Taking Out A Pedal

A very busy week with lots going in the yard and we will bring you a story of a behind the scenes pieces of work that is taking the best part of six months to happen, but more on that a little later. We have had a lot of interest in the John Wick car as we always do when she is in the yard. Unlike the film this little lady is not mashed up and sounding like a bag of nails being kicked down the stairs. She was in for quite a big change or upgrade depending on how you look at it.

Customers Cars:

John Wick

The car in the films transmission was an automatic, the car we built was a manual as we were asked to build. Now after a little deliberation the owner, he has decided to swap over to an automatic like the car in the films. What people don’t realise is that swapping over the gearboxes is just the beginning.

So out it was out with the old manual gear box;

Then out with the pedal box, as you just can’t cut a pedal off as such, then remove the old gearbox linkage and centre console.

We reused the original centre console to fit a bespoke Hurst Auto shifter in place instead of the stock build auto gear box lever.

Yogi made up a template for the Hurst shifter and its relevant position to the new gearbox linkages. We had a strip of wood grain trim to match the original factory trim option, the template pattern would be laid and then carefully cut out the new openings.

The console was strengthened with our own little secret process then replaced back into the car. Once everything was secure the shifter was properly mounted.

A new starter motor was fitted as the linkage to the gearbox was fabricated, adjusted and fitted. New transmission cooling pipes were routed to the front for cooling as would have been on the original specification.

Next up was the new pedal box and the throttle linkages to the carb which also had to be swapped over from the manual one.

Once all that little lot was done the finished result is very simple looking, but a lot of work behind the scenes, The neutral disconnect wiring to be integrated to the wiring and ignition loom, the speedo cable, kickdown operation, carburetor settings, brake pedal height all have to be adjusted and set to defaults before a road test, then we tweak the adjustments once or twice more to get to the optimal performance set up for the car.

Apart from the stress and aggravation of the manual gearboxes the autobox will now be smooth effortless and correct to the film now.

Time for yet another road test – just to make sure all is OK of course! 😉

Our Cars

Adam has had his ’66 Hertz Shelby in storage for a long time, after Cleo Shelby had signed it for him he decided to do a little work on her. The car runs but nowhere near how it should, so like most of these things start with the carb which has been sitting there for a for years getting gummed up and rusty. So the man or bear for the job Yogi stepped up to the mark for a strip down and rebuild. The dark art of a carb rebuild, jetting and mixtures will all be required on this 800CFM (yes 800) double pumper.

Before – with the moving parts removed, gaskets removed and all to be restored and checked for any wear & tear before refitting.

After – the carb rebuilt and put back together ready for the refit.

A very special favour for a ‘Boss’ using the world wide Mustang Maniac contacts. 

We have touched on this type of story a few times in the past, but we must stress that this is NOT something that Adam and Mustang Maniac does on any sort of regular basis. In fact this is a very good friend (within the very small close-knit Mustang Maniac inner sanctum as it were), as well as being a loyal customer who need some help. The conversation was had with Adam and he responded. We shall be covering this story as it happens to take you on a documented journey. It may go well with no problems, or it could be a nightmare. We haven’t documented this before but we thought we might share it with you this time as it was customer lead.

‘Thank you Adam for the very special help’,  this customer as he has asked (me) to pass along.

After the loss, well sale of his ’65 coupe, the search for a ‘new mistress’ (as he would say) has been eventful and fruitless for a while with every advert, paper, social media and website had been scoured and trawled over looking for the replacement.

This is the sorry sight of a much-loved car being driven away by somebody else! Rumour has it there was a tear in his eye as she left. (It wasn’t a rumour by the way).

This Mustang Maniac customer was looking for a certain style for his next car, and nothing was standing out, after seeing many in the Uk over many months, the cars over here were just not up to scratch (well there were some with scratches on the paint), or on the other hand just not what he was looking for. Frustration grew and Mustang Maniac steped in and give this customer some exclusive contacts that we use in the USA. The word was put out to Adam’s contacts to look for a likely candidate for the customers spec he had in mind. A couple of weeks later that word was returned with a few pics the new potential ‘mistress’ was found.

Everything was now down to the customer to fine tune the deal, if this was indeed the replacement. The car in question happens to be a 1970 ‘Boss’ 302 clone fastback. The vehicle is quite rare for being a genuine two owner car from new, lime metallic green paint, luxury Ivy green interior, Mach1 package, a rare tilt column and fold down rear seat, factory rear louvres etc. Underneath, she sports a 331ci stroked aluminium headed motor, mated to a TCI reverse manual shift C4 gearbox, hooked up to a 8” rear with 4:11 gears and a posi traction diff.

After many phone calls with the owner, hundreds of detailed pictures of the good, not so good, the bad and a video to help with the decision, the trigger was pulled to release funds for the new car.

It’s well known that importing a car can be a daunting prospect; there are hundreds of shipping companies willing to take your money and bring your beloved car over by any means possible, not all of those options are good ways to bring a car back we might add. So again the customer asked us for some help and we pointed him in the right direction by giving him some reputable shipping companies to contact for quotes.

The process for shipping is from Indiana to Miami docks. Then from Miami to the Uk, we wish him the best of luck in getting it to her new home. We aim to follow this customers journey, regarding transportation, shipping, insurance and registration and how it all goes for him. Once all the paper work and costs have been paid, it’s a case of then getting his new pride and joy to or to us for the Mustang Maniac safety check (see last weeks post) before we let him loose in it on the UK roads. Watch this space for more updates.

WebShop

It’s that time of year where our new delivery of the Limited Edition Mustang Maniac Calendars are in stock for 2019 year. There is a very limit run of these and to get one you just need to order anything to, or over the value of £200 and we will pop one in the order for you, free. Here is a quick preview of the calendar.

If you order the Mustang Maniac Gift Vouchers for £200 or more you will also get the calendar, remember only while stocks last, once they are gone, there will be no more!

The vouchers are available in £10 and £20 and can be used in the WebShop.

The links for the £10 voucher is here or click on the picture below.

The links for the £20 voucher is here or click on the picture below.

There are only two more weekends before Christmas, just saying! 

Tenuous Link

We like to think that all our posts are Mustang related of some sort. We have a very tenuous link this time which could be fun as well. As Adam has arrived back in the UK we have some details of the last leg of their holidays. Just before Remembrance Day Adam & Lynn landed in Munich Germany for a few days stop over.

While they were there they popped into the BMW Museum for a look around to see the German engineering and heritage of their cars.

At the entrance they had a display of some cars that BMW have absorbed into their empire. That being of course the huge scalp of Rolls Royce and the ultimate cult icon car of the ’60’s, the Mini. Subsequent revisions of the mini have seen it turn into a Euro box with not as much character as the beloved original.

The rest is all BMWs as you would expect.

Two wheels;

Their racing pedigree featuring the infamous M3 and dipping their toes into the money void of F1;

The future?

We mentioned a tenuous link earlier and here it is. This picture was in the museum and has a mustang within it. Can you find it? (I personally think there are two in there).

To finish up the couple of days in Germany? You need to have a beer!

Editors note: I’m just glad it’s not Adam in those leather shorts! 😀

Customer Cars:

We have been asked to see more pictures of the inside of the Hertz clone with the windows kit fitted. As requested those inside shots.

The Onion Mustang

Yogi has been rebuilding The Onion Convertible and things have started to take shape. Adam had a pleasant surprise when he saw the car after a few weeks away. There is a lot of temporary work to get the full picture. Once the tiny adjustments have been made the proper welding will take place. Starting from the back;

Then to the front;


Next week we shall be back to normal with any luck. But over the last few weeks has anybody spotted a pattern with the batches of photos?

America?

Cuba;

Germany;

Answer: Not once did Adam suffer from the frizzy hair syndrome like Lynn did!

Cuba, Cars & Cigars

The last part of Adam & Lynn’s transatlantic adventures has been a trip to Cuba. We have been sent some amazing pictures and Cuba isn’t quite what we expected. The classic fifties cars have been there before the revolution and have nursed with some serious TLC ever since. As a result these old cars or ‘Yank Tanks’ as refered to over there have been a legacy as other makes of car remain very expensive to buy. Due to the Russian influence at the time there is also a lot of old Ladas and in some parts can looks very Russian. We don’t think that many people want to ride in an old Lada when the choice of classic Chevy is park next to it. The main income for Cuba was and still is sugar cane, although Cuba and especially Havana are also well-known for the tobacco products, (more of which later). Their ride for the day was this wonderful ’56 Chevy with a twist, the car had a Mercedes five pot diesel engine in place instead of the Chevy block, the up side is that the car now has the all important air con.

Some useful tips from their travels included a private tour and ride for a ten-hour day will cost you around £200. There is no wi-fi as we expect it to be out there, so you need to get connected, a purchase of a wi-fi card is required and that will last you one hour. Speaking of cards, the important point is that credit cards don’t work out there, so make sure you carry enough cash for what ever you think you will need.

The weather is hot and humid and plays havoc with your hair according to Lynn, Adam didn’t appear to care about that at all. The locals are very friendly and they felt safe wherever they went. Getting out of the car for a look around is no problem but remember that there are a lot of cobbled street out there and the flat shoe tourist thing is the order of the day. While out of the vehicle you may encounter some of the many stray dogs on the streets, most of them have an ID tag around them to show that the locals are looking after them.

Havana has a strong Spanish orientated area with a few French buildings as well.

Adam & Lynn both used these exotic forms of transport and managed to snap a few pictures while going along.

Some amazing architecture suites the old beautiful classic 50’s cars that are just work horses over there, but here they would polished and cherished.

Adam was interested to see some real horsepower out there, we don’t think this is what he had in mind though!

A trip to the cigar factory has shattered a myth for me, that is that the cigars are not rolled on the inner thighs of virgins, but by some stubbly bloke rolling it on bench! Why do people have to ruin it for others? All be it I knew it wasn’t true, but kinda hoping it was. As a result of the facts; those cigars won’t have the same appeal or taste quite the same now. 😀

After the tour of the noisy cigar factory? A beer and cigar of course!

Although the local music was a little different to what they were expecting.

Later in the evening rumour has it that Lynn was out on bender, we can’t confirm if that was true or not, but circumstantial evidence does suggest that could be the case.

Adam decided that he too would get involved with the night life with this character.

An unusual tourist attraction.

More evening adventures and a train in the middle of nowhere.

A little bull riding in this video.

On their travels they managed to find a local wedding with a pink bridal car.

It appears that local health and safety is not to much of an issue on a bridge fishing by the looks of it.

Ernest Hemingway is very famous and popular character there with many bars and restaurants having photos and memorabilia of him all over the place.

I have learnt something about this country and I think I want to visit the place as well now.

As for the Mustang yard? Well that is going strong and we will be back to normal showing you what Yogi has been up to in the mean time. Adam should be back soon and we suspect he will be enjoying the influx of emails via proper wi-fi that he hasn’t been getting while in Cuba.

SEMA 2018 – Part 4

This is the last post from the SEMA 2018 show in Las Vegas. Again a mixture of cars and in no particular order, apart from a batch of Mustangs first of course.

Moving back inside to another hall;

SEMA wouldn’t be SEMA without the beautiful ‘Eleanor’

Adam was interested in this stand and spent a little time looking around.

Bonus Pictures

These pics were taken over the few days of the SEMA show when it was time to relax.

Something a bit fishy goin’ on here we think.

Adam managed to catch up with an ancestor of Yogi’s from Canada while he was out there.

Adam came up with an idea from this jar, Lynn replied with ‘anymore talk like that he would be taking a ride in one of these!’ 😀

She didn’t say that really, she just did that ‘woman thing’ with the eyes that say it all.

Adam has decided that he needs an office down the back of the yard and this was just the thing, He also decided that new office work attire would be in keeping as well. Adam tries his camouflage technique in case somebody wants him while he is working on the cars. He also said something about ‘going tactical’.

We hope you enjoyed the pictures from SEMA 2018 in Las Vegas as much as we did. Thanks to Adam & Lynn for taking the time out to send them to us at stupid o’clock in the morning, just sayin’!

Before anybody asks – Adam will not be back in the office until the 19th November as they are taking a well-earned break while they are in the USA. Adam will still have his emails of course, but will be limited availability.

SEMA 2018 – Part 3

The last couple of posts about the SEMA 2018 show have been very popular and we are pleased with the number of times the pictures have been viewed. So we’ll jump straight back into the photo’s and hope you will enjoy the next couple of posts too.

We have a few pictures of these promotional ladies who are always so obliging to smile for any camera that is pointed their way.

A very popular section was this Hot Wheels display of cars made to look like the miniature versions, the amount of work involved is just amazing.

A few More Mustangs;

As promised the videos, the first here is a Mustang having a blast around the SEMA outside track.

This video is again a single Mustang having a blast, but it’s Adam’s comment that makes us laugh. Obviously said in jest and it’s not true, honestly.

The final video is a pair of Mustangs do a few synchronised drifting moves a few feet apart which is quite impressive.

Let us know what you think. 🙂

SEMA 2018 – Part 2

We pick up from yesterday with a continuation from one of the great halls inside. So it’s less words from us and we’ll just get on with more pics from SEMA 2018!

Adam & Lynn did tell the ‘celebs’ to take a seat and that they would be back soon, that’s after they had look round of course!

We already have a batch for tomorrows post and they look just as awesome with a little video or two.

SEMA 2018 – Part 1

Adam and his wife Lynn had arrived at Las Vegas safely and were looking forward to the SEMA show. As promised we have been sent the first batch of photo’s, but we are obviously going to be a day behind due to the time delay. As there are a lot of photos, we will start outside and work our way in, apart from the first pic here, which is Adam at his favourite car show, followed by Lynn posing with a couple of big trucks.

A glorious day as most days are in Las Vegas which didn’t disappoint the crowds starting to turn up to the show.

And of course the batch of Mustangs outside;

Perhaps the most important car there at SEMA? The original Bullitt ‘Hero’ car that the legend Steve McQueen actually drove in the film, which was recently discovered and now doing the car show circuit.

The other equally as famous Mustang is Ken Blocks ‘Hoonigan RTR v2’

Inside the great halls;

It wasn’t long before the ‘celebs’ wanted to have their selfies taken with Adam and Lynn!

Adam’s routine each year is to go straight to the Ford stand. He can catch up with some old friends and catch up on the latest news and insider info.

A car that was getting a lot of attention was the drag strip ready ‘Cobra Jet 50th Anniversary Edition’ with only 68 being made. The car has at ‘least’ 700bhp, but rumoured to be closer to the 1,000bhp mark – with a 1/4 mile at around 8 seconds. All this could be yours for $130,000 + extra for badges and graphics! Tha’s IF you can get hold of one in the first place. We think for that type of performance, that is not a lot of money for that car! Especially if you think how much people pay for their custom drag strip cars to try and go that quick. Best of all, this is a Ford (rather special) out the box car, built just for the straight line blast!

It’s also rumoured that Adam had all his beer free for the day as well! Knowing Adam – it’s true. 🙂

Cheers! 

We will bring you the next installment tomorrow in ‘Part 2’