Four Ready To Go

The week we were back to mechanics pretty much full-time and only managed a little bit of work on the restoration projects we have on the go. These cars were all lined up waiting for their owners to collect them and we managed to grab a few nice pics before they were taken away.

Park & Pic Special

Ember Glow ’66 Coupe is a genuine GT option and a rare colour option. At the time it was not a popular colour, but now days is quite well sought after as a lot of the interiors were also two-tone.  This car was in for some cold start issues and a new battery.

The ’68 red convertible was in for some of our new Magnum 500 Alloy wheels. This particular style is popular because they are light, not as much upkeep as the chrome, still have the same look but just a little different from the rest. The new wheels warranted a full Geo setup and tune to get the best from the wheels and improve the handling. The raised white letter tyres matches the soft top fabric and our red centres matches the paint.

The ’67 v8 black convertible with deluxe interior was in for a little Mustang Maniac once over and then of for an MOT. This particular car is a real nice example of an untouched original car. 

The White ’66 Coupe was in for a little more work. The heads were to be replaced with our stock reconditioned heads. The pulleys were also cleaned and painted for a new fresh look.

The new ones were fitted after the paint had dried, then the new coated headers completed the clean engine look.

The rocker covers were replaced and the carb with a re-tune and timing just to be sure.

Once the engine was running again we then set about a little more cosmetic and suspension upgrades. The curved chrome Mote Carlo bar was a new edition to the engine bay, and an upgraded export brace to replace the standard shock tower braces. These changes not only look good but also make a big difference to the front end handling.

Another Testimonial:

One of our new customers picked up their car and took her home. We later received an email with lovely comment.

“First of all thank you for your hospitality and the rubber aerial seal and the keyring. The drive home was an absolute pleasure. I enjoyed driving the car before, now I LOVE IT. You and Alan definitely worked your magic on the Stang. You have transformed it from a good car to a great car.

I will be your life long loyal customer.”

Little emails like that makes us proud here at Mustang Maniac to know that the customer is happy with their car, and that they will get to enjoy it even more now. 🙂

Other News:

The 2018 model already being the most customizable Mustang ever, it also breaks new ground in personalization.

Ford is launching a new Personalize Your Pony experience on Facebook that allows Mustang fans to create their own iteration of the iconic emblem. They can then order clothing, mugs, phone cases and decals with their unique pony logo creation, and share the image with friends on social media channels. Enthusiasts can access a series of Mustang style packs – including variants from Shelby, Roush, Bullitt* and RTR Vehicles – and colors.

Ford will plaster the most popular pony designs across billboards in major North American cities this spring. If that is not bragging rights we don’t know what is!

Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager, said driving a Mustang has always been about standing apart from the crowd. “This is a chance for Mustang fans everywhere to make their very own personalized pony, then potentially have it shared where millions will be able to see it,” he said. Some fans will even be able to show off their creation with a customized grille badge for their own 2015 model year and newer Mustang.

What are you waiting for? Get over to Facebook and get busy.

Need Gas

We have been busy preparing our own cars this week ready for a yearly trip to the Enfield Pageant of Motoring. It’s held at Enfield Playing Field, Great Cambridge Road, Enfield EN1 3PL. we always try to make a point of attending and showing of some quality Classic Mustangs. We shall be having our over sized hospitality motor home there again, along with a selection of our cars and our Customers cars too. We are planning a little something different this year for our restoration projects in the form of some multi-media interaction, we hope it will work out as we plan it to. If you are planning to come to this great show that has all sorts of cars on display, we seriously hope that you will pop along to see us and make a point of saying hello. Mention the Blog and the Forum to Adam.

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Unusual item:

We often have cars in the workshop that need a clean out and we find all sorts of things, dead rodents, birds nests, newspapers. We often find the odd Dime here and there if we are lucky. During a clean up recently of the trunk area hidden away, we found a real rarity that we hadn’t seen for a long time. This great little item was in the form of a fold out banner that was with some documentation. The Banner simply says “Send help” one side and “Need Gas” the other. We suspect that you would just fold out the side you need and leave it under the wipers or in the rear window depending on your needs at the time. There is also a few guides on the reverse of the banner on how to be a good driver etc. Fantastic item in mint condition. It looks like they were originally from Ford and came with the car from new. If anybody knows any more about these and where they came from how many etc, please drop us an email.

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 Customer Cars:

Not too much this week as we have been preparing our own cars and getting them ready. But we have done a little more work on the Acapulco  Blue Coupe, We fitted an export brace to the car and used our custom designed bolts. Yes we know they are not correct, if you want Concours look then we have those too. But these bolts are very similar to the bumper bolts with a polished stainless steel head. The difference is that the bolts do not have a square collar at the top. these are rounded into a slight conical shape, they are tightened up and pulled into the holes of the brace. The export brace should be fitted to a strengthened part of the bulk head how they should be with an additional welded thick plate as we had done on this car. This saves messing around to file out round hols into squares, but this way still gives that look coach bolt look. We are pleased with this result and always nice to have for a little detail.

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The HT leads and the rest of the wiring still needs to be completed of course, but we managed to start her up without any of the ignition wiring. Firstly we sent Mart on mission to get some fuel, and he even managed to returned back without getting lost for a change 🙂 In case you are wondering the petrol station was only 2 miles away! The car was fueled up and we drained most back back out of the tank from the drain hole to make sure no debris was in there. The car was cranked over a few times in order to get the fuel pumped up to the carb and check the starter was going to spin over under her own power. We then set the distributor to TDC for the timing and hot wired the spark to the coil. The car was spun over and she coughed into life. The timing was manually moved around in order to get the car running and warm up where she was comfortable. About ten mins later we set the timing correctly and adjusted the carb settings. The sound from the Flowmasters was a magical tone, the look on Marts face was a picture and said it all. We then left him to it to sort out the wiring again to make it look neater. Plenty more to do on her yet, but the first milestone has been reached – Flame on! If you are going to the Pageant we hope to bring this little lady along so you can see the progress for yourselves.

Hope to see you at the show.