New Arrivals

A large post this week, so we will start with something not related to cars, but with some cuddly puppy pics. Yep, Adam’s much-loved Shelby guard dog has had pups. This was a bit of a surprise to us and certainly not planned, but “doctor” Morgan picked up she was due to have the litter while Adam was in Las Vegas. There was virtually no signs of the pregnancy apart from a little weight. There were originally eight in the litter with two white pups, one of which passed away along with a usual markings pup. We now have six left, three boys and three girls, both mum Shelby and her pups are doing well. What Adam plans to do with them is undecided just yet, apart from giving them lots of cuddles that is.

Customers Cars.

A big congratulations to one of our customers. Ross attended the Birmingham NEC Classic Car Show this year. He picked up “Car of the Year” from Classic American magazine with his ’67 genuine 390GT concours correct car.

Ross (on the left) with his award standing next another customer of ours and good friend Barry.

’67 Highland Green Fastback

The car was treated to a new Truetrac diff in a reconditioned 9″ axle.

The rear springs, shackles and plates were replaced rear drums given a little TLC and new oil sump completes the list.

Shelby GT500 DeAgostini 1:8th Model – Completed!

Finally after two long years of building, the model is now completed. It has been a largely enjoyable process with just a few minor niggles. The last four issues ninety-seven to one hundred arrived last week to a sigh of relief. This is a monster model and very heavy, the finished model specs are Length: 590mm (23.2”) | Height: 170mm (6.7”) | Width: 230mm (9”). We have a day one walk through from issue one to issue one hundred which can be found here, or click on the menu bar at the top.

The process in this update was to attach the body to the chassis, attach the doors and finish the electrics, which we had a small problem with, but we managed to fix quite easily.

WebShop:

We have been asked a few times again this week about our current stock levels and do we have the item in stock? The WebShop is up to date; if it says it’s in stock then it it’s in stock no need to call us. We have extended our storage capacity yet again and made better use of our space. We have been by adding racking to the upper levels of the heavy panel storage rooms. On a Monday morning we have the weekend parts picked and ready for packaging and dispatch. So if you try to call us first thing on a Monday, we are more often than not busy here!

The packing area has now been upgraded too for easier access. Flex plates and flywheels have been increased in stock to go with the large selection of clutches.

Adam has sourced some windscreens as well, these are with the inset laminated Ford anti-fog wires, he has few in stock now – not cheap granted – but a superb upgrade.

The rest of the stock has moved the more common suspension and brake parts around as well.

The heavy panel storage is unrecognisable now with big changes all round.

So as you can see, we don’t just hold the odd part now and again, we hold lots of parts that haven’t been added to the WebShop just yet. A recent question was asked about our postage as well. We use a next day dispatch courier and the charge for that service is what we get charged, we don’t make money on the postage to keep it as low as possible. Orders are more than welcome to be picked up in person, or arrange your own collection – please let us know by email if this is your choice so we can get your order ready for collection.

2018 Calendars. 

We have had a good response to the “Limited Edition” Mustang Maniac calendars and some left. Please get in early if you are wanting to grab your copy – free with your order over £200+ vat.

Rollin’ On

We would like to thank our followers for some rather amusing response emails to the photos that were taken of Adam at the SEMA show. Some we couldn’t possibly put up on a family blog! We can answer a question that was answered a couple of times. Was that all the photos of other cars? Honestly, Yes that was all the photo’s Adam took of non Mustang Cars! While we are on the subject of SEMA 2017 we were sent this press release from Ford. (Thanks Gary.)

“DEARBORN, Mich., – Ford Focus and Ford F-Series are now back-to-back-to-back winners of Hottest Hatch and Hottest Truck awards from the Specialty Equipment Market Association. Ford’s domination of the show continues, as it collects these coveted awards at a greater pace than any other automaker. Ford has won 15 out of the 33 Hottest Vehicle awards presented by SEMA since 2010. “The aftermarket industry’s ongoing elevation of our vehicles feels great,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “We are beyond proud to have two back-to-back-to-back winners in our Focus and F-Series.” With its hot ST and RS performance trim levels, Focus continues to win over the aftermarket. Two years ago, it took home the final Sport Compact award. 2017 now marks two years running for Focus winning Hottest Hatch. F-Series, the ultimate Swiss army knife of the aftermarket, is a proven favorite for customization into everything from tarmac-shredding drag racers to off-road monsters. America’s best-selling vehicle has been named Hottest Truck seven out of eight times in the award’s history.

“Ford has a long history of support and partnership with the aftermarket community, bringing increased options and products for consumers,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “F-Series and Focus are just two of the most recent examples of the great vehicles Ford offers for personalization.” With more than 50 vehicles on display, including a large collection of custom builds at its stand, Ford’s presence at SEMA remains the largest of any automaker. This is the seventh year for the Ford Out Front performance demonstration track, a lead attraction of the 2017 show.”

Quite an impressive record we must say. Congratulations to Ford.

Customers Cars:

The “Blue Racing Coupe” is now at a point where she is ready for road tests. The engine was wired up and plumbed in over the week.

With the engine all fired up and some base line setups made we could put the car panels back together again. The rear axle was replaced with a reconditioned as good as new 9″ version to do away with the welded up rear end that made the car a real handful to drive on normal roads as a result.

Not quite the race car she was turned into, but much more enjoyable to drive and will still be able to hold her own if somebody wants to try and race her.

’69 Mach1

Jacqui’s car has some temporary wheels on it now and can be rolled around the workshops as we need to now. This is always a big step as all the main running and steering gear has been fitted. The car’s paint job looks pretty cool out in the evening sun.

Andrew Hedley has done some nice charity work with is ’65 Coupe. He brought his car to us to sort out its “saggy bottom.” We have the before and after pictures his. New rear springs and shocks makes a massive difference to the car’s handling that’s for sure, as well as giving the car its aesthetically pleasing correct stance. Must be all that wine Andrew keep filling the trunk up with? 😉

A subtle difference, but what a difference! 

We have been asked about our Dual LED Bulbs front the front of the early Mustangs. We have just uploaded this video to our YouTube Channel to show how they work.

If you want to order them here is the link to our WebShop or click here.   https://mustangmaniac.co.uk/part/36/8024/led_dual_bulb

We haven’t forgotten about the exclusive we have for you. We are just making sure those involved are happy for us to post it up for you.

Watch this space! 🙂

SEMA 2017

SEMA 2017 in Las Vegas was another huge success as you would expect for everybody concerned with the show and those who visited. Adam tells us the blue skies and warm weather was a bit much sometimes, as a result he had to drink copious amounts of beer to cool down. The show was really positive and a few more deals were made by Adam and we will be bringing you the results of those negotiations very soon. As this was a smaller trip this time to Vegas, we asked Adam to take pictures of things that interested him; needless to say most of the photo’s are of Mustangs.

We start with the 2018 Concept Mustang, which we suspect will be a big hit with styling like this.

Other Mustangs:

On Ford’s stand there was Ken Block’s now famous 1200bhp Hoonigan which was not roped of this time, so you could get up close to it.

Celebrity Corner

There was a number of famous faces there and a lot of them wanted to have their picture taken with Adam so he agreed.

David Freiburger from “Road Kill”

Mike Finnegan from “Road Kill”

The Mustang behind the guys here is the eBay Motors “Child Diabetes” Charity car which cost £300,000 to build and was sold to one lucky bidder for £55,000 – now that is a bargain by anybody’s standards!

Ford’s Drift Racer Vaughn Gittin Jr

Adam said he enjoyed the chat with this guy.

We have a another WORLD first which we will be posting soon and deserves a post all of its own. Watch this space, and we promise that you wont have seen these pictures on the net before and are exclusive to Mustang Maniac!

Other Cars:

Adam did take photos of other cars that were not Mustangs, so here is all of those pics!

During the show there are always some beautiful promotional girls at this event, so as our very own Chris was working during the show, he was heard to say “Honestly it’s a difficult job of taking their photos, but somebody has to do it!”

As Adam has taken his wife Lynn out to Las Vegas with him this year there was a shopping spree to be had (and promised by Adam), once the SEMA show had finished. The two shopping trips were definitely a His & Hers experience.

Lynn’s shopping trip:

Adam’s shopping trip:

Who would have guessed it was Mustangs? 😉

Last year the “Mustang Maniac Massive” were on tour and promptly found a favourite restaurant, and Adam just had to pop in to say hello and take in a beer or two:

Other News:

Just before Adam went to Vegas he had a birthday bash at Sheesh in Chigwell (click here for the link) which is an amazing place and a big “Thank You” to Colin the owner of Sheesh for his generosity of the evening.

Also Thanks to everybody who turned up and made it an enjoyable night.

As we said above, there is an exclusive to be had soon so watch this space!

Last Of The First Generation

Mustang Maniac has its own huge selection of Mustangs around the yard and their various storage locations, until now there hasn’t been a ’73 in the fleet. Everybody knows the ’71 Mach1 which was used in the bond film “Diamonds are Forever” which was a big change in design, but there is the often forgotten ’73 which was the last of the “First Generation” Mustangs. Adam has managed to pick up pretty amazing example of one of these cars, again in red to match his ’71 Mach1.  This car not only looks fantastic but also drives beautifully. Adam had the keys for only a few minutes and then threw the keys at me for a test drive. Hell Yeah!

Adam said “it’s a ’73 – not everyone’s cup of tea”.

I wasn’t expecting to much from the car as I am quite biased to the ’64 – ’69 cars. Opening the door and I was greeted by an original plush interior which had moved away from the all vinyl seats.

A turn of the key and the 351 fired up and there was a burble and that was it, shutting the door and the noise was almost gone, thinking to myself that this makes a nice change. Disengage the park brake and select drive, release the foot brake and we crept forward. No rattles or vibrations, no moans or groans. A little gas and we were at the gates to turn right, the power steering more positive than the earlier models. Pulling out onto the main road a little more gas as I was propelled forward without any fuss or excessive noise, you just knew there was a big engine in there. Now I am not going to say which route I took for the test drive, but an accelerating BMW was a little further back than he was expecting to be before I even got into top gear should we say. The car just cruised effortlessly at 70mph and there was no noise from the convertible roof, no wind drafts and all was how it was meant to be in the ’73. Reluctantly I turned to make my return back to the yard and I wondered what she would be like on kick-down. So with a nice clear road, very slightly damp peace of tarmac and nobody about – I stamped on it. The quiet had now dissipated and the cabin was filled with an angry 351 wanting to get up and go, the tyres lit up from 20mph, traction gone and the car snakes up the tarmac leaving a nice set of 11’s behind, this car shifts. The smile on my face returned to sensible concentration again as I lifted of the gas after a couple of seconds. I had grown to love this car by the time I back to the yard about ten minutes later. Going around corners it was no hassle and just drove like a good Ford Granada used too. I think I want this car, OK – I have thought about it and I do want this car. The paperwork Adam has with the car is the Marti Report, the original purchase slip and documents from the original owner, the options sheet and huge wad of receipts for services and the import sheets.

It may well not be every-bodies cup of tea, but this is a great car and I would love this car as a daily driver. Opinion changed – I also like the last of the first generations too. This has to be one of the best examples we have seen of this model within our yard!

Shelby GT500 DeAgostini 1:8th Model Update

We are only a couple of issues away from the completion now. We have updated the build page, click here for the link or cut and past the link below to visit the page.

https://mustangmaniac.org/shelby-gt500-18th-scale-model/

The icon rear light clusters have been fitted now along with the rear LED boards. The windscreen is now in place and the trunk in place.

 

The Great Debate again.

We have had a number of conversations in the office with the customers about the no need for MOT’s for cars over forty years old. The poll is still a huge 87% against the ruling now. One conversation was around the “Hot Rod” scene. Many of the cars are heavily modified of course and could lose their date related plates. Would they need to have a specialist to inspect them before allowing them on the road? We still can’t believe this government wants to play around with a system that works and virtually nobody wants to change. Absolutely ridiculous. Please leave any thoughts or comments for us about this or anything else you want to mention.

SEMA 2017

Adam is getting ready to make his yearly trim to Las Vegas for the SEMA show and looking forward to it. We are hoping to bring you some photo’s again from the event, but probably not on the scale as last years coverage.

A Great Debate?

We start this week’s post with a debate, it’s well worth the read and please vote and leave your comments or thoughts for us, we want to know what you think.

News:

The Department for Transport in the UK has announced that classic cars more than 40 years old will be exempt from MOT testing as from May 2018, with owners voluntarily electing for an MOT if they feel their car needs one. Currently, only cars from before 1960 are exempt, which represents 197,000 cars on UK roads. The new rules will exempt a further 293,000 cars from MOTs, (Ministry of Transport Test). The thinking behind the decision, according to the Department for Transport, is that these cars are “usually maintained in good condition and used on few occasions”. The decision also eases concerns that garages may not be adequately testing cars over this age, as the modern MOT applies less to cars of this age. The new date would also bring the age of cars exempt from MOTs in line with the exemption of road tax. The Government dismissed concerns that these cars pose a greater risk of failure than modern ones; cars registered in the interim period between the old exemption and the upcoming exemption have a substantially lower rate of failure than the national average. “We consider the element of risk arising from taking vehicles over 40 years old out of the testing regime is small. The option for owners to submit their vehicles to a voluntary MOT test will remain and they will still, like all vehicle owners, need to ensure that they meet the legal requirement of keeping their vehicle in a roadworthy condition at all time.” Passing of an MOT is defined as “Vehicles subject to the MOT test will normally
be considered “fit for service” when they have passed the test and have been issued with a pass certificate (VT20/VT20W) dated after the date of the prohibition notice issue. ”

We have been trying to find an exact definition of “Roadworthiness” and found this: Roadworthiness or streetworthiness is a property or ability of a car, bus, truck or any kind of automobile to be in a suitable operating condition or meeting acceptable standards for safe driving and transport of people, baggage or cargo in roads or streets, being therefore street-legal.

Yet that still does not define what roadworthy is and is rather vague to say the least. We know our police constabulary will make something up to if they want to pull you over anyway. If you are pulled over for this reason ask the exact reason and get them to write it down. Perhaps they know something nobody else does!

The best we could come up with for the full definition is this from the governments own website:

“For the purposes of subsection (1) above a motor vehicle or trailer is in an unroadworthy condition if—
(a) it is in such a condition that the use of it on a road in that condition would be unlawful by virtue of any provision made by regulations under section 41 of this Act as respects-
(i) brakes, steering gear or tyres, or
(ii) the construction, weight or equipment of vehicles,. . .
[F2(b) it is in such a condition that its use on a road would involve a danger of injury to any person].” This last section proving the most interesting. Yet is is still not definitive!

Of the 2217 respondents consulted for the proposal, more than half supported the suggested annual or biennial roadworthiness test for 40-year-old vehicles, checking the cars’ identity, brakes, steering, tyres and lights. The DfT has rejected this approach, saying: “Those owners who feel an annual check is needed will be able to submit their vehicles for a voluntary MOT.” A stronger majority voted against exemption of vehicles aged 30 years or older from MOT tests; the DfT sided with the consultation on this proposal, citing accident data as well as the strong negative reaction from the public to this suggestion.

At Mustang Maniac we STRONGLY suggest that your classic car is tested, for peace of mind and safety. We know that our customers are all conscientious owners and drivers and will still get their cars checked.

What do you think, were they right or wrong?

Trophy Time: 

A couple of weeks ago a car show The A602’s Autorama was attended by most of the Mustang Maniac supporters and it was a good turn out. To cap it all Lance won a trophy for the “Stock as a Rock”. Needless to say he was happy even though the weather got worse as the day went on. Well done to lance, that cleaning made all the difference. 🙂

Heads Up:

We continue from last week’s post about blocked water ways. Adam has had a set of heads reconditioned and have been stored away.

these heads will be of interest for concours guys out there with these codes.

Clearing Out:

Adam found this “Y block” and two-speed Powerglide transmission on a pallet. This was removed from a 1957 Country Squire.

Adam only “found” the engine and drive train after moving this part car out of the way.

We think the scrap yardcould be getting a visit soon!

How Much?

Things have been a little quieter this week with Yogi taking a well-earned break, on the other hand we have been seriously busy in the WebShop with the new products of the oils proving to be popular. We have had a number of emails asking where the Shelby GT500 1:8th model has gone as there has been no updates. It appears that the DeAgostini have been waiting for their shipments of the parts too. Mid week we had a delivery of the latest issues which we have updated the build page for you or click here for the quick link.

Guest Photographer:

Last week was the very local car show at Buntigford, which is only a few minutes drive away. The cars are lined up in the high street and shut of for local traffic. It’s not a bad show and Adam asked his Grandson Jack if he wanted to take the pictures for this weeks part of the blog. So here we are, Jacks photo’s:

Remember this little lady that we worked on a while ago? Here she is again being driven around and it was great to see her at the local show.

Mustangs at Weddings:

COLOGNE, Germany – It’s been a busy summer for the Mustang. Horse-drawn carriages and vintage vehicles might be the traditional choices to transport couples to and from the church on their special day, but Ford’s iconic car is proving increasingly popular. Ford followed five nuptials this summer in Germany, Belgium, France and U.K., where Mustangs from different eras played a starring role.  “A Mustang wedding was the obvious choice for us,” said Jake Batty, who, along with new wife, Lucy, chose a 1967 Mustang Coupe in suitably cheering Springtime Yellow for their big day in Stanton Lakes, Leicester, U.K. “We wanted a car that was not only beautiful and timeless, but also powerful, wild and adventurous – hopefully how our marriage will turn out!”

Even though marriage rates across Europe are declining, the number of newlyweds shunning traditional wedding cars in favour of the Ford classic is on the increase. Companies such as Ford Mustang Wedding  have driven more than 750 U.K. couples to their wedding venues since launching in 2009.  “Couples getting married today don’t want an old-fashioned wedding car,” said the  director. “They want something cool that will look amazing in the photographs as well as being comfortable. The Mustang ticks all the boxes.”

At Mustang Maniac we couldn’t agree more, in fact we have had a few of our customers that have used them for that very reason.

Do you have any pictures of your Mustangs at weddings? Send them to us and we will post them up for you.

Customer Cars:

Chris has been busy on the rotisserie getting his i6 coupe down to bare metal for the red oxide base protection coat. This is a pain staking and dirty job, definitely not one to be done in your boxer shorts!

Our Cars:

Adam has been busy again buying more cars! Not Mustangs this time, more Falcons to add to his rapidly expanding collection. Another Ranchero in a cool black.

News:

Being in the office sorting out bills and orders can be an interesting experience to say the least. Husbands turn up with their wives to pick up parts, and when they are out of earshot to proper costs are discussed. Adam is a very discreet man where these delicate negotiations are concerned. To highlight this fact Adam has had a sign made up for the office:

 Enough said?

Shelby GT500 1:8th Model:

At long last through no fault of our own, we have updated the build page with the progress and this is a big set of issues as the main parts are coming together. The parts from part one and the hood are all brought together. click on the menu heading above or click here for the link. We won’t repeat the whole page again here but these are some of the highlights of these issues:

Poll Results:

It seems that the smoked lenses are popular and of all those that voted thank you, with over two-thirds of people liking them!

It’s A Bloke Thing!

During the week we have been asked what has happened to the Park & Pic posts, so not to disappoint we have one today for you. We have to admit we have been slacking a little in this area as not all the cars are collected from the front of the office, most are picked up from the yard to be fair. So we start with that this week:

Park & Pic:

This genuine 67 390 GT  is owned by Ross and is a beautiful Concours correct car.

The car was brought to us as she was running a little lumpy at speed so Yogi got to work on it and first things first, the timing. The timing was out enough to cause the problem so that was adjusted to the correct settings. Then Yogi worked his dark art magic on the carb for a tune up which again was running a little rich. Now the engine idled nicely and revved up smoothly.

While Yogi was doing what he does best, Ross mentioned that he had visited a show hosted by a well know Mustang Owners Club based here in the UK. He then went on to explain that he was docked a point for an “incorrect HT (spark plug) lead”. Pointed out here by the arrow.

Yogi said this was in fact correct.  Once Adam had finished dealing with customers in the office, the same point was raised again, Adam also confirmed this is absolutely correct and went on to explain why. This was backed up by a Concours Correct part that Adam got from the stores, just to prove the point. Adam also took the inserted label out of the sealed part bag in order to photograph it.

The insert confirms what Adam had just been explaining. “During the production line process a number of engines had a miss fire straight from the line. Ford launched an immediate investigation and it was later found that the workers had swapped the fifth and sixth cylinder leads around the wrong way. Needless to say this caused Ford multiple delays on the production line as well as having to fix the relatively simple error. Like all things, the simple answer was to identify the correct wire. So the Orange boot was created to cure the problem, which it did instantly with the very first cars with the new system rolling of the production line, no more misfires.”

So we have a couple of questions for the judges of the Mustang Owners Club in question. Firstly; how come you didn’t know this fact? Secondly; can Ross have his point back again?

WebShop:

Oils

Adam has had a request in to stock a particular brand of oil called “Driven”. Adam investigated and has spoken to them and now is a stockist for their products. Adam has stopped selling the Kroon product now, but still keeping the popular Kendall products. These oils are a premium product and their slightly higher costs reflects that, so if you are running down the Santa Pod quarter-mile or you inadvertently leave some large rubber trails when leaving the lights, these oils will protect your engine, gearbox, brake fluids, break in oils etc.

Wheels

A new line of  wheels for the more “resto mod” look. These Magnums are 17″ x 7 ” or 17″ x 8″ in Satin black. We have already sold a set within the first week and has generated some keen interest.

Water Pumps

Adam has purchased a huge stock of multiple water pumps, and as far as we know, Mustang Maniac has the only supplies of i6 classic mustang water pumps. The rest of the stock has yet to be bought to the stores and a shelf is expected to go up and hold the additional pumps.

2015 – 16 Mustangs

Not to leave out the newer Mustangs, Adam has a new line of roof spoilers for the 2015/16 models. This simple to fit accessory creates a nice finish to the roof lines of the car. This spoiler also shields the high level brake lights from the sun (when we get it in the UK that is), and makes them a more of a contrasted to see.

Before:

After:

To finish up with we have a strange title for this post? No not really, about sixteen years ago Adam bought his new Ford truck with the Harley Davidson livery, at the same time there was a strictly limited edition of Harleys made to match the truck. So Adam bought that as well. Since Adam has owned it he has only done one hundred miles on it.To keep it in ind condition he had an idea!

Yep, this is now part of the BBQ chill out area. So, if you’re lucky enough to be at one of Adam’s little curry nights, you too could get to stare at a pristine limited edition Harley. Adam has to finish the case build yet, with the addition of LED lighting and some rather fancy ideas about pop up electric and phone charging points!

Is it just a bloke thing? We could of course be wrong!