Merry Christmas

We have been sent a very well thought out and updated version of the “12 Days of Christmas” carol with a Mustang theme to it, a big “Thank You” to Gary W. for sending this in to us:

Click on the image for the easier to read full sized version.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

from Mustang Maniac!

We would like to finish the last post for this year 2017 by saying a huge thank you to all our customers, all our friends and everybody who follows us on Facebook, Twitter and our followers from all around the world of our little ol’ blog.

We look forward to bringing you more from Mustang Maniac with regular updates in the new year.

Thank You all.

That Midas Touch

This week we have been getting to grips with a major project to reassemble a gold coloured convertible. With most of these big projects it was started and left incomplete for a various reasons, then she was transported to the home of the Mustang, here at Mustang Maniac to finish it off. The web is full of some great how to projects, but more often than not they tend to leave out the problems you will encounter in one way or another. As a result the projects stalls and can be difficult to complete without the experienced know how or the correct tools. Then we get the inevitable phone call where we are asked help out with the now legendary build quality only we can provide to your project. We suspect that this will be the last big project rebuild for a little while until we have completed some of our own in-house projects that we must complete over the winter months to come.

The engine is the in-line six with one of our very own carbs fitted and she runs fine in her current condition, apart from some tuning that will be required.

The only downside is that with Yogi’s Midas touch to make things work and fit again, you can’t see it was already gold – or was it? 🙂

Gold Coupe:

Not only do we have a gold convertible in, but we also get in a gold coupe at the same time in the same workshop. This car needs a little fettling to sort out some running issues and the geberous helping of  the good ol’ Mustang Maniac TLC.

Under the hood – the bling factor matches the paint job!

Promotional Offer:

We have had our delivery of the Limited Edition of the Mustang Maniac 2018 Calendar. These are a month view with day spaces to write down your important car show events.  Thanks to Lance at Linards for the hard work to get this ready for us by the end of the year. We are going to be giving them away to the first 50 orders over £200 + Vat placed with us. We don’t expect these to be around for long, so if you are thinking of ordering some parts and / or vouchers do it sooner rather than later to grab your calendar. We have some pics of the calendar for you, but once they are gone – there will be no more for this year.

IF you ask nicely, Adam may even autograph one for you, Yogi may stamp his paw print for his elite, “Fan Club” and not forgetting Morgan’s signature that would complete the set.

Vouchers:

Adam also says, as it’s getting near Christmas, we have had some more vouchers in to cater for that “What do I get a man with a Mustang?” The answer is Simple – Let them choose! If you ask Adam nicely he may even let you have a calendar with the Vouchers.

You can them from the WebShop here, or cut and past the link below to your browser:

£10 –  https://mustangmaniac.co.uk/part/74/8051/__10_gift_voucher

£20 – https://mustangmaniac.co.uk/part/74/8052/__20_gift_voucher

Other News:

While Adam was “working hard” at the SEMA show he decided to do the touristy type thing and boarded the High Roller, which is a 550-foot tall, Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip. There are four cabins designated as the High Roller “Happy Hour” that have a bar and a bartender. Once inside, the free drinks start as soon as the doors close. Yes, you can drink all-you-can for the duration of the ride, which takes around thirty minutes. A savvy and quick drinker can get five drinks in during the thirty minute ride. We can neither confirm nor deny that the drinks estimation was consumed. The “last call” for drinks is when you are about three quarters of the way round. By that point it’s a case of “is the wheel moving” or is it you staggering around?

Have you ever wondered what Las Vegas looks like from the air in the middle of a desert?

Exclusive:

We have had the go ahead for special world exclusive that we will bring you soon, possibly a dedicated post in it’s own right.

Here’s a clue:

Euro Update

If you are thinking by the heading that Mustang Maniac are going to talk politics, you are very wrong. We are pleased to announce that we have some new stock for a European look upgrade to our popular custom-made LED lighting kits. But first we start with the Park & Pic.

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This Coupe owned by Steve has had a little upgrade on the front suspension. Steve supplied us with the wheels and the tyres so we could set the geo up on the car after the suspension swap out.

First out was the was the old springs, shocks and perches removed which have seen better days regarding wear and tear.

The perches had the upgraded Shelby suspension springs which are stiffer and lower the front of the car a little to give that more neutral body stance. The front sway bar was upgraded to a 1″ bar which will improve the handling of the car no end with the new performance springs and shocks.

WebShop:

We mention that we have now had a Euro version of our popular LED circuit boards for the early Mustangs. These boards have multiple options of sequences you can choose from via a button on the circuit board itself. We were asked if these were available so we had a new batch made to see what the reaction was like. We have already sold a few sets, so if you see them on a Mustang, the chances are they are from us. If you wanted to see them click here for the hyper link, or cut and paste the link here into your browser.

https://mustangmaniac.co.uk/part/36/8928/euro_led_65-66_sequential_flash

Euro LED 65-66 sequential flash

We have uploaded the video to our YouTube channel and the video is also here. Or click our YouTube logo to the go the channel.

Our YouTube Channel “MustangManiacUK”

We have had a request, it was only a single request for a Yogi pic – we suspect it was from Yogi’s wife, sorry ladies – but he’s taken. But we have one of the bear working on his own car which was also posted on our Facebook pages too.

To answer a Question:

We were asked if our light weight indoor covers would fit the new Mustangs too.

Yep – they do.

Competition Time!

It seems as though last weeks post was well received as we had a couple of emails suggesting we should do a competition for the best colouring in. Well, it has been agreed that we will do a little competition for all of our younger readers as well as those big kids among us. The prizes will be one of our Gift Vouchers from Mustang Maniac and a goody bag. You can send us your coloured in pics by pencils, crayons, water colours, airbrushed or Photoshop pics directly to our blog email address just for this competition: mustangmaniacuk@gmail.com  All the received entries will be judged by Adam, and as usual what he says, that will be the final ruling. The closing date for our first competition will be the mid-day 12th March 2017, and the winner will be announced a week later on the 19th March 2017 with their winning picture. There is even a temporary countdown timer on the right of the page now just to keep you advised of the days left before the closing date. Just make sure you put your contact details with your entry so we can send you the prize if you are the lucky winner. We of course would like to see where we get the entries from all around the world. Download the image from the bottom of the of the post, or click here for a link. Also, if you have any line drawings you wish to share with our readers, again send them to us on the email above and will add them to our download section and give you a shout out on the blog too.

Park & Pic

We have had a couple more pics sent to us and the next in line was Tony Pook’s lovely fastback with a superb number plate. Thanks for the Picture Tony.

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Keep those pictures coming in and we will get you on the blog as the lead picture.

Customers Cars: 

We had a ’67 fastback in with us for some work to be finished up and some maintenance. The car has been rewired by the owner and we were asked to finish under the hood wiring.

Yogi has wired the car and wrapped the loom with our own cloth tape to for that original look.

We were asked to fire the car up for a few seconds after it had been wired up. The engine had no exhaust headers fitted at this point and not a lot water in the engine.

Ever wondered what a v8 looks like firing straight out of the cylinders? Here is a very rare chance to see only a few seconds of what happens, filmed from inside the Yogi workshop.

Before you ask, yes it was a LOT louder than the video suggests!

The car is going to have the brakes overhauled and some suspension replacements. Yogi started that process of by painting the master brake reservoir before re-fitting it back into the engine.

Chris’ Project

Chris has been a busy boy getting back to bare metal in order to paint with the trusted Red Oxide paint as a base coat. The big problem he is having at the moment is the Waxoyl treatment. A hot air gun is being used as the first plan of attack to soften the goo up and then scrape it off. That’s all before the paint even starts to come off.

 

Colouring In Competition Sheet. 

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Get colouring in and send us your entries, enjoy and have fun.

A Restoration First?

While we have been busy posting about our SEMA 2016 trip, there has been a few changes going on behind the scenes. We have removed the “graveyard” where the old cars awaiting our magical touches. And will be replaced with a “little project” Adam has in mind. Those cars will now be going into storage in the big shed for now. Yogi realising that these will be coming his way soon!

We are still planning on posting the SEMA 2016 day four as well as the Shelby Heritage Museum tour we promised you over the coming week. We had taken almost nine hundred pictures that day and we still need to sort out the better pics to upload for you.

A first for the Restoration industry?

So back to the what we do best, showing you what we do. As we like to think we are pretty unique we have made some serious decisions while we were in Las Vegas over a beer or two. We currently have our Mustang Maniac Forum that is popular, but it has started to die down. This is not unique to our forum though, it’s happened to a lot of other forums too. The mobile phone is the communication device for emails, photo’s and keeping up with the world on the go. So logging into a forum with passwords on a mobile, leaving a reply, then waiting for a response all takes just to long in this busy world of ours. So we had an idea and are very excited it, that idea has taken off very well with a small “trial” invited group of members.

We have created a Facebook Chat group called “Mustang Maniacs“.

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From there you can see some real-time updates from us along with updates from other members of the group. Now this group is going to be all about Mustangs or Fords, so there is none of this “I’m popping out for a pint of milk” rubbish. However if you said “I’m going out in my Mustang to an event” – that’s a whole new conversation to be had. We have now opened this up this new group to everybody to upload their car pictures, stories for others to comment on or just to read what we and others are up to. If you have a question – members from the Mustang Maniac forum may have that answer for you, on the group now. If you have a technical sales question; we still request you email adam@mustangmaniac.co.uk for further details as normal, we won’t be doing business on the group. There are moderators who will be keeping an eye on things too, so keep it nice and no moaning, or you could find yourself blocked. To show this all in action we had a three-way example view. We had to get a customer’s car out from storage to be moved to the panel shop. Lance “live” streamed the move to the Mustang Maniacs Group, we also took pictures of the live streaming in progress for the blog here. Filming the filming if you like.

The car being moved.

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Lance filming and the live stream

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The live feed as it happened

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Click here to see the full live feed, or copy this to your browser –  https://www.facebook.com/lance.barrington/videos/10154775131952418/

With the car moved into the workshop Yogi took a selfie for the group:

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What was he looking at?

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So we hope you can see how want it to work, a snapshot in time of Mustang Maniacs, and like minded people. We want people to interact with us, we shall try to post and upload where we can. Of course you can post your own pics and comment on others as you see fit. Remember; banter is good, moaning and insults are not. Show us your projects, tell us your thoughts, ask us what we think, send us a message, anything car related.

Let us know what you think.

So how many other car restorations out there show you what they do as it happens? Of course the blog is here to stay, and it will continue to give a little more in-depth behind the scenes as we always do. For a quick moment in time or chat with us and other members; join us at Mustang Maniacs! That leads us very nicely into the next section:

Customer’s Cars:

’67 Convertible Full Restoration

This is a new project that the Yogi will be starting soon. It’s a ’67 289cid Convertible, which needs some serious attention. We aim to bring this project to you step by step as you would expect. This is the car that was moved in the live stream from above.

We are looking for a nickname for this car now. Perhaps the owner Mark may have an idea for us?

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The ’69 with the new front end has been taken off the jig after Yogi had welded the new panels back in place. The car was moved to Yogi ‘s work shop (Yogi says that’s an upgrade for a car accommodation), where the work can be continued under the car. The underside will need to be rubbed down in order for the final welding to be completed. The rubbing down and grinding work can be heard going on in the background of the live video we mentioned above.

The new front looks great and won’t be long before she is off to paint.

Chris’s Coupe

The last few weekends since Chris has got back from Vegas he has been working hard to get his car ready for some metal work and body prep. Chris had stripped and rubbed the inside of the engine bay down and has started to paint it. Being in the storage shed Chris had a flood light on the engine bay. from a distance it looked like a little star shining down on him!

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We suspect that the complete engine bay will be done by the end of the day (Saturday). A good start and there is nothing like seeing your first coats of paint going on the car. It transforms the whole car from a work in progress to a restoration under way.

News:

Adam like to keep an eye on things for sale and see what the Mustang Market is up to. On this occasion he contact a guy who was selling an engine. The story is that the previous owner took it out of a car and nobody knows much about the engine. Adam was sent a few photo’s and bought it straight away. Why, because he knew this was “special” to the other blocks that come up for sale. The chrome rocker covers were rusty as was the sump. No problems there as they can be replaced. But taking the rocker covers of the engine, Adam’s suspicions were correct. He had found a little diamond in the rough. Adam and Yogi

What we have here is a brand new block with a very nice set of GT40P heads on it.

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The guys continued to strip the rest of it apart to see what was going on.

This was a new rebuilt engine and the cylinders still had the honing marks on them. The timing chain was new as were the valves, cam and the cam rollers.

What did Adam think? Well, they say a picture speaks a thousand words. Speaking of thousands; Adam reckons the work that had gone into the engine and the use of Ford stamped parts, “You can easily add a nought to what I paid for this engine, bargain!” Shame that luck didn’t run with him on the card tables at Las Vegas!

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Adam pointed out the differences on the heads and how he spotted it. The GT40P heads needed better springs to make use of the valve openings depending on cam and the larger exhaust porting. Headers will need to be specific GT40P fits. The headers are right up there with the fabled “HiPo” units, apart from modern alloy heads this is about as good as it got. But a lot of people want originality and more power. What we have here is both.

Next week we intend to be concluding our SEMA 2016 posts.

Las Vegas – Scott Drake

Monday 31st October 2016. This was the first full day in Las Vegas before the SEMA Show 2016 started on Tuesday. Adam always takes the advantage to pop in and see the Scott Drake guys.  Adam is one of the few genuinely authorised suppliers, not just selling the odd few bits now and again claiming to be a authorised supplier. The trip out to Drake’s takes in a highway, it’s difficult to comprehend that Las Vegas is basically in the middle of a desert surround by mountains wherever you look.

As Adam is a very well-respected client we were all taken for a VIP guided tour around their offices, warehouses, storage area and manufacturing area. Obviously some things were confidential and we were asked not to post the photos, so we obviously respect that request, but we can show you the huge scale of their operation. On arrival you are greeted with a massive building which is only half of the plot.

The entrance has the reception area, a display of a few parts and a seating area. Most of the staff were preparing for SEMA so they were on a skeleton staff there, but Adam’s personal account handler had arranged to meet us.

Passed the reception area is the main workstations and few offices. The workstations were showing account details etc so we can’t show that part, but we can show you the gold mine of memorabilia in one of the offices.

Past the desk area is rest area for the staff, which has some amazing stuff on their walls. There is the fifteen stage process of how the wheels are made.

On the other walls there are the rough Die Casting raw mouldings of the various parts for various cars.

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Past this break out area there is the main warehouse at the back. The first thing you notice walking in is a bench with half a car on it. The warehouse itself has rack after rack of parts that are stacked full floor to the ceiling.

The wheels are shipped in from the manufacturers and inspected before they are released to the chrome plating area. The newly chromed parts are then inspected again before they area assembled in-house. For confidentiality reasons we won’t show how it’s all done, but it’s a very cleaver process.

The rims are fitted to the centres and put on pallets ready for another inspection.

The other parts are batch tested also and any parts that are not up to their high standards are scrapped.

We left through a side door and taken to another huge storage area which is not usually seen by anybody. This is where some of the rare cars are stored, we were all buzzing with excitement. First up was a drag car which has been quite successful in its time.

Most of the cars are covered in a layer of dust waiting some dedicated attention.

And the cream of the of crop is the genuine Shelby GT500. The dilemma here is to restore it to her full glory or leave her as she is. The current thinking is to leave her as she is, totally authentic and rapidly rising in value.

Under the covers is a rare Sunbeam Tiger which has the original v8 engine shoehorned in it still.

With the tour completed we taken to another are where the meeting rooms are. The was a table laid out with a batch of some new products that were being discussed. Again for obvious reason we can’t show you those particular items, but we can show you some others. In the corner there was a hood which has a genuine Carroll Shelby signature on it.

A personalised autograph to Scott Drake.

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After the tour we were taken out to lunch at a wonderful place called “Mustang Sally’s Diner” of course just down the road which was attached to a Ford dealership.

The Ford Dealership next door had one or two cars and trucks for sale!

After we had finished lunch and Adam had concluded business we set of back to Vegas where we would spend Halloween on the old strip Fremont Street.

Mustang Maniac would like to thank everybody at Scott Drake Automotive Group once again for their very generous hospitality.