Complex & A Simple Swap

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.

WebShop

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!

All’s Gone Quiet

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.

Customer Cars

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.

Car Shows

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. 🙂

Buying In Bulk

It’s a known fact that Mustang Maniac has one of the best stocked shelves of Mustang Parts in the UK. Most of it is down to Adam’s sixth sense of ordering and shrewd business sense. Well, Adam has ordered some new stock, bespoke stock, own stock and a bulk lot of stock! Firstly we mentioned a few posts ago that Adam was quiet excited that he has the moulds to create the “Eleanor” body kits, which match exactly the body kits on the “Gone in Sixty Seconds” movie cars. (Don’t ask!) The first of which was the front valance which was scrutinised by all the guys before the OK was given by Adam to make the rest of the full body kit.

Now we are pleased to say that all these bespoke parts to Mustang Maniac have been moulded and fully checked at our workshops. All of those parts can now be bought as a ‘full body kit’, or you can just buy a few pieces that you want; scoops, flared fender extensions, rear quarters, side exit exhaust covers etc. remember nobody else has these the exact moulds in the UK, and other suppliers versions don’t come close to the quality of these moulded parts. Adam now has them stored with the other ’67 body shells in his yard. Can you guess what a future project is going to be yet?

As these special parts are not on the WebShop just yet, drop an email to Adam if you are interested. Don’t call, just email him!

Next up is the “New Parts”, all be a lot smaller this time, but still a bulk order of this first batch, Adam got them all, just for now untill the next lot are ready. Nonetheless these bits of hardware can make a big difference when you are looking to be detailing your car. The new parts are authorised by Ford and had arrived just a couple of days ago. These fender bolts now come with the classic “Ford” logo on them in either “zinc” or “stainless steel” finishes. They can be bought individually or in bulk, they can also fit other application fixing as well if you really feel the need to do so.

The ‘Zinc’ hardware bolts

The ‘Stainless Steel’ hardware bolts.

There are other parts suppliers out there that take the money, then they order the parts in, so you have to wait for them to arrive in the country. Others say it’s in stock and it’s not etc. When Adam had heard of a new batch of “sway bars” had been made for various years of Mustang; he bought the whole lot! You may be lucky to find a supplier with one on the shelf, however Adam may now have one or two lying around of various sizes for various years! At the end of the day you know where to order your Mustang parts from, if you want them next day.

Newer Mustangs

Adam has been stocking up on some new parts for the 2015 – 2017 model Mustangs and has the new LED style headlights in stock.  The difference is subtle, but does make a difference.

 

Adam has also fitted them to his ’16 Mustang along with some other nice little mods that can all be bought from the WebShop.

The daytime running lights have also been fixed up to the grill lights and park lights.

When the main headlights are on, the look of the car changes yet again.

The indicators I hear you ask? Well they have had an upgrade too. The sequential lights will disable the DTRL until the signal on that side of the car has been cancelled. There is no mistaking a turn intention on this car now. The Amber hasn’t come out to great in the pics, but they are bright, trust me.

The back of the car has had some upgrades just to balance things out a little of course with a neat roof spoiler which highlights the high level rear brake LEDs.

The rear brake and drive lights now have a chrome highlight, the center panel is also replaced along with the black race look filler cover.

Customers Cars

Yes we have been doing plenty of other cars which we will give you the updates on next week. for now here is a little taster!

Well Done to the England World Cup team – keep it up guys,

Also a great drive from Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix today. 

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.

Burnin’ Rubber & War Paint

This week we have moved away from the yard to somewhere a little more exciting – Santa Pod Raceway. The track was hired out for a private session by the “A602 Street & Strip Rods” their web link can be found here. They have invited Mustang Maniac out to play on the Friday this week and how could we say no? Well we didn’t actually. Adam had uncovered the UBB 1000bhp Mustang after it had been sitting in storage for seven years, he prepped the car “by giving it a clean” apparently.  [Editor: Somebody tell me that he was joking – right?]  The car was taken up on the LAR newest lorry for a little run out as well.

There was Adam, Yogi and Spence who were going to go down the strip. The plan for the day was to pay your track fee and you can go down the track as many times as you wanted. There was a good selection of cars, anything from daily driver Ford Kuga to full Pro Mod strip racers. Some of the races was like watching slow motion, others were intense where every tenth of a second counted. We have to take our hats or should that be crash helmets off to all those who had a go, regardless of their car. The weather was perfect, a hot sunny day to keep the newly coated raceway nice and sticky.

The pics are mainly of the Mustang Maniac guys. Adam in the yellow UBB, Yogi in red and Spence in green.

So in no particular order we have tried to group the pictures in a sequence. First up is Adam with his very first run with his UBB, with no burn out.

Adam had lots of wheel spin and bounced the rev limiter at the end, it still gave him his first run of 12.4 with a manual shift on a road car. We asked Adam how do you know when to change gear without a shift change light; his reply was typical Adam: “When it hits the rev limiter.” We think he was joking – wasn’t he?

Yogi set a personal best for the day, although he was still not happy about it as he botched a gear change and still posted a pretty epic 11.4

This set of pictures Yogi asked us to look at his wrinkles; “Tyres, on the (Bleep) tyres, not on me.” You can see what he means as the tyres twist and wrinkle up under the stress of being launched.

The further runs we have a video of Yogi against a newer Mustang.

Next up was Spence setting some great times in the low 13’s.

There was two races that were building up, Adam vs Yogi, and Yogi vs Spence. Adam went for a second run and had a miss-fire and had bit of smoke. Back in the paddock the initial diagnosis was an injector not jetting correctly. So the UBB was retired in order not damage it. However – Yogi had prepped the car before the day out, on lifting the bonnet to spot any obvious problems, Adam spotted that the battery lead was loose. Yep – suspected foul play from the Bear camp was rumoured. A full inquest will be had back at the yard over a Jaffa cake or three and a few cups of tea for weeks to come.

The paddock was full of some serious race cars and hot rods.

Some of the other cars varied from an old Land Rover to Prod Mod racers as we said before dropping into the mid 9’s.

The eagerly awaited race between the best of friends Yogi and Spence. 

Yogi won on the day for this showdown. The guys also tried to out do each other on the burn out front too. The war paint here says it was about even! Although Yogi claims that on the video he was winner there too. I dare say more Jaffa cakes and cups of tea will sort that debate out as well.

Spence also wanted to race another friend of his Dave G in his Mustang. This time Spence nailed a convincing win.

The other cars made for some great racing too. Look for the wrinkles on the “Heavy Chevy” here too.

There were a few casualties of the day, but that is racing. And there general consensus is that it’s not as easy at it looks! We hope to get these videos up on our YouTube channel as well soon.

We hope you enjoyed the videos as much as we did racing the cars. Again a big thanks to ther”A602s” for the invite, we had a blast.

Got The Hump?

The pace has calmed down a little in the yard we are pleased to say, and we concentrating on the general servicing on the cars we have waiting for us. We have also been working on a pretty unique car in the mean time which has brought with it its own problems for us to sort out, and we have learned from it all in the process. You will have to wait a while until we bring that story in another post soon. Last week we posted a little early about Jacqui’s fully restored ’69, as we predicted the car was completed with no problems a few days later. Here we have a quick snap as the car was picked up and taken home with Roy in the driving seat and Jacqui riding shot-gun. (What – still no sunglasses Roy?) 😂

The interior needed the finishing touches and then another final road test. It was an excuse really to drive this lovely lady. The steering wheel was the last decision and what a great choice it was too.

The door cards were ok, and could have been fitted back on, however there was a small tear on the driver’s side by the handle, a common place to show wear. When you have gone to this much trouble, it’s all down to the details. The carpet on the doors looked ok, until you compare them to the new carpet. The looked positively grey next to the black carpet in fact. So to keep as much originality as possible we transferred as many parts as we could to the new door cards. The result is we have a restored car that looks as though it’s being used and retains the original character of the car.

The centre console was fixed in place and final trim fittings added. Then the final drive to check for rattles and squeaks but all was good and Jacqui got the call. “She’s all done and ready for you.”

Enjoy the car, she’s a beauty.

Customer Cars

There were so many options available on the early Mustang when you ordered one, that all the combinations reportedly “ran into the millions”. A fairly expensive option at the time was the centre console. This was either full all the way up under the dash or had the even more expensive factory air-con option under the dash and the alternative console fitted under that with different fittings. To get genuine original parts are rare, fragile and can be silly expensive unless you “go repro”! The long transmission tunnel can be a large expanse of carpet, so if you want the best of both worlds there is an answer, Hump Hugger. The Hump Hugger fits all cars from ’64 to ’73 and comes in a wide range of colours to match your interior. The best part? It’s held in place by velcro that won’t let go when you drive around a corner, so there’s no drilling or extra holes to be made, which means it can be removed at any time. We have some pics of the unit in place courtesy of our friend Lance who treated himself to one.

What more could you want? A compartment to hold your old 8 track cassettes and a couple of cup holders for your caffeine fix. These are special order items from us, click here for details, but with our regular deliveries it won’t take long to get to us. Copy the link below to your browser for this colour:

https://mustangmaniac.co.uk/part/59/7316/64-73_humphugger_console_l_blue

As  Father’s day is on the 17th June next weekend. We have lots of stock, from a few washers all the way to a complete body shell all online from our WebShop, no need to call us. If in doubt what to spoil that special man in your life with; Mustang Maniac gift vouchers are the way to go and you just can’t go wrong.

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.