Stick Or Auto Gears?

There are many forums out there that are often asked this question. What is best to drive; stick or auto. The simple answer is ‘personal preference’. We have many people come in asking for the auto to be swapped out for a modern box even the latest six speed boxes. Then on the other hand we have had many three speed stick swapped out to a traditional C4 auto. Some cars will drive better with a stick and some with auto. In fact as far as we are concerned there is no right or wrong. We have one such case for our Park & Pic where the manual was swapped out for a more modern ‘clever’ auto box.

Park & Pic

Lance’s ’69 is a great looking car and a very fitting tribute to the Boss 460.

The Aladdin’s cave that is Mustang Manic will take it’s toll on many a wallet, Lance was once of them. He came in with a similar question about the manual gear box and could we make it a little easier to drive while we had his car in for the initial windscreen replacement. We took it for an energetic test drive and everything was exactly as it should be. We gave him the not to unexpected news that it was indeed a good driving car. We offered him the opportunity to take out one of our big block auto’s out to see what he thought. As a result of that test drive the car was booked in a few days later for some extra work.

Lance eventually left with a new automatic gearbox, high anti stall torque converter, limited slip Powermax diff system, oil trans cooler and a few shiny bolts here and there, oh and not forgetting the windscreen to see where he was aiming his ride.

Recently his car came back into us as we had his special order centre console waiting for him. The car is completed (for now) and we have yet another happy customer, who loves the automatic gearbox and the more sedate driving experience, but he did say “It has the capability to bite you if your not careful, just how how I like it. A really good choice to swap over to auto.”

A seriously nice looking upgrade and looks like it should be there.

Customer Cars

A twist on the automatic gear box is the overdrive gearbox which gives you an extra higher gear for effortless cruising which is another very common upgrade for us to fit.

However, there is a another gem of a gearbox out there called Gear Vendors (GV). We have featured this before fitted in Yogi’s ’69. The gearbox is technically an ‘auxiliary’ as GV like to call it. Not only does the GV have overdrive up for each gear, it also has underdrive. The underdrive is a very useful weapon when nailing it from the lights, leaving a long line of 11’s down the road. Only applicable at the drag strip of coarse. 😉

Our Right Hand Drive Rudd speed car has had one of these gearboxes fitted.

We need to remove the back of the gearbox housing in order to fit the new parts. Then we send the prop away to be shortened in order to fit the new gearbox parts.

The new tail housing in place.

There are a few bits that need to be feed into the car in order for the GV to work correctly and sometimes that is the longest part of the job, depending if there is a console in place or not.

With everything in place, the extra GV is subtle but will give you 25% fuel efficiency due to the gearing and the constantly monitored gear is indeed the correct gear for the driving style.

No mods for the exhaust or gearbox bracket, it just bolt straight into place. Not a cheap hobby for this upgrade, but the benefits are well worth it. Just ask Yogi!

Stay Safe & Take Care

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Special Offers

It has come to attention the last couple of weeks that people are selling Mustang parts and referring to our stock for details and incorrectly saying ‘we are out of stock’. It looks like some of the images that are being used are doctored to reflect no stock. We have an example of somebody selling ’64 – ’67 HiPo exhaust manifolds and again referencing our stock which can be found here. We have had many hits on our stock page for the same items as they are currently on ‘special offer’. As a result of the free advertising we have gotten, we have almost sold all of our stock. Not only that, we have also sold the corresponding gaskets, bolts and other hardware to go with the manifolds, which makes sense of course. So we would like to thank those people for directing your customers to us.

Due to the free advertising we have ordered more stock to replace the manifold special offers. Now that is what we call trying to be smart and having it backfire and doing us a favour instead. 😉

It’s always worth checking our special offers page here for our latest deals. More on our new stock lines a little later below.

Park & Pic

We mentioned that the first two people that bought our Leed Brake Disc Conversion Kits we would fit them free. We showed the first installation of them to Paul F’s ’63 Falcon.

We know that Paul is a busy man and with the money he saved from the free fitting, he was able to take advantage of our Collection & Delivery service in our dedicated covered truck. Not only that, he treated himself to the Pertronix Ignitor kit we also showed last week.

Paul is a very happy customer with his upgrades, and we’re pleased that he is happy.

Customer Cars

Shelanor is a bit of a unique project for us. Normally we won’t touch a car unless we can see it through to completion, but in this instance the owner of Shelanor has Four Mustang which we look after so we have done this customer a favour.

We will fit all the parts to the car using our own unique Eleanor moulded parts. Once the paint work has been completed the owner will take the car away to his own paint guy for paint prep ready for spraying. Once the painting has been completed the car will come back to us to complete the build.

Here the gas cap has been fitted to the rear of the side according to the templates of the original car we have.

We moved to the front and test fitted the headlights to mould and adjusted the opening to fit correctly.

The front needed a little fettling as no two cars are the same, but it has started to take shape.

Next we have the wheel arches to fit properly, add the filler and then it should be ready for paint.

WebShop:

Continuing from above we have had some serious stock arrive in the form of Shelby wheels, and some more Leed Brakes to replenish what we have already sold.

Keeping UK workers employed is a something quite close to Adam’s heart, especially in this pandemic lockdown. In order to do that Adam is sourcing parts made in the UK where he can, he has even commissioned parts to be made for just Mustang Maniac.

Our own specification 600lb rated progressive 1″ lowered springs have now gone into stock all made here in the UK. The first batch of fifty sets (yes fifty sets), arrived earlier in the week and we captured Adam inspecting the quality of the black powder coating is what he had asked for. These springs are top quality and are also on an introductory offer here on the ‘Special Offers’ page which are a LOT less than you think!

Our 1″ lowering kits have been selling well and received good feedback about the ease of fitting and quality. Our next batch of a dozen kits being labelled up for stock.

A new item in stock is the ’67 – ’68 hood lip trim. This is now available in stainless steel, its heavier, shiny and fits without any problems.

On the WebShop you may have noticed a section called “Blems”. This is a section where we have stock has no original packaging or minor marks on the products. The items are reduce accordingly, ideal for the person that wants to flip a car without paying to much for the parts. Click here for the page to see what we have on offer.

Take Care & Keep Safe

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Stop Right There

We start this post with the extremely sad news that one of the Motorsports broadcasting legends Murray Walker OBE, has passed away yesterday 13th March 2021 at the age of 97.

Murray was born 10th October 1923 and is of Scottish decent. He has been the staple motor sports commentator for every petrol head from the 70’s onwards. He left the army after the second World War and had successful but brief career in advertising. His voice was first heard in the early 60’s where he commentated on motor bikes with his father until 1962 where his father passed away. They were the only father and son commentary team at the time. He became the chief motor cycling commentator shortly after, then he progressed to rally cross in the 70’s and then British Touring Car Championships in the 70’s & 80’s. 1978 he became a full time BBC commentator for Formula 1 as well as any other motor sports events which were offered to him. He teamed up with (the late) James Hunt, a Formula 1 world champion from 1976 where they became a firm favourite with the fans the world over. He retired in 2001 but still remained a in the public eye with guest appearances and the occasional fill in commentary.

Hi flamboyant style of commentary was legendary with speaking at a fast pace keeping up with the action on track along with his unique animated enthusiasm. He was also know for his many “Murrayisms” (see the list below), when he got so excited and got the odd thing wrong now and again. Nobody minded and it was part of the fun which made motorsport an enjoyment to watch. He would remain standing during the races to keep him on his toes in more ways than one.

Some of those legendary ‘Murrayisms’:

  • “There’s nothing wrong with the car except it’s on fire”
  • “With half the race gone there is half the race to go”
  • “I imagine the conditions in those cars are totally unimaginable”
  • “Either that car is stationary or it’s on the move”
  • “Do my eyes deceive me or is Senna’s car sounding a bit rough?”
  • “And the first five places are filled with five different cars”

He had many many friends up and down the pit lane with team bosses, drivers like; James Hunt, Damon Hill, Martin Brundle (who he later teamed with for commentary when James Hunt died), Michael Schumacher, Sir Stirling Moss, Jackie Steward, David Coultard and many many other high profile names. His respect was often noted with other media teams around the world, often being a guest of honour at events when he retired or at the talks about his life that he gave.

Perhaps his most famous long term friendship was with Nigel Mansell 1992 F! World Champion who would often been seen together, being professional sometimes for interviews. 😉

One of the most famous moments was when Nigel Mansell won the 1987 F1 Austrian Grand Prix. While standing on the parade truck he banged his head on a low bridge. A large egg sized bump appeared on his forehead. Murray had a now famous interview with Nigel;

“Nigel first of all could you carefully and slowly take your hat off. You’ve got an enormous bump on your head, can you let us see it? Right up there, ooh I’m sorry!”

It was at that point that Murray accidently poked Nigel’s head where the large bump was. Nigel was in pain and didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

R.I.P. Murray Walker, you will be missed.

Customer Cars

We have completed our first customer Leed Brakes conversion for free on Pauls’ very nice 1963 Ford Falcon.

First job was to remove the old brakes and doesn’t take Yogi long as it’s almost second nature now.

The master cylinder was removed and all fluids drained out.

The new parts laid out ready for fitting to the existing spindles after being checked that there was no excessive wear and tear or damage.

There the process of building up the rotors to the spindles.

The rotors were fitted into place with the wheel bearings and greased accordingly. Note the special tool we have that doesn’t damage the polished bearing cap.

The callipers are fitted on next.

Yogi with the copper slip coating (before being evened out) to allow the pads to slide into the callipers.

With the brake callipers in place new lines and brackets were fitted to the callipers.

The master cylinder take a little longer due to the confines of the location. The unmistakable brake line works of art can be seen too.

Then we bleed the brakes aligned the wheels to our own secret settings before take it for a test run. On return we checked the bleeds again and adjusted the brake pedal which invariably different from the stock drum position. The brake balance front to rear was set up to be a little bias to the front and then all was good with the world. We can’t go mad with the brake testing as the pads need to bed in little and settle to the rotors for a few miles. But, even at this new stage of fitting, stopping is significantly improved without fade along with a much better feel for the brake pedal.

We had another job which was to fit the Pertronix Ignitor ignition upgrade. This bit of kit replaces the the standard contact points setup for a more accurate electronic solution for fit and forget.

Old points and condenser on the right, new tech on the left. the parts shown located on the base plate of the distributor in their respective positions.

The distributor cam is replaced with a magnetic collar for the sensor to pick up the fire signals, and finally the rotor is replaced.

An upgrade you notice from the outside, but a big upgrade for performance vs stability at a reasonable cost depending on the type of Pertronix kit you want.

Well that’s one car fitted for free, we just need the next car in to show that one as well for you.

Stay Safe & Take Care.

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On The Right Side

Late this week we started the LEED Brake Conversion for FREE on a customers Falcon. We will bring you all the photos of the conversion process once we have finished it. Keeping on that note we have sold most of the LEED Brakes stock which was a little unexpected to be honest. In order to keep up with demand and replace what we had previously ordered, we will have more stock arriving early next week. Thank you for the enquiries about the Leed Brakes products, we were snowed under with emails for a few hours after the last post went up. We don’t think we missed anybody for a response. 🙂

Customers Cars

Ruddspeed right hand drive cars are quite rare and we have been looking after one for a number of years now and a good loyal customer of ours. The car came into us for a pair of front wings as they had gone a little rusty.

The rust was a little advanced to be restored as an economical comparison to a replacement.

We got a pair of new wings from our extensive stock and started the process of test fitting and then getting them ready for paint.

Once the fitting was fitted was confirmed and marked up for some minor adjustments to make sure for a perfect finish, the inside of the fenders were undersealed.

The outside was prepped for the process of underlayers of paint.

The insides of the Ruddspeed cars were done to a great standard at the time and they have certainly lasted the test of time. Seeing one for the first time can make you do a double take.

WebShop

From our last few posts we mentioned that we have a ’67 shell project on the go. To help with that build we have in stock two amazing kits that we seriously recommend for purchase for a project this size.

These hardware kits are EVERYTHING you need to put together the car. All the screws, fittings washers, bolts etc. and they are all labelled up on where they go.

The first is the Body Kit: Click here for the link, we have all years 64 – 73.

This kit is everything for inside or on the car from the chassis up.

The second is the Chassis Kit: Click here for the link.

This kit is for everything under the car and under the hood.

We will be using these kits as it saves a lot of hassle of ordering parts and the postage associated with it. You can’t go wrong to be honest.

Springs

The other new line of stock we have is our very own made progressive sports springs for ’64 – ’73.

These springs give comfort to the ride of the car, yet if you push towards the limits the springs will start to make the handling of the car more sure footed.

If you want to order any of these items they are on the Webshop or drop us an email for more information.

Stay Safe & Take Care

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Leed Brake Kit Update – 2 Sold

A follow up from the post a few hours ago – we have sold two Leed Brake kits to the following lucky customers:

Gary – for his 1964 Mustang

Paul – for his 1963 Falcon.

We will be bringing you pictures as soon as we get the cars in and do the conversions.

Stay Safe & Take Care

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Leed (ing) The Way

This week will be about our new product range that we mentioned last week; Leed Brakes. Mustang Maniac are excited to be a UK supplier for Leed Brakes. We have now received the first of our deliveries for stock and when we inspected the products, everything was exactly as we expected. Premium parts and very well packaged.

Free Fitting Offer:

To celebrate this new product launch with us in the UK, we are offering the first TWO customers who purchase these kits to be fitted FREE by us. Yes you did read that correctly – FREE. Mustang Maniac will fit the Leed Brake kit of your choice to your car, check it, road test it and if needed the tracking also set up for you too. That’s a days work for us from start to finish with our unbeatable very high standards. So you get a top quality product and then fitted by the premium Mustang Maniac restoration service. Need we say more? The only caveat is that we would want to post a few pictures of you car with the kits fitted on our blog here, just to show any doubters that we have actually done what we said we would – fit them for free to our customer’s car!

The Stock:

To buy these kits there are various options, standard (which we will be showing here below), you can have slotted, drilled or both etc. Just visit our WebShop for the kit details. The kits come in three boxes and are they are heavy, keeping that in mind, the shipping is £35 delivered to your door. Alternatively you can always make your own arrangements to collect the kit from us which will be packaged up ready for collection.

The booster and the reservoir and already assembled:

The attention to detail is amazing, even the supplied pipes have already been double flared with the fittings already in place, just fit them on and tighten up.

The quality of the zinc is worth just opening the hood for at a car show, should you be inclined also offering exceptional corrosion resistance.

Adjustable push rods, proportioning valves and other parts we also sell separately too.

These rotors are the standard versions which are vented and with more attention to detail such as the slight bevelled edges.

The four pot callipers have powerful functionality as well as a work of art. Pipes are already fitted along with the pad and retainers.

The supplied hardware, bearings, bolts and seals are the quality you would expect, correct looking parts, polished or zinc to not only last, but also look good.

Instructions:

Clear and precise set of instructions are supplied to walk you through the conversion process.

Our WebShop is open 24/7 – 365, so if you want the upgrade, but don’t want the hassle of fitting the kit, get in quick. We will be posting pictures of the cars once their kits have been fitted, you can even be in the photo with your car if you wanted too.

We appreciate that these kits fit Mustangs and Ford based hot rods or rat rods, but there is no need to feel left out if you are a Chevy Mopar guys. Just drop us an email via the WebShop and we will make a special order for you and get the kits into the UK. There aren’t many companies out there that will go out of their way to do that for their potentially new customers either.

Stay Safe & Take Care.

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New Product Ranges

We have some exciting news about our two NEW partners for Mustang Maniac, but more on that a little later in the blog. First we have an update on a project car.

Customer Cars

Shelenor project has taken on some new bodywork. The rear end duck tail and quarter ends along with the light panel. The is a case of build up, sand down and build up again. A relentless process that Yogi likes the end results and sees the gapping as a challenge. A skilled job and taking your time is key.

The parts used for the transformation are all from our own very own Mustang Maniac Eleanor moulds.

The secret is to make the joins seamless with existing metal, so when repainted there is no visible join. In order to do that the existing paint needs to come of down to bare metal.

With the extra parts fitted, it was time to blend in the parts with the filler.

The wheel arches were fitted to how much adjustment will be needed. In this case, not much at all.

A weeks work in a few pictures, but you can’t rush a work of art from a bodywork master, Yogi!

WebShop

Two new stock lines are about to be launched on the WebShop. These are something we have had on the go for a little while now. Covid has not been our friend here, but we are now ready to supply these great products to the UK.

We are pleased to say that our first delivery of ‘Leed Brakes’ conversion kits will be with us early next week. Mustang Maniac is now proudly an official retail partner of Leed Brakes for the UK.

Once we have some photo’s of the delivery, we will post them on here for you. These kits are designed to supply everything you need for a straight drum to disc swap out conversion, or you can buy just the bits you need for an upgrade if you wish. These kits aren’t just for Mustangs, if you have a hot rod in mind, these kits are an easy time saving option. These kits are designed to stop you safely with peace of mind that they will.

We are excited about this partnership as the quality of the kits compared to the other kits out there has just stepped up a notch. We will still have our other kits in stock of course for now, which are absolutely fine and we use them. However, we may be phasing those out in order to provide the superior products that we can for your Mustang. What we will stock will depend if we still get orders for the other kits we stock, we suspect our clients will want these products, once these kits hit the UK market!

Our aim is to supply the best of the best, once we find it we stock it!

Lanoguard

We have been running some trials on our own cars after researching into the Lanoguard products. We were that impressed with the products – we are now a UK supplier of Lanoguard! What else do we need to say?

Lanoguard have spent over 35 years innovating and perfecting their products to help make things last longer, work smoothly and not corrode to save time, money and hassle for their clients. Lanoguard have now become and international company with some extremely good reviews.

The Lanoguard product dries to a satin clear finish and is pretty much undetectable. We have some photos here, unfortunately the pics don’t really do the product justice. Just spray it on what ever you want to protect with little to no prep work, it’s as simple as that.

Once we get the rest of the order in from Lanoguard, we will post the range on here too as well after the WebShop has been updated with the product lines.

Stay Safe & Keep Covered Up.

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Peeling The Pear

We would like to thank those of you that took time out to send us emails and messages of support about last weeks post. The point that was made seems to have gone away, and we removed a few new ‘troll’ comments from our YouTube video where they were trying to sell similar products on their own websites and other companies on their behalf! We don’t think those people see the irony of it all? Anyway, it’s great to think that we have lots of support within the community apart from the odd few that will never be satisfied no matter what we do.

Thanks To You All, it’s very much appreciated.

We may not be the cheapest out there, we never claimed to have been. But, our customer service and knowledge is second to none. Our parts are in stock, that is the convenience of next day parts and privilege that you pay for. That includes the parts we only sell one of every couple of years. We still need to stock them, not only that we stock not just one product line of the parts we stock, the multiple manufacturers covers concours, our ‘Enos’ range for those on a budget and everything in between.

Customer Cars:

The Pear

This week on the “Pear” we have been trying to fit the other parts from the donor car. There were in fact only ten parts that we could use, and they were the smaller parts. When we removed the larger panels and checked what was under the paint there becomes a point where you have to weigh up what is the most economical and best for the customer and the car. We could spend hours stripping, patching and fixing the panels to fit correctly, or just swap the parts for new ones. In this case that was the best cost vs time scenario. It’s not a decision that is made lightly by any means. The other option is that the owner could then sell these donor car parts on recoup some of their money back for the new parts. Scrap, is not the right word by any means, more like recycling back to the community some OEM parts that need some TLC back to the community, who still crave these original parts, but don’t mind spending a little time on the repair and a price that reflects the effort required.

So we have the shell now in a place where the gaps and panels are being aligned before being removed ready for paint.

Some of the front end parts looked OK on the donor, but once we removed them it showed the cracks and thin metal we would have to try and salvage, which again didn’t warrant the time and effort vs a new part or two. There will be an amount of panel filler work and building out of the panels to fit how we want them to gap and fit, only the way that Mustang Maniac knows how. 🙂

Watch this space for more updates.

Valentines Day?

Yep it’s that time of year where men just can’t seem to get anything right, we buy flowers from the petrol station on the way home – they are the wrong sort. We buy chocolate from the petrol station on the way home – we get told that our better halves are looking after their figures, but still eat the chocolate anyway. We take them out for a romantic meal to McDonalds drive through and yet we show no thought. Don’t worry we’re not going to go all soft and show our sensitive sides here, we drive American Muscle Cars after all! What could be better than having your loved one with you in your much loved muscle car? 😉

If you didn’t get what you were hoping for, how about some of our vouchers instead?

You could always get the other half to return the unwanted stuff and get credit for what you do want from our WebShop!

Not many pictures are aimed at the Petrol Heads (Gear Heads for our USA friends), on Valentine’s Day to be honest, but we did find this one which we think looks cool enough to post.

Take Care & Keep Safe.

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A Nice Pair or Pear?

Over the Christmas and New year period some staff at different times have had the dreaded Covid. Thankfully they have fully recovered and taken the full isolation and guidelines as required. In the mean time we have already implemented our contingency plans in order to keep our WebShop open. We would like to point out that as we are almost self isolated in our unit we have no need to go out from the yard. Our only assumption can be that the virus was brought to us. We take this pandemic very seriously and everybody’s safety is major concern for ours. Hence why our offices are closed to visitors at the moment.

With the global pandemic and restrictions in place, Mustang Maniac has even had some trouble getting parts to complete a couple of projects. To make things worse container prices have double within the last two months due to the container shortages. One reason that has been pointed out to us is that 8000 containers full of PPE are stuck at Felixstowe not being allowed to go anywhere. These containers would have been emptied and gone back to the far east again.

As you know Mustang Maniac has led the field on social media starting with this trade leading blog which was unheard of a number years ago back then, where a company shows their work as they go along. Our blog then in turn gets posted to the Facebook and rarely do we post directly to Facebook just for our business news in isolation, that’s just how we like it as a company. We often look around the other various groups and posts we spotted a post on social media where another supplier was offering for sale all sorts of body shells. Nothing wrong with that and good for them to be honest. But, when it was mentioned that Mustang Maniac had been stocking the same shells for the last 10 years or so certain people thought we were trying to hijack their post, which is simply not true, we were just saying it’s not a new product.

If you don’t believe us about how long we have been stocking shells for the public at the time? Check out the date on YouTube link for yourself here – 21st July 2013. This was after we had been using them for a few years before that. That same video is here:

This followed a flurry of activity on our website looking for body shells. However they wouldn’t find them as we only sell sheet metal and shells to the trade as we have via their trade account log ins. These people then went back onto the chat and started to say that we (as in Mustang Maniac), don’t actually sell the body shells and we took a bit of a verbal bashing over it. A point to note here is that we even posted a number of pictures of the three shells in stock on the previous post – 31st Jan 2021! It was then pointed out that not everything is listed on our website; things like cars, cars for sale, project cars, full body shells, skeleton body shells, engine rebuilds, transmission rebuilds and bespoke builds, drive train and axle rebuilds to name some.

Only this week we completed this bespoke build to strengthen up an axle up for a project where the standard axle wouldn’t cope with the power output we intended to put through it. Do we offer this to the public? Nope, but we might if it was part of project build assigned to us for their car.

Back in 2013 most “Fred in the Shed” most customers didn’t want or couldn’t afford to buy a full body shell. We found that the shells we sold were to companies wanting to save precious delivery and wait times, or to other businesses who wanted a bespoke project for themselves.

We know for a fact that the lead in times for these body shells from Taiwan is quoted as six to nine months. This invariably turns into nine to twelve months for a £15,000+ once it’s been properly priced up for you! Even companies like us will have their money tied up for the any amount of time that it takes to sell the shells, in the mean time storage of these shells takes up considerable space. Space is a premium and costs money.

We then decided to take a shell to some shows. Everybody seemed to like looking at them, the odd person would criticise them of course. Hardly anybody wanted to purchase them due to the initial (then) £15,000 odd outlay. the odd thing is that people would be happy to spend £20,000+ and three years of their time in a shed trying to do the same thing.

We had once given a customer a price of £50,000 to complete the project that he wanted, he then told us that “We were crazy” at the time. He came back to us three years later to say “You were spot on with the costs, I can’t believe it”. We don’t just pluck figures out the air for these things.

Our business model now is that we don’t sell sheet metal to the general public. The main reason was some people didn’t know what they were doing, didn’t have jigs, or simply made a real hash of the build and started to blame the products. This gave a perfectly good product a bad name for all of us. I you think about it, when we sell to trade, we are potentially selling to our competitors.

Our business ethics on these shells is that we have a golden rule; we will only do a like for like body shell swap out. For example, if you own a ’67 fastback and you want a ’67 fastback shell, we will do it for you, if you got a ’67 coupe you want a ’67 fastback body swap – we won’t do it. That way you are not trying to pass a coupe VIN number of as a fastback.

Mustang Maniac have a few shells in stock, customers can come and see them, touch them and make their own minds up if they want to have the project built by us or buy the shell elsewhere. With this in mind most companies can’t afford to have that amount of money tied up for a year, before they even get paid with very little gain from it. If you want it now, that does come at a premium. Like if you had to order a Rolls Royce you have to wait, but if you want to jump the queue, then there is that premium to be paid for the privilege.

When we import the body shells you can only get two in a forty foot container, we also order another three or four shells in kit form. This is for few reasons:

  1. Make the container space as full as possible thus more economical.
  2. These kit forms also save space for storage at the yard.
  3. The kits also give us flexibility to produce a shell on demand which usually takes four weeks constant work on our jigs to assemble. This is a more expensive way to do it with the labour included than buying a completed shell.

For one customer, we have even replaced every single panel on a car except for the roof, so that in the owner’s mind they thought it was still the same car. That would depend on how you look at it and your point of view of course if it’s the same car or not.

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Over the next few posts we will try and get into the how and why the panels are made, as Adam has been to Taiwan and has seen the full process. We will try to cover the expense that some companies go to put in place for the tooling to make these parts. Mustang Owners are really a lucky bunch of owners in order for these companies to keep producing these readily available parts and metal work.

Did you know that Mustang Maniac actually produces some of their very own parts that are made in the UK. We are proud of this fact in order to keep British jobs going over here and not in other countries, especially in the pandemic. Things like brass fittings for brake blocks, hardware for panels etc.

Mustang Maniac is regularly asked to export to Europe, but we have stopped due to few idiots ruining it for everybody over the past few years. There has been such a demand for European shipping that Adam has been thinking of opening a branch somewhere in Europe. There has been serious meetings about it, especially now we have left the EU.

Customer Cars – “The Pear”

When we post about our work, that’s the work we can show you, some customers don’t want their projects on our blog for the world to see. That is absolutely fine with us of course, but it’s a shame when we can’t show the final completed thing and we won’t talk about it either as the customer wishes.

The Pear – nickname given to it by Adam for a couple of reasons. There is a new body shell and a donor car to make one great car. Hence a pair – pear, get it?

Then there is this one, (my personal favorite); the customer told Adam the the car has only has one previous owner. Adam’s response was “did he park it in a swamp by any chance? It’s rotten as a pear” Hence the “Pear” nickname has stuck. Typical of Adam dry sense of humour. 😀

And so it begins:

We are not going to be showing VINs and colours of the original car by request from the owner, which we shall honour of course. Like we have said in the past, it may look bad now, but this will be a beautiful car once she is done. How do we know? Because we will make sure it will be.

So we have the original donor car, which from ten feet away looks greats. Some parts will have the parts taken off the donor and put in the skip, others will be reused onto the new shell where we can, to keep as much original as we can. We have some spare parts with the car to also take a pick from too, which makes life a bit easier. We are going to store the parts we can use until we are ready to use them.

The Donor:

Within a a day or so most of the inside was out and front panels off, but where are we going to store all the parts? Reusing these storage crates in the mean time.

The Shell:

We have already had a real quick test fit, just to see which jig we need. Even without the jigs we are pretty pleased with the general fit and the gaps will be workable with a few Yogi tweaks and know-how.

Stay Safe & Keep Well!

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We Can Actually Walk The Walk…

We start this post with some sad news; a customer and friend of ours, Gary Meekings sadly passed away from Covid. We offer our condolences to all his family and friends.

Not much has been happening mechanical wise at the yard as we have been working on shoring up the the little river which has risen dangerously high and we didn’t want any of that water in the yard. While Adam was checking all the workshops and sheds to make sure that they were all OK, he opened one at the back in the corner of the yard. This workshop water tight with a huge roller shutter, it’s metal lined, it’s warm, dry and damp free with it’s own heating. All that means that everything is kept rust free at an ideal humidity. When Adam opened his water tight garage he found lurking in the back behind a rather large lorry, a full ’67 body shell. What did he say? “I forgot about that.”

Just after new year he had ordered two skeleton Mustang shells, yes TWO. These are intended for future projects and he was looking to put them somewhere out the way until they were needed towards the end of the year. The workshop was ideal, with a little moving around from the forklift, we now have a dedicated storage area for body shells would you believe.

Adam had us in fits of laughter that he could “loose” a full body shell. He took the banter very well and stick we gave him. In his defence he did say “I knew I had somewhere, but couldn’t remember where I stored it that’s all. It was either here in the yard, or one of the other car storage locations.”

After the cars were in place, Adam said; “Some people can talk the talk, we also walk the walk, then we drive the cars afterwards!” Fair shout if you ask me.

Some say they have them in stock, but they don’t. We on the other hand don’t say we have them in stock – but we DO! Three of ’em in fact.

On the subject of these body shells; one of the skeletons could be for sale, the other is allocated for a customer’s project. We doubt that Adam will put these shells on the WebShop to be honest, but you never know. If you are interested drop Adam an email and you can discuss it with him.

Stock

We are in the exciting stages of being the UK supplier of some rather awesome kits. We can’t say too much yet. Watch this space and all will be revealed very soon. 😉

We keep saying; Stay Safe, please act responsibly, then hopefully all this can get back to some sort of normal.

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