Last week posted a poll for the ‘complaint’ that we had. It turns out that we needn’t of worried as all of you that commented didn’t think it was a complaint in the first place. We received some the comments of support on our blog as well as our FaceBook page. The poll’s result were a not so surprising result of 99.14% who wouldn’t want to pay extra for a pristine box from 230 votes when we last checked this morning. A big “Thank You” to all of those who voted and and left us very positive and supportive comments, even from the USA, Europe as well as the UK, we really appreciate it. However, we will still listen to the less than 1% of you out there; if you want a pristine box to put your product box in, we can arrange that for you and we will advise the costing of the extra packaging as a result, once we have sourced the correct box as we won’t have them in stock for obvious reasons. If you still want this additional cost when you order, just leave us a note to say that you want additional packaging and we will confirm the costs as it will need to be customized and our time to deal with your request, therefore it won’t cheap. We would also like to point out that such requests could also delay your parts for dispatch as we need to source the appropriate box like we said above. In our last post we mentioned that we can’t of course be held responsible for how the package is handled by the courier after it has left us, but we take all the precautions we can to make sure your package arrives on time and undamaged. Contact us first to see what can be done for you via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Park & Pic
A nice ’66 Coupe brought into us for a little Mustang Maniac TLC treatment. Not often you get to see racing stripes on a Coupe but they work well here and the white wall tyres providing the finishing touch.
We have been tasked with sorting out some problems with a six pot Coupe for suspension work to improve the handling and some wind up work. The suspension perches had different bolts in them.
We replaced the front springs and a nice pair of Spax adjustable shocks. Anybody who has tried to use spring compressors will twitch at one of the pictures. We too didn’t like the market versions, so we made our own, no more worries about the tensioners slipping off the springs, the best part is that all the tension is wound up from the top of the shock tower in the engine bay. Before you ask; no we don’t sell them, but for the right money we could make you a set!
The next job was the window regulators in the doors and one in the rear. Most of the time culprit is the plastic window rollers that run up the guide rails inside. They go brittle, crack or just disintegrate over years of use. We sell these here, if you are doing anything to your windows, we recommend changing them – just because it makes sense and they cost very little and we have one or two in stock! You just know the window will get stuck at the wrong time like when it starts to rain.
old window roller
new window rollers
The window mechanisms were worn with excess play as well so they also got replaced, out with the old in with the new.
If your lucky the door cards can come of in one piece, most of the time the card just crumbles away due to age.
The worst part is the removing and re-installation of the glass is without causing damage to the paintwork. Realigning of the door glass takes patience to get right and can take hours, especially if all the glass is removed from one side with nothing to work from as a guide.
We are now starting to ramp up the stock we hold of the serviceable parts of the newer Mustangs as well. That’s oil, brakes, filters, pumps etc. We can now reveal that certain Ford dealerships didn’t have in stock the brake parts they needed for servicing of a customers car. Where did they get their parts from? Yep, they ordered the Genuine Ford Parts from us here at Mustang Maniac. (I bet the customer didn’t get the boxes either!)
Trigger Warning: Some of our new stock has been opened to check the parts, contents and quality before we stock them.
Let us show you what we mean regarding some of our stock:
Oils – Check
Filters – Check
Brakes – Check
Four piston and the Brembo 6 piston calipers.
We also have a massive selection from our partner; EBC Brakes for all the 1964 – 2019 Mustangs and all in stock.
Alternators – Check
We also stock a full range of alternators with various power ratings for your needs for all Mustangs 1964 to 2019. Various pullies, serpentine or V-belt.
Water Pumps – Check
A huge range of various years, all straight of the shelf.
Suspension Parts – Check
Original Reconditioned Gearboxes – Check
Date correct and certainly not our Enos brand prices.
Original Reconditioned Engines and Parts – Check
Date correct parts, again definitely not our Enos brand.
We aim to have the best Mustang Stock you can imagine all from the shelf. We are expecting 100 days of rain over the next couple of months. Is somebody trying to tell us something? Drive safely in the wet and check your wiper functionality no matter what car you drive.
Thank you all again for your overwhelmingly positive support and feedback.
This week we have been left scratching our heads at the sign of the times here at Mustang Maniac. Do we actually post the following or not, a brave decision was made to be totally transparent about it, so here it is:
It’s no secret that we have moved to an online sales service for an important reason. In the past we had been getting many phone calls regarding how to fit a part, or how to diagnose a problem. Not that we mind that too much if the part was purchased from us, but we draw the line at people who aren’t our customers asking how to fit these parts. They were ordering the parts from elsewhere and then call us wanting our advice and guidance. Lets just put this into perspective for a few scenarios; would a solicitor give you free advice on a legal matter? Would a garden center talk you through how to put up a shed and prepare the ground? Would an electrician talk you through how to install a three way switch in a room? Do you phone amazon asking how to tile a bathroom? The answer is certainly a NO, even more so if you have never been a customer or spoken to them before. So, like mentioned above we said we stopped that service as our time is our money at the end of the day. It was a few that ruined it for the many genuine customers. If you buy the parts from us and want help, email us and we will help you when we get a spare moment.
The situation we find ourselves in is complaints. We can take complaints and we pride ourselves on sorting those rare occasions out very quickly, refunds or replacement parts. We have even replaced parts that the customers have broken at our own expense, just for good customer service.
We had a customer order some brake parts from us, so we packaged them and sent them out. The next thing we are alerted to is a a social media post of a damaged packaging box, before we were even notified or even had the chance to respond. Here is that post;
The item in question is the Bendix box on the left that has been crushed. Inside is a set of heavy brake shoes that were undamaged, it’s just the box that is damaged. To be fair the the guy didn’t name us to start with, but went on to name us after other posts prompted the guy to post our name. There were others on the post that said, some boxes are not up to the job considering they are shipped from other countries before going into our stock which is true.
Our heavier items are stacked in our large storage at the back of the yard. On a rare occasion a box may get crushed under weight. To stack them individually is not realistic for a company like ours where space is a premium. Here we have a random few pics of some of our more heavier items stored on racking. The lighter more fragile items are stored carefully in storage trays and bespoke storage boxes and racking depending on the part size of course.
The items are not thrown around, but are racked based on weight. If we don’t care for our stock, in simple terms we can’t sell it, then what is the point of having the stock. We too receive damaged items shipped to us for our own deliveries, some items damaged beyond resale, in those cases it’s cheaper to just throw that part away rather than ship it back for a replacement. That loss of stock is at our cost and our choice of course. We don’t mention this as it’s part of business when dealing with freight. When we have called the suppliers in the past we get told;
‘Are the parts OK? If it’s only the box, then what’s the problem?’
We go to great lengths to make sure our parts are the best they can be, but sometimes through no fault of our own packaging is damaged after travelling thousands of miles from another continent to be with us in the UK. We don’t remember this box being like this when we packaged it up, perhaps it was roughly handled by the courier service we use due to the combined weight of the parts causing the damage? It looks like we will never know. Given the chance we would have just the sent the customer another packaging box, carefully taken apart folded flat and sent out to him. The partsleft without a box we would then use ourselves, it’s not a huge problem at all. It would have been nice to have had the chance to respond to the customer before a social media frenzy starts up.
Note: We will often open deliveries or packaging just to check the contents are complete and we will continue to do so. We also do this on a random basis for our own quality control. Those items will be resealed and are still brand new parts that have never been fitted.
A customer ordered a H pipe exhaust part for his car. These parts are made of mild steel and come into us untreated. The customer has complained that there was a little surface rust on end of the pipe and wanted a discount. This was easily solved as the part that was ordered was the wrong part anyway. The customer wanted us to pay for the return of the part. We gave the customer a full refund. If the part was correct, a small surface rub with a wire brush would have solved the problem for him. One the car had seen moisture on the road the rust would have started to show again anyway. It’s these parts by nature are treated to hold cold extremes and often water and moisture from the engine as well. This just wasn’t worth the hassle of arguing about.
We have even had a customer upset that we didn’t deliver their product on the same day after they ordered mid morning after our collections had been taken by our courier. They were more than welcome to collect the same day but declined, but for £9 they wanted a few hours delivery. Sorry we can’t provide that sort of service, unless you want to pay a lot more than £9!
So, what we have here is a serious change of attitude from Mustang Maniac, We listen to what is being said and move with the times accordingly. So we now have a poll and the outcome of which will determine our thought process.
Unlike the Brexit vote (if you voted leave) you vote will count. We propose that we will charge extra for repackaging in a pristine box the original box and parts. Considering that a young girl on the internet is campaigning about excess global warming and packaging etc Do you really want that? We try to be as ‘green’ as possible but it appears that if people are complaining about a damaged box, we need to rethink strategies, or do we? Are we being unreasonable?
We created a poll for your answers. What do you want us to do?
Did you know?
There are millions of parcel journeys each day and the average parcel delivery driver in the UK has 250 deliveries per day.
It stands to reason that one or two parcels will not receive the careful attention it either deserves or that has been paid for by Mustang Maniac.
Mustang Maniac only uses the most appropriate packaging – from an environmental, protection and cost perspective and carriers with a good record of performance, but they cannot plan for events like the above.
We don’t want to criticize the van drivers as they have a tough job to do…so we do our best to work within the situations we are faced with.
Adam has written the following a couple of weeks ago and will be going onto our WebShop shortly which we hope will make things a little clearer for all out customers;
Mustang Maniac Mantra…….how we work
Mustang Maniac has been a passion of mine for many years and has grown out of my personal hobby and into a thriving professionally managed business.
I have learned a lot over the years about the ownership, repair and restoration of all classic Mustangs and Falcons – and I am still learning, but I think it’s really important to set out exactly how we operate here at Mustang Maniac so there can be absolutely no confusion………
We do know best…….. Over the years we have got to fully understand our business of Mustang and Falcon Parts along with our wide range of other services.
We have made the mistakes we always try to prevent you from making….. we’ve used parts that don’t work or are poorly fitting and we always try to help you avoid them…..but that does require you to seek our advice up front – and then listen to it.
We often provide advice for it to be completely ignored… then, frustratingly we get asked to help in solving the issues that arise from not heeding our advice. It drives us mad!
Often the best and most cost effective solution to a Mustang/Falcon problem does not seem to be the easiest/cheapest option…. In many cases there doesn’t seem to be the budget to “do the job properly” but in most cases the money is found to “put a bad job right the second time around”. It drives us mad – do the job once and do it properly!
Quality comes at a price… we do offer a limited range of budget friendly parts, but our priority is to sell good quality, thoroughly tested parts from our list of respected suppliers. While these parts may appear to be more expensive their quality will provide many years of reliable service. We know that because we use those parts on our own Mustangs and Falcons!
We make our own parts… some of the parts needed to restore or repair Mustangs and Falcons are no longer produced or, if they are, they are not to the high quality standards we demand – so we arrange for them to be made here in the UK by local craftsmen and engineers.
Are our parts expensive?…. in some cases they might appear to be, reflecting the efforts, trouble and expense we have gone to to get them and then shipped to parts warehouse. If it’s the cheapest parts around you are looking for it might save you time and trouble to look elsewhere for them.
We carry the parts in stock…. unlike a number of parts suppliers, we carry all all of the parts we sell ‘in stock’ with the latest stock situation featured on our website. If we say we have it then it’s in one of our parts bins waiting for you. All this stock does come at a price and to carry that stock we have had to buy it from our suppliers, ship it to the UK and pay all freight and duties.
We don’t use the cheapest shippers…. like all of our business, quality and reliability is key to how we operate. We select our delivery agents based on performance and reliability first and then try to get the very best deal possible from them. Our parts are properly wrapped and labelled so you get your parts undamaged and when you expect them. It’s quite simple really!
Our advice is free…. yes we are mostly happy to offer our customers advice on all things Mustang and Falcon, but we do ask you to contact us by email. That way we can deal with the queries when we find the time. If it’s just a bit of advice you want but would rather buy your parts at the cheapest store then we probably aren’t that keen to help you. It’s always best when buying cheap parts to discuss them with those experts who are offering them. We do tend to be a bit reluctant to help after those cheap parts have been bought, fitted and failed!
We strongly believe in the truth – tell it how it is… if it’s the facts about a Mustang or Falcon car, part or process you want then we offer it with as few words as we need. If it’s ‘sales speak’ or a ‘heavy sell ‘ you want then it’s best to look elsewhere. We tell you “what’s true” and not “what you want to hear”. It really is the best way!
We don’t offer discounts…. well, if you are restoring a Mustang or Falcon and talk to us at the start, we will happily supply all the quality parts you need (from our vast stock here in the UK), when you need them and we can talk about prices as well. If we have an honest and open discussion at the start of your project we are happy to support you in any way we can. Having that discussion after you have been let down by other suppliers or you are just buying a single part you can’t get elsewhere won’t help either of us!
I have tried to be as open and honest as I can here with the way I do business.
We are honest and helpful people here at Mustang Maniac and will always do our best in whatever we do.
If you have strong issues with any of the above then it’s very likely you might be happier buying your parts elsewhere….if they genuinely have them in stock.
If, like me you like to understand who you are working with and how the business works then I am sure we will get along just fine and we will be very happy to support you with our parts and services.
Enough of all that it’s now time for the cars,
We were talking about a a car that needed a water pump and an ungraded braking system. We are nearing the end of the project and here is what Yogi has been up to with the Brakes under the hood.
The next exciting part supplier we now have on board is the ACPline of products. They produce and supply us with previously unavailable parts for Falcons as well as Mustangs. We are expanding their lines of stock as we speak to offer more choices.
Things like Falcon chrome rear bumpers, radiators and trims. Our first order arrived and Adam opened most of the boxes to examine the products are as good as we hoped.
We listened to the fact that customers wanted more Falcon parts. We sourced and we stocked. Please vote and let us know what you think. Were these complaints justified, do we need to move with the times, or was this just a random example?
We are not here to put people down, far from it. Any tips or hints to improve our service are always considered, we hope you all understand.
Exciting times for Mustang Maniac with new products and new lines coming in. We continue that this week with a new supplier for us with a different take on similar parts. We have had a couple of emails asking us about a couple of additions to our WebShop. Most notably the Daniel Carpenter and the ACP references. We will explain we will explain later on in the WebShop section.
Last week we posted about the car that made Yogi cross. Well we have been doing more work on her and finding more things that need to be sorted out. Talk about doing poor ol’ Yogi’s little ol’ ‘headdie’ in and making him ‘cross’! The reason being this car didn’t need to be like this at all. The previous person on this car made life hard for himself and produced a terrible car as a result. As we have said many times before, do your homework who you want to look after your car. In some instances if the car is that bad, we won’t touch it. We have turned away cars in the past that were dangerous and we wanted nothing to do with them.
Anyway, we have changed the water pump over for the correct part and looks great already.
With the pump in place Yogi checks the spacing for the pulleys and the radiator. The current fan wouldn’t produce enough displacement of air movement so a more efficient version was fitted as the old one had been butchered somewhat.
A new double pulley, fan, correct spacer, shroud and radiator fitted.
With all the new parts in place, the distributor was refitted, pulleys belted up, correct rubber hoses fitted and fluids added. No bodges, just correct parts bolted straight on just how they should be.
While we were looking around we found that there was a strange slab of steel on the gearbox that had been ‘made’. The correct replacement part is also here for a comparison.
Just why do people do it? We also needed to replace the selector rod mechanism as it was showing signs of some distress should we say.
Next up will be tuning and road testing before we let the owner have his little lady back, she will feel like a new car. All these changes made Yogi smile again, because it’s now a Mustang Maniac serviced car.
We say these things like that because we want the owners of these cars to share our passion for these cars too. If you have a car that gives you grief all the time you won’t enjoy it and constantly be worrying when it will next let you down. We want our customers to look forward to driving these cars for many more years to come. Just don’t get cross, get Mustang Maniac on the case to sort your car out for you.
We tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear!
We want to give as much choice as possible to our customers. Adam has been busy behind the scenes making deals and doing what he does best to get the quality parts to the UK. The down side of course is that Adam has to pay shipping, import duty and taxes just like you do. The up side is that Adam does it a few times a month so these parts are in stock so you don’t have to do it. One of our new lines is Daniel Carpenter Mustang Reproductions.
Daniel Carpenter Mustang Restoration Parts
We are now stocking a selection of these parts with lots more to come soon. These are top quality parts from the USA, just as Scott Drake are. Both are top quality parts of course or we just wouldn’t stock them. However the parts made by Daniel Carpenter can be slightly different styles and finishes. A good example of this is the leaf spring mounting plates. Here we have a comparison of the Scott Drake and the Daniel Carpenter parts.
Daniel Carpenter Left, Scott Drake Right.
As you can see, the DC (Daniel Carpenter) parts are more angular and flatter, where as the SD (Scott Drake) parts are more rounded and slightly larger. Both will do the intended jobs without a problem, but it’s down to preference at the end of the day maybe costs? More side by side comparisons.
If you want to be that little bit different for a part that most people won’t see, you now have that choice.
We also stock a selection of the DC weather strips for the trunk lid. these look exactly the same as the SD parts, but the rubber is softer and approved by the Mustang Club of America as well.
Not just the bigger parts either, parts you won’t even see;
The parts you might see if you look hard enough;
So rest assured that if you pick a Daniel Carpenter part, you know that; a) they are top quality and b) we use them ourselves. We will be stocking more parts soon, so keep an eye out for new stock.
We posted last week about our new range of Group 24 Classic Mustang Batteries. Our 3000 ’64 – ’73 series are creating quite a stir. We have had enquiries as well as sales. The answer to question; “Will you be supplying newer style batteries?” is Yes. We are in the process of getting them to us and being branded now. We will reveal them very, very soon on our Blog right here.
The second question was what year does the Group 24 battery fit? The answer is also on the WebShop now, but the classic battery MM-Bat-64/70 also fits all models, 1964 – 1973.
We have also got a few variations of parts for the Resto-Mod guys out there. Getting ‘tired’ of the same old stock part for a gear shift handle? Look no further as this part has rubber tyre tread pattern on each side for something a little different.
Yet more exciting ACP news in the WebShop next week, with even more choices to our stock!
Some very exciting news is coming on on our blog over the next few weeks, but if you scour the WebShop you could find them before we tell everybody! The first bit of exciting news is that Mustang Maniac has expanded their front line staff. So we would like to welcome our new recruit Gary. This pic will be going onto the WebShop front page soon, but we thought we would tell you first because we pinched the picture. 😉 (Only because the WebShophas a head start on new stock lines before the blog at the moment.)
So we have left to right, Adam, Morgan, Gary & Yogi.
Gary is learning the ropes with Morgan, but as you can imagine there is a lot to learn, the cars, computerized stock management, stock locations, our suppliers and most importantly our customers. So while we have Morgan and Gary we could be a little better at answering the phones if you want to book in your car for some special Mustang Maniac service.
Adam’s new vision for his parts store is also being heavily revised, we are going upmarket. Yep, Mustang Maniac wants to move away from the cheaper end of the market parts that many competitors are using. We want to stock the best possible quality parts we can find to put on your cars. That means our parts are premium quality. If you want cheaper parts there are other options, we want the best for us and ultimately you, our customers. We know these new lines are good because we fit them to our cars, we test them first before we sell to the public. The Enos range is still there of course, which is aimed at the more frugal, economical buyer or somebody just wanting to sell on a car with a working part. These Enos parts are clearly marked as such. The choice for parts is now entering into an exciting new stage. We will have more on the new stock lines a little later and will continue over the next few weeks, but first the cars.
Not many things make our Yogi ‘Cross’, but we have recently had a car in that made him face palm when he saw what was going on. He even had a cup of tea while just staring at the mess.
The car came in with issues with the brakes and cooling among other things. We have seen this old school brake conversion that was common a few years ago, but we hadn’t seen it for a while and we thought it had all been changed by now. We were wrong on that count. Adam had spend many hours trying to locate these parts, but now he stocks all sorts of EBC brakes he managed to locate the part numbers and original manufacturer. He will not divulge that information as it took him many hours of of looking through many part catalogues to try and find it, so he doesn’t see why he should do all the research and let others reap the rewards of his knowledge, especially to some of the competitors. They will just have to work it out like we did.
So this car is a solid car, but has many issues of getting your wires crossed and letting things getting out of control. The previous ‘work’, a term we will use very lightly here fitted the wrong water pump, that meant that the pipework was wrong for the radiator which itself was then plumbed into the wrong radiator for the car.
Removing the fan we see more examples of poor workmanship, cross threaded bolts used as spacers! Simply fitting the correct water pump would mean that everything fitted correctly and to you wouldn’t have to spend hours bodging things together. Time is money at the end of the day.
We noticed a strange sound from the front of the engine this was down to timing chain cover being slowly eaten away. You can see the levels of swarf or shavings which was ridiculous.
Eventually some of that swarf will get into the timing chain and could cause catastrophic failure of the engine.
Things get worse, believe it or not. The wrong master brake cylinder fitted and piped straight to the distribution valve. When the cylinder was removed we found a valve screwed into the bottom, just why?
Here the old brakes were sort of working, but not helped by the spring perches having seen better days as should we say.
The car is now getting a proper disc conversion with a servo being fitted as well this time. Yogi will rip out the criss-crossed brake lines and redo them properly, Yogi loves a bit of brake line work. The new set of brakes going on make it look better already.
That’s where we are at the moment on this little lady. This sort of work makes us all cross in fact and gives restoration services a bad name.
There is a new button at the top of the WebShoppage: “Special Offers“. This is for our snap sales, special offers on stock when Adam feel like it or for promotions. On the page you can see the latest deals that can change throughout the day or be there for a few days or a week.
Keep checking back to our new page to see what you can pick up at a bargain price. 😉
New Product Line
We start with the latest line of Mustang Maniac; Group 24 Classic Mustang batteries – ’64 to ’70. In the past there has been many batteries that fit of course, but many required some modifications, over the top hold down brackets, poles around the wrong way or not bolted in at all. Mustang Maniac 3000 Series of batteries will fit correctly in the stock battery tray. They have the correct pole positions and have plenty of power of 630 CCA (Cold Cranking Amps) to get you going.
Our range has a 3 year warranty so you know they are a top quality battery. Power details are as follows.
3000 Series Battery Group 24
The best part is that the battery case has the correct lip which will hold it in the tray correctly without modification to the stock bracket.
There is a status windows for the battery to show the health of the battery on a red, amber & green scale. Along with a fold away carry handle.
The part number for this battery is MM-BAT-64/70 this will be on the WebShop very soon. What if you don’t want to see our Mustang Maniac branding? Well these batteries are also 100% compatible with the Autolite replica tops. Here we have one of the top on top of the battery.
The poles are correct for the Group 24 battery and the replica Autolite battery top.
On top of that Adam has slashed the price to less than half price of the Autolite tops if you want to purchase one at the same time, or if you just want a top for your current battery. When the batch of tops has gone the offer will be no more, so get in quick while they are in stock.
More next week on some amazing new lines and stock. 🙂
Last week posted pics and an update of the ’66 Fastback gear box swap out. We have been busy with that this week and we are pretty much done. The Wilwood brakes have had some of the Yogi magic applied to them. Each brake line set up is different and unique to each car – just be cause he can. Nothing stupid looking of course, but the best route and best looking setup.
Some would say automotive works of art in fact.
The pedals take a little adjusting but are looking good now. We removed the steering column and gas pedal for easy access and fitting. While the parts are out we check the condition and replace what needs it while we are at it. A Mustang Maniac quality of service that goes without saying.
Down to the wheels;
Brake bleeding, road tests and final adjustments all done. It won’t be long before this little lady is back with the eagerly awaiting owner.
Sometime our loyal customers ask us for parts that they need which we have to special order. The reason is because the parts are either scarce or out of stock at the suppliers, sometimes even we can’t always get them and are on back order. However, Adam has an ever increasing number of contacts that he visits on a regular basis while he is out in the States. Such an request came in when Lance was after some new ’69 park lights and upgrade kit. We don’t sell many of these lights and had sold the last of the stock a while ago. So the little black book, (it’s a large black book actually) came out and the hunt was on. A week later a small stock was tracked down, so Adam bought all they had, including some ’70 ones as well, all of which are now back in stock. Two weeks later the latest stock delivery arrived and those lights were in there too. Lance picked them up the same day and got to work with the swap out and upgrade. Lance has kindly sent us some pics of his replacement lights swap out comparison, not to bad in fact. Unfortunately Lance’s OCD got the better of him and the small swap out was completed!
Comparison of the old and new;
To make things a little better a pair of our bespoke LED bulbs as well, not just the standard white bulbs, but the flashing amber type too.
Thanks to Lance for the pictures and video.
Reconditioned 351 Windsor:
Another engine correct date code gone for the recondition works. This will be back in stock soon.
Not a cheap item this of course. It could be yours if you save up enough pocket money, you know where to come if you want one.
First of all we can say that Yogi is back from his home country Canada and he has had a restful break in a cave up a mountain somewhere. So to ease him back into things we had a nice little job for him, but more on that after the Park & Pic.
Park & Pic
Andy had bought his ’68 Coupe 302 into us for a service and the much sort after Mustang Maniac once over and adjustment as only we know how. Here she is sitting pretty ready for a nice drive home.
The Swap Overs
Something that we don’t normally do as we have no control over the parts. A customer wanted his ’66 Fastback to be converted from auto gearbox to a modern 5 speed manual gearbox. The other part was to swap out the drum brakes to a set of Wilwood front discs. The brakes are certainly an upgrade of course, we can’t technically say that a manual gearbox is an upgrade as some owners swap the manuals to automatics, it’s all down to personal preference. However a 5 speed gearbox is an upgrade to the standard 4 speeds.
Lets just say there were a few parts dropped off to us. The customer had supplied the conversion kits for the clutch and brakes to us, except for the pedal bracket for the additional pedal that we supplied. All the parts are quality parts. As we have seen these parts in similar kits before we knew there shouldn’t be any problems fitting and assembly with experience from our past conversions.
First job out with the old gearbox and then check the transmission tunnel to make sure the new gearbox will fit into the hole for the selector.
Then swap out the flywheels and align the clutch.
Fitting the new clutch and pedal and adjustments.
The new gearbox is fitted up and mounted on retaining bolts.
We moved onto the brakes next. Old drums off,
Checking of spindles and prep for the new rotors and caliper brackets.
The brake booster brackets mounted in position ready for the pedal positioning.
We will get to finish this little lady early part of next week with some more pictures. After all we wanted to get Yogi back into the swing of things slowly, well until Wednesday at least. 😉
We have mentioned over the last couple of weeks that Adam has now got a stash of date coded engines and parts all reconditioned and ready to go. The final touch is the seal of approval which comes in the way of a unique label on the valve cover.
It doesn’t get much better than that, to know that we have built it, it has been checked by us and it has been run on a test rig by us to make sure all is well. Born to perform once again.
We have had a couple of emails in to asking about our new ’71 door tags. That’s all well and good, but without some sort of proof that can warrant us producing some for you, we won’t do it. The reasons are pretty obvious and we’re pretty sure that you don’t need us to explain why.
We have been reading an article with interest about the new 2020 Shelby GT500, it’s going to be an animal with 760bhp on tap. That is getting into the reals of Super Car performance and beyond!
As the most powerful street-legal Ford ever built, the all-new Mustang Shelby GT500 harnesses world-class muscle and power train technologies to attain super car levels of performance. Its first-in-class 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, race-bred control strategies and advanced drive modes deliver a car that performs unlike any other domestic sports coupe.
Its 760-horsepower 5.2-liter V8 engine is the most power-and torque-dense supercharged V8 in the world. With 625ft.-lb. of torque funneled through a Tremec®TR-9070 DCT 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the Shelby GT500 achieves a 0-100-0 in 10.6 seconds, thanks also to the largest front brakes of any domestic sports coupe (16.5-inch rotors) and available carbon fiber wheels,each wrapped in a Ford Performance-spec Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tire.
Beyond the raw power and ultra-fast shifts, advanced control systems optimize the capabilities of the chassis and power train to create distinct drive modes –or personalities –to get the maximum performance from every aspect of the Shelby GT500 performance hardware.
“The range of brute-force drag acceleration, seamless road shifts and amazingly smooth shifts on the track further highlight show the soul of the Shelby GT500 is elevated in our most advanced Mustang ever,” said Ed Krenz, Ford Performance chief program engineer. “Effortlessly handling the 760 horsepower is our segment-first Tremec dual-clutch transmission, with an advanced control system that enhances GT500’s five drive modes to deliver a driving experience once reserved only for exotic super cars.”
Dual-clutch transmission delivers Applying 625ft.-lb. of torque to the pavement effectively requires a transmission and drive line that can do more than just handle a massive amount of power. Ford Performance engineers collaborated with Tremec to design a gearbox that offers maximum driver control with stunningly fast shifting and greater performance across a wide spectrum of driving environments. The team’s “and” solution is the Tremec TR-9070 DCT 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
“In many ways, this is like having two transmissions in one,”said Pat Morgan, Ford Performance power train manager. “On one hand, it enables performance at the outer reaches of straight-line quickness with minimal torque interruption, yet provides an incredible amount of finesse and control in track environments for maximum stability and predictability at the limits of lateral acceleration.
”To firmly and smoothly deliver torque, the TR-9070 DCT dual-clutch transmission has a novel wet clutch system with five friction plates in the odd-gear pack for a total of 155 square inches of surface area. In the even-gear pack, six friction plates provide 136 square inches of surface area. Transmission fluid is applied to the clutch surfaces only during thermal events for optimal cooling and minimal parasitic loss. Seven non-sequential helical forward gears with advanced triple-cone synchros are carefully matched to the engine’s torque curve and are pre-selected by an electro-hydraulic shift mechanism using energy-efficient low-leak solenoids that can execute shifts as quick as 80 milliseconds in sport mode.
Inside the control system, timing is everything. Shift points and clutch modulation are orchestrated by a computer-controlled mechatronics system that simultaneously reads dozens of vehicle and environmental factors–including engine and transmission rpm, driver input and g-forces, and clutch and shift fork positions–to pre-select and engage the optimum shift for every driving situation. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters are direct-wired to the transmission to avoid CAN-bus vehicle communication system delays and initiate shifts as fast as 130 milliseconds, further enhancing responsiveness and connected feel.
“Contrary to popular belief, fast shifts do not always equate to better road performance,” said Morgan. “In every driving situation, we emulated what professional drivers do, whether it’s a smooth, precise heel-and-toe shift of a professional track driveror a much more forceful power shift like drag racers. We’ve designed the perfect shift every time.”
Drive modes add more personality The 2020 Shelby GT500 has five drive modes that further enhance the driver experience with a flick of the console-mounted mode switch. It instantly changes the car’s personality from a moderated “normal” car to a “track” master with more aggressive throttle responsiveness and gear selections. The system changes nearly every aspect of the car’s behavior, including ride dampening, stability control, anti-lock brake modulation and steering feel –even the sound and instrument panel change. Inside the TR-9070 DCT dual-clutch transmission, drive modes influence transmission shift points and feel.
In normal mode, the system selects gears and shift timing for moderated, everyday driving and seamless shifting. In sport mode, shift character changes, slicing shift timing by roughly 20 percent while throttle tip-in is more responsive and rpm ranges extend longer into the maximum torque curve.
Selecting track or drag mode further changes the shift characteristics to pure performance. For maximum straight-line quickness, gear changes use “over-torque” shifts for uninterrupted power delivery, similar to power shifts that give an extra torque hit in between up shifts. Take the Shelby GT500 into a turn, however, and the transmission immediately adapts with smooth, quick and seamless shifts to ensure maximum lateral g cornering by minimizing drive line disturbances.
Drive modes aside, an rpm-selectable launch control and electronic line lock through Track Apps®enable synchronous power train strategies that deliver optimum quarter-mile runs, while an always-on pseudo launch control enables spirited launches at any time without having to select a drive mode.
“Every aspect of the Shelby GT500 driving experience changes with the mode–be that the throttle responsiveness and snap of the shifts you feel in the seat of your pants, or the ‘pop and burble’ of the exhaust in performance modes. It’s a full multi sensory visceral experience,” said Morgan.
Power output is transmitted to the 3.73:1 Torsen limited-slip independent rear suspension via a carbon fiber driveshaft for reduced rotational mass and torsional distortion, plus larger half-shafts and a redesigned rear suspension hub for added strength.
“Adam is the UK’s leading Mustang Expert, highly recommended by the club and work out of a Mustang Disneyland with piles of spares, lines of parts cars, and treasures….”
Quentin Willson – Classic Car Magazine June 2015.
“Mustang Maniac in Ware has done a really cracking job detailing the engine, fitting new suspension, replacing both floors and now she’s solid, shiny and sweet driving.”
Quentin Willson – Classic Car Magazine June 2015.
“Adam and the team, with a very special mention to Al, have had my car for a few weeks to carry out its annual inspection, MOT and to fix some jobs they had discussed with me last year. Having just collected it from them today (Fri 07/08/2015), it runs better now than it ever has thanks to the care, attention to detail and ‘other magic’ they know. As usual the whole process has been completely painless – it’s a great feeling to know that the people looking after my old car think as much of it as I do…so I have absolutely no worries leaving it in their capable hands. This time they completed all the jobs on my list as well as rectifying a few more that I never realised were an issue, thus saving me from future trouble. I would strongly recommend Adam and the Mustang Maniac team to anyone wanting proper experts to look after all their Mustang needs….then you can simply leave them to it in the knowledge they will always do what’s best for these lovely old cars”
GW – retired Ford Motor Company Director
“Mustang Maniac are the font of all knowledge. Adam is always there with advice and parts I need. My one stop Mustang shop. The standard of workmanship from his team is unmatched in the trade”. 101% recommended.
‘Adam and his team cannot be more helpful, not only do they do what you ask to be done, they go be-yond and actually replace/repair or correct things that you would never know should be done. Always lend and ear, and get you out of tricky situations…I wouldn’t take my classic mustang anywhere else”!
“Wow! As soon as I arrived at Mustang Maniac I knew I my car was in the right place. The service was so efficient, professional and boy do Adam & the Team know their stuff! I couldn’t recommend a company more highly. I even drove away with a tear in my eye – and this time it wasn’t the exhaust fumes!”
“Chaps, what a difference, a lovely drive back home and even floored it for a while which chucked 40 odd years of leaves and crap out of the vents. Great fun at last!
Thanks again for all your time and attention spent on the car you guys have done an amazing job.
“The work that you guys at Mustang Maniacs have done on the car was phenomenal – differences you have made since you got it and did a couple of days work, Pulls and accelerates noticeably better – absolutely beautifully and even sounds better. The brakes also seem to work so much better and it handles and steers so so much better in the bends and straight – no more steering wobble or unnoticeable !!! Petrol consumption is also so much better – really very noticeable indeed.”
“First of all thank you for your hospitality and the rubber aerial seal and the keyring. The drive home was an absolute pleasure. I enjoyed driving the car before, now I LOVE IT. You and Alan definitely worked your magic on the Stang. You have transformed it from a good car to a great car. I will be your life long loyal customer.”
“Just a brief email to say thanks that I was made welcome on arrival and the effort for taking the time to show me around the workshop and meeting with the mechanic (Alan I think) who ran through the work and set up he carried out on my car, this felt a very personnel service indeed. This is testament to your knowledge and love of Mustangs and how you operate your business.
My Mustang felt so much more driveable with all the little tweaks done. The brakes felt so much sharper, I didn’t have to apply the regular 120lb of pressure to stop. The steering was much more tighter, it held the line on the motorway with no shaking at speed. The handling has improved threefold and actually goes where you steer now. I didn’t realise how poorly she handled until Mustang Maniac put it right. All the cosmetically components and upgrades have given me a huge smile. Absolutely love it.
Thanks again for making my Mustang a good drivable car. I will be back for the next upgrades and advice at some stage as a returning customer. A very happy Mustang owner.”
“Mustang Maniac done some suspension work on my 1966 Fastback in went in with the usual old car problems lots of noises and bangs and worsted of all lots of body roll, they fitted a new pair of front shocks and springs a new 1” shaw bar and they sorted some other jobs that needed doing, the car now looks great with its new shocks and springs and it is sitting right but best of all it’s driving like a completely different car to how it went in I’m really pleased with their service”