A Dark Horse

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.

WebShop

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.

Like we said if they are any good they will appear on the WebShop, so watch this space, well the WebShop actually!

Emblems

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.

Chrome Tribar click here            Chrome Running Horse Grill Emblem click here

Black Tribar click here                 Black Running Horse Grill Emblem click here

Washers

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. 😉

Article

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.” ‘

source: https://journal.classiccars.com/2018/08/18/thought-to-have-been-destroyed-shelbys-little-red-prototype-discovered/

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.

Seen Better Days?

Here in the UK the sun is out and glorious weather for another week with the promise of more to come. We can safely say that we can’t remember seeing better days and a hot spell like this for many many years now. How long will be before the UK buckles under the strain of hot weather this time and not the snow? We moan about the rain, snow, fog, light, dark and now the country is moaning about the hot weather so it seems, but we are making the most of it when we can, tea breaks? Nope, more like Ice cold beer breaks, well not if we are driving of course. Moving on we have had another great set of holiday snaps with a Mustang and obviously they take the lead story of Park & Pic.

Park & Pic

We have been sent a few pics from John Norris who had taken his ’67 convertible 302ci on a recent trip to Monaco. We (well me actually as I am writing the words), just love this pic and it sort of says it all really, my words will not do it justice unfortunately.

Driving around the mountains make for some pretty cool shots.

St. Tropez Harbour near the hotel.

What a great set of pics. Please send us your holiday photo’s with a Mustang. We will post them on our blog for you and some pretty cool bragging rights as well.

Customer Cars

We have had a great 66 Convertible in to us for a few handling issues. After inspection it turns out that springs and shocks required as they have certainly ‘seen better days’ should we say.

Comparisons of the old rear springs and the new when off the car is evident, but when the weight of the car goes back on the springs they just collapse even more, giving the normal ‘nose in the air look’ a whole new meaning. To give the car a more even stance the front was lowered by our high performance 1″ drop springs.

New spring perches on the front where the bushes had perished and could give a vague feel to the car.

The new parts in place and with nice upgraded shocks compared to the old shocks.

There was also an issue with a leak around the diff pinion seal that was making a nice mess wherever it stood for any length of time. So while we were under the car we replaced that as well, another part that had perished away. The leak has now stopped we are glad to say.

The cost of all this certainly out ways the huge difference it will make to your drivability of the car, and safety of course.

Other News

Adam has taken down the trees that line the path to the yard which has widened the path and given a much more open feel to the area. However due to a few driving incidents that have been noted around a sharp corner. This has prompted Adam to get a new sign printed to warn other drivers what to look out for. Thanks to Lance at Linards for the design and prompt delivery. It seems as though some people just don’t get it!

WebShop

Adam has ordered in some more oil for the WebShop, and put Adam’s comment in a more family friendly way ‘I could have bought a cheap run around for what that pallet cost me’. Those who know Adam will be able to reverse engineer his comment to what he actually said. 😀

He purchased a 2017 Continental a little over a year ago and he bought a 1967 model at a recent Bonhams auction.  He says he loves both cars but has a sentimental connection to the older model.  That’s because the car was owned ever since it was brand new by Shelby’s grandfather, the legendary Carroll Shelby.

“I’m still trying to track down some of the details but I believe Ford gave it to him as a marketing vehicle.  I’ve got a copy of the registration tag that says, ‘Ford Motor Company Shelby’s Lincoln’ on it,” said Shelby, the eldest of the automotive icon’s six grandchildren.  “I thought it was something neat to have and to continue in the family.” The ’67 Continental was one of two dozen vehicles from Carroll Shelby’s personal collection put up for auction by his estate.  Shelby says he believes it held an important place in his grandfather’s heart. “He had so many vehicles over his lifetime that he bought and sold, and he didn’t seem to have much emotional attachment to any of them.  But for some reason, this car stayed in his ownership from day one,” said Shelby.  “It had to be something special that went back to his relationship with Ford I would guess.” The light blue Continental has only 61,000 miles on it, so it wasn’t driven much over the last 50 years.  Shelby says he plans to change that. “I’m going to drive it. That’s for sure,” he said.  “I’m not going to do any cross-country road trips, but my wife and kids are already excited about getting out and running around in it.” Shelby says the car is in good shape. “It runs well,” he said.  “There are a few small electrical things that need to get fixed but overall it’s been well maintained and it runs really nicely.” Shelby says he had to take measurements to make sure the vehicle would fit in his garage. “In today’s world it is a long car.  It’s 18.5 feet long,” he said.  “It fits in my garage but just barely.” When asked what he thought his grandfather would say about him buying the car, Shelby says he can imagine two potential responses.

“In one scenario I think he would just say what the heck are you buying an old car for,” chuckled Shelby, recollecting his grandfather’s sense of humor.  “At the end of the day I think he would be pretty happy about it because he didn’t keep a whole lot of things throughout his life.  He was always of the mantra that what’s new is better.  So I think he would be pleased to see this vehicle stay within the family.”

Shelby says he’s received a lot of compliments from his friends about both Continentals. “The one thing people say is that they both look fantastic,” he said.  “The new car is so well designed and the ’67 is just as striking.” Shelby says he was impressed with the 2017 Continental when he first saw it.  “I’m a banker by trade here in Dallas and I take clients out quite a bit so I wanted to have a car that’s comfortable,” he said.  “So I special ordered one and it came in early last year.  It’s been great.”

In addition to his work as a banker, Shelby serves on the board of Carroll Shelby International and often attends car shows and other events as a representative of the brand. “It’s one of the most fun things that I do. It’s great to be able to tell Carroll’s story,” he said.  “The part I have the most fun with is really listening to other people’s stories about when they met Carroll.  I knew him as a grandfather but I didn’t know him as well from a car enthusiast perspective when I was growing up.”

Keep sending us your pics and we will get them on the blog for you. Enjoy the sun and crack open a cold beer!

Taking A Trip

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

Park & Pic

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

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

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

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

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

Customer Cars

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another 1 Done

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

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

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

Where’s were the sunglasses Roy??? 

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

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

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

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

More Enfield Pageant 2018

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

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

Bearing Down

Last week report on a pretty epic engine fail which has now been addressed and the car is back on the road again. To soften that shock to the system we have given pride of place for our Park & Pic series this week. In fact it’s a double Park & Pic so it’s a first there for us too. We have a pretty big post for you to cover yet another busy week at Mustang Maniac.

Park & Pic

This ’69 convertible is a rare original colour of “Black Jade”. There are now two options for the pic, the front of house shots.

Or, the Yard shot with Adam’s stainless steel laser cut MM logo.

We can’t make our mind up for the best set of pics, but we thing the steel horse shots are pretty cool.

This is the car that had the engine failure and the engine was swapped out with one of our in stock 302ci engines. How many other suppliers can say that? Adam has a good supply of engines he keeps and are not on the WebShop, some of the “secret stash” of engines are the “stroker” versions for plenty of power, but be prepared to get your money of those little beauties. That’s providing that Adam will sell you one in the first place!  Anyway, the engine was primed with oil before it’s started up and here we have the video of that process. You can just about make out the oil being pumped to the top of the heads. Hang on – should we be giving away our little secrets??

Once the oil is pumped around the system it can be fired up without fear of metal on metal wear for few seconds.

Customer Cars:

From the heading you probably guessed that we had another failure, but this is much more common and in some ways more dangerous. The front wheel bearing was grinding and was about to self destruct in a pretty big way. Paul had taken a video of the bearing and how bad it actually was. The first part of the video you can hear the damaged bearing and then Paul shows the movement.

Once the wheel was off we always inspect for collateral damage as well maybe on the spindles etc. the bearings was in a bad way.

The new bearings packed and ready to fit.

The shocks were not helping the matter very much so it was decided to replace them at the same time.

Like all these things they should be replaced in pairs and then the wheel alignment was to be done after a quick road test to bed down. We are pleased to say all is wheel and we now have another safe Mustang back on the road.

Ford Technical Article

We haven’t had a technical article for a while but we have been asked the question about a concours replacement cylinder heads so we can help out a little, well a lot actually here.

One of our loyal long-standing customers owns a rare and very early Mustang – one of the 8000 built by Ford as ‘launch stock’ before April 17 1964. They had planned to build one per dealer to support the launch at the New York World Fair.

We have given this precious car a lot of love and attention over the years while trying to preserve as much originality as possible. One of the first issues we found some time ago was a mysterious intermittent ‘poor running’ which seemed to come and go at will. With our best investigative heads put to full deployment we went through the normal checks – timing, leads, valve clearances and compression checks.  As an early and rare ‘D code’ car we first thought it must be the troublesome Autolite 4 barrel carb – but we had worked our magic on that earlier and it was spot on. Our compression checks proved to highlight a strange issue.  As it pays to be thorough and check… then check again, we found that on one cylinder the results from a series of compression tests resulted in wildly differing readings. We have seen this situation on a few rare occasions and it pointed to ‘valve seat trouble’. We suspected that the valve seats were worn or damaged and, as the valve turns slightly when running, it was leaking gas randomly.

“Off with the heads!” was response the from the Mustang Oracle – Adam.

Once the heads were removed and disassembled our diagnosis was proved to be pretty much spot on.  The car was needed back on the road as it was booked in for some show work so we took heads that we had ‘in stock’ and got the car rebuilt and running sweetly.  In the meantime, as this car is a really early example and after chatting to the owner, we decided to fully restore the cylinder heads to keep the original engine intact. This also allowed us to dig into the history of the Ford V8 298 – a true iconic piece of engineering;

Ford introduced the 289, a development of the 260 during 1963 with the plan for it to be fitted to certain full-sized Fords and the new Mustang. It was produced in Fords Cleveland and Windsor factories and was to become the mainstay of Fords car and performance car programme for decades.

When we looked at the markings on the heads Adam felt that they were unusual and that he had not seen the specific markings before – most of the Mustangs he had come across had 1964/5/6 date markings but these heads were different.

Both heads had casting marks of C3AE:

C: being the decade of manufacture – in this case 1960s.

3: being the year in the decade – in this case 1963.

A: being the vehicle type – in this case ‘generic’ Ford meaning they could be fitted to a number of models.

E: denoting the component type – in this case and engine part.

So these were very early cylinder head castings of the new 289 engine and produced in the earliest batch of production. The next question was when?

The date code cast into each head was different – but this was normal as the components were cast at one of two factories in batches and then machined/assembled as required later – up to 3 months later.

Head one was date stamped 3L27 and with a W so it was cast on November 27 1963 and was the 4260th to be machined.

Head two was date stamped 3G25 and with a C so it was cast on July 25 1963 and was the 5150th to be machined.

To some this might seem odd as you would expect that they would both have very similar date stamps but this is not at all unusual when you consider the manufacturing and engine building process.  Both heads were cast and machined in the first run of 289 components but at different factories – due to capacity and manpower availability. Both would then have been put into a stock pile of raw castings prior to machining as and when required.

Typically Ford would cast components in large batches – blocks, cylinder heads for various engine lines etc. in addition Ford was building components and engines for the new Mustang launch early the following year so would have been stockpiling ready for engine production early in 1964. While lengthy storage of raw cast iron does not create any real problems, the completed engines were only typically stored ready for up to three months – often it was much sooner.

Both heads appear to have been machined in the same production run ready for engine assembly.  So these cylinder heads were fitted to an engine in early 1964 and that engine was fitted to the car in our workshop on April 16 1964. It all fits nicely!

Now we knew that these heads were part of the early history of the 289 it was important to restore them carefully and sympathetically.  First the heads were completely stripped, crack tested  and then given a thorough clean and degrease – it was then that we could really see the wear and tear created over the years.  All the exhaust valve seats were damaged and recessed and the valve guides also needed replacing.  Some companies replace worn valve guides with a bronze/brass guide which works well enough, but is not as durable as the original material.  We bored out the cylinder heads to accept a specially made steel sleeve type guide which looks better (I know only a few will see them but we know it’s been done properly) and the new guides were pressed into the head.

The heads were then planned and all mating faces were machined. Once all was correct, new valves and stem seals were fitted and the heads were given a coat of factory finish black paint.

The owner is extremely pleased with the loving care and attention we have given to these important parts and they are now wrapped up in storage for fitting to the car at some later point.

We are pleased with the result for a number of reasons:

It’s nice to be able to keep very early Mustangs on the road and still running sweetly.

It’s great to be able to add to our knowledge of these cars and have a better understanding of how they were made.

It’s always good to confirm that Adam can call on his enormous knowledge to quickly spot rare and unusual Mustangs when they appear.

We have found a document about Ford Engineering numbers:

A special Thanks to Gary W, for the photo’s and the technical detail write-up for us.  

Other News:

Next week starting on the Saturday to the Monday will be the Enfield Pageant of Motoring, our local large show that we support.

We look forward to seeing you there, pop along and say hello and look at the selection of cars we will have on show, maybe even talk to the owners who will be with us. for the weekend.

Enjoy the sun while it lasts looking at great cars.

Knock Knock…

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

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

Epic Engine Fail

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

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

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

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

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

R.I.P 302ci.

Customer Cars:

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

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

Cast your vote time:

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

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

A Two Week Reminder

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

Going Loco In Acapulco

For once we can say that the weather has bought out the cars and its great to see them on the road. It makes a change from us saying a couple of months back drive carefully in snow and ice. Speaking of driving carefully brings us onto our Park & Pic this week;

Park & Pic

Our friend and loyal customer Mart D. has finally got his car out the garage to get it M.O.T’ed with us. We know that the car’s MOT had run out in early December last year and has been SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification). In the mean time his car has been wrapped in cotton wool in the heated and dehumidified garage of his. Mart and his OCD issues wouldn’t allow him to bring it out in the rain just in case it shrunk apparently! Still it’s nice to see his ’66 Coupe in Acapulco blue in the sun, it’s just we are not on holiday in the real Acapulco, Mexico. We have done an extensive guide of the full restoration of his car from being a real mess of a shell, to being at the NEC Classic Car Show some four years later when it was finished. Click here for the link to see all the work. It’s a very large page so give ita few moments to load.

The car had a time slot with our MOT guys, trouble was that Mart would be driving it there. Let’s just say that he is worse than useless with directions, he has even got lost with a Sat-Nav (honestly). All of this is being said with Marts knowledge and he will be the first to admit it as well. 😀 Anyway we gave him the Sat-Nav details, we gave him verbal description on how to get there from both Adam and Morgan. With that he set off at about quarter to eleven for the fifteen minute journey. Just as he was leaving Yogi sent him a message to remind him that the MOT centre shuts at three pm on a saturday, therefore he would need to get a move on. 😀  Anyway twenty-five minutes later we got the text to say he had found it and was feeling very proud of himself! Apparently he had driven carefully watching “The other nutters on the road who were intent on trying to mash my motor up.” Again, those we only printable words we could use on a family blog.

A little while later the car had passed with flying colours and he was on the way back to us. There was a tiniest leak from the water thermostat housing that needed a little tighten up. Mart got stressed about it as he had to clean that part of the engine (again). This is fairly common as the chrome housings can go slightly out of shape causing a tiny drip now and again, which only needs a little tighten up to reseal again.

Customer Cars

The Gold Convertible has been for the initial road test and things didn’t go to plan. Yogi took her round the usual route, country lanes for handling, dual carriageway for a cruising test and round abouts and junctions for brakes.

The car was tuned to default and the road tes started. Once the car got onto the main dual carriageway there was the dreaded drone and an increasing wobble on the steering. Front wheel bearing had decided to implode. Yogi being on the ball pulled over immediately and stopped and noticed the smoke from the hub of the wheel. As LAR headquarters were only a couple of miles away now a recovery was required to prevent more damage. The car was put straight back into the Yogi cave where the strip down started to get the bearing off and this is what was left after the race and bearing had destroyed each other. Not the nice neat unit you would expect. Although it was all greased you just need one rod to fracture and it will take everything with it. Not every single road test goes to plan, That why we do them – to make sure we are happy with it before we hand it over. The good part is that it happened to us and we managed to not damage the spindles as we knew what was going on. This could have happened at any time and there is no way to predict a bearing failure of this proportion unfortunately.

Now we would have to replace the wheel bearings on both sides and the steering realigned as a result.

The car would then take another road test to check the wheel alignment and make sure all was OK once again.

As the sun was out we put the roof up! Yep UP. That way the warmth of the sun can help stretch the stiff new material into place and help the folded creases to fall out too.

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Adams new purchase is this little rarity anybody recognise it?

This is one of those rarity gearboxes; a Super T10. We found this information on the gearbox and it’s background and why it’s such a sort after gearbox. We thought we would give you a little techy article post which we found on a Borg Warner Tech spec site;

American car manufacturers had to scramble in the early part of the 1960s to get a four speed transmission for their performance cars. All the money was tied up in automatic transmission tooling and production as a high profit option. The base units ran three speed column shift manuals. The torque laden engines didn’t really need a fourth gear for regular driving. Once speed became important, so did an extra gear and a floor shifter. Detroit made do with the Borg Warner T-85 which was a three speed unit. It was tough and that’s why they used it. The T-85 box was the starting place for the new Borg Warner T-10 four speed.
One of the earliest models to get the four speed was the Corvette. It appeared in 1957 and helped make it a real sports car contender along with the 283 V8. What engineers did was use the T-85 main case and add a reverse gear into the extension housing, making room for fourth gear. The main cases were aluminum on Corvettes. Other Chevrolet cars used cast iron cases until 1962. The T-10 was considered a heavy-duty transmission at the time and was issued with high performances engines of the early 1960s.  You’ll see these behind 283 fuelies, 348s, Pontiac 389s and even Mopars used them until their own unit was ready in late 1963.
The Super T-10:
Competition ended the T-10’s domination in cars. Muncie, Saginaw and New Process all developed their own four speed boxes, each capable of handling high torque and sustained power. By 1965, wide-spread use of the T-10 was easing. Buick held on until 1966 and Corvette remained the sole factory player by 1967. The story doesn’t end there. Drag racing uncovered some weaknesses in the original design and research  efforts by many racers developed new tricks to improve the basic design. This and a selection of different gear clusters kept the T-10 active. A result of all this R&D was the release of the Super T-10 in 1969. This revised transmission had an iron main case instead of aluminum. The gear sets were larger than the originals for added strength  yet were smaller than either Muncie or New Process gears. The Super T-10 gears were 9310 high nickel alloy and were coarse cut for better load capacity. You also got more ratios to pick from.The Super T-10 was sorely needed as muscle cars were very powerful by the end of the decade. More changes were made in production and an aftermarket over the counter version was offered called Power Brute.  You could order new ratios, heavy-duty synchro sleeves and generally improved parts. The GM Super T-10s were about 92 pounds while big car Ford Super T-10s came in around 101 pounds.

Ford used three versions of T-10s in their cars. The light cars used a 2.73:1 low gear, 2.06:1 second and 1.62:1  third gear. As in all other applications fourth gear is direct drive. The big block Galaxie used 2.36:1 low gear, 1.62:1 second gear and 1.76:1 third gear. The third Ford T-10 used 2.36:1 low gear, 1.76:1 second gear and 1.41 for third gear.Mopar T-10s: Chrysler used two different gear sets for their T-10s. The standard set was 2.54:1 for 1st gear, 1,89:1 for second gear and 1.51:1 for third. The close ratio set was 2.20:1 low, 1.64:1 second and 1.31 third gear.

Classic T-10 Mods from the 60s & 70s:
 The aluminum main case is a bit fragile for heavy race use. The gear shafts are prone to flexing under high loads. This is one reason why the Muncie and especially the M22 was preferred equipment and still highly desirable to this day. While Borg Warner didn’t release a high twist gear set like the M22, they did come up with a second revision Super T-10 in 1975. The Super T-10 gear shafts are tougher as they’re made from high nickel content. For a brief period it was the hot set up to install Super T-10 shafts inside an aluminum main case. You saved about 30 pounds but had to go through the expense of modifying case to fit a late-model shaft. Wear rate increased because the nickel shafts could crack the trans shift cover, then your case in that order. This mod was dropped after a few years.  Another more worthwhile tip is using the Ford T-10 shifter arms and shafts. They used a 3/8-inch stud which is thicker than the 5/16 GM shafts.  If your T-10 has the older bearings with non grooved sleeve go for an upgrade. Borg Warner has used the heavy-duty bearings  since 1975. Power Brute aftermarket bearings were available starting in 1972 and have appeared in some production cases. For GM cars, the Buick 27-spline main shaft takes high rpm launch stresses better than Chevrolet main shafts.

We finish with a couple of nice pics where Adam says make sure your dogs have plenty of clean fresh water in this heat, looks like they are enjoying the sun too.