This week Adam has been eagerly waiting for his next delivery of some rather special parts, this time they are not from the USA. Adam has had a set of moulds made for his next project car that we will be bringing you via our blog the full project build from scratch to being on the road. The ever popular ’67 Eleanor from the movie remake of “Gone In Sixty Seconds” has fans all around the world, and is always a popular car at shows. In the past Adam has already built three Eleanors as bespoke orders and knows all to well the issues with the kits out there, obtaining the correct dimensions and good quality parts for the body kit has been challenging to say the least. As a result a FULL set of the seventeen component parts mouldings has been made for our own exact replica Eleanor kit. We are not sure how Adam has managed to get the moulds so accurate, when we ask how, he just laughs and says, “I just know a few people; don’t ask!” We now know how he done it – but don’t ask us either! 🙂 Our new moulds have had the first prototype casting delivered to Mustang Maniac for their sign off inspection. So far Adam is very pleased with the results, they are a good thick material and not flimsy like some of the others out there, the finish is pretty much paint ready as well which means minimal paint prep. As yet Adam is undecided if he will sell the kits as a full seventeen piece kit, or individual parts of the kit. So watch this space and the WebShop for details.
Adam inspects the first mould of the Mustang Maniac Eleanor Kit:
How cool is that? If you want a full kit for a GT500 Eleanor, or just a part of the set – let Adam know, he may start to stock them if he gets enough interest.
The storage area is looking quite full at the moment, from early Ford Cortina to Ford LTD.
The cowl has been fitted to the properly now and any smoothing has been done ready for paint. The rest of the inside is starting to go back in ready for the dash pad later. The engine bay is now ready and running and can be driven again. We are expecting the pick up for paint to be done this week.
The Falcon Sprint
The general inspection of the brakes turned up a worrying, yet a common fault. Leaking brake cylinders can appear from nowhere especially after the car has sat for a while. The leak doesn’t usually happen when the car sits there but rather when they start to get used again, the rubber can perish and the pistons can rust a little and wear away the seals a little then they start to leak. Here we see a single side leaking and has soaked the brake shoes with brake fluid, there will be no braking this side at the rear. As a precaution you should always change both sides.
We suggest if the car has been standing, check the brakes before you move the car, apply the brakes a number of times before you drive it. Take it for a gentle drive and bring back home. Check the brakes again but remove the drum to inspect carefully. If in doubt, don’t mess about – take the car to somebody who knows what they are doing. That brake pedal is probably one of the most important things in your car.
Here we can see the removed shoes and the damage from the fluid leak. Replacing and bleeding should also be done at the point of changing the cylinders.
We expect to see a few more of these now the show season is almost apon us.
The full Eleanor Kit in the UK – OMG. I think i need to get a ’67 now just for the kit!
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Get your money out, it could be yours! 👍😀
Great post as usual guys!!!
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Thank you, we aim to please.
Love the idea of there being a kit that is actually good and accurate.
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Thanks, we will be making sure it fits properly before we think of selling it.
It’s an idea Adam has had for a while, now he has some good moulds we will be able to bring you the ground up project for you. 👍
The section on the brake check is enormously critical. I was the victim of a simgle master cylinder wheel cylinder failure on my 65 Mustang. After an exiting ride to a stop thanks to the manual trans I immediately made the swap to a dual master cylinder. And the Mustang Club of America actually recommends the upgrade at no point deduction as a safety upgrade. Even after the change it is always a good thing to give it a look-see.
The interesting side bar is that it gives you an opportunity to scuff off the drums and the faces of the shoes. Because after sitting for the off season the first pass on the brakes cleans off all the surface rust onto your nice shoes. And if now cleaned up the first wet run gives you a wicked shudder. So I pull all my drums as soon as I can after storage to clean them up. Two items at one pass. Nice.
Great work by the way.