A Very Special Guest

As this is the first post of the year; Happy New Year to all our readers and followers and we hope you all had a great Christmas. Thanks to those of you who dropped us gifts into the office all of which was very much appreciated. We thought we would that we would start the first post off with a bang, it doesn’t get much better than this:

Adam had kept it quiet that there was going to be a very special guest coming to the UK over Christmas to visit him for a stop over before they went back to the USA. That special guest is his friend Cleo Shelby. Cleo landed in the UK before Christmas and Adam was there to pick her up and take her back to his home while Cleo finalised arrangements for what she needed to do while over here in the UK. As Adam is a private person he fully respects Cleo’s privacy and the need to get away from it all now and again. With that in mind the visit was kept quiet to stop any unwanted attention which would allow Cleo to just get on and do her thing. Cleo would stay at Adam’s home before she returned to the USA where she was treated just like one of the family. It was a time to relax and not have to worry about anything except just being yourself, a pub visit, meals out and of course the catch ups late into the night.

Adam had asked Cleo to sign the odd thing or two for him. Cleo kindly agreed and wrapped up warm in a borrowed coat and was then taken out into the British cold weather. Cleo was shown around Adam’s vast parts stores and car just as big a car collection. Cleo was impressed by the number of cars Adam had and realised why Adam has so many guard dogs to protect his premises. Cleo was even treated to the full access guided tour even to the out-of-the-way areas where the rarities are stored. Adam had uncovered his much-loved Shelbys in anticipation for the evening signing session should Cleo agree of course. Cleo sat in each one of the cars to sign them for him. There was no expense sparred on the new Sharpie pens which were bought just for the this occasion in a selection of colours, black or silver. The only down side was trying to sort out a good balance of lighting for Cleo to see what she was doing and also for the camera work during the signings as it was starting to get dark very quickly. Sometimes the lighting and camera work getting in each others way! As with all signatures proof is always part of the provenance so Cleo was happy to oblige there too for us, just in case some people didn’t believe the authenticity of the signatures. Adam has more photo’s but they are for his private collection and not to be plastered all over the internet.

Adams Orange KR was up first.

Adam’s anniversary Hertz.

A friend and good customer of Adam’s had his anniversary Hertz at the yard for a little work which also received the coveted Shelby signature.

Next up was Adam’s pride and joy, his genuine un-restored 1966 Hertz. Adam explained to Cleo how he come to get the rare beast before she signed it in silver for him.

After the guided tour of the workshops and the yard it was back up to the offices for some warmth and conversations. In the offices there was a little more signing to be done on three DeAgostini 1:8th scale ’67 Shelby GT500 models. They were for Adam’s grandson’s Jack (a part finished model), Gary’s and Mart’s completed models waiting for that special signature.

Jack’s model being signed:

Gary’s model being signed:

Mart’s model and book being signed:

Those who are eagle-eyed will see that the cars are different as the aerial was removed on Mart’s car for transport other wise it didn’t fit in the storage box. There was also a Limited Edition book called “The Art of the Mustang” which Mart sneaked into the mix to be signed by Cleo on the author’s signature page too.

Cleo was now in much need of a hot cup of tea, so it was back to the house and get ready for the night out and something to eat. Cleo had given Lynn and Adam their gifts, Adam’s was a Limited Edition still boxed 1966 Hertz model in mint condition that was originally given to Carroll Shelby himself.

Thank You Very Much Cleo.

We can only say a huge thank you to Cleo for taking time out (especially in the freezing cold), to sign the full-sized cars and models for us. You can bet your car keys that these cars, the model’s and the book will not be parted with just for the money. Cleo’s signatures just make special items very special and unique indeed, none of which you will be seeing on eBay!

Last Of The First Generation

Mustang Maniac has its own huge selection of Mustangs around the yard and their various storage locations, until now there hasn’t been a ’73 in the fleet. Everybody knows the ’71 Mach1 which was used in the bond film “Diamonds are Forever” which was a big change in design, but there is the often forgotten ’73 which was the last of the “First Generation” Mustangs. Adam has managed to pick up pretty amazing example of one of these cars, again in red to match his ’71 Mach1.  This car not only looks fantastic but also drives beautifully. Adam had the keys for only a few minutes and then threw the keys at me for a test drive. Hell Yeah!

Adam said “it’s a ’73 – not everyone’s cup of tea”.

I wasn’t expecting to much from the car as I am quite biased to the ’64 – ’69 cars. Opening the door and I was greeted by an original plush interior which had moved away from the all vinyl seats.

A turn of the key and the 351 fired up and there was a burble and that was it, shutting the door and the noise was almost gone, thinking to myself that this makes a nice change. Disengage the park brake and select drive, release the foot brake and we crept forward. No rattles or vibrations, no moans or groans. A little gas and we were at the gates to turn right, the power steering more positive than the earlier models. Pulling out onto the main road a little more gas as I was propelled forward without any fuss or excessive noise, you just knew there was a big engine in there. Now I am not going to say which route I took for the test drive, but an accelerating BMW was a little further back than he was expecting to be before I even got into top gear should we say. The car just cruised effortlessly at 70mph and there was no noise from the convertible roof, no wind drafts and all was how it was meant to be in the ’73. Reluctantly I turned to make my return back to the yard and I wondered what she would be like on kick-down. So with a nice clear road, very slightly damp peace of tarmac and nobody about – I stamped on it. The quiet had now dissipated and the cabin was filled with an angry 351 wanting to get up and go, the tyres lit up from 20mph, traction gone and the car snakes up the tarmac leaving a nice set of 11’s behind, this car shifts. The smile on my face returned to sensible concentration again as I lifted of the gas after a couple of seconds. I had grown to love this car by the time I back to the yard about ten minutes later. Going around corners it was no hassle and just drove like a good Ford Granada used too. I think I want this car, OK – I have thought about it and I do want this car. The paperwork Adam has with the car is the Marti Report, the original purchase slip and documents from the original owner, the options sheet and huge wad of receipts for services and the import sheets.

It may well not be every-bodies cup of tea, but this is a great car and I would love this car as a daily driver. Opinion changed – I also like the last of the first generations too. This has to be one of the best examples we have seen of this model within our yard!

Shelby GT500 DeAgostini 1:8th Model Update

We are only a couple of issues away from the completion now. We have updated the build page, click here for the link or cut and past the link below to visit the page.

https://mustangmaniac.org/shelby-gt500-18th-scale-model/

The icon rear light clusters have been fitted now along with the rear LED boards. The windscreen is now in place and the trunk in place.

 

The Great Debate again.

We have had a number of conversations in the office with the customers about the no need for MOT’s for cars over forty years old. The poll is still a huge 87% against the ruling now. One conversation was around the “Hot Rod” scene. Many of the cars are heavily modified of course and could lose their date related plates. Would they need to have a specialist to inspect them before allowing them on the road? We still can’t believe this government wants to play around with a system that works and virtually nobody wants to change. Absolutely ridiculous. Please leave any thoughts or comments for us about this or anything else you want to mention.

SEMA 2017

Adam is getting ready to make his yearly trim to Las Vegas for the SEMA show and looking forward to it. We are hoping to bring you some photo’s again from the event, but probably not on the scale as last years coverage.

Tilt Away

Last week we had posted about the proposals for the UK to stop mandatory MOTs for cars over forty years old. Well our poll has told us that a massive 90% of people thought it was a bad idea! We agree. We have had a few emails in to us and they have all been along the same lines as this quote below which sums it all up, along with the frustrations.

“I guess the bigger issue for the classic car scene and Mustangs in particular is the issue of modifications….and the way the DFT (Department for Transport), will treat it. They still haven’t issued any guidelines and are saying that any modified car will possibly need MOTing and may need to be identified by a “Q” plate. The issues this raises are enormous…does that include a Holley carb rather than the standard Autolite, rack and pinion steering, disc brakes, LED rear lights and the list goes on and on.  My car is pretty much stock, but I have added a servo and dual line brakes and LED lights so does that make me liable for a MOT and Q plate?”

The “Q” plate issue raised here will make a lot of unhappy classic car owners who will not be able to use the correct date plates for their cars. So if you improve a car’s safety by adding LED lights instead of the poor standard bulbs that is a modification and will need a modified reg plate! The government doesn’t seem to have thought this through. Some criteria for “Q” plates are listed here: Self-built constructions, Key Q-plate insurance points, Ex-military vehicles, Radically altered vehicles, Self-imported vehicles, Any car that doesn’t have a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), Single and Individual Vehicle Approval. The other point is here that the insurance for a “Q” plate car will go mental and we have found similar descriptions for most insurers;

Insuring a Q-registered vehicle:

Insurance coverage still poses more of a challenge than insuring a regular ‘off-the-production-line’ vehicle. This is because all insurance is about quantifying risk, and risk is much harder to determine with any Q-plated vehicle. Obtaining cover is by no means impossible, though. While some insurers refuse to cover any Q registrations, there are a number of providers who specialise in this side of the motor market and have a detailed knowledge of all types of Q registration (even tanks!). In order to assess the risk of any individual vehicle and calculate an appropriate premium they need specifics on every single aspect of the vehicle. We like to think that this will not be the case, but this last sentence in blue could make a huge difference to owning a classic car. 

We have seen petitions on the forums to pass to the government to stop these mad proposals. If you see it, sign it and pass it on.

News:

Adam has added to his Mustang collection again, this time with a very nice virtually untouched ’67 Convertible.

Adam is particularly pleased with this little lady as there is a nice option extra that he has seen plenty off in the past, but not working properly. The “Tilt Away” steering wheel. We have taken a short video of it in action.

Customers Cars:

BRC has been worked on by Yogi and has some parts put refitted. The engine, the rear axle, Borgeson steering box and rear brakes are back in place. the front suspension needed new upper and lower control arms and then the brakes can be fitted.

Please keep your comments coming about the MOT debate. As we were preparing this post we have some more DeAgostini parts arrive for the Model, so we will have that updated for you soon.

How Much?

Things have been a little quieter this week with Yogi taking a well-earned break, on the other hand we have been seriously busy in the WebShop with the new products of the oils proving to be popular. We have had a number of emails asking where the Shelby GT500 1:8th model has gone as there has been no updates. It appears that the DeAgostini have been waiting for their shipments of the parts too. Mid week we had a delivery of the latest issues which we have updated the build page for you or click here for the quick link.

Guest Photographer:

Last week was the very local car show at Buntigford, which is only a few minutes drive away. The cars are lined up in the high street and shut of for local traffic. It’s not a bad show and Adam asked his Grandson Jack if he wanted to take the pictures for this weeks part of the blog. So here we are, Jacks photo’s:

Remember this little lady that we worked on a while ago? Here she is again being driven around and it was great to see her at the local show.

Mustangs at Weddings:

COLOGNE, Germany – It’s been a busy summer for the Mustang. Horse-drawn carriages and vintage vehicles might be the traditional choices to transport couples to and from the church on their special day, but Ford’s iconic car is proving increasingly popular. Ford followed five nuptials this summer in Germany, Belgium, France and U.K., where Mustangs from different eras played a starring role.  “A Mustang wedding was the obvious choice for us,” said Jake Batty, who, along with new wife, Lucy, chose a 1967 Mustang Coupe in suitably cheering Springtime Yellow for their big day in Stanton Lakes, Leicester, U.K. “We wanted a car that was not only beautiful and timeless, but also powerful, wild and adventurous – hopefully how our marriage will turn out!”

Even though marriage rates across Europe are declining, the number of newlyweds shunning traditional wedding cars in favour of the Ford classic is on the increase. Companies such as Ford Mustang Wedding  have driven more than 750 U.K. couples to their wedding venues since launching in 2009.  “Couples getting married today don’t want an old-fashioned wedding car,” said the  director. “They want something cool that will look amazing in the photographs as well as being comfortable. The Mustang ticks all the boxes.”

At Mustang Maniac we couldn’t agree more, in fact we have had a few of our customers that have used them for that very reason.

Do you have any pictures of your Mustangs at weddings? Send them to us and we will post them up for you.

Customer Cars:

Chris has been busy on the rotisserie getting his i6 coupe down to bare metal for the red oxide base protection coat. This is a pain staking and dirty job, definitely not one to be done in your boxer shorts!

Our Cars:

Adam has been busy again buying more cars! Not Mustangs this time, more Falcons to add to his rapidly expanding collection. Another Ranchero in a cool black.

News:

Being in the office sorting out bills and orders can be an interesting experience to say the least. Husbands turn up with their wives to pick up parts, and when they are out of earshot to proper costs are discussed. Adam is a very discreet man where these delicate negotiations are concerned. To highlight this fact Adam has had a sign made up for the office:

 Enough said?

Shelby GT500 1:8th Model:

At long last through no fault of our own, we have updated the build page with the progress and this is a big set of issues as the main parts are coming together. The parts from part one and the hood are all brought together. click on the menu heading above or click here for the link. We won’t repeat the whole page again here but these are some of the highlights of these issues:

Poll Results:

It seems that the smoked lenses are popular and of all those that voted thank you, with over two-thirds of people liking them!

NSRA Show 2017

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

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

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

WebShop:

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

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

Please vote and let us know what you think.

Customer Cars:

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

’65 home made parts

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

What Adam Didn’t Say:

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

What Adam did Say:

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

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

The French Connection

As we posted last week all about the Duxford Car Show we are back on track again with updates on what Mustang Maniac are up to, we would to thank those of you who sent in the emails to say they were there and had the same problems. So what have we been up to?

Park & Pic:

We welcomed back an old friend Rodger Davies and his Convertible which mostly resides in France now. We had his little lady in for a rear spring swap out and a very worthwhile borgeson steering box upgrade.

The rear springs were sagging a little so we replaced with some mid range stock options. We like to be sure and replace the spring plates that hold the springs and shocks to the rear axle.

At the other end of the car the new Borgeson power steering box was fitted. This eliminates the vague centre steering position of the early Mustangs giving the driver much more feel and feedback for the car. The best part is that it all bolts into the stock location onto the original pitman arm.

WebShop:

We have more exciting news about some parts we have been waiting for. So much so that art came in and Yogi took it off the pallet and took straight down to his car. The part in question is a new Overdrive gearbox upgrade to the existing gearbox. Yogi knew the part was coming in and already had the car up on the ramp. This is double bonus in fact; the first being Yogi wanted the overdrive for more pleasurable cruising instead of blasting of the line.

Before we knew it the bear had the rear axle off, the prop shaft out and the back of the gearbox out. The overdrive is pretty special as this does not give you an extra top gear like most overdrives, this unit gives you an additional three gears, in effect making this a classic Mustang with a six speed gearbox.

That is pretty impressive.

The back of the gearbox is replaced with a new section which is a little longer that the original, so you need to have a new, made to measure prop shaft as Yogi has done in his case, or shorten and balance the old one again.

We will wait for the replacement prop then we will road test it. The other bonus is that although we have trialed these in America and liked them, hence the stock, we get to test them out on our roads before we let the public have them until we are satisfied they are up to our standards. If you are interested  these high tech overdrives, then give Adam an email on Adam@mustangmaniac.co.uk for more details until the WebShop is undated with the details and prices.

Customer Cars:

We have been promising a little while now that a car owned by Lance will soon be back from paint. We scan say that she has arrived and we love the look. The stripes were meticulously sprayed on and not just a vinyl stick on. The stripes were a pearl white on the Gulf Stream Aqua paint. There is no visible feel to the stripes. When she is completed the rebuild we will post the finished car.

Fact: it took over five hours just to mask the stripes on this car!

Farewell & Fairlane

A busy week with a new arrival to the fleet, Adam decided he wanted something a little different from a Mustang. Before you ask, yes he still loves his Mustangs! We will start with the Park & Pic on this post which has turned out to be a popular section. thank you for the pictures been sent to us, please keep them coming as we now have another four cars lined up ready for the lead pic. This has to be done on a first come first sent basis, so if you have sent in a pic, we will use it, promise.

Park & Pic

Jon O’Leary’s ’69 Fastback which he has only had for a few months now is this weeks lead pic. A couple of weeks ago we posted the shocks going on, the new exhaust and some work around the engine cooling. Jon picked her up and was well pleased with the transformation to his car’s handling. The car is now sporting a set of our Magnum 500 Alloy wheels and new tyres, the matt black and alloy work really well and suit the car perfectly. The car also had a set of our bespoke LED lights at the rear behind the stock lenses, a subtle and very safe upgrade we like to recommend.

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We may well have a few more things to do on her in the future, but for now Jon wants to enjoy his car, and we can’t say we blame him!

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We say farewell to this little lady for now. On another note (exhaust), we think we may just of heard the car going down the road!

Paul the Paint’s Mach1

The car is finished and ready for the road so we say farewell to this restoration project too. The only thing that remains to finish the car is the wheels and tyres. As yet these haven’t been decided, but the car can be driven and there is no immediate rush for the wheels and tyres. The car was assembled back together using as much of the original parts as possible, that was inside, under the car and under the hood.

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The wheels and tyres combo is going to be open for debate for a while, 15’s, 17’s or 20’s?

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Ford Fairlane 500 

Did you know:

The Ford Fairlane model was sold between 1955 and 1970, the name for this particular model was taken from Henry Ford’s estate, Fair Lane, near Dearborn, Michigan.

Adam’s new addition is this very original ’66 Fairlane. The car was a one owner with only 46,000 genuine miles on the clock. Adam decided to put a couple of upgrades on the car. That would be the LED lights front, which are side lights and indicators. The rear lights have the back up lights and the change to indicators when not in reverse. This set of LED’s are the only ones in the country like it and were custom-made. In fact Adam did say “Don’t ask!”

We have uploaded a video of them working to our YouTube channel or you can watch it below here:

The car is a beauty to drive with disc brake conversion at the front with a pretty awesome bench front seat.

The 289 starts and runs beautifully now after Yogi had worked his magic on it.

A pretty good selfie of Yogi and Paul looking at the Fairlane. We thought we would keep the Yogi Fan Club happy this week.

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We finish this week with some artwork stuff for you. The first drawing was from an email signature that we liked, so we decided to share it with you.

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A little give away for adults as well as kids now with a colouring in page which you can download, resize as you want and print to keep the younger ones happy, even the adults can get in on the action. This picture can also be found on our “Downloads” heading above, or click here for the link.

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