Last Call For A Flight To Vegas

Things have been a little busy this week with Adam making preparations for his annual ‘Business’ trip to SEMA 2108 and has been out of the office a fair bit. Although we give Adam plenty of grief over his ‘Business’ trip, it’s a good chance for him to meet up with business partners and make some new ones, not forgeting his friends out there in Shelby and Scott Drake too. This is also a time to catch up with the new developments for the world of restoration and innovations for the LAR / SMR recovery businesses too. Can we just reiterate again that you don’t need to call us for making a parts order, the WebShop is up to date with the stock lists and is real-time updated. If the WebShop says it’s in stock – then it’s in stock. We mention this yet again as we have had a few emails saying that they are frustrated that we can’t provide support for fitting parts while they want to order them over the phone.

Customer Cars

Yogi has been busy with the secret project that we can’t say too much about just yet, but we will bring you the full story of this build once it has moved on a bit. The rest of the week Yogi has been working on the Hertz clone and getting that ready for customer pick up. The dash pad has now been swapped out with our top quality branded stock. The instrument cluster has now been refitted and complete.

With the pad in place we can add that all important Shelby rev counter.

The doors have had new damp papers added, insides windows greased, and new handle gaskets and the door cards fitted.

The gear shifter was looking a little worse for wear so we fitted a new leather boot to smarten things up there again. The glove box card was also not much use either and received a replacement with the hazard switch installed in its correct position.

Moving to the back of the car Yogi has finished the hand riveted inner trims for the back windows and have now been installed, water proofed and the outside trims added. The rest of the lower trims have been refitted so it all matches and looks stock.

Under the hood has also seen a fair amount of work being completed as well, and we hope that you can’t see it to be honest. If you can’t see what has been changed then it’s a job well done yet again. This time we are going to tell you what we done; the hood hinges had become bent and can cause issues with the gap alignment and opening the hood. We replaced them, and as with all these jobs it take a while to re-gap the hood to the cowl and then to the fenders properly. This invariably means an adjustment of the closure and latches.

A Yogi speciality is his signature brake line work that were replaced along with the obligatory brake bleeding, and brake adjustments that all comes as part of the process.

The car needs a final road test and recheck the levels. Once that’s all done then she should be ready for the owner to collect. 😀

As you read this Adam is at the airport ready to go. He will have limited access to emails while over in the States, but he will endeavour to get back to you if you email him.

We have asked Adam to take some photos for us and you our readers. If you click on the logo above then you will be taken to the SEMA website to see what is going on.

Enjoy the trip Adam and have a safe journey. 

In Need Of A Service?

Recently we have had a car come into us that wasn’t running very well and we were asked if we could give it a ‘once over & service’, nothing wrong with that of course. Our first diagnostics was just how rich the engine was running and very hesitant through some of the rev range. So we started our look over and decided that the little lady needed some TLC. We were starved of fuel at some point and running rich on others, first port of call – filters. We started with the oil change and as that was draining, fuel lines up to the carb. The oil wasn’t to bad, but the rest had seen better days should we say. The air filter looked more like the oil filter compared to the new one, the fuel filter was clogged and silted quite heavily.

The spark plugs were replaced as they had lost their spark too, (see what we did there?) and the gaps were quite random now.

Everything was replaced with new off the shelf parts for the serviceable parts, the levels were topped up and grease applied. The turn of the key was so much better now, but not quite how we liked it, so we had a little Yogi ‘Dark Art’ carb tuning session. With everything done and a road test later, the little lady was purring like a kitten again. If your car running rough it’s worth checking your filters, it makes all the difference.

Customer Cars

The Hertz Clone is now going back together again now. The dash and doors have had their coats of paint and now the head liner can go back in place. The pics are a bit dark, but that’s what happens with a black head liner in the dark! Last time we suggested a flash – it wasn’t a pretty sight, and we have nearly finished the latest course of counselling! 😀 The dash wiring has been put readied again for the dash gauges to go back in.

Yogi was doing some final checks for the window kit and he was feeling pleased with himself.

The windows will need to be sealed and seated correctly, but at least you can see the idea as it’s coming along.

SEMA 2018

Adam is on to his annual trip to Las Vegas this time next week to see his supply partners and friends at SEMA (Special Equipment Market Association) 2018. He will be there for the four days October 30th to 2nd November at least. We are not sure what date he will be back on, he may extend his time out there if he doesn’t get round to all the meetings. So with that in mind, please send Adam emails if you need to speak to him directlyand he will reply when he can, allowing for the time difference of course. He won’t be answering the phone just before he leaves either as he will be in back to back meetings prior to leaving for the USA. The WebShop runs itself and is 24/7 shopping for all your Mustang parts. Morgan is more than capable of looking after the office day to day business, with Yogi for technical support if needed. Not that we offer a Technical Support line by the way, but with some phone calls you wouldn’t think that was the case, even when the parts were not purchased from us in the first place. As Adam says; ‘You don’t ring up a solicitors and get free advice, why should we give our secrets away for nothing?’ He has a very good point there!

Lucy The Escapologist

The pups are cute looking and cute as in clever too. They managed get out of the run when we are not looking, we couldn’t account for Lucy one evening last week, who was having a mad moment round the yard, we found her eventually:

Mood Lighting

In the yard something spooky was happening and only Adam knew about it. As it was getting dark a strange eerie glow descended into the entrance of the yard. This was not a pre run up to the Halloween festivities, this was Adam’s idea of lighting the yard. Earlier in the year Adam had a one-off, bespoke stainless steel Mustang Pony laser cut and mounted on the side of one of his storage units.

The next part of the plan was for some mood lighting, well Adam’s idea of mood lighting anyway. A series of white waterproof LED’s are now behind the large stainless steel horse. We think it looks pretty awesome and these pics don’t really do the design justice. Anyway, who says men can’t create the mood?

Customer Cars

This week we had a new customer Marcus take a lengthy drive to us for some pre evaluation work to be done on his ’68 coupe Pro Street car. We don’t get to see to many of these and only had a few in all the time we have been working on Mustangs.

Marcus has had the car a few months and is enjoying the car but now wants us to look at her to make sure she is structurally sound. They arrived and parked up into Adam’s main work shop and was lifted into the air for an inspection, starting with the main points safety.

Starting at the front both Adam and Yogi had the torches out and meticulously went over the car.

The front had a few little issues but nothing to stop the car being driven safely at the moment. Moving towards the back of the car it was clear to see that the chassis has been cut and altered to cater for the monster wheels, also known as ‘tubbing’.

The car has a usual gearbox T10 sideloader which was not strictly correct for the year, but as this is a Pro Street mod car, it was designed to race and used whatever was required at the time to make it do just that.

The engine was well presented with performance intake and seemed to run well listening to her come in and leave.

The trunk has been heavily revised with some nice work to the race fuel cell which took up the majority of the space. The guys wanted to get behind the carpet to see what was hidden in the lower rear arches, but didn’t want to ruin the look until they got the car in properly.

The inside has a race set of seats and again looking very nice with the all important rev counter and shift light taking center stage.

The rest of the car’s bodywork had a few little bits that could be sorted out no problem, certainly nothing of major concern to us.

All in all a nice car and look forward to having her back, once we cleared some of our other little projects. Marcus mentioned the handling of the car, which we will obviously look at and set up with our geometry rig. Those bid tyres and skinny fronts will need to be set up with care and our know how.

Other News

We have started to mention that we having a project of our own soon, well that has officially started and just for now Adam wants to keep it a secret, although we are taking pictures from the ground up to completion.

Out & About

Another long time customer of ours Derek Hutchinson has gone on another adventure with his Mustang. Firstly on the Euro tunnel then into France Bènouville where they found the WW2 Pegasus Bridge. Have a good rest of your trip Derek.

Do you have any holiday pictures you want to share with us and the rest of the world? Send them to us and we will post them up for you.

SEMA 2018

Speaking of ‘Holidays’ Adam will be in Las Vegas towards the end of this month for his annual trip to see what goes on in the world of SEMA. We trust that Adam will be sending us some photos of the trip and not just the inside of a bar! Seriously though, at this time the WebShop will be 100% fully functional but Adam will have limited access to emails, he tells us that he will get round to them when he can.

A Rare Photo?

A busy week working flat-out but not a lot to show for it, sometimes we have weeks like that and we expect them at certain points of a restoration. But like all things, it’s all in the prep work that takes the time. This is where our work is instantly recognisable from some of the other restorers out there. We will start with the Herts clone as we have been busy on the underside so nothing is really seen from the outside.

Hertz Clone

We had cut the rear quarter vents out and glass fitted in their place which is getting ready for interior paint. We were then also asked to remove the power assisted steering and go back to the manual set up. Of course this means things like the centre link would need to be replaced along with Shelby quick steer pitman arm and idler. We also fitted a new alloy oil sump while we were at it.

As we have had to change the steering setup and componants we set up a default geo for the wheels and steering. Then comes a road test and few miles added then a further fine tune re-geo once things have bedded in and settle down.

The Onion

The Onion has taken a chunk of time up in the body shop where we are at critical point on the build, the rear quarters. The back of the car has been built up and a the panels are clamped in place with an odd tack weld to see the fit for the rest of the car. The doors will need to align with the rear quarters, which in turn are aligned to the cowl, the fenders then the hood. This is all on and off again a few times to get the gaps within our own tight tolerances. Many of which will be better than the original gaps when it left the factory in the first place. One of the few original parts we have to work from is the back of the trunk which will need to fit to the new metal. This gives us a good reference point to go with our initial measurements from the car before it was dismantled.

The interior metalwork is all painted with red lead oxide for rust proofing as we go along.

The ‘B’ pillars are the strength and also the start point as such for the panel positions.

In effect this car is being built from the ground up without the original Ford build jigs. Difficult? Oh yes, but the bear likes a challenge.

Heart warming story from the net

Two siblings from San Antonio, Texas are making headlines around the country after giving their father a very special and emotional present. Jake and Jeni Ryan gave their father, Wesley Ryan, the very same 1993 Ford Mustang he sold 17 years ago to cover the expenses of his wife’s cancer treatment. The white Ford Mustang played a big role in the family as Jake and Jeni rode in it when they were toddlers. When their mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the early 2000s, the Mustang was listed for sale and the profits helped cover some of the towering medical expenses. The Drive contacted Jake to find out how he was able to reunite his father with his former car, to which he answered: “I just so happen to search the good ‘ol internet and wandered onto Craigslist, and I came across the car. Emailed the previous owner, spoke for maybe 5-10 mins, and struck a deal. Flew to the owner’s place, which was about 1.5 hours away from me, and rolled her up on the trailer.”

A Facebook post that read: “I know how much it broke him in half seeing that car drive away from him. A day I’ll never forget. Well… She’s back home pops and here to stay this time. Looking forward to building this car with you this time instead of being in a booster seat looking out the window.”

Currently, Laura Ryan is cancer-free, and the Mustang is once again with its original owner. Back when Wesley Ryan first had the Fox Body he affectionately named it Christine after the Stephen King story about a demonically possessed car. Jake told The Drive that the car carries a 347 cubic-inch stroker engine that Wesley had installed in the ’90’s. While the Mustang isn’t currently running, Jake assures us that the bodywork and interior show little signs of wear. When asked what he wanted to do after getting it in running order, Jake replied: “Drive it till the wheels fall off, so I can rebuild it again.” A double great story from ‘The Drive’, the wife is in remission and the Mustang is back with the original owner. Just brilliant.

Stop Press;

Earlier today (a few hours ago in fact), Yogi was at an American Car show in Stonham Barns in Suffolk. Here he was seen with is menacing ’69 Mach1, we are now in possession of a very rare photo of the bear himself CLEANING his car. 😀

As ever the Yogi mobile got a lot of attention and one person even asked him if it was the “Mustang Maniac Demo Car?”  Yogi didn’t look to impressed to say the least, he just growled ‘no, it’s mine’. The conversation was over as quick as that. He enjoyed himself being out of his workshop cave today.

PS, ‘Yogi, you missed a bit’ 🤣🤣🤣

New Kid On The Block

We are back this week with vehicle updates on a couple of cars we are working on. It’s often said that at Mustang Maniac we restore new life into old cars, but it’s something pretty special to creat one! We start with the updates on the customer cars first though.

Customer Cars

The first of which is the final touches to the convertible under the hood. There was few nice little touches added but nothing over the top and works very well.

The interior has had the beautiful leather seats and door cards we found hiding out the way a few weeks ago have now been fitted and they look amazing. The colour combo with the matching roof just works.

The money on this car has all been spent in the right places. After the final road tests and final tune up she should be back her owner very soon.

Another project that has come into us for some work is this little lady, a black ’66 fastback.

The first job is to have the rear vents replaced with some glass replacements, a kit from Mustang Maniac’s vast stock range of course.

The old vents were carefully cut out and removed;

The glass is then offered into place for fit while the inner C pillar is neatened up.

We will need to replace the headliner as a result of respray of the interior metalwork and the dash top all to be done as well. We will keep you up to date on the progress as we go.

Congratulations

We have some great news from our very own Yogi; he is now a Grandad. His daughter Beth has given birth to Hunter on 5th September weighing in at a healthy 6lb 2oz. Both mother and baby doing well. When we asked Yogi how it went he says he was, ‘stressed by it all as he had a lot of pacing up and down to do!’

We welcome to the next in line to be destined to work on Mustangs, Hunter obviously don’t know it yet though. Well done to Beth for looking remarkably cool and calm after the birth. ‘Obviously not as difficult to have a baby as it is to remove a 427ci with the hood still in place’ as Yogi would say. (He didn’t actually say that, but it sounds good though.)

Proud grandparents Yogi and his wife Sara holding Hunter.

A few more pics taken a couple of weeks later.

There is talk within Mustang Maniac inner sanctum that Yogi has already been reading bedtime stories to Hunter, nothing wrong with that you might say. But when we notice copies of our repair manuals disappearing we had to ask. Yogi’s response was ‘We’re starting with the basics first, like general servicing and lubrication charts, then we will move onto the more complex stuff like the dark art of carburetor race tuning, engine timings and differential gearing in a couple of months time.

Spotted: Hunter’s first book bought for him by Grandad Yogi!

It was also rumoured that Yogi refuses to put a normal baby’s hat on Hunter for walks out, preferring the more macho Snap-On beanie look instead!

Seriously though, what a way to end a post! 😀

Three Stock Levels

We have managed to clear a few outstanding little jobs and get them back to their owners which cleared some much need space. We are on the final home straight now for a car which has been featured over the last few weeks, this ’66 convertible. We have now fitted and tested the Gear Vendors overdrive unit as soon as the new shortened prop shaft arrived. The first road test was very positive, we now just need to do a few little fine tuning bits on her, such as re-timing, carb setup etc. then off again for another road test. There could be a few little cosmetic changes to be done under the hood as well, but we want to get the basics right first. We think the Alloys on the car suit it perfectly, even if we do say so ourselves, and we do.
The replacement roof has been realigned after being up and down a few times so it settles in the correct position. The inside of the roof looks neat and tidy now, a step often missed by other restorers.

Hidden Stock

It’s a known fact that Adam has his all his stock on the WebShop and is accurate, but did you know that he also has a secondary stock that doesn’t appear on the WebShop. This can be anything from new parts to be tested, second-hand parts, prototype parts he has had made or parts he orders in for his own projects. For the later point he will usually order in a couple of the same item such as this awesome long-range fuel tank.
Notice how there are three holes? That’s one for the filler, one for an internal fuel pump and a top mounted sender unit. So if you needed an additional fuel pump for your motor, don’t have it buzzing away under the car, hide it in the tank for no noise solution and clean lines under the car. Before you ask to buy one of these, he had two, but one has already been sold to a customer who saw them come in on the pallet. The other tank is for a project which we will featuring from start to finish shortly, that is going to be something pretty special. These lights found in box are for a 2005 – 2009 model Mustangs, these have the popular ‘Halo’ style sidelights. These are also not on the WebShop as they are for Adam’s cars. Unless you want to offer Adam some good money for them?  Now if you wanted to know if there is anything like this and have somethig special in mind you can email Adam, if you try to call him to just ask what he has, there will be a very big “nothing” coming your way. However a nice little polite email will get you much further into a conversation. Don’t forget that Mustang Maniac has now moved fully over to the online trading format now and virtually no orders are being taken on the phones.

New Stock

We will start with the exciting news of the ’64-’66 wheel Spindles. These parts were difficult to get hold as they were not remanufactured, but now they are. Adam has the first few pairs into the country and the quality is top rate as you would expect. We have had an order in for some starter motors, we do believe that Adam had a sudden rush of blood to the head or was it fingers to the credit card and bought some, OK the lot of them. There was a few bits of pipework arrive on this shipment and have now been transferred to the exhaust area which is now spilling into the car storage area. The concours boys will be happy as we have a new line of vacuum hoses now too. These are sold in packs and just add the little extra level of detail to your under hood show piece.

Second Hand Stock

Yet again Adam was in the right place at the right time, somebody wanted to get rid of some old wheels, so Adam bought them as a blind sale and not seen. He was quite happy when they arrived! So if you are looking for parts for your Mustang, you know where to come first, we have even been known to supply other Mustang suppliers when they need parts. We finish with a cute pic time where the guard dogs Jane and Lucy pricked their ear up each when they heard the words ‘more stock’.

Two Outta Three

This week we have some rather unusual problems a couple which are self-inflicted and the other not as much, so we thought that we would share these with you as two are potentially dangerous.

Harmonic Dampener.

This issue was a broken bolt failure some time in the past which was still in place on the harmonic balancer itself. The question is was the bolt over tightened and the bolt sheared, or was it corroded in place and sheared trying to undo it. Either way it was refitted with just two bolts.

We could see the problem with the pulley of before we even removed the dampener but we had to remove it. To put it nicely is that the dampener is in a bad way. We of course can’t comment on why or what the reasoning was to fit the pulley back with two bolts was at the time. There are three bolts fitted for a reason by the designers of the engines. As Meatloaf would sing; ‘Two outta three ain’t bad’.

We could replace it which would be our preference, but we have been asked to try to sort this one out. It looks like an attempt had been started and was not central for drilling the bolt. This could cause issues with balance if we have to re-tap the hole. But, we shall see how it goes one we start. We mention dangerous on this one as the two remaining bolts are obviously taking more stress than they should do, metal fatigue could cause the bolts to fail which could cause damage to the crank shaft, or even allow the main pulley to rip from the dampener, thus causing damage within the engine bay to who knows what at 4,000rpm!

Steering Conversion

We have fitted so many steering conversions to cars we have lost counts and is almost an automated exercise. But to save costs some people buy the kits from us and fit them themselves. No harm in that of course providing you have the will and time to do it. However if you are in any doubt – DON’T do it yourself. We sell tens of these kits a year with no problems, we fit most of them but this car that came into us made us do a double take. The Borgeson kit was incorrectly fitted by the looks of it. For a critical part of the car where you aim where you are intending to go it needs to be right. If this steering mechanism fails you are in for a whole heap of hurt, firstly to the wallet and car if you have an accident, that of course is going on the assumption the driver is not hurt either. We will of course sort this out and fix it properly with a couple of road tests just to be sure.

Please be careful of the ‘There’s a bloke down the pub that does a bit of mechanical work at the weekends for a few quid’ scenario. Sometimes failures like this can be lethal, if not, at least creating issues elsewhere that may well cost you a lot more in the long run.

Rust

There are particular areas that the older Mustangs tend to rust, rear quarters, cowls, chassis legs etc. But we have come across this very unusual place for rut, the underside of the hood in the corners, the top side is fine.

We will have to strip this back to see if it’s a repair or replacement depending on budget once we know what we are dealing with.

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One-off Mustang

A special one-of-a-kind Kona Blue 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt made its debut Friday at the Woodward Dream Cruise, but it won’t be for sale. Like the other 2019 Mustang Bullitt cars, the Kona Blue version features a performance-tuned 5.0-liter V-8 capable of producing 480 horsepower.

However, it also comes with unique gray wheels and blue cabin stitching, as well as unique side scoops on the rear windows. The 2019 Mustang Bullitt is typically available in only Dark Highland Green and Shadow Black. “If you look at the tone and color of Kona Blue, it’s really dark,” said Mustang brand manager Mark Schaller. “It fits with the overall design scheme of the car. You want it to be understated. You don’t want loud, bright colors. You want something dark and stealthy.” The Kona Blue Bullitt was on display at Mustang Alley during the dream cruise. The car will now make other appearances at events such as the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in Las Vegas.

Tickets for the raffle, which benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), are $10 at locations where the Kona Blue Bullitt will be on display and many Ford buildings on the Dearborn campus. A winner will be selected Nov. 13. “There’s been an overwhelmingly positive response to the 2019 Mustang Bullitt,” Schaller said. “This is the way it can give back to a good cause and at the same time carve out a small niche where there is the unique one-of-one car out there driving around that helps add to the collectability of the car in the long run.” As many as 60,000 tickets will be sold for the raffle. The first 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt was auctioned for charity in January, raising $300,000 for Boys Republic, a nonprofit school and treatment community for troubled youngsters which actor Steve McQueen attended prior to becoming an icon behind the wheel of a 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback in the film “Bullitt.”

Over the years the Ford Mustang has worn several special edition paint colors since its launch. The latest being the Kona Blue Mustang Bullitt as we mentioned above. Here is a little list that we have found for the limited edition colour Mustangs. Have we missed any?

• 1964 ½ Pace Car White for the Indianapolis 500 pace cars
• 1966 Anniversary Gold paint celebrating 1 millionth Mustang
• 1966 High Country Special in Aspen Gold, Columbine Blue or Timberline Green paint
• 1967 Lone Star Limited with Lone Star Limited Blue paint
• 1967 Limited Edition 400 in Deep Gold Metallic paint
• 1967 High Country Special in Aspen Gold, Columbine Blue or Timberline Green paint
• 1967 Dusk Rose paint, a throwback to the 1957 Thunderbird pink color
• 1969 Limited Edition 600 available in Groovy Green or Flower Power Red
• 1970 Grabber Mustangs: Grabber Green, Grabber Orange, Grabber Blue paint
• 1982 Black/White paint: Five were produced as evaluation for the California Highway Patrol.
• 1996 Mystic paint (color-shifting technology from BASF)
• 2004 Mystichrome paint (color-shifting technology from BASF)
• 2012 School Bus Yellow Boss 302 – only one produced, special edition fundraiser for Henry Ford Health System
• 2019 Blue Bullitt Mustang – only one produced, for a fundraising event

Would you drive a one-off car if you won it?