Need Gas

We have been busy preparing our own cars this week ready for a yearly trip to the Enfield Pageant of Motoring. It’s held at Enfield Playing Field, Great Cambridge Road, Enfield EN1 3PL. we always try to make a point of attending and showing of some quality Classic Mustangs. We shall be having our over sized hospitality motor home there again, along with a selection of our cars and our Customers cars too. We are planning a little something different this year for our restoration projects in the form of some multi-media interaction, we hope it will work out as we plan it to. If you are planning to come to this great show that has all sorts of cars on display, we seriously hope that you will pop along to see us and make a point of saying hello. Mention the Blog and the Forum to Adam.

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Unusual item:

We often have cars in the workshop that need a clean out and we find all sorts of things, dead rodents, birds nests, newspapers. We often find the odd Dime here and there if we are lucky. During a clean up recently of the trunk area hidden away, we found a real rarity that we hadn’t seen for a long time. This great little item was in the form of a fold out banner that was with some documentation. The Banner simply says “Send help” one side and “Need Gas” the other. We suspect that you would just fold out the side you need and leave it under the wipers or in the rear window depending on your needs at the time. There is also a few guides on the reverse of the banner on how to be a good driver etc. Fantastic item in mint condition. It looks like they were originally from Ford and came with the car from new. If anybody knows any more about these and where they came from how many etc, please drop us an email.

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 Customer Cars:

Not too much this week as we have been preparing our own cars and getting them ready. But we have done a little more work on the Acapulco  Blue Coupe, We fitted an export brace to the car and used our custom designed bolts. Yes we know they are not correct, if you want Concours look then we have those too. But these bolts are very similar to the bumper bolts with a polished stainless steel head. The difference is that the bolts do not have a square collar at the top. these are rounded into a slight conical shape, they are tightened up and pulled into the holes of the brace. The export brace should be fitted to a strengthened part of the bulk head how they should be with an additional welded thick plate as we had done on this car. This saves messing around to file out round hols into squares, but this way still gives that look coach bolt look. We are pleased with this result and always nice to have for a little detail.

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The HT leads and the rest of the wiring still needs to be completed of course, but we managed to start her up without any of the ignition wiring. Firstly we sent Mart on mission to get some fuel, and he even managed to returned back without getting lost for a change 🙂 In case you are wondering the petrol station was only 2 miles away! The car was fueled up and we drained most back back out of the tank from the drain hole to make sure no debris was in there. The car was cranked over a few times in order to get the fuel pumped up to the carb and check the starter was going to spin over under her own power. We then set the distributor to TDC for the timing and hot wired the spark to the coil. The car was spun over and she coughed into life. The timing was manually moved around in order to get the car running and warm up where she was comfortable. About ten mins later we set the timing correctly and adjusted the carb settings. The sound from the Flowmasters was a magical tone, the look on Marts face was a picture and said it all. We then left him to it to sort out the wiring again to make it look neater. Plenty more to do on her yet, but the first milestone has been reached – Flame on! If you are going to the Pageant we hope to bring this little lady along so you can see the progress for yourselves.

Hope to see you at the show.

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