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.

Park & Pic

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.

Park & Pic

A much calmer week with projects being continued and some good ol’ maintenance on some cars instead of large projects. We also had an idea this week which was triggered by David Frost a customer of ours who took his ’66 Coupe out for a run down to us, just so he could spend some of his Birthday money with us. He took a photo of his car outside our offices and posted it on our Facebook Group Chat Page,”Mustang Maniacs,”click here for the link or the pic on the right menu. What was that little idea? We thought it would be a good idea when you bring your car down to us, take a photo outside with our sign, let us know and we will post it on the blog for you and add it to a “car autograph page” or “visitor” page if you like. If you have any old pics while you were with us that we can post for you, let us know with the date (if you want) and we will add it to the new section. So here we are then, the first car of the “Park & Pic” section which can be found under the “Customer Cars / Park & Pic” or click here for the quick link.

David Frost’s ’66 Coupe looking very nice.

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Customers Cars:                        

We had a nice little black ’69 Fastback in Yogi’s workshop that needed the usual maintenance type stuff doing to it. We swapped the shocks out all round, new spring perches on the front and new twin exhaust from the manifolds back. A new radiator, thermostat and to check the head gasket too.

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Gulf Stream Aqua’ 65 Coupe

Just quick update on this one, the decision was made to take of the vinyl stripes and spray the new ones on. this will mean no edges to feel on the paint when cleaning. Also the scoop will be sprayed to match the stripes and blend it all in. A little way to go still but progress is being made.

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There has been plenty of work going on around the Lime Green Mach1, but most of that work is under and behind the dash as we tidy up of the loom work so far. There isn’t much to see at the moment in that respect which is why we haven’t posted any pics this week.

Remember; send us your pics for the new “Park & Pic” section, we will even post them even if the pic don’t have the Mustang Maniac sign on the picture to be fair. 🙂

Slow Processes

The week has been busy, but full of slow process with attention being paid to details. We have done some time consuming work Customer Cars, and some work on our YouTube Chanel. We will start as we always do with cars:

Customer Cars

1972 Lime Green Mach1

The car we are talking about here is the ’72 Lime Green  Mach1, or give it the correct colour name “Medium Lime” which was a 1972 only colour. The car has been put mostly back together now so we can drive her. The front end wire loom for the front lights was wrapped and installed. The difference is amazing as soon as the lights and grill are in place and working.

The engine bay was wired to the dash and the all important turn of the key spun her over and fired up. The starting is a little temperamental at the moment as the carb has not been adjusted properly yet. The point here was to make sure the electrics were correct and live as they are supposed to be. With the confirmation of the engine running the hood was bolted back in place, a two-man job as the hood on these cars is the best part of 6ft long and weighs accordingly.

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This second pic we like as it’s slightly darker with a different front angle later in the day. The Sun was going down so we got a more moody or atmospheric looking Mach1. Sometimes these off the cuff snap shots are better than the more formal pics we take. So when we mention an “afternoon moody” we done mean Yogi being disturbed in his cave, we mean photographic atmospherics.

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The car was driven out under her own power and left to run a little while to make sure the sensors and gauges were all working. There are a few more things to do yet which are more cosmetic, such as the side marker lights, adjusting the trunk now the weather strip is in place, engine tuning, carb set up, tracking brakes adjusted etc. We will take her for a quick drive down the road and back to settle the suspension in place with the tyres to check basic handling. When she comes back we do it all again to make sure everything has stayed where it should be. Then it will be taken for a proper drive to make sure everything is where we expect it to be and handles how she should. The rear on this car still has the air shock replacements from a good few years ago, obviously these will be set up to how Paul wants them to be for his preference and style of driving.

This next pic shows Yogi in the background, what he is in fact doing is checking the stance and overall look of the car from a distance.

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Gulf Stream Aqua’ 65 Coupe

This car is still undergoing the slow exploration phase of rubbing down the problem areas to see exactly what needs to be dealt with. Here the left side top corner of the roof has been filled so it will need to be cleaned up and checked for any rust areas underneath.

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The lower edges of the wheel arches can be a problem area if the drain away becomes blocked. The other classic spots for rust, the front edges at the bottom of the doors and the bottom of the front fenders.

Our YouTube Channel:

We have our own YouTube Channel where we post clips and footage of various things, from new products and how they work, to a complete restoration in under 5 minutes. This is no easy task as the original 4000 or so photo’s were whittled down to still large number of 1200. Then the final collation of pics are used to make this slide show. Although this computer work isn’t working on cars, sifting through all those pictures in order for it all to make sense takes just as long.

We often get asked what is involved in a bare metal restoration. This short video is aimed at those type of questions which should give you a rough idea of the slow methodical process involved. What people don’t appreciate is the time involved to complete this particular project took four and a half years complete.

There are lots more still pics from the video show which can be found from the menu above customers Cars/Acapulco ’66 Coupe – Full Restoration. This page is a large document with lots of detailed pics, so give it a minute or so to load, or click here for the hyper link to go straight to the page. The full restoration in all its detail can be found at One Man And His Mustang or click here for the hyper link. His site will show you step by step and walk through processes he did with us. The restoration was completed with all the parts he used came from our WebShop.

If you like this video pop over to our channel and subscribe, click here for the link.

Thanks:

Thanks to Chris T. for taking the time to create the slide show for us.

We would like to thank a couple of our new followers; Leon J. & Hans L. from Germany who have started following our blog as we are building the DeAgostini 1:8th Shelby GT500 model. The guys said they have learnt a fair bit about the real cars from the blog too and they we pleased to see that we pay as much careful attention to the smaller cousin models as we do the full-sized cars. We aim to please. 🙂

An Important Week For The World

Seeing a heading like that you thought we were going to be talking about politics! Nope, something just as important if you are a Petrol Head or Gear Head. We are fully aware that a new President has been sworn into the Oval Office, however we don’t want to be drawn into any mass debates about politics. However all we will say that one of our friends from the USA has sent us something which relates to the occasion. When the dust has settled we may well post the picture, or if we get a request to do so (it can be shown on a family blog, don’t worry) in the mean time. So what will be talking about on this week’s blog that is just as important? Cars, in particular a new model Mustang that’s what. 🙂

News of the 2018 Mustang

Ford would like to focus on the new tech adorning the 2018 Mustang, which includes a huge new information screen and a lot of driver-assistance technology. Mustang enthusiasts are more interested about what’s going on under the hood. Now that Ford had broken the performance barrier with the last-generation Mustang’s new chassis, most of us want to see what’s new in handling as well. This should make pony car fans happy.

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Under the hood, Ford has simplified the 2018 Mustang’s engine offerings to just two options: the four and an eight-cylinder, both have had their transmissions tweaked that go with each option. The four-cylinder is the already-proven 2.3-ltr EcoBoost engine which showed up in the last generation and as a replacement for the 3.7ltr V6 before it. This iteration of the engine gets a tweak to improve torque output, although Ford has yet to tell everybody just how much that is. We’re also told that the big 5.0-ltr V8 has also been reworked with promises of more power and higher revolutions compared to the previous GT, mainly thanks to a new fuel injection system. The V8 is now a dual-fuel, high-pressure direct-injected engine with low-pressure port fuel injectors. This improvement increases fuel burn through better atomisation in the cylinder bores. The manual transmission has a modified twin-disc clutch through a dual-mass flywheel to increase the torque delivery capability while improving clutch movement. In other words, it makes it more difficult to “burn” the clutch during performance shifting. Pretty standard by most of the cars today to be honest. The automatic transmission now offered for the 2018 Ford Mustang is a new 10-speed tuned to the Mustang’s performance needs. This transmission goes with Ford’s other introductions of high-gear transmissions for performance vehicles like the Raptor pickup truck. Ford is promising faster shift times, better low-speed response rates, and more efficiency with this transmission, which replaces the six-speed automatic offered in the previous Mustang. Steering wheel shift paddles are offered as complements to this automatic transmission.

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Underneath the engine is a more refined chassis. The last-generation Mustang saw the advent of an independent rear suspension for the first time in this pony car. Ford has taken that set-up a step further with a new cross-axis joint and improved shock absorbers and sway bars on all models to improve ride and lateral stiffness for the curves. A new option is the “MagneRide” dampers, which allows damper adjustment to further stiffen or loosen the ride quality as the driver wishes. This is expected to be sold as part of the “Performance Package” for the new ponies. Ford also focus on the release of new technology, not just engines. Ford is now offering a 12-inch LCD screen to compliment the dashboard and part of the new instrument cluster. Ford is touting this new screen as the centrepiece that allows the driver to fully customise what’s being shown in the instrument cluster and driver information screens. The driver can also control some of the engine’s sound – or at least how much of it is piped into the cockpit. As with previous generations of the Mustang, the V6 engine’s sound can be created through the speaker system to give it a more robust, muscular track. The GT model has an active valve exhaust system that produces authentic sound that can be controlled by the onboard computer. Driver-assist technology is also at the forefront of this new Mustang. In addition to adaptive cruise control and active braking for crash mitigation, the new models also have options for Pre-Collision Assistant with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warnings, lane-keeping assist, and more.

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If you ever fall asleep driving a Mustang (which we doubt very much), Ford’s Driver Alert System is now also an option if you are worried about the car being boring. Infotainment which is the latest Ford SYNC Connect is available to the Mustang range for the first time. The is a pretty cool option that allows the Ford Pass smart phone app to access the car remotely for remote start, door lock/unlock, and a lot more.

The most obvious changes are the cosmetic uplifts, offering a more athletic look with a lower hood and updated aerodynamics all of which are a progression from the current model. This does come at the expense of the grille, which is now narrower and more Focus-like than previously seen on the Mustangs. Standard LED lighting all around the car, while the current models rear tail lights remain largely unchanged still giving the nod to the early classic Mustangs.

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A late announcement as we prepared this article was the new rag top or convertible model. Not much as been mentioned about it apart from the few pics. But, we don’t care its a convertible Mustang!

When do we expect to see this car? we will have to wait until the third quarter of this year! Base models expected to be around £32,000 in the UK.

Customer Cars

Lime ’72 Mach1

The car is being put back together are good speed. The engine was put back into the engine bay and the slow tedious task of wiring back up gets undertaken.

The interior has started to take shape with the dash being fitted up and some of the fittings going back into place.

The underside of the car has now been finished apart from the usual alignment and final tweaks of course. The underside is not as pretty as a full restoration, but the parts are good and there is no need to change them unless they are worn or damaged. The car isn’t going to be put into any concourse shows so Paul is happy to keep it as original as possible. We can’t argue with that either.

We did have to change the oil sump so that has had a little treat of some bling!

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Gulf Stream Aqua’ 65 Coupe

We have an update on the progress of Lances paint damaged car. The paint is coming off and the imperfections slowly being addressed.

Ford Escort Mk1

We have had a very unusual car come into us which is this left hand drive 1973 Ford Escort 1100XL originally built in Germany. The car was fully restored in Serbia with the glass out, new interior, and a full engine rebuild which has only done 50 miles since then. The car has just been MOT’s this week for another year of nostalgic driving. Why do we mention this – ’cause it’s for sale!

DeAgostini Shelby GT500 1:8th Model

The first delivery of 2017 from DeAgostini brings us issues are 57 – 60.

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Part 57:

This issue is a the rear seat back that will screw to the shelf from the last issue. Just press the two parts together and they will snap into place. Tiny screws again for the hinge, but they look good.

the completed shelf seat lays onto the back of the rear section. There is a notch in the lower sides of the rear panels which will take the hinge pin.

Part 58:

This is a duplication of the previous issue Part 53 for the lower side trim.

The tricky part here is to get the rear seat/shelf to stay in place while you screw it together. A downside here is that the plastic has bowed outwards slightly and the tolerance for the hinge pins into the trims means it pops out a few times. We suspect that when it all bolts to the car it will all tighten back up again.

Part 59:

This is a duplicate of the Part 54 for the top rear trim. Getting everything to align while trying to screw it together was a little bit of a mission though.

These pics are of the three positions of the rear seat/shelf being moved.

Part 60:

This issue was a real fiddle with the rear harness belts. The first job is to fit the under dash heater box with two screws.

There are to roller blocks that are mirror images of each other. This image in the magazine was not brilliant but there is a “R” and “L” on each roller if you get stuck. The seat belts have to be threaded into the slots of each roller and the metal part of the hinge lays in place to allow a small screw into the top roll cage fitting. This is repeated for both sides. Depending how OCD you want to be about this, but look at which way the belts will show, specially at the outer side of the belts near the floor.  The could be the lapped over material showing if you get it around the wrong way, will it show? I doubt it, but we made sure the glued section was at the back of the belt and not seen from the front.

The roll cage is clipped into the lower rear trim and a small screw holds it in place. The bottom sections of the of the belts are slotted into the base of the floor section. They recommend to use small pliers or tweezers. We found it easier to get the fitting part of the way through the slots and then gently press it through with a small flat screwdriver. The choice is yours of course. From the other side the metal fastener will clip over a pin to hold it in place. Another down point here. We found that these pins were a little short and didn’t have a nice click into place feel.

We made a decision here to place a tiny drop of super glue onto the pin with the fastener to make sure it stayed in place on all the seat belt anchor points.

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The finished article is pretty good detail but takes a little while to get it all in place.

For the total build so far see the menu above of click here for the hyper link.

See – no politics!

A Costly Chip

We will start straight away with the cars this week and not a single mention of the snow, except we just have to say that the hype wasn’t really worth it in the South East of the UK. We even had one of our guys snowed in, so he says. We need a your opinion on the photographic evidence supplied!

snowEnough of the weather and on with the cars as promised.

Gulf Stream Aqua’ 65 Coupe

We had some sad news regarding one of our good friend’s car. Now any petrol head will sympathise with this next picture, this is like chipping a chunk of a Ming dynasty vase to antique collector. It was done by just catching the door his bench in the garage by parking a little out of place to where he normally parks.

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We heard his pained screams from the next village, for any classic car owner this is a major issue. So much so, that trying to correct the problem and then another small problem while he was at it has made matters worse. Yes this can be filled and resprayed, but a difficult decision was made for a new coat of paint, selling a spare kidney to pay for it. The small area on top of the wing was a tiny spot which now looks like a moon crater that now matches the Grand Canyon sized chip on the door paint.

To keep costs reasonable, the owner was to strip the car down, ready for the trip to the paint shop where she would get coats of the same colour. We won’t mention any names of course, but Lance wasn’t happy with some of the other little bits of the body work as it was playing havoc with his OCD, for those reasons he decided to freshen the whole car up again. This all seems a little strange if you ask us, as last year Lance updated the inside of the car with new sound proofing, and red oxide and new custom-made seat covers!

The front left headlight bucket assembly fender extension didn’t fit as well as it could have done, so he got a new one, another good excuse to re-paint the car.

The door cards were to be removed, glass trim, bumpers, along with any window felts, rubber fittings, all so that they could be ready for masking up. A few more areas under the chrome trim needed to be corrected which he wasn’t aware of at the time. The damaged front wing was removed to fix a small hole in the upper cowl which was then red oxide paint to protect it all.

Now that the car is in the body shop, the real nice paint has all but gone.

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We shall bring you some more updates as we get the car back, which should be around March time, just in time for car show season. We would like to make a little observation here; we think that this is the first paint job and partial restoration update on a Mustang by stealth. Was the chip an accident??? We’re not so sure now, just saying!

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Our very own painter has brought his car back to us after it’s respray. Our task is to put it all back together again. Luckily this wasn’t a full strip down, so it’s case of replacing the damaged or rotten parts, such as the top dash pad etc. to make it road legal again.

A quick refresh of what she did look like:

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Yogi and Paul started to put the outside trim back in place .

Engine is ready to go back into the engine bay.

Inside the car the dash is the first place to start and soon starts to take shape.

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With the main labour intensive part of the dash done it was time for the seats.

Again we will bring you more on the rebuild of the Mach1 as we go along.

WebShop 

We have a new Limited Edition T-shirt arrived back us. Muscle car owners take pride in the fact they have a powerful cars, for those of us that believe that occasional burn out (in a controlled environment of course), leaving trails of those all important black lines of rubber on the road which goes to prove that point, we have just the T-shirt for you. Mustang Maniac cars and parts are  “Born to Perform”.

 

Start Of A New Year

First of all we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year as this is our first post of the year. Before we get asked again, no we didn’t make any new year resolutions. Over the Holidays we worked hard by making good headway into our stock take. As yet we haven’t finished it all as we need yet more space. The stock levels are pretty accurate compared to the online ordering system. The only thing is that we found lots more stuff we had forgotten about and not as yet on the WebShop, we have stored those lost parts in our new custom-made area, which was another job we hadn’t planned on at the end of last year. The new year for us is nothing different from the old year, the cars we had a couple of weeks ago are still there in the same state that we left them. So let’s get on with the updates for you.

Customers Cars:

We have a 1963 Ford Falcon Sedan Delivery 144CiD three on a tree, which required a little work in order for her to be ready for her MOT so she can get back on the road. As the car has sat in and around the yard nearly for three years we finally got the go ahead to work on her. This is rare example and you certainly don’t see many of them around now days.

The brake rear cylinders had corroded and leaked so needed to be changed as the first job, followed by a full brake adjust and bleed. The engine didn’t run very well at all when she arrived and we narrowed it down to the worn carb. First up was a new battery to turn the car over. We replaced the old carb with an Autolite part and fired her up. She started well and we could check for other issues, the most obvious now being the exhaust manifold blowing.

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This was replaced easy enough without breaking any bolts which was a big bonus on a job like this. After she was put back together we could do a preliminary carb air/fuel setup ready for a road test.

We checked under the car and found that the rear exhaust had been “repaired” a few times before. It’s certainly not pretty, but it’s still holding up, for now.

The road test was great for the brakes and manifold, but wasn’t so good for the erratic engine running. We suspect that the car just needs to settle down again, it could even be simply a gone off batch of fuel. We will need to go over the fuel, throttle travel, idle, full timing & mixture settings to make her run right again. It’s not far away, just not how we want it to run. A few more miles on her first after the laid up spell before we adjust anything to much at this point.

Chris’ Mustang Project.

Chris has been working hard over the Christmas break to get the front of his car ready for some new metal and prep what he has to protect it from the elements. We see the inside of the engine has been completed and looks good now with the coats of Red Oxide.

Work has started on the upper cowl and B pillar areas.

Other News:

We have been sent a video of the differences between the USA and European spec Mustangs. I looks like we are definitely getting a raw deal in the UK! Hope you enjoy the video, not sure where it’s come from, but its a good video.

DeAgostini Shelby 1:8th Model Update 

We had a delivery between Christmas and the New Year so we done a little indoor car building. The issues are 53 – 56 and have been updated on the build model page we are doing, also on the main menu, or click here for the link.

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Part 53:

We continue with the inside theme with the first of the rear trim sections which comes in two parts, this being the first. There are two simple parts to screw to the trim, the courtesy light and the latch. With those in place a further three screws holds it onto the floor pan we have been building up over the last few issues.

Part 54:

This issue has the upper part to be attached to the previous lower section. The trim is a single piece with three screws to the rear, of which one is a lot smaller than the other two towards the front of the trim.

Part 55:

This was a single piece to be fitted to the left rear trim and under the rear floor pan. You can see that part has rounded fittings which push into the both the upper and lower parts of the rear trim. We were frustrated here as the parts didn’t align correctly and took a little bending to push them into the holes. Once they were in place a simple three screws to hold it firmly at the underside of the floor pan.

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Part 56:

This part we liked a lot. The fold down shelf has a hinge and this is replicated in metal with very nice detail. There are chrome coloured screws to match the metal hinge which is located by a very slightly of set centre screw and will only fit one way. Once the hinge has been screwed on there is nowhere to attach it at the moment. These hinge screws are really tiny and we hope you have a nice set of screw drivers to cope. We found that our magnetised smaller driver fitted perfectly and made life a lot easier to attach the hinge.

A big thanks to everybody who has emailed us to say they enjoyed the Las Vegas / SEMA trip from last year. It seems as though you enjoyed it as much as we did. We take on board that there was a lot of pictures, but we think it was worth the larger posts. One final note – in these cold weather spells make sure you check your anti-freeze!