Taking A Trip

For a little while now we have been supplying parts to a genuine ’65 GT Fastback, we are pleased to say that those parts and service have now gained us another loyal customer. The pretty much finished car was driven to us by Adrian and he wanted a Mustang Maniac sticker, how could we refuse? The particular car will be taking part in the Africa 2018 rally which runs from 1-27 October this year, click the link here for the website and details. With that in mind the car is also our Park & Pic for the week.

Park & Pic

Ellie the office guard dog seems to approve as well with a quick photo-bomb in on the action.

Under the vehicle has been reinforced to prevent any damage to the oil sump, steering and the fuel tank for obvious reasons. Honestly they have done a great job on the car and the thick plating they have used will certainly do the job.

We don’t see many Mustangs (if any come to think of it) with rear mud flaps, but here they work well and will be invaluable on the trip itself.

We hope from the journey that we will get some photo’s to share with you of a Mustang in the wild. See what we did there? 😀

We wish the team all the success in undertaking a huge challenge and hopefully enjoy an amazing experience at the same time.

Customer Cars

Time to bling up a nice ’66 Stroker powered Coupe.

It’s a known fact Kevin likes a little bling under the hood and the latest upgrades obviously didn’t disappoint. Another positive from the bling is that the safety is there too.

We have the brake booster and dual master cylinder for the brakes.

An unusual addition is this vapour trap from the PCV valve to the carb which stops water circulation in the engine. Then of course the chrome rocker covers with coated headers.

From last week we had a number of cars that were given a little TLC and services. Those cars were all lined up waiting for collection, what a beautiful site it was too.

Do you have any photo’s of your car on holiday with you? If so send it to us and we will get them on our little ol’ blog for you.

Hotting UP

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

NDB986E ’67 Red Mustang convertible

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

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

Harrods Breakdown. 2014

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

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

French border control Folkestone

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

Quality repair on the go

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

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

Inside Hitler’s Colosseum

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

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

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

Calais UK border control

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

Home from first trip safe n sound

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

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

2016 adventure

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

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

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

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

2018 Hamburg and Lubeck trip

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

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

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

Customers cars

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

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

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

Another 1 Done

The end of the week was made that bit special for us as a long project received a final push over the line and reached a massive milestone. With regards to the heading we obviously mean another Mach1 is fully restored and on the road after passing her nut and bolt restoration’s first MOT. Jacqui’s full ’69 restoration was driven to the MOT centre where it passed with flying colours.  We have broken our own little protocol here by posting about the car, before it’s officially handed back over. We have a couple of outstanding finishing touches like refitting of the door cards and swapping over the steering wheel, but nothing major at all. Then Jacqui’s Mach1 is completely finished. So we thought it was OK to post a little earlier than normal.

Here the car is ready to go for the final road test and Paul took a great video of the occasion. We deliberately left the door cards off just in case we need to adjust anything in the door itself, such as rattles and squeaks etc. etc. Yogi takes the car out the yard and stops to make final adjustments to mirrors etc. We think it was more like the bear wanted more camera time from what we can tell! Just sayin’!

Roy & Jacqui turned up on Saturday after the good news and took a look at their little lady. Roy couldn’t wait to drive her around the yard for a little drive, and the smile says it all. To us that makes it all worth while.

Where’s were the sunglasses Roy??? 

The inside is once again a lovely place to be now;

Yogi has been busy adding the final touches under the hood – the stickers. The attention to detail with regards to the zinc fittings says it all, you don’t notice them straight away which means they are not out-of-place. But when you do you spot them, the wow factor is there. Gas of the aircon to keep cool in the current fine weather is also next on the shrinking small list of things to do, but when a car is this cool do you need gas?

But there is one sticker that you can’t buy from us, in effect it’s awarded and never just given; The Mustang Maniac Restoration Number. Discreet and out the way, but those who know, we mean really know about “restored” Mustangs, they will look for this ultimate seal of approval.

Soon Jacqui, really soon then she is all yours again. 

More Enfield Pageant 2018

A huge thanks to Gábor Kiss who has sent us a link to his Google Drive cloud storage where we could take a look at his pictures he had taken of our cars on show. We were given the kind permission to use what we wanted, so we downloaded the lot! Super high-resolution and some great work here, we appreciate his time and effort to take the photos and allow us to use them.

If you have any photo’s you wish to send us please let us know and we will post them up for you.

Enfield Pageant 2018 Part 2

We continue the post today by picking up where we left off with the first instalment yesterday. About the similar time of day to yesterday the cars turned up with a brighter start to the day, just as we were looking for breakfast.

The Mustang Maniac pitch was again full with a change of some of the vehicles.

There was main tent where there was a rockabilly band and a few rare cars inside. The band had a new member this year, a little by playing a small double bass. It looked like he was enjoying the show too.

There was other areas for some music and playing various types of music during the day and well into the evening where there was a beer tent to keep you cool in the hot weather.

Back to cars where the mass production was in full swing.

Throughout the day in the middle arena there was little shows and a stunt show. We managed to capture some of the high-flying bikes. They’re mad, simple as that but spectacular to watch.

There was a good selection of UK classic racing cars at the show, along with some great iconic cars.

The biggest vehicles we could find to the smallest.

Saturday started of damp and ended up sunny, Sunday started sunny and a downpour at six in the evening. We haven’t been to Enfield pageant yet where it has remained dry for all the weekend. But we shall see next year maybe?

Thanks to everybody who turned up to say hello to us and park on the pitch over the weekend.

It was a pleasure. See you again next year.

 

Enfield Pageant 2018 Part 1

The time of year is the much-anticipated Enfield Pageant of Motoring and the show that Mustang Maniac, their friends and customers show up to be on the pitch with Adam. The organisers have spread out the stands right across the filed now, giving the feeling of not being crushed in. Mustang Maniac was there on Saturday with a steady stream of cars arriving with a total of twelve cars, plus a flat-bed lorry and a Ford support unit Ranger, so it was busy to say the least. Adam already had three cars there and the rest of the supporters all followed in a little before nine. The best part is Adam’s 2016 Ecoboost was next to Mart’s ’66 coupe, that’s fifty years between them.

The weather was a little damp and few spots of rain to start with, but the sun started to shine and the cars and people started to flood into the show as well.

There was a rumour that Yogi didn’t want to put petrol in his car at 10mpg so he got a lift from Adam’s new truck. However, Yogi tells us that it was the best way to get more vehicles to the show. Once his car was in place he posed by his car with his new custom shirt on. First job of the day was the living accommodation and food. A much-needed break after all the “hard” work so Adam sits with his Dad for a well-earned cup of tea.

We have a little quiz for you: What is the odd one out from this collection of cars? The answer will be at the end of the post.

No point in being at a car show without photos. So we decided to split the post into two to make it easier to handle. In no particular order we just tried to batch them up that’s all.

There was plenty for sale, the usual stuff and the unexpected! This ’66 Mustang coupe was pretty battered, but looked a solid enough car without getting to involved with it. Could be yours for £8,500, but it doesn’t come with the carb though.

The answer to the little quiz above: Roy’s Copper coloured ’69 Coupe doesn’t have external mirrors. And you thought we were gonna say it was the Chevy Camaro! But, according to one person who was looking around “impressing” his buddies, the Chevy was in fact a “Shelby”. We didn’t respond to the comment, whats the point? 😀

Tomorrow we will bring you more of the best cars we liked and the show and what  the entertainment was like over the weekend as well.

Knock Knock…

We start this week with a Park & Pic of a unique car a genuine Shelby GT350R, a race car owned by our friend and customer Larry Tucker. This is not your usual add a few stickers effort like so many do and think that it adds 100bhp or something. This is a fully stripped out Shelby FIA inspected race car and goes just like it looks!

We wish every success to Larry with his little trips around the track, just bring her back in one piece with a few added bits of silverware maybe. 😀

Epic Engine Fail

It can be said that the Ford V8s are a tough cookies and they are pretty bullet proof as long as they are maintained well. On a rare occasion we get an engine in that has a major problem. A customer had bought his car into us saying that there was a “knocking” noise from the engine. The 302ci engine was running, well sort of, but it didn’t sound too good that’s for sure. Yogi was eager to get on with the diagnosis and he was pretty sure what it was, but to what degree? His first job was to have look at the oil which was a messy mixture that resembled gravy more than oil; a bad sign. The “oil” was drained and a total of three gallons of gravy came out. Slightly more than the normal oil quota and was left to dry out. The engine was taken out the car and put onto one of our stands for a close up look. It was decided to video the removal of the oil sump pan as there was a rattle and a tinkling of falling metal when the engine was turned upside down; now a very bad sign.

You can see a smashed piston and connecting rod fall out in the video. Something as catastrophic as this would entail much more damage than a new piston. Inspection showed that the block had a hole punched through it and was now a nothin’ more than scrap. The picture here show the hole in the block:

Damage to a spark plug where a piston has slammed into it.

Some of the shrapnel that was pulled from the depths of the engine.

There was nothing that can be done except for Yogi reading the belated mechanics “last rites” before it goes to the great scrap yard in the sky.

R.I.P 302ci.

Customer Cars:

The black convertible is now back together again and ready for her last road test before we hand her back. She looks a real head turner again and now leak free from the replacement cowl.

The new carpet was laid and our ever popular LED dash bulb upgrades fitted.

Cast your vote time:

Our friend Spence (the other half of the Bully Brothers with Yogi), bought his car “The Grinch” in for a little once over and a treat for his lady. The trouble is we were undecided on look and Adam is asking our readers what they think; Black or Alloy rims?

Please vote it will make Adam happy and it only takes two clicks. 🙂

A Two Week Reminder

In two weeks time is our local Mustang Maniac car show at Enfield, which is always popular. Come and visit us and see some of best Mustangs in the country on our very own stand.

Tops Off

We like to pride ourselves on being one of the best in the country if not “The Best” for Mustang restorations, our customers are loyal and return on a regular basis whether for a standard service, repairs or upgrades. A number of our customers have more than one Classic Car and not all them are Mustangs. So on the odd occasion for the good customers and friends of ours we will make exceptions. This week was one of those “Chevy” occasions.

’63 Corvette 

This little lady is the a beauty and in great condition. Obviously for the parts we have to source those in unless it’s a generic part, like bulbs etc. It will be a shame to see her go back home as this car drives as well as it looks especially with the roof down in the sun shine and the crackle from the side pipe exhausts. Oh yes!

 

’73 Convertible

The Ford connection is here with this car, the guy who owns this lovely original condition car also worked for the Ford Dagenham plant in London. A seriously well looked after car and pleasure to see them looking this good in the sunshine.

Adams ’73 Convertible

Not to be outdone by the customers topless cars, Adam got his ’73 out for a road trip out, as he would say “it’d be rude not to!” Somewhere in the countryside he stopped to take a few pics, we’re not sure if this was just a picture break or a combined “comfort stop”. Adam was gone a while and had been drinking lots of tea before he left, just sayin’. Nice job of the pics though.

Earlier in the week Adam was trying out his new wheels and tyres combination. He settled for this look, a good choice it was we would say, he is also using his Mustang Maniac red Hub centers to match the car paint, and the white wall for the roof.

WebShop

We had a brand new item in stock is our ’64 to ’69 Mustang trunk sound proof mat. We sold one to Mart with his ”66 Coupe and he kindly sent us some pics of the install for us. We checked with Drake and the Black side does indeed go down on top of the tank. This mat will help protect the fuel tank and mask some noise that resonates from the truck area.

Before fitting you can remove the protective plastic on the black side to help stop the mat slipping around on the tank surface. The Black side has a very slight tack to it but not sticky so can be easily moved around if needed.

The fit of the mat is inside the drop off sections.

With the truck mat refitted and all back in place.

Mart’s verdict of the product;

“A thick sound proof mat like the fire wall sound proofing, a great product as you would expect. Good fit which only took minutes to fit (after I had cleaned the complete trunk area). The good part; is that it has certainly muffled some drone from the trunk area and the top of the tank has a nice protection to it. The bad is that the exhaust is not as loud now 😉 But, if you put sound proofing in that’s what you expect. I’m pleased with it.”

Enjoy the sun, check the radiator fluids, keep the sun cream on and keep an eye on the pets in the heat. This is supposed to be the hottest May Bank Holiday on record. We shall see.