We are back to normal this week with our Mustang Maniac updates on what we have been up to. It seems that in the last week or so everybody has posted the same thing about the new 2024 Mustang. Since our post we have seen a release from Ford that the newly revealed S650 Mustang will be available in Europe “late 2023**” Those little asterix when you look for the small print actually says; “December 2023”. So we might as well say that the 2024 Mustang will indeed be 2024 for us.
Did You Know; the word “asterix” is ancient Greek, translated it means ‘little star’ as it resembles a conventional image of a heraldic star.
Park & Pic
This week we have a double car picture for you, both of which we will tell you about below.
The first was the green ’67 Fastback that we have looked after for a number of years now. The car was in for her annual service and MOT. This car runs and drives like she looks.
Next up was a ’68 where we were asked to swap out the stoke exhaust manifolds for a pair of headers. This involves a bit of cutting and refabricating to join it all up properly along with a healthy dose of patience and above all – knuckles of steel!
Did You Know; if you swap out the stock exhaust manifolds for a good set of headers you can gain up to ten percent power increase. 😲
Another ’67 we have had for a while was to only fix the rust issues and get the metal work ready for prep and paint. A few posts ago we showed the work we had done to replace most of the rear end. A lot of work and sheet metal used so far.
We often say that we don’t cut corners – we do it right! Well, sometimes we do cut corners, especially on the bottom leading edges of doors, a common place to rust out. If the majority of the door skin is fine there is no need to replace the whole skin, or even the door. A skilled fabrication of a corner is all you need.
Here is a little of that Yogi magic.
It’s not just about slapping a cut out into the door, it’s about maintaining that important factory look. The lip of the ‘patch’ is worked round to match the existing skin. The curve of the door, the leading edge of the metal all has to match up, or the eye will pick up on it straight away.
Welded into place and ground to the same levels.
The doors refitted after some spray to protect the exposed metal. Of course it’s not perfect, but when the prep, filler and pre paint rub downs are completed, it’s fresh metal to be painted.
So do we cut corners? Only the bad metal ones.
So, how do we round up this post?
With a picture of Yogi’s beast ripping up the drag strip, that’s how.