Two Outta Three

This week we have some rather unusual problems a couple which are self-inflicted and the other not as much, so we thought that we would share these with you as two are potentially dangerous.

Harmonic Dampener.

This issue was a broken bolt failure some time in the past which was still in place on the harmonic balancer itself. The question is was the bolt over tightened and the bolt sheared, or was it corroded in place and sheared trying to undo it. Either way it was refitted with just two bolts.

We could see the problem with the pulley of before we even removed the dampener but we had to remove it. To put it nicely is that the dampener is in a bad way. We of course can’t comment on why or what the reasoning was to fit the pulley back with two bolts was at the time. There are three bolts fitted for a reason by the designers of the engines. As Meatloaf would sing; ‘Two outta three ain’t bad’.

We could replace it which would be our preference, but we have been asked to try to sort this one out. It looks like an attempt had been started and was not central for drilling the bolt. This could cause issues with balance if we have to re-tap the hole. But, we shall see how it goes one we start. We mention dangerous on this one as the two remaining bolts are obviously taking more stress than they should do, metal fatigue could cause the bolts to fail which could cause damage to the crank shaft, or even allow the main pulley to rip from the dampener, thus causing damage within the engine bay to who knows what at 4,000rpm!

Steering Conversion

We have fitted so many steering conversions to cars we have lost counts and is almost an automated exercise. But to save costs some people buy the kits from us and fit them themselves. No harm in that of course providing you have the will and time to do it. However if you are in any doubt – DON’T do it yourself. We sell tens of these kits a year with no problems, we fit most of them but this car that came into us made us do a double take. The Borgeson kit was incorrectly fitted by the looks of it. For a critical part of the car where you aim where you are intending to go it needs to be right. If this steering mechanism fails you are in for a whole heap of hurt, firstly to the wallet and car if you have an accident, that of course is going on the assumption the driver is not hurt either. We will of course sort this out and fix it properly with a couple of road tests just to be sure.

Please be careful of the ‘There’s a bloke down the pub that does a bit of mechanical work at the weekends for a few quid’ scenario. Sometimes failures like this can be lethal, if not, at least creating issues elsewhere that may well cost you a lot more in the long run.


There are particular areas that the older Mustangs tend to rust, rear quarters, cowls, chassis legs etc. But we have come across this very unusual place for rut, the underside of the hood in the corners, the top side is fine.

We will have to strip this back to see if it’s a repair or replacement depending on budget once we know what we are dealing with.


One-off Mustang

A special one-of-a-kind Kona Blue 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt made its debut Friday at the Woodward Dream Cruise, but it won’t be for sale. Like the other 2019 Mustang Bullitt cars, the Kona Blue version features a performance-tuned 5.0-liter V-8 capable of producing 480 horsepower.

However, it also comes with unique gray wheels and blue cabin stitching, as well as unique side scoops on the rear windows. The 2019 Mustang Bullitt is typically available in only Dark Highland Green and Shadow Black. “If you look at the tone and color of Kona Blue, it’s really dark,” said Mustang brand manager Mark Schaller. “It fits with the overall design scheme of the car. You want it to be understated. You don’t want loud, bright colors. You want something dark and stealthy.” The Kona Blue Bullitt was on display at Mustang Alley during the dream cruise. The car will now make other appearances at events such as the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in Las Vegas.

Tickets for the raffle, which benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), are $10 at locations where the Kona Blue Bullitt will be on display and many Ford buildings on the Dearborn campus. A winner will be selected Nov. 13. “There’s been an overwhelmingly positive response to the 2019 Mustang Bullitt,” Schaller said. “This is the way it can give back to a good cause and at the same time carve out a small niche where there is the unique one-of-one car out there driving around that helps add to the collectability of the car in the long run.” As many as 60,000 tickets will be sold for the raffle. The first 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt was auctioned for charity in January, raising $300,000 for Boys Republic, a nonprofit school and treatment community for troubled youngsters which actor Steve McQueen attended prior to becoming an icon behind the wheel of a 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback in the film “Bullitt.”

Over the years the Ford Mustang has worn several special edition paint colors since its launch. The latest being the Kona Blue Mustang Bullitt as we mentioned above. Here is a little list that we have found for the limited edition colour Mustangs. Have we missed any?

• 1964 ½ Pace Car White for the Indianapolis 500 pace cars
• 1966 Anniversary Gold paint celebrating 1 millionth Mustang
• 1966 High Country Special in Aspen Gold, Columbine Blue or Timberline Green paint
• 1967 Lone Star Limited with Lone Star Limited Blue paint
• 1967 Limited Edition 400 in Deep Gold Metallic paint
• 1967 High Country Special in Aspen Gold, Columbine Blue or Timberline Green paint
• 1967 Dusk Rose paint, a throwback to the 1957 Thunderbird pink color
• 1969 Limited Edition 600 available in Groovy Green or Flower Power Red
• 1970 Grabber Mustangs: Grabber Green, Grabber Orange, Grabber Blue paint
• 1982 Black/White paint: Five were produced as evaluation for the California Highway Patrol.
• 1996 Mystic paint (color-shifting technology from BASF)
• 2004 Mystichrome paint (color-shifting technology from BASF)
• 2012 School Bus Yellow Boss 302 – only one produced, special edition fundraiser for Henry Ford Health System
• 2019 Blue Bullitt Mustang – only one produced, for a fundraising event

Would you drive a one-off car if you won it? 

Tilt Away

Last week we had posted about the proposals for the UK to stop mandatory MOTs for cars over forty years old. Well our poll has told us that a massive 90% of people thought it was a bad idea! We agree. We have had a few emails in to us and they have all been along the same lines as this quote below which sums it all up, along with the frustrations.

“I guess the bigger issue for the classic car scene and Mustangs in particular is the issue of modifications….and the way the DFT (Department for Transport), will treat it. They still haven’t issued any guidelines and are saying that any modified car will possibly need MOTing and may need to be identified by a “Q” plate. The issues this raises are enormous…does that include a Holley carb rather than the standard Autolite, rack and pinion steering, disc brakes, LED rear lights and the list goes on and on.  My car is pretty much stock, but I have added a servo and dual line brakes and LED lights so does that make me liable for a MOT and Q plate?”

The “Q” plate issue raised here will make a lot of unhappy classic car owners who will not be able to use the correct date plates for their cars. So if you improve a car’s safety by adding LED lights instead of the poor standard bulbs that is a modification and will need a modified reg plate! The government doesn’t seem to have thought this through. Some criteria for “Q” plates are listed here: Self-built constructions, Key Q-plate insurance points, Ex-military vehicles, Radically altered vehicles, Self-imported vehicles, Any car that doesn’t have a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), Single and Individual Vehicle Approval. The other point is here that the insurance for a “Q” plate car will go mental and we have found similar descriptions for most insurers;

Insuring a Q-registered vehicle:

Insurance coverage still poses more of a challenge than insuring a regular ‘off-the-production-line’ vehicle. This is because all insurance is about quantifying risk, and risk is much harder to determine with any Q-plated vehicle. Obtaining cover is by no means impossible, though. While some insurers refuse to cover any Q registrations, there are a number of providers who specialise in this side of the motor market and have a detailed knowledge of all types of Q registration (even tanks!). In order to assess the risk of any individual vehicle and calculate an appropriate premium they need specifics on every single aspect of the vehicle. We like to think that this will not be the case, but this last sentence in blue could make a huge difference to owning a classic car. 

We have seen petitions on the forums to pass to the government to stop these mad proposals. If you see it, sign it and pass it on.


Adam has added to his Mustang collection again, this time with a very nice virtually untouched ’67 Convertible.

Adam is particularly pleased with this little lady as there is a nice option extra that he has seen plenty off in the past, but not working properly. The “Tilt Away” steering wheel. We have taken a short video of it in action.

Customers Cars:

BRC has been worked on by Yogi and has some parts put refitted. The engine, the rear axle, Borgeson steering box and rear brakes are back in place. the front suspension needed new upper and lower control arms and then the brakes can be fitted.

Please keep your comments coming about the MOT debate. As we were preparing this post we have some more DeAgostini parts arrive for the Model, so we will have that updated for you soon.

The French Connection

As we posted last week all about the Duxford Car Show we are back on track again with updates on what Mustang Maniac are up to, we would to thank those of you who sent in the emails to say they were there and had the same problems. So what have we been up to?

Park & Pic:

We welcomed back an old friend Rodger Davies and his Convertible which mostly resides in France now. We had his little lady in for a rear spring swap out and a very worthwhile borgeson steering box upgrade.

The rear springs were sagging a little so we replaced with some mid range stock options. We like to be sure and replace the spring plates that hold the springs and shocks to the rear axle.

At the other end of the car the new Borgeson power steering box was fitted. This eliminates the vague centre steering position of the early Mustangs giving the driver much more feel and feedback for the car. The best part is that it all bolts into the stock location onto the original pitman arm.


We have more exciting news about some parts we have been waiting for. So much so that art came in and Yogi took it off the pallet and took straight down to his car. The part in question is a new Overdrive gearbox upgrade to the existing gearbox. Yogi knew the part was coming in and already had the car up on the ramp. This is double bonus in fact; the first being Yogi wanted the overdrive for more pleasurable cruising instead of blasting of the line.

Before we knew it the bear had the rear axle off, the prop shaft out and the back of the gearbox out. The overdrive is pretty special as this does not give you an extra top gear like most overdrives, this unit gives you an additional three gears, in effect making this a classic Mustang with a six speed gearbox.

That is pretty impressive.

The back of the gearbox is replaced with a new section which is a little longer that the original, so you need to have a new, made to measure prop shaft as Yogi has done in his case, or shorten and balance the old one again.

We will wait for the replacement prop then we will road test it. The other bonus is that although we have trialed these in America and liked them, hence the stock, we get to test them out on our roads before we let the public have them until we are satisfied they are up to our standards. If you are interested  these high tech overdrives, then give Adam an email on for more details until the WebShop is undated with the details and prices.

Customer Cars:

We have been promising a little while now that a car owned by Lance will soon be back from paint. We scan say that she has arrived and we love the look. The stripes were meticulously sprayed on and not just a vinyl stick on. The stripes were a pearl white on the Gulf Stream Aqua paint. There is no visible feel to the stripes. When she is completed the rebuild we will post the finished car.

Fact: it took over five hours just to mask the stripes on this car!

A Classic Mustang From New

A couple of posts ago we mentioned that we had a special article to appear soon regarding buying a brand new ’65 Mustang from a dealership. Well, we now have that interview’s transcript for you. Here is a rare and incredible story that spans over some 50 years for a one owner Mustang from new. The owner of this Mustang bought the car new from a Ford Dealership Nelson Hirschberg Inc. in Chicago. His name is David, we shall refer to him as DL for his side of the story. This is a fascinating insight to all those years ago.

Background is that DL is an architect by trade and was working temporarily over in the USA during 1965.

MM: how did you come to the decision to buy a Mustang?

DL: I was living in Chicago at the time and I was working on the 8th floor of the building. When you looked out the window there was a vacant plot which was being used as a car park. Around June 1965 there some guy who must have been working in a block nearby who had just bought a brand new 2 + 2 Fastback. I could see his car park there every day, I thought that’s a rather nice car, I wouldn’t mind having one of those. So a couple of months later I bought one.

MM: What was it like going into the showroom to buy one? Were they falling over themselves to sell you the car or did they just say; do you want it or not? How did it work?

DL: I was talking it over with a colleague at work that we were thinking of buying a Mustang. He recommended this Ford dealership up in North Chicago. We drove there and asked for a test drive. I said, We will have one of these. He said OK, what colour do you want? I decided that I wanted a dark metallic blue and also decided to go for a small engine, just he straight 6 as we were going to bring the car back here (UK). So I thought for the English roads, bearing in mind the only motorway that was open was the M1 I think, and this was way before the M25 was built. So for the English roads I didn’t need a whacking great v8 engine, so I settled for the 3 ¼ litre i6.

MM: So when you were in the dealership, did they give you a book with all the options in it to choose from?

DL: I said that I wanted a dark blue fastback 2+2 with automatic transmission; we also had white wall tyres option on the original 13” wheels for the first 3 or 4 years. They didn’t have a car in stock I wanted, so they checked with the other 10 or so dealers in Chicago where they found one. So two or three days later it was ready. Back then we were driving and old ’55 Chevy which we drove there left it with them and drove away in the Mustang. I cost me $2,800, which in those days was a fixed rate conversion of $2.8 to the £1, so that Mustang cost me £1,000.

MM: £1,000?

DL: Yes £1,000.

MM: When you went to pick the keys up did they make a big fan fare out of it for you, or didn’t they care as they (Mustangs) were selling well?

DL: They were a big Ford dealership at the time who was selling half a dozen cars a day. As far as they were concerned I was just another customer.

DL seen with is much-loved car he has had from new.


DL’s Original sales document and the matching door tag for the car.


Then roughly 12 months after we bought the car (1966), we came back via ocean liner. They put the car in the hold of the ship by a big crane with a cradle and lowered it into the hold of the ship. It wasn’t a drive on / drive off then. It was quite a new ship, the SS France.


Our first port of call was going to be my wife’s parents in Germany, so we got off at Le Havre in France where the ship terminated. We arrived quite late at night if I remember rightly. The process to unload the car was then done in reverse, they craned the car out of the ship’s hold onto the dock side for us. We had two small children in those days. In the 2+2 the back seats fold down to give a little platform. When the children were small, we just used to put a couple a pillows there (the rear shelf platform) and a blanket for them to go to sleep on. This was before the requirement of seat belts and so on of course. We just travelled around the country side like that.

MM: That’s just amazing.

DL: Since the car has been here in the UK it has been garaged for all of its 50 years. In fact I have done over 200,000 miles in that car. I only sold it a couple of weeks ago in fact. As I have retired I was only doing 300 or 400 hundred miles a year in it which only came out high days and holidays sort of thing. It seemed a shame to keep it in a garage and hardly use it.  So I thought it was time to sell it and move on. In fact I sold it to the guy who done some body work on it for me 20 years ago where the original wheel arches had rusted. At that time we did it up fixed the wheel arches and gave it a complete respray. I should imagine he will do it up and sell it on now.

MM: Can you tell us about how you got to go to the World Fair 1965?


DL:  We flew from Chicago to New York to go to the World Fair in 1965 which was a really big event. There were all these fancy pavilions, English, French, Italian countries and so on, Ford, General Motors pavilions, and we spend the whole day there.

Thinking about it our daughter had her first birthday while we were there in New York. At the event you could hire these little push cars with handles on them for the little ones, so we pushed her around in that, it was more of a day out for us.

MM: What was the Ford stand like?

DL: I said to my wife lets pop in where they had lots of new shiny Mustangs on show.  We told them that we had just bought a Mustang a couple of weeks ago. They said to us hang on a minute; I gave them my state registration number and they gave us a little tag with our reg plate on which went on your key ring. In fact it was still on the key-ring when I gave Adam the keys to the car, it has been on there for 50 years, the wording has rubbed of a bit now though. They tapped it all out in a couple of minutes while I waited.

This isn’t DL’s actual tag, but one very similar.

MM: So your car has been over here ever since 1966?

DL: Yes all that time, in fact I used it to drive to work and back every day.

MM: Really?

DL: Yes

MM: How did you get on with servicing it while it was over here?

DL: I think it was Dagenham motors who had a base in Wembley where it took it for the first few years for a service. In recent years it was taken to a guy who specialises in American cars, so he would do anything needed at the time, they have closed down now though. For the first few years it didn’t really need anything. The first thing after 10 years to go was the gearbox. There was a place in Welling Garden City at the time with a couple of guys in their 50’s, they just specialised in automatic gearboxes. They put in a new gearbox for me and it’s been going perfectly ever since. Again they are not there anymore.

MM: Was it was a straight replacement?

DL: Yes, it still works fine. The only problem I have had in recent years after they put in the new gear box for me 40 years ago is that the seals have gone a bit and leaks transmission fluid. I have a drip tray in the garage and it would leak, only a couple of tablespoons of fluid every couple of months. So every couple of months I had to top it up. So in recent years it cost me about £9 or £10 year in transmission fluid. That is a fairly low-cost compared to putting in a new gearbox. The last few years I have been thinking about selling the car so I haven’t replaced the gearbox.

MM: impressive and not bad at all

DL: Well that’s about it.

MM: Absolutely fantastic, and thank you very much for sharing your story with us.

We would like to say a big thanks to David for spending time with us and sharing his unique story.

Customer’s Cars

John Wick car has started to look like a car now. It’s funny but as soon as glass starts to go in the car it looks so different. The front screen, rear screen and the right side glass has been fitted and aligned up now.

The front end has started to have some of trim added and the rear trunk is now locking via the key.

Mach1 rebuild:

We have also taken some time with the owner of the car to strip out the steering and suspension for the car. This will give us an idea of the wear on the components and allow for a proper spray job on the car. Some of the bolts were a bent over in places and would not allow the nuts to be undone easily. To work round this the hubs and brakes all came of in one large piece each side. In all the excitement we forgot to take any pics of the “in progress” shots we like to do as it were. But as a lot of it was very dirty work and messy that was sort of the last thing on the mind at the time. A comment was made about who was taking the pictures, a large tumble weed rolled by the front of the car at this point! So we took some pictures of the disassembled parts to make up for it.

During the clean up of the shock tower areas under the upper control arms it was full of years worth of dirt and grime. When it was cleaned of we could see that the car has had some damage in the past and the bottom of the shock tower has been repaired with a seam welded plate.

The front chassis leg on the right hand side has seen better days and will need a new section in place. Like all these things – we have seen a lot worse.

The inner section of the engine bay is not to bad at all on first inspection. Once it has been cleaned up we will check it thickness and make sure it’s all OK.

The top of the inner wings are shot and will need replacing as well as the cowl to inner wing plates.


The upper control arms need replacing and the engine mounts themselves. We will take a close at the rest and especially the steering. The owner is not sure at the moment if the steering will be a rack & pinion Borgeson set up yet.

Shelby GT500 1:8th Model

As the weather was so nice we sat outside and built the latest four issues numbers thirty-seven to forty.


Part 37

Simple case of adding the front chassis to the middle section. 4 screws and job done. This gives us the first indication of the length of the model. The second pic here shows a corresponding magazine laying next to the model. It’s going to be approx two A4 magazines long to put it simply.

Part 38

These couple of parts are the first upward build of the base chassis. again very quick with only four screws.

Part 39 

This is the first part of the steering to be assembled. Once it has been completed the two front wheels will be attached to each other. The metal steering parts are held together by a couple of screws, but should be able to be moved so don’t over tighten them.

The steering has a few left/right side bespoke parts, these will be attached to the wheels from the earlier issues and will now need to be retrieved from storage. Again these parts will need to move so no over tightening.


Part 40

Part chassis and part steering with this issue. The chassis has a couple mounting brackets which are screwed to the chassis which are generic to either side. The other part fits on the chassis in only one place.

Back to the steering again with the wheels, the remaining part of this will screw into the middle section of the steering. We found that the screw hole was a real tight here and had to have a couple of attempts to try to get the screw seated correctly. Perhaps a little paint got into the hole.

Now we have almost the full length of the model you can see how we store ours ready for the next part of the build.

For the rest of the build click the menu above, click here or past this link to your browser.


With all the projects on the go at the moment we are really leaving the WebShop to the office team. When Adam is back in the country he is also working on the cars. So we must stress again that we get calls asking if something is in stock; honestly, if the WebShop says in stock then it is in stock. We have also upped our game considerably to make the process as slick as possible for our customers. If you order by noon on a work day, then the parts are picked, packed and posted the same day so you should receive your parts the next day. If you order after that cut off point, then it will be a day later unless you want to pay the extra for the express postage which we can do for you.

With the hot weather looming again this week, we hope to enjoy the sun during a well-earned tea break, if we can that is. 🙂

Racking and Racing

We decided that this week was going to rearrange some cars in Adams refurbished storage shed. The racking was used at another location and has been brought to the yard. the old storage was moved out and the racks put back in place. The cars were allocated their positions for now just to get them out of the elements and back into storage.

We decided to help Chris out with his car to move that in from the elements too and move the car and the rotisserie into the storage shed so it can be worked on out of the rain. Adam mentioned that was all going to go in one go Chris thought he was joking!


But the lorry was bought round and the process to carefully move the car started. The car and rotisserie were carefully pulled onto the back of the truck and driven round to the shed. Chris was happier, perhaps it was relief to see the car back on solid ground again. He didn’t need to worry, we have done this all before.

Customer Cars:

The next victim awaits her turn to go into the panel shop, but that won’t be for a while yet.

’70 Mach1

The car has had its final welding to the rear section and sits on her own chassis now. Yogi then got to work and decided to rip the front of the car off.

 Dangerous DIY:

We had a Mustang in that had a self fitted Borgeson steering conversion. The problem was it was leaking fluid and badly but we could find the exact spot. We checked all the seals and pipe fittings and all was in place until we spotted that the Rag Joint was not fitted. Without this flexing joint it causes stress on the main shaft and fractured the metal. From the main pic you can just about make out the hairline crack on the shaft. For steering this is critical and would potentially cause an accident. The shaft is filled with fluid under pressure, we connected it back up just to show you what was happening inside the fittings.


The video here is a only a few seconds long, but you get the idea.

 Ford does it again, win at Le Mans 50 years later

Exactly 50 years ago this week Ford shook the European racing world, upending Ferrari’s dominance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ford didn’t just win the world’s most prestigious endurance race in 1966, the company swept it, taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in a photo finish that remains one of the most vivid images in the history of competitive Motorsports.


Now, five decades later, Ford is back in full factory force, campaigning four Ford GTs (numbers 66, 67, 68 and 69) that share quite a bit with a limited production street machine that select buyers will start being receiving in late 2016, the new GT – powered by the same engine as in the 2015 Mustang. The potential for the race and street car to again be associated with winning Le Mans was almost too much to hope for given this is Ford’s first year back since 1967 (the company won that year, too, and also in ’68 and ’69, but those last two wins were privately campaigned GT40s with no factory support). The last time Ford competed at Le Mans it took three years for the automaker to win, after disappointing results in 1964 and 1965. But the Fords went on to qualify 1st, 2nd, 4th & fifth. The number 68 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA GT earned pole position with the fastest time in the LM GTE Pro Class, besting the competition from Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Ferrari and Porsche. In fact, the GT’s lap times were so good race organisers penalised the cars with 22 pounds of extra weight for the race, plus a restriction to their turbo boost pressure. Race officials also allowed the Aston Martin and Chevrolet Corvette teams to increase their performance after seeing the qualifying lap times. A penalty on the Ferrari for showing the wrong position number on the digital display on the side of the car too. The same penalty the Ford suffered (and was penalised for) the night before. Like all European racing the finishing order isn’t always as it first appears (again, just like in 1966). But, as of this preparing this blog there’s no conclusion as to where the Ferrari will finish in relation to the Fords. But it’s possible that Ford could get their fabled 1-2-3 finish, again.

The Race:

The 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans probably won’t go down in history as the race’s most exciting start. A downpour just before the flag dropped had the cars starting under caution behind the safety car, though within an hour the track dried and the field ran at full power. The Ford GTs, even with their additional weight penalties and reduced boost were looking good, battling with the Ferrari 488s and Porsche 911s for lead position (except for the 67 car, which had transmission problems just before the race began and ended up over 20 laps behind the others).


Six hours later the story was much the same, with the 66, 68 and 69 cars oscillating between first, second and third place in their class, with only the number 82 Ferrari 488 keeping it interesting. The twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 in the GTs emits quite a distinctive exhaust note as they travel past the stands on the pit straight. It’s not as throaty as the V8-powered Corvette, but also not as whiny as the Ferrari’s V8s and the Porsche’s flat 6s. By midnight, 9 hours after the race started, the number 82 Ferrari is leading the 68 Ford GT, with GT number 69 about a lap back and GT numbers 66 and 67 well off the lead.


The pattern of the 68 Ford GT staying within a minute or less of the 82 Ferrari remained consistent throughout the night and morning. In the middle of the night there was a penalty assessed against the number 68 GT for not displaying the right position number on the car, but the effect of the penalty was made up by the Ford’s performance in short order. Then, at exactly 10:30 a.m., Joey Hand takes the 68 Ford GT past the Ferrari on the Mulsanne Straight and holds its lead through the chicane and front straight, much to the delight of the Ford fans. That was the last lead change for the LM GTE Pro Class. The 68 car remained in front for the rest of the race, with the 69 and 67 car slowly gaining ground on the Ferrari, placing the Fords in 1, 3 and 4 place. Of course the win is great, but there’s no denying how close to a 1-2-3 finish Ford came, exactly 50 years after the first one.

Ford-GT-Lemans win


Congratulations to Ford. 

Ford Facts:

Henry Ford was great friends with Thomas Edison – who is famous for inventing the long life light bulb. In fact he invented many more things like the phonograph, the movie camera and the sound movie camera (although he preferred silent movies as he was stone deaf).

Henry used to work for Edison in the early years and was greatly encouraged by him to continue his work on the automobile. As a reward for this valuable support, Henry always gave Thomas Edison the first automobile from each new run of production – a Model T, Model A etc ……and a top of the range Lincoln. While Edison preferred to use the Model T throughout his later years, Mrs Edison preferred to be ‘driven in the Lincoln’.

Henry bought a winter house next to the Edison’s home in Ford Myers Florida so they could share each other’s company and ideas while escaping from the cold Detroit winters. After Edison’s death, Henry never went back to his winter house.

Ford still owns a number of apartments in Florida – used by engineers on vehicle testing assignments – not being able to test during the cold Detroit winter months these apartments save cost over hotel accommodation. The apartments are available to Ford employees and their families to rent during the summer months when no Florida testing takes place.

What’s the connection between Henry Ford and heart transplants?

Henry Ford was great friends with Charles Lindbergh the world-famous aviator and engineer (Henry only ever flew once and Lindbergh was at the controls). so what, you might say? Henry helped Lindbergh in a number of ways through money, sponsorship and other support and also by giving him a new car and caravan to find peace in the countryside when the pressures of the media got to him after his solo Atlantic flight. So what, you say (again)?

Lindbergh was lifetime friends with Alexis Carrel – an eminent French surgeon and medical pioneer (he provided Lindbergh with sanctuary in France when he was mobbed by the media on landing in the Spirit of St Louis). Carrel was struggling to find a way of conducting open heart and other organ surgery due to blood clotting the pump used to by-pass the organ. Lindbergh stepped in and invented, developed and produced a ‘glass’ pump which completely solved the problem of clotting.

Answer – Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, Alexis Carrel….heart surgery then latterly, transplants made possible by the pump invented by Lindbergh!

Carrel went on to develop life saving procedures for suturing arteries and also pioneered the treatment of open and infected war wounds – saving many lives in both world wars and beyond.

Lindbergh had a troubled life, his oldest son being kidnapped and murdered, he fell out with President Roosevelt over the Second World War and was plagued by the media his whole life.

The car and caravan given to Lindbergh now resides in the Henry Ford Museum along with a replica of the Spirit of St Louis aircraft. The original aircraft is in the Smithsonian Museum.

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Rebuild & Replace

Cars have turned up we are rapidly running out of space to store them all, working on them and getting them back to the customers turns into logistical nightmare.  Anyway we have got to the point where the Rust In Piece convertible is now on the lift after we got the engine back in.


Working on the underside to get it back together again using as much of the original parts as possible from the front suspension and steering.

We are putting new brake hardware onto the axle as they were completely shot to bits and we will not allow them to be used although some people might try their luck.

Customers Cars:

We had Lance’s Gulf Stream Aqua ’65 Coupe in for a little blinging under the hood. He wanted to replace the pullies to some nice billet ones. While he was at it he changed his suspension to a nice positive Borgeson steering rack. As we were changing the pullies we fitted a nice sparkly new aluminium radiator to finish the look off. This is very pretty car under the hood now and kept Yogi quiet for a couple of days.

We hope to upload a video soon of the engine running with the new pullies in place. We let you know once it’s on our YouTube channel, click here for the link.

Rare car:

We mentioned that we will have some pictures of the rare German export model Mustang that were known as the “T5”. We have worked on this lovely car before and we said we are always pleased to have her back.

We have had a few questions about the T5 and we have added an “Article” in our menu about it click here. The car we have here is not badged exactly as they were originally on the rear trunk lid. The lettering “Mustang” was removed and was just blank. But as this trunk lid already came with the holes we asked to put the lettering in place.

The badges on the T5 are no longer made and are a rare piece of badging for the Mustang. Why was it called T5? Because it was the internal project code name at the time.

The interior badges are the same, Mustang was removed from pretty much everywhere including the steering wheel and the glove box. Another nice rare piece is the cover up late that just covered the original Mustang logo.

The interior was lovely condition too.


We hope you have been enjoying Adam’s Route 66 posts, we have even learnt some stuff here too. As Adam is away we have had a few customers asking about parts. Please leave us an email for technical questions and we will try to get back to you as soon as we get a chance. You can always still order from the WebShop and Yogette will get them out as soon as she can for you.

A Little Fun…

At long last we have managed to deliver some cars out and make space to get our project ’65 convertible back on the ramps we started a while ago. We have now fitted the new rear axle and springs with a little detailing of course. The front brakes have now been fully fitted and the final link ups for the Borgeson Steering conversion kit. The nice thing about this Borgeson conversion is that it looks almost stock and they handle close enough to a rack and pinion you will get without the rack itself.

We have been asked to install a sound system into a car which has caused problems. Not for anything component wise, but the fact the engine has a wonderful sound and bark to it that the sound system couldn’t be heard. That was cured by putting in some serious speakers front and back with a pre-amp to be installed. To do the job properly the dash has had to come out in order for the wire routing. But it will all be worth it as he will certainly be able to hear it now!

Customers Cars:

’65 Coupe

One of the nicer jobs we have is detail the engine for our customers. A good friend and customer of ours brought his  Gulf STream coloured ’65 down to us to have a little work done. We replaced the air filter and rocker covers, rerouted the HT leads, added a Monte Carlo bar and few other little bits.


We have the before and after comparison here.


The other extra little bits was the front disc brake change. There was already a disc conversion which used the old Granada set up. Lance the owner of this lovely Coupe wanted to have a better look to the car so we obliged with a custom set of callipers and discs for these classic Mustangs. The main difference here is that these brakes have the full face contact to the discs and they are located at the front of the discs and not rear like the Granada set up. We have a before and after shots here.

’66 Coupe restoration 

We have also been doing a little work on the ’66 Coupe restoration that has needed a little more work than we expected. Once we removed the old lower cowl we could see the dash had gone very thin and rusty at the bottom. We decided to replace the complete dash section brazing it in place along with the lower cowl. We prepped the lower cowl and painted it ready for the upper cowl section once it had dried.


We have a new toy! This is our new AirCon service unit. We usually get somebody in to do our aircon work so now we have the training and the tools to do the job. Drop in if you Mustang needs a little top up, probably a bit late now for our UK summer though.