Going Loco In Acapulco

For once we can say that the weather has bought out the cars and its great to see them on the road. It makes a change from us saying a couple of months back drive carefully in snow and ice. Speaking of driving carefully brings us onto our Park & Pic this week;

Park & Pic

Our friend and loyal customer Mart D. has finally got his car out the garage to get it M.O.T’ed with us. We know that the car’s MOT had run out in early December last year and has been SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification). In the mean time his car has been wrapped in cotton wool in the heated and dehumidified garage of his. Mart and his OCD issues wouldn’t allow him to bring it out in the rain just in case it shrunk apparently! Still it’s nice to see his ’66 Coupe in Acapulco blue in the sun, it’s just we are not on holiday in the real Acapulco, Mexico. We have done an extensive guide of the full restoration of his car from being a real mess of a shell, to being at the NEC Classic Car Show some four years later when it was finished. Click here for the link to see all the work. It’s a very large page so give ita few moments to load.

The car had a time slot with our MOT guys, trouble was that Mart would be driving it there. Let’s just say that he is worse than useless with directions, he has even got lost with a Sat-Nav (honestly). All of this is being said with Marts knowledge and he will be the first to admit it as well. ūüėÄ Anyway we gave him the Sat-Nav details, we gave him verbal description on how to get there from both Adam and Morgan. With that he set off at about quarter to eleven for the fifteen minute journey. Just as he was leaving Yogi sent him a message to remind him that the MOT centre shuts at three pm on a saturday, therefore he would need to get a move on. ūüėĬ† Anyway twenty-five minutes later we got the text to say he had found it and was feeling very proud of himself! Apparently he had driven carefully watching “The other nutters on the road who were intent on trying to mash my motor up.” Again, those we only printable words we could use on a family blog.

A little while later the car had passed with flying colours and he was on the way back to us. There was a tiniest leak from the water thermostat housing that needed a little tighten up. Mart got stressed about it as he had to clean that part of the engine (again). This is fairly common as the chrome housings can go slightly out of shape causing a tiny drip now and again, which only needs a little tighten up to reseal again.

Customer Cars

The Gold Convertible has been for the initial road test and things didn’t go to plan. Yogi took her round the usual route, country lanes for handling, dual carriageway for a cruising test and round abouts and junctions for brakes.

The car was tuned to default and the road tes started. Once the car got onto the main dual carriageway there was the dreaded drone and an increasing wobble on the steering. Front wheel bearing had decided to implode. Yogi being on the ball pulled over immediately and stopped and noticed the smoke from the hub of the wheel. As LAR headquarters were only a couple of miles away now a recovery was required to prevent more damage. The car was put straight back into the Yogi cave where the strip down started to get the bearing off and this is what was left after the race and bearing had destroyed each other. Not the nice neat unit you would expect. Although it was all greased you just need one rod to fracture and it will take everything with it. Not every single road test goes to plan, That why we do them – to make sure we are happy with it before we hand it over. The good part is that it happened to us and we managed to not damage the spindles as we knew what was going on. This could have happened at any time and there is no way to predict a bearing failure of this proportion unfortunately.

Now we would have to replace the wheel bearings on both sides and the steering realigned as a result.

The car would then take another road test to check the wheel alignment and make sure all was OK once again.

As the sun was out we put the roof up! Yep UP. That way the warmth of the sun can help stretch the stiff new material into place and help the folded creases to fall out too.

Other News:

Adams new purchase is this little rarity anybody recognise it?

This is one of those rarity gearboxes; a Super T10. We found this information on the gearbox and it’s background and why it’s such a sort after gearbox. We thought we would give you a little techy article post which we found on a Borg Warner Tech spec site;

American car manufacturers had to scramble in the early part of the 1960s to get a four speed transmission for their performance cars. All the money was tied up in automatic transmission tooling and production as a high profit option. The base units ran three speed column shift manuals. The torque laden engines didn’t really need a fourth gear for regular driving. Once speed became important, so did an extra gear and a floor shifter. Detroit made do with the Borg Warner T-85 which was a three speed unit. It was tough and that’s why they used it. The T-85 box was the starting place for the new Borg Warner T-10 four speed.
One of the earliest models to get the four speed was the Corvette. It appeared in 1957 and helped make it a real sports car contender along with the 283 V8. What engineers did was use the T-85 main case and add a reverse gear into the extension housing, making room for fourth gear. The main cases were aluminum on Corvettes. Other Chevrolet cars used cast iron cases until 1962. The T-10 was considered a heavy-duty transmission at the time and was issued with high performances engines of the early 1960s. ¬†You’ll see these behind 283 fuelies, 348s, Pontiac 389s and even Mopars used them until their own unit was ready in late 1963.
The Super T-10:
Competition ended the T-10’s domination in cars. Muncie, Saginaw and New Process all developed their own four speed boxes, each capable of handling high torque and sustained power. By 1965, wide-spread use of the T-10 was easing. Buick held on until 1966 and Corvette remained the sole factory player by 1967. The story doesn’t end there. Drag racing uncovered some weaknesses in the original design and research ¬†efforts by many racers developed new tricks to improve the basic design. This and a selection of different gear clusters kept the T-10 active. A result of all this R&D was the release of the Super T-10 in 1969. This revised transmission had an iron main case instead of aluminum. The gear sets were larger than the originals for added strength ¬†yet were smaller than either Muncie or New Process gears. The Super T-10 gears were 9310 high nickel alloy and were coarse cut for better load capacity. You also got more ratios to pick from.The Super T-10 was sorely needed as muscle cars were very powerful by the end of the decade. More changes were made in production and an aftermarket over the counter version was offered called Power Brute. ¬†You could order new ratios, heavy-duty synchro sleeves and generally improved parts. The GM Super T-10s were about 92 pounds while big car Ford Super T-10s came in around 101 pounds.

Ford used three versions of T-10s in their cars. The light cars used a 2.73:1 low gear, 2.06:1 second and 1.62:1  third gear. As in all other applications fourth gear is direct drive. The big block Galaxie used 2.36:1 low gear, 1.62:1 second gear and 1.76:1 third gear. The third Ford T-10 used 2.36:1 low gear, 1.76:1 second gear and 1.41 for third gear.Mopar T-10s: Chrysler used two different gear sets for their T-10s. The standard set was 2.54:1 for 1st gear, 1,89:1 for second gear and 1.51:1 for third. The close ratio set was 2.20:1 low, 1.64:1 second and 1.31 third gear.

Classic T-10 Mods from the 60s & 70s:
¬†The aluminum main case is a bit fragile for heavy race use. The gear shafts are prone to flexing under high loads. This is one reason why the Muncie and especially the M22 was preferred equipment and still highly desirable to this day. While Borg Warner didn’t release a high twist gear set like the M22, they did come up with a second revision Super T-10 in 1975. The Super T-10 gear shafts are tougher as they’re made from high nickel content. For a brief period it was the hot set up to install Super T-10 shafts inside an aluminum main case. You saved about 30 pounds but had to go through the expense of modifying case to fit a late-model shaft. Wear rate increased because the nickel shafts could crack the trans shift cover, then your case in that order. This mod was dropped after a few years.¬† Another more worthwhile tip is using the Ford T-10 shifter arms and shafts. They used a 3/8-inch stud which is thicker than the 5/16 GM shafts. ¬†If your T-10 has the older bearings with non grooved sleeve go for an upgrade. Borg Warner has used the heavy-duty bearings ¬†since 1975. Power Brute aftermarket bearings were available starting in 1972 and have appeared in some production cases.¬†For GM cars, the Buick 27-spline main shaft takes high rpm launch stresses better than Chevrolet main shafts.

We finish with a couple of nice pics where Adam says make sure your dogs have plenty of clean fresh water in this heat, looks like they are enjoying the sun too.

Spring Time Your Way?

Ok so the title is a little play on words for this week’s blog, but the weather in the UK is picking up a little and looking forward to the warm weather and all the classic cars coming out to play. We said a play on words as this weeks Park & Pic is a car we still have with us after a service and a good look over. The¬†’65 Springtime yellow coupe is owned by our friend and customer Mick.

Park & Pic

The car is solid and the best bit? It’s up for sale! NOw Adam doesn’t “Sell” cars, he will take money for them if somebody has the right amount of cash for it. So this is not a regular feature to sell cars on our little ol’ blog, but if you are interested email us via the WebShop and they will put you in touch with the owner. No tyre kickers obviously.

The car has a great paper trail of the work completed on her over the years and always adds provenance to a classic car.

The engine is a nice little head turner too and runs as well as it looks.

Customer Cars

The Golden convertible has had some attention this week on the interior and has taken some great steps forward. The carpet has been fitted and the seats have gone back in. The dash area and wire pigtail have taken a little work but they are now fitted fine.

The external fittings are starting to come together and it’s amazing how a couple of shiny bits can make a difference.

The Transmission mounts were in a less than desirable condition should we say, and no we can’t use Yogi’s description of the part as this is a family blog! The replacement has been fitted in place and should make a huge difference to the driveability of the car.

Other News

We have been mentioning that we have been finding old “stuff” to share with you, this week is no different. This 1965 advert gives us an interesting insight into the minds of ford and their marketing.

Happy Birthday to….

The Ford Mustang of course, well not just yet, on Tuesday 17th April to be precise where the Mustang will be Fifty Four years old! We owe a big thanks to our good buddy Gary aka “Boris” (don’t ask), for coming up with some great little facts for us;

1) Ford US built 8160 Mustangs up to April 16, the day before launch – enough for one per dealer.

2) Ford planned to increase production through 1964, but due to the reaction at launch built another 16,000 Mustangs for the balance of April 1964.

3) Ford dealers took 22,000 orders at launch and sold well over 400,000 in the first year.

4) Ford had initially planned to sell 150-180,000 Mustang a year.

5) The following generations continued to be successful, but it was considered that the “Fox” bodied cars were somehow less successful. This is not true as they sold more than 400,000 units in the first year beating the original Mustang’s score.

6) The ‘father of Mustang’ Lee Iacocco was fired by Henry Ford 2 much later because of two reasons – he wanted to produce lots of small front wheel drive cars…and it is thought that he was becoming more prominent within Ford than ‘Hank the Deuce’.

7) Henry famously said when pressed by the Board of Directors of Ford on the firing of Iacocca; “sometimes you just don’t like somebody”.

8) The legendary¬†“Bullitt” car now also becomes a member of the coveted “fifty years old club” too.

Classic Cars Excel London 2018

It’s a known fact that Adam doesn’t do big car shows, “been there, done that and got the trophies as Adam would say, but on the odd occasion he will. Last weekend was one of those shows, the Classic Car Show at the London Excel Centre. This show is aimed at people wanting to buy classic cars rather than the trade style shows on how to restore them. The cars were all glistening and tip-top looking, in fact some were better than when they came out the factory. Adam took his much-loved KR to the show and was along side a few other great cars at the Mustang Owners Club of GB all weekend.

There was the usual interest in the car and somebody even argued that Carroll Shelby signed the name wrong on the glove box. It was explained that the signature was Cleo’s, unfortunately the little knowledge the gentleman had didn’t extend to Carroll’s wife!

There was a nice collection of Classic and some rare UK Fords:

Some iconic Classic British cars.

There was of course the Classic USA Fords; including a genuine GT350 up for sale with no price tag on show!

There was some Classic Super & Hyper cars, that already have the Classic status.

Check out the price tag for this Ferrari 250, got any spare change?

A section that was created for the show was called the “Getaway Cars” which was to show the most popular and well-known vehicles. We use the term vehicles because the well trusted “Ford Transit” was used in many a “job” at the time along with the legendary Lotus Cortina.

Speaking of Transits there was a specialised coachworks for a beautiful example.

The unusual cars and items for sale were not forgotten.

Perhaps the most iconic automobile that brought affordable travel independance to the masses was the Ford “Model T” which was also named the most influential car of the 20th Century. This car was also the first to be built on the fully moving production lines, changing the face of manufacturing as we know it. By 1918 over HALF the cars in the USA were Model Ts.

The last day Sunday 18th February 2018

During the show the guest of Honour was the ever popular 1992 Formula 1 world Champion & Indy Car World Champion 1993; Nigel (Red 5) Mansell who appeared on the Sunday to receive an achievement award. He drove a Formula 1 car indoors which made plenty of noise should we say, especially when doing donuts and lighting up the rear tyres. He signed autographs and done a couple of question and answer sessions which proved to be very popular and very informative.

His much loved race cars were on display which had a constant wall of people around them.

There was a stand that catered for the rich children with miniature versions of classic cars with petrol engines, maybe not quite the growling 427ci monsters under the hood, but a more modest single cylinder version.

Customers Cars:

Yogi and Paul got to work on the Classic Mustang rust spot; the lower cowl sections. On cars after ’66 they were a little easier to get to, but still need a lot of skill to replace as this also forms a structural part of the car. The thin and rusted through lower section can clearly be seen.

With the cowl removed the inner workings of the car can be seen. Welding the cowl back needs considerable care in order to not scorch or damage the rest of the car under the cowl.

We could bring more about this week, but we think the blog post is full enough, for now at least. Did anybody else go to the show and what were your thoughts?

Centerfold?

The response to last weeks post was great, so it’s a big thanks for the comments and emails, so a big thanks from us here at Mustang Maniac. The lead this week is for customer submitted photos to be shown on our Park & Pic section. Simon has brought his clean and tidy looking Fox Convertible to us. She is in for the usual once over by us with attention being made for the fluid checks, brake pads and rotors, various seals and the usual service to get tip-top gain ready for the summer. These Fox body Mustangs are starting to command some good money now, so they could be an investment for the future, if you get the right combination.

Park & Pic

We love to see your cars on our blog, don’t worry about the pictures being world-class, award-winning pics as we can crop them as required. So if you want your pic(s)to appear here just like Simon’s to take the lead on our blog – it’s as simple as sending your pics to us no matter when they were taken.

News:

We thought that we would like to continue on the theme of the Bullitt from last week, with this pretty amazing generosity for good causes, which didn’t get as much publicity as the original Bullitt car did, but we think this is well worth the mention.

DETROIT ‚Äď Two of the most iconic American performance cars, a current generation Ford GT and the recently unveiled 2019 Mustang BULLITT, raised a total of $2.85 million for charity during the 47th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction.¬†On Saturday, a 2017 Ford GT that was donated by Arizona businessman Ron Pratte to the Evernham Family-Racing for a Reason Foundation, sold for $2.5 million to benefit Autism Society of North Carolina.¬†One hundred percent of the hammer price from the sale of the Ford GT will benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina‚Äôs IGNITE program.

Pratte, an entrepreneur and car collector, donated an additional $50,000 to benefit the Autism Alliance of Michigan, which works to make Michigan a better place to live for people with autism and their families, bringing the total dollars raised to a staggering $2.55 million.

On Friday, Ford and the McQueen estate donated VIN 001 of the limited-edition Mustang BULLITT, with 100 percent of the $300,000 hammer price benefiting Boys Republic.

‚ÄúWe were thrilled with the incredible amount of money raised for charity from the sale of a current generation Ford GT and our all-new 2019 Mustang BULLITT,‚ÄĚ said Raj Nair, executive vice president and president, North America, Ford Motor Company. ‚ÄúOver the last several years, we‚Äôve donated some incredible Ford Performance vehicles that have been sold to generate much-needed funds and awareness for deserving charities. It was a privilege to represent the Ford family on the auction block and combine our efforts with Ron Pratte and the McQueen Estate on the sale of these two incredible, rare and iconic Ford cars.‚Ä̬†Ford also included a Ford Performance Racing School GT Experience with the auction of the Ford GT. This world-class program gives the winning bidder the chance to improve their driving skills behind the wheel of one of the world‚Äôs most celebrated supercars, while also supporting individuals with autism.

Ford and the McQueen estate offered VIN 001 of the 2019 Mustang BULLITT to benefit Boys Republic, a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian school and treatment community for troubled youngsters. One hundred percent of the $300,000 hammer price will go to the organization to help children find the resources and skills to build meaningful lives on their own.

The all new 2019 Mustang BULLITT recently made its debut at the North American International Auto Show. A prototype was shipped to Scottsdale where it was driven on the Barrett-Jackson block by Chad McQueen, the son of Hollywood star Steve McQueen.

‚ÄúThe Mustang BULLITT has been wildly popular since unveiling it in Detroit,‚ÄĚ said Mark Schaller, Ford Mustang brand manager. ‚ÄúBoth it and the Ford GT represent the pinnacle of Ford engineering, and design. I couldn‚Äôt think of a better way to honor the BULLITT‚Äôs heritage than donating the car to Boys Republic, which was instrumental in helping Steve McQueen become an iconic, Hollywood legend.‚ÄĚ

Source from FordOnline.

Mustang Maniac thinks that this is an amazing achievement and collaboration from all those involved.

Customers Cars:

Roy’s car is coming along very nicely with Yogi fitting the headliner which is a work of art in itself and looks amazing. Who let Yogi loose on the headliner? (In house joke here, don’t ask!)

Wiring has started to be prepped for the dash area and tidied up which again does take care and time to fit it all in without the loom getting in the way of the other parts, such as the wiper motor linkages, gauges, heater controls etc.

The doors now have the rubber seals in place and final adjustments can be made to the door closures.

We have the Mustang Maniac much sort after LED upgrades fitted behind the stock look tail lenses. We have to run extra cables to the main loom in order to make them work, so while we are at this stage it will all look perfect, wrapped up in our own stock look loom tape.

The end result is that coverted stock look combined with the modern high visibility LEDs as standard fitting on a lot of modern cars these days.

We are looking forward to this car being on the road as this will be a cracking looking little lady using as many of the original parts as we can.

Centerfold?

Well, not quite! But it does appear that all the celebs can’t wait to get their picture taken with Adam. Vaughn Gittin Jr a drifting legend discusses RTR Mustangs with Adam at the 2017 SEMA show. The full article can be Found in Classic American magazine.

We would like to finish up with a quick Happy Birthday Wishes to Adam’s wife Lynn for tomorrow.

Happy *^th Birthday Lynn.

Any Second Hand Parts?

We havent had a Park & Pic for a little while so we thought we would start the year with one. This lady we have seen a few times before and it’s truly¬†a very nice place to be. This ’56 Mercury Monteclair is owned by a good friend of ours Steve. The car has a little running issue which we will sort out for him, he can often be seen at car shows cruising around.

Remember – If you have any pics of your car at Mustang Maniac – just send them to us and will post them up for you. ūüôā

Confirmation:

We have been asked “Was that the real Cleo Shelby or a wind up”. We can only think that the question is asked from somebody who is new to our “small parts suppliers” blog, and doesn’t know Adam very well. Adam doesn’t do “Wind ups”. We have also posted a number of pictures up over the last couple of years of Adam (and Lynn) and some of the core Mustang Maniac guys with Cleo in Vegas. So the answer is a very simple; “Yes” Cleo came to the UK, and yes she did stay with Adam and Lynn at their home before she returned back to the USA.

Parts:

Adam has been a busy boy this week as a result of not being able to get into one of his storage lockups.¬†Some recently “stored” parts were booby-trapped by the door so it seems; you open the door – the parts came out type of scenario. With that, Adam may have mentioned a naughty word and operation “Second Hand Parts” was initiated. This was only noticed by me when I was asked to go down the back to get some parts for an in-house project. Shouldn’t that be “in-garage” project? Anyway, I was surprised that the no go zones had been tidied up, arranged into sections so now you can get to the parts. I was impressed. Even more imprssive is – Asked Adam where any of these parts are and he could tell you, even before the tidy up.

So before you even think of asking:

NO! The second-hand parts are NOT for sale!

To show you what we mean the here is the new storage area for the various (new and old) crate motors and heads.

There is the second-hand engine or two on or under a bench somewhere.

Maybe an odd gearbox stashed away.

Various bits and pieces lying around, anything from window winders to wipers, screws to steering racks, radiators to rear parcel shelves etc.

Axles and somewhere to sit.

The odd wheel or two lying around here and there.

But Adam was quite pleased with a rare Shelby GT350R engine part. If you were to remove a kidney for cash it still wouldn’t get you this part.¬†The (rare) Shelby R-Models used a spun aluminum plenum bowl to direct cool air into the carburetor. The top of the bucket was positioned under the ‚Äúporthole‚ÄĚ opening in the fiberglass hood, this created an early iteration of the ram air induction setup.

Adam doesn’t have these on the WebShop and is constantly asked for second-hand parts – he will always answer with; “Nope, aint got none of them!” While we are talking parts, there is a big delivery coming in next week which we will try to get posted up next time for you. We are all quite excited about it.

Yet More Storage

This weeks post is a little late and we shall explain why a little further down the post. But we start with the promised fulfilled to show what Adam has been working on for the last couple of weeks. We are pleased to show you the new storage area for the radiators and some more suspension parts. Yet another area was created for the storage of these bulky items as the current system wasn’t working as efficiently as it could have been.

The packing bench has been used for temporary storage until we get more storage space in the room.

To give you a quick glimpse of the daily stock posting, this is awaiting a pick up from the couriers at the bottom of stairs to the office.

We also said that we had some new wheels also in stock. The wheels we are excited about are the classic and favourite choice of many, the Magnum 500’s in 15″ x 7″ size at the moment. These are different as they are all in satin black and no chrome, except out quality chrome lug nuts that really set the wheels off. There are many designs out there for the general Mustang market and those wheels have been sprayed black for the look they require. This satin black effect is the look so many owners desire, but now in that classic Magnum style look.

We had one set in for our own review and they bought immediately by a customer who fell in love with them. The centre caps can come any many different designs, above they are sporting our own Mustang horse in black and chrome. Our very own Mustang Maniac centre logo looks pretty cool too. We have all sorts of centres for your wheels to match your paint colours, black, red, blue, with or without writing.

If you are interested in a set they are flying out the doors at the moment and we have to order these as a special item due to demand. Click the link here or cut and past to your browser for the WebShop page.

https://mustangmaniac.co.uk/part/56/8941/15x7_magnum_500_satin_all_black

Customers Cars:

We have had in a rare car for a little Mustang Maniac Magic to be lavished on her to sort out an unknown leak. This is a genuine rare 428 Super Cobra Jet.

To trace an as yet unknown leak the dash cover is currently out so she looks worse than she is. I great example of a fabled car.

But our readers have seen this many times before, we are not afraid to show you what we do and how we do it. Speaking of which; a¬†little secret can sort of be revealed, a set of Adam’s headers were spotted after being aluminium coated. We of course know what this little “upgrade” is, but does anybody else know? Especially as it’s on a set of classic Mustang headers!

OK, the reason we are a little late with the post?

Well, Saturday Adam had a BBQ and another private BBQ on Sunday. Now, we are not sure why Adam has a tea towel wrapped around his head, but he says it was to keep the sweat out of his eyes as “he was the only one working, AGAIN”.

The food was great, Adam’s BBQ’ed Steak and Cheese sandwiches are to die for!

The company was great and good time was had by all, thanks to everybody who could make it. There wasn’t much wine left or beers to come to that. Still trying to think of that excuse for the late blog post! ūüėČ

Thanks Adam, when is the next one?

Our Best Wishes and a “get well soon” to John who is in recovery at the moment.

In A Galaxie Far Far Away

Well it’s not so far away as you think, it’s Mustang Maniac headquarters actually. Adam has increased his stock levels again, not just in the WebShop we are talking about his expanding fleet of classic cars. Adam owns a fair number of Mustangs, Shelbys, Falcons, Fairlane and now a Galaxie 500!

This new addition is pretty much as it was on the day it was built, apart from the wheels and few under hood tweaks we come to expect these days.

Until you sit inside one of these beasts it’s hard to imagine just how big the car actually is! This is a change from the usual Ford builds as the Galaxie had a full chassis and a body shell that sat on top of it. So under body work can be quite easy to sort out, providing you have the equipment to take the body off. When Adam was asked what are you going to do with it? “I’m not sure yet, but I’m looking forward to doing what ever it is.” The car drives nice and is solid, the engine is fine, but has a misfire when cold,¬†nothing we can’t handle of course. For now this huge car is taking up plenty of space in the shed.

A customer who saw the size of the trunk said, “You could rent that out as a mobile home, or divide it into two and rent out a couple of Semis.”

The interior is fantastic place to be, with a full bench seat that feel like an old friend arm-chair.

The dash has a light found on some of the Ford models, a “Cold light” to the right of the clock. This was to warn you the engine was (obviously) cold and not up to full operating temperature. Until then they can be a little “grumpy” as they are sometimes referred too. To be honest that goes for most cars.

And the copious spaced engine bay.

A little history of the Galaxie 500 1965 – 1968:

The 1965 Galaxie was an all-new design, featuring vertically stacked dual headlights. The cars were taller and bulkier than the previous year’s. The new top-of-the-line designation was the¬†Galaxie 500 LTD. Engine choices were the same as 1964, except for an all-new 240¬†cu¬†in (3.9¬†L) six-cylinder engine replacing the 1950s-era 223 “Mileage-Maker” six and the 352 was now equipped with dual exhausts and a four-barrel carburetor.

Suspension on the 1965 models was redesigned. Replacing the former leaf-spring rear suspension was a new three-link system, with coil springs. Interiors featured a new instrument panel and two-way key system were introduced. The introduction of two keys was for valet parking, in that the rounded head key would only open the trunk or locked glove compartment, while the squared head key would unlock the doors and the ignition.

A new model was introduced for 1966; the¬†Galaxie 500 7 Litre, fitted with a new engine, the 345¬†hp 428¬†cu¬†in (7.0¬†L) Thunderbird V8. This engine was also available on the¬†Ford Thunderbird. The¬†police versions¬†received a 360¬†hp version of the 428 known as the ‘Police Interceptor’ as¬†police cars. The 1966 body style was introduced in¬†Brazil¬†as a 1967 model; it had the same external dimensions throughout its lifetime until¬†Brazilian¬†production ended in 1983. Safety regulations for 1966 required seat belts front and rear on all new cars sold domestically. The Galaxie 500 would be the #3-selling convertible in the U.S. in 1966, with 27,454 sold; it was beaten by the¬†Mustang¬†(at 72,119, by more than 2:1) and by the¬†Impala¬†at 38,000.¬†A parking brake light on the dashboard and an AM/FM radio was optional. The 1966¬†LTD¬†dropped the Galaxie name.

For 1967, the¬†7 Litre¬†model no longer carried the Galaxie name; it was to be the last year of it being separately identified. That identification was mainly trim such as horn ring and dashboard markings as well as the “Q” in the¬†Vehicle Identification Number. The 7 Litre for 1967 was a trim and performance option on the¬†Ford XL, which was now a separate model as well.¬†Little else changed, except for trim and the styling; the same engines were available, from the 240 cu. inch six-cylinder to the 428 cu. inch V8. Modifications to the styling included adding a major bend in the center of the grille and making the model less “boxy” than the 1966 model. An¬†8-track tape¬†cartridge player became an option with¬†the back-up lights being standard.

For 1967 all Fords featured a large, padded hub in the center of the plastic steering wheel, along with an energy-absorbing steering column (introduced late into the 1967 model year), padded interior surfaces, recessed controls on the instrument panel, and front outboard shoulder belt anchors. Another safety related change was the introduction of the dual brake master cylinder used on all subsequent Galaxies (and other Ford models in fact).

The 1968 model had a new grille with headlights arranged horizontally, although the body was essentially the same car from the windshield back. The ‘long hood, short deck’ style with a more upright roofline and a¬†notchback¬†rear was followed too, as was the new trend for concealed headlights on the¬†XL¬†and¬†LTD. One other change for 1968 was that the base V8 engine increased from 289 to 302¬†cu¬†in (4.9¬†L). Standard equipment included courtesy lights, a cigarette lighter, a suspended gas pedal, and padded front seat backs.¬†The 1968 models featured additional safety features, including side marker lights and shoulder belts on cars built after December 1, 1967. The 1967 model’s large steering wheel hub was replaced by a soft “bar” spoke that ran though the diameter of the wheel (and like the 1967 style, was used throughout the Ford Motor Company line).

Did you know?

The notorious gangster brothers Ronnie & Reggie Kray from the East End of London during the 60’s, they also used to own a gold coloured 1964 Galaxie 500 as one of their “firm” cars. Oh, when we say “gangsters” we mean genuine gangsters, not boys wearing hoodies with their jeans hanging half way round their thighs, struggling to verbally communicate the use of the English language while “giving it the large” trying to be, what they never will be. (rant over).

Customers Cars:

A returning visit from a good customer of ours and has won many trophies it her time. She is here for a general service and once over to make sure all is OK, especially on such a rare and genuine car.

Other News:

Not only was Adam buying a Galaxie, he bought (another) tool box. Why? It’s fairly obvious why we think.

It’s not new, but it’s in great condition as well as a limited edition of 300 signed by the man himself, Carroll Shelby!

Office:

This photo here shows that on Thursday we hit a new record!

Yes you really did read that correctly – 400 calls to the office at the time the picture was taken late Thursday afternoon this week. We do admit this is more exceptional than the rule to be fair, so taking that into account we done some maths for you.

400 calls over an 8 hour day that’s 50 calls and hour, almost 1 call a minute. If you take it that most calls last 3 – 4 minutes if your lucky, that would mean we need 3 people in the office just to answer the phones on that day. We wouldn’t mind – but most of the calls recently have been trying to sell us something or, “I bought this from [somewhere else] and I can’t get it to fit – how do I do I fit it?” Now we try to help our genuine customers where we can, but we can’t think of any other service that will support other products for free, especially if they are not purchased from that vendor. The sad thing is a lot of these calls are from people we have never dealt with before and trying to get free support from us.

There is now a new process in the office due to the success of the WebShop¬†business. The orders are processed and packaged in the morning ready for the couriers to pick up the packages just after lunch each day. It’s not until after two in the afternoon that the phones get attended to. In theory there shouldn’t be any calls regarding the stock levels as we keep saying; the WebShop is accurate for stock levels, there is no need to call and check with us, honestly. If it’s a special order we will certainly deal with that for you, again by email is your best bet.

The trouble is that if Adam is answering the phones – there is one person less doing the work on the cars. However, Adam has his phone connected to the network and pics up his emails throughout the day and will respond to you.

We are in the process of holding even more stock now and had to create another storage space, we will bring you photo’s of that next week along with the new large item dispatch area. We have some new wheels in stock and we shall be putting them on the blog next week too.