the stock look with electronic control.
It came to our attention that we had sold the last two of our Holley Sniper EFI Kits. Unusual in the fact it was two in a week. When we checked around it became clear why; Holley had none, Scott Drake had none, in fact nobody we could see had any ‘in stock’. We did have three of our stock, but we have kept one back for our own ‘Wolf’ project. So we too are now out of stock, but with Adam’s contacts he things he has a tracked a couple down.
It seems that when suppliers don’t have them in stock where they are always cheaper than us, customers then come to us to buy them at a realistic price once shipped and taxes paid in the UK. Nobody has moaned about the price (which had been the same for months), when they can get one next day! They did moan about the postage though, £8 courier on something that costs a lot of money just doesn’t make sense to us.
In the above photo Adam has taken in some of the stock and moved the Sniper ready for collection into the office. Below here he is inspecting the latest batch of parts from ACP.
If you wonder why some of the packaging are opened when you get it; it’s because Adam will randomly check one or two in a batch. Nothing more sinister than that.
Here we have a few parts waiting for collection that were supposed to have been an urgent collection. Almost a week later they are still here. Perhaps by the time you read this they will have been collected, we hope so.
We have started to get some more of the unusual items in stock, like Edelbrock carb calibration kit, some standard oil pump drive bars and some performance alternatives. Something we had been looking to stock for a while now, new distributor springs, tiny but critical.
Finally a limited slip differential we had ordered in for another loyal customer.
Yesterday we posted up that Royal Fail were on strike and and any purchases made could be delayed as a result. Thanks for a couple of messages saying they understand if there could be delays, that’s always awesome to know the customer has read our updates. However on our Facebook page we had a response from somebody troll who could only muster up the words “F… off Mustang Maniac”. We’re not sure what prompted that response, but keyboard warriors of this type are rarely helpful or have anything intelligent to say. We enjoyed adding that person’s details to the “C” button who will never be able purchase from us. Oh, he’s also been blocked from our Facebook pages.
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Eleanor has come to visit us with an engine problem. Quite what it is we don’t know for sure, but this is a very poorly sounding lady.
This is still a very pretty and iconic car that just doesn’t age.
We have been busy finishing up a sheet metal rebuild for a 67 fastback. We are only fitting the metal as the car will be taken away to finish up for paint.
We we wanted to show was the gaps of the sheet metal. What we have here is 1967 meets 2022 in black, and all 1967 in green.
We hope that this will stop a few people moaning that the panels don’t fit, they do. You just have to know what you are doing. Once the panels are filled, prepped and painted there will be no difference between the new and the old to look at.
The welding was fully completed and then painted with red lead paint before the outer panels are fitted.
The rest of the panels here have been spot welded into place, just like the originals.
With all the panels welded or braised into place just like they were in the day, we could then paint everything that is exposed to the elements in red lead. This is how the cars were completed at the time underneath.
The only remaining finishing touches are to apply the seam sealer, then this little lady is ready to be taken away ready for the next steps.
That’s another Mustang saved and soon to be on the road.
Adam has asked us to add this little section as he is getting a lot of enquiries about it. For customers that use our services, we do indeed offer and exchange parts service. This works on the basis that if an item needs to be replaced, we take the old one and replace it with a rebuilt one. We do not offer this service as a over the counter purchase. We fit the parts in our workshops in order to offer this facility. Hope that clears up a lot of the queries.
Some of the parts we are swapping out, engines, heads, diff, gearboxes etc.
We are putting out an important update regarding Royal MFail postal service here in the UK. We are aware that they are on strike for the following dates:
Today – Friday 26th August 2022
Wednesday 31st August 2022
Thursday 8th September 2022
Friday 9th September 2022
If you have made, or any purchases that are made during these days from the Webshop, you will experience delays beyond or control. Trust us – we are annoyed by this as much as you are, we pay them a considerable amount of money for a service which we are not getting.
We will not mention these strikes or the inevitable delays again. This is due to the fact that we get got a couple of sarcastic messages from people saying that there is no need to keep repeating it when they didn’t turn up, because it was “too hot”.
If you want to make a complaint;
Royal Mail Customer Services
Call them on 03457 740740 or click here for their online complaints form.
We missed a post last week as we had a little hardware reset on the on the blog and media machines. It didn’t go quite as expected so rather than stress about it we had a weekend off while we rebuilt the software. [Thinking about it – it wasn’t a weekend off! Ed.]
Last week the Mustang Owner Club of Great Britain organised the annual pilgrimage to Santa Pod to have a good old thrash of the cars down the quarter mile. There was a mix of everything there for the day. We were hoping to have some photo’s sent to us but as yet none have come our way so we have a few sent to us via WhatsApp! Mustang Maniac was represented by Yogi who managed to grab another couple of trophies, Fastest time on the day and top speed for classics.
Yogi had a personal best of 11.1 seconds but said there is still more in there to get to that 10 second barrier. We have a couple of short action video, burnout and a run where he gave a newer one a head start! Turn up the volume….
If you have any pics you wish to share with us from the day (Chris), let us know. 👍
We have been working on rebuilding the back end of a ’67 that needed a lot of sheet metal and of course a little Mustang Maniac Magic!
Before we do a full weld we always do a dry fit to make sure all is good or any adjustments that need to be made. If you do it properly then the alterations are only minor as in this case.
Yes, it takes longer to do it this way, but it works and we hardly have any trouble with the metal fabrication. As you can see, no issues here.
It seems as though the last couple of weeks we have had drop ins all over the place. People collecting their parts and having a cuppa with us, people getting new cars, or just getting them out for a run and turning up to have a chat with us. We had another customer earlier in the week who has a new Mach1 which they brought down to us and to also talk some business.
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Perhaps this is the best colour Mach1 we like it. Not many of these ladies around and the waiting list is as long as the burn out rubber they leave behind!
This customer also has an ’68 Mustang which they now want to get out of its semi retirement and get her back on the road again. So the kettle went on again and we had a chat about time slots and costs on what needed to be done. We will wait for their decision for the work, but it was a good an excuse as any to take a Mach1 out for a drive!
We hear many stories about Mustangs and who have done work on them or what they are supposed to have done. We will respect this customers wishes and keep the details anonymous.
They bought the car in good faith and they have had nothing but trouble with it. The engine burns oil, and a lot of it on every trip. We are talking litres of the stuff and that is not what should be happening. The arguments are still still ongoing between the parties involved, but we have been asked to have a look and investigate.
There was no other way to look at this without the engine coming out to see what we are dealing with.
With the engine out we took the heads of and could see the root of the problem straight away. The cylinders have glazed and scored, possible damaged rings, the heads are badly pitted and valve guides not the best!
This engine we have been told was ‘rebuilt’ just 5,000 miles ago, we think they may have left a zero of the end of that estimation. The engine does now need a rebuild, with that in mind we have a few options for the customer; a crate engine, rebuild this engine or a custom spec unit. We think that we are going down the custom performance route, but we need to just clarify that first and to what degree do we need to spice it up.
We have also been asked to replace the current steering setup with the ever popular Borgeson steering upgrade while we were at it. With the engine out it makes life so much easier and saves a big chunk of effort to fit it all with ease.
Another car has come into us with a differential problem. We needed to take out the diff and have a look to see what was going on. Not the best job in the world as the differential oil stinks! In order to do that the half shafts have to come out and we spotted a problem with the brakes!
The brake cylinders were starting to leak, corroded and obviously needed to be changed with a fresh batch of brake fluid as well.
With the brakes out the way the shafts could be removed and the original seals were on their last legs and needed a swap out, all this makes sense while you are this deep into the investigations.
Adam has a bespoke tool he uses to remove the bearings without damage to the rest of the parts.
The original seals.
The differential came out as we expected, worse for wear.
The bearings were badly scored and we will need to rebuild it – inhouse as part of our new service we offer.
Nothing more than a little fun, we have this picture of Yogi, just comment your caption and the one we like the most gets bragging rights next week!
The only thing we ask is to keep the comments clean as this is a family orientated blog!
Last week we posted about a tribute boss that had a front end upgrade which the owner is very pleased with now. On the back of that post we had a call from a customer who wanted the same with their car along with the rear end replacement as well. As we just had a cancellation literally a couple of hours earlier due to the dreaded Covid, we had a slot free and booked them in.
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This customer decided to drop by with their ’67 Coupe to say hello, no other reason than that they called in for a chat. As this makes a cracking picture, why not let the car take the lead post?
The car we managed to slot in was a ’69 Fastback which was in need of a a little TLC for the suspension. Over time the deterioration is such a gradual thing that it creeps up on you all of a sudden. You may have to brake hard or go over a few bumps and that gives you the nudge to get it checked out. The rear springs were a little saggy as they tend to be, and the front shocks had seen better days.
When you remove the old parts it becomes ever more clearer that they needed replacing. The rear leaf bushings were shot and would create unwanted movement and noise.
The replacements side by side.
The front end needed a little more with a pair of lower arms too. We think the picture speaks for itself that needed replacing.
With all the parts replaced the geo was going to be way out. The car was taken into our Geo Workshop where we apply our unique set up. The car was taken for a little shake down and all was good as we expected. Not only that the car sits much better on the kerb too.
’67 Convertible Steering Pipes
This little lady was ‘scenting the ground’ (leaking) where she parked. The problem was the power steering pipes has perished and needed replacing. The mess from the fluids being under pressure was quite evident.
We stripped the old parts off the car where we could then see the actual problems, old age.
We drained out the fluid and cleaned up before we could even think about replacing the pipes. In fact it took longer to clean up the bits we needed to, than it did to replace the actual pipes.
These pipes done the job, after a quick road test there was no more leaks.
Yep – the hot topic for the last couple of weeks. This time we were on the brunt of it! The delivery was left on the doorstep and the delivery driver had done a runner. So here we are, stock we had paid for damaged and by the time we send it back it would cost us more than the parts are worth.
We suspect that these parts may well end up on our “Sale Items” page, click here for the link. This page gets updated almost on a daily basis by us. It’s a great place to get yourself a bargain with slightly blemished or no box parts etc. Once it’s gone – it’s gone!
Last week’s post seemed to have triggered a number of responses as we expected. We even had to ban one guy as he was saying we ‘sounded pathetic’ for giving the updates on Royal Fail not doing their jobs. As we understand it, if we didn’t say anything and their deliveries are late, people would have moaned. Because we mentioned it wasn’t our fault we got grief for that as well. Oh well it seems that we can’t win, so we will say no more on the matter. A big thanks for the emails that were pleased we kept them updated. 👍
Park & Pic
We had a ’69 Boss tribute in where the customer was wanting to stiffen the front in order to handle better. We listened to the requirements and the customer then picked what he wanted. A pair of our Custom coloured Spax shocks, a couple of new track rod ends, earth strap, distributor cap and a Monte Carlo Bar.
Here the shocks have already been fitted.
The before on the left and after on the right with the Monte Carlo Bar in place.
The other end of the car already had a set of our custom made LED rear lights boards fitted. The standard red lenses were swapped out for the more modern concaved smoked option.
The smoked lenses on a black car changes the look to a much more subtle style with the chrome surrounds highlighted by the chrome bumper. These lenses are legal as the reflector can still be clearly seen when illuminated.
Monday morning a walk into the yard we spotted something that appeared parked up over the weekend, nobody knows anything about it. We can only assume that Adam has treated himself to another little item to add to his expanding diverse fleet! We could only assume this is Adam’s as there is no Falcon booked in for any work.
We eventually found him in one of the storage sheds and he just chuckled with “you like it?” Yep it was his alright.
“Adam is the UK’s leading Mustang Expert, highly recommended by the club and work out of a Mustang Disneyland with piles of spares, lines of parts cars, and treasures….”
Quentin Willson – Classic Car Magazine June 2015.
“Mustang Maniac in Ware has done a really cracking job detailing the engine, fitting new suspension, replacing both floors and now she’s solid, shiny and sweet driving.”
Quentin Willson – Classic Car Magazine June 2015.
“Adam and the team, with a very special mention to Al, have had my car for a few weeks to carry out its annual inspection, MOT and to fix some jobs they had discussed with me last year. Having just collected it from them today (Fri 07/08/2015), it runs better now than it ever has thanks to the care, attention to detail and ‘other magic’ they know. As usual the whole process has been completely painless – it’s a great feeling to know that the people looking after my old car think as much of it as I do…so I have absolutely no worries leaving it in their capable hands. This time they completed all the jobs on my list as well as rectifying a few more that I never realised were an issue, thus saving me from future trouble. I would strongly recommend Adam and the Mustang Maniac team to anyone wanting proper experts to look after all their Mustang needs….then you can simply leave them to it in the knowledge they will always do what’s best for these lovely old cars”
GW – retired Ford Motor Company Director
“Mustang Maniac are the font of all knowledge. Adam is always there with advice and parts I need. My one stop Mustang shop. The standard of workmanship from his team is unmatched in the trade”. 101% recommended.
‘Adam and his team cannot be more helpful, not only do they do what you ask to be done, they go be-yond and actually replace/repair or correct things that you would never know should be done. Always lend and ear, and get you out of tricky situations…I wouldn’t take my classic mustang anywhere else”!
“Wow! As soon as I arrived at Mustang Maniac I knew I my car was in the right place. The service was so efficient, professional and boy do Adam & the Team know their stuff! I couldn’t recommend a company more highly. I even drove away with a tear in my eye – and this time it wasn’t the exhaust fumes!”
“Chaps, what a difference, a lovely drive back home and even floored it for a while which chucked 40 odd years of leaves and crap out of the vents. Great fun at last!
Thanks again for all your time and attention spent on the car you guys have done an amazing job.
“The work that you guys at Mustang Maniacs have done on the car was phenomenal – differences you have made since you got it and did a couple of days work, Pulls and accelerates noticeably better – absolutely beautifully and even sounds better. The brakes also seem to work so much better and it handles and steers so so much better in the bends and straight – no more steering wobble or unnoticeable !!! Petrol consumption is also so much better – really very noticeable indeed.”
“First of all thank you for your hospitality and the rubber aerial seal and the keyring. The drive home was an absolute pleasure. I enjoyed driving the car before, now I LOVE IT. You and Alan definitely worked your magic on the Stang. You have transformed it from a good car to a great car. I will be your life long loyal customer.”
“Just a brief email to say thanks that I was made welcome on arrival and the effort for taking the time to show me around the workshop and meeting with the mechanic (Alan I think) who ran through the work and set up he carried out on my car, this felt a very personnel service indeed. This is testament to your knowledge and love of Mustangs and how you operate your business.
My Mustang felt so much more driveable with all the little tweaks done. The brakes felt so much sharper, I didn’t have to apply the regular 120lb of pressure to stop. The steering was much more tighter, it held the line on the motorway with no shaking at speed. The handling has improved threefold and actually goes where you steer now. I didn’t realise how poorly she handled until Mustang Maniac put it right. All the cosmetically components and upgrades have given me a huge smile. Absolutely love it.
Thanks again for making my Mustang a good drivable car. I will be back for the next upgrades and advice at some stage as a returning customer. A very happy Mustang owner.”
“Mustang Maniac done some suspension work on my 1966 Fastback in went in with the usual old car problems lots of noises and bangs and worsted of all lots of body roll, they fitted a new pair of front shocks and springs a new 1” shaw bar and they sorted some other jobs that needed doing, the car now looks great with its new shocks and springs and it is sitting right but best of all it’s driving like a completely different car to how it went in I’m really pleased with their service”
I have had a few orders from you now with many more to come and I would just like to say what a fantastic service you provide shipped on day of purchase received next day on every order 1st class the best
If only the Americans could take a leaf out of your book