Another First For A Mustang

This week we have been working on a customer’s car who wishes not to be featured on our blog, of course we respect their privacy so there isn’t too much to show for our work unfortunately. However we can show you other things we have on the go;

Project Engine

We have a project in mind which we want to start soon, so we have started to build a pretty special engine for it. Unless somebody wants to buy it off us in the mean time of course, but be prepared for a little open wallet surgery as this power pack won’t be cheap. The engine we are building is a 351 Cleveland, 4v, four bolt main closed chamber heads. Now to most petrol heads that is sexy talk. What it means in layman’s terms is that this engine is strong and built for punishment. Not only will this engine be great for the street racer, you can drive it to a track, race it and then drive home again.

Magazine Feature

A little while ago we told you how Mustang Maniac entourage arrived at Santa Pod drag strip with A602s for a little private racing. We had some of our cars in the latest edition of the ‘Custom Car’ magazine. The bottom three pics on the left hand page.

Left to right; Yogi doing what he does best, burning rubber. Adam getting out the biggest badass UBB Mustang 1000bhp from storage. Spence not saying much – just letting his racing do the talking!

We think our pictures were much better to be honest!

Another Mustang First

Over the last few days there has been a lot of talk about Vaughn Gittin Jr. becoming the first person to drift the legendary 12.9 miles of the Nurburgring in his 900 horsepower Monster Energy Ford Mustang RTR. This video is spectacular to watch and listen to as well. It’s hard enough to complete a lap of this legendary circuit without coming of and rearranging a barrier or two, as many other videos will testify. Yet this gentleman (who we think must be mad), manages to do it pretty much sideways ALL the way around. Incredible.

Click here for the official YouTube channel and like/subscribe for this mans incredible work. Or cut and paste the link below to your browser.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXGLSF3MuZw

We don’t own the copyright of this video, but we just had to share it with you to raise this guy’s profile. What an achievement and what a car, we still think he is mad though! 😀

Two Outta Three

This week we have some rather unusual problems a couple which are self-inflicted and the other not as much, so we thought that we would share these with you as two are potentially dangerous.

Harmonic Dampener.

This issue was a broken bolt failure some time in the past which was still in place on the harmonic balancer itself. The question is was the bolt over tightened and the bolt sheared, or was it corroded in place and sheared trying to undo it. Either way it was refitted with just two bolts.

We could see the problem with the pulley of before we even removed the dampener but we had to remove it. To put it nicely is that the dampener is in a bad way. We of course can’t comment on why or what the reasoning was to fit the pulley back with two bolts was at the time. There are three bolts fitted for a reason by the designers of the engines. As Meatloaf would sing; ‘Two outta three ain’t bad’.

We could replace it which would be our preference, but we have been asked to try to sort this one out. It looks like an attempt had been started and was not central for drilling the bolt. This could cause issues with balance if we have to re-tap the hole. But, we shall see how it goes one we start. We mention dangerous on this one as the two remaining bolts are obviously taking more stress than they should do, metal fatigue could cause the bolts to fail which could cause damage to the crank shaft, or even allow the main pulley to rip from the dampener, thus causing damage within the engine bay to who knows what at 4,000rpm!

Steering Conversion

We have fitted so many steering conversions to cars we have lost counts and is almost an automated exercise. But to save costs some people buy the kits from us and fit them themselves. No harm in that of course providing you have the will and time to do it. However if you are in any doubt – DON’T do it yourself. We sell tens of these kits a year with no problems, we fit most of them but this car that came into us made us do a double take. The Borgeson kit was incorrectly fitted by the looks of it. For a critical part of the car where you aim where you are intending to go it needs to be right. If this steering mechanism fails you are in for a whole heap of hurt, firstly to the wallet and car if you have an accident, that of course is going on the assumption the driver is not hurt either. We will of course sort this out and fix it properly with a couple of road tests just to be sure.

Please be careful of the ‘There’s a bloke down the pub that does a bit of mechanical work at the weekends for a few quid’ scenario. Sometimes failures like this can be lethal, if not, at least creating issues elsewhere that may well cost you a lot more in the long run.

Rust

There are particular areas that the older Mustangs tend to rust, rear quarters, cowls, chassis legs etc. But we have come across this very unusual place for rut, the underside of the hood in the corners, the top side is fine.

We will have to strip this back to see if it’s a repair or replacement depending on budget once we know what we are dealing with.

Article:

One-off Mustang

A special one-of-a-kind Kona Blue 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt made its debut Friday at the Woodward Dream Cruise, but it won’t be for sale. Like the other 2019 Mustang Bullitt cars, the Kona Blue version features a performance-tuned 5.0-liter V-8 capable of producing 480 horsepower.

However, it also comes with unique gray wheels and blue cabin stitching, as well as unique side scoops on the rear windows. The 2019 Mustang Bullitt is typically available in only Dark Highland Green and Shadow Black. “If you look at the tone and color of Kona Blue, it’s really dark,” said Mustang brand manager Mark Schaller. “It fits with the overall design scheme of the car. You want it to be understated. You don’t want loud, bright colors. You want something dark and stealthy.” The Kona Blue Bullitt was on display at Mustang Alley during the dream cruise. The car will now make other appearances at events such as the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in Las Vegas.

Tickets for the raffle, which benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), are $10 at locations where the Kona Blue Bullitt will be on display and many Ford buildings on the Dearborn campus. A winner will be selected Nov. 13. “There’s been an overwhelmingly positive response to the 2019 Mustang Bullitt,” Schaller said. “This is the way it can give back to a good cause and at the same time carve out a small niche where there is the unique one-of-one car out there driving around that helps add to the collectability of the car in the long run.” As many as 60,000 tickets will be sold for the raffle. The first 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt was auctioned for charity in January, raising $300,000 for Boys Republic, a nonprofit school and treatment community for troubled youngsters which actor Steve McQueen attended prior to becoming an icon behind the wheel of a 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback in the film “Bullitt.”

Over the years the Ford Mustang has worn several special edition paint colors since its launch. The latest being the Kona Blue Mustang Bullitt as we mentioned above. Here is a little list that we have found for the limited edition colour Mustangs. Have we missed any?

• 1964 ½ Pace Car White for the Indianapolis 500 pace cars
• 1966 Anniversary Gold paint celebrating 1 millionth Mustang
• 1966 High Country Special in Aspen Gold, Columbine Blue or Timberline Green paint
• 1967 Lone Star Limited with Lone Star Limited Blue paint
• 1967 Limited Edition 400 in Deep Gold Metallic paint
• 1967 High Country Special in Aspen Gold, Columbine Blue or Timberline Green paint
• 1967 Dusk Rose paint, a throwback to the 1957 Thunderbird pink color
• 1969 Limited Edition 600 available in Groovy Green or Flower Power Red
• 1970 Grabber Mustangs: Grabber Green, Grabber Orange, Grabber Blue paint
• 1982 Black/White paint: Five were produced as evaluation for the California Highway Patrol.
• 1996 Mystic paint (color-shifting technology from BASF)
• 2004 Mystichrome paint (color-shifting technology from BASF)
• 2012 School Bus Yellow Boss 302 – only one produced, special edition fundraiser for Henry Ford Health System
• 2019 Blue Bullitt Mustang – only one produced, for a fundraising event

Would you drive a one-off car if you won it? 

A Dark Horse

Things have calmed down a little we are pleased to say for a few days at least where we are back to the servicing and TLC of our customers cars, this in turn allowed us bit of spare time to sort out some space for yet more stock from another delivery of little goodies for the Mustang Maniac WebShop. We will show you the new items a little later in the blog. But we start this week with the popular Park & Pic.

Park & Pic

This is Paul P’s beautiful ’66 convertible that was in to us for a little work and our special brand of TLC. Part of the work was the subtle instrument cluster change, instead of the standard black faces for the dash, this set of gauges has the clean fresh white face look which simply overlays the originals. Click here for the link in the WebShop.

 

The look of these clean line gauges fits in perfectly with the Pony interior colour scheme. Under the hood had some work done with few little replacements here and there. All of course wrapped with OEM look wire loom tape.

WebShop

We mentioned our delivery of new parts and the new part we are quite excited about is the arrival of our LED 7″ Front headlights. We were asked about these a while ago so we thought we would get a set to try them out to make sure they are 1) legal and 2) any good, we shall see, literally we hope.

These quality made headlights will plug into the standard light connectors so there shouldn’t be any need for butchering wires. A full set of instructions and set up is provided with each kit.

Like we said if they are any good they will appear on the WebShop, so watch this space, well the WebShop actually!

Emblems

We have got a set of Mustang Fender Emblems in and they are a little different to the norm, ideal for that resto-mod look. We have the chrome effect and now the black look.

So, if you fancy a nice dark horse to go with your black grill – the choice of our very own new “Enos” brand emblems is now all yours.

Chrome Tribar click here            Chrome Running Horse Grill Emblem click here

Black Tribar click here                 Black Running Horse Grill Emblem click here

Washers

Adam doesn’t like to be told that something is unavailable. We recently done some suspension work and Adam’s stash of washers had been used up. These particular washers are the leaf spring eyelet washers for the chassis legs. As Adam was told “no they are not available” he had his own made and zinc coated.

Somebody has recently asked Adam for a few sets of these washers who is not exactly a good customer should we say, and guess what? Adam’s batch of these washers are also “unavailable” too! But of course our proper Mustang Maniac customers will get them fitted as required, which in turn will be taken from the large box within the hardware storage area, that contains rather a lot of them should we also say. 😉

Article

A kind customer had sent us a link to a pretty amazing story that has been buzzing around the Mustang Network for a week or so now. So we thought we would share it with you as well.

Calling it the “Holy Grail” of lost collector cars, Barrett-Jackson has announced, with Shell and Pennzoil, the discovery of Shelby American’s 1967 Shelby GT500 EXP prototype, a car known as “Little Red.” The announcement was made during the annual Woodward Dream Cruise in Michigan, but the car was located and verified on March 3 of this year, according to the announcement.

“Little Red is the only GT500 coupe (hardtop) built by Shelby American,” according to the announcement. It also is the only Mustang GT coupe ordered with and factory-equipped with dual-quad carburetors. “The team who discovered Little Red was led by (Craig) Jackson and classic car restoration specialist Jason Billups, and consisted of leading experts who located the vehicle in rural North Texas, where it has been stored by the same owner for more than two decades,” according to the announcement. “The discovery of Little Red, which was largely presumed destroyed after years of searching, is considered one of the most significant finds in American car collector history. “Finding Little Red is the discovery of a lifetime,” Jackson was quoted. “This Shelby prototype has been one of the most sought-after and elusive vehicles in postwar history. Countless enthusiasts and experts have searched for Little Red since it went missing in the 1960s. Many believed it was destroyed when the car was no longer needed. “I’m excited to announce that was not the case. We’ve found Little Red and we intend to meticulously restore this legendary car back to its original glory.” According to the announcement, the big-block Shelby notchback coupe was one of two experimental cars created by Ford and Shelby American.

“It was a pivotal developmental car with a variety of ideas put into play, from a restyled body to adding a Paxton supercharger to the big-block engine,” the announcement said. “Under the direction of Lee Iacocca, the car eventually became the model for Ford’s popular 1968 Mustang California Special before it was moved to storage and presumably lost. The other experimental notchback was dubbed the Green Hornet. It was during the restoration of that car that Jackson and Billups discussed searching for Little Red.

“Locating Little Red was tantamount to finding the proverbial needle in a haystack,” Billups was quoted. “After our initial research we realized that, like others before us, we were using the wrong search criteria. Everyone looked for Little Red using the Shelby serial number, which would eventually lead to a dead-end. We took a different approach and located the car’s original Ford VIN number, which wasn’t easily discoverable. That VIN led us to its original registration and eventually to its last owner.” Initial contact with the car’s owner was made through social media in February. Billings and the car’s owner met in Dallas. On March 3, Billings, automotive journalist Al Rogers and Mustang/Shelby expert Todd Hollar received access to the property where the car had been for the past 20 years. The car’s authenticity was verified with help from Mustang expert Kevin Marti.

“Walking up to Little Red was like being on hallowed ground,” Rogers said. “This car was long thought by the experts to be forever lost to history. Even the owner was not aware that his vehicle was Shelby American’s iconic 1967 Shelby Experimental Coupe.”

Jackson told Fox News that instead of crushing the car, Ford sent it to a dealership in Colorado, where it was purchased by a Vietnam veteran who had no idea of the car’s history. Later, the car was sold to a Wyoming resident who eventually moved to Texas and stored the car, no longer in running condition, in a container. When the container was the subject of a theft and parts were taken from the car, the owner moved the car to his cousin’s property in Weatherford, Texas.

The announcement said the car’s restoration will be documented in detail on a special website. Shell and Pennzoil will support that documentation. “As brands that have been part of American and worldwide automotive history for more than 100 years, we understand the importance of heritage,” Mark Henry, brand and communications manager, Shell Lubricants, said in the news release.  “So, with that in mind, we’re thrilled to join Craig Jackson and his team on this historic journey to return Little Red to its original glory.  “This will be one of the greatest stories of automotive history ever told, and we look forward to having a role in making it come alive for generations to come.” ‘

source: https://journal.classiccars.com/2018/08/18/thought-to-have-been-destroyed-shelbys-little-red-prototype-discovered/

With the finding of the Original ‘Hero’ Bullitt car which was then hailed as the ‘Holy Grail’, and now this Shelby prototype also being hailed as another ‘Holy Grail’, what a great year for Mustangs so far.

All Hands On Deck

With the amount of cars we have in the yard at the moment we needed to make some space to get them all in. So Adam decided to leave the offices in the more than capable hands of Morgan while he got down to the yard with the cars for the entire day. Last week we posted about a convertible that had our LED conversion kit fitted on it, while she was waiting for the new hood to arrive,  it was decided that she also needed a gearbox upgrade. As Mustang Maniac are now suppliers and fitters of Gear Vendors Overdrive Units – Yogi got busy under the car.

The Gear Vendors unit is an exceptional piece of kit and Yogi has one on his car for his drag racing, of course the main benefit for us mere mortals, is the top end overdrive to knock huge amounts of revs of the engine at speed, thus increasing mpg and comfort while reducing stress and noise.

The unit comes with a revised housing for the back of the gearbox and all the electronic wizardry, fittings and pipes you need. The old housing was removed and an inspection while we were at it to make sure all was good in the world of the C4.

The magic box of tricks that controls the shifts and housing are fitted along with the electrical connections and the pipes.

Job done except for the prop shaft to be fitted and checking the software setup. If you want this upgrade email adam@mustangmaniac.co.uk and he will advise you. The additional Borgeson steering upgrade was a straight forward job for Yogi who can do them in his hibernation sleep.

The next job was the roof, Paul and Adam got stuck into the job and it’s rumoured that they even missed a tea break, the rest of us are not convinced about that somehow. So we need to know who started such terrible rumours!

Hidden Away

While all this was going on a stack of ‘stuff’ appeared in the boys club. So a sneak peek as to what Adam was up to revealed a superb bespoke full leather upholstered seat set. We are not sure where these are going yet, but they will look amazing wherever they are fitted.

Even the door cards are in leather and the matching rear kick panels covered all to match.

Along with the recent order we are pleased to say that we now have the Limited Edition Shelby wheels now in stock. These rims are available in 20″ x 9″ or 20″ x 10″ with the choice of black or chrome!

We have a limited number of these wheel sets at the moment, so if you want a set, hurry up, get your wallet out and order them as these will go!

The link for the wheels can be found here for the 20 x 9 Chrome. The link for the wheels can be found here for the 20 x 9 Black. The link for the wheels can be found here for the 20 x 10 Black, by the time you get to read this post they will be on the WebShop.

Ford Article

It’s no secret that Yogi likes a blast down the drag strip, but what if we told you Ford have built a car to beat most drag cars straight out the box? Read this article we found:

DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Performance today revealed the quickest drag racing Mustang ever, capable of covering a quarter-mile in the mid-eight-second range.

The 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet is a limited-edition turnkey race car that honors the 50th anniversary of the original that dominated drag strips in 1968. The new Cobra Jet makes its public debut this weekend at the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise.

The Ford Performance Parts team developed the 50th Anniversary car to be the most powerful and quickest Mustang Cobra Jet from the factory ever – capable of topping 150 mph while turning in a mid-eight-second quarter-mile run. The project epitomizes the close teamwork between traditional and motorsports engineering groups to maximize the design, performance and durability of production Mustangs.

“From the very first Mustang Cobra Jets dominating the 1968 NHRA Winternationals to our modern-day racers, the Ford Performance Parts team continues to build on Cobra Jet’s success at the track over five decades,” said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Performance Parts. “This has inspired generations of Mustang fans to create their own performance machines for the street.”

The car is powered by a special 5.2-liter version of Ford’s famed 5.0-liter V8, strengthened and outfitted with a 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger. The engine sends power to the ground through a 9-inch solid rear axle, two-way coil-over shocks with adjustable ride height and a low-drag disc brake system from Strange Engineering as well as a four-link rear suspension with antiroll and panhard bars.

Additional factory-provided racing performance upgrades include an NHRA-certified safety roll cage, FIA-certified seats and anniversary-badged racing wheels.

The new Mustang Cobra Jet is available in either Race Red or Oxford White and can be outfitted with exclusive 50th Anniversary graphics and badging. Customers can order now at an MSRP of $130,000. Production is limited to 68 cars, in honor of Cobra Jet’s 1968 debut.

Making history again

The car’s long history of winning and setting records dates to its debut race weekend, where it commanded NHRA Super Stock at the 1968 Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. Since then, its winning engine formula has served to power Ford Mustang, Mercury Cougar, Ford Fairlane, Ford Torino and other vehicles. Credit for this formula goes to legendary East Coast Ford dealer Bob Tasca, grandfather of current Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang NHRA Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III and the man who coined the phrase “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.”

After its display at Mustang Alley as part of the Woodward Dream Cruise, the 50th Anniversary Mustang Cobra Jet will travel the following weekend to Norwalk, Ohio, for the 50th Anniversary Ford Performance Cobra Jet Reunion at Summit Motorsports Park – the largest gathering of Cobra Jets in history. More than 150 vehicles dating back to 1968 are expected to attend.

Mustang Cobra Jet timeline

1968 – Original FE 428-cubic-inch V8-powered Cobra Jet is created:
·  Ford produces 50 lightweight Mustangs to hold the 335-horsepower engine; six are shipped to Holman Moody and Bill Stroppe to be prepared for NHRA competition
·  Al Joniec pilots one of the six to Cobra Jet’s first victory

2008 – Rebirth of factory Mustang Cobra Jet, M-FR500-CJ, 40 years later:
·  Powered by a supercharged 5.4-liter dual-overhead-cam V8, this drag racing renaissance was the first Stock Eliminator car to dip into the eight-second zone at an NHRA National Event
·  Unlike the original, the 50 produced this time around do not feature VINs, so they are not street legal
·  John Calvert drives a Cobra Jet featuring Joniec tribute paint scheme to victory at NHRA Winternationals on 41st anniversary of its original win

2009-16 – M-FR500-CJ:
·   250 additional cars are produced with dozens of domestic drag racing records, victories and championships achieved across NHRA, IHRA, NMCA and NMRA
·   Drivers range from experienced veterans to young drag racing stars in the making
·   Through half a century, Mustang Cobra Jet orders are still being placed at local Ford dealerships!

source: https://www.at.ford.com

If you feel the need to beat our very own Yogi race car, this may be the option just for you. Yogi has one of the fasted Mustangs out there his response to that article? ‘I built mine myself, Ford works had to build one to be me!’ So he may not have used those exact words, but that was the gist of it! 😉

California Dreamin’

Once in a while at Mustang Maniac we are pleasantly surprised by a car that comes into us for a little work. This week we have seen one of those rare occasions. This car was imported into the UK and was shipped straight to us for a once over, MOT and any little bits work that is needed.

We got this lady up on the ramps and could tell that this was a nice car with some proper money been spent on her. The underside was solid, clean and virtually rust free. There was no visible patches, holes or anything hidden that was going to cause us problems. Suspension parts had been changed, steering converted to a Borgson set up, new springs, disc brake conversion, wheels and tyres to name just some of the replacements.

The car was running, but needs a little Yogi magic and first things first was a service, now that would have been good if we could get oil in the car. Both the valve covers we closed versions and nowhere for the engine to vent or get oil in, so a nice set of chrome valves covers went on and a matching breather cap and pcv valve to the carb. Pertronix ignition was next up and all of a sudden things improved with the engine. We will sort out the timing and fine tuning later after a full diagnostics and road tests.

The rear leaf spring bushes had seen better days and needed a swap out, although they had changed the fronts with a poly set.

We were asked to swap out the rear LEDs for a new set of LEDs all round front and rear. There was nothing wrong with the old set except they were USA reds only. So when the indicators came on the lights flashed red as normal. So a Euro spec was added and the new accompanying wiring fitted to allow for the extra connections.

Both Adam and Yogi were amazed that the original light cluster screws were in place, a very difficult to get hold of part if at all.

A very nice little convertible import and a pleasure to tell the customer all is good with the basic structure of the car.

Customer Cars

While we are on the case of LEDs we have another car in for the same thing. These were working at the time we took the pics: The first are of and pic with the park lights now as side lights too.

We had to play around a little with the camera to try to take a pic of the LEDs as they never seem to come out right, so here are the front amber indicators, I think we shown the colours OK.

The rears again didn’t come out brilliant on the pics, but they are super bright. Red drive lights and the amber indicators.

WebShop

Adam has taken another delivery of some more alloy wheels as he has sold the last few sets he had in. If you want some, get in quick before this pallet load gets sold.

We know Adam has a batch of Limited Edition wheels coming in from another container this week, and we are excited about these, watch this space for next weeks post on a few new items just coming in.

Congratulations Ford.

10,000,000 Mustangs and Counting…

DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford is celebrating the production of its 10 millionth Mustang – America’s best-selling sports car of the last 50 years and the world’s best-selling sports car three years straight. The 10 millionth Ford Mustang is a high-tech, 460 horsepower 2019 Wimbledon White GT V8 six-speed manual convertible equipped with the latest driver assist technology and built at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. The first serialized Mustang (VIN 001) produced in 1964 was the same color and model with a three-speed manual transmission and 164 horsepower V8. “Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favorite around the world,” said Jim Farley, president of global markets, Ford Motor Company. “I get the same thrill seeing a Mustang roll down a street in Detroit, London or Beijing that I felt when I bought my first car – a 1966 Mustang coupe that I drove across the country as a teenager. Mustang is a smile-maker in any language.”

Ford is celebrating the milestone with employee celebrations at its Dearborn headquarters and its Flat Rock Assembly Plant, including flyovers from three WWII-era P-51 Mustang fighter planes and Mustangs produced for more than five decades parading from Dearborn to Flat Rock, where the Mustang currently is manufactured. During its 54-year production history, Mustang also was built in San Jose, Calif., Metuchen, N.J., and the original Mustang production facility in Dearborn, Mich.

Still America’s best-selling sports car

Mustang is America’s best-selling sports car over the last 50 years, based on Ford analysis of 1966-2018 total U.S. new vehicle cumulative registrations for all sports car segments supplied by IHS Markit.

Better Than Ever

The latest Ford Mustang offers more technology, exhilarating performance and more personalization than ever. The iconic Mustang Bullitt returns for the 2019 model year, with an exclusive 480-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine, plus distinctive design and trim. The classic California Special also returns with unique design and trim enhancements. All 5.0-liter V8 2019 Mustangs with manual transmissions offer rev-matching downshifts come to the six-speed Mustang GT, while EcoBoost® gets an optional quad-tip fully active exhaust. All-new custom-tuned 1,000-watt B&O PLAY high-performance sound system and available Apple CarPlayT compatibility for Ford+Alexa and Waze via SYNC® 3 will satisfy audiophiles. Mustang Shelby GT350® ascends to a new level of greatness on the track and off with custom-engineered Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, plus recalibrated ABS and MagneRideT suspension for dramatically improved traction and lateral acceleration. Other highlights include new interior appointments and optional factory-painted stripes. An available tech package includes all-new custom-tuned, high-performance 12-speaker sound from B&O PLAY, plus heated mirrors with Blind Spot Information System and Cobra puddle lamps.

Did you Know:

The Ford Mustang is now in its sixth generation. In addition to its sales leadership, the Mustang page has more likes on Facebook than any other vehicle nameplate.

Important Mustang Launches (by model year)

2019    Limited-edition Mustang Bullitt with 480 horsepower

2018    Updated style, new 5.0-liter V8 engine with 460 horsepower and Performance Pack II

2015    All-new sixth generation Mustang, first with independent rear suspension and Shelby GT350 / GT350R with flat-plane crank 5.2-liter V8

2012    First Boss 302 since 1971 returns with 444 horsepower V8

2011    All-new 412-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 Mustang GT debuts

2008    Iconic Bullitt Mustang returns

2007    California Special edition returns

2004    Dearborn Assembly Plant ends 40 years of Mustang production moves to Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich.

2003    Mustang Mach 1 model returns with Ram-Air “Shaker” hood scoop

2001    Debut of Mustang Bullitt limited-edition salute to movie car

2000    SVT Mustang Cobra “R” race version returns

1993    Limited production SVT Mustang Cobra debuts

1984    Mustang SVO debuts

1982    Mustang GT returns after 12-year absence

1979    Euro-styled “Fox” platform Mustang debuts

1976    Cobra II joins the lineup

1974    Mustang II debuts amid gas crisis; no V8 engine offered until 1975

1970    Ram-Air “Shaker” hood offered

1969    High-performance Boss 302 and Boss 429 introduced

1968    Mustang 390 GT stars with Steve McQueen in “Bullitt”; 428 Cobra Jet engine debuts

1965    Shelby GT350 introduced; Mustang 2+2 with full fastback roof debuts

Here’s to the next 10 Million!

Seen Better Days?

Here in the UK the sun is out and glorious weather for another week with the promise of more to come. We can safely say that we can’t remember seeing better days and a hot spell like this for many many years now. How long will be before the UK buckles under the strain of hot weather this time and not the snow? We moan about the rain, snow, fog, light, dark and now the country is moaning about the hot weather so it seems, but we are making the most of it when we can, tea breaks? Nope, more like Ice cold beer breaks, well not if we are driving of course. Moving on we have had another great set of holiday snaps with a Mustang and obviously they take the lead story of Park & Pic.

Park & Pic

We have been sent a few pics from John Norris who had taken his ’67 convertible 302ci on a recent trip to Monaco. We (well me actually as I am writing the words), just love this pic and it sort of says it all really, my words will not do it justice unfortunately.

Driving around the mountains make for some pretty cool shots.

St. Tropez Harbour near the hotel.

What a great set of pics. Please send us your holiday photo’s with a Mustang. We will post them on our blog for you and some pretty cool bragging rights as well.

Customer Cars

We have had a great 66 Convertible in to us for a few handling issues. After inspection it turns out that springs and shocks required as they have certainly ‘seen better days’ should we say.

Comparisons of the old rear springs and the new when off the car is evident, but when the weight of the car goes back on the springs they just collapse even more, giving the normal ‘nose in the air look’ a whole new meaning. To give the car a more even stance the front was lowered by our high performance 1″ drop springs.

New spring perches on the front where the bushes had perished and could give a vague feel to the car.

The new parts in place and with nice upgraded shocks compared to the old shocks.

There was also an issue with a leak around the diff pinion seal that was making a nice mess wherever it stood for any length of time. So while we were under the car we replaced that as well, another part that had perished away. The leak has now stopped we are glad to say.

The cost of all this certainly out ways the huge difference it will make to your drivability of the car, and safety of course.

Other News

Adam has taken down the trees that line the path to the yard which has widened the path and given a much more open feel to the area. However due to a few driving incidents that have been noted around a sharp corner. This has prompted Adam to get a new sign printed to warn other drivers what to look out for. Thanks to Lance at Linards for the design and prompt delivery. It seems as though some people just don’t get it!

WebShop

Adam has ordered in some more oil for the WebShop, and put Adam’s comment in a more family friendly way ‘I could have bought a cheap run around for what that pallet cost me’. Those who know Adam will be able to reverse engineer his comment to what he actually said. 😀

He purchased a 2017 Continental a little over a year ago and he bought a 1967 model at a recent Bonhams auction.  He says he loves both cars but has a sentimental connection to the older model.  That’s because the car was owned ever since it was brand new by Shelby’s grandfather, the legendary Carroll Shelby.

“I’m still trying to track down some of the details but I believe Ford gave it to him as a marketing vehicle.  I’ve got a copy of the registration tag that says, ‘Ford Motor Company Shelby’s Lincoln’ on it,” said Shelby, the eldest of the automotive icon’s six grandchildren.  “I thought it was something neat to have and to continue in the family.” The ’67 Continental was one of two dozen vehicles from Carroll Shelby’s personal collection put up for auction by his estate.  Shelby says he believes it held an important place in his grandfather’s heart. “He had so many vehicles over his lifetime that he bought and sold, and he didn’t seem to have much emotional attachment to any of them.  But for some reason, this car stayed in his ownership from day one,” said Shelby.  “It had to be something special that went back to his relationship with Ford I would guess.” The light blue Continental has only 61,000 miles on it, so it wasn’t driven much over the last 50 years.  Shelby says he plans to change that. “I’m going to drive it. That’s for sure,” he said.  “I’m not going to do any cross-country road trips, but my wife and kids are already excited about getting out and running around in it.” Shelby says the car is in good shape. “It runs well,” he said.  “There are a few small electrical things that need to get fixed but overall it’s been well maintained and it runs really nicely.” Shelby says he had to take measurements to make sure the vehicle would fit in his garage. “In today’s world it is a long car.  It’s 18.5 feet long,” he said.  “It fits in my garage but just barely.” When asked what he thought his grandfather would say about him buying the car, Shelby says he can imagine two potential responses.

“In one scenario I think he would just say what the heck are you buying an old car for,” chuckled Shelby, recollecting his grandfather’s sense of humor.  “At the end of the day I think he would be pretty happy about it because he didn’t keep a whole lot of things throughout his life.  He was always of the mantra that what’s new is better.  So I think he would be pleased to see this vehicle stay within the family.”

Shelby says he’s received a lot of compliments from his friends about both Continentals. “The one thing people say is that they both look fantastic,” he said.  “The new car is so well designed and the ’67 is just as striking.” Shelby says he was impressed with the 2017 Continental when he first saw it.  “I’m a banker by trade here in Dallas and I take clients out quite a bit so I wanted to have a car that’s comfortable,” he said.  “So I special ordered one and it came in early last year.  It’s been great.”

In addition to his work as a banker, Shelby serves on the board of Carroll Shelby International and often attends car shows and other events as a representative of the brand. “It’s one of the most fun things that I do. It’s great to be able to tell Carroll’s story,” he said.  “The part I have the most fun with is really listening to other people’s stories about when they met Carroll.  I knew him as a grandfather but I didn’t know him as well from a car enthusiast perspective when I was growing up.”

Keep sending us your pics and we will get them on the blog for you. Enjoy the sun and crack open a cold beer!

Hotting UP

This Week has been the hottest for a long while that we can remember, so unfortunately this is where the road tests take just that little bit longer, especially if the roof is down. We have been doing as lot of service work which has kept us quiet, except when it comes to tea breaks and lunch times where Yogi is still in denial about the drag race rigging going on from last week! The jury is still out on that one by the way. As the weather is so nice we are going to be a little bit lazy on this post as we have had a good customer of ours virtually write this weeks post for us. So a special thanks to Derek Hutchinson who provided the photos and the words. There are some great little stories here and his trips around Europe. Take it away Derek:

NDB986E ’67 Red Mustang convertible

I bought the car in July 2012 from a guy in Newcastle and shocked him by deciding to drive it home to Staines (350 Miles). His nervous smile made me nervous, but I was determined to drive it home.  It was a glorious Friday afternoon and I had the roof down all the way home. Absolutely fabulous feeling and I knew I was in love immediately.

I am no mechanic but I am the son of a very good mechanic and it is surprising how much I remembered of what my father would look for in a car.  So I bought the car after making my checks based upon just my limited knowledge.  Fortunately for me the car has turned out to a very good buy, but soon after my drive home we started to experience serious over heating issues. Fortunately a neighbour recommended Adam at Mustang Maniac. Adam collected the car and discovered the remains of a perforated timing belt in the sump that had clogged up the oil pump but luckily no serious damage had been caused. Adam corrected a number of other minor issues caused by the previous owners ‘DIY’ repairs.

Harrods Breakdown. 2014

2 weeks before setting off on our first major road trip across France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland the car stopped dead outside Harrods in London on a lovely summer’s day. The girls went shopping while I waited for the AA. 2.5 hours. I bought a coffee and had a nap in the car with the bonnet up to demonstrate that I couldn’t move it anywhere.  I was awakened by about 20 Chinese people who had stopped their coach to take pictures of my car.  I even put the bonnet down for them, but was a touch offended when one lady pushed me to one side to get me out of the picture.

Back off to Adam and a new alternator required. At this point my wife began to worry if we were safe to do the trip in my Mustang. “I think we should go in your Mercedes darling” she said. Her friend who is very risk averse had been scaring her about this foolhardy nonsense in such an old car with poor brakes, no seatbelts, roll cage etc, etc.  I am very stubborn and insisted that if we didn’t go in the Mustang then I had no interest in driving across Europe and would not go. Fortunately my wife’s niece Laura was visiting from Colombia and was very excited about this once in a lifetime dreamy trip around Europe in a classic car.  So, off we went.  (MM: loving the picture of the drink on the fender! 🙂 )

French border control Folkestone

Three of us, a full boot and a big case strapped to the boot rack (smart idea by Adam at MM). I really like the bot rack, only problem I couldn’t see through the rear window because the bag was too big.  So I bought a slimmer bag/case from the outlet village in Stuttgart.  I get sick on ferries so we always do the tunnel. Much quicker and convenient.

Quality repair on the go

Day one we drove across France heading for Stuttgart where we have friends and that would be our base.  At our first service station stop after crossing the border into Germany,  the chrome side strip on the car fell off when I opened my door.  It made a tremendous noise for such a flimsy part. Doris’s face (the wife) was a picture, full of dread and fear. This wreck isn’t safe and we are going to break down. I was having none of that silly nonsense, but had to think fast and decide what to do to repair it and keep a cool exterior, even though my stomach was churning and I was  twitching like hell. A quick scratch of the head and the mechanic in me thought ‘gaffa tape’. 5 minutes later we were back on our way with a quality repair “as good as new”.

Laura and I both agreed that the most significant and best part of this incident was that this was now an exciting adventure.  All of our many trips into Europe since have all had that exciting element of adventure. Excellent.

Inside Hitler’s Colosseum

From our base in Stuttgart we drove out to Austria and Switzerland (beautiful countryside and sights). Over a few days we saw the famous alpine castle used in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and we stayed in a lovely hotel in the picturesque town of Hallstatt in Austria where there is a great salt mine to visit and a beautiful lake for a little boat ride.

On our way back to Stuttgart we visited Nuremberg and in particular the museum and visitor centre at Hitlers famous camp where he gave many significant addresses to his troops and their families who attended the massive official and holiday gatherings there. The Nuremberg Rally was the annual rally of the Nazi Party in Germany, held from 1923 to 1938. They were large Nazi propaganda events, especially after Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in 1933.  It is a massive site and just behind the visitor centre (seriously interesting history) Hitler’s followers had started but not finished building a Colosseum for their illustrious leader.  He never got to see it.  The security guards saw me arriving with my car and ushered me to drive my car away from the visitor parking area and asked me to park my car slap bang in the centre of the Colosseum.  I was a little nervous at first until Doris’s friend who lives in Germany interpreted that they want to take pictures of your car in the Colosseum.  They took pictures of themselves and allowed us to take our own pictures, but they wouldn’t allow us to take any pictures of them.  I guess they were worried about getting found out.  Anyway it was very exciting for us and we have a very unique picture as a result.

At one point on this day we got caught in a big storm and even though the roof was up Doris and her friend thought it necessary to put their umbrella up in the back seat of the car to stop the rain getting them wet. Wish I could find the picture. We drove back home through Belgium and stayed at Antwerp. Very nice.

Calais UK border control

This is us on our way back sporting our new low profile case on the boot rack.

Home from first trip safe n sound

This is Doris, Laura and me popping a bottle of champagne to celebrate our fantastic adventure. Notice how that quality mechanical repair lasted the whole adventure. Adam should be proud of me.

We did a trip round France in 2015 but whilst we have lots of pictures from the places we visited we have no pictures with the car in shot.

2016 adventure

In 2016 we had another niece visit from Colombia and she wanted an adventure in the Mustang so we organised another trip in which we covered some different parts of Germany predominately cruising round the Black Forrest (tons of lovely little towns and villages). We had a lovely time but in the middle of the holiday we got caught in a nasty traffic jam on the Autobahn and the auto gear changer became seriously hot, so much so that I was worried that we would get stuck there. So I made the decision to pull into the hard shoulder and drive down it getting off at the next junction.  Getting some cool air circulation seemed to solve the problem. Unfortunately we have since had a number of instances of transmission heating up and loss of drive temporarily.  Adam is on the case and it looks like we need to schedule a new transmission this year.

Going nowhere fast on the Autobahn is a picture of us at a point when the traffic completely stopped for almost an hour without movement.

Crazy gang on the Autobahn is a snap of the group once we got moving again. Me and Angie in the front, Doris Paola and Silvana in the back.

Seriously overloaded.  Doris insisted on buying some garden pots (reasonably heavy) and we also brought Silvana back to England for a weeks break with Paola. I knew we were a bit heavy but it wasn’t until we stopped and got out at the Calais crossing car park, that I realised just how low the rear suspension was (and this was without us in the car). Even funnier, we locked the car and went in for a Starbucks and it wasn’t till we came out again that I realised I had locked the keys in the ignition (over tired).  Luckily it is relatively easy to break into an old convertible.

2018 Hamburg and Lubeck trip

Just one picture from our March trip this year. This one is outside the hotel we stayed in at Munster as we drove over to Hamburg and Lubeck. Sadly the transmission when cold couldn’t engage drive so I had to choose gear 1 or 2 to make a connection before it would engage with drive. We really need that new transmission. Pity we don’t have any pictures of driving in snow at Lubeck. It was a bit scary but also funny.

Some great stories there and well told, we had to make a little adjustment to a couple of little bits as this is a family blog at the end of day. 😉

Thanks again to Derek for taking the time and effort to get all this over to us. 

Customers cars

But before we let that happen here is a lovely ’65 with a beautifully done custom-made red leather interior.  We have serviced the car and give her the now famous Mustang Maniac once over.

Do you have any road trips with your Mustang that you want to share with us? You know what to do – send the details over to us and we get it on the blog for you.

We hope you are enjoying the world cup where ever you may be.