NSRA Show 2017

Last weekend Mustang Maniac and friends headed out to the National Street Rod Association show in Bedfordshire which is always a good day out and a popular show. The sun was out and so was the vast array of cars that turned up. So without much more waffling from us, here are some of the pics from the show:

Adam just can’t seem to get away from “that” John Wick by the car pose!

Yogi was chillin’ and says his new foot attire matches his car!

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We have had a first sample or trial of some new ’64 – ’66 tail light lenses. These are clear and look best on the LED Euro boards we stock. Now we can imagine that you either love these or hate them. So thanks to Lance who kindly took them of our hands to try them in his ’65.

Let us know your thoughts on the clear lenses – do we stock them or not? Our customers yet again get to decide for us. ūüôā

Please vote and let us know what you think.

Customer Cars:

We had a nice ’67 in the classic Highland Green in our workshops, as seems to be the case now days this was taken apart, but the rebuild was a bit too much so we were tasked with putting her back to together again.

’65 home made parts

We had to sort out an issue on a ’65 coupe that had issue with the gearbox member. We soon found out why – as it was a home-made part. not a bad effort, but hardly ideal. We suspect that the time and effort to make it would have been more than the replacement part itself.

What Adam Didn’t Say:

“Thanks” to facebook (sarcastic overtones intended, with the lower case letter as it doesn’t deserve its correct name), Adam’s well known name of “Mustang Man” has now been rejected after TEN YEARS! To say that Adam wasn’t to happy was an understatement. So we can’t actually put what Adam said about them. But, those who know Adam will know exactly what he may or may not have said! As a result Adam has now had to choose another name, a Mr. Wayne Kerr is now on facebook. So if the facebook dictatorship decides to reject this name as well, Adam will not be on facebook anymore! This change for no real reason after TEN YEARS, has also caused config issues with the blog as well. Rant over! (Did we mention that name has been in use for TEN Years?)

What Adam did Say:

That having children or grand children all need to be brought up correctly by having an appreciation of American cars:

We think a booster seat may be needed in this case though!

Bonding

After the car show at Enfield Pageant we had another fairly local show and a trip out where the recently resprayed ’65 Coupe had her debut after a little upgrade, but more of that later. Our Park & Pic stash of photos are almost depleted, mostly our fault as we forgot to take the pics in the busy times when our customers come to collect their cars, so please send us some photos of your car at our yard, either old or new and we will make a feature of it for you.

Park & Pic

This ’67 fastback is a recent purchase for our customer and just needed a few tweaks and once over. This is a fantastic colour that the pictures really don’t do it justice, from the shade to the sun the colour really pops out at you. Under the hood the sparkle of bling complements the paintwork and works well on this car.

Fresh Paint:

We have lance’s Gulf Stream Aqua fresh back from her new paint job back into us to have the front and rear glass bonded in. Althouh this is not technically correct for the cars it ensures that there are no leaks and we think it finishes the chrome to metal of well. The glass has to be carefully removed and then fitted back into place with the trim and the bonding sealing agent. The white pearl stripes on this car were sprayed on and that means there is no hard edges to see or feel when cleaning and waxing.

The aerial was to be replaced with a nice new billet job, to do this most of the time you have to remove the splash guards to get to wires if there is an after market electric aerial fitted like this had. Replacing the splash guards with fresh rubber seals is a cheap enough option and is a worthwhile change to remove any rusty guards and clean out behind the guards too.

The is a downside to all of this? Your car cover needs a hole in it to make it fit properly.

Hertford Castle 

Lance and Paul took a day out to the countryside to Hertford Castle where a fairly local meet was being held. The scenery provided the opportunity for an exceptional photo. Nice work guys! We would to have this as the lead pic on the blog this week, but we promised if you have a Park & Pic that takes the lead!

Meanwhile at the bear cave, Yogi’s car was out of the cave in order to work in the sun too.

Fathers Day

Next Sunday is Fathers Day on 18th June. If you are stuck for an idea what to get in order to spoil that special man in your life, how about a gift voucher for his Mustang? It sure beats knocks the spots off a another bundle of socks! The best bit, he can order online while he is having his breakfast in bed!

Click here for the £10 vouchers or cut & paste this link to your browser:    https://mustangmaniac.co.uk/part/74/8051/__10_gift_voucher

Click here for the £20 vouchers or cut & paste this link to your browser:    https://mustangmaniac.co.uk/part/74/8052/__20_gift_voucher

Enfield Pageant 2017

We didn’t get to post last week as we said we were going to have a BBQ in the lovely sunny weather, but we did have the BBQ. Mustang Maniac were out n force at the Enfield Pageant of Motoring from 27th to 29th May. As always it’s a very well run show and logistic were great and no problems. Take note Duxford! Anyway, we had plenty of our cars and throughout the weekend customers joined us on various days so no two days were the same, but we will get to that a little later on. We also have a large update on the DeAgostini Shelby GT500 model too which will show you too.

Park & Pic

This weeks Park & Pic was from some good friends of ours Barry and Shaz who each own their own Mustangs. Shaz turned up in her ’69 302 fastback to pay us a social visit and pick up some parts for their other cars. Shaz also wanted us to point out that this is not Barry’s car, it’s hers! Yellow is a difficult colour on a car at the best of times, but these ’69 cars pull it off no problem what so ever. We should point out we heard them coming due to the decibel levels of the exhaust. ūüôā

The Enfield Pageant 2017

We turned up early Saturday and set up shop, bringing with us our Fairlane, EcoBoost, Hertz to start of with and the john Wick car also turned up for the three days too. We also had a few visitors with their non Mustangs too, which we are always happy to see. throughout the weekend each day – we got rain. We can’t remember the last show where there was no rain over the whole weekend to be honest!

There was a strong American showing this year around the central tent.

There was nice showing of some great UK Fords so we tried to pick the ones we liked the best.

The rest of the cars would have taken up some much space on the post we tried to narrow it down from the two hundred plus photo’s we took over the weekend.

Throughout the weekend there was music and people doing daft things on motorbikes, but everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves as they do each year.

We mentioned a BBQ last post, well we did, the expectation was:

The reality was:

The reason for the down size was simple¬†from Adam, “So, just let me get this straight, you want me to cut up one of my cars just so you can burn sausages in it? It ain’t happening.” That comment on reflection was a very, very fair point, and we can’t argue with actually. But, we will keep working on it though, we know where Adam’s secret graveyard stash of Mustangs are kept! ūüėČ

Mustang Maniac would to thank everybody who turned up to see us, we made new friends and had a number of new customers who are going to bring their cars to us to be sorted out properly. 

Shelby GT500 1:8th scale DeAgostini model update. 

We have update model page click here for the quick link, cut and past this to your browser; ¬† https://mustangmaniac.org/shelby-gt500-18th-scale-model/ ¬† or click on the main menu above to see the full details. The latest eight issues takes us up to number 80 and we see ¬†the engine completed and mounted into the chassis, the inner fenders added and the wiring for the circuit board started. An exciting time to use up lots of parts that have been laying around for over a year now. Here we have a selection of the pics we used on the model page. We haven’t done a full report as this is already a big post with lots of pictures.

Until next week. enjoy the nice weather while you can.

Duxford Car Show 2017

Last week we were at a car show on the Sunday at the Imperial War Museum Duxford which didn’t get of to the best of starts should we say, but will explain why a little later. For the Park & Pic section, we have reduced the numbers down to a remaining few now, so please send us some more and we will post them right here for you.

Park & Pic

This weeks park and pic is owned by Rob who has taken 4 years of dedication to restore his 1967 Coupe. Rob has only bought the car down to us for a the finishing touches to sort out some running issues with an engine tune up, service, wheel alignment and to check the brakes and adjust them as required. A final once over for him and road test to make sure all is as it should be. A good job with his build and we hope he has many years of enjoyment with her.

The Duxford Car Show 2017:

The opening time for the show is 10am most people get there around 9am to avoid the inevitable traffic queue there is every year. The entrance that is used is¬†one of the smaller entrances and a couple of booths to take the entrance money. At 8:15am the reserve car park was full and only then did the booth operators turn up to take the money. The entrance fee was ¬£12.60 which is ridiculous as that means virtually every car had to stop, wait for change and proceed through. It would have been better to charge ¬£12 or ¬£13 to keep the traffic moving. There we a few angry people there not wishing to wait. In fact some of the owners had been waiting 2 1/2 hours by the time they managed to get in. There was an outside the show area impromptu meet up and people were looking at the cars in the queues. People were getting out of their cars to argue with the officials that were letting in cars directly¬†from the main road, before the cars that were waiting in rows. It got quite heated with organisers threatening to remove people. One guy said “how are gonna do that when we are wedged in the middle of this field for hours?” Needless to say the woman in charge was lost for words with a very valid point. There was even a bout of car moving to allow other cars to turn around and go back home refusing to wait to get into the show for hours on end.

Once inside there was lots of cars, but not the same quality as previous years in our opinion. We made our way round to the Mustang designated area which was the same as last years, next to the American Hanger. There was lots of Mustangs to look at with plenty of new(er) models, not quite so many older models. One of our cars there was our genuine Shelby Hertz, we lost count of the number of times we asked if it was an original.

Some other stands included the Corvette guys;

Some Japanese & German (rather a lot of Mercedes) representations;

There was the UK guys;

There was an area where non club members were parked, everything from exotic Italians to random Mini based military vehicle.

The day was overcast with the odd outbreak of sunshine, but it was chilly with the wind across the open fields. We decided to leave early as did a number of other cars. Seriously though Duxford, if you want this show to be a continued success you really do need to sort out the logistics!

Customers Cars: 

We have Chris’ coupe that has taken on a whole new look with the red oxide paint.

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Adam has found in his boxes of goodies this rather rare and original option part; a cruise control. It has all the parts and the paper work for fitting too. At this moment it’s not for sale, but if you wave a nice amount of cash under Adam’s nose, as he would say – “It could be yours!”

We are expecting a couple of cars back from paint soon and we will have some pics of those for you soon. Remember to send us your ride pics and we will post them for you. ūüôā

A Costly Chip

We will start straight away with the cars this week and not a single mention of the snow, except we just have to say that the hype wasn’t really worth it in the South East of the UK. We even had one of our guys snowed in, so he says. We need a your¬†opinion on the photographic evidence supplied!

snowEnough of the weather and on with the cars as promised.

Gulf Stream Aqua’ 65 Coupe

We had some sad news regarding one of our good friend’s car. Now any petrol head will sympathise with this next picture, this is like chipping a chunk of a Ming dynasty vase to antique collector. It was done by just catching the door his bench in the garage by parking a little out of place to where he normally parks.

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We heard his pained screams from the next village, for any classic car owner this is a major issue. So much so, that trying to correct the problem and then another small problem while he was at it has made matters worse. Yes this can be filled and resprayed, but a difficult decision was made for a new coat of paint, selling a spare kidney to pay for it. The small area on top of the wing was a tiny spot which now looks like a moon crater that now matches the Grand Canyon sized chip on the door paint.

To keep costs reasonable,¬†the owner was to strip the car down, ready for the trip to the paint shop where she would get coats of the same colour. We won’t mention any names of course, but Lance wasn’t happy with some of the other little bits of the body work as it was playing havoc with his OCD, for those reasons he decided to freshen the whole car up again. This all seems a little strange if you ask us, as last year Lance updated the inside of the car with new sound proofing, and red oxide and new custom-made seat covers!

The front left headlight bucket assembly fender extension didn’t fit as well as it could have done, so he got a new one, another good excuse to re-paint the car.

The door cards were to be removed, glass trim, bumpers, along with any window felts, rubber fittings, all so that they could be ready for masking up. A few more areas under the chrome trim needed to be corrected which he wasn’t aware of at the time. The damaged front wing was removed to fix a small hole in the upper cowl which was then red¬†oxide paint to protect it all.

Now that the car is in the body shop, the real nice paint has all but gone.

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We shall bring you some more updates as we get the car back, which should be around March time, just in time for car show season. We would like to make a little observation here; we think that this is the first paint job and partial restoration update on a Mustang by stealth. Was the chip an accident??? We’re not so sure now, just saying!

Lime ’72 Mach1

Our very own painter has brought his car back to us after it’s respray. Our task is to put it all back together again. Luckily this wasn’t a full strip down, so it’s case of replacing the damaged or rotten parts, such as the top dash pad etc. to make it road legal again.

A quick refresh of what she did look like:

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Yogi and Paul started to put the outside trim back in place .

Engine is ready to go back into the engine bay.

Inside the car the dash is the first place to start and soon starts to take shape.

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With the main labour intensive part of the dash done it was time for the seats.

Again we will bring you more on the rebuild of the Mach1 as we go along.

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We have a new Limited Edition T-shirt arrived back us. Muscle car owners take pride in the fact they have a powerful cars, for those of us that believe that occasional burn out (in a controlled environment of course), leaving trails of those all important black lines of rubber on the road¬†which goes to prove that point, we have just the T-shirt for you. Mustang Maniac cars and parts are ¬†“Born to Perform”.

 

Las Vegas ‚Äď SEMA 2016 Day 4 (Part 2 of 2)

Friday¬†4th¬†November 2016. The last post for our SEMA 2016 tour and we have a few (OK. quite a few) pics of the SEMA Cruise. The vehicles¬†all drive out from the halls to their collection trucks or just drive them to where they are kept. These fantastic looking cars on the stand with all that polished chrome drive past you so you can hear them as well. The marshals are pretty keen to stop any burn outs or erratic driving should we say. But, there is nothing to stop them revving the engines and pulling away quickly should we say! Chris and Mart¬†stayed for a couple of hours to watch the cruise, it can go on for four or five hours. We tried to grab a varied selection of cars and trucks, so it’s enough of our words and on with the cruise:

Chris and Mart walked back to the house where they meet up with the rest of the guys before setting out for the evening. On the way they called into a shopping mall and was met with a busy Voting station.

After we had all meet up again back at the house it was time to grab our last taste of nightlife in Las Vegas. Adam had arranged to meet some family for a get together over a beer. Then it was off for a proper steak, or should we say a side of a cow!

Our final pic here is Yogi looking over the Bellagio¬†water fountains. We asked him what he was thinking, “I was just thinking what an amazing trip it has been” he replied.

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We can’t improve on his thoughts and agree with him one hundred percent. It was indeed an amazing trip in more ways than one. All six of us never had a cross word spoken, we laughed all the time, the ripping into each other style of banter was just how it should be, we enjoyed the SEMA show obviously along with the other attractions we visited. This trip for many reasons¬†will stay with us for such awesome memories.

Thanks to Adam for making it all happen, from the rest of the Mustang Maniac crew.

Thank you for following our journey to Las Vegas.

Same again next year? Oh, yeah! 

Las Vegas – SEMA 2016 Day 4 (Part 1 of 2)

Friday¬†4th¬†November 2016. This was our last day at SEMA Show¬†and we just didn’t know where the time had gone. We called it our double marathon. Why? By the time the¬†four days at SEMA and our 6 days in total at Las Vegas, we had walked just a little of fifty-three Miles according to the step counts on our phones. Some were a little more and some were a little less but the average seemed to be fifty-three miles. Just wandering around you wouldn’t have thought it possible. That just gives you an idea of how big the scale of the show is. Of course we walked up and down the Las Vegas strips a few times and walked to and from parking, it’s still a huge amount of miles. Back to the show where we walked around the last hall and back outside¬†to make sure we hadn’t missed any bits.de.

 

With the vast majority of the inside done we moved outside to the area we hadn’t yet seen and got our first glimpse of the stands for the SEMA Cruise later in the evening.

We even caught up with a well known face from the Fast & Furious films, Sung Kang. He was doin a little promo work for a stand.

Our Last post for SEMA 2016 will be the SEMA Cruise, what did we think of it?¬† Here’s a clue from Mart & Chris.

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Keep an eye out for the Cruise post which will have quite a few picture on there, not to many words we hope. ūüôā