Enfield Pageant 2014 (Part1)

Part 1 – Traffic lights!

 It’s that time of year again when the event organisers book space for the dedicated Classic car enthusiasts to bring their pride and joy to the classic car shows. Last year was glorious weather and the show was busy. This year the UK bank holiday rain curse hits again. The rain kept a lot people away as they didn’t want to get their cars wet which we can understand of course. The thunder and lightning at one point made the tents very popular. Once the downpour had finished the bright sun came out and people were walking around soaked in the sunshine. Such a strange day. The visitors that did make the effort came to see the war years themed event which was informative, and had a few nice bits of memorabilia in there. On our pitch we had a total of nine cars which included customers cars that had been loaned to us for the show, we would like to thank you very much. Al bought his “Coz I can” Mach 1 with him, we had the equally famous 1000bhp UBB Mustang which was shown on 5th Gear and driven by Vicki Butler-Henderson on the show. The KR replica was there again, we had some great compliments about all the cars and we had a steady stream of photos taken with them. There was our traffic light cars as it was pointed out to us (red, amber & green), and it was also said “I wouldn’t like to come up against any of these at a set of lights!” The Falcon Ranchero was a popular car which we have just had sign written as it’s the company pick up with style. We have taken a number of shots of the pageant around eighty in total with a number in reserve. We will post again over the next few days to make it a more manageable read.

We will start with our cars we had, we had a nice stream of people visiting us and we had a crowd around us at one point that were calling for us to start the UBB up. We did of course oblige and nobody could hear a word! We have a video of it starting up and we will post that on YouTube along with some of the other things we need to post on there as well. Don’t worry we will let you know when we do. Which one is the UBB (in case you didn’t know as we took the stickers off),  it’s the one where the engine is too big to fit under the hood and had a hole cut in the high-rise hood to allow it to shut!

There was a nice selection of trucks at the show, and we took some pics of the more unusual ones:

It was interesting to see the reactions of the visitors to our cars on display, there was the younger generation interested in the UBB and the white Shelby, the older visitors were looking at the classics.  All appreciated the Mustang brand and we even gave away a few of our Mustang Maniac key hooks.

Car that needs no introduction was there from the London Motor Museum:

In part 2 will have some pics of a wonderful Greyhound bus, some American and British classic cars too.

We have added another five wallpapers for you to download and hope you enjoy them. We were asked if there would be more so somebody obviously knew about our new menu for the photos. So as requested the wallpapers are here but also at the Menu bar under downloads.

Quick Links:

UBB 1000BHP on 5th Gear click here

Short Weeks

Easter week for us has turned out to be very busy and we are trying to squeeze in 5 days work into four for the next couple of weeks. That is often easier said than done unfortunately. We have had nearly all the parts delivered for some of the cars. We have had new stock in as well as an unusual newer generation Mustang for some minor work to be done on her. We have decided that we are going to recommend that when we do an engine rebuild or restoration we would like to have aluminium sprayed exhaust headers used. This will protect the exhaust, they don’t discolour and look amazing even after a year. For the relatively small cost and the big difference it makes, we think it’s worth while. We have added them to the 302 – 350bhp we will be fitting into our convertible project car.

We detailed this engine and fitted the aluminium coated headers, and after a year they look as good as new. Of course we can fit the polished stainless version, but they will go blue and require a lot of cleaning to keep them looking in top class condition.

Cars:

We have had the seats arrive from the upholsterer and the full leather seats look perfect in the car and the smell on new leather in a classic car is really an amazing smell. The seats are black but the flash on the camera has lightened them up a little. We have also sent the centre console away now to match the seats as we wanted it to all match. Although what was there was fine, but we wanted that little extra special touch. The scuff strips will be fitted once the inside seating and console are finished. That’s it. she’s as good as done.

Stock:

We have had some great looking parts in this week. For those who want to detail their engine then we have some nice air-filters for you.

We have had some nice fill chrome rocker covers come in as well, we have a variation of these in black and chrome which also looks fantastic on the car.

 

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all chrome

Lights:

It seems as though we have a theme over the last few months of custom lighting again. We produce out own custom-made LED light kits, but this time we had a request for mirror lights. Now these are nothing new and you can buy them off the shelf, but not ours. We have had these made specially for us in Amber lighting instead of the standard red. They make a difference to say the least. We understand that some people will like them and some won’t. We have them so give us a call for more details. We will putting up a YouTube clip of the lights working and a sequential bonnet set too.

 

As it’s Easter we will have observation test – it’s not hard honestly.  Last week we mentioned we were going to do a little spring cleaning and we have stuck to that. So we decided to see if you can spot the difference on these two pictures.

Yep, we pulled out the white Shelby GT350 for a blast. She responded well to a little road test where the acceleration, gearbox and temperatures were all checked. A little fact for you, did you know that the gearbox on this car does not go into fourth until 110mph under heavy acceleration! Not that you can try that on our roads of course, but on tracks etc. it’s an awesome ride. We even took a customer out for a spin in her to as he showed some interest. He needed a little sit down and some fresh air when we got back. It was a brisk road test to say the least.

New (Old) Company Car

This week we have added to the company fleet of vehicles. We have the newer Smart car in the Mustang Maniac livery of course, but we decided we wanted something a little more “us” if that makes sense. We wanted a car that would allow us to pick up larger parts, put them in the back to bring back to the yard. The Smart car is an ideal run around, but not to good with anything to be picked up over the size of the passenger seat. But our new car had to have character just like the cars we look after. We have been looking around for a while now then this little beauty came up. 1965 Ford Falcon Ranchero, we just had to have it, I do believe we will be using this on a daily basis, the only problem is – who gets to the keys first. The Ford Mustang was heavily based on the Falcon and many parts of the Falcon can be seen on the 1964 1/2 Mustangs. So as I bought the car back to the yard the general consensus was it was a good purchase and instantly adopted as the work shop truck.

Parked out the front of the offices:

A little more detail: (Excuse the health lunch on the seat – it was a long drive!)

Al was the first to jump in and claimed it as his new toy!

We have added the car to “Our Cars” pages with a little history of both the Ford Falcon and Ranchero which can be found here.

Cars:

The KR Replica has been fired up with the full exhaust fitted. The tips have now been added and finished the back of the car perfectly. The aircon is topped up, the engine is topped up with “Evans” waterless coolant. We are now going to take her to our geometry bay where will align the wheels, tracking camber etc ready for the road test. The interior seats will be with us soon and will be fitted as soon as they get here. The carb needs a final tune and she should be ready for collection. We are looking forward to the road test of the beauty.

We have taken a video of the KR starting up and placed it on YouTube click here or click the logo below to go to our channel.

We should have a few more pictures next week of the ’66 Coupe Strip down.

News:

The WebShop sales has been going well and proving quite popular with a the full list of items we have in stock. It could be possible we might need somebody to look after the online sales for us soon. Thank you all for your support.

Visit our WebShop on www.mustangmaniac.co.uk if you haven’t already to see the improvements. Leave us feedback too.

Quick links:

KR start-up on YouTube click on the logo below

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Ford Ranchero history click here or go to “Our Cars – 1965 Ford Falcon Ranchero”

Promotional Time

A limited promotional offer for our customers.

The orders have started to roll in from our on-line ordering and new website www.mustangmaniac.co.uk and we are pleased with the response and the feedback so far for the site. As a result we have decided to offer a little promotion of our bespoke Mustang Maniac laser cut, black-coated metal key hook for your treasured Mustang keys. In order to qualify for one of these special key holders, just make an order online with us over £50. If you are one of the first ten people to order we will send you out the key hook free with your order. Of course if you like it and was not lucky enough for the free one, but you would still want one at a very reasonable cost – let us know via email and we will see what we can do for you. They have been a very popular item since we have had them made, get one early for Fathers Day or Easter?

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News:

Mustang Maniac has a new company car for the guys to pick up small parts, (pints of milk or lunch from the village too),  or nipping between the different sites. For some reason the objected to the original idea of the antique bike! The car is not quite the big beast we are used to, but this will help the environment for those little run around jobs we all have to make now and again. The upside is the signwriting on the side, OK all over it promotes our business where ever we may go. You got to be Smart these days when it comes to cars.

KR update:

This has car has come a long way this week and the electrics are almost completed. The rear lights look incredible with the flasher units in place, we have added our bespoke running LED bulbs to the front of the car with clear lenses, they run a normal white side light, but when indicators are used they will flash orange. The main headlights are Ford badged right hand lenses to give the correct illumination to the road. We will be posting a very quick video of the front and rear lights in action on this car on our YouTube channel very soon. We will post an update when we have edited the footage together.

The dash has been fitted and looks very impressive next to the modern radio in the dash.

The exhaust needs a little more fine tuning to fit properly as we have added a rear anti-roll bar. We seriously recommend this upgrade if you are going to drive it like you stole it! The rear anti-roll bar makes quite a difference to the predictability of handling, especially with this much power on tap to hit the road.

The sound system is in which has some very nice mounting for the speakers in the rear, we just have to mount the twin amps in the rear quarters, you’re going to hear this coming down the road via the exhaust or hear the music, one way or the other it will turn heads!

The engine has been given some more very nice updates via the new polished power steering pump reservoir and looks fantastic against the black inner wings. We have swapped the spark plug leads to orange instead of the yellow to match the bodywork, a very subtle change, but it has made a huge difference. The Scott Drake Stainless fuel tank has also been fitted now.

The wheels are ready and when fitted they just set the whole car off. Not sure how long the first set of boots will last on this spectacular car, but if it were our car, they wouldn’t last that long 🙂

The interior is being fabricated at the moment and we will bring another update of interior when we fit that in. We have of course updated the ’68 KR Replica page in the Customer Cars section as well for the whole story.

Stock:

A large delivery of rear leaf springs has been delivered as we seemed to have sold a number of them fairly quickly for some reason. More stainless steel parts have arrived and we are pleased with the polished Monte Carlo bars, again a couple have already been sold as the older and tired chrome ones have been replaced.

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KR Replica Update

Things are moving on very nicely with the KR replica. We are now finishing the custom exhaust, rear lights and detail of the engine. The inside has the shifter in place and the custom wiring location is looking very good for that under the hood minimalistic look which was a request for this build. The sound proofing is in to insulate the cabin from the bark of the exhausts. The air conditioning has been piped up and the rest of the water pipes are being fitted. The oil sump is polished, the exhaust is polished, the door strikers are polished and the whole look of the car just begs your attention. The rear lights have had some of our bespoke LED lighting units fitted into the classic all red lenses that will flash orange for the indicators, but they can’t be seen until used which will maintain that stock factory look. Detail on this car is fantastic and has to be seen to be believed.

Our Yard:

Meanwhile all this great work has been going on with the KR we were caught unaware by a flash flood. It looks like a small section of a stream not to far from us was blocked and water backed up very quickly and crept into the yard. The water also got to one of the workshops, but we fired the pump up and drained it all out, but as the stream was full it was a bit of a nightmare to be honest. We would like to point out that the customers cars were out of the way in other work shops so they were safe which is a priority of course. The one workshop with water and a customer car was lifted into the air, Sorted. The dogs were a little confused by the water although a couple of them didn’t seem to mind! It could have been a lot worse.

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Multiple Updates & News

Stock, nuts and the mastic Mustang…

We have had a couple of requests to buy some nuts and bolts not a whole pack. We though about it and decided to get some in as it wasn’t such a bad idea. We now have lots of little containers full of random nuts and bolts we use. You know what it’s like to have a single rounded of nut and want a single nut or bolt, well I believe we can now help you out with that. What has driven us nuts (poor pun – sorry), is the separating and categories of the different sizes. We have a picture of one of just one of the racks we use for the indoor light engineering workshop by the office. This now sits nicely with the lengths of pipe we now sell too by the metre. I don’t want to stock take these bits, but it has to be done every so often.  Speaking of stock, what we didn’t want to do, we have done it, we have run out of room again with all the new parts, we are now floor to ceiling capacity with the smaller items in the small parts store. But we have plans to stock more.

Stock and the Web page:

Why do we have so much stock now? Simple, we are getting ready for our new web site launch. This will have a very nice online ordering, with stock status so you don’t have to ring us up to get your parts. We hope to have pretty much everything we can of the popular parts. But where there is a special order in the unlikely event that we don’t have it, we hope to get it pretty quickly thanks to our regular shipping dates. Watch this space!!!

New stock of the Scott Drake high performance shocks for the front and rear end of most years are in now in stock. They are great quality, high performance, and all from a name you can trust. The prices aren’t shocking either! (Sorry for another bad pun).

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The Mastic Mustang update pictures.

We mentioned last week that the car was off the jig and now she sits on the ramps. We have taken a number of pictures again to show the work and how much she has changed. We have even done some nice welding work underneath. The anti rust pre treatment has gone over the welds and we have a few more places to do such as the rear quarters where we will do it all at the same time. This car will handle so much better now. The engine and gearbox are to go back in and the wiring up soon. Once she is on the floor we will check everything is aligned where it should be and then she can go back to the owner. We have updated the page itself for the car so you can see the before and after results here.

KR Replica:

We hope to bring some updated pictures in the next post for the KR Replica which is starting to look pretty awesome with some great work done by the guys. Again watch this space.

Quick links: Customers Cars – ’67 Mastic Mustang Convertible here

 

Classic ’68 KR Replica

We have done a number of custom builds in the past ranging from just the engine to the bodywork, or complete cars from the ground up. But, every so often we get an unusual request for something a little different and a nice challenge. For this project we have been asked to start work on a ’68 KR Replica. We have had the shell painted for a while now and stored, but nothing has been done up till now for various reasons.

We have a before picture and what we expect as an after picture, all be it in different colours of course.

We are excited about this project as it’s different from the other builds and a rare car in itself, as there are not many replicas around either we guess that makes this replica just as rare. This car will be eye-popping in presence as well as performance. The donor car is a ’67 but it will be kitted out to the ’68 spec when the original KR’s was launched. the differential is a little different on this build as we have added a Truetrac diff. The principle is pretty much the same as the limited slip differentials of today. We hope the power from this beast of an engine will be able to be used to its full potential with this diff in place.

Most of the parts back in the car and starting the tidy up of the engine bay and work on the interior.

We have added the page to the Customer Cars Menu and we will be updating this when we get some more progress, click here for the quick link.

We have had a large shipment in of some left and right hand side floor pans for the early ’64 – ’73 Mustangs that we have been waiting for. We will check to see if it’s the full consignment or not tomorrow it should be as it looks like it, but give us a call for more information.