Last Of The First Generation

Mustang Maniac has its own huge selection of Mustangs around the yard and their various storage locations, until now there hasn’t been a ’73 in the fleet. Everybody knows the ’71 Mach1 which was used in the bond film “Diamonds are Forever” which was a big change in design, but there is the often forgotten ’73 which was the last of the “First Generation” Mustangs. Adam has managed to pick up pretty amazing example of one of these cars, again in red to match his ’71 Mach1.  This car not only looks fantastic but also drives beautifully. Adam had the keys for only a few minutes and then threw the keys at me for a test drive. Hell Yeah!

Adam said “it’s a ’73 – not everyone’s cup of tea”.

I wasn’t expecting to much from the car as I am quite biased to the ’64 – ’69 cars. Opening the door and I was greeted by an original plush interior which had moved away from the all vinyl seats.

A turn of the key and the 351 fired up and there was a burble and that was it, shutting the door and the noise was almost gone, thinking to myself that this makes a nice change. Disengage the park brake and select drive, release the foot brake and we crept forward. No rattles or vibrations, no moans or groans. A little gas and we were at the gates to turn right, the power steering more positive than the earlier models. Pulling out onto the main road a little more gas as I was propelled forward without any fuss or excessive noise, you just knew there was a big engine in there. Now I am not going to say which route I took for the test drive, but an accelerating BMW was a little further back than he was expecting to be before I even got into top gear should we say. The car just cruised effortlessly at 70mph and there was no noise from the convertible roof, no wind drafts and all was how it was meant to be in the ’73. Reluctantly I turned to make my return back to the yard and I wondered what she would be like on kick-down. So with a nice clear road, very slightly damp peace of tarmac and nobody about – I stamped on it. The quiet had now dissipated and the cabin was filled with an angry 351 wanting to get up and go, the tyres lit up from 20mph, traction gone and the car snakes up the tarmac leaving a nice set of 11’s behind, this car shifts. The smile on my face returned to sensible concentration again as I lifted of the gas after a couple of seconds. I had grown to love this car by the time I back to the yard about ten minutes later. Going around corners it was no hassle and just drove like a good Ford Granada used too. I think I want this car, OK – I have thought about it and I do want this car. The paperwork Adam has with the car is the Marti Report, the original purchase slip and documents from the original owner, the options sheet and huge wad of receipts for services and the import sheets.

It may well not be every-bodies cup of tea, but this is a great car and I would love this car as a daily driver. Opinion changed – I also like the last of the first generations too. This has to be one of the best examples we have seen of this model within our yard!

Shelby GT500 DeAgostini 1:8th Model Update

We are only a couple of issues away from the completion now. We have updated the build page, click here for the link or cut and past the link below to visit the page.

The icon rear light clusters have been fitted now along with the rear LED boards. The windscreen is now in place and the trunk in place.


The Great Debate again.

We have had a number of conversations in the office with the customers about the no need for MOT’s for cars over forty years old. The poll is still a huge 87% against the ruling now. One conversation was around the “Hot Rod” scene. Many of the cars are heavily modified of course and could lose their date related plates. Would they need to have a specialist to inspect them before allowing them on the road? We still can’t believe this government wants to play around with a system that works and virtually nobody wants to change. Absolutely ridiculous. Please leave any thoughts or comments for us about this or anything else you want to mention.

SEMA 2017

Adam is getting ready to make his yearly trim to Las Vegas for the SEMA show and looking forward to it. We are hoping to bring you some photo’s again from the event, but probably not on the scale as last years coverage.


We have been making some changes at Mustang Maniac in order to make things run more smoothly and efficiently. We are getting lots of orders now from the Web Shop and as a result we have taken on our new Office Manager: Beth, but her nick name is Yogette (pronounced – Yo-get. It has nothing to do with her going to get stuff either before you ask her). Beth has been brought up with cars and the sounds of American Muscle Cars ever since she can remember, so it was an obvious no brainer choice for us to welcome her to our team. Beth had made her mark with us after a day or so as she couldn’t find some of the stock as Adam was working on a car. As a result she has re-labelled the entire small parts stock room. This small difference has not only made her life a lot easier, but ours as well. If you ring up and get a woman’s voice instead of Adams, don’t worry she really does work here.

We have taken a few pictures of “Yogette” as she was proudly looking for a place to hang our new Silver Award from Scott Drake. “I also want the Gold Award to go with this one!” said Yogette with big a big grin on her face. So it looks like we will have to find a place with some space next to it then ready for the next one.

We have also had a new metal security door fitted to the front of the office which we will have sign writing with our logo so there is no mistake of the Aladdin’s cave you are now entering. Hopefully next week we shall be posting some pictures of our new “Barn Find(s)”. We are a little sceptical of some barn finds as they seem to be to good to be true, but what we have more than enough dust to show it has been laying around for a while!

Here is a little teaser for you.

NOS headlight parts covered in dust

NOS headlight parts covered in dust

The 1964 1/2 & 1965 Differences

At Mustang Maniac we can tell an original 1964 1/2 model from a 1965, some even say there was no such thing. But, there was a difference and we have listed a few of the important ones apart from numbering here etc. Our original Indianapolis 500 Pace Car, which can be found here, is a another such example of a true 1964 1/2 car.  We often get asked what those differences are between the years or models. So as a little educational piece we have decided to list some of those differences along with some pictures to show you where those differences are. What prompted this post? Well a very nice ’64 1/2 has come back to us for some work to be done on her and we thought as she is to hand, and the camera is nearby why not take a few pics while we are taking a look over her.

How can we tell this is a genuine ’64 1/2 model? Well, there are some very subtle differences that we will point out here on this car. Some or all of these may appear on your car for a 64 1/2 model. It’s a known fact that the product line would use up what it had from the Falcon to Mustangs. It’s not inconceivable that consecutive number cars would have different fixings as the parts were used up and replaced by the newly fabricated Mustang parts.



March 1964 = C                    April 1964 = D                    May 1964 = E                        June 1964 = F

July 1964 = G                        August 1964 = H                September 1964 = J            October 1964 = K

November 1964 = L             December 1964 = M


January 1965 = A                February 1965 = B              March 1965 = Q                    April 1965 = R

May 1965 = S                        June 1965 = T                     July 1965 = U                        August 1965 = V

Date Timeline.

Production began March 9, 1964 and ended August 17,1964 with only Coupes and Convertibles were manufactured during this period.

Only Generator equipped cars were produced during this period.

Date codes are OCO through OHO, (found on the VIN Data plate).


Engine Displacement & Code.

170 cubic inch 6cyl 1bbl “V”

260 cubic inch 8cyl 2bbl “F”

289 cubic inch 8cyl 4bbl “D”

289 cubic inch 8cyl 4bbl “K” (Available in June of 1964)

Under the Hood:


The first thing is the “Generator” and not an alternator. The generator sits quite high up on the block rather than the traditional place to the left of the block under the rocker covers. (Note towards the bottom of the picture here.)


Dip Stick.

This is mounted on the passenger side and is very long. See pic above.


The traditional place for the horns were larger and located on the front frame and not bolted to the front behind the grill at the front. The twin horns also had the relays on the side of the inner wing to cope with the larger horns.


Power Steering.

The power steering is called an “Eaton” model and is a very distinctive design before the more horizontal barrel design was used later on.


Brake Reservoir.

The brake switch is mounted on the on the master cylinder itself.


Body Work:


The hood has stiffening skirts (flanges) and is quite different to the ’65 onwards.


Headlight Extensions.

The headlight extensions have a bevels that match the profile of the hood.


Hood Bumper Stops.

These rubbers are recessed with a cross head screw and not a domed. (See pic above).

Gas Cap.

The fuel gas cap has no security cable


The fender “Mustang” logo was 4 3/8″ long but was later lengthened to 5″


Door Locks knobs.

The Door knobs are colour-keyed to interior, changed to chrome in 1965

Fresh Air Vent.

The knob under the dash for the Fresh air on the drivers side is marked with a White “A”



Instrument Cluster has Red “GEN” light (Generator), later 1965 models had Red “ALT” light (alternator)


Heater Blower.

The heater blower is two speed with the “OFF” position located in centre


The carpet had colour-keyed rubber heel pad, no toe pad, as in later models

The carpeting stops at rocker stiffener plate, colour-keyed vinyl under door sill plate



There is a smaller “T” handle on automatic transmission equipped cars. (See above)

Seat Belts.

The front Seatbelts are secured with an eye bolt


The passenger seat was fixed into position with no fore/aft adjustment

 Web Shop

Don’t forget if you can’t find what you are after on our Web Shop then please give Adam or Beth a call to see if they can help you out with your request.