New Arrivals

A large post this week, so we will start with something not related to cars, but with some cuddly puppy pics. Yep, Adam’s much-loved Shelby guard dog has had pups. This was a bit of a surprise to us and certainly not planned, but “doctor” Morgan picked up she was due to have the litter while Adam was in Las Vegas. There was virtually no signs of the pregnancy apart from a little weight. There were originally eight in the litter with two white pups, one of which passed away along with a usual markings pup. We now have six left, three boys and three girls, both mum Shelby and her pups are doing well. What Adam plans to do with them is undecided just yet, apart from giving them lots of cuddles that is.

Customers Cars.

A big congratulations to one of our customers. Ross attended the Birmingham NEC Classic Car Show this year. He picked up “Car of the Year” from Classic American magazine with his ’67 genuine 390GT concours correct car.

Ross (on the left) with his award standing next another customer of ours and good friend Barry.

’67 Highland Green Fastback

The car was treated to a new Truetrac diff in a reconditioned 9″ axle.

The rear springs, shackles and plates were replaced rear drums given a little TLC and new oil sump completes the list.

Shelby GT500 DeAgostini 1:8th Model – Completed!

Finally after two long years of building, the model is now completed. It has been a largely enjoyable process with just a few minor niggles. The last four issues ninety-seven to one hundred arrived last week to a sigh of relief. This is a monster model and very heavy, the finished model specs are Length: 590mm (23.2”) | Height: 170mm (6.7”) | Width: 230mm (9”). We have a day one walk through from issue one to issue one hundred which can be found here, or click on the menu bar at the top.

The process in this update was to attach the body to the chassis, attach the doors and finish the electrics, which we had a small problem with, but we managed to fix quite easily.

WebShop:

We have been asked a few times again this week about our current stock levels and do we have the item in stock? The WebShop is up to date; if it says it’s in stock then it it’s in stock no need to call us. We have extended our storage capacity yet again and made better use of our space. We have been by adding racking to the upper levels of the heavy panel storage rooms. On a Monday morning we have the weekend parts picked and ready for packaging and dispatch. So if you try to call us first thing on a Monday, we are more often than not busy here!

The packing area has now been upgraded too for easier access. Flex plates and flywheels have been increased in stock to go with the large selection of clutches.

Adam has sourced some windscreens as well, these are with the inset laminated Ford anti-fog wires, he has few in stock now – not cheap granted – but a superb upgrade.

The rest of the stock has moved the more common suspension and brake parts around as well.

The heavy panel storage is unrecognisable now with big changes all round.

So as you can see, we don’t just hold the odd part now and again, we hold lots of parts that haven’t been added to the WebShop just yet. A recent question was asked about our postage as well. We use a next day dispatch courier and the charge for that service is what we get charged, we don’t make money on the postage to keep it as low as possible. Orders are more than welcome to be picked up in person, or arrange your own collection – please let us know by email if this is your choice so we can get your order ready for collection.

2018 Calendars. 

We have had a good response to the “Limited Edition” Mustang Maniac calendars and some left. Please get in early if you are wanting to grab your copy – free with your order over £200+ vat.

It’s A Bloke Thing!

During the week we have been asked what has happened to the Park & Pic posts, so not to disappoint we have one today for you. We have to admit we have been slacking a little in this area as not all the cars are collected from the front of the office, most are picked up from the yard to be fair. So we start with that this week:

Park & Pic:

This genuine 67 390 GT  is owned by Ross and is a beautiful Concours correct car.

The car was brought to us as she was running a little lumpy at speed so Yogi got to work on it and first things first, the timing. The timing was out enough to cause the problem so that was adjusted to the correct settings. Then Yogi worked his dark art magic on the carb for a tune up which again was running a little rich. Now the engine idled nicely and revved up smoothly.

While Yogi was doing what he does best, Ross mentioned that he had visited a show hosted by a well know Mustang Owners Club based here in the UK. He then went on to explain that he was docked a point for an “incorrect HT (spark plug) lead”. Pointed out here by the arrow.

Yogi said this was in fact correct.  Once Adam had finished dealing with customers in the office, the same point was raised again, Adam also confirmed this is absolutely correct and went on to explain why. This was backed up by a Concours Correct part that Adam got from the stores, just to prove the point. Adam also took the inserted label out of the sealed part bag in order to photograph it.

The insert confirms what Adam had just been explaining. “During the production line process a number of engines had a miss fire straight from the line. Ford launched an immediate investigation and it was later found that the workers had swapped the fifth and sixth cylinder leads around the wrong way. Needless to say this caused Ford multiple delays on the production line as well as having to fix the relatively simple error. Like all things, the simple answer was to identify the correct wire. So the Orange boot was created to cure the problem, which it did instantly with the very first cars with the new system rolling of the production line, no more misfires.”

So we have a couple of questions for the judges of the Mustang Owners Club in question. Firstly; how come you didn’t know this fact? Secondly; can Ross have his point back again?

WebShop:

Oils

Adam has had a request in to stock a particular brand of oil called “Driven”. Adam investigated and has spoken to them and now is a stockist for their products. Adam has stopped selling the Kroon product now, but still keeping the popular Kendall products. These oils are a premium product and their slightly higher costs reflects that, so if you are running down the Santa Pod quarter-mile or you inadvertently leave some large rubber trails when leaving the lights, these oils will protect your engine, gearbox, brake fluids, break in oils etc.

Wheels

A new line of  wheels for the more “resto mod” look. These Magnums are 17″ x 7 ” or 17″ x 8″ in Satin black. We have already sold a set within the first week and has generated some keen interest.

Water Pumps

Adam has purchased a huge stock of multiple water pumps, and as far as we know, Mustang Maniac has the only supplies of i6 classic mustang water pumps. The rest of the stock has yet to be bought to the stores and a shelf is expected to go up and hold the additional pumps.

2015 – 16 Mustangs

Not to leave out the newer Mustangs, Adam has a new line of roof spoilers for the 2015/16 models. This simple to fit accessory creates a nice finish to the roof lines of the car. This spoiler also shields the high level brake lights from the sun (when we get it in the UK that is), and makes them a more of a contrasted to see.

Before:

After:

To finish up with we have a strange title for this post? No not really, about sixteen years ago Adam bought his new Ford truck with the Harley Davidson livery, at the same time there was a strictly limited edition of Harleys made to match the truck. So Adam bought that as well. Since Adam has owned it he has only done one hundred miles on it.To keep it in ind condition he had an idea!

Yep, this is now part of the BBQ chill out area. So, if you’re lucky enough to be at one of Adam’s little curry nights, you too could get to stare at a pristine limited edition Harley. Adam has to finish the case build yet, with the addition of LED lighting and some rather fancy ideas about pop up electric and phone charging points!

Is it just a bloke thing? We could of course be wrong!

Yet More Storage

This weeks post is a little late and we shall explain why a little further down the post. But we start with the promised fulfilled to show what Adam has been working on for the last couple of weeks. We are pleased to show you the new storage area for the radiators and some more suspension parts. Yet another area was created for the storage of these bulky items as the current system wasn’t working as efficiently as it could have been.

The packing bench has been used for temporary storage until we get more storage space in the room.

To give you a quick glimpse of the daily stock posting, this is awaiting a pick up from the couriers at the bottom of stairs to the office.

We also said that we had some new wheels also in stock. The wheels we are excited about are the classic and favourite choice of many, the Magnum 500’s in 15″ x 7″ size at the moment. These are different as they are all in satin black and no chrome, except out quality chrome lug nuts that really set the wheels off. There are many designs out there for the general Mustang market and those wheels have been sprayed black for the look they require. This satin black effect is the look so many owners desire, but now in that classic Magnum style look.

We had one set in for our own review and they bought immediately by a customer who fell in love with them. The centre caps can come any many different designs, above they are sporting our own Mustang horse in black and chrome. Our very own Mustang Maniac centre logo looks pretty cool too. We have all sorts of centres for your wheels to match your paint colours, black, red, blue, with or without writing.

If you are interested in a set they are flying out the doors at the moment and we have to order these as a special item due to demand. Click the link here or cut and past to your browser for the WebShop page.

https://mustangmaniac.co.uk/part/56/8941/15x7_magnum_500_satin_all_black

Customers Cars:

We have had in a rare car for a little Mustang Maniac Magic to be lavished on her to sort out an unknown leak. This is a genuine rare 428 Super Cobra Jet.

To trace an as yet unknown leak the dash cover is currently out so she looks worse than she is. I great example of a fabled car.

But our readers have seen this many times before, we are not afraid to show you what we do and how we do it. Speaking of which; a little secret can sort of be revealed, a set of Adam’s headers were spotted after being aluminium coated. We of course know what this little “upgrade” is, but does anybody else know? Especially as it’s on a set of classic Mustang headers!

OK, the reason we are a little late with the post?

Well, Saturday Adam had a BBQ and another private BBQ on Sunday. Now, we are not sure why Adam has a tea towel wrapped around his head, but he says it was to keep the sweat out of his eyes as “he was the only one working, AGAIN”.

The food was great, Adam’s BBQ’ed Steak and Cheese sandwiches are to die for!

The company was great and good time was had by all, thanks to everybody who could make it. There wasn’t much wine left or beers to come to that. Still trying to think of that excuse for the late blog post! 😉

Thanks Adam, when is the next one?

Our Best Wishes and a “get well soon” to John who is in recovery at the moment.

In A Galaxie Far Far Away

Well it’s not so far away as you think, it’s Mustang Maniac headquarters actually. Adam has increased his stock levels again, not just in the WebShop we are talking about his expanding fleet of classic cars. Adam owns a fair number of Mustangs, Shelbys, Falcons, Fairlane and now a Galaxie 500!

This new addition is pretty much as it was on the day it was built, apart from the wheels and few under hood tweaks we come to expect these days.

Until you sit inside one of these beasts it’s hard to imagine just how big the car actually is! This is a change from the usual Ford builds as the Galaxie had a full chassis and a body shell that sat on top of it. So under body work can be quite easy to sort out, providing you have the equipment to take the body off. When Adam was asked what are you going to do with it? “I’m not sure yet, but I’m looking forward to doing what ever it is.” The car drives nice and is solid, the engine is fine, but has a misfire when cold, nothing we can’t handle of course. For now this huge car is taking up plenty of space in the shed.

A customer who saw the size of the trunk said, “You could rent that out as a mobile home, or divide it into two and rent out a couple of Semis.”

The interior is fantastic place to be, with a full bench seat that feel like an old friend arm-chair.

The dash has a light found on some of the Ford models, a “Cold light” to the right of the clock. This was to warn you the engine was (obviously) cold and not up to full operating temperature. Until then they can be a little “grumpy” as they are sometimes referred too. To be honest that goes for most cars.

And the copious spaced engine bay.

A little history of the Galaxie 500 1965 – 1968:

The 1965 Galaxie was an all-new design, featuring vertically stacked dual headlights. The cars were taller and bulkier than the previous year’s. The new top-of-the-line designation was the Galaxie 500 LTD. Engine choices were the same as 1964, except for an all-new 240 cu in (3.9 L) six-cylinder engine replacing the 1950s-era 223 “Mileage-Maker” six and the 352 was now equipped with dual exhausts and a four-barrel carburetor.

Suspension on the 1965 models was redesigned. Replacing the former leaf-spring rear suspension was a new three-link system, with coil springs. Interiors featured a new instrument panel and two-way key system were introduced. The introduction of two keys was for valet parking, in that the rounded head key would only open the trunk or locked glove compartment, while the squared head key would unlock the doors and the ignition.

A new model was introduced for 1966; the Galaxie 500 7 Litre, fitted with a new engine, the 345 hp 428 cu in (7.0 L) Thunderbird V8. This engine was also available on the Ford Thunderbird. The police versions received a 360 hp version of the 428 known as the ‘Police Interceptor’ as police cars. The 1966 body style was introduced in Brazil as a 1967 model; it had the same external dimensions throughout its lifetime until Brazilian production ended in 1983. Safety regulations for 1966 required seat belts front and rear on all new cars sold domestically. The Galaxie 500 would be the #3-selling convertible in the U.S. in 1966, with 27,454 sold; it was beaten by the Mustang (at 72,119, by more than 2:1) and by the Impala at 38,000. A parking brake light on the dashboard and an AM/FM radio was optional. The 1966 LTD dropped the Galaxie name.

For 1967, the 7 Litre model no longer carried the Galaxie name; it was to be the last year of it being separately identified. That identification was mainly trim such as horn ring and dashboard markings as well as the “Q” in the Vehicle Identification Number. The 7 Litre for 1967 was a trim and performance option on the Ford XL, which was now a separate model as well. Little else changed, except for trim and the styling; the same engines were available, from the 240 cu. inch six-cylinder to the 428 cu. inch V8. Modifications to the styling included adding a major bend in the center of the grille and making the model less “boxy” than the 1966 model. An 8-track tape cartridge player became an option with the back-up lights being standard.

For 1967 all Fords featured a large, padded hub in the center of the plastic steering wheel, along with an energy-absorbing steering column (introduced late into the 1967 model year), padded interior surfaces, recessed controls on the instrument panel, and front outboard shoulder belt anchors. Another safety related change was the introduction of the dual brake master cylinder used on all subsequent Galaxies (and other Ford models in fact).

The 1968 model had a new grille with headlights arranged horizontally, although the body was essentially the same car from the windshield back. The ‘long hood, short deck’ style with a more upright roofline and a notchback rear was followed too, as was the new trend for concealed headlights on the XL and LTD. One other change for 1968 was that the base V8 engine increased from 289 to 302 cu in (4.9 L). Standard equipment included courtesy lights, a cigarette lighter, a suspended gas pedal, and padded front seat backs. The 1968 models featured additional safety features, including side marker lights and shoulder belts on cars built after December 1, 1967. The 1967 model’s large steering wheel hub was replaced by a soft “bar” spoke that ran though the diameter of the wheel (and like the 1967 style, was used throughout the Ford Motor Company line).

Did you know?

The notorious gangster brothers Ronnie & Reggie Kray from the East End of London during the 60’s, they also used to own a gold coloured 1964 Galaxie 500 as one of their “firm” cars. Oh, when we say “gangsters” we mean genuine gangsters, not boys wearing hoodies with their jeans hanging half way round their thighs, struggling to verbally communicate the use of the English language while “giving it the large” trying to be, what they never will be. (rant over).

Customers Cars:

A returning visit from a good customer of ours and has won many trophies it her time. She is here for a general service and once over to make sure all is OK, especially on such a rare and genuine car.

Other News:

Not only was Adam buying a Galaxie, he bought (another) tool box. Why? It’s fairly obvious why we think.

It’s not new, but it’s in great condition as well as a limited edition of 300 signed by the man himself, Carroll Shelby!

Office:

This photo here shows that on Thursday we hit a new record!

Yes you really did read that correctly – 400 calls to the office at the time the picture was taken late Thursday afternoon this week. We do admit this is more exceptional than the rule to be fair, so taking that into account we done some maths for you.

400 calls over an 8 hour day that’s 50 calls and hour, almost 1 call a minute. If you take it that most calls last 3 – 4 minutes if your lucky, that would mean we need 3 people in the office just to answer the phones on that day. We wouldn’t mind – but most of the calls recently have been trying to sell us something or, “I bought this from [somewhere else] and I can’t get it to fit – how do I do I fit it?” Now we try to help our genuine customers where we can, but we can’t think of any other service that will support other products for free, especially if they are not purchased from that vendor. The sad thing is a lot of these calls are from people we have never dealt with before and trying to get free support from us.

There is now a new process in the office due to the success of the WebShop business. The orders are processed and packaged in the morning ready for the couriers to pick up the packages just after lunch each day. It’s not until after two in the afternoon that the phones get attended to. In theory there shouldn’t be any calls regarding the stock levels as we keep saying; the WebShop is accurate for stock levels, there is no need to call and check with us, honestly. If it’s a special order we will certainly deal with that for you, again by email is your best bet.

The trouble is that if Adam is answering the phones – there is one person less doing the work on the cars. However, Adam has his phone connected to the network and pics up his emails throughout the day and will respond to you.

We are in the process of holding even more stock now and had to create another storage space, we will bring you photo’s of that next week along with the new large item dispatch area. We have some new wheels in stock and we shall be putting them on the blog next week too.

Race And Back To Road Again

We see many cars at Mustang Maniac that have been turned into “Street Racers” or “Drag Strip Racers” very effectively, but not many have been turned back into the road cars they once were. We have such a car with those very intentions to be a road car again now for a little while. We can now start to bring you regular updates on that process as it goes along. The process has been a long one so far as the car had to be stripped back to metal in order to see what is there, or not there in the case of some metal parts, and then repair her. We came up with a name for her, not very original we admit, but it suits her; Blue Race Coupe or the “BRC” which sounds much better.

There are some dead give aways this was a race car, the biggest hint was the “Spool” diff. In other words the diff was “welded up” so that each wheel will turn at the same time irrespective of the tyre load and power transfer. Great on a track for lots of traction, but on the road the tyres will squeal and drag round corners and makes the car feel a handful should we say. The other little sign is the additional cooling at the front of the main cooling radiator.

We are pretty sure this lady has had a hard life in the past and has been attacked in a big way by the dreaded rust worm. Nowhere near as bad as bad as some we restorations that we have sorted out in the past. So with the engine and gearbox out we had a look around her to see initially what was going to be needed to fix her back up again. The inner battery apron and chassis legs were by far the worst sections and would need some serious work.

The original C4 gearbox had been replaced a C6 manual with the floor pan pretty much cut open and welded back up around it, in order to make it fit.

Inside the floor pans were patches on patches and much of the structural fabrication was rotten through, so with that and the damage to the tunnel section considered, it was decided to take the floor out and replace it for a new one. This is usually much more cost-effective and it’s all fresh metal too. In addition we can then see exactly what we were dealing with for structural integrity.

The trunk section was also in a bad way along with the drop offs and inner wheel arches, but we believe we can save much of the outer quarters.

So after the initial inspection by Adam and Yogi, it was time to start work on her, starting at the front. The inner apron on the right was cut away and exposed damaged chassis legs. Sheared bolts for the bumper irons brackets would need to be cut out and re-fabricated.

New metal welded into place and ground down for the chassis legs, the insides were treated with red oxide to prevent rusting from the inside out.

The new inner apron was fitted and also treated in red oxide paint. In fact all the new metal or welded parts were covered with red oxide.

Next week the BRC will get a new floor pan, what will we find under her then?

WebShop

At last years SEMA show Adam found more exclusive parts for Mustang Maniac to stock the WebShop up with. One of those was a prototype steering wheel he liked the look of. Well, that order has been partly filled with the first of the production line with 13.75″ diameter and finished in billet with a leather grip. The mounting boss is also made especially for this wheel.

As with all our new stock we will trial these on a car and make sure it lives up to our highest standards. So we had a volunteer who agreed to trial it for us, he didn’t need much encouragement by the way! So here it is fitted to the first gen Mustang, the first in the country.

From the WebShop a new pic for the Mustang Maniac “Core” left to right; Adam, Morgan and Yogi (Allan) as he is sometimes referred to.

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!

Duxford Car Show 2017

Last week we were at a car show on the Sunday at the Imperial War Museum Duxford which didn’t get of to the best of starts should we say, but will explain why a little later. For the Park & Pic section, we have reduced the numbers down to a remaining few now, so please send us some more and we will post them right here for you.

Park & Pic

This weeks park and pic is owned by Rob who has taken 4 years of dedication to restore his 1967 Coupe. Rob has only bought the car down to us for a the finishing touches to sort out some running issues with an engine tune up, service, wheel alignment and to check the brakes and adjust them as required. A final once over for him and road test to make sure all is as it should be. A good job with his build and we hope he has many years of enjoyment with her.

The Duxford Car Show 2017:

The opening time for the show is 10am most people get there around 9am to avoid the inevitable traffic queue there is every year. The entrance that is used is one of the smaller entrances and a couple of booths to take the entrance money. At 8:15am the reserve car park was full and only then did the booth operators turn up to take the money. The entrance fee was £12.60 which is ridiculous as that means virtually every car had to stop, wait for change and proceed through. It would have been better to charge £12 or £13 to keep the traffic moving. There we a few angry people there not wishing to wait. In fact some of the owners had been waiting 2 1/2 hours by the time they managed to get in. There was an outside the show area impromptu meet up and people were looking at the cars in the queues. People were getting out of their cars to argue with the officials that were letting in cars directly from the main road, before the cars that were waiting in rows. It got quite heated with organisers threatening to remove people. One guy said “how are gonna do that when we are wedged in the middle of this field for hours?” Needless to say the woman in charge was lost for words with a very valid point. There was even a bout of car moving to allow other cars to turn around and go back home refusing to wait to get into the show for hours on end.

Once inside there was lots of cars, but not the same quality as previous years in our opinion. We made our way round to the Mustang designated area which was the same as last years, next to the American Hanger. There was lots of Mustangs to look at with plenty of new(er) models, not quite so many older models. One of our cars there was our genuine Shelby Hertz, we lost count of the number of times we asked if it was an original.

Some other stands included the Corvette guys;

Some Japanese & German (rather a lot of Mercedes) representations;

There was the UK guys;

There was an area where non club members were parked, everything from exotic Italians to random Mini based military vehicle.

The day was overcast with the odd outbreak of sunshine, but it was chilly with the wind across the open fields. We decided to leave early as did a number of other cars. Seriously though Duxford, if you want this show to be a continued success you really do need to sort out the logistics!

Customers Cars: 

We have Chris’ coupe that has taken on a whole new look with the red oxide paint.

WebShop:

Adam has found in his boxes of goodies this rather rare and original option part; a cruise control. It has all the parts and the paper work for fitting too. At this moment it’s not for sale, but if you wave a nice amount of cash under Adam’s nose, as he would say – “It could be yours!”

We are expecting a couple of cars back from paint soon and we will have some pics of those for you soon. Remember to send us your ride pics and we will post them for you. 🙂