Shiny & Not So Shiny

The last two weeks we have posted about car shows and not to much of our own cars. So it’s back to normal this week to let you know what we have been up to. A couple of cars have been collected and a couple have arrived. We posted last week about the Goodwood light blue convertible that was on display. We now have that car back with us to receive a little TLC and her annual once over, we will get some pics of that soon for you, just a little late for this post. Just a little information – that car was made just three days before the launch of the first Mustang and she is still pretty much original!

We have been doing some work on the Alfa red convertible and fitted some of special serpentine eight ridge pulleys to this super shiny engine. You won’t be able to get these pulleys of the shelf in a lot of places as we have a little arrangement with the supplier. The metalic red of this car and the polished metalwork make a big contrast and it works well. This also has the Pertronix distributer fitted with the electronic points replacement kit. It shouldn’t be to long before we fire this 300bhp unit up in the car and not on our test rig. The car has also had an auto gearbox fitted.

The ’66 Coupe bare metal restoration has come on leaps and bounds over the last couple of weeks. So much so that the car has been taken of the jig and mounted on the trolley to be moved around the panel shop while other work is going on. The paint stripping has been going well on all the panels, trunk and roof, but the results weren’t ideal. The left side door was stripped down and found to have been in a minor prang and filled with copious amounts of filler. The filler was so thick towards the front of the door that some of the door contours were almost disappearing. The metal had been pulled out but was stretched too much and it was only the filler that was holding the door skin tight on the door, so we were going to re-skin it. Once the door was taken apart the internal supports were also bent and rust had taken hold at the bottom leaving some screwdriver sized holes, especially after we poked the very thin metal. So it was a new door unfortunately.

The rear quarters have been sprayed, fitted, leaded and filled. The left fender had seen it’s fair share of filler and the metal stretch and “would pop in and out as it was pressed, again not ideal and the decision was taken to also replace the fender.

The other panels were OK, but again needed some metalwork wonders worked on them before refitting. The right side door needed to be cleaned up without chemicals and has been lightly shot blasted to keep the original textured door look.

The car is only a short time away from final paint prep.

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We have never really been active on the Mustang Owners Club of GB, there are others who voice for us and recommend our services so thank you. But like all these things we are moving with the times and we are now on the forum under “mustang maniac”, who would have guessed that one? If you visit the forum please drop by and say hello or friend us.

Don’t forget Herbie’s Bar & Grill next week 28th Sept 2014 for a meet and meat day.

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