SEMA 2018 – Part 4

This is the last post from the SEMA 2018 show in Las Vegas. Again a mixture of cars and in no particular order, apart from a batch of Mustangs first of course.

Moving back inside to another hall;

SEMA wouldn’t be SEMA without the beautiful ‘Eleanor’

Adam was interested in this stand and spent a little time looking around.

Bonus Pictures

These pics were taken over the few days of the SEMA show when it was time to relax.

Something a bit fishy goin’ on here we think.

Adam managed to catch up with an ancestor of Yogi’s from Canada while he was out there.

Adam came up with an idea from this jar, Lynn replied with ‘anymore talk like that he would be taking a ride in one of these!’ 😀

She didn’t say that really, she just did that ‘woman thing’ with the eyes that say it all.

Adam has decided that he needs an office down the back of the yard and this was just the thing, He also decided that new office work attire would be in keeping as well. Adam tries his camouflage technique in case somebody wants him while he is working on the cars. He also said something about ‘going tactical’.

We hope you enjoyed the pictures from SEMA 2018 in Las Vegas as much as we did. Thanks to Adam & Lynn for taking the time out to send them to us at stupid o’clock in the morning, just sayin’!

Before anybody asks – Adam will not be back in the office until the 19th November as they are taking a well-earned break while they are in the USA. Adam will still have his emails of course, but will be limited availability.

SEMA 2018 – Part 1

Adam and his wife Lynn had arrived at Las Vegas safely and were looking forward to the SEMA show. As promised we have been sent the first batch of photo’s, but we are obviously going to be a day behind due to the time delay. As there are a lot of photos, we will start outside and work our way in, apart from the first pic here, which is Adam at his favourite car show, followed by Lynn posing with a couple of big trucks.

A glorious day as most days are in Las Vegas which didn’t disappoint the crowds starting to turn up to the show.

And of course the batch of Mustangs outside;

Perhaps the most important car there at SEMA? The original Bullitt ‘Hero’ car that the legend Steve McQueen actually drove in the film, which was recently discovered and now doing the car show circuit.

The other equally as famous Mustang is Ken Blocks ‘Hoonigan RTR v2’

Inside the great halls;

It wasn’t long before the ‘celebs’ wanted to have their selfies taken with Adam and Lynn!

Adam’s routine each year is to go straight to the Ford stand. He can catch up with some old friends and catch up on the latest news and insider info.

A car that was getting a lot of attention was the drag strip ready ‘Cobra Jet 50th Anniversary Edition’ with only 68 being made. The car has at ‘least’ 700bhp, but rumoured to be closer to the 1,000bhp mark – with a 1/4 mile at around 8 seconds. All this could be yours for $130,000 + extra for badges and graphics! Tha’s IF you can get hold of one in the first place. We think for that type of performance, that is not a lot of money for that car! Especially if you think how much people pay for their custom drag strip cars to try and go that quick. Best of all, this is a Ford (rather special) out the box car, built just for the straight line blast!

It’s also rumoured that Adam had all his beer free for the day as well! Knowing Adam – it’s true. 🙂

Cheers! 

We will bring you the next installment tomorrow in ‘Part 2’

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’ 🤣🤣🤣

New Kid On The Block

We are back this week with vehicle updates on a couple of cars we are working on. It’s often said that at Mustang Maniac we restore new life into old cars, but it’s something pretty special to creat one! We start with the updates on the customer cars first though.

Customer Cars

The first of which is the final touches to the convertible under the hood. There was few nice little touches added but nothing over the top and works very well.

The interior has had the beautiful leather seats and door cards we found hiding out the way a few weeks ago have now been fitted and they look amazing. The colour combo with the matching roof just works.

The money on this car has all been spent in the right places. After the final road tests and final tune up she should be back her owner very soon.

Another project that has come into us for some work is this little lady, a black ’66 fastback.

The first job is to have the rear vents replaced with some glass replacements, a kit from Mustang Maniac’s vast stock range of course.

The old vents were carefully cut out and removed;

The glass is then offered into place for fit while the inner C pillar is neatened up.

We will need to replace the headliner as a result of respray of the interior metalwork and the dash top all to be done as well. We will keep you up to date on the progress as we go.

Congratulations

We have some great news from our very own Yogi; he is now a Grandad. His daughter Beth has given birth to Hunter on 5th September weighing in at a healthy 6lb 2oz. Both mother and baby doing well. When we asked Yogi how it went he says he was, ‘stressed by it all as he had a lot of pacing up and down to do!’

We welcome to the next in line to be destined to work on Mustangs, Hunter obviously don’t know it yet though. Well done to Beth for looking remarkably cool and calm after the birth. ‘Obviously not as difficult to have a baby as it is to remove a 427ci with the hood still in place’ as Yogi would say. (He didn’t actually say that, but it sounds good though.)

Proud grandparents Yogi and his wife Sara holding Hunter.

A few more pics taken a couple of weeks later.

There is talk within Mustang Maniac inner sanctum that Yogi has already been reading bedtime stories to Hunter, nothing wrong with that you might say. But when we notice copies of our repair manuals disappearing we had to ask. Yogi’s response was ‘We’re starting with the basics first, like general servicing and lubrication charts, then we will move onto the more complex stuff like the dark art of carburetor race tuning, engine timings and differential gearing in a couple of months time.

Spotted: Hunter’s first book bought for him by Grandad Yogi!

It was also rumoured that Yogi refuses to put a normal baby’s hat on Hunter for walks out, preferring the more macho Snap-On beanie look instead!

Seriously though, what a way to end a post! 😀

Three Stock Levels

We have managed to clear a few outstanding little jobs and get them back to their owners which cleared some much need space. We are on the final home straight now for a car which has been featured over the last few weeks, this ’66 convertible. We have now fitted and tested the Gear Vendors overdrive unit as soon as the new shortened prop shaft arrived. The first road test was very positive, we now just need to do a few little fine tuning bits on her, such as re-timing, carb setup etc. then off again for another road test. There could be a few little cosmetic changes to be done under the hood as well, but we want to get the basics right first. We think the Alloys on the car suit it perfectly, even if we do say so ourselves, and we do.
The replacement roof has been realigned after being up and down a few times so it settles in the correct position. The inside of the roof looks neat and tidy now, a step often missed by other restorers.

Hidden Stock

It’s a known fact that Adam has his all his stock on the WebShop and is accurate, but did you know that he also has a secondary stock that doesn’t appear on the WebShop. This can be anything from new parts to be tested, second-hand parts, prototype parts he has had made or parts he orders in for his own projects. For the later point he will usually order in a couple of the same item such as this awesome long-range fuel tank.
Notice how there are three holes? That’s one for the filler, one for an internal fuel pump and a top mounted sender unit. So if you needed an additional fuel pump for your motor, don’t have it buzzing away under the car, hide it in the tank for no noise solution and clean lines under the car. Before you ask to buy one of these, he had two, but one has already been sold to a customer who saw them come in on the pallet. The other tank is for a project which we will featuring from start to finish shortly, that is going to be something pretty special. These lights found in box are for a 2005 – 2009 model Mustangs, these have the popular ‘Halo’ style sidelights. These are also not on the WebShop as they are for Adam’s cars. Unless you want to offer Adam some good money for them?  Now if you wanted to know if there is anything like this and have somethig special in mind you can email Adam, if you try to call him to just ask what he has, there will be a very big “nothing” coming your way. However a nice little polite email will get you much further into a conversation. Don’t forget that Mustang Maniac has now moved fully over to the online trading format now and virtually no orders are being taken on the phones.

New Stock

We will start with the exciting news of the ’64-’66 wheel Spindles. These parts were difficult to get hold as they were not remanufactured, but now they are. Adam has the first few pairs into the country and the quality is top rate as you would expect. We have had an order in for some starter motors, we do believe that Adam had a sudden rush of blood to the head or was it fingers to the credit card and bought some, OK the lot of them. There was a few bits of pipework arrive on this shipment and have now been transferred to the exhaust area which is now spilling into the car storage area. The concours boys will be happy as we have a new line of vacuum hoses now too. These are sold in packs and just add the little extra level of detail to your under hood show piece.

Second Hand Stock

Yet again Adam was in the right place at the right time, somebody wanted to get rid of some old wheels, so Adam bought them as a blind sale and not seen. He was quite happy when they arrived! So if you are looking for parts for your Mustang, you know where to come first, we have even been known to supply other Mustang suppliers when they need parts. We finish with a cute pic time where the guard dogs Jane and Lucy pricked their ear up each when they heard the words ‘more stock’.

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.

Rust

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.

Article:

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? 

A Dark Horse

Things have calmed down a little we are pleased to say for a few days at least where we are back to the servicing and TLC of our customers cars, this in turn allowed us bit of spare time to sort out some space for yet more stock from another delivery of little goodies for the Mustang Maniac WebShop. We will show you the new items a little later in the blog. But we start this week with the popular Park & Pic.

Park & Pic

This is Paul P’s beautiful ’66 convertible that was in to us for a little work and our special brand of TLC. Part of the work was the subtle instrument cluster change, instead of the standard black faces for the dash, this set of gauges has the clean fresh white face look which simply overlays the originals. Click here for the link in the WebShop.

 

The look of these clean line gauges fits in perfectly with the Pony interior colour scheme. Under the hood had some work done with few little replacements here and there. All of course wrapped with OEM look wire loom tape.

WebShop

We mentioned our delivery of new parts and the new part we are quite excited about is the arrival of our LED 7″ Front headlights. We were asked about these a while ago so we thought we would get a set to try them out to make sure they are 1) legal and 2) any good, we shall see, literally we hope.

These quality made headlights will plug into the standard light connectors so there shouldn’t be any need for butchering wires. A full set of instructions and set up is provided with each kit.

Like we said if they are any good they will appear on the WebShop, so watch this space, well the WebShop actually!

Emblems

We have got a set of Mustang Fender Emblems in and they are a little different to the norm, ideal for that resto-mod look. We have the chrome effect and now the black look.

So, if you fancy a nice dark horse to go with your black grill – the choice of our very own new “Enos” brand emblems is now all yours.

Chrome Tribar click here            Chrome Running Horse Grill Emblem click here

Black Tribar click here                 Black Running Horse Grill Emblem click here

Washers

Adam doesn’t like to be told that something is unavailable. We recently done some suspension work and Adam’s stash of washers had been used up. These particular washers are the leaf spring eyelet washers for the chassis legs. As Adam was told “no they are not available” he had his own made and zinc coated.

Somebody has recently asked Adam for a few sets of these washers who is not exactly a good customer should we say, and guess what? Adam’s batch of these washers are also “unavailable” too! But of course our proper Mustang Maniac customers will get them fitted as required, which in turn will be taken from the large box within the hardware storage area, that contains rather a lot of them should we also say. 😉

Article

A kind customer had sent us a link to a pretty amazing story that has been buzzing around the Mustang Network for a week or so now. So we thought we would share it with you as well.

Calling it the “Holy Grail” of lost collector cars, Barrett-Jackson has announced, with Shell and Pennzoil, the discovery of Shelby American’s 1967 Shelby GT500 EXP prototype, a car known as “Little Red.” The announcement was made during the annual Woodward Dream Cruise in Michigan, but the car was located and verified on March 3 of this year, according to the announcement.

“Little Red is the only GT500 coupe (hardtop) built by Shelby American,” according to the announcement. It also is the only Mustang GT coupe ordered with and factory-equipped with dual-quad carburetors. “The team who discovered Little Red was led by (Craig) Jackson and classic car restoration specialist Jason Billups, and consisted of leading experts who located the vehicle in rural North Texas, where it has been stored by the same owner for more than two decades,” according to the announcement. “The discovery of Little Red, which was largely presumed destroyed after years of searching, is considered one of the most significant finds in American car collector history. “Finding Little Red is the discovery of a lifetime,” Jackson was quoted. “This Shelby prototype has been one of the most sought-after and elusive vehicles in postwar history. Countless enthusiasts and experts have searched for Little Red since it went missing in the 1960s. Many believed it was destroyed when the car was no longer needed. “I’m excited to announce that was not the case. We’ve found Little Red and we intend to meticulously restore this legendary car back to its original glory.” According to the announcement, the big-block Shelby notchback coupe was one of two experimental cars created by Ford and Shelby American.

“It was a pivotal developmental car with a variety of ideas put into play, from a restyled body to adding a Paxton supercharger to the big-block engine,” the announcement said. “Under the direction of Lee Iacocca, the car eventually became the model for Ford’s popular 1968 Mustang California Special before it was moved to storage and presumably lost. The other experimental notchback was dubbed the Green Hornet. It was during the restoration of that car that Jackson and Billups discussed searching for Little Red.

“Locating Little Red was tantamount to finding the proverbial needle in a haystack,” Billups was quoted. “After our initial research we realized that, like others before us, we were using the wrong search criteria. Everyone looked for Little Red using the Shelby serial number, which would eventually lead to a dead-end. We took a different approach and located the car’s original Ford VIN number, which wasn’t easily discoverable. That VIN led us to its original registration and eventually to its last owner.” Initial contact with the car’s owner was made through social media in February. Billings and the car’s owner met in Dallas. On March 3, Billings, automotive journalist Al Rogers and Mustang/Shelby expert Todd Hollar received access to the property where the car had been for the past 20 years. The car’s authenticity was verified with help from Mustang expert Kevin Marti.

“Walking up to Little Red was like being on hallowed ground,” Rogers said. “This car was long thought by the experts to be forever lost to history. Even the owner was not aware that his vehicle was Shelby American’s iconic 1967 Shelby Experimental Coupe.”

Jackson told Fox News that instead of crushing the car, Ford sent it to a dealership in Colorado, where it was purchased by a Vietnam veteran who had no idea of the car’s history. Later, the car was sold to a Wyoming resident who eventually moved to Texas and stored the car, no longer in running condition, in a container. When the container was the subject of a theft and parts were taken from the car, the owner moved the car to his cousin’s property in Weatherford, Texas.

The announcement said the car’s restoration will be documented in detail on a special website. Shell and Pennzoil will support that documentation. “As brands that have been part of American and worldwide automotive history for more than 100 years, we understand the importance of heritage,” Mark Henry, brand and communications manager, Shell Lubricants, said in the news release.  “So, with that in mind, we’re thrilled to join Craig Jackson and his team on this historic journey to return Little Red to its original glory.  “This will be one of the greatest stories of automotive history ever told, and we look forward to having a role in making it come alive for generations to come.” ‘

source: https://journal.classiccars.com/2018/08/18/thought-to-have-been-destroyed-shelbys-little-red-prototype-discovered/

With the finding of the Original ‘Hero’ Bullitt car which was then hailed as the ‘Holy Grail’, and now this Shelby prototype also being hailed as another ‘Holy Grail’, what a great year for Mustangs so far.