Still Working Hard

There is a some major tidy up work taking place at the yard to give a cleaner look and some tree branches have been taken down. For that job what better vehicle than a Ford Ranchero. Adam’s much-loved Ranchero is now well over fifty years old and is still working hard without a single problem. So this will be a show car in th summer, but for now it gets used what it was built for then pampered later in the year. Do you have any picks of a classic truck still working hard?

Customers Cars:

we are also working hard on the ’69 Mach1 is now at a point where we are trying out different wheels for the look of the car. Wheel choice is a very personal thing and what you like may not be what somebody else likes. So we obliged with various options on Jacqui’s car with different wheels and tyre combos..

As the car is now a rolling project we starting to put some final touches to the car before we fine tune it.

The inside of the car is getting there as well but with a very popular upgrade with the LED’s dash lights.

We had some good responses to the article on the Crystal Clear headlights we sell; click here for the link.

We were sent a couple of pictures for a variation on the theme. These headlights are the much more modern look with great visibility. The “Halo” or “angel eye” look.

Here we have the concurs FoMoCo logo lenses with halogen bulbs click here,

California Dreamin’ Again;

The California Special returns with a new limited-edition design package for 2019 Mustang GT that commemorates visual cues of the 1968 original while celebrating modern Mustang performance & style.

America’s favorite sports car gets even more style and technology for 2019 thanks to the revival of the legendary Mustang GT California Special, new features including rev-matching on 5.0-liter 6-speed manual-equipped models, the first-ever custom-tuned B&O PLAY premium audio system for Mustang, three new vintage-inspired colors and over-the-top stripes.

“No doubt, 2019 is an exciting year for Mustang enthusiasts, especially fans of our California Special and BULLITT models,” said Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager. “This year further targets hardcore enthusiasts who want even more performance from BULLITT, while new technology – including rev-matching on manual transmission-equipped Mustang GT and active valve performance exhaust on the EcoBoost model – means even more thrills.”

The Original California Dreaming

When Mustang first hit the streets in 1964, owners clubs sprang up around the country, with many regional dealers creating their own personalized pony car designs. One – inspired by the 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupe prototype – came to be called the California Special. That original version featured blacked-out grille, fog lamps and a side racing stripe that ended ahead of a new rear fender scoop. It wore a Shelby-inspired spoiler, custom tail lamps and twist-lock hood fasteners. Impressed, Ford put a limited number of California Special cars into production for 1968. Before long, the California Special had joined the ranks of Shelby, Boss and Mach 1 special-edition Mustangs.

Today, the 2019 California Special for Mustang GT is a visual standout, featuring a trademark fading stripe that traces from the 5.0 side badge to the rear fender scoop. A signature Ebony Black and Race Red script California Special badge adorns the trunk lid. At the front, the car follows the blacked-out open grille and picks up the Mustang Performance Pack 1 splitter. The California Special wears unique five-spoke painted machined wheels.

Inside are rich black Miko suede-trimmed seats with embossed GT/CS insignia and contrast red accent stitching, along with custom embroidered GT/CS floor mats. Signature California Special script badging appears on the passenger-side dash panel.  “Few things are more satisfying than dropping the top on a California Special and taking a drive down the majestic Pacific Coast Highway,” said Mark Conforzi, Ford designer. “This signature design takes its cues from the original California Special, while enhancing the personality of today’s Mustang.”

Rev-matching to level the field

Mustang GT’s powerful 5.0-liter V8 engine packs 460 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque and tops out at 155 mph. When that torque gets delivered to the pavement via 6-speed manual and available Performance Package, you better hold on, because that’s where rev-matching gives Mustang drivers a leg – or a heel and a toe – up. Advanced rev-matching helps smooth out shifts by first predicting shifts then quickly matching engine rpm – similar to the heel-and-toe methods the pros use. On downshifts, engine rpm instantly kicks up to smooth out the transition between gears.  California Special returns with a new limited-edition design package for 2019 Mustang GT that commemorates visual cues of the 1968 original while celebrating modern Mustang performance and style

Sensational B&O PLAY audio

Like Ford Mustang, Bang & Olufsen is an innovator in both iconic design and heart-racing performance across its line of audio products. And now, for the first time, the B&O PLAY audio system comes to Mustang with a stunning 10-channel amplifier producing 1,000 watts across 12 high-performance speakers. Customized to the car’s interior environment, sound engineers tuned the B&O PLAY audio system to take both the static and dynamic states of Mustang into account to elevate the senses regardless of driving conditions. B&O PLAY audio connects to the optional SYNC 3 system, which allows Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Active valve performance exhaust now available on EcoBoost models

When the class-exclusive quad-tip fully variable active valve performance exhaust hit the streets for Mustang GT for 2018, critics and customers alike raved over the deep throaty sound of the 5.0-liter V8 engine. What took everyone by surprise was its driver-controlled, fully active exhaust mode and quiet start mode, also known as the “good neighbor” mode. Now, a fully variable active valve performance exhaust brings an aggressive snarl to 2019 Mustang equipped with EcoBoost. This class-exclusive quad-tip exhaust system can be controlled by the drive mode system or via personalized MyMode settings with the 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument panel, as well as through the standard 4.2-inch cluster.

More personalization than ever; new colors

Mustang enthusiasts now have more opportunity to personalize their car than ever before, with exciting new vintage-inspired colors including Velocity Blue, Need for Green and the iconic BULLITT model’s exclusive Dark Highland Green. “These intense new colors trace back to Mustang’s classic colors of the late 1960s and early 1970s,” said Holter. “While colors like Shadow Black and Magnetic Gray will still be popular for those who prefer to go stealth, these new colors pack a brighter, more vibrant punch for 2019.”

Source: https://www.at.ford.com/en/homepage/news-and-clipsheet/news/2018/3/colors.html?cid=BOC-2018-03-15

The 2019 Mustang California edition goes on sale this summer, lets hope the snow has gone from the UK by then!

Any Second Hand Parts?

We havent had a Park & Pic for a little while so we thought we would start the year with one. This lady we have seen a few times before and it’s truly a very nice place to be. This ’56 Mercury Monteclair is owned by a good friend of ours Steve. The car has a little running issue which we will sort out for him, he can often be seen at car shows cruising around.

Remember – If you have any pics of your car at Mustang Maniac – just send them to us and will post them up for you. 🙂

Confirmation:

We have been asked “Was that the real Cleo Shelby or a wind up”. We can only think that the question is asked from somebody who is new to our “small parts suppliers” blog, and doesn’t know Adam very well. Adam doesn’t do “Wind ups”. We have also posted a number of pictures up over the last couple of years of Adam (and Lynn) and some of the core Mustang Maniac guys with Cleo in Vegas. So the answer is a very simple; “Yes” Cleo came to the UK, and yes she did stay with Adam and Lynn at their home before she returned back to the USA.

Parts:

Adam has been a busy boy this week as a result of not being able to get into one of his storage lockups. Some recently “stored” parts were booby-trapped by the door so it seems; you open the door – the parts came out type of scenario. With that, Adam may have mentioned a naughty word and operation “Second Hand Parts” was initiated. This was only noticed by me when I was asked to go down the back to get some parts for an in-house project. Shouldn’t that be “in-garage” project? Anyway, I was surprised that the no go zones had been tidied up, arranged into sections so now you can get to the parts. I was impressed. Even more imprssive is – Asked Adam where any of these parts are and he could tell you, even before the tidy up.

So before you even think of asking:

NO! The second-hand parts are NOT for sale!

To show you what we mean the here is the new storage area for the various (new and old) crate motors and heads.

There is the second-hand engine or two on or under a bench somewhere.

Maybe an odd gearbox stashed away.

Various bits and pieces lying around, anything from window winders to wipers, screws to steering racks, radiators to rear parcel shelves etc.

Axles and somewhere to sit.

The odd wheel or two lying around here and there.

But Adam was quite pleased with a rare Shelby GT350R engine part. If you were to remove a kidney for cash it still wouldn’t get you this part. The (rare) Shelby R-Models used a spun aluminum plenum bowl to direct cool air into the carburetor. The top of the bucket was positioned under the “porthole” opening in the fiberglass hood, this created an early iteration of the ram air induction setup.

Adam doesn’t have these on the WebShop and is constantly asked for second-hand parts – he will always answer with; “Nope, aint got none of them!” While we are talking parts, there is a big delivery coming in next week which we will try to get posted up next time for you. We are all quite excited about it.

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!

Perfection By The Pyrenees

The best part of our job is hearing about the adventures the cars get to go once they have left our workshops. One such example of that is our friend Roger (thanks for the pics by the way), who has taken his Convertible on a road trip around France. This little lady is sitting outside a house in Pau which was built in 1880:

This last pic was taken with the Pyrenees Alps in the background.

The car has been driven for hundreds of miles now and the car hasn’t missed a beat. That is what we call pleasurable driving, a classic mustang, roof down in beautiful countryside with the Pyrenees in the background, just perfect. Do you have any pics of your cars on road trips? If so send them in to us and we will post them up for you.

Customer Cars

We have had a car in where she was not running very well. So we needed to do some diagnostics to find out the reason. We narrowed it down to number seven cylinder pretty quickly, taking the plug lead of made no difference to the running. So we changed the basics of the plug, the lead and the checked points gaps etc. nothing was working. So we had to take the heads off to see what was going on. Yogi got to it straight away – a burnt valve was causing the issues by the looks of it. The valve seat would need to be reground and the valve along with its spring would need be replaced for a start. But, if you are going to do that for one valve you may as well do the lot all at the same time to be on the safe side, as you certainly don’t want to keep doing this time-consuming job that’s for sure.

Having that sort of work done starts to become expensive, so the plan was to replace the heads with some reconditioned ones we held in stock.

These new heads were replaced with their new gaskets obviously and when we fired her up – the problem has gone! We will need to road test more, recheck the torque for the head bolts and set up the carb and check the timing. But initial tests are exactly what we were expecting.

Seating

Many Mustangs are still driving around with the original seats in place, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this at all by the way, in fact its best to keep the rarer examples exactly as they were. However when the foam goes soft offering no support then the time is right to replace them, now you could replace the original covers back on, or go for an upgrade like this customer has done.

Firstly the old seats which were fine to look at but the foams inside had collapsed and made it slightly uncomfortable to drive:

The upgrade was to our Pony Interior set of seat covers. This will still match the original door cards and the interior paint job. The side chrome “hockey stick” trims were also replaced as they tend to get scratched quite easily too.

A subtly difference, but it makes the interior look much more luxurious. Not the cheapest of upgrades it has to be said, but what a difference!

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.

Las Vegas – SEMA 2016 Day 4 (Part 2 of 2)

Friday 4th November 2016. The last post for our SEMA 2016 tour and we have a few (OK. quite a few) pics of the SEMA Cruise. The vehicles all drive out from the halls to their collection trucks or just drive them to where they are kept. These fantastic looking cars on the stand with all that polished chrome drive past you so you can hear them as well. The marshals are pretty keen to stop any burn outs or erratic driving should we say. But, there is nothing to stop them revving the engines and pulling away quickly should we say! Chris and Mart stayed for a couple of hours to watch the cruise, it can go on for four or five hours. We tried to grab a varied selection of cars and trucks, so it’s enough of our words and on with the cruise:

Chris and Mart walked back to the house where they meet up with the rest of the guys before setting out for the evening. On the way they called into a shopping mall and was met with a busy Voting station.

After we had all meet up again back at the house it was time to grab our last taste of nightlife in Las Vegas. Adam had arranged to meet some family for a get together over a beer. Then it was off for a proper steak, or should we say a side of a cow!

Our final pic here is Yogi looking over the Bellagio water fountains. We asked him what he was thinking, “I was just thinking what an amazing trip it has been” he replied.

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We can’t improve on his thoughts and agree with him one hundred percent. It was indeed an amazing trip in more ways than one. All six of us never had a cross word spoken, we laughed all the time, the ripping into each other style of banter was just how it should be, we enjoyed the SEMA show obviously along with the other attractions we visited. This trip for many reasons will stay with us for such awesome memories.

Thanks to Adam for making it all happen, from the rest of the Mustang Maniac crew.

Thank you for following our journey to Las Vegas.

Same again next year? Oh, yeah! 

Las Vegas – SEMA 2016 Day 3 (Part 2 of 2)

Thursday 3rd November 2016. SEMA has been a pretty awesome show and we have loved every minute of it so far. But, this afternoon of the third day we had a special catch up with a friend of Adam’s and and official interview. The suspense is now over as we can reveal that it was Cleo Shelby, the fifth and surviving wife of  the late Carroll Shelby. Adam had arranged to meet up with his long time friend Cleo at a place of her choosing, where he had a more private conversation shortly before Chris joined Adam with a whole heap of questions ready to ask Cleo. The rest of us being Yogi, Gary, Jason and Mart turning up a few minutes later and we all sat down with her after introductions and had a drink or three with her.

First a little about Cleo;

After the sad passing of Swedish-born Lena Dahl Shelby in a highway accident in 1997, Carroll insisted he would never marry again. Four months later he married Cleo Patricia Marguerita Shelby in Las Vegas. Cleo was a vivacious Briton who was always by his side, even as she pursued her interests in flying, art and jewellery. Carroll initially meet Cleo in 1970. About that first meeting, Cleo told us that when Carroll first saw her she was getting of a car in her full evening wear and jewellery. Carroll thought she was a princess and started to talk to her and they hit it off straight away. Carroll also told Cleo that he was going to marry her at that first encounter. He had to wait a while, they were indeed married some 27 years later. There are relatively few photo’s of Carroll and Cleo together, so we found some stock images here.

Chris was asking lots of questions in his official capacity for Classic American magazine. As this was going to be an exclusive we won’t repeat everything she told us. But, Cleo was fantastic and answered everything thrown at her from all of us at some point. Some of it will be in the interview, some of it certainly won’t. Such a classy lady and she has a great sense of humour too. We can reveal a little story about when Carroll was taken seriously ill, he needed to get to a hospital as an emergency which was miles away. Their aeroplane was standing by, but the pilot was told to “get out of the way”, as Cleo (who is fully qualified pilot) had at the time over 4000 flying hours, compared to the relatively small amount from the pilot. Needless to say Cleo got Carroll to the hospital and he was treated to fight another day. Stories like that you just don’t read about. So it seems this lovely lady can certainly lay the law down when she needs too. We didn’t take photo’s during the chat and Chris’s interview as we saved those for outside in the afternoon sun. Cleo is quite a private person and keeps herself very much to herself, but she agreed to sign our SEMA passes, and just about everything else the guys put in front of her. After an absolutely fascinating two full hours with Cleo, it was time to leave as Cleo had another meeting to attend, which it looked like she was going to be late for now. We all went outside for that impromptu photo shoot, trust us, we have quiet a few pics, here are only a small sample of the ones we took. Chris was taking the official photo’s for the Classic American Magazine to go with the interview of course, but we grabbed a few of our own too.

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The Mustang Maniac “core”, Adam & Yogi had their pic(s) taken first as you would expect.

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Then the rest of the guys also got in for a photo, Gary, Adam, Jason, Cleo, Mart & Yogi. Now there’s one for the album and to tell your grandchildren!

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There was a lot of people looking to see what was going on, and taking their photo’s of us, as we were taking ours. We did hear a comment from a guy to his friends, “Did you see who that was, how did they get to meet her?” Adam replied with, “Not bad for a small time parts dealer eh?” They looked a little blank at his response, to which Adam just smiled. This has become a little bit of an in-house, joke saying for Adam, if you know Adam then you will understand the story behind it. Adam tells us that there are some readers out there who will know exactly what it means.

We all escorted Cleo back to her car and chatted some more on the way, we were part of her entourage for the day so it seemed. We said our goodbyes, Cleo gave us all a hug and kiss. Adam had a few more quiet words before Cleo got in her car and left with a big smile and a wave. We walked back to the SEMA show still slightly shell-shocked to meet such a high-profile person in the automotive world. We asked Adam why didn’t he mention Cleo before to us? He replied with a typical Adam-ism “I know a lot of people, I don’t need to name drop.” With that, we all knew what he meant. It only leaves one thing to say to a very busy lady:

Thank you Cleo for taking some time out of your schedule to catch up with us.

Later that evening we went out to our local eatery Wingstop, 3910 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas. NV 89119. We had been looked after so well by a young lady called Morgan, she had asked us where we had been, so we told her SEMA. She told us that she would love to have gone to see it. With that Adam had sparked an idea. Adam asked Chris to get her to one side as he was going for another free refill, as he had a little surprise for her. Adam had a spare ticket and wanted to give it to Morgan. 

Morgan was absolutely delighted and a little overwhelmed that some strangers would do such a thing for her, you just can’t buy smiles like this. Needless to say Adam got another hug from a young lady who was lost for words.

During the evening the beer never seemed to stop flowing for some reason. A fantastic way to end the day. Cleo made our day, so Adam (being Adam), came to the rescue and made a young lady’s day too. Morgan posted a great picture of her inside the SEMA show for the final day with big thank you to Mustang Maniac.