Double Trouble

A few posts ago we mentioned that we had a drive in gearbox swap out. This week we we had all hands to the (fuel) pump, gearbox, carb, wiring, exhaust etc. to go one better for a customer.

Customer Cars:

The customer drove into us with a gearbox issue and he already knew that we had a a selection of C4 gearboxes on the shelf and wanted a one day swap out. We were prepared for it after being given the diagnosis of what was happening during a drive. While the customer was with us he asked if we could look at his engine while we were at it. Sure, no problem.

We took the valve covers of for a proper look and found the ‘black death’ as Adam likes to call it. If the top of the engine looks like this then you can pretty much guarantee the rest of the engine would be in a bad way too. We explained the options and what we could do to cure the problems. The customer decided that a replacement off the shelf engine would be quicker, cheaper and easier.

The image on the left below was the choked up oilways on the his original engine, on the right our reconditioned engine ready to go.

What was the one step better we did this time? Well, we did a gearbox AND and engine swap out in a single day!

The old engine was removed and we discovered the cracked header as well.

Now a double swap out is what we call a proper service. A well oiled machine that is Mustang Maniac goes to work on the car and swaps out the power unit and the gearbox. We have the right tools, the right parts, the knowhow of the little tricks of the trade, and we can do it in our sleep too.

WebShop

As we have been saying for a while now some back order parts for customers have again arrived this week, in addition to the other special deliveries! As we predicted the base cost of the parts is going up stupid money and many suppliers are saying so. Although we note a few other sellers are taking advantage by charging a little more on top of that too.

Adam will be contacting these customers to let them know that their parts are in ready for dispatch or pick up. Is anybody else getting in sheet metal deliveries?? 😉

We also had another delivery of our Leeds Brake Kits. The kits have been selling well and we have had some good feedback as a result. We suspect that we also have the largest selection of these kits for all makes and models of Mustang and Falcons. We don’t stock a couple of the more common kits, oh no. We stock a full range of kits with multiple instances of each item, just to prove that point.

Next week we have have an update on ‘The Pear’ which is coming along nicely. We have a story of yet another expert not knowing what they are doing fitting parts. Even if you are not a mechanic – this one will be blatantly obvious.

The Mustang Name.

There are a few explanations where Ford got the name for it’s new car ‘Mustang’.

You can take your pick, the Mustang was named;

1) The legendary P-51 Mustang that helped win World War II and establish America as a post-war superpower – the perfect name for an all-American car.

2) The wild mustangs that roam the American plains introduced by the Spanish are the perfect symbol of American freedom, just like Ford’s new car would be.

3) Lee Iacocca is actually quoted as saying it was named after a college football team that inspired him with their athleticism, just like his new sports car would inspire America.

Adam thinks that it’s a number 2. As these cars are quite powerful with lots of horse power, when in the wrong hands they can be quite lethal.

Adam says that if these ‘Pony’ cars (which makes sense for the horse references), were named after the Spanish descendant of Mustango which is ‘wild horse’, you need to treat these cars with a bit of respect. If you don’t then this happens! This car was heard going past Mustang Manic at a rate of knots should we say. A few minutes later LAR was called out to recover a Mustang that had been in an ‘accident’, or was it that they were unable to drive properly? We will let you make your minds up on this one.

A teaser for another post coming up!!! Those that know – know.

Stay Safe & Take Care!

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Lurking In A Trunk

This week we had a car in one for a little rectification to fix some ongoing issues. The owner didn’t want the car on our little blog today, that is of course absolutely fine with us and we respect his privacy. The simple reason being is that another Mustang ‘Expert’ had ‘fixed’ it before it came into us. We will just leave it at that, we’re pretty sure that you can work the rest out.

While all that was going on Adam had a little move around of some cars and opened the trunk on one of his old cars with only 6,500 miles on it. In the trunk he found an original, still inflated and unused spare tyre.

This tyre is a concours car owners dream, not only does it have the markings on the tread, it still has the original 1965 Detroit air in the tyre too. Although this is not a rare tyre tyre in itself as millions were fitted at the time, but it’s very rare to have survived is such amazing condition with all the original factory fitted markings. This really brings a new meaning to NOS; New Old Stock. Although we suspect that Adam wont be putting it into ‘stock’.

Even the white wall strip still has the protective blue coating on it.

What did Adam say when he found it? “I forgot I had that!” He then took it to a little known storage area where he keeps some real rare goodies, Like the original set of wheels and tyres from the same car. They aren’t in the amazing shape as this tyre of course, which hasn’t been out of the car’s trunk for 55 years, until now!

Remember, Adam never sells anything. However, if you make an offer and have the cash to back it up, it could be yours! We do suggest that you have have some deep pockets with long arms that can get to the bottom of them as well.

While we are on the subject of old nostalgic things we found this.

Article:

Quadricycle 125th Anniversary: Henry Ford’s First Vehicle Takes Maiden Voyage on Detroit’s Streets.

In 1896, the founder of Ford Motor Company built his first car and took it for a spin on the streets of Detroit. In the early morning hours of June 4, Henry Ford made a trial run in a small, four-wheeled vehicle he called a Quadricycle, later described by historian Allan Nevins as “strikingly small and light – the lightest vehicle of its type yet produced.”

With his wife Clara and a helper, Jim Bishop, anxiously watching, Ford put the clutch in neutral and spun the flywheel, then slowly drove his Quadricycle along the streets of Detroit, with Bishop on a bicycle ahead and a few passersby staring incredulously. A spring actuating one of the “ignitors” failed on the short run, but it was quickly repaired, and the two men returned triumphantly home, got a few hours rest, then reported for work at Edison Illuminating Company.

The outing was a success, but Ford was not satisfied, so he practically rebuilt the Quadricycle over the following months. He and his helpers replaced many wooden parts with metal, installed a cooling system in the engine, and fitted sturdier wheels. Ford then built other cars and, on June 16, 1903 – seven years after his trial run – he launched Ford Motor Company in a small converted carriage factory in Detroit.

For the 32-year-old inventor, the Quadricycle’s successful first outing was the result of the inventiveness, determination and hard work that later earned him the title of “genius of the automotive industry.” In the early 1890s, Henry Ford began tinkering with a tiny vehicle in a small workshop at the rear of his home at 58 Bagley Avenue in Detroit, a few blocks from the plant where he worked at the Edison plant.

At that time, any man experimenting with “horseless carriages” was considered something of an oddity. An elderly Detroiter said Henry Ford – no exception to this prejudiced rule – was regarded with some suspicion around the neighbourhood. The young inventor was supported by his wife, Clara, whom he had married in 1888, and by the help of friends and colleagues from the Edison Company – David Bell, Bishop, George Cato and “Spider” Huff.

The Quadricycle had a 49-inch wheelbase and was 79 inches long overall. It was only 45 inches wide – but still too wide for the door of the garage where it had been built, forcing Ford to expand the opening with an axe – and 43 inches high. Apart from the motor, wheels, axles and steering tiller, the vehicle was constructed of wood and weighed only 500 pounds without fuel. It had a buggy-like seat and ran on bicycle-size wheels with pneumatic tires.

Ford’s “horseless carriage” had two speeds – 10 and 20 mph selected by twin drive belts. It had a neutral gear, but no reverse. Gear changes were made by a clutch lever mounted on the floor to the right of the driver. Final drive was by a single chain. Perhaps the most worrying thing, there were no brakes, but Ford did make up for it by including a doorbell as a horn. During the two days before his invention was finished, Ford hardly slept at all. Finally, in the early morning hours of June 4, 1896, the vehicle was ready.

Henry Ford sold the Quadricycle later that year for $200, though he repurchased it in 1904 for only $65, and it still survives today in a permanent display at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan.

Source: https:/www.at.ford.com/en/homepage/news-and-clipsheet/news/2021/6/quadricycle1.html?cid=BOC-2021-06-04

WebShop & postage:

We would like to thank everybody who has messaged us, left comments or just spoken to us about our ‘case studies’ and how to improve our service for you. People are taking notice we think and we are still here to help.

We have sent out some sheet metals to a few customers and they have been very please we could help them out. We will continue to provide what we can when we can of course.

We have also noted that other Mustang suppliers are putting up their prices too regarding their parts. Remember we still have a huge selection of parts in stock on the shelves ready for you, pre-price hikes!

Short & sweet post this week, due to the fact we can’t show you what has been going on as we explained earlier.

Enjoy the rest of ‘Father Day’ in the UK, and yes are still taking the vouchers that have been purchased for the lucky recipients – Mustang Maniac WebShop awaits your order. 🙂

Stay Safe & Take Care!

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Are You On The List?

The WebShop has seen some new stock, not everything that we had hoped for, but much better than some other suppliers who have none at all.

As we predicted a number of posts ago that the Mustang parts are starting to dry up especially the sheet metal. However, Adam has his fingers in many pies or foot in the factory doors and has managed to procure some much sort after Mustang sheet metal!

Adam has a waiting list on his desk that has a list of names and their build requirements. He will then go down that list match up what he gets. The deliveries to us are on a drip feed and we are not sure what is coming till the last minute. If two people are after the same thing, and we have one – the loyal customer will get the first option, they will get an email to see if they still want the parts, if they do then we will get their delivery out to them. If not the next on the list gets the option. We will try to be as fair as we can. The back orders are still their with our suppliers and we will get those in addition to these little ‘extra’ deliveries. 😉 If you have asked Adam specifically and he has your details then you could be getting a phone, just maybe!

Last week’s post we highlighted some issues that can be easily avoided with your deliveries. We have had an overwhelming support from customers during their orders and the odd random not so good comment on the post. Yes we even allowed the comment to be shown and we responded. As a result we are going to be something else around this in a future post with Adam’s steer and input. Not a case study like we have just done, but more of a business insight why we do what we do, it should make for interesting reading even for our most loyal, returning and any potential new customers. Watch this space.

Moving on we have had a week or gearboxes for different reasons. We start with an old favourite returns for our Park & Pick.

Park & Pic

Roy decided he wanted a little bit of the Yogi gearbox trickery. So he bought his car into us to have a Gear Venders fitted. This upgrade gearbox was taken straight from our stock off the shelf into the Yogi workshop and fitted.

With these gearboxes the prop has to be modified and rebalanced to fit the gearbox to diff length.

The brief was it has to be subtle, we spent a day fitting the gearbox then half a day making it a stealth installation inside the car, we did something a bit different for him. We just love this bit of James Bond esque tech. Totally stock look, but with serious upgrade hidden out of the way.

Some people want the upgrade on show, some don’t.

This is simply sub zero cool.

Customer Cars

We had another customer come into us with his beautifully kept ’67 Coupe which had some C4 transmission issues.

The found the reported problem and we diagnosed that the gearbox had made it’s last shift and needed a replacement. Not the best of news to hear anytime, but sometimes you are just better of swapping out.

The customer left the car with us in the morning and picked up some short six hours later and drove it home! Now that is service for our customers!!!

Not only was the gearbox a direct swap, it was also a ’67 date correct replacement. We went into our transmission store, got the rebuilt gearbox and rebuilt torque converter off the shelf and fitted it straight in. The usual things like the mounts were sort of OK, but while you are at it we changed them and any other peripherals making it another a fit and forget installation from us.

We have another happy customer who has a date correct original replacement taken from a choice off the shelf and he drove it home as well. How many other Mustang specialists can provide that sort of quality part, level of expertise and fitting within a day?

Stay Safe & Take Care!

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Sometimes We Just Can’t Win

On our blog we have mentioned a number of times about the postage options we offer and try to help our customers. This week we have seen a number of emails that have given us the run around and not our fault. Have this little flurry of emails been saved up for the first week of June?

WebShop

This week we are going to give you a little insight to what we are dealing with last week. One of which has cost us a fair chunk of money at the same time.

Context: let us paste a little bit of information from Parcel Force’s (or should we say ‘Parcel Farce’?) own website;

Source: https://www.parcelforce.com/help-and-advice/sending/saturday-parcel-delivery

“A Saturday parcel delivery service is available to the majority of UK destinations for an additional fee of £9.00 per consignment (for non-account customers). Deliveries are typically between 7.00 am and 1 pm.”

Note the word; “typically“. Although you pay for a service it’s not guaranteed by the provider that offers the service in the first place. We can only do what we can within the guidelines that are given to us for the services we offer on their behalf. Reading through many courier and mail delivery companies they say things like, ‘due to covid……’ to explain some of the possible delays.

A few case studies for you, worryingly for us these are genuine cases.

Case 1.

Cause: a customer wanted a set of service parts for his car, nothing special just the usual spark plugs & filters on a newish Mustang (without giving to much away and keeping this customer anonymous). So he orders the parts the day before for a 24hr delivery. We packaged the parts and they left us within a couple of hours as the parts were ordered before the cut of point. The parcel was delivered around noon. The customer was on email hammering us to say it wasn’t good enough as the car was at the garage waiting for the parts! He even tried to get us to give him the parts for free for compensation.

Response: the fact that this was a 24hr service once it leaves us – it’s really not our fault as we use a service in good faith. We called the customer and asked why he didn’t order the parts earlier to make sure this didn’t happen. He had now answer and parts were a couple of hours ‘late’ to the garage.

Result: this customer is just a messer, and never used us before and will not be using us again – “C” button applied. (Remember “C” button is for ‘cancelled’, not anything else as it has been suggested!) 😀

Adam’s response. ‘Please order your parts in good time to avoid this happening in the future. It’s a simple case of common sense and forward planning.’

Case 2.

Cause: a regular customer ordered £300 worth of parts to be delivered next day (Friday). Nothing wrong with that and all was fine. The parts were ordered on time and picked up on time. We then emailed the customer with the tracking number for his reference. Late Friday afternoon we got an email to say the package had not arrived.

Response: the tracking had not entered the system and was technically ‘lost’. We eventually found out that the collection driver was not doing his job and didn’t scan the package at collection from us, even though we had the stub from the label. This means that we could not prove the package was even picked up from us. Parcel force refused to accept responsibility for a) the parcel being lost. b) The driver not doing his job. We could wait 16days to see if the parcel turned up. This is totally unacceptable to us, let alone the customer.

Result: we picked another £300 worth of the same parts to fulfil the order and paid out of our own pocket £35 to have the parts delivered before 9am on a Saturday service as this was clearly not the customers fault. The package turned up 9 am on the following Monday. We again complained to Parcel Force who gave us £14 in compensation and nothing else what so ever. We had an unhappy customer (who fully understands now that it wasn’t our fault). we are down £321 in total due to the Parcel Force driver not doing his job properly. Now we have to stand and watch the Parcel Force drivers scan every parcel before it enters their van to make sure that they are doing their job correctly. That is obviously not a waste of our time!

Case 3.

Cause: (although this labelled as single case, this is comprised of multiple instances of the same thing). Customers have ordered parts for collection ‘next day’. We pick the items from stock, package the orders up and then we store them in our offices ready for their collection. At one point there were double figures of parcels waiting for customer collection.

Response: most of those packages are still sitting in our offices two weeks later. We are now having to move them out from the reception office back into our packaging room as we didn’t have enough room to deal with our other customer’s hospitality, payments and booking in work requests.

Result: if we had delayed sending the parts out for two weeks we are sure the world would have stopped spinning and it would have been our fault. What else can we do? Stopping the collection service would limit the options of customers who want to collect their parts fast, like our trade customers who can get their parts almost on a walk in service.

Case 4.

Cause: customer ordered some parts via a 24hr tracked service, wanted urgently for next day delivery. We got an irate email the next day to say he hadn’t got his parts.

Response: we checked the tracker log and the parcel was ‘attempted delivery’ on time the next day just before 10am. A card was left at the customers address to say that they were unable to leave the package and would attempt delivery the next day. This wasn’t good enough according to the customer.

Result: the customer had gone out shopping and didn’t think the parcel would turn up. Most of the time the system works, as in this case. This customer will not be using us again and “C” button applied.

Case 5.

Cause: customer orders a couple of small parts via Royal Mail to save money and used the second class postage option. Nothing wrong with that and makes good sound sense.

Response: customer emails us a day later to say that the parts had not arrived and we had disgusting customer service.

Result: we checked the automated ordering from the WebShop, the parts were indeed sent second class large parcel. We advised that the parts would be a least a couple of days due to his own choice of delivery option. Customer advised us that he wouldn’t be using us again as a result. The customer is 100% correct in this case – he won’t be using us again because the “C” button has been applied.

Case 6.

Cause: a new customer we have not dealt with before emails that he needs a part urgently.

Response; we tell the customer he can collect it today if he wanted.

Result: the customer arrived within the hour. He left with the part he needed and paid for it within five minutes. No email to say thanks or anything, not that we expected to be fair.

Please can you let us know if we are still unreasonable on our postage options. We listened that standard Royal Mail should be used; so we re-introduced it. We were asked for different courier options; we introduced them. It seems that we just can’t win sometimes which is disappointing for us. What else do we have to do to improve? You tell us.

On a positive note we are proud to say that we have a extremely high satisfaction rate for our customers. Once customers have used us they continue to do so to be fair. Perhaps these Covid lockdowns have affected some people in a negative way more than we thought. 😦

Onto the good stuff……

Customer Cars:

This week the ‘Green Goddess’ has been moved into the ‘panel shop’ for the start of the strip down. We suspect that most of it will be swept up and put into a bin.

Further investigation shows us what we expected to find; a Flintstone powered vehicle!

The rear of the car in the trunk area.

Are we worried? Nahh, considering some of the cars we have had to work on, there is quite a lot to be going on here. Nothing that we haven’t seen many times before.

This little lady will be as good as new. We will have to use a lot of sheet metal panels from our stock of course, but have allowed for that. 😉

Stay Safe & Take Care!

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A Wolf In Wolf’s Clothing

We are really excited to have our very own Resto-Mod project back this week, ‘The Wolf’ as it shall be known. The Wolf project has been a little while getting to this stage as it wasn’t a priority for us, more of a filler for the quieter moments waiting for the next car, but more on that later with the Wolf’s first pictures in paint.

Customer Cars

The Pro Street is back with us under a new ownership. The new owner wants a few little tweaks made and some upgrades which we will bring for you as we go along.

There are few images that strike fear into other motorists, there are cars with their engines poking out of the hood exposing huge blowers, or the back end of a Mustang with big fat tyres. This just happens to be one of those cars. The Shelby lights accentuate the fact that this is a bad ass car.

It’s great to have her back where we continue to take good care of her as we know the work history of this little lady.

Our Car – The Wolf

Now the colour is revealed you may or may not have noticed the bumpers are on the car already. They bumpers both front and back were sent away to be de-chromed, subtly reshaped, shortened and we removed the bolt holes and painted body colour. Our own secret process to even make it removable if we need to.

The paint is black and the stripes are a real subtle shade of matt black which can only really be seen in certain lights. Exactly as Adam wanted it.

The whole car will be de-chromed and stealth black.

The two images below are trying to show a close up of the stripes on the paint and the bumpers.

As we said earlier, the car is going to be a full blown Resto-Mod and will be unique as we have not seen anything like what we are planning to do. 😉

Watch this space for pretty awesome updates.

WebShop

We have a new product that we are trialling at the moment to see if it’s good enough to go for sale. The radiator cap with a built in temperature gauge.

Coming Soon

We are in the process of developing a simple, but very effective and most importantly a user easy fitting security device. We have developed a MK1 prototype, MK2 was an improvement but the quality wasn’t where we wanted it to be. The Mk3 looks to be the way to go, a little more cost and development involved, but it will be well worth it. There will be more on this as we start the production and we get stock levels up. We aim to even make it a customer’s bespoke option as a special order!

Stay Safe & Take Care!

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A Green Goddess

This week we have our next customer in for a restoration to go into the panel shop. There is a bit of difference though. On this little lady we are only doing the sheet metal rebuild, and then we are handing it back to the customer to complete the rest, that’s the paint, rolling gear and full assembly.

Customer Cars:

Why the Green Goddess? To be honest we are not sure, Adam has named this project. Adam has this sixth sense to see past the mess and look at the end project. He can see things that we can’t – and we don’t mean ghosts. We think it’s down to the fact that these cars look great in this light green.

Here we have her being unloaded from our new covered transport truck, which is only used for Mustang Projects.

Yogi manoeuvred the shell into his work cave and took a quick pic. They say a picture speaks a thousand words, some of which we can’t possibly post on a family friendly sight.

The customer wants the bad sheet metal replaced (all straight from our stock of course), and fitted to the car. The Green Goddess has issues, lots of issue in fact with metal worm. What we can or can’t save will be decided when we get round to it.

The sheet metal replacements for this car will be quite extensive as you can imagine. But, we’re not worried about that as we have some panels in stock even though it’s not on the WebShop for now. 😉

The Pear:

Yogi has started at the front with a full kit of LEED Brakes kits witch are a straight bolt in and a breeze to fit.

The brake booster, dual reservoir and pedal are in place but not fully set up yet of course.

The donor car has now also been moved in next to the final assembly room to save walking across the yard all the time.

There are few issues with the donor car, like the rear chassis legs being welded in the wrong place by a couple of inches so the shackles can’t be removed.

In fact the welding is so bad on this car as there is no penetration to the metal parts at all to bind them together. When we lifted the car up to mount it onto the dolly, the front of the car dropped down from the welds pulling open. We had to lower it onto raised jacks to lift up the front while we positioned the dolly under it, then lower it all down again! The pictures speak for themselves.

The sheet metal was like it had been JB Welded into place, let alone Mig Welding! The rest of the car had been patched pretty badly.

It was a very wise choice by the customer to get the rusty shell and and take the good bits from it to make up the rest of the car on the new shell in our opinion, it certainly works out a lot cheaper providing that you can get the new shells of course in the first place.

A couple of nice shots of old Shells and the ‘The Pear’ in the background in the Final Assembly Room.

We have a a couple of new stock items we are trialling at the moment, if they work like we expect them to, we will let you know next week.

Take Care & Stay Safe!

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A Rare Sight Indeed

We would like to start with a big thank you for all the well wishes for Jason and his bride Pamela on their wedding, it was much appreciated. Although the suggestion that Adam should wear his suit to work on the cars won’t be happening we’re sad to inform you. But, thanks for the idea though. 🙂

We are getting ready for the next customer to have their pride and joy in our sacred Mustang Sanctuary, where all good things happen to Mustangs. On a side note, in all the years we have been operating, we have only ever seen a couple of cars go to scrap. Everything else we have saved. We have even built a car from just the convertible soft top storage panel, remember the Onion?

What we had to start with;

This was the only original main part that was saved!

The rest of the car being built from just that part!

So what’s the rare sight? That’s our panel shop being empty! The last occupant being ‘The Pear’.

We have a couple of bits still in there which have been sprayed up for our very own resto mod project, this unusual design of our own axle being a part of that project.

The next car in here may end up having the underside done, floor panels, arches, chassis legs etc. We will give it a nick name, and post the pictures of that restoration project for you. Watch this space for those updates.

Our Cars:

We have a new bit of equipment for our dry storage solution.

Response to Adam’s advice?

Adam has received plenty of emails once we let it slip that we have a stock of sheet metal stored in the yard. As we pointed out last week that requests for such sheet metal, body panels etc. will be vetted before being sold. We even had an email from somebody in the trade who was quite irate that we removed the sheet metal from the WebShop trade area. He even suggested that it should be his priority to buy them as he was trade. Well his account is a small account and so was the attention span we gave to his email to be honest.

Then on the other hand, we had plenty of messages to say thanks for the advice and have ordered their metal. One or two have even found out that the panels are on back order from the big suppliers in USA which are often mentioned in the Mustang Forums on where to buy stuff. We have even had emails from the USA to ask for a couple of our sheet metal bits!

A short post this week as we have been trying to tidy the yard and get the panel shop ready for the next little lady.

Stay Safe & Take Care.

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Our New Final Assembly Room

This week we had a conversation with Adam and he has asked his Social Media team to put out some advice for you which is towards the end of the post, if you have a project car on the go; you need to read it. We start the post this week with some great news.

Congratulations to Jason & Pamela on their Wedding 7th May 2021.

Adam lost his beloved father a while ago now and he would loved to of had him there with him to see this day. So what’s the next best thing? His car of course which played an important part on the day.

This is also the car that started it all (not the wedding), Adam’s very first restoration of a Mustang and it it still looks good all these years later.

Speaking of looking good, the beautiful Pamela was accompanied by Adam who also didn’t scrub up to bad either on the way to the Wedding.

The PearIn Our New ‘Final Assembly Room

The pear has had her final coats of underseal and engine bay paint and allowed to cure.

The car was then moved to our new facility; ‘Final Assembly Room‘. ‘The Pear’ is also the first to use the room. We have yet to have the wall liner fitted along with some benches, more power sockets and full LED lighting.

‘The Pear’ is being worked on in here to get it a rolling chassis status before being moved to any other workshop stage area. This way the car will not get damaged and all parts are kept with the the car. The new assembly room is warm, very dry, natural day light skylight and can only be entered via a shutter from Yogi’s workshop. So you will need to get past the bear to get to it!

Adam’s Advice:

The background story: In January a container of parts shipped to us costs us lower end of four figures of pounds sterling. Each monthly delivery so far this year the duties have gone up significantly. Our latest import of stock for May has shot into the five figures of pounds sterling again. That cost has to go on something and the business can’t take the hit to keep the prices down. If you don’t believe us Google it! There is a ‘shortage of containers’, then there is a shortage of ‘freight space’ the list goes on. In fact from the end of last year to May this year the import duty has increased almost FIVE fold!

Granted this last delivery was a big order with a delivery of some of the sheet metal we had on back order to replace what we had sold, even we were running low on panels. I have checked the suppliers of sheet metal through my contacts and usual suppliers where I have preferential terms, and they are running out.

The Advice: ‘If you are think that you need sheet metal for your project – BUY IT NOW. There is a shortage of panels for our classic cars in general; that’s Falcon & Mustang. But it’s not Just Ford that is suffering, it’s other makes as well. Prices for sheet metal is expected to rocket up in price.’

There you have it, from the horses mouth (should we say the Mustang horse’s mouth – see what we did there)? Mustang Maniac Panel parts are expected to be going up and a note has been added to the WebShop as follows.

If you need sheet metal then all enquires will need to go through Adam as the panels are also being taken of the Trade pages as well now. Each application will be looked at in merit. For the moment our stock of sheet metal is allocated to our projects, with some to spare.

WebShop:

We missed the sheet metal being unloaded from the pallets, Adam’s treated them like the sheets of gold which they are now destined to become and put them straight into his copious storage areas. Sheets of gold they are, well for the foreseeable future anyway.

Stay Safe & Take Care

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Yogi’s Mask

This week we have had quite a few visitors to collect their products from our WebShop headquarters. The lockdown has eased in the UK and virtually all our customers still were respectful of social distancing and wearing masks. Thank you to all our customers for respecting our rules.

The fine weather over the last week or so has seen a lot of our service parts and sundries flying of the shelves. We suspect it’s down to the the start of the car shows and owners just wanting to get out in their treasured possessions. Many of those cars were given a run to our stores from well over an hour away, just because they could. It was great to see the familiar faces again.

Customer Cars:

‘The Pear’ has finished the underseal treatment stage now and Yogi has been wearing his mask in the body shop on his own! Yep his favourite type of mask;

We had to post this us to keep the ‘Yogi Fan Club’ happy as we were asked about him when a couple of customers picked up some of their parts.

The ‘Pear’s’ fenders were carefully removed from the chassis and stored well out of harms way. The mask was on, suited up, sounds were cranked up on the boom box and Yogi got to work on the engine bay’s paint, an etch base to start with.

A couple of undercoats and primer;

Then a couple of top coats of satin black, inside and underneath to blend in with the underseal.

We will soon be at a stage to start assembly and of course we will show the progress as we go along.

Stock:

In between paint and drying Yogi has been building other things, engines! These V8’s been + 0.30 over and an I6 were rebuilt and prepared for our stock. Yep – more engines gone into stock. Not built to order as we normally do, but these engines are purely for Adam’s stock!

Fully rebuilt I6’s are not that common, but here is one just sitting pretty.

Then just a couple of his V8’s hanging around! Is this just not Petrol Head Heaven?

All finished and waiting to be wrapped up safe then stored with the other engines ready for sale, straight of the shelf! How many other Mustang Suppliers can boast that? Not just one engine, but a choice of engines and specs. Long block, short blocks, rollers, stock rollers, HiPo, date coded heads, aluminium heads, cams, pistons etc. etc.

These may look like scrap, but all of these will be restored to factory condition and sit in storage, just be cause we can.

Everything in for sale in our yard for the right price. If you want some of these rare items be prepared to get your wallet out – remember Adam doesn’t barter down on the prices that he wants, unless you bribe him with copious amounts of Jaffa cakes. 😉 (Those who know, know!)

Stay Safe & Take Care!

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Car With A Mask

Not much happening this week apart from concentrating on ‘The Pear’ underside. We have also had a couple of service cars in (not Mustangs) but nothing we thought to put on our humble little blog.

Continuing on from a couple of posts ago, we have had some funny text messages/emails and comments about the Mr Good Guy Vs Mr Pratt. Since that post Mr Pratt had ordered the wrong parts that he got on last week, he then tried to blame us as the part didn’t fit. The reason was quite amusing as he said, “The part for the ’76 looked the same as the old one, so I ordered that.” Apparently we should make it clear, that the specific part for a ’76 doesn’t fit any other cars. We think the clue was in the WebShop heading, with the part and the year of the car he was looking at not being the same as his.

We asked Mr Pratt to send all the parts back and we gave him a full refund. We also ‘advised that perhaps another supplier would help him out with his parts requirements going forward’. He has ignored our little hint and has since then emailed us to say that he is unable to order anything from us. Funny that as he has had the “C” button assigned to him and he will not be ordering from us again. We have even advised him that he has been blocked, and he is not happy again. Another email which has since been diverted to the trash mail and any future emails from him. Oh well – never mind.

Customer Cars

The Pear was pushed into our assembly workshop / paint room and we started to mask her up ready for the rest of the underside colours. First the panels were all fully seam sealed and red leaded.

The satin black was sprayed to give the the car its stock look.

The underside has had two coats of the Red Oxide as they would have had probably just one from the factory.

With the protection of Red Oxide dried and in place it was time for the black underseal or stone chip protection to be applied.

Another short & sweet post as work has been time consuming rather than productive turn around. Some weeks are like that and it doesn’t bother us.

The WebShop on the other hand has been the exact opposite, it has just gone mad with orders. We think that now the UK’s lockdown is ‘over’ or eased, the car shows are on the calendar and a lot of cars are getting the pampering they deserve before they go out to meet the public again.

Take Care & Keep Safe

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