Spring Time Your Way?

Ok so the title is a little play on words for this week’s blog, but the weather in the UK is picking up a little and looking forward to the warm weather and all the classic cars coming out to play. We said a play on words as this weeks Park & Pic is a car we still have with us after a service and a good look over. The ’65 Springtime yellow coupe is owned by our friend and customer Mick.

Park & Pic

The car is solid and the best bit? It’s up for sale! NOw Adam doesn’t “Sell” cars, he will take money for them if somebody has the right amount of cash for it. So this is not a regular feature to sell cars on our little ol’ blog, but if you are interested email us via the WebShop and they will put you in touch with the owner. No tyre kickers obviously.

The car has a great paper trail of the work completed on her over the years and always adds provenance to a classic car.

The engine is a nice little head turner too and runs as well as it looks.

Customer Cars

The Golden convertible has had some attention this week on the interior and has taken some great steps forward. The carpet has been fitted and the seats have gone back in. The dash area and wire pigtail have taken a little work but they are now fitted fine.

The external fittings are starting to come together and it’s amazing how a couple of shiny bits can make a difference.

The Transmission mounts were in a less than desirable condition should we say, and no we can’t use Yogi’s description of the part as this is a family blog! The replacement has been fitted in place and should make a huge difference to the driveability of the car.

Other News

We have been mentioning that we have been finding old “stuff” to share with you, this week is no different. This 1965 advert gives us an interesting insight into the minds of ford and their marketing.

Happy Birthday to….

The Ford Mustang of course, well not just yet, on Tuesday 17th April to be precise where the Mustang will be Fifty Four years old! We owe a big thanks to our good buddy Gary aka “Boris” (don’t ask), for coming up with some great little facts for us;

1) Ford US built 8160 Mustangs up to April 16, the day before launch – enough for one per dealer.

2) Ford planned to increase production through 1964, but due to the reaction at launch built another 16,000 Mustangs for the balance of April 1964.

3) Ford dealers took 22,000 orders at launch and sold well over 400,000 in the first year.

4) Ford had initially planned to sell 150-180,000 Mustang a year.

5) The following generations continued to be successful, but it was considered that the “Fox” bodied cars were somehow less successful. This is not true as they sold more than 400,000 units in the first year beating the original Mustang’s score.

6) The ‘father of Mustang’ Lee Iacocco was fired by Henry Ford 2 much later because of two reasons – he wanted to produce lots of small front wheel drive cars…and it is thought that he was becoming more prominent within Ford than ‘Hank the Deuce’.

7) Henry famously said when pressed by the Board of Directors of Ford on the firing of Iacocca; “sometimes you just don’t like somebody”.

8) The legendary “Bullitt” car now also becomes a member of the coveted “fifty years old club” too.

Watching This Space

We have many projects on the go at one time, in fact it’s a logistics game to work out what is where and what can be worked on in the mean time. This week is one of those weeks where things started to fall into place nicely, we even managed to make more room but we shall get into that in a little bit. To start the post this week we start with the Park & Pic, at the moment we have good few cars ready to post on this section. If we haven’t posted yours yet – don’t worry we will as there is a queue at the moment.

So we start with Jimmy’s 1970 302 fastback. We had this little lady in a few weeks ago for a few little jobs like a service and replacing the alternator. The Slot Mag wheels were taken off and polished back up to their full former glory.

Keep sending us your pics of your pride and joy at out yard!

Customers Cars:

We have the Mach1 Restoration project finally getting some colour on her now. So as promised here is the selection of the pics showing the process. Here the seams are sealed up before the etch and the primers are applied.

Then some base coats added the outside and the engine bay given a lick of Satin Black.

Inside was given her coats of colour and panels sprayed ready for fitting.

It wont be long before the outside coats go on and we can get this lady back ready for her rebuild.

Our Yard:

We mentioned at the beginning we managed to move a few things around and we have a couple of cars from a couple of customers with their own temporary little parts of our yard.

We have  the Tilley Corner…

And we have Todd Avenue…

With space now being made Adam managed to get his cars where he wanted them to be, so he put a couple of his Shelbys away properly.

Your name on the wall?

We mentioned a post or two ago to watch this space as Adam has had another idea! Well we can now reveal what he means. The fence at the back of the yard has now been replaced with nice fresh steel sheets and lights, the down side is that it looks a little bland at the moment. So what was Adam’s idea? Well this wall would make excellent advertising space. Being as we take lots of pics of the cars in the yard and post them on our blog, those pictures are seen in the UK as well as all around the World literally, confirmed by our blog statistics. We have spoken about this idea to our Snap-On rep who comes to see us, and he has started us off with his illuminated sign:

Adam will be having a big Mustang Maniac sign up on the wall soon along with possible project that we hope will come to fruition also for the wall which will look amazing. So how can this idea help you? Get one of your signs on our wall for the advertising space and see what it can do for you. Adam also has a great Idea to turn this side of the Yard into something special, again all will be revealed soon. The rates won’t be stupid and Adam is very open for discussion depending on size etc. just have a quick conversation with Adam for what you want and he will be happy to do a deal with you.

Unusual Request: 

We often take on some little projects such as the pedal cars we sprayed up to match the car a little while ago. This time Adam was asked to spray a Raleigh Chopper back to her former glory!  This is a very collectable bike now and can exchange hands for the cost of a cheap run around car!

A little history of the start of the Releigh Chopper

The Chopper’s patent was applied for in the US during 1967. The Chopper was introduced at American trade shows in January 1969 but it was not until April 1969 when Raleigh Choppers were available for public to purchase . The bike featured a choice of a single-speed coaster hub, or a 3-speed or 5-speed Sturmey Archer gear hub, selected using a frame-mounted console gear lever — one of its “cool” features. Other features that appealed to the youth market were the unusual frame, long padded high-back seat, sprung seat at the back, high-rise (ape hanger) handlebars, ‘bobbed’ mud guards (fenders) and differently sized wheels — 16 in (41 cm) front and 20 in (51 cm) rear. The rear hoop above the seat resembled a dragster anti roll bar “sissy bar”. Even the kickstand was designed to give the stationary bicycle a lean reminiscent of a parked motorcycle. Tyres were wider than usual for the time, with a chunky tread on the rear wheel, featuring a red line around the sidewall. In 1970 the Raleigh Chopper was launched in the UK market this was a triple launch for Raleigh, with the Chopper branded as The Hot One, alongside the Moulton Mk3 (The Smooth One), and the RSW Mk3 (The Dolly One).

Two things to finish on:

  1. Send us your Park & Pic of the your ride at our yard.
  2. Ask Adam about his advertising wall.