On The Way

We kick of this week with the continuation of the BRC (Blue Racing Coupe), we promised from last week. The back of the project was the focus this time and we knew there was going to be a fair bit of work to do. With the car up on stands and the fuel tank removed it was easier to what the metal was like inside for a detailed analysis.

 

It became clear that the trunk side drops would need replacing and the rear chassis legs needed to be looked at carefully with the drop sides removed. The bottom of the rear quarters were needing some attention as well, but not in such a bad shape as we first thought.

 

With the metal removed it was easier to see the chassis rails, and they did indeed need replacing in substantial sections to be on the safe side.

 

With the rear light panel also removed it makes life so much easier to work on and measure accurately.

 

The rails were welded into place and treated as per the standard practice. The welding clamps were put in place ready for a dry fitting of the rear panel and wheel arches before the final welding takes place. unfortunately the bottom sections of the wheels arches were in a poor state and couldn’t be saved, the top parts were fine so to save disturbing more than was required, they would be cut and welded into place.

 

The drop panels were fitted and welded after the arches, where the red oxide was applied to protect the metal for years to come. A seam sealer was applied to the joins to give that stock look and provide a layer of protection to these vulnerable areas.

 

The fuel tank was replaced for a finished look. The bumper anchor points also needed some work as they had also gotten a little thin and not as we wanted them to be.

The cars major structural components have now been completed front to back and now it’s a case of getting ready for the stage of the restoration as only Mustang Maniac knows how.

Primrose Coupe:

A recent new customer was so pleased with the work we had done on his car that he decided to take the car on a driving holiday. That car is Primrose as she is known now had a few issues around the engine tuning and the brakes dragging, all which were sorted out without problems, along with a few other minor niggles at the same time. But before she went on her trip a little loving was bestowed upon the paint job at our yard. The car paint was flattened to remove the old surface imperfections and polished to a smooth finish ready for a proper gloss.

 

Some top quality Carnauba wax was hand applied and buffed to that rich gloss finish we all want.

 

We have received an email of the car on her travels through Brittany and she does look great we have to say.

Send us some pics of your car on your travels and we suspect that we would post in on our blog for you.

Where Do Old Mustang Go To Die?

It’s no secret that at Mustang Maniac nothing goes to waste, you only have to look at Adam’s stash of second-hand parts to see that. But, during a major sort out Adam decided that an old Mustang was beyond help, and so it went to the place where Mustang Maniac’s dead Mustangs go; the scrap skip. Take a long hard look at these rare pictures, you don’t often see a most of a Mustang Scrapped by us! (Note: we said “most of a Mustang”, we did save a fair bit from the car though, however the bodywork and a some of the chassis just had to go.)

Customer Cars:

The John Wick Car

We have been asked about the John Wick Mustang the last couple of weeks and this project looks to be a popular one on the go at the yard. So without disappointment we have an update for you, the car is going through the meticulous process of wiring her up with an updated brand new wire loom. The loom is being wrapped in our own fabric tape as we go along in order to give that so important factory fitted look.

The rear lights are fitted with our own bespoke LED kit to make sure the car is safe and seen.

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The inside is going to be sound proofed throughout, which by its nature is another slow and unseen task. The sound proofing is a silver matt with a very sticky backing that will adhere to the floor pans and inside the panels, doors or just about anywhere you want to stick it. Heat the material up with a hot air gun to rub and mould the pieces into place, it’s like a giant jigsaw puzzle, but a sticky mess version.

The trunk area is now also sound proofed and could potentially be seen, so plenty of care is taken in this area.

There are still some things that need to be sorted out to make the car look correct to the film, we will get round to those details a little later on. For now though, the car is at that slow stage where preparation is everything and the work is virtually never seen because it’s all covered up with carpets and panels.

Patchwork Racer

This little lady was seriously looked at and the difficult decision was made to replace the complete floor pans. The original floors were patched up on patches and you just can’t make a nice job from that, let alone the quality lasting. Some inner wings were replaced so far and the prep work ready for the floors.

Stock:

We mentioned that we had a stock of the new Scott Drake Alloy wheels in a little while ago and we have sold a couple of sets already which the customers are very pleased about. In the past we have been badgered to get a couple sets of four lug wheels in for the i6 engined cars, those wheels are now also in (limited) stock.

Speaking of wheels we have yet another first from Mustang Maniac; as far as we know this is the first set of 17″ inch wheels Black & Machined style wheels on a 1965 Mustang in the UK. One of our loyal customers wanted a special order from us and of course we obliged. A pair of 17″ x 7″ on the front and a pair of 17″ x 8″ on the rear. Obviously the tyre profile has to change down to 50’s, which now gives a firmer ride.

The centres were swapped out with a our very own design Mustang horse on black background to complement the look. The tyres are a set of soft Nexen performance tyres to give increased levels of grip on these wheels. As the owner said “Old school style, new look”. We couldn’t agree more.

We finish with a another very rare photo taken at a car show that Yogi attended. The picture was taken covertly in order not to frighten the bear away from cleaning his Mach1 drag strip monster!

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Keep these pictures coming in and we will use them where we can. A big thanks to a gentleman called “Mr. Anonymous” for this submission. 🙂

Back To Front

We decided to let the public into the inner secrets of Mustang Maniac body shop, (before you ask, no it’s not Yogi’s body we will be exposing). For the later cars this particular job is a bit more straight forward, but not so easy for the early cars of ’64 – ’66 for the same job. We are going to show you most of the process on the ’71 Mach how we replace the rotted out cowl section.

Yogi has been taking the front of the car apart and has been waiting for the sprayed cowl to come back. This is the first glimpse of the colour this car will be finished in. We coated all the nearby areas in Red Oxide while it was all exposed as well as the bottom of cowl sections.

The lower cowl was located in its correct position to make sure any final adjustments were made prior to any welding.

lime46The top sections are then also positioned and final adjustments made before the welding starts.

The welding was then finished up and ground down which then enabled the rest of the front inner panels to be fully welded into position and yet more seam sealing to be done.

The fender to cowl extensions were in a pretty poor shape, these vital little sections also give strength to the front of the car. They were shot blasted to see the exact level of rust damage and the old rotten parts cut away ready for the new repair plates to be welded back into place.

The repair plates are cut and profiled then welded into place with final shaping to follow the correct contours. The standard Red Oxide paint was of course applied before fitting.

The final fittings and adjustments made before the welding into place.

That’s all there is to it, but don’t say that to Yogi though!

Customers Cars

Next up was the old friend, the previously rusty ’70 fastback where work was being done on the back of a car. You may remember the post “Yogi Takes on Rust Worm”. This car needed a complete rear end rebuild due to the rust not to mention the rodent encampments, we have now got back to work on her again. Here we have the old chassis drop downs completely replaced and the new panels treated to a generous coating of Red Oxide and seam sealer before being welded back into place.

 

The contoured trunk section was too rotten to put back in place, so we needed to have a new panel which needed to have the final shaping adjustments before being welded into place with the chassis rail drop downs.

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With the trunk drop down panel in place we could get the final parts of the floor panel in place inside the car.

Just in case you forgot what it looked like before:

The YFC

Ok, we have had requests for more puppy pics and a request for more Yogi Fan Club pics. As we have had lots of pup pics recently we thought it was time for the bear. This was taken after he ventured out of his cave, down to his favorite feeding ground after hunting out his meal. Some witnesses at the time said that he likes his steak “so rare it’s still running away from him”!

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Thanks for the emails, keep them coming. 🙂

Cartoons

We have some very kind customers who drop us off some great gifts, and these two hand drawn, framed cartoons were no exception. They are now hanging in the office for all to enjoy. A big thanks to yet another “happy Mustang Maniac customer” as he wanted to be known who had taken a number of hours to create these for us.

Thank You.

Rare Cleveland 302 Engine

We have finally managed to get hold of a rare Cleveland 302 engine. Yes, you did read that right, not a 351 but it’s a 302 with the transmission as well. The Cleveland 302 was not manufactured in the USA only in Australia. It’s identical to the 351 except for the crank and rods due to the shorter stroke. Some called it the Ford Fairmount which was supposed to have more torque but slightly down on top end. Just to prove it you can see the crank clearly say 302. We have had some interesting conversations about this engine and to date not managed to get a full engine. This was stripped down about ten years ago and has been like it since and this is how we bought it. We have some plans for this engine, which one wins we will have to discuss. What better way to pick up a classic rare engine in a classic rare Falcon pick up truck?

Cars:

We have had a couple of cars in for a routine services and they were finished well on time. We had this nice shot of a dark blue ’65 Coupe ready to go and we decided to make it into a wallpaper for you to download, click here.

We decided to get some work done on ’66 Coupe that is in our panel shop on the spit. The front floor pan supports were rotten and poorly welded in place. As a lot of the work has been done to grind away the old welds, we removed the old ones and was pleased to see the inside bodywork to the supports was in good condition. We painted the inside of the supports as standard with red oxide before welding.

Al (Yogi, to his friends) then welded the new floor supports(s) back in place one at a time. Everything was carefully marked up to make sure no movement in the vehicle during the process.

We also attached the hand brake bracket back in place a mended the holes there previously, we also gave the floors another generous helping of filler to be sanded down. We didn’t tell Mart as we thought it would be a nice surprise for him.

News:

We had a stone dog given to us a little while ago and we had it shot blasted to clean it up. But, somebody who hasn’t owned up yet, staff or customer has now placed a half chewed mat and a wig on the dog! We liked it so much we have left it. 🙂 Any ideas for a name for our new hound?

Quick links:

Downloads ’65 Coupe & Gas Pump or click here

Mastic Mustang (Part 2)

Update on the now infamous Mastic Mustang!

It seems as though our little feature on the Mastic Mustang has sparked some interest. With that in mind we have decided to post an update. We have taken the engine out, the transmission out, the fenders off and the front off. This gives us a much better idea of the front end of the car is like for rust. She’s a very fragile patient in the Mustang hospital, in fact we may move her to Intensive Care if we had one! We are going to have to put her on a jig and set the body shell up. We do this by welding cross support struts across the door posts to hold the gaps the same as they are now. When the body is refitted to the replaced parts of the chassis we know that we will have the same gaps for the doors, hood & trunk as before we started.

We started to look at the welded floor pan (we do use that term in the most tongue in cheek way), this was a revelation as the new floor was welded to the poorly rusty parts of the original floor and chassis. We did find some non rusted parts on the floor pan, a few screws that was “holding” part of the floor pan in place. How long before the floor fell out is anybody’s guess. Saying that, we now have a clear idea of the issues that must be fixed on the chassis. She will be fine.

The Gibbs Brand is selling well and we have had some great feedback of the product. Our stores are almost back to normal now as the racking is not as full as a few weeks ago. We have sold all the custom order parts on which helped to make space. With positive feedback for the 2 Speed Wiper Motor we may well start to stock it, the only problem is that it does not fit in with the standard wire loom for the wiper motor due to the live feeds. We will continue to investigate a work around if we can.

By popular demand (Debbie), we will come up with a new guess the car picture when we find a worthy candidate.

The ’67 “Mastic” Mustang Convertible

Watch this space for our new addition to our garage!

We have a pretty rare car that we will be posting details about soon, we have documentation, sales invoices and a history that will be sorted out and scanned for the PC so that we can put all the documents and pictures with it. There has been articles about it in the magazines, and we are excited to have something a little different. All I can say is that it’s quite rare, numbered and we are going to get her back to full glory, but it is still drivable at the moment. We even have a little video that we will post on our YouTube channel too.

A good-looking ’67 Convertible in a very BAD way

We have been pretty busy with a lot of cars all of a sudden that need various work from crash damage to MOT’s, we just don’t have enough hours in the day to complete it all.  But somehow we always manage to cope. We have recently been asked to look over a car that has recently been shipped over from the States to a customer of ours. The car was purchased in good faith and the initial pictures were promising as you would expect. We had a thorough look over the ’67 it and found some shocking points that just have to be seen to be believed. When buying any Mustang Convertible there are things to look out for, and this example is everything that you need to avoid. Just because it looks pretty it doesn’t mean that its a good car, the floor pans were welded into the rotten rusted metal, the joins were filled with silicon sealant or “Mastic” as it’s called in the UK. The sills have rotted through and I can put my hand inside a number of holes in those sills. The quarter panels have been filled and the chassis is hollow in some places. It looks like the whole body will have to come of and repair the chassis if we can. As a result what we have seen we have called this car the Mastic Mustang.