The week has seen a number of cars come and go and we managed to take a snap shot of the yard. Were they parked up nicely for a change? We couldn’t possibly say, but they did look great.
Our beloved KR500 has had a treat – we got her some new boots, we think the rear tyres may have run out of tread for some strange reason! Because we gave her new boots we just had to get our new rims of course.
We have completed the QTP open header conversion for the Gulf Stream Aqua ’65 coupe (click here for the rest of the pics). We have posted up on our YouTube video channel a short video of the conversion in action where the valves open and shut so that you can hear the difference. The new headers we supplied would make a big difference as well so the power for this car has gone up considerably.
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We often get many customers come to look at their cars, if they are being restored they can take a while obviously, but sometimes we have to work out what has been going on, so Lance knocked this new labour rates table up for us:
We make it no secret that we like Herbie’s Bar & Grill, in fact we meet up their each month, now and again we take family there for a treat too, this was no exception when Faye spotter her Grandad (Adam) on the wall for the record holder! It’s difficult to try and explain why you are on the wall more than once though.
We have intrigued with Ford’s new Mustang so we have been doing a little bit of homework, here we have a pic of the right hand drive Mustang.
- The first right-hand-drive models are already rolling off the production line at Ford’s plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, with first deliveries expected here in November. Buyers have been told that it will take around 12 weeks for the car to reach them once it has left the plant.
- Around 1800 orders for the new Ford Mustang have been taken in the UK since January this year.
- Huge demand for the new Ford Mustang, which is available to order now and priced from £29,995, means the UK order book for the US-bred performance car is already full into the middle of 2016.
- Ford says 70% of UK buyers have chosen the 410bhp, 386lb ft 5.0-litre V8-equipped model, which costs from £32,995 and sprints from 0-62mph in 4.8sec. The final power output is actually 5bhp lower than that of the left-hand drive version. This is due to the location of the steering assembly on the right-hand side of the engine, necessitating a new exhaust manifold, which resulted in a small reduction in peak power, according to Ford. Torque, acceleration, top speed and fuel consumption figures are not affected.
- The other 30% of UK customers have opted for the entry-level 2.3-litre Ecoboost petrol engine, which develops 313bhp and 320lb ft. Even this entry-level model can hit 62mph from rest in 5.8sec.
- There is the option of either six-speed manual or auto with 55% of customers choosing the manual. The automatic adds £1500 to the list price.
- The 5.0-litre V8 will be upgraded to 500bhp within 18 months of the car going on sale. In launch specification, the V8 emits 299g/km of CO2 and can return a claimed 20.9mpg, while the Ecoboost option emits 179g/km of CO2 and returns up to 35.3mpg. US markets will also get a 3.7-litre V6 option.
Andy Barratt (Ford of Britain boss) has said:
“We are now sold out beyond July next year, although that’s not a reason not to go into a dealership and buy one”.