A Rare Photo?

A busy week working flat-out but not a lot to show for it, sometimes we have weeks like that and we expect them at certain points of a restoration. But like all things, it’s all in the prep work that takes the time. This is where our work is instantly recognisable from some of the other restorers out there. We will start with the Herts clone as we have been busy on the underside so nothing is really seen from the outside.

Hertz Clone

We had cut the rear quarter vents out and glass fitted in their place which is getting ready for interior paint. We were then also asked to remove the power assisted steering and go back to the manual set up. Of course this means things like the centre link would need to be replaced along with Shelby quick steer pitman arm and idler. We also fitted a new alloy oil sump while we were at it.

As we have had to change the steering setup and componants we set up a default geo for the wheels and steering. Then comes a road test and few miles added then a further fine tune re-geo once things have bedded in and settle down.

The Onion

The Onion has taken a chunk of time up in the body shop where we are at critical point on the build, the rear quarters. The back of the car has been built up and a the panels are clamped in place with an odd tack weld to see the fit for the rest of the car. The doors will need to align with the rear quarters, which in turn are aligned to the cowl, the fenders then the hood. This is all on and off again a few times to get the gaps within our own tight tolerances. Many of which will be better than the original gaps when it left the factory in the first place. One of the few original parts we have to work from is the back of the trunk which will need to fit to the new metal. This gives us a good reference point to go with our initial measurements from the car before it was dismantled.

The interior metalwork is all painted with red lead oxide for rust proofing as we go along.

The ‘B’ pillars are the strength and also the start point as such for the panel positions.

In effect this car is being built from the ground up without the original Ford build jigs. Difficult? Oh yes, but the bear likes a challenge.

Heart warming story from the net

Two siblings from San Antonio, Texas are making headlines around the country after giving their father a very special and emotional present. Jake and Jeni Ryan gave their father, Wesley Ryan, the very same 1993 Ford Mustang he sold 17 years ago to cover the expenses of his wife’s cancer treatment. The white Ford Mustang played a big role in the family as Jake and Jeni rode in it when they were toddlers. When their mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the early 2000s, the Mustang was listed for sale and the profits helped cover some of the towering medical expenses. The Drive contacted Jake to find out how he was able to reunite his father with his former car, to which he answered: “I just so happen to search the good ‘ol internet and wandered onto Craigslist, and I came across the car. Emailed the previous owner, spoke for maybe 5-10 mins, and struck a deal. Flew to the owner’s place, which was about 1.5 hours away from me, and rolled her up on the trailer.”

A Facebook post that read: “I know how much it broke him in half seeing that car drive away from him. A day I’ll never forget. Well… She’s back home pops and here to stay this time. Looking forward to building this car with you this time instead of being in a booster seat looking out the window.”

Currently, Laura Ryan is cancer-free, and the Mustang is once again with its original owner. Back when Wesley Ryan first had the Fox Body he affectionately named it Christine after the Stephen King story about a demonically possessed car. Jake told The Drive that the car carries a 347 cubic-inch stroker engine that Wesley had installed in the ’90’s. While the Mustang isn’t currently running, Jake assures us that the bodywork and interior show little signs of wear. When asked what he wanted to do after getting it in running order, Jake replied: “Drive it till the wheels fall off, so I can rebuild it again.” A double great story from ‘The Drive’, the wife is in remission and the Mustang is back with the original owner. Just brilliant.

Stop Press;

Earlier today (a few hours ago in fact), Yogi was at an American Car show in Stonham Barns in Suffolk. Here he was seen with is menacing ’69 Mach1, we are now in possession of a very rare photo of the bear himself CLEANING his car. 😀

As ever the Yogi mobile got a lot of attention and one person even asked him if it was the “Mustang Maniac Demo Car?”  Yogi didn’t look to impressed to say the least, he just growled ‘no, it’s mine’. The conversation was over as quick as that. He enjoyed himself being out of his workshop cave today.

PS, ‘Yogi, you missed a bit’ 🤣🤣🤣

All’s Gone Quiet

Over the last couple days the weather in the UK has taken a turn for the worse after a very nice hot spell. A thunder-storm has taken its toll on the Mustang Maniac phones due to a bolt of lightning landed in the field behind us on Friday, since then the phones have been down and doing things they really shouldn’t be doing. We managed to get the internet back up and running for the WebShop in order to process the orders and dispatch. We have had a few emails complaining about the fact we are not answering the phones, we are doing everything we can to fix the issue as soon as we can, we have reported the problem and we are expecting the phone system engineers out Monday. As the Mustang Maniac offices have switched over to web-based business model now, this shouldn’t be a problem for parts ordering. The phones should now only be used for booking in jobs to our workshops, which can still also be done via emails.

 

Adam’s Words of Wisdom

Over the last month or Mustang Maniac have had a number of cars come into us for some work, but all is not what it seemed. The problem is that due to fact that these cars are commanding good money and that can be exploited. What we have seen is that some of the cars that have been imported into the UK have been advertised as one thing, but the VIN number says something very different. Common examples are the old favorite where a six cylinder has been passed off as a genuine v8. Yes of course the fittings can all be changed over as they should be, but if you are paying top dollar for a Mustang v8, the value will never be what it should be due to its original build history. For obvious reasons we won’t be showing examples of this for customer privacy, and the world doesn’t need to know. We have seen VIN numbers welded in place from other cars, letters stamped incorrectly and whole panels replaced just to get the VIN numbers correct. The visible VIN is different to the hidden VIN or door tag etc.

Adam has said to many people; “If you are importing the car yourself, do you homework first”. ‘Get photos of the VIN numbers and check it out along with the door tags. If the tags don’t match, or you see something different to what the ID tags say, ask questions, lots of questions”.

We are not saying anybody in particular is doing this, it may have even been done by the original vendor in another country and by the time it arrives here it’s all to late. Perhaps the different door tag is down to a replacement door after a minor fender bender, which all would be explained quite happily. On the other hand it could be for more sinister reasons.

Adam has developed an extremely comprehensive VIN and door tag decoder, with many variables that are not on other data bases, just for this reason. If you take your car into Mustang Maniac for any work to be done, if you then ask Adam nicely, he may well print the details of your car out for you.

Customer Cars

While we are on the subject of taking people words for it we were told that a gearbox had been “Serviced” recently, but was still not behaving how it should have been. When we took it apart we found out why. The date that was scratched on the Gearbox filter said “24/4/’81”. Another reason not to just take somebody’s word for it.

After the proper service from us and adjustments all was working again and performing just how it should do.

In the hot weather we have had a few gaskets blown due to the extra strains on the older and more consumer parts of the car should we say. This car had an unusual intake manifold gasket fail which of course causes some major problems.

Like all these things, if one side has gone do the other side as well as a matter of course. Cleaning the old gasket off and prep work of the metal to metal faces is crucial for a good seal of the gaskets. At least this wasn’t the head gaskets which of course is a much bigger job and more costly.

Car Shows

Last weekend the car show was the ‘Damn Yankees Summer Slam’ held at North Weald Airfield. This is another very well supported car show and the Mustang Maniac “massive” were on convoy to go along and play, of course the only photo’s were taken were of Mustangs!

We were told that Yogi was “Chillin'” and we are not quite sure what this hand gesture was all about, at least it wasn’t his normal hand gesturing to other drivers when they drive badly. Not that he bothers with that sort of thing, most of the time he just stamps on the loud pedal and they only get to see his exhaust tips disappearing into the distance.

On the way back from a great turn out at the show, it was decided that as the day was all bout the ‘Americana’ theme we stopped of at a ‘Arnolds diner’, another favourite venue of the Mustang Massive. 😉

What a great way to end the day. Just in case you thought that was the real Elvis outside the diner, its not. 🙂