Yogi Quits Smoking

This week we have a ’67 year old lady in the yard with a bad tick and smoking problem. Not quite as the title suggests, but a pretty sickly ’67 Coupe. The problem was reported to us that the engine has a ticking sound noise to it as well as smoking quite badly.

The car was put into the workshop and we instantly took the valve cover off to find a loose rocker. We could hear the ticking as we backed her into the Yogi cave.

When you have a problem like that you could take the heads off the engine while the engine is in the car, but sometimes it easier to whip out the engine and work on a stand to work out exactly what has gone on and see the extend of a the damage. That’s exactly what Yogi did.

The engine was out and an inspection of all the rockers was checked. We found a double nut on a rocker which was to obviously help with the stripped thread on the stud where the nut should have been.

With the rocker off and an inspection of the stem it shows some serious wear and tear do to it becoming close. This was not helping matters for the engine top side and explains the ticking. The engine ran, but not very well.

We have arrowed the stem damage for you.

That amount of damage could cause the valve to bounce on the piston or bend it so the head was to come off.

It’s easy to see the problem end of the cylinder head as it’s all fouled up. On close inspection the cylinder has worn to a whole and now we can see the reason for the smoking.

So now the owner has a situation. We can rebuild the engine as part of our service which will need an overbore and new pistons etc. Or take a crate engine replacement. We have a selection of specs to choose from with our date coded correct rebuilds or a more generic replacement engine. The choice is a difficult one, but it depends on the what the owner wants, a driver or a correct dated engine as well. We are now awaiting further instructions during this difficult time of this ladies life on the road.


We have been asked; ‘do we really supply Ford dealerships’ with parts? The answer is YES. It’s not a regular thing as they have their own stock obviously. However if they need a genuine Ford part it’s quicker to get it from us than wait for the import time and effort. We have in the past helped Ford by supplying parts for a restoration vehicle they were working on. Our contacts and shipping schedules are quicker that the big boys most of the time!


We now have a stock of our own branded 3000 series batteries for the later model Mustangs. That’s the models 2005 to 2016+ They can be ordered by clicking here from our WebShop.



Plenty of power at 550 CCA for the new generations with our unique ref number:         ‘MM-Bat-15/16’ 

These batteries feature the status inspection window for easy checking and a handy tuck away carry handle. the dimensions are;  L 24 CM, W 18 CM, H 19 CM Top of battery.


We can compare the Group 24 batteries with the later gen batteries for you.

The Group 24 (MM-BAT-64/70) is a little larger and has a first gen Mustang on the top.  The newer generation battery (MM-Bat-15/16) has the modern generation mustang on top

Now you don’t have to worry having to pay silly money for a top quality 3 year warranty battery.

Great News: 

Our good friend and customer Mart Dawson will be showing his ’66 Coupe at the Lancaster Classic Car Show at the Birmingham NEC 8th – 10th November 2019 in the highly contested finals of ‘Pride of Ownership’.

The link for the biggest classic car show in the UK is here or https://www.necclassicmotorshow.com/

One of the pictures that the show has used for promotion on social media was taken in our yard:

The link to the Pride of Ownership page is here. or https://www.necclassicmotorshow.com/Lipoo


The article from the Lancaster Classic Cars show: The actual link is here.


We know that he would love to have you go along and say “Hi” to him during the show days. He will talk for England about his car and his Mustang Mates! The awards are voted for by the visitors over the three days, maybe drop a vote in for him while you are there, it would be nice to see some American Muscle win the day.

We wish Mart all the very best at the show, even to take part in this category is a huge achievement anyway. Well done Mart.

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4 Responses to Yogi Quits Smoking

  1. Thanks for the good wishes guys, i appreciate it. My heart goes out to the guy with the loose rocker. 😦

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  2. Gary W says:

    Great blog as always! Never seen Yogi smoke….unless you’re talking about his rear tyres!
    If anyone deserves the pride of ownership award it’s Mart…anyone who knows him understands he lives, eats and sleeps his Mustang and has also put a lot back into the old Mustang world. Good luck Mart, you have my vote!

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    • Thanks Gary, as for the Yogi smokin’ that’s the thing he wont give up, his love for destroying tyres at the top of a drag strip. 😂😂
      We can say that Marts post and ours look bit similar at the end as we usedthe pics he sent us. He knew we might post it as well. Two is better than none as weren’t sure if he was posting this weekend or not. Yep, He does have a little bit of the OCD regarding his car, ut it’s great to see. We have all helped with that passion and why we are all still good friends. Mustang is a cummunity not just a car!


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