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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
Would you drive a one-off car if you won it?
Things have calmed down a little we are pleased to say for a few days at least where we are back to the servicing and TLC of our customers cars, this in turn allowed us bit of spare time to sort out some space for yet more stock from another delivery of little goodies for the Mustang Maniac WebShop. We will show you the new items a little later in the blog. But we start this week with the popular Park & Pic.
Park & Pic
This is Paul P’s beautiful ’66 convertible that was in to us for a little work and our special brand of TLC. Part of the work was the subtle instrument cluster change, instead of the standard black faces for the dash, this set of gauges has the clean fresh white face look which simply overlays the originals. Click here for the link in the WebShop.
The look of these clean line gauges fits in perfectly with the Pony interior colour scheme. Under the hood had some work done with few little replacements here and there. All of course wrapped with OEM look wire loom tape.
We mentioned our delivery of new parts and the new part we are quite excited about is the arrival of our LED 7″ Front headlights. We were asked about these a while ago so we thought we would get a set to try them out to make sure they are 1) legal and 2) any good, we shall see, literally we hope.
These quality made headlights will plug into the standard light connectors so there shouldn’t be any need for butchering wires. A full set of instructions and set up is provided with each kit.
We have got a set of Mustang Fender Emblems in and they are a little different to the norm, ideal for that resto-mod look. We have the chrome effect and now the black look.
So, if you fancy a nice dark horse to go with your black grill – the choice of our very own new “Enos” brand emblems is now all yours.
Adam doesn’t like to be told that something is unavailable. We recently done some suspension work and Adam’s stash of washers had been used up. These particular washers are the leaf spring eyelet washers for the chassis legs. As Adam was told “no they are not available” he had his own made and zinc coated.
Somebody has recently asked Adam for a few sets of these washers who is not exactly a good customer should we say, and guess what? Adam’s batch of these washers are also “unavailable” too! But of course our proper Mustang Maniac customers will get them fitted as required, which in turn will be taken from the large box within the hardware storage area, that contains rather a lot of them should we also say. 😉
A kind customer had sent us a link to a pretty amazing story that has been buzzing around the Mustang Network for a week or so now. So we thought we would share it with you as well.
Calling it the “Holy Grail” of lost collector cars, Barrett-Jackson has announced, with Shell and Pennzoil, the discovery of Shelby American’s 1967 Shelby GT500 EXP prototype, a car known as “Little Red.” The announcement was made during the annual Woodward Dream Cruise in Michigan, but the car was located and verified on March 3 of this year, according to the announcement.
“Little Red is the only GT500 coupe (hardtop) built by Shelby American,” according to the announcement. It also is the only Mustang GT coupe ordered with and factory-equipped with dual-quad carburetors. “The team who discovered Little Red was led by (Craig) Jackson and classic car restoration specialist Jason Billups, and consisted of leading experts who located the vehicle in rural North Texas, where it has been stored by the same owner for more than two decades,” according to the announcement. “The discovery of Little Red, which was largely presumed destroyed after years of searching, is considered one of the most significant finds in American car collector history. “Finding Little Red is the discovery of a lifetime,” Jackson was quoted. “This Shelby prototype has been one of the most sought-after and elusive vehicles in postwar history. Countless enthusiasts and experts have searched for Little Red since it went missing in the 1960s. Many believed it was destroyed when the car was no longer needed. “I’m excited to announce that was not the case. We’ve found Little Red and we intend to meticulously restore this legendary car back to its original glory.” According to the announcement, the big-block Shelby notchback coupe was one of two experimental cars created by Ford and Shelby American.
“It was a pivotal developmental car with a variety of ideas put into play, from a restyled body to adding a Paxton supercharger to the big-block engine,” the announcement said. “Under the direction of Lee Iacocca, the car eventually became the model for Ford’s popular 1968 Mustang California Special before it was moved to storage and presumably lost. The other experimental notchback was dubbed the Green Hornet. It was during the restoration of that car that Jackson and Billups discussed searching for Little Red.
“Locating Little Red was tantamount to finding the proverbial needle in a haystack,” Billups was quoted. “After our initial research we realized that, like others before us, we were using the wrong search criteria. Everyone looked for Little Red using the Shelby serial number, which would eventually lead to a dead-end. We took a different approach and located the car’s original Ford VIN number, which wasn’t easily discoverable. That VIN led us to its original registration and eventually to its last owner.” Initial contact with the car’s owner was made through social media in February. Billings and the car’s owner met in Dallas. On March 3, Billings, automotive journalist Al Rogers and Mustang/Shelby expert Todd Hollar received access to the property where the car had been for the past 20 years. The car’s authenticity was verified with help from Mustang expert Kevin Marti.
“Walking up to Little Red was like being on hallowed ground,” Rogers said. “This car was long thought by the experts to be forever lost to history. Even the owner was not aware that his vehicle was Shelby American’s iconic 1967 Shelby Experimental Coupe.”
Jackson told Fox News that instead of crushing the car, Ford sent it to a dealership in Colorado, where it was purchased by a Vietnam veteran who had no idea of the car’s history. Later, the car was sold to a Wyoming resident who eventually moved to Texas and stored the car, no longer in running condition, in a container. When the container was the subject of a theft and parts were taken from the car, the owner moved the car to his cousin’s property in Weatherford, Texas.
The announcement said the car’s restoration will be documented in detail on a special website. Shell and Pennzoil will support that documentation. “As brands that have been part of American and worldwide automotive history for more than 100 years, we understand the importance of heritage,” Mark Henry, brand and communications manager, Shell Lubricants, said in the news release. “So, with that in mind, we’re thrilled to join Craig Jackson and his team on this historic journey to return Little Red to its original glory. “This will be one of the greatest stories of automotive history ever told, and we look forward to having a role in making it come alive for generations to come.” ‘
With the finding of the Original ‘Hero’ Bullitt car which was then hailed as the ‘Holy Grail’, and now this Shelby prototype also being hailed as another ‘Holy Grail’, what a great year for Mustangs so far.
With the amount of cars we have in the yard at the moment we needed to make some space to get them all in. So Adam decided to leave the offices in the more than capable hands of Morgan while he got down to the yard with the cars for the entire day. Last week we posted about a convertible that had our LED conversion kit fitted on it, while she was waiting for the new hood to arrive, it was decided that she also needed a gearbox upgrade. As Mustang Maniac are now suppliers and fitters of Gear Vendors Overdrive Units – Yogi got busy under the car.
The Gear Vendors unit is an exceptional piece of kit and Yogi has one on his car for his drag racing, of course the main benefit for us mere mortals, is the top end overdrive to knock huge amounts of revs of the engine at speed, thus increasing mpg and comfort while reducing stress and noise.
The unit comes with a revised housing for the back of the gearbox and all the electronic wizardry, fittings and pipes you need. The old housing was removed and an inspection while we were at it to make sure all was good in the world of the C4.
The magic box of tricks that controls the shifts and housing are fitted along with the electrical connections and the pipes.
Job done except for the prop shaft to be fitted and checking the software setup. If you want this upgrade email firstname.lastname@example.org and he will advise you. The additional Borgeson steering upgrade was a straight forward job for Yogi who can do them in his
The next job was the roof, Paul and Adam got stuck into the job and it’s rumoured that they even missed a tea break, the rest of us are not convinced about that somehow. So we need to know who started such terrible rumours!
While all this was going on a stack of ‘stuff’ appeared in the boys club. So a sneak peek as to what Adam was up to revealed a superb bespoke full leather upholstered seat set. We are not sure where these are going yet, but they will look amazing wherever they are fitted.
Even the door cards are in leather and the matching rear kick panels covered all to match.
Along with the recent order we are pleased to say that we now have the Limited Edition Shelby wheels now in stock. These rims are available in 20″ x 9″ or 20″ x 10″ with the choice of black or chrome!
We have a limited number of these wheel sets at the moment, so if you want a set, hurry up, get your wallet out and order them as these will go!
The link for the wheels can be found here for the 20 x 9 Chrome. The link for the wheels can be found here for the 20 x 9 Black. The link for the wheels can be found here for the 20 x 10 Black, by the time you get to read this post they will be on the WebShop.
It’s no secret that Yogi likes a blast down the drag strip, but what if we told you Ford have built a car to beat most drag cars straight out the box? Read this article we found:
If you feel the need to beat our very own Yogi race car, this may be the option just for you. Yogi has one of the fasted Mustangs out there his response to that article? ‘I built mine myself, Ford works had to build one to be me!’ So he may not have used those exact words, but that was the gist of it! 😉
Once in a while at Mustang Maniac we are pleasantly surprised by a car that comes into us for a little work. This week we have seen one of those rare occasions. This car was imported into the UK and was shipped straight to us for a once over, MOT and any little bits work that is needed.
We got this lady up on the ramps and could tell that this was a nice car with some proper money been spent on her. The underside was solid, clean and virtually rust free. There was no visible patches, holes or anything hidden that was going to cause us problems. Suspension parts had been changed, steering converted to a Borgson set up, new springs, disc brake conversion, wheels and tyres to name just some of the replacements.
The car was running, but needs a little Yogi magic and first things first was a service, now that would have been good if we could get oil in the car. Both the valve covers we closed versions and nowhere for the engine to vent or get oil in, so a nice set of chrome valves covers went on and a matching breather cap and pcv valve to the carb. Pertronix ignition was next up and all of a sudden things improved with the engine. We will sort out the timing and fine tuning later after a full diagnostics and road tests.
The rear leaf spring bushes had seen better days and needed a swap out, although they had changed the fronts with a poly set.
We were asked to swap out the rear LEDs for a new set of LEDs all round front and rear. There was nothing wrong with the old set except they were USA reds only. So when the indicators came on the lights flashed red as normal. So a Euro spec was added and the new accompanying wiring fitted to allow for the extra connections.
Both Adam and Yogi were amazed that the original light cluster screws were in place, a very difficult to get hold of part if at all.
A very nice little convertible import and a pleasure to tell the customer all is good with the basic structure of the car.
While we are on the case of LEDs we have another car in for the same thing. These were working at the time we took the pics: The first are of and pic with the park lights now as side lights too.
We had to play around a little with the camera to try to take a pic of the LEDs as they never seem to come out right, so here are the front amber indicators, I think we shown the colours OK.
The rears again didn’t come out brilliant on the pics, but they are super bright. Red drive lights and the amber indicators.
Adam has taken another delivery of some more alloy wheels as he has sold the last few sets he had in. If you want some, get in quick before this pallet load gets sold.
We know Adam has a batch of Limited Edition wheels coming in from another container this week, and we are excited about these, watch this space for next weeks post on a few new items just coming in.
10,000,000 Mustangs and Counting…
DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford is celebrating the production of its 10 millionth Mustang – America’s best-selling sports car of the last 50 years and the world’s best-selling sports car three years straight. The 10 millionth Ford Mustang is a high-tech, 460 horsepower 2019 Wimbledon White GT V8 six-speed manual convertible equipped with the latest driver assist technology and built at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. The first serialized Mustang (VIN 001) produced in 1964 was the same color and model with a three-speed manual transmission and 164 horsepower V8. “Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favorite around the world,” said Jim Farley, president of global markets, Ford Motor Company. “I get the same thrill seeing a Mustang roll down a street in Detroit, London or Beijing that I felt when I bought my first car – a 1966 Mustang coupe that I drove across the country as a teenager. Mustang is a smile-maker in any language.”
Here’s to the next 10 Million!
We decided to swap things around a little this week and we started pick up work again on the ‘Onion Mustang’. We work on this little lady when we have time as this is not a time critical build so far. The body shop where the car sits at the moment is cool and out the back of the yard so Yogi can just get on a do his thing, the dark complex art form of making Mustangs from bits of car, old, new or reconditioned. The car is far from being finished properly for the basic body work yet, a lot of this is temporary especially at the front end. The cowl is a serious and critical part of the front end strength, however the lower cowl has been paint prepped ready for fitting. Yogi will measure this cowl a couple of times, clamp it, measure it, tack weld it and dummy panel fit for the front, all before he even starts the proper welding.
Parts for the middle section and the rear are coming together well and the rear running gear is in. The rear axle is from a later Mustang which has been shortened specifically to fit this car. The results should be a well handling car as a result.
The wall of parts are ready and waiting, you have to smart and always be a step in front of yourself, especially when the car is on the jig and being assembled to this degree.
We have been asked a number of times if a little bling makes a difference? That choice is yours alone, but we can give you a couple of examples for a simple swap out with our stainless steel upgrade. These parts fit all the ’64 – ’66 models under hood, subtle but very effective.
Stainless Steel Hood Pin can be found here
Stainless Steel safety Latch can be found here
The original car hood is obviously painted car colour as they were at the time of build.
Replacing the parts is a large nut for the hood pin and a couple of bolts for the safety latch. The replacement bolts are not your standard bolts though, these are our new in ‘Ford’ branded Stainless Steel.
The replacement is straight forward swap out but make sure the pic is set correctly for opening and closing.
The difference brakes up the large expanse of under hood colour and compliments the hood leading edge strip too. These top quality parts made of polished stainless steel are a lot cheaper than you think! As Adam would say, “it’s all in the details”.
Adam has had a few of these Mustang Maniac laser cut key hooks made up, this time with five hook pins. If you are a good customer and make regular orders, you may find one of these in the next order as a little thank you, or if you are at the yard you ask Adam ‘nicely’ you may get one while the limited edition stock lasts of course. But, if you try to call him up to ask for one – you can pretty much bet your car keys you won’t get one!
Keep putting the sun cream on and enjoy the hot weather, it will be winter soon!
Over the last couple days the weather in the UK has taken a turn for the worse after a very nice hot spell. A thunder-storm has taken its toll on the Mustang Maniac phones due to a bolt of lightning landed in the field behind us on Friday, since then the phones have been down and doing things they really shouldn’t be doing. We managed to get the internet back up and running for the WebShop in order to process the orders and dispatch. We have had a few emails complaining about the fact we are not answering the phones, we are doing everything we can to fix the issue as soon as we can, we have reported the problem and we are expecting the phone system engineers out Monday. As the Mustang Maniac offices have switched over to web-based business model now, this shouldn’t be a problem for parts ordering. The phones should now only be used for booking in jobs to our workshops, which can still also be done via emails.
Adam’s Words of Wisdom
Over the last month or Mustang Maniac have had a number of cars come into us for some work, but all is not what it seemed. The problem is that due to fact that these cars are commanding good money and that can be exploited. What we have seen is that some of the cars that have been imported into the UK have been advertised as one thing, but the VIN number says something very different. Common examples are the old favorite where a six cylinder has been passed off as a genuine v8. Yes of course the fittings can all be changed over as they should be, but if you are paying top dollar for a Mustang v8, the value will never be what it should be due to its original build history. For obvious reasons we won’t be showing examples of this for customer privacy, and the world doesn’t need to know. We have seen VIN numbers welded in place from other cars, letters stamped incorrectly and whole panels replaced just to get the VIN numbers correct. The visible VIN is different to the hidden VIN or door tag etc.
Adam has said to many people; “If you are importing the car yourself, do you homework first”. ‘Get photos of the VIN numbers and check it out along with the door tags. If the tags don’t match, or you see something different to what the ID tags say, ask questions, lots of questions”.
We are not saying anybody in particular is doing this, it may have even been done by the original vendor in another country and by the time it arrives here it’s all to late. Perhaps the different door tag is down to a replacement door after a minor fender bender, which all would be explained quite happily. On the other hand it could be for more sinister reasons.
Adam has developed an extremely comprehensive VIN and door tag decoder, with many variables that are not on other data bases, just for this reason. If you take your car into Mustang Maniac for any work to be done, if you then ask Adam nicely, he may well print the details of your car out for you.
While we are on the subject of taking people words for it we were told that a gearbox had been “Serviced” recently, but was still not behaving how it should have been. When we took it apart we found out why. The date that was scratched on the Gearbox filter said “24/4/’81”. Another reason not to just take somebody’s word for it.
After the proper service from us and adjustments all was working again and performing just how it should do.
In the hot weather we have had a few gaskets blown due to the extra strains on the older and more consumer parts of the car should we say. This car had an unusual intake manifold gasket fail which of course causes some major problems.
Like all these things, if one side has gone do the other side as well as a matter of course. Cleaning the old gasket off and prep work of the metal to metal faces is crucial for a good seal of the gaskets. At least this wasn’t the head gaskets which of course is a much bigger job and more costly.
Last weekend the car show was the ‘Damn Yankees Summer Slam’ held at North Weald Airfield. This is another very well supported car show and the Mustang Maniac “massive” were on convoy to go along and play, of course the only photo’s were taken were of Mustangs!
We were told that Yogi was “Chillin'” and we are not quite sure what this hand gesture was all about, at least it wasn’t his normal hand gesturing to other drivers when they drive badly. Not that he bothers with that sort of thing, most of the time he just stamps on the loud pedal and they only get to see his exhaust tips disappearing into the distance.
On the way back from a great turn out at the show, it was decided that as the day was all bout the ‘Americana’ theme we stopped of at a ‘Arnolds diner’, another favourite venue of the Mustang Massive. 😉
What a great way to end the day. Just in case you thought that was the real Elvis outside the diner, its not. 🙂