Pro Street Goes Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adam’s New Toy

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

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

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New Layers For The Onion

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

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

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

Masking outside and inside the car ready for the paint.

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

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

F100 Truck Rewire

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

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

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

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

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Behind Closed Doors

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

Customer Cars 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ford article for the new 2020 Shelby Mustangs: 

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

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

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

Most powerful Ford production car ever

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More craftsmanship, technology and driver comfort

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

Building on the legacy of Shelby performance

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

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

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

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

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Pro Street Repaired By Pros

We would like to start by saying a big thank you for the emails regarding our post last week for our new offices, and to the customers who have visited us with positive comments, and a nice little idea that we will try to do as well. It does seem as though our new look is exceeding our expectations.

Customers Cars:

The Pro Street car has been worked on over the last couple of weeks and the progress is clear to see. The old rusty areas identified on the chassis legs which have been cut away or removed.

The inner fenders were ground back to see the extent of the rust worm. The depth of the previous filler was quite clear by the old VIN number.

The repairs were hand fabricated by Yogi to fit exactly what he needed to save on an extensive strip down. The floor repair panels were painted with red oxide and welded into place.

Further coats of red oxide added once all was in place. The front chassis legs were pretty good except for the outward facing sides where the bumper bolts located. These were removed and painted inside before the new plates were fabricated and welded into place.

The shock towers needed some work around the base again with custom fabrication.

Work on the inner fenders at the top required some custom patch plates to be made, welded and ground down for a seemless look.

With everything in place the inner fenders and floors were treated to more red oxide to protect the new metal and exposed metals.

The suspension needed a little TLC after being checked and lubricated before being fitted back to the car.

A quick reminder of the before and after.

As we have said so many times before, they may look a mess when we get going by ripping them and cutting them apart, but they always look the part when they leave. The big difference between us and a lot of others out there is that we show our work because we are proud of our reputation, quality of work and customer satisfaction. The customer also  has a record of their work by referencing our blog, or work diary as it has been refered to by a customer who had a restoration done by us.

A recent email testifies;

“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” – Kev Rushworth.

Thanks very much to Kev for taking time out and leave the message for us on our Facebook page.

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Mustang Maniac Moves

The exciting news we have been teasing you about since the end of last year is that Mustang Maniac has moved. OK, so it’s only into the unit next door, the entrance to Mustang Maniac is now to the right of the main roller door not the left. You can’t miss it, honestly you can’t. Now there is no more going up stairs to the office, instead a nice customer friendly ground floor reception area.

As far as anybody is concerned nothing has changed for the Mustang Maniac business, except that we now have a new customer area and storage locations.

The address is still exactly the same, but Adam explains that he has taken (Mustang Maniac) to “the next level” ready for his next business plans.

There is a new reception/show room, a nice place to relax, chilled refreshments and a display area. This was a huge task over the recent holidays and is still being updated, with lots more stuff to go on the walls as yet. We have a couple up so far.

There has been wild rumours that the first thing Adam got to work in the new offices was the card machine for transactions! 😀  We can neither confirm, nor deny that this was true.

The broadband, 24/7 CCTV recording, full monitored premises alarm, individual lockable storage area doors, keycoded door and guard dog patrol areas were done the same day opened the front door as it were. The locksmith was a busy boy that day.

New front signs going up.     Thanks to Linards for getting them ready at such short notice.

The reception and seating area has a TV showing some project works of Mustang Maniac or the original Mustang adverts (thanks Chris). Adam now has customer information support screen located by Morgan to show any walk-in customers the parts they require before they are picked from stock. A small point, but nice touch for the plethora of combinations on the Mustangs.

Morgan’s working in her reception area where she can deal with call in customers, bookings for the workshops, prep and dispatch for WebShop orders, now all from a single place.

Seating is provided by Mustangs of course. Adam and Yogi talking to a customer while he was watching the wall mounted TV of our restoration projects.

Adam’s office is now at the back where he can work without being disturbed by the busy WebShop orders, he can still have a private conversation with the customers if needed. Yogi pop in to his desk where he can log the parts he has used, while Adam can invoice and quote for the jobs and manage his business.

Adam’s office decor, (so far):

The all important stock:

Morgan has done a great job and organised the stock into multiple rooms with colour coding and all cross referenced. The quick turn over parts are in the rooms directly behind her.

The rest of the stock, brake parts, electrical, lighting, door parts, emblems, hardware and fixings, transmission, and suspension parts like shocks etc. are organised based on car area location and colour coded on the upper floor. Larger body work parts like engines, gearboxes, axles, exhausts, body panels, seats, carpets, glass, wheels, tyres etc. are still stored in secure units at the yard. These pics are only some of the stock that has been transferred over at the moment, with more to follow. They may look the same boxes, but we can assure you they are all different crate locations.

Morgan has developed a mobile electronic method for efficiently picking the parts and works very well, we snapped this pic of her getting an order ready for customer call-in collection.

On seeing our new location, a very good friend of ours donated this rare Chinese metal toy for our display case. Thanks to GW for the donations, we appreciate it.

We look forward to seeing you in the new shop and reception.

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Tip Of The Iceberg

No sooner have we rebuilt The Onion Mustang and we made space for our next project. This comes in the form of a very nice ’68 Coupe Pro Street 302ci. We first saw this little lady in back in October last year where we made our first evaluations of the car. The car is in pretty good condition with a few rust issues like most of them at some point in their lives. The main painted part of the car has a few minor issue that can soon be sorted out without too much trouble. We say Pro Street due to the rear end being pretty much maxed out and tubbed, with some skinny front end tyres as being the first points to notice.

Both Yogi and Adam had a good look around the car with some recommendations depending on budget which would mean that there would be discussions later on between the owner and Adam on how best to proceed.

Some clever work was done on the rear chassis rails to move them over in order to cater for the massive rear tyres. Not a very common mod, but we have seen variations on this theme before.

The trunk was equipped with the race spec small fuel cell and trimmed out very nicely.

The guys were interested to see what was under the carpet when trying to evaluate this type of work. But, you can’t just rip out carpet on somebody’s pride and joy of course just to have a little look. So things like this can hide the odd unexpected bad spot.

Under the hood was neat, tidy, well presented and made a rather nice noise that got Yogi’s attention as she pulled into the workshop to be lifted up on the ramp.

The main reason the little lady came in was for some potential cosmetic work on the body. Like all these things, until you get into it you never know what you are going to find. A customer of our summed it up very well;

“Rust is like an iceberg, you never know what’s under the surface”.

The fenders were taken off the car and the inner fenders marked up for attention. Yogi got the car on the ramps and set to work on the problem areas that they had identified, pretty much they had expected, but certainly not the worst they had seen.

The chassis legs will need some attention as they attach to the floor and obviously we need to see what condition all that was in before final decisions can be made.

Like The Onion Mustang, the floor was made up of  a patchwork of metals, and the patches were more like tin foil in places. The trouble is when you get to this stage you have to keep going until you find a solid metal section(s) to start from.

With all the bad metal out the full extent of the repair can be seen.

This is nothing that we haven’t seen before and we will surely be seeing it again. With all the rubbish having been cleaned out it doesn’t look half as bad to be fair.

We have a couple of foot wells at the front to be replaced so far which is no problem, but we will need to go round the rest of the floor to see that all is well. If we have to patch too much it will be more cost-effective to swap out the floor pan itself.

As we have said so many times before, we are quite confident that this little lady will be back ripping up the road in no time. It takes a little time and a lot of knowhow that’s all.

Other News:

There has been a lot of work going on near the main offices and we will be letting you know all about that very soon. I’m not supposed to give anything away, so I picked this little pic doesn’t do that, but it gives you a clue!

It’s all very clever stuff!

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Off She Goes

Exciting times this week as we see The Onion Mustang sat in primer for a while and then ready for transporting out to our paint shop, the first time she has seen daylight for a year or so now.

The final red oxide and seam sealing gets some Mustang Maniac TLC.

Yogi started masking the car up ready for primer and blocking down again, his favorite part of the paint process. Like all these projects, nothing seems to happen for weeks as the prep work takes up the time. Anybody can bolt a fender on, but the gaps need to be set properly to make the car look right. That’s either cut the metal away or build it up to make the gaps consistent.

We can say that as we have learned from experience and listened to what the customers want with their cars. We were briefed that the convertible chassis should be solid and not wallow around as it were as most convertibles tend to do. We will now show you a little trick we have perfected; an additional plate welded into place to strengthen the front end up. We use various thicknesses and sizes of plating depending on the requirements.

The pics we grabbed as the engine came out to show the additional torque sections. We won’t show it all, as it’s our secret and experience that has perfected the little additions. Of course if you see the car at a car show then you can have a look for yourselves.

How many other restorers would think of, or even do this type of work based on a conversation of requirements with the customer?

After masking up comes the all important etch stage.

After the etching Yogi does his inspections and preps for his favorite part of painting, the primer.

In what seems like a pointless waste of time the primer was then again blocked down before the proper paint job. That way we know that all was well and we managed to smooth out any uneven panels. The car was wheeled out into the yard waiting to go on the covered transportation truck.

Next time we shall see her she won’t be an onion, she would be a pearl.

New Stock Lines

Adam is always talking to people regarding his stock and what he can sell. As Adam had made his grandson very happy at Christmas as he now also owns a Mustang like his Dad and Grandad who ‘has lots of cars’ as the little guy would say. 😀

Yep, Adam will be selling these ride in electric Mustangs soon on the WebShop to the lucky little ones who want to be part of the Mustang scene too.

Just how cool is this?

Watch this space for more details!

Import Update.

We mentioned before the end of the year that we will be bringing you updates on a customers car he was going to buy from the USA. It turns out that the vendor has now been reconsidering the sale of his car after all. So the vendor needed to be sure and make up his mind, so money was discussed again should we say. The end result was long conversations on the phone where our customer has pulled out of the deal. Yes our was customer was gutted, but at these points in negotiations buying a car is a business transaction. It has to be treated that way or you could be taken advantage of letting your heart rule your head. It takes a strong decision to back out of something when you have set your heart on something, we have all been there. If our customer decides to go for the USA sale again we will continue the saga again. So for now it’s ‘case closed’, to be continued?

Adam treated himself at Christmas and then made a video of it to reflect his passion for Mustangs!

The question is – was he joking????

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