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! 😉

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.

On The Way

We kick of this week with the continuation of the BRC (Blue Racing Coupe), we promised from last week. The back of the project was the focus this time and we knew there was going to be a fair bit of work to do. With the car up on stands and the fuel tank removed it was easier to what the metal was like inside for a detailed analysis.

 

It became clear that the trunk side drops would need replacing and the rear chassis legs needed to be looked at carefully with the drop sides removed. The bottom of the rear quarters were needing some attention as well, but not in such a bad shape as we first thought.

 

With the metal removed it was easier to see the chassis rails, and they did indeed need replacing in substantial sections to be on the safe side.

 

With the rear light panel also removed it makes life so much easier to work on and measure accurately.

 

The rails were welded into place and treated as per the standard practice. The welding clamps were put in place ready for a dry fitting of the rear panel and wheel arches before the final welding takes place. unfortunately the bottom sections of the wheels arches were in a poor state and couldn’t be saved, the top parts were fine so to save disturbing more than was required, they would be cut and welded into place.

 

The drop panels were fitted and welded after the arches, where the red oxide was applied to protect the metal for years to come. A seam sealer was applied to the joins to give that stock look and provide a layer of protection to these vulnerable areas.

 

The fuel tank was replaced for a finished look. The bumper anchor points also needed some work as they had also gotten a little thin and not as we wanted them to be.

The cars major structural components have now been completed front to back and now it’s a case of getting ready for the stage of the restoration as only Mustang Maniac knows how.

Primrose Coupe:

A recent new customer was so pleased with the work we had done on his car that he decided to take the car on a driving holiday. That car is Primrose as she is known now had a few issues around the engine tuning and the brakes dragging, all which were sorted out without problems, along with a few other minor niggles at the same time. But before she went on her trip a little loving was bestowed upon the paint job at our yard. The car paint was flattened to remove the old surface imperfections and polished to a smooth finish ready for a proper gloss.

 

Some top quality Carnauba wax was hand applied and buffed to that rich gloss finish we all want.

 

We have received an email of the car on her travels through Brittany and she does look great we have to say.

Send us some pics of your car on your travels and we suspect that we would post in on our blog for you.

Restocking Of New & Old Items

A very busy week with work resumed on lots of projects and a little something that we don’t normally do. We have some very important news regarding our WebShop, lots more new stock with bling for an EcoBoost Mustang requested by popular demand. But we start with the Park & Pic of our first Non Mustang!

Park & Pic

This is particular car is owned by a very good customer of ours who also owns a Mustang fastback that we look after for him on a regular basis. As a favour we will service other American Classics cars on the condition that there is no rush for us to complete the work, and you are a good customer. It probably doesn’t need to be said that we have to order the parts in for that particular car. This is a great looking 1963 Corvette Sting Ray sitting outside our offices in a sunset.

The car a had a blowing exhaust manifold, and the brakes were pulling noticeably to one side. We had her in up on the ramps to see what was going on, we replaced the manifold gaskets and replaced the front wheel cylinders as one was leaking. The brakes were adjusted all round and the mandatory brake bleed.

Then it was time for a road test, this is a sweet car and sounds as good as she looks. A real pleasure to have her in for some work.

Competition Prize Winner. 

A few weeks ago we had a colouring in competition and we announced the winner as Aaron Botevyle, aged 10. Well we sent the prize to him and here is the young gentleman himself with the “Game” vouchers and some goodies for Easter too. Again well done Aaron.

Ecoboost Bling Parts:

We have had a few requests to get some “bling” parts for the 2015 on Ecoboost Mustangs. We have listened to you and we can announce we have some nice under hood bling for you. We have taken a few before and after shots along with the part number for ordering online from our WebShop.

Coolant Cap:

Washer Cap

Master Brake Fluid Cap:

Oil Filler Cap

Oil Dipstick Cover and Fuel Filler Cap:

Fuse Box Cover:

The finished blinged up result:

An Important WebShop Announcement:

We are pleased to say that we are now at the point where the Mustang Maniac WebShop is now a self-supporting 24/7, 365 days a year service. This is the intention of Mustang Maniac retail strategy going forward to be a predominately online retail supplier. Adam and his team just don’t have the time to take orders over the phone anymore as they work in yard on the cars – their first passions. There has been a minority of customers who have been complaining about the price of our postage. We have mentioned before that we courier our products out to you and the minimum our couriers charge us is £8 + vat at 20%, that’s the £9.60 amount we pass on to you. So if you order a single cigarette lighter, or order more items that can fit in that particular parcel then it will be £9.60 regardless of the number of items in it. We of course still offer a collection service if the cost of postage is too much and we will be pleased to see you, or you can arrange your own collection service as long as you email us first on adam@mustangmaniac.co.uk to let us know when this will be so it can be prepared ready. In the past we have had to make trips to the post office two or three times as day, we get charged for the recorded delivery, it uses our fuel and our time to get there and back which worked out more expensive to us as business. The couriers we use will give you next day delivery (were possible), if ordered with us before 11.30 am, we think that is good service. Unfortunately the “Enos Post” option has been discontinued due to the occasional lost items and inconsistent delivery times which was unacceptable to our high levels of customer service satisfaction.

As we are now moving to the online trading now we have produced a “user guide” for the WebShop which will be soon uploaded to the WebShop site as follows:

“Here at Mustang maniac we are committed to the right parts for the right cars/people. To ensure our high level of service continues we need your help.

Our telephone lines have been ringing of the hook with questions, which at times, has prevented us from shipping orders and stocking the shelves with exciting new lines. Most of these could arguably have be solved online, so, how can you help us, or, more importantly, help us to help you?

Our most common questions are around stock levels, part fitment (if this is the correct part for the car) and overseas shipping costs.

The first is easy to solve:

If a part is stated as ‘Currently in stock’ in green, rest assured that part is on our shelves and ready to ship.

When looking online, if a part is marked as ‘Currently out of stock’ this means it’s either on it’s way from the states to be replenished, or, your order will prompt us ordering more from our suppliers and we will give you an arrival estimate once the order is placed.

The third stock level you may see is ‘Special Order Item’. This is reserved for more specialist items and as a result, we order these in only when requested, so, your online order will kick-start this process, and we will again give you an estimated time of arrival once your order is placed.

Overseas orders are equally as simple, in that we ask you to go through the standard ordering process, if needs be using our address/postcode to complete the order, then, once we have picked, packed and most importantly weighed your complete order, we will contact you with a balance price for the shipping. Don’t panic, until your order has left our building, you can always cancel it with no charge, so don’t fret over not knowing the postage price first.

You are also welcome to arrange your own courier, though we ask you send an email requesting this as soon as your order is placed: adam@mustangmaniac.co.uk with the subject: Request to Collect.

Lastly, part fitment. This is always a tricky one, as over the phone technical support can be challenging at the best of times. As a result, we ask you to trust our model year/descriptions online, but, that if you do still have questions, that they be emailed to: adam@mustangmaniac.co.uk containing as much information as you can, and where possible photos (a picture does tell a 1000 words) so we can best advice the part you need. This communication will be in the form of part numbers, which you can use to search our online store, and complete your order online.

Having a web shop means we are ‘open’ 24hours a day, 7days a week, 365days a year, saying this, our shipping is Mon-Fri, with orders completed before 11:30am being sent out ‘Same Day’, not bad for a ‘small parts distributor’ from the UK.

Using email is the best method for general contact too, allowing us to give you a thorough answer to your question and even provide links for what you’re looking for online. This also includes the progress of your order, online order returns and service/restoration requests.

Mustang Maniac isn’t some huge corporation interested in only taking your money, we are a family run business who care about you and your Mustang. We hope our reputation of stocking only the finest Mustang parts and Accessories precedes us, so, your feedback is always gratefully received. Find us on FaceBook and keep up to date with our weekly Blog.”

 

On the WebShop we define our “Terms & Conditions” for returns as the following;

RETURNS

Returns to Mustang Maniac must be made within 30 days of receiving it. Therefore, always inspect your order immediately upon receipt to make sure it is correct and undamaged. After 30 days we cannot accept returns for any reason including errors and defects. To return anything within the 30-day limit, the following procedure must be followed:

  1. Contact our Customer Service department by Phone or Email and obtain a Return Authorisation (RA) Number. This number must appear on the front of the package you are returning.
  2. Include the following with your return: (a) a copy of your original invoice and (b) a note stating why you are returning the item and whether you want a refund, replacement part or credit on account.
  3. Insure the return package and pay the shipping charges. We are NOT responsible for any lost or damaged merchandise returned to us. All returns are accepted subject to inspection by Mustang Maniac. WE DO NOT ACCEPT RETURNED PARTS WHICH HAVE BEEN USED, MODIFIED, DAMAGED, OR PAINTED.
  4. Mustang Maniac is not responsible for any installation charges. If Mustang Maniac is at fault, we will promptly refund your return delivery charges. Mustang Maniac is NOT responsible for air-freight charges or boxing/packing services.

We mention this now because recently we have had some returned orders from a few random customers who have returned their items just under a year ago, with no packaging and the odd damaged item. It doesn’t take much to work out that we can’t resell those items again. Adam still refunded these items as a good will gesture, but in the future there will be a discretionary decision by Adam if we will refund these items in the future which could also be subject to a 20% restocking fee if he agrees to it.. This does not affect your statuary rights, this is for such items that were purchased, but just no longer wanted. If you are outside the returns policy guidelines please drop Adam an email and he will respond to your on individual basis. A recent example of this was that a full exhaust system was purchased and later given to a third party garage for them to fit the full exhaust system. They told our customer that it didn’t fit and he should return it for that reason. The exhaust was returned and in no fit state to resell again. So we decided to wait until one of our own cars needed an exhaust and fit it. Needless to say, for us the exhaust was a straight forward fit with no problems, apart from undoing the damage that the third party garage had caused to the exhaust mounts trying to fit it. Any company can’t sustain hundreds of pounds worth of refunds to be returned damaged and have to potentially scrap those parts. We were in fortunate situation to be able to repair and re-use those parts.

For the full “Terms and Conditions” click here.

For the User Guide click here, or see the menu above “WebShop Online Ordering” for all the links.

Customers Cars:

Next week we will have some pictures for you of the “Onion” Mustang! No we haven’t forgotten about her at all, but here is a sneak peek, shh don’t tell Yogi we snapped a picture of his work in progress!

Have a great Easter from all of us at Mustang Maniac.

Sign Language

A little sign (not a little sign really), has been put up on the yard’s new fence. This our new steel wall which we have been talking about recently to allow our customers and readers to be a part of if they want too, but more on that below. We have some exciting new stock for the new 2015+ mustangs too which are going on the WebShop as we post this. We kick off with the Park and Pic for this week which has been looked after by us for a number of years now.

Park & Pic:

A good customer of ours Irv Benton owns this weeks Park & Pic car. Irv’s car is a matching numbers “A” Code ’66 Coupe. How did Irv get this car? Well, he knew of the car years before he actually got it and he kept trying to by it from the owner who wasn’t having any of it. Eventually the owners son feel for Irv’s Chevy C10 truck, so a deal was made to swap the Chevy for the Mustang, and a bag of cash too. We think that was a good swap.

Irv is a well-known figure in Mustang circles being a Judge for the Damn Yankees as well as the area representative for the Mustang Owners Club of GB. Irv has completed an engine rebuild since he has had the car and some essential replacements, new heater box, new exhaust, alternator and wiring, LED gauge bulbs and new carb. Irv has resisted the temptation for upgrades and has tried to keep the car stock as much as possible.

The Yard:

We spoke about our new fence/wall which has been replaced in the yard. We also said that Adam had some plans for it too. Part one of his plan has come to life with a new sign, thanks to Linards for getting this done so quickly for us. the banner?

Yogi welcomed a break to emerge from his bear cave and got ready to put the sign up.

Adam was well pleased with his sign and so was Ellie.

As you can see there is plenty of room for your advertising additions! Let Adam know if you are interested, but there is a second part to this (we hope), which will look pretty amazing if we can get it done, so keep an eye out for that.

You will notice that on the Mustang Maniac Facebook page (click here) to use the new banner on the heading. We have also update the post link to make it easier to jump straight to the forum page too. Click here for the hyper link or cut and past the following into your browser; https://www.facebook.com/groups/1324326910911042/ to join us for a chat.

Customer Cars: 

We have had some photo’s sent into us from Marcus Bicknell, who is seen racing his ’71 Mustang. The car has a new livery after an up close and personal meeting with a wall at Silverstone. We think the car looks amazing in the colours and some great action photos too.

Do you have any action shots you would like to share with us? Send them to us and we will do our thing and get them on the blog for you to show the rest of the internet.

DeAgostini Shelby GT500 1:8th Model

Issues 64.

We hold our hands up, we got caught out as we didn’t complete the build for issue 64, thank Richard for letting us know, so here is the missing section. Completion of the part will see the cabin and the chassis being a single item. at long last.

From issue 63 there is the steering wheel that needs to be attached to the dash. take the steering column and ease it into place through the square hole in the fire wall. we undone a screw above the hole to make it easier to slide the column into place.

With the column in place press it up into the cavity making sure that the screw hole is in the middle of the location hole. Press the locating ring pegs into either side of the column and then screw into place.

With the column in place we will see how good and well you made the two pieces as they attach together. the end of the steering column will have the cog which sits on top of a toothed plate. Make sure the steering wheel is in the neutral position and the wheels are facing forward. Press the cog down into the chassis and locate the bottom of the interior cabin onto the four locating holes. Press the black steering box cover plate over the cog and plate and gently turn over to screw the cabin to the chassis with the screws.

The two parts are now together and the moving the WHEELS and not the steering wheel, the steering wheel should rotate each way. The steering wheel is NOT man enough to turn the wheels on its own. If you try it, the steering wheel will come of the column!

WebShop:

Adam is busy putting on some exciting new stock items for the new 2015+ EcoBoost Mustangs. We will have some before and after pics next week for you. If you want to see what those items are here is link to some of those items! Click here. We suspect there will be much more to follow.

Office:

Adam has asked to mention that there may be a delay in answering the phones next week, this is down to staff training!

Questions & Exhausts

The week reached a nice high point by changing the V8 rumble sounds of two very nice rare cars, for different reasons. We start this weeks post with the Park & Pic section with a little added twist!

This week’s Park & Pic car is owned by Gary W. whose rare car we have been looking over the recent years for him.

Gary’s latest visit to our yard was to swap the car’s near silent single exhaust, for a nice new dual system without the excess noise if possible was the brief. As Gary wasn’t too sure what “sound” he was after we gave Gary a sound tour! As any Petrol Head (UK) or Gear Head (USA) will know, the exhaust not only helps with performance but also helps with the throttle response and not just the sound or character of the car. We took Gary around the cars in the yard and storage and started them up for him to hear the difference between the engine note of each exhaust setup. Gary eventually picked the sound he liked with the eventual winner being the classic 2″ dual system from Scott Drake’s with a “H” cross pipe. This setup gives a more even and balanced V8 burble, the mufflers are more about driving pleasure but without the shout. After all, driving a convertible with the hood down with the wind in your hair is a real pleasure in Classic Mustang, when fitted with a loud and shouty exhaust may sound good for a while, but it can soon become tiresome on a long trip.

Here the single exhaust setup is shown with two mufflers that give that silent cruising experience.

The twin system being fitted which is a difficult job to get right on a convertible due to the additional strengthening under the car. You have to position the exhaust so that there is no vibration off the pipes moving and touching the bodywork especially when the engine is under load or engine braking. The final exhaust tips were fitted with the classic turn-downs that are just visible under the rear valance.

While we were fitting the rear section it was time to sort out the rear spring plates that were a little (ahem), distorted should we say. The plate which is under the leaf springs and axle also takes the connection for the rear shocks. The change of leaf spring plate will make the car sit better again and the shocks become more effective again.

The new plates were under-seal treated and fitted back to the car.

Gary has kindly sent us a couple of pictures of his car under the hood, before we got her and then after some little updates.

We mentioned that this Park & Pic will be with a twist! That twist is that we bombarded Gary with questions while he was with us and we thought we would share his interesting story with you. Although this looks like a lot of words it’s not and is a great read.

MM- Your name for the record and do you have a nick name? Gary W aka “Boris”!

MM- What was your occupation and what are you doing in your retirement? I started life as a commercial vehicle mechanic before joining Ford. I did lots of jobs at Ford mostly in Commercial Vehicles and ended up as Commercial Vehicle Director before retiring.

MM- Do you have any hobbies or pastimes? Old Mustangs, grandchildren and playing guitar and banjo.

MM- How did you hear about Mustang Maniac? When I bought my old car some years ago I needed lots of parts and Mustang Maniac seemed to be the only ones out there who carried it all in stock. Some suppliers ‘say’ that they have the parts in stock, but in reality they get it shipped from the US once your order is placed. I was let down badly with false promises from a number of suppliers which made me look around for other reliable supplier. I was then recommended the great Mustang Maniac guys and I have never looked back since.

MM- Why did you want a mustang? I had various cars and motorbikes before I ended up with a Cobra replica with a Ford 351 engine under the hood with all the nice bits. But I really fancied an early Mustang.

MM- Why this particular car? It seemed to call out to me. I knew I wanted an early car although I wasn’t fussed about a convertible as I was looking for a nice coupe. Then I spotted this car in a dealer ad and before I knew it, the cobra was exchanged and it found its way to my garage.

MM- Is there any history about your car that would be a talking point to other Mustang owners? That’s interesting as it only came with its last title owner from the US. I spent 6 months searching web sites..it was made a bit easier as it’s a very unusual colour and spec (D Code). I struck lucky on a vintage Mustang forum when I searched the “Pagoda Green” D code and found a thread from a guy in Terre Haute, Indiana – the last known US address of my car. I contacted the guy and he gave me a good start on tracking its history right back to owner number one who bought it after visiting the New York World Fair Launch in April 1964. I wrote ‘old fashioned letters’ to each owner in turn and all but one sent me pics and info – interestingly its been blue, red (twice) and finally was bare metalled I the early 90’s and painted back to its current factory colour.

MM- Has there been any problems with the car and how were they fixed? There were lots of mechanical issues, mostly because the underneath had been restored in the 80’s. It was nicely done, but the correct 64 1/2 parts were not really available then, as a result these cars tended to be ‘just nice old cars’ they were often just patched up. I replaced all the rubber bits, all fuel and brake lines, cleaned and painted the chassis, as well as replacing a long list of other bits and bobs.

MM- What do you like best about your car? I love the colour, although I do appreciate that it might not suit everyone. But that’s the beauty of our hobby – each to his or her own. I like the attention it gets whenever I take it out, but I mostly enjoy the great friends I have made since owning it. Mustang Maniac has a huge circle of friends and they all have stories to tell and advice to give when you need it – a fantastic group of people.

MM- Any dislikes about your car? I think I can ‘hear it going rusty’ from 100 paces. Adam has thoroughly inspected and worked on my car for a number of years now and he tells me it’s not going rusty – but such is my paranoia. Joking aside, I love it!

MM- Is this a keeper car or do you intend to change it in the future? No, this will probably be my last old car, although I have said that before.

MM- Do you drive it much if so where too? While it’s not a trailer queen by any means, I do use it sparingly..mostly for trips to the pub on a sunny day, which isn’t very often as we live on rainy island. Now that Adam and Al have worked their charms on her, I have no excuses for not using it. Well that’s the plan this year.

MM- Do you show the car? Yes I have shown it over the years. I am always amused when people stand by it and say loudly that “they never made Mustangs in that colour”, sometimes I leave it, sometimes I chirp up with the truth – it is believed that Ford only made 200 Pagoda Green “D Code”  Convertibles before changing the colour in June 1964.

MM- Will you show the car this year? I plan to….I’d like to join the MM gang at a few shows this year.

MM- What’s your favourite car to date and why? My 1964 1/2 Mustang!

MM- What was your worst car and why? Morris Marina, I had one and it had truly awful handling and it was like an aspirin…..it seemed to dissolve in water! 😂

MM- Which car had you owned that you wished you had kept and why? A 1965 Ford Zodiac. I spent a fortune on it and it was lovely, but I had to sell it as I was saving to get married.

MM- what’s your dream car? Ford GT40

MM- Do you have any plans for upgrades to your Mustang? Not much really, other than fixing a feisty carb (the original Autolite 4 barrel) with either a rebuild, or maybe a replacement Holley. Then it’s just keeping the paint looking good. It’s a fine balance between keeping it as original as possible and renewing parts as they start to look shabby.

MM- Does your wife share your passion? Yes..ish…probably ‘tolerates’ rather than ‘shares’ – she loves the car though.

MM- Does she or do you let her drive it? She has no real interest in driving it.

MM- Would you go on a car or driving holiday? Not really as there are too many cars on the road now. They tend to make little allowance for a cherished old car, even though early Mustangs can more than keep pace with moderns.

MM- Have you met any famous car guys and what were they like? I met Carroll Shelby at the Goodwood Revival some years ago. He was truly charming and we chatted (he talked and I listened) for half an hour.

MM- Any hero’s you would like to have meet? Henry Ford and Elvis Presley.

MM- Who would you go on a cross USA Route 66 road trip with and why? I would love to do it ‘cannonball rally’ style with Jim Clark.

MM- What has been the biggest benefit of Mustang Maniac for you? Their expertise..as this was my first American car. I had no idea what it should drive like and assumed that when it rolled all over the place, they all did at. The guys have fettled my car over a number of years, so the car I have today bears little resemblance to the car that I originally bought – thanks again to the Mustang Maniac team.

MM- Any advice to a potential Mustang owner who wants to get into the classic car scene? Just do it! Look long and hard for the best car you can afford, buy wisely after taking advice from the right people. Have a yearly budget for repair, maintenance and running costs and enjoy the car while improving it.

MM- Thank you Gary.

We have not forgotten your cars if you have them sent in to us. Please keep sending them in, we love to see the cars and what better way to lead a blog post?

Customers Cars:

Yogi was pleased to see a genuine Shelby GT350 that had come in for a replacement exhaust. The exhaust was supplied by the customer with a new Magnaflow dual system, a big opposite to Gary’s new system above.

The old exhaust had seen better days and was soon removed from the scrap skip.

The nice new super shiny exhaust was fitted in stages, this time with an “X” pipe rather than the old “H” pipe setup.

 

The before and after pictures don’t really show a lot of difference, but turn that key and the difference is instant. I nice deeper note rumble of the V8 but without the slight pant of the Flowmaster system.

Memorabilia:

Thanks to Ian Coxshall for sending us the pics of his recent purchase of eBay. We can’t say that we have seen the Japan made toys before but a great find.

If you have any interesting memorabilia you want to share with the world, send us your pics and we will get them on our blog for you. It could be major kudos of bragging rights.

Other News:

We have already had an inquiry for the advertising fence, we will have to see if that goes ahead. Please give us a shout if you are interested, after all we don’t want to look at a battle ship grey fence, a little colour would be good we must admit.

Watching This Space

We have many projects on the go at one time, in fact it’s a logistics game to work out what is where and what can be worked on in the mean time. This week is one of those weeks where things started to fall into place nicely, we even managed to make more room but we shall get into that in a little bit. To start the post this week we start with the Park & Pic, at the moment we have good few cars ready to post on this section. If we haven’t posted yours yet – don’t worry we will as there is a queue at the moment.

So we start with Jimmy’s 1970 302 fastback. We had this little lady in a few weeks ago for a few little jobs like a service and replacing the alternator. The Slot Mag wheels were taken off and polished back up to their full former glory.

Keep sending us your pics of your pride and joy at out yard!

Customers Cars:

We have the Mach1 Restoration project finally getting some colour on her now. So as promised here is the selection of the pics showing the process. Here the seams are sealed up before the etch and the primers are applied.

Then some base coats added the outside and the engine bay given a lick of Satin Black.

Inside was given her coats of colour and panels sprayed ready for fitting.

It wont be long before the outside coats go on and we can get this lady back ready for her rebuild.

Our Yard:

We mentioned at the beginning we managed to move a few things around and we have a couple of cars from a couple of customers with their own temporary little parts of our yard.

We have  the Tilley Corner…

And we have Todd Avenue…

With space now being made Adam managed to get his cars where he wanted them to be, so he put a couple of his Shelbys away properly.

Your name on the wall?

We mentioned a post or two ago to watch this space as Adam has had another idea! Well we can now reveal what he means. The fence at the back of the yard has now been replaced with nice fresh steel sheets and lights, the down side is that it looks a little bland at the moment. So what was Adam’s idea? Well this wall would make excellent advertising space. Being as we take lots of pics of the cars in the yard and post them on our blog, those pictures are seen in the UK as well as all around the World literally, confirmed by our blog statistics. We have spoken about this idea to our Snap-On rep who comes to see us, and he has started us off with his illuminated sign:

Adam will be having a big Mustang Maniac sign up on the wall soon along with possible project that we hope will come to fruition also for the wall which will look amazing. So how can this idea help you? Get one of your signs on our wall for the advertising space and see what it can do for you. Adam also has a great Idea to turn this side of the Yard into something special, again all will be revealed soon. The rates won’t be stupid and Adam is very open for discussion depending on size etc. just have a quick conversation with Adam for what you want and he will be happy to do a deal with you.

Unusual Request: 

We often take on some little projects such as the pedal cars we sprayed up to match the car a little while ago. This time Adam was asked to spray a Raleigh Chopper back to her former glory!  This is a very collectable bike now and can exchange hands for the cost of a cheap run around car!

A little history of the start of the Releigh Chopper

The Chopper’s patent was applied for in the US during 1967. The Chopper was introduced at American trade shows in January 1969 but it was not until April 1969 when Raleigh Choppers were available for public to purchase . The bike featured a choice of a single-speed coaster hub, or a 3-speed or 5-speed Sturmey Archer gear hub, selected using a frame-mounted console gear lever — one of its “cool” features. Other features that appealed to the youth market were the unusual frame, long padded high-back seat, sprung seat at the back, high-rise (ape hanger) handlebars, ‘bobbed’ mud guards (fenders) and differently sized wheels — 16 in (41 cm) front and 20 in (51 cm) rear. The rear hoop above the seat resembled a dragster anti roll bar “sissy bar”. Even the kickstand was designed to give the stationary bicycle a lean reminiscent of a parked motorcycle. Tyres were wider than usual for the time, with a chunky tread on the rear wheel, featuring a red line around the sidewall. In 1970 the Raleigh Chopper was launched in the UK market this was a triple launch for Raleigh, with the Chopper branded as The Hot One, alongside the Moulton Mk3 (The Smooth One), and the RSW Mk3 (The Dolly One).

Two things to finish on:

  1. Send us your Park & Pic of the your ride at our yard.
  2. Ask Adam about his advertising wall.