As the 4th July was yesterday we wanted to wish all our friends across the pond Happy (belated) Independence Day. So we thought we would start with half a dozen little known facts about the USA’s Independence Day.
Only two people actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4: John Hancock and Charles Thomson, secretary of Congress. Most of the other (founding fathers) signed on August 2.
Not everyone was on board with celebrating on July 4, the day Congress approved the Declaration. John Adams wanted to celebrate on July 2, the day Congress voted for independence.
Three US presidents have died on July 4 — John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe. In a bizarre twist of fate, Adams and Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the country they helped found.
July 4 wasn’t deemed a federal holiday until 1870, nearly 100 years after the nation was founded.
Americans consume around 150 million hot dogs on the 4th July each year. That amount of hot dogs can stretch from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles more than five times.
Americans also spend more on beer on the 4th July than any other national holiday.
We had a nice ’69 Mach1 into our workshops for an oil leak from the intake. It wasn’t anything major, but a pain none the less and just makes things look a messy, especially when it comes from the front.
Yogi got to grips with taking the carb of and draining the system down.
With the plumbing disconnected the manifold was removed carefully to see exactly where the leaks was happening. It soon became quite obvious.
The next part was to remove the old gasket which had obviously failed and clean up the faces on the intake, block and heads.
New gaskets with our own little know-how to put them back without anymore leaks. Before we knew it Yogi had the intake back on, torqued up, plumbed in and rigged up to his timing gun.
With it all back together nobody would be any the wiser except for the front of the engine now looking cleaner again.
Special (limited offering) Service
Last week we mentioned that there was a special service that Adam was going to offer only to a select few customers. The service is aimed at a good customers who have been with us for a while, or new customers who have spent a significant amount with us.
Adam will look at the car when it comes into us and he will offer the customer our unique offer to upgrade their paintwork to a reconditioning detail. You may not be aware that he is looking at your car, but he is. Trust us on this one! The service is an additional paid for service to help bring the faded or lacklustre shine back. The intention is to breath life back to these cherished cars.
Our first offering was this red ’66 Coupe which was a bit of a barn find and was in need of some serious Mustang Maniac TLC. Some mechanical work was done to make her road worth again again above all.
The before pics;
Our very own car detailer will wash and dry the car to see what he is dealing with under the grime. He will then look carefully at the paint to see what is needed; maybe a clay bar, iron decontamination, flatten, polish, wet sand, polish, wax or combination there of. The bespoke treatment will be applied depending on the car, condition and what it needs to get the best results. The interior can also be addressed if required too.
This extra cleaning service is not a full detailed paint correction, respray or stone chip repair which can cost silly money. Neither is this a service we will offer on a stand alone basis. So if you book in a dirty car and ask for an air filter change, this service is not coming your way. Adam doesn’t want to get into the car detailing market, there are plenty of people out there who can offer that service for you. This is additional service only offered to customers on Adam’s say so. If you are lucky enough to get this service you may have to leave you car in for a few extra days until we can get our detailer on site for the car. We can’t promise miracles for a very bad car of course, but we can certainly make a difference and put a smile on the customers face.
The customer of this car loved the results and as a result this was the trigger to expand this to other customers. This is no bucket and sponge cleaning effort. This is a middle of the road high spec clean. This car took the best part of eight hours to go over to get it to this condition.
We have another car in with us a ’66 white coupe this time, which is having the detail treatment. The car wasn’t quite finished at the time this goes to press (or goes to web should we say), so we will bring that to you next time. As yet we don’t have a name for the process, perhaps you could give us a idea for the name of this service?
A couple of posts ago we announced that the new Postage System for the smaller of the items. The WebShop is still being updated with the postal options as we go along. As you can imagine the amount of stock we have to update every single item takes times. We have thousands of items that need to be updated and we are getting there and we appreciate the patience. We have even more Motorcraft stock in now for later Mustangs. More on that Later.
The postal feedback has been 80/20, although that sounds bad it’s much more positive when you analyse why.
The positive is exactly that, customers are now taking advantage of the small items and have send some great messages covering the service. Those existing customers and new customers love the service – Thank you for the feedback. 🙂
The bad? Well this is customers who have ordered items on a Saturday afternoon and Sunday mornings. They requested the “mail” option for postage. Monday Morning we have had some rather snotty emails asking where the item was as “it’s an emergency”.
This little section below is to explain to the very few customers that want postal service, but moaned it wasn’t next day delivery, they also don’t want to pay for the Courier service either. (If this wasn’t you – please skip).
The post service is a normal postal service which is collected from us each day during the week. At weekends there is no collection and you won’t get it Monday morning. This is nothing to do with our service levels as the items are picked and packaged ready and waiting for the service collection Monday morning, yes we work on a Sunday. Then you may get the item Tuesday or Wednesday depending how the post service deals with it. You pay less because it’s a standard service and not expressed, it’s just like sending a card to your great auntie Maud. Even if we put your package in the post box itself on a Saturday, it still wouldn’t be picked up by the post service until Monday morning! A point to note is that if you order by Courier on Saturday evening while watching ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ you still wont get it Monday as the couriers don’t work on Sunday that we use. Surely this concept is not difficult to understand, or have we missed out on something here. These difficult customers are not exactly good customers, or even first time customers should we say. They order £3 part (that nobody else has) and wants it next day delivery for nothing in effect.
The “Courier Service” is a flat rate charge and is next day delivery. HOWEVER, once the items have left us we have no control over the delivery process. The driver could have an accident, the parcel could be put on the wrong delivery route, the driver could be sick and another driver has to be sourced, the van could break down in the hot weather etc. who knows? Sometimes we make mistakes even with the processes we have in place. We’re only human and have to deal with (literally) hundreds of orders on some mad days. These things happen, and they also happen to us too. We can apologise and try to sort it out for you as soon as we can, and we will. It would be like us ringing up the suppliers in American moaning that the shipment hasn’t arrived in the UK because the boat has hit some sever weather on the way here, it’s not their fault.
Now you can see why we say good and bad, when the bad is just plain daft individuals. We are pleased with the way the service is working at the moment and we will continue to review the process to make sure it works for you and as well as us.
The “C” Button?
Some customers who are particularly difficult and moan through at us through no fault of our own or are unreasonable will now be getting the dreaded “C” button: “Cancelled” (the customer). The “Cancelled” button will transfer that customer’s details into a separate database that we now have where their orders will not be processed going forward. Adam introduced this measure as he spent a morning playing email tennis with a ‘new’ customer over a £3 fitting who wanted it as “it was urgent”. It turns out that the customer ordered the part on a Saturday night via second class post and wanted it Monday morning. Errr – No. Lets just say Adam had better things to do as he was also dealing with a big delivery himself. In the end Adam just gave the customer his minimalist order for free and returned his postage too. Then he hit the “C” button, time is money. There are already a few on this list – a digital little black book as it were.
Adam has had a large order in (as we eluded to above) where he has now started to rapidly expand the later model Mustangs too. Not just the genuine Ford spec oils and fluids, but other parts too. Like this hose which is a simple clip in item, a proper Motorcraft item that can split or perish, now replaceable in minutes straight of our shelf.
We are now stocking the general service items for all Mustangs 1960’s to 2020’s. Spark plugs, oil filters, air filters, v drive belts, serpentine belts etc.
We have had a run on batteries recently which caught us out a little, we had to get a new stock in quickly to meet the orders with only a two day delay. Note the Motorcraft stock as well to be put into stock with the batteries.
We have not got a batch in of our own products for some gaskets, bolts & washers along with some core plugs too, high quality and a great fit.
For some people personal preferences they are not wanting items from China. Some items there is no other choice, but for others products we now have some ACDelco products which are made in USA. They can be different style like these heavy duty versions that have a much larger covered thread and cap rather than the small nut.
We also now have these sway bars in a range of colours as well, how many other retailers can offer choice of country of manufacture and choice of colours?
The reception has had a little tidy up and we now can offer some more of the common items that we sell on a walk in basis as well.
Next post we will be telling you about an exclusive service we could offer you. This would be purely at Adam’s discretion, and only if he thinks the car would benefit from it. We will bring you more on that next post too. Here’s a little teaser from one of the cars we worked on this week.
Last week we told you about our new postage options. We’ve had a number of emails to say thanks and they will definitely be using the service. Great news for us too and thanks very much for the feedback, which is always appreciated to know when we get things right.
We also mentioned last week about some exciting news for the WebShop. Well, Adam has sourced some original parts from the manufacturers that you couldn’t buy on their own. As such Mustang Maniac can now offer you the option to buy a single bolt if you want. These could be such things like the wheel cylinder bolts, or a caliper bolt which used to only come as a kit with caliper, now we can sell them separately. Is that just plain cool or what? This means making your DIY repairs bespoke and to your budget. Perhaps you want five items and keep one for a spare?
The new WebShop site will be online very soon with a new revamped look where certain items can be selected based on amount numbers. So if you loose a single brake caliper pin, buy the replacement kit or a single pin! You want a single nut and two washers because they into the black hole that is a workshop floor, then we can help.
Adam is really excited about this pretty big step forward for customer engagement. Not only will he offer an option to buy individual items such as washers, bolts, clips, caps nuts etc. they can then be posted out using our new Trial Postage option too. It has to be said that the new postage system will work out the size and weight of the option you ordered and will keep a running total. If you get to the max limit for Parcel Force the system will let you know and courier will then become the cost effect method to dispatch to you.
As Adam sources more of the individually available items the WebShop will be constantly updated with the “Amount” option (where applicable). If you don’t see it for these small hardware items, then we obviously don’t offer the individual item, yet.
Now help us to help you!
We are now producing our own line of products and making kits that can be bespoked which Adam is still looking into for what would be a good option for the customer and sales records.
If you have any ideas for a kit that you would like to see, let us know! It could be on our WebShop a few days later. Providing it can physically can be done of course.
This Motorcraft name that is linked to Ford just like strawberries are to cream. As such Adam has now got “something in place” where he is ramping up is Motorcraft options as well. The concours boys will be pleased with genuine Motorcraft alternators. They are not a cheap hobby compared to other alternatives, but they are brand new items not reconditioned, they are the real deal.
Things like this grey distributor cap, rarely seen let alone kept in stock.
We now also have pre-engaged starter motors from Motorcraft was well. Again brand new not reconditioned. If you want to get rid of that solenoid then try this as the solenoid is now located on the starter. Less weight and neater, not everybody’s taste, but we have already sold two units while they saw one in the workshop ready to be fitted to another car.
Not only are we stocking parts, we are also stocking sundries as well. Things like Motorcraft genuine oils and transmission fluids.
We are still stocking alternatives from suppliers to suite your own taste. A good example is this little sway bar kit we have made up. The same product, but in different finishes.
Individual spark plug or kits? Again we listened to customers who wanted more options on spark plugs, we have platinum, double platinums, standard, racing, black finish, white finish, NOS, you name it, the chances are that we got it. We made these ACDelco kits up ready for a customer.
We think the weeks wait was worth it don’t you. We have more stock items due in this week so we hope to bring that to you as well. (shhh, don’t let on though – Performance upgrade kits?) 😉
Lets just say that Adam has been on a stock spending spree – again!
Mustang Maniac has a very exciting announcement to make regarding the WebShop and it’s functionality. We are going to trial some new postage options. But first an amusing tale that instigated Adam’s investigation.
A little while ago we had an email from a new customer who wanted to buy a small single part, the part was a single rubber “O” ring. However, the customer who will now be known as “Mr O Ring” didn’t see why he had to pay £8 for our standard courier charge. (We have covered this topic on number of occasions and we won’t go into it again). Mr. O Ring sent a follow up email to say; “can’t we just put it in a Jiffy bag and take it to the post office?” Adam responded with his standard (cut and pasted) response to these type of emails, “if you were to buy other items then the courier will still be the same cost and proportionally it then works out more cost effective”. The Mr. O Ring still wasn’t having any of it, Mr O Ring was adamant he didn’t want the courier but he still wanted it fast. Adam again responded to say he could pick it up himself or the courier is still an option. Needless to say Mr. O Ring paid the courier service in the end. All this back and forth for an item that cost less than a can of coke. Mr O Ring was trying to dictate the terms of our business. As Mr O Ring was a new customer and never ordered before, his part was tiny in comparison and yet Mr O Ring was causing chaos for a rubber O ring! We suspect that Mr. O Ring won’t be placing future orders with us as he is probably using somebody else, as we know that we are the only company in the country that has this part in stock. 😉
Adam’s explanation was quite simple on this one; “so I’m expected to go to a post office which is just over four miles away, burning my time, using my vehicles and fuel to get there. The post office is currently on restricted opening hours at the moment as it is. When the post office does eventually open it’s busy as the world and his mate wants something posted. I would have to queue for God knows how long as a result. I would have to buy the Jiffy bag, write the label out, stand in the queue exposing myself to potential Corona virus from some unhealthy Herbert coughing and spluttering while I wait to get served. The cost of postage would then be Jiffy bag plus the stamps to get there. The expected cost to be around £4. Make the return trip more fuel which would leave me out of pocket by £4. No we don’t do post office runs. If I was to do this a few times a day I wouldn’t get any work done!”
There has been a few requests for cheaper postage since we stopped it a few years ago. Unbeknown to Mr O Ring, Adam was already working hard behind the scenes to get this postage option in place again for a couple of months now. The upshot is after a couple of months a new improved process is now on a trial basis. Some customers who have ordered smaller items have also had their postage of the courier fully REFUNDED, and Adam has sent out their order using the new system free of charge to the customer.
Adam explains; Postage charge is not just the postage cost you see on the stamp or franking mark. The money that is paid in stamps is for the “service” to transport that package from A to B, based on the size and weight etc. So if the the postage cost is £0.77, it will cost Royal Mail £0.77 to move it.
Then there is our costs to go on that as well, our overheads to stock the item, somebody to pick the item, packaging for the item, physically packing the item and then dispatch. All of which is standard online retail stuff.
What does this all mean?
Well, Adam has now got a trial contract with Parcel Force who will now call into Mustang Maniac offices and pick up the postage. This is in addition to the courier service we still provide.
On the WebShop there will be some NEW postage options which you can choose from, this will now include the normal and cheaper option of Parcel Force.
Yep – the cost of postage of smaller parts could well be cheaper. However; the cost will still be size and weight dependant still, so costs will vary depending on the items you purchase.
So you could now buy a single O Ring which could be packaged and posted out to you. Keep in mind that the we have to buy the weighing scales, boxes, franking machine, credit for the franking machine and of course the contract with the post office to collect from us, all of which is included in the postage & “packaging”.
The down side, is that you are now waiting for normal postage and not next day courier. So if cost is your concern we now have an answer that has been requested for a while now.
Your help needed:
We are asking that if you are one of the lucky ones that has been getting the new trial service of mail delivery, can you let us know via email; email@example.com what you think of the service. We will also have proof of postage for your items being sent out to you.
We did have postage option many years ago and found that certain items “weren’t arriving” to the customer. As a result we were out of pocket for replacements. Hence the signed for courier service stopped all of that when we replaced the standard post process. If we find that history starts to repeat itself, then we will just revert back to the tried and tested courier option.
Mustang Maniac has listened and reacted on your feedback.
We have some other really exciting news for you next week regarding our new stock, stock kits and stock options, the details wasn’t quite ready for this post so you will have to wait for the next update. It will be worth it!
Things are looking to be slowly turning back to normal in the outside world, but Mustang Maniac is still being very selective about what comes in and who comes into our own sanctuary. We are dealing with safety issues where we can and gentle turn over of service cars. We have a shocking dangerous car that has come in for a little handling issue should we say, more on that after the popular Park & Pic.
Park & Pic
“The Onion” pops into us now and again for a little fettle hear and there, but recently had a new set of boots fitted. Classic stock look with a lightweight modern twist.
This car came into us to check over. Like all things we start with the basics and got her up on the ramp to take a look. We have seen this many times before and even posted about this too; the top suspension arm bushes had all but disintegrated, this caused some movement where there shouldn’t be any.
We of course were not going to repair it. This was a suspension strip down and replace parts job. The parts are cheap enough compared to the many hours it would take to restore these parts.
Not only that the mounting holes had rotted out. Welding patches on a suspension part we will leave for some other companies. Rust can’t be helped and we get that, rust is an on going problem that is relentless in its quest to eat metal. But, regular checks when greasing the ball joints, oil service etc. should include checking these areas fully both front and rear of the car.
We don’t need to tell you just how dangerous this is, an accident waiting to happen. A bump to many, an unexpected steering could see a huge failure.
This is where Mustang Maniac doesn’t agree with MOT exception for classic vehicles in the UK. We would like to see all vehicles checked for safety each year. But, we do think that there should be MOT based on classic cars. Things like parts that have been replaced because the originals are no longer made or not available, steering “play” which is normal for these cars, but will be failed by many inexperienced MOT testers. On this point we have had a number of ‘conversations’ with previous MOT test centres that we used to use who tried to tell us what was wrong with the vehicles. The fact was the parts in question were brand new parts on a full restoration, and easily within Ford’s specifications. In situations like that where restoring these cars is our passion and lively hood, (without sounding pompous), we do know best. Lights that have been upgraded to LED are safer and clearer, but technically a failure because the bulbs are not originals etc. Common sense needs to be used when dealing with these cars. If these “Classic MOT” tests were in force, then things like this wear and tear would be picked up before it was dangerous. We are pleased (and proud) to say that every one of our conscientious and regular customers that bring their cars to us on an annual basis for check up, also want the MOT just for the peace of mind. The customer also wants to protect their investments by making sure their pride and joy doesn’t suffer a failure and end up destroyed through an avoidable accident.
From Dearborn 29th May 2020 some exciting news was released:
With speed, style and a name that embodies both, Ford today announces the Mustang Mach 1 is roaring back to life this year, with its debut coming this spring.
The iconic fastback coupe that debuted during the first golden era of muscle cars in the late-1960s now returns for global Mustang enthusiasts looking for the epitome of naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 performance in a new golden age of power as a new choice in the lineup of the world’s best-selling sports car.
“Mach 1 has a special place in Mustang history, and it’s time for this special edition to claim the top spot in our 5.0-liter V8 performance lineup and reward our most hardcore Mustang enthusiasts who demand that next level of power, precision and collectability,” said Dave Pericak, director, Ford Icons. “Like the original, the all-new Mustang Mach 1 will be true to its heritage, delivering great looks and as the most track-capable 5.0-liter Mustang ever.”
Continuing the legacy of Mach 1
Mach 1 debuted for the 1969 model year and immediately carved out its place in the Mustang lineup, delivering performance and improved dynamics with its GT handling suspension. In the years that followed, Mach1 saw improved performance versus Mustang GT and was more attainable than Shelby and Boss variants.
“Mach 1 has always been that bridge between base Mustangs and the Shelby models,” said Ted Ryan, heritage brand manager, Ford Archives. “From a style and handling perspective, the original Mach 1 managed to stand out as unique, even in the Mustang lineup – and as the name implies, it could really move.”
Two years after its debut, Mach 1 with its competition suspension hit the streets in 1971 longer and larger than the original, with an assortment of powerful engine options. In 1974, Mach 1 again saw major changes, reimagined for the first time as a hatchback. This Mach 1 generation enjoyed a five-year run and beefed up its handling capabilities more with an optional Rallye Suspension Package.
Mach 1 returned for 2003 and 2004 model years, blending modern power with the nostalgia of 1970s-era Mach 1 design elements. Its unique Mach 1 handling suspension with larger Brembo front-disc brakes improved on-road performance, while its matte black spoiler and hood stripe helped the coupe standout.
Seventeen years later, the all-new 2021 Mustang Mach 1 is set to return as the most track-ready 5.0-liter Mustang ever, once again delivering design magic while adding to its performance legacy.
When Yogi read about this? He just smiled and said “I will see it on the 1/4 mile anytime!”
Mustang Maniac is taking the very small tentative steps to try and get back to some sort of normality. We have started taking in the odd job to help out our regular customers. The social distancing is being taken very seriously by all of us. Technically we are still closed to the public for visitors except for drop off and pickup of your cars, or to pick up purchases from the webshop with a prearranged time.
Park & Pic
This was taken on what Adam called Black Monday, but not in the sense of a financial crisis, this was about a collection early year black Mustangs.
A very unusual situation on Monday was that three cars were in for gearbox issues. We had “The Onion” an almost completed black convertible in for a gearbox filter change and some adjustments. We had Lance’s “Black Beauty” with a measure up for a potential transmission swap out. The car also had a little Yogi sercice.
Then finally a call from an old customer with an unnerving gearbox noise.
Mart called us up to say he took his car out on the way for some exercise and his car was making an increasing transmission noise. We said he could it to us and we would have a look for him. On hearing the car whe it arrived it was very evident something was wrong. From the description he gave us, the car bogs down and almost stalls and thuds when selecting a gear via the shifter. The whine was coming from the gearbox and speed related. The car was driven straight into the workshop and up onto the ramps. The engine was running and it was immediate that the issue was indeed the gearbox and or the torque converter. The bogging down of the revs was almost certainly the torque converter locking to the drive and not spinning freely. The whine was the gearbox. The difficult decision was taken to drop the gearbox for a look.
The transmission fluid was drained and there was a major problem. Instead of the dark clear red, we had an opaque pastel foaming pink. From the past experience this is usually water in the oil.
Once the oil was drained we unbolted the C4 cooling lines. We were concerned to see water dripping out. The gearbox had to come out as it was invariably now damaged to some degree.
With tthe gearbox out we could asses the damage. There torque converter was also full of water oil mix and damaged.
We took the oil pan off and found some of the problem. The filter should be clean, but this filter was filling up with debris and doing its job.
The debris would be from the bands, bits of swarf and no doubt seals. This gearbox wouldn’t be going back in. Another discussion was had with Mart and he opted for one of our fully rebuilt of the shelf, stock C4 gearbox and torque converters. This selection was a genuine ’66 gearbox to replace what he aleady had. Adam fetched the gearbox from his secret stash.
The gearbox was refitted back into the car at the end of the day with the help from Stuart.
Mart left the car with us and would come back the next day to visit his very sick little lady.
The water was an issue now. The engine had to be drained and flushed out. The engine coolant looked ok. The first bit of good news for Mart.
The only place the water could be coming from was the transmission cooling section at the bottom of the radiator. We removed the radiator and confirmed on pressure test there was failure. The pressure of the radiator had forced water into the gearbox lines which run at a lower pressure. So a new radiator was also going to be needed. A choice of styles was offered to Mart who went with the stock OEM look.
The fittings and connections were all fitted and plumbed back in the next morning.
The car was road tested and tweaked for idle and driving. The car will need to settle down with a possible small tweak after a few runs.
Although Mart took the car home happy with the car working again, this was not a cheap fix. This all happened within a relatively low number of miles from the initial detection, and in the worst case scenario this could have happened on the side of the road. In fact he was lucky to get it to us running under its own power. If you have any concerns about your radiator rusting don’t let it go unchecked. This scenario was very unusual and couldn’t have foreseen the failure of the radiator, which in turn boiled, ruined the gearbox and torque converter. On lighter note during the swap out the problem was refered to as “C4 virus” had struck a Mustang down.
We cant think of any other Mustang restorers that has a selection of stock C4 gearboxes, torque converters, parts all ready to fit, straight of the shelf. That’s what we call a drive in transmission shop service!
When your mate says he has seen a YouTube video all about it, and then offers you his ‘proper advice’, we advise you to then check with the experts. Adam agreed to accept a return which in no way was Mustang Maniac’s fault. A customer was advised that Fairlane and Mustang suspension springs were the same, so he ordered the Fairlane springs. Adam was not happy that it in some way being our fault, but he still stepped up, helped out the customer in these difficult times, even though he didn’t have to. The difference is fairly obvious:
As the Corona Virus lock down continues we are very limited to what we can do and very little is happening to customer’s cars for obvious reasons. However the WebShop is still operating as normal, but its continued operation is very reliant on on the key worker delivery drivers. We posted “Adam’s response” a couple of weeks ago and we would like to say a big thank you to all the support we have received since then. An overwhelmingly positive response to what Adam had pointed out. It seems as though the very small minority of people that had moaned about the costs didn’t respond – funny that! This is not just about poor Mustang Maniac as there are plenty of businesses that are going through the same thing as us. Based on the responses to our last post;
“Thank you for all your support during these difficult times.”
Customer’s Car Mini Project.
Like we mentioned above the WebShop has been doing well with the usual service items and some bigger projects taking place. For our most loyal customers and those within the fabled inner sanctum of Mustang Maniac, we will go out of way for the more unusual requests. Such a request cam into us for a stock look LED headlight upgrade. There are plenty of LED upgrades out there, but not many with the Ford lens look. Our standard Ford lens on the left and the replacement stock style lens on the right.
Adam looked around and found a close match with the H4 fittings. The biggest problem is to find an LED bulb that will fit behind the lens within the headlight bowl itself. As the wire harness plugs directly onto the back of the bulb it makes the overall length quite long deeper than the standard 6″, which will then hit the front of the fender and not allow the bulb to be secured correctly. Adam had a couple of ideas, one would be ideal and might be a tight fit, the other will fit with a little creative working.
Here is the standard H4 halogen bulb, the nice to have LED in blue, and the it will fit option in grey. The issue becomes plain to see when the comparisons are made.
The full and detailed fitting guide can be found here on how it was done;
A few phone calls were had between Adam and Mart for various options. The upshot was that Mart was going document the fitting for us and test the idea. Mart was then going to let Mustang Maniac how it went. All was good and the actively cooled LED bulb set with the pigtail fitted as Adam had envisaged. There needed to be a couple of minor ‘mods’ to make it all dust proof back on the car. The comparison was made with the standard Ford sealed beam Halogen headlight on the left, and the replaceable LED on the right. Total time to fit? half an hour or so each side, not including the OCD cleaning behind the headlights that took place at the same time.
The finished article looks great and will be a huge advantage for night driving and to be seen by other road users.
Although this was a mini bespoke project depending on the response and demand Mustang Maniac gets, we may start to stock these as a kit and be available on the WebShop. Please email us and let us know if there is a general market for this option.
The sad loss of Gale Halderman – the last of the original Mustang team.
Gale Halderman of Tipp City, world-renowned for being the original designer of the iconic Ford Mustang, died Wednesday April 30th 2020 at Upper Valley Medical Center, a family spokesman said. He was 87. Halderman died after a short battle with liver cancer, according to his family.
His design became the basis for a car that would eventually sell more than 8 million units, span six design generations, and be one of a handful of models continuously built for 50-plus years, local auto enthusiast Skip Peterson wrote in the Dayton Daily News Wheels section in 2017.
“To have lived 87 years and to have designed something that is part of pop culture and automotive history, he had such an impact,” said Jimmy Dinsmore, author of “Mustang by Design: Gale Halderman and the Creation of Ford’s Iconic Pony Car,” acting as a spokesman for the Halderman family.
“He did it in such a humble way that has touched the heart of every Mustang enthusiast out there. As great of a designer as he was, he was an even better human being,” Dinsmore said. The most striking thing about the 40-year Ford employee was Halderman’s humility, Dinsmore said. For many years, Halderman did not receive much attention for being the Mustang’s original designer, preferring to let others take the credit, he said. That’s a testament to his makeup and the type of person he was, Dinsmore said. “I’ll always remember his smile at car events when people would thank him for designing such a beautiful car, the smile it would bring to his face,” he said. “That’s the impact Gale had – whether you were a Mustang fan or not.”
Dinsmore recalled when he and Halderman attended a Mecum auto auction in Indianapolis and a 17-year-old boy ran up to the legendary designer as soon as he came through the door.
“He was so revered throughout the Mustang community,” he said. “When Lee Iacocca passed away last year, Gale was the last of the Mustang legends still with us. In some regards, this is the end of the golden era of the Mustang’s beginnings.”
Halderman’s status with Ford Motor Co. did not go unnoticed.
“When he went back to their Christmas dinners and such, he would be seated at the table with Mr. Ford,” Dinsmore said. Halderman is survived by three daughters: Karen Koenig, Kim Learning and Carol Marchelletta; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death in 2013 by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Senter Halderman; an infant son; and a daughter. Halderman graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Dayton. He also earned an industrial design degree from the Dayton Art Institute.
During his 40 years in design at Ford, Halderman was director and executive director of the Advanced Design Studio, Interior Design Studio, Lincoln/Mercury Design Studio and the Ford Design Studio. A member of the Mustang Hall of Fame for his design, he also received the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award for the design of the 1990 Lincoln Town Car and was honored with the Lee Iacocca Award on April 19, 2014, for dedication to excellence in perpetuating an American Automotive Tradition. In 2016, Halderman was also inducted into the American Legion Buckeye Boys State Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to the automotive field.
In 2014, he created the Halderman Barn Museum on his family homestead in Tipp City, which holds a giant collection of drawings, artwork, memorabilia and information about all things Mustang, Ford and Lincoln Mercury. It also houses the first car Halderman bought, a 1965 Mustang convertible, according to Peterson.
The museum will be kept open by appointment. and a celebration of Halderman’s life is planned for the future.
Yep, if you have a Fox body Mustang you are about to be in the money!
PARK CITY, Utah – Ken Block recently revealed his latest concept vehicle, “The Hoonifox,” which pays homage to 1980s motorsport styling and takes design cues from Ken’s own 1965 Hoonicorn Mustang. It also reimagines the best of that era while putting a modern-day spin on a Ford classic.
The all-wheel-drive Ford Mustang “Hoonifox” is a Fox Body Mustang design that Block developed with Ash Thorp, designer of the forthcoming Batmobile, with whom Block worked with to design his current Ford Escort RS Cossie V2.
Block and Thorp hope to use the same “render-to-reality” path they took with the Cossie V2 racecar project to bring to life a Gymkhana car concept that has been in Block’s head since the Hoonicorn V1 was built. Their idea is to modernize an ’80s Fox body Mustang, making it raw and simple like the Hoonicorn V1, while leveraging the new possibilities of Thorp’s 3D design skills.
Taking cues from ’80s motorsport, not to mention “Miami Vice”-era levels of street car excess, they got to work. Aggressive, boxy, modern rally car-inspired over fenders were a must. While the combo of classic Mustang GT louvered tail lights and window louvers are a nod to car styling of the era.
The Hoonifox will similarly be equipped with a rally-spec AWD system, and will include possible power plants like the Ford Ecoboost V6, or the naturally aspirated Roush Yates V8 found in Hoonicorn V1 –which Block has touted for its rawness and driveability. Another option could be the Mustang Mach-E drivetrain.
With the renderings of the Hoonifox concept now coming to light, there is much to be done before seeing the car to production. Starting the physical build, further development, inclusion of new tech, and testing is still needed. Block is looking forward to seeing the Hoonifox become a reality.
“I absolutely want to build the Hoonifox,” he said. “And do a ‘Gymkhana’ video with it, of course. And, do it in a 1980s ‘Miami Vice’-style version if it. Down in Miami.”
In a video released on Block’s YouTube channel; he, Thorp and Hoonigan Industries CCO Brian Scotto give a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of developing project vehicles for Hoonigan Racing Division. The announcement of the Hoonifox concept is a first for the team, in that it allows fans and auto enthusiasts alike a rare, early peek into the development process of an all-new Gymkhana racecar.
The video highlights Thorp’s designs from the Batmobile to major motion pictures. Block, Thorp and Scotto also discuss the history of the Fox Body, go into detail on how it came about and walk through the design process, finishing up with some amazing beauty shots, and concept liveries.
Happy VE weekend on the 75th anniversary. Adam has gone to some effort to celebrate the Victory in Europe Day in the lock down, although hardly anybody will see it apart from delivery drivers and couriers. Adam was quite happy to sit in his office to raise a beer to the brave men and women who gave their all for their country.
Lock down continues and Mustang Maniac is no exception to the rules. This post is slightly different in terms of content, normally Adam will let us know what needs to go into the blog if he wants something specific, most of the time we have a lot to choose from. Over the past few weeks Adam has had some emails that have not impressed him should we say. Those who know that Adam will certainly understand his reaction to those emails. It’s also well known that Adam is a very fair man and this is reflected within his business ethics. He prides himself on being honest and values his customers very much. However, the start of this post is directly from Adam where he has wanted us to address a few of the emails in general without pointing the finger to those responsible. We have covered this recently, but it seems as though the message hasn’t gotten through.
Message From Adam:
“While we have never been the cheapest place to buy Mustang and Falcon parts, we do pride ourselves on only supplying the very best quality we can find and having them all in stock ready for when they are needed.
This carries a significant cost so…………
…..In these days of Covid-19 we are, like all other businesses, experiencing significant added supply, shipping and other costs.
So we thought it would be a really good idea to explain the costly and complex world of Mustang and Falcon car parts brought into the UK.
It all starts off with us having to guess the parts that will be needed in the future and then to order those parts from our various US/global suppliers – at which time we have to pay – not only for the parts but for shipping, taxes and duties and we are also at the mercy of the daily exchange rate ($ to £).
So the money has gone from our bank and we won’t see the parts or be able to offer them for sale for quite some time….
So the first cost to us is the use of our funds and labour costs for the time to place the orders etc.
Then the shippers, goods handlers and freight forwarders all get involved – each adding a percentage to the cost even though some may not actually handle the part but simply process pieces of paper. Great business if you can get it!
Once the cost of shipping has been agreed and added to our growing bill, we then face import duties – which are paid as a percentage of not only the cost of the part, but shipping and handling costs as well!
So the second cost to us is import duties which must be paid prior to the part being allowed into the country.
But that’s not all……..
Our third major cost is the dreaded VAT.
Once all the costs have been added up – the part itself, the shipping, handling fees and import duties, we then have to pay VAT on the total amount…..that’s right another tax on a duty already paid!
Once the part has finally arrived in the UK and cleared customs with all duties and VAT paid, the costs simply don’t stop there.
Our fourth major cost is in providing parts storage.
We have to ship the parts from point of UK entry and into a safe place where we can store them ready for you to decide to buy and fit to your beloved Mustang or Falcon.
A part could be required straight away or remain in stock for 6 months plus. Remember that we paid for the part when we ordered it along with all the shipping and taxes.
So that we can be one of a very few that offer all parts in stock and ready to go, the storage required for those parts is both significant and very costly – considering building costs, business rates, security, heating/lighting along with staff and equipment costs.
These costs have to be paid regardless of whether we sell a part or not.
The end result of all this is that our basic costs (not counting actual parts costs rising as they are) have risen by over 45% since the start of covid-19 and continue to rise as the global business world struggles to keep going.
But that’s not all….. we also have to keep the WebShop up to date so that it accurately shows what’s in stock every day. If we say it’s “in stock” then it is sitting on a shelf in our warehouse waiting for you.
Once you press the ‘buy it’ button we then have to pick, package and arrange shipping. While this seems to happen by magic it does involves significant time, effort and cost to have the right part in the right packaging sent out using reliable shipping companies.
So we need to not only stock Mustang and Falcon parts but also the various labellers, envelopes, boxes, wrappings to get the parts properly package for shipping.
So our fifth cost is the stock of all the packaging and labelling material which we have to buy and stock up front so we are ready to ship your part the very next day.
We want to always offer great quality parts at the best prices we can but to do that in the long term we must cover our costs and overheads along with preparing our business for an uncertain future.
Simply put, the prices of our parts are what they are, but we are always trying to keep them as competitive as we can – particularly during these very difficult times.
If someone is offering them at a lower price, chances are they are not in stock and of the same quality as our parts….but don’t take our word for it.
Stay safe and stay at home – protect our NHS“
We don’t actually have much to post about for work on customers cars, although we have a couple in. We just need to get a steer from Adam if he want’s them to post or not.
So we have had some images sent to us regarding project by others on Mustangs. We have posted a few of them here. If you have any more to add we will post them up for you so the world can also ‘admire’ them. So here we have the section:
Are You Sure!
Big Wheels looks great, maybe not.
Then there is a trip to AutoZone or Halfords in the UK.
Although this is not a real Mustang as such, there has been a lot of clever work gone into this. Or a lot of drinking beer which we suspect is when this idea came to him.
It’s called the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 and, yes, that number stands for 1,400 horsepower. What’s different from other recent Cobra Jets, Ford’s track-only drag racing version of the Mustang, is that this one rips down the drag strip with an electric whine instead of a thundering exhaust note. The Cobra Jet 1400 is an electric vehicle, a one-off prototype that Ford says is capable of low 8-second quarter-mile times at a trap speed of more than 170 mph. When it comes to electric vehicles in motorsports, drag racing is better suited than most. With such short distances, the overall range is less of a concern than racing an EV on a road course. And dragsters are already suited to handle the big, instantaneous torque that electric motors provide: 1,100 lb-ft in the case of the Cobra Jet 1400.
The prospect of electric drag racing is one of the reasons why Ford developed this new car. According to Berj Alexanian, who handles Ford’s Mustang communications:
We decided to do this project based on the fact that the NHRA and drag racing are very open to electrification, and it was an opportunity to use what was a proven race car platform that we already had great benchmark performance numbers for, so we wanted to be able to match and beat those numbers with a new all-electric powertrain.
Revived in 2008 for the 40th anniversary of the original, the modern Cobra Jet is a turnkey racer based on stock Mustang bodywork but built with a full roll cage and NHRA-compliant safety gear, much like like the Chevrolet COPO Camaro and Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. Those cars are often built with partner suppliers, and the Cobra Jet 1400 is no exception, only instead of a Ford Racing engine under the hood the Ford Performance team turned to Cascadia motion for the electric motor and inverter. AEM EV supplied the software control systems. The roll cage and chassis development came from Watson Engineering, veterans of previous Cobra Jet programs and the Boss Mustang 302S race car. MLe Racecars is credited with the build and design of the Cobra Jet 1400.
It has been noted that the Cobra Jet 1400 is quicker than Chevrolet’s 2018 eCOPO concept, which made 700 hp and could do 9-second runs. While both of these cars are prototypes with no immediate details on production, surely this means that the age of the electric dragster is close at hand.
Before we sign off, we would just like to echo Adam’s final note:
The hot “C” word of the moment “Corona” is dominating everything we can do and everything we will continue to do for now. We are very busy with our stock going out as fast as we possibly can, but like we said before we are reliant on logistics. If the orders aren’t picked up we can’t deliver – simple as that we hate to say. A couple of emails haven’t been that understanding of these unprecedented times should we say and thus received an explanatory email from Adam about the situation. One customer wanted us to leave their items outside for them. We are fine with that if you let us know, but they didn’t know when they could pick it up. When we said we need a time scale, they got a bit grumpy when we said we are not allowing the public into our premises for our own and your own protection. The funny part – they are not our normal customers, these are people who can’t get their parts anywhere else due to the additional import charges making some stock scarce. We will not be selliong to that customer again. We need to make a living too, if you wan’t it cheaper as others are stating – then please feel free to order from them. As Adam says “I can be even cheaper than them, if I haven’t got it in stock!” We can safely bet that the order won’t be as quick as you expect should we say?
The latest pallets we had ordered before all this virus lock down kicked off, have now been delivered, the sting were expecting was pretty harsh for the final duties to be paid. The pallet with the rear springs on cost us just over four figures (£) and the other pallet a little under that. To put that into context that’s additional charges just for shipping to the UK, on top of the normal costs to import to the UK. The increased base prices per item with our retail costs being applied will unfortunately have to get passed on to our customers for the time being. When we get asked why these parts are now more expensive than before, that is the reason. On the plus side, there are a lot of Mustangs that are going to get some visits from the Easter bunny this weekend. 🙂
While the Corona Virus keeps us all inside we have scaled back our work loads, thus we don’t have so much to report each week. So our little ol’ blog will be coming out every other weekend for a while – Just until we get back to normal.
We have finished working on the ’67 Coupe with the last parts going on.
A much nicer car drive now and many of those annoying little niggles have now gone.
24/3/2020 – Ford Motor Company said that it is working with 3M and General Electric‘s healthcare unit, as well as the United Auto Workers labour union (UAW), to ramp up production of urgently needed hospital and safety equipment.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and respirators are in short supply as hospitals and first responders have mobilized to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has also left healthcare authorities worried about a shortage of hospital ventilators, which are necessary for the many COVID-19 sufferers who have difficulty breathing.
Ford is testing and developing a new face shield for healthcare workers. It’s also planning to make 100,000 of these shields per week with production ramping up within days
What Ford, 3M, and GE said
In a press conference on the morning of 24th March 2020, Ford explained that it has been working on several different efforts since last week:
Ford and 3M are collaborating to manufacture powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) at scale. These are battery-operated protective devices that provide filtered air for healthcare workers and first responders who may be exposed to the virus for several hours at a time. Engineers from 3M and Ford are working quickly to adapt an existing 3M design to incorporate parts (such as blower motors and switches) that Ford has on hand.
Ford manufacturing engineers are also working with 3M to help increase production of other PPE equipment, including N95 masks.
GE Healthcare is working with Ford to engineer and get regulatory approval for a simplified version of an existing GE ventilator design that can be put into mass production quickly. The simplified ventilator will be built at GE factories, and may also be built at a Ford manufacturing site as well.
Ford is preparing to test a new transparent full-face shield for medical workers and first responders. Ford’s U.S. design team, together with UAW-represented workers who have volunteered to work while Ford’s factories are closed, have already produced 1,000 of these shields for testing at Detroit-area hospitals. Ford expects to manufacture about 75,000 shields this week, and over 100,000 per week thereafter, at a subsidiary’s factory in Plymouth, Michigan.
Ford is also working on a separate effort, not involving GE, to produce ventilators in the U.K. in coordination with the British government.
Ford is bringing 165,000 unused N95 respirators back to the U.S. from China, where they were sent earlier this year, and will make those available to hospitals while it works to acquire more.
Dave Jacek, a Ford 3D-Printing technician is shown here wearing the the prototype face shield for the Healthcare Workers. Image source: Ford Motor Company.
It makes you feel human again to thing that these major players in the market are pulling together to help each other. Ford have managed to start and produce the masks, yet here in the UK they are talking about getting things in place shortly.
We have some work being done to our Resto Mod Project which we will bring you next time, in the mean time – here is a little teaser;
If you can’t take the Mustang out – bring the Mustang in!!
We can only say one thing really which has been echoed around the country, “Stay home and save lives”. Go and clean your car(s) or go fettle and tinker, go take a nap in your car if you must feel the need to bond with it again, tidy up your tools and put them neatly in the tool box(s) box. Do what ever you like – Just stay at home.
Mustang Maniac are trying to maintain an uninterrupted service to our customers via our online WebShop. Over the last week or so we have been getting emails from our various freight handlers which basically state that a surcharge for weight has now been introduced. Some are charging more than others, we can’t help but think that some people are just cashing in on the Coronavirus band wagon. We know some shops are charging stupid money to make a quick buck of other people’s hardships.
These charges are basically (on average) amounting to an eye watering $1.05 per 1kg of weight, regardless the size of the order. Taking into account the Pound to Dollar exchange rate this becomes a double whammy for us. That’s all before Mustang Maniac has to pay our normal import duty and taxes on top of those additional charges. To give you an example; a pallet of stock was ordered before the government introduced CV lock down. We have calculated that the surcharges alone will now run well into four figures just for that single order. Then we have to add our overheads on top of that, which we will absorb this time. As a business model we simply can’t sustain for two or three times a month. We would then be in a situation where we are selling the parts at a loss. So we have no choice but to pass these additional charges on to our customers which leaves us with a dilemma; Do we stop ordering and wait for the pandemic to finish keeping costs down, or do we order and pass the short term charges on and keep going? We know many people are working on their cars during this stressful time as they can’t go out, and not having any stock to support our customers really goes against what we stand for. We will continue to order stock in the mean time, as long as it still sells.
However, this strategy can only continue as we are, and always have been totally reliant on the couriers, shipping and freight companies we deal with to a) get the pallets of stock to us b) enabling us to keep getting the orders out to our customers. The alternative which has always been an option is that the current stock is available to be collected directly from us. Let us know when ordering that you will be picking up from us. We in turn will leave your order in a safe place where it can be easily picked up.
To protect us and our customers;
On a temporary basis we will no longer able to offer our legendary tea, coffee, biscuits and our conversation hospitality within our offices, which are closed to the general public for now. Our regulars have been amazingly supportive and understanding of this measure and totally get it.
Keep safe and stay at home. Sooner we all do it, the quicker we can all get back to normal and get on with what we enjoy – restoring and looking after Mustangs.
“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”