John Wick Chapter 2

What a week we have had, some of which we can tell you about, some of it we can’t, not just yet anyway but we are very excited about it all. At one point so much was going on we don’t know where to start on it all. So this week we have a large post to cover some nice updates on work we are doing, some great new items in the stock and a recent project returns for a big update. We shall start with the Park & Pic we havent had for a while.

Park & Pic

We couldn’t help but throw in a tenuous link to the films, but the John Wick ’69 is back with us for a project update – an automatic gearbox to be fitted and all the associated changes that goes with it. Before we took her down the yard to the work shops, we couldn’t help ourselves to a photo or two under our stainless horse logo. Now it has to be said that this is pure, unapologetic, automotive erotica for car lovers everywhere. It has been said that if you don’t agree with us – then you are wrong, simple as that. Yes we are slightly biased as we built it, but just look at it!

Customers Cars

’66 Fast Back GT;

This car belongs to a good friend and loyal customer of ours Tony Pook who had brought his car into us for a grease service and once over. The car was making the odd creak and groans and wanted us to sort it out for him.

We replaced some sway bar end links and other bushings, then they were all re-assembled with a high quality lithium grease. Once it was all ready to go we took the car for a quick road test and all is good in the Mustang world and quiet again, except for the wonderful sound of a v8 that is.

To top it all, this car has been featured in the Mustang Owners Club Of Great Britain calendar for 2019.

Another ’66 Fastback GT;

This little lady is in for a front end suspension rebuild. The suspension on the front is a bit to low and needs to be lifted to the right height as it has affected the handling now. Hopefully that shall start that bit of work this week.

The Onion

The car has been worked on intensively for a number of days and not a lot seems to happen, then the next day panels are put on and all of a sudden we have a shell in the shop. The secret is our secret how we can build a car from ground up with no pre-marked points as they had rusted through. In this game millimeters is a considerable amount to be wrong. However our skills are obvious and this weeks piece of work shows just that. Obviously we have some small tack welds and clamps in place where the car was taken from our jig. As a convertible the body will flex a certain amount and can’t be welded when it’s up in the air as the gaps would be very wrong. That final gap work will have to be done when the car is on the free standing on the floor under her own weight.

But for now at least you can get to see the long hard prep work and endless measuring has paid of because we almost have a rolling shell.

We can tell you that Yogi has some very special suspension to go on this little lady and we will have a couple of videos of it next week for you. As Yogi and Adam are working on the car we waited for them to have a tea break and sneaked in for a peak and sneak peek of the parts. So here is a little taster and there will be a lot more on this piece of the project next week.

Watch this space!!

WebShop

We have two new products in stock;

The first product is brand new into our stock which is a brake grease which can be found here on the WebShop.

The second is a rather special component and only Mustang Maniac has access to the parts. This is the unique thermostat which was only made for the Cleveland 351 engine. There are a few not ideal work arounds for the issue, but this is the concours correct part you will need. Click here for the thermostat link on the WebShop.

This thermostat must be used with the correct restriction plate (gold colour) for the 180deg thermostat which can be found here.

If you wish to continue to use the small block thermostat you must use the restrictor plate mod, (silver coloured above). Click here for the link on the WebShop.

Did you know?

Following from last weeks post about the BMW Museum, did you know the first BMW was the English Austin Seven base design.

Come back next week for a big update on The Onion project.

Shelby, Or Not A Shelby?

That is the question. Adam has bought a one-off, hand-built bespoke car. This car is something pretty special because it’s the prototype and the test car for the GT500. This car has 4.6L V8/ Manual five speed transmission with only 11,300 miles on it – most of which were full on track miles for testing the handling, performance and characteristics of the upgraded parts.

The point is that this was not allocated a Shelby CSM number as you would expect for a Shelby car for sale. The reason was quite simple; this car was never intended to be for sale, but things change. Adam expressed his interest in the car a couple of years ago when we visited the Shelby Factory in Las Vegas for our private all access tour. The provenance is in no doubt that this is indeed a rare Shelby. Heres why; this is the ‘primary’ vehicle used for the development of the Drake Muscle Car and Shelby Performance Parts line from 2006-2010. This vehicle was also used in all marketing collateral, install instructions/videos and demonstrated at various car shows. When the vehicle was new, Shelby Autos put on a ‘Shelby GT’ parts kit in the spirit of the partnership between Scott Drake and Shelby Autos to form Shelby Performance Parts, LLC.

The Shelby Upgrades

Ford Racing Springs inc. Shocks and Struts, Ford California Special Mustang front/rear fascia and lower qtr scoops, Baer Braking system (front and rear), Paxton/Vortech ‘SHELBY’ branded Novi 1200 Supercharger with diablosport tuner and vinyl stripe kit.

Under the hood;

The Drake / Shelby Upgrades

Drake adjustable panhard bar, adjustable lower control arms, adjustable upper control arm and upper control arm bracket, Drake/Hoewe 1” tall lower ball joints (rebuildable with screw-in housing), 2007-09 Shelby GT500 factory hood w/Drake 40th anniversary hood vent inserts (lightweight aluminum), Drake billet aluminum high capacity fuel rails, Drake bumpsteer kit, JBA 3” catback exhaust system, Drake front and rear sway bar, Shelby/Drake upper and lower front grilles, Full Kicker vehicle speaker replacement with amp and subwoofer, Shelby center gauge pod with branded autometer gauges, Shelby/Drake billet aluminum pedal covers and dead pedal replacement, Shelby/Drake short throw shifter with knob, Drake GT console lid cover, Drake billet aluminum eBrake handle, Drake billet aluminum climate control knobs, Drake stamped aluminum seat switch covers and map light accents, Drake billet engine caps, Drake billet fuse box cover, Shelby carbon fiber mirror caps, 2007/2008 Shelby/Drake  Shelby GT foglight/brake duct kit, Drake aluminum fuel door and of course some rather nice Carroll Shelby Wheel Company CS40 wheels.

Underside rear;

Underside front;

Bodywork;

Interior;

Wheels & Brakes;

In short, this car is absolutely mint underneath. What Adam intends to do with we are not sure, but when we asked him he simply said “I have an idea for it.” So we will jut have to wait and see. So is this a real Shelby? Without a doubt it is, there is plenty of documentation and photo’s that proves it, along with the fact it has been heavily tested by Shelby & Drake this is perhaps one of the most finely tuned Shelby cars out there by the Legendary Shelby experts themselves, with parts made by Scott Drake specifically for this car, some of which never went into production. Another Shelby Adam has added to his collection.

Oh, it also sounds like it looks – amazing.

For Sale

It’s a known fact that Adam doesn’t actively sell cars. The process works by you taking down the money and making an offer to Adam. Now if he likes what your offer – the car or parts are yours, if he don’t like your offer, he will tell you and you have two options from there; revise your offer or leave it. We now have a unique opportunity to buy a car ‘for sale’ from Adam. The reason is simple, he wants the space, it’s as simple as that.

This is a 1966 Coupe that starts and runs, it’s a 289ci with c4 transmission. This was going to be another project car for Mustang Maniac, but due to work loads and space in the yard now being at a premium, the little lady needs to go, sooner the better in fact.

There are a few bits of surface rust, but nothing out of the ordinary for the age and condition of the car. There is some rust on the front chassis leg that needs repair or replacing nothing that a competent restorer can’t handle of course.

Adam has strict instructions for this car’s sale;

  • No phone calls about it
  • No tyre kickers / time wasters on a day out
  • Emails only to sales@mustangmaniac.co.uk about the car
  • Price is not negotiable, no offers, the price is what it is
  • once you bought it – you take it away.

As Adam says ‘You either want it, or you don’t, the car is worth the money all day long’

The cost is £10,000 

If you want to get into the classic Mustang ownership circle, or just want to flip the car for some cash here is your chance. Not often a proper running v8 Mustang comes on the market for this sort of money. Adam doesn’t have the space or the time to spend on this sale. If he don’t sell it, it will just go to his of yard storage area which is not ideal to retain the condition of the car which would be a shame.

Other News

Adam has some new parts the are coming into us that we have not stocked before, and they may not even be going on the WebShop as far as we know. We will try to grab a few pics for next week for you. 😉 As ever watch this (blog) space.

Two Outta Three

This week we have some rather unusual problems a couple which are self-inflicted and the other not as much, so we thought that we would share these with you as two are potentially dangerous.

Harmonic Dampener.

This issue was a broken bolt failure some time in the past which was still in place on the harmonic balancer itself. The question is was the bolt over tightened and the bolt sheared, or was it corroded in place and sheared trying to undo it. Either way it was refitted with just two bolts.

We could see the problem with the pulley of before we even removed the dampener but we had to remove it. To put it nicely is that the dampener is in a bad way. We of course can’t comment on why or what the reasoning was to fit the pulley back with two bolts was at the time. There are three bolts fitted for a reason by the designers of the engines. As Meatloaf would sing; ‘Two outta three ain’t bad’.

We could replace it which would be our preference, but we have been asked to try to sort this one out. It looks like an attempt had been started and was not central for drilling the bolt. This could cause issues with balance if we have to re-tap the hole. But, we shall see how it goes one we start. We mention dangerous on this one as the two remaining bolts are obviously taking more stress than they should do, metal fatigue could cause the bolts to fail which could cause damage to the crank shaft, or even allow the main pulley to rip from the dampener, thus causing damage within the engine bay to who knows what at 4,000rpm!

Steering Conversion

We have fitted so many steering conversions to cars we have lost counts and is almost an automated exercise. But to save costs some people buy the kits from us and fit them themselves. No harm in that of course providing you have the will and time to do it. However if you are in any doubt – DON’T do it yourself. We sell tens of these kits a year with no problems, we fit most of them but this car that came into us made us do a double take. The Borgeson kit was incorrectly fitted by the looks of it. For a critical part of the car where you aim where you are intending to go it needs to be right. If this steering mechanism fails you are in for a whole heap of hurt, firstly to the wallet and car if you have an accident, that of course is going on the assumption the driver is not hurt either. We will of course sort this out and fix it properly with a couple of road tests just to be sure.

Please be careful of the ‘There’s a bloke down the pub that does a bit of mechanical work at the weekends for a few quid’ scenario. Sometimes failures like this can be lethal, if not, at least creating issues elsewhere that may well cost you a lot more in the long run.

Rust

There are particular areas that the older Mustangs tend to rust, rear quarters, cowls, chassis legs etc. But we have come across this very unusual place for rut, the underside of the hood in the corners, the top side is fine.

We will have to strip this back to see if it’s a repair or replacement depending on budget once we know what we are dealing with.

Article:

One-off Mustang

A special one-of-a-kind Kona Blue 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt made its debut Friday at the Woodward Dream Cruise, but it won’t be for sale. Like the other 2019 Mustang Bullitt cars, the Kona Blue version features a performance-tuned 5.0-liter V-8 capable of producing 480 horsepower.

However, it also comes with unique gray wheels and blue cabin stitching, as well as unique side scoops on the rear windows. The 2019 Mustang Bullitt is typically available in only Dark Highland Green and Shadow Black. “If you look at the tone and color of Kona Blue, it’s really dark,” said Mustang brand manager Mark Schaller. “It fits with the overall design scheme of the car. You want it to be understated. You don’t want loud, bright colors. You want something dark and stealthy.” The Kona Blue Bullitt was on display at Mustang Alley during the dream cruise. The car will now make other appearances at events such as the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in Las Vegas.

Tickets for the raffle, which benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), are $10 at locations where the Kona Blue Bullitt will be on display and many Ford buildings on the Dearborn campus. A winner will be selected Nov. 13. “There’s been an overwhelmingly positive response to the 2019 Mustang Bullitt,” Schaller said. “This is the way it can give back to a good cause and at the same time carve out a small niche where there is the unique one-of-one car out there driving around that helps add to the collectability of the car in the long run.” As many as 60,000 tickets will be sold for the raffle. The first 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt was auctioned for charity in January, raising $300,000 for Boys Republic, a nonprofit school and treatment community for troubled youngsters which actor Steve McQueen attended prior to becoming an icon behind the wheel of a 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback in the film “Bullitt.”

Over the years the Ford Mustang has worn several special edition paint colors since its launch. The latest being the Kona Blue Mustang Bullitt as we mentioned above. Here is a little list that we have found for the limited edition colour Mustangs. Have we missed any?

• 1964 ½ Pace Car White for the Indianapolis 500 pace cars
• 1966 Anniversary Gold paint celebrating 1 millionth Mustang
• 1966 High Country Special in Aspen Gold, Columbine Blue or Timberline Green paint
• 1967 Lone Star Limited with Lone Star Limited Blue paint
• 1967 Limited Edition 400 in Deep Gold Metallic paint
• 1967 High Country Special in Aspen Gold, Columbine Blue or Timberline Green paint
• 1967 Dusk Rose paint, a throwback to the 1957 Thunderbird pink color
• 1969 Limited Edition 600 available in Groovy Green or Flower Power Red
• 1970 Grabber Mustangs: Grabber Green, Grabber Orange, Grabber Blue paint
• 1982 Black/White paint: Five were produced as evaluation for the California Highway Patrol.
• 1996 Mystic paint (color-shifting technology from BASF)
• 2004 Mystichrome paint (color-shifting technology from BASF)
• 2012 School Bus Yellow Boss 302 – only one produced, special edition fundraiser for Henry Ford Health System
• 2019 Blue Bullitt Mustang – only one produced, for a fundraising event

Would you drive a one-off car if you won it? 

All Hands On Deck

With the amount of cars we have in the yard at the moment we needed to make some space to get them all in. So Adam decided to leave the offices in the more than capable hands of Morgan while he got down to the yard with the cars for the entire day. Last week we posted about a convertible that had our LED conversion kit fitted on it, while she was waiting for the new hood to arrive,  it was decided that she also needed a gearbox upgrade. As Mustang Maniac are now suppliers and fitters of Gear Vendors Overdrive Units – Yogi got busy under the car.

The Gear Vendors unit is an exceptional piece of kit and Yogi has one on his car for his drag racing, of course the main benefit for us mere mortals, is the top end overdrive to knock huge amounts of revs of the engine at speed, thus increasing mpg and comfort while reducing stress and noise.

The unit comes with a revised housing for the back of the gearbox and all the electronic wizardry, fittings and pipes you need. The old housing was removed and an inspection while we were at it to make sure all was good in the world of the C4.

The magic box of tricks that controls the shifts and housing are fitted along with the electrical connections and the pipes.

Job done except for the prop shaft to be fitted and checking the software setup. If you want this upgrade email adam@mustangmaniac.co.uk and he will advise you. The additional Borgeson steering upgrade was a straight forward job for Yogi who can do them in his hibernation sleep.

The next job was the roof, Paul and Adam got stuck into the job and it’s rumoured that they even missed a tea break, the rest of us are not convinced about that somehow. So we need to know who started such terrible rumours!

Hidden Away

While all this was going on a stack of ‘stuff’ appeared in the boys club. So a sneak peek as to what Adam was up to revealed a superb bespoke full leather upholstered seat set. We are not sure where these are going yet, but they will look amazing wherever they are fitted.

Even the door cards are in leather and the matching rear kick panels covered all to match.

Along with the recent order we are pleased to say that we now have the Limited Edition Shelby wheels now in stock. These rims are available in 20″ x 9″ or 20″ x 10″ with the choice of black or chrome!

We have a limited number of these wheel sets at the moment, so if you want a set, hurry up, get your wallet out and order them as these will go!

The link for the wheels can be found here for the 20 x 9 Chrome. The link for the wheels can be found here for the 20 x 9 Black. The link for the wheels can be found here for the 20 x 10 Black, by the time you get to read this post they will be on the WebShop.

Ford Article

It’s no secret that Yogi likes a blast down the drag strip, but what if we told you Ford have built a car to beat most drag cars straight out the box? Read this article we found:

DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Performance today revealed the quickest drag racing Mustang ever, capable of covering a quarter-mile in the mid-eight-second range.

The 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet is a limited-edition turnkey race car that honors the 50th anniversary of the original that dominated drag strips in 1968. The new Cobra Jet makes its public debut this weekend at the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise.

The Ford Performance Parts team developed the 50th Anniversary car to be the most powerful and quickest Mustang Cobra Jet from the factory ever – capable of topping 150 mph while turning in a mid-eight-second quarter-mile run. The project epitomizes the close teamwork between traditional and motorsports engineering groups to maximize the design, performance and durability of production Mustangs.

“From the very first Mustang Cobra Jets dominating the 1968 NHRA Winternationals to our modern-day racers, the Ford Performance Parts team continues to build on Cobra Jet’s success at the track over five decades,” said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Performance Parts. “This has inspired generations of Mustang fans to create their own performance machines for the street.”

The car is powered by a special 5.2-liter version of Ford’s famed 5.0-liter V8, strengthened and outfitted with a 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger. The engine sends power to the ground through a 9-inch solid rear axle, two-way coil-over shocks with adjustable ride height and a low-drag disc brake system from Strange Engineering as well as a four-link rear suspension with antiroll and panhard bars.

Additional factory-provided racing performance upgrades include an NHRA-certified safety roll cage, FIA-certified seats and anniversary-badged racing wheels.

The new Mustang Cobra Jet is available in either Race Red or Oxford White and can be outfitted with exclusive 50th Anniversary graphics and badging. Customers can order now at an MSRP of $130,000. Production is limited to 68 cars, in honor of Cobra Jet’s 1968 debut.

Making history again

The car’s long history of winning and setting records dates to its debut race weekend, where it commanded NHRA Super Stock at the 1968 Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. Since then, its winning engine formula has served to power Ford Mustang, Mercury Cougar, Ford Fairlane, Ford Torino and other vehicles. Credit for this formula goes to legendary East Coast Ford dealer Bob Tasca, grandfather of current Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang NHRA Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III and the man who coined the phrase “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.”

After its display at Mustang Alley as part of the Woodward Dream Cruise, the 50th Anniversary Mustang Cobra Jet will travel the following weekend to Norwalk, Ohio, for the 50th Anniversary Ford Performance Cobra Jet Reunion at Summit Motorsports Park – the largest gathering of Cobra Jets in history. More than 150 vehicles dating back to 1968 are expected to attend.

Mustang Cobra Jet timeline

1968 – Original FE 428-cubic-inch V8-powered Cobra Jet is created:
·  Ford produces 50 lightweight Mustangs to hold the 335-horsepower engine; six are shipped to Holman Moody and Bill Stroppe to be prepared for NHRA competition
·  Al Joniec pilots one of the six to Cobra Jet’s first victory

2008 – Rebirth of factory Mustang Cobra Jet, M-FR500-CJ, 40 years later:
·  Powered by a supercharged 5.4-liter dual-overhead-cam V8, this drag racing renaissance was the first Stock Eliminator car to dip into the eight-second zone at an NHRA National Event
·  Unlike the original, the 50 produced this time around do not feature VINs, so they are not street legal
·  John Calvert drives a Cobra Jet featuring Joniec tribute paint scheme to victory at NHRA Winternationals on 41st anniversary of its original win

2009-16 – M-FR500-CJ:
·   250 additional cars are produced with dozens of domestic drag racing records, victories and championships achieved across NHRA, IHRA, NMCA and NMRA
·   Drivers range from experienced veterans to young drag racing stars in the making
·   Through half a century, Mustang Cobra Jet orders are still being placed at local Ford dealerships!

source: https://www.at.ford.com

If you feel the need to beat our very own Yogi race car, this may be the option just for you. Yogi has one of the fasted Mustangs out there his response to that article? ‘I built mine myself, Ford works had to build one to be me!’ So he may not have used those exact words, but that was the gist of it! 😉

Hotting UP

This Week has been the hottest for a long while that we can remember, so unfortunately this is where the road tests take just that little bit longer, especially if the roof is down. We have been doing as lot of service work which has kept us quiet, except when it comes to tea breaks and lunch times where Yogi is still in denial about the drag race rigging going on from last week! The jury is still out on that one by the way. As the weather is so nice we are going to be a little bit lazy on this post as we have had a good customer of ours virtually write this weeks post for us. So a special thanks to Derek Hutchinson who provided the photos and the words. There are some great little stories here and his trips around Europe. Take it away Derek:

NDB986E ’67 Red Mustang convertible

I bought the car in July 2012 from a guy in Newcastle and shocked him by deciding to drive it home to Staines (350 Miles). His nervous smile made me nervous, but I was determined to drive it home.  It was a glorious Friday afternoon and I had the roof down all the way home. Absolutely fabulous feeling and I knew I was in love immediately.

I am no mechanic but I am the son of a very good mechanic and it is surprising how much I remembered of what my father would look for in a car.  So I bought the car after making my checks based upon just my limited knowledge.  Fortunately for me the car has turned out to a very good buy, but soon after my drive home we started to experience serious over heating issues. Fortunately a neighbour recommended Adam at Mustang Maniac. Adam collected the car and discovered the remains of a perforated timing belt in the sump that had clogged up the oil pump but luckily no serious damage had been caused. Adam corrected a number of other minor issues caused by the previous owners ‘DIY’ repairs.

Harrods Breakdown. 2014

2 weeks before setting off on our first major road trip across France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland the car stopped dead outside Harrods in London on a lovely summer’s day. The girls went shopping while I waited for the AA. 2.5 hours. I bought a coffee and had a nap in the car with the bonnet up to demonstrate that I couldn’t move it anywhere.  I was awakened by about 20 Chinese people who had stopped their coach to take pictures of my car.  I even put the bonnet down for them, but was a touch offended when one lady pushed me to one side to get me out of the picture.

Back off to Adam and a new alternator required. At this point my wife began to worry if we were safe to do the trip in my Mustang. “I think we should go in your Mercedes darling” she said. Her friend who is very risk averse had been scaring her about this foolhardy nonsense in such an old car with poor brakes, no seatbelts, roll cage etc, etc.  I am very stubborn and insisted that if we didn’t go in the Mustang then I had no interest in driving across Europe and would not go. Fortunately my wife’s niece Laura was visiting from Colombia and was very excited about this once in a lifetime dreamy trip around Europe in a classic car.  So, off we went.  (MM: loving the picture of the drink on the fender! 🙂 )

French border control Folkestone

Three of us, a full boot and a big case strapped to the boot rack (smart idea by Adam at MM). I really like the bot rack, only problem I couldn’t see through the rear window because the bag was too big.  So I bought a slimmer bag/case from the outlet village in Stuttgart.  I get sick on ferries so we always do the tunnel. Much quicker and convenient.

Quality repair on the go

Day one we drove across France heading for Stuttgart where we have friends and that would be our base.  At our first service station stop after crossing the border into Germany,  the chrome side strip on the car fell off when I opened my door.  It made a tremendous noise for such a flimsy part. Doris’s face (the wife) was a picture, full of dread and fear. This wreck isn’t safe and we are going to break down. I was having none of that silly nonsense, but had to think fast and decide what to do to repair it and keep a cool exterior, even though my stomach was churning and I was  twitching like hell. A quick scratch of the head and the mechanic in me thought ‘gaffa tape’. 5 minutes later we were back on our way with a quality repair “as good as new”.

Laura and I both agreed that the most significant and best part of this incident was that this was now an exciting adventure.  All of our many trips into Europe since have all had that exciting element of adventure. Excellent.

Inside Hitler’s Colosseum

From our base in Stuttgart we drove out to Austria and Switzerland (beautiful countryside and sights). Over a few days we saw the famous alpine castle used in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and we stayed in a lovely hotel in the picturesque town of Hallstatt in Austria where there is a great salt mine to visit and a beautiful lake for a little boat ride.

On our way back to Stuttgart we visited Nuremberg and in particular the museum and visitor centre at Hitlers famous camp where he gave many significant addresses to his troops and their families who attended the massive official and holiday gatherings there. The Nuremberg Rally was the annual rally of the Nazi Party in Germany, held from 1923 to 1938. They were large Nazi propaganda events, especially after Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in 1933.  It is a massive site and just behind the visitor centre (seriously interesting history) Hitler’s followers had started but not finished building a Colosseum for their illustrious leader.  He never got to see it.  The security guards saw me arriving with my car and ushered me to drive my car away from the visitor parking area and asked me to park my car slap bang in the centre of the Colosseum.  I was a little nervous at first until Doris’s friend who lives in Germany interpreted that they want to take pictures of your car in the Colosseum.  They took pictures of themselves and allowed us to take our own pictures, but they wouldn’t allow us to take any pictures of them.  I guess they were worried about getting found out.  Anyway it was very exciting for us and we have a very unique picture as a result.

At one point on this day we got caught in a big storm and even though the roof was up Doris and her friend thought it necessary to put their umbrella up in the back seat of the car to stop the rain getting them wet. Wish I could find the picture. We drove back home through Belgium and stayed at Antwerp. Very nice.

Calais UK border control

This is us on our way back sporting our new low profile case on the boot rack.

Home from first trip safe n sound

This is Doris, Laura and me popping a bottle of champagne to celebrate our fantastic adventure. Notice how that quality mechanical repair lasted the whole adventure. Adam should be proud of me.

We did a trip round France in 2015 but whilst we have lots of pictures from the places we visited we have no pictures with the car in shot.

2016 adventure

In 2016 we had another niece visit from Colombia and she wanted an adventure in the Mustang so we organised another trip in which we covered some different parts of Germany predominately cruising round the Black Forrest (tons of lovely little towns and villages). We had a lovely time but in the middle of the holiday we got caught in a nasty traffic jam on the Autobahn and the auto gear changer became seriously hot, so much so that I was worried that we would get stuck there. So I made the decision to pull into the hard shoulder and drive down it getting off at the next junction.  Getting some cool air circulation seemed to solve the problem. Unfortunately we have since had a number of instances of transmission heating up and loss of drive temporarily.  Adam is on the case and it looks like we need to schedule a new transmission this year.

Going nowhere fast on the Autobahn is a picture of us at a point when the traffic completely stopped for almost an hour without movement.

Crazy gang on the Autobahn is a snap of the group once we got moving again. Me and Angie in the front, Doris Paola and Silvana in the back.

Seriously overloaded.  Doris insisted on buying some garden pots (reasonably heavy) and we also brought Silvana back to England for a weeks break with Paola. I knew we were a bit heavy but it wasn’t until we stopped and got out at the Calais crossing car park, that I realised just how low the rear suspension was (and this was without us in the car). Even funnier, we locked the car and went in for a Starbucks and it wasn’t till we came out again that I realised I had locked the keys in the ignition (over tired).  Luckily it is relatively easy to break into an old convertible.

2018 Hamburg and Lubeck trip

Just one picture from our March trip this year. This one is outside the hotel we stayed in at Munster as we drove over to Hamburg and Lubeck. Sadly the transmission when cold couldn’t engage drive so I had to choose gear 1 or 2 to make a connection before it would engage with drive. We really need that new transmission. Pity we don’t have any pictures of driving in snow at Lubeck. It was a bit scary but also funny.

Some great stories there and well told, we had to make a little adjustment to a couple of little bits as this is a family blog at the end of day. 😉

Thanks again to Derek for taking the time and effort to get all this over to us. 

Customers cars

But before we let that happen here is a lovely ’65 with a beautifully done custom-made red leather interior.  We have serviced the car and give her the now famous Mustang Maniac once over.

Do you have any road trips with your Mustang that you want to share with us? You know what to do – send the details over to us and we get it on the blog for you.

We hope you are enjoying the world cup where ever you may be.

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.

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.

Other News:

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.