Cuba, Cars & Cigars

The last part of Adam & Lynn’s transatlantic adventures has been a trip to Cuba. We have been sent some amazing pictures and Cuba isn’t quite what we expected. The classic fifties cars have been there before the revolution and have nursed with some serious TLC ever since. As a result these old cars or ‘Yank Tanks’ as refered to over there have been a legacy as other makes of car remain very expensive to buy. Due to the Russian influence at the time there is also a lot of old Ladas and in some parts can looks very Russian. We don’t think that many people want to ride in an old Lada when the choice of classic Chevy is park next to it. The main income for Cuba was and still is sugar cane, although Cuba and especially Havana are also well-known for the tobacco products, (more of which later). Their ride for the day was this wonderful ’56 Chevy with a twist, the car had a Mercedes five pot diesel engine in place instead of the Chevy block, the up side is that the car now has the all important air con.

Some useful tips from their travels included a private tour and ride for a ten-hour day will cost you around £200. There is no wi-fi as we expect it to be out there, so you need to get connected, a purchase of a wi-fi card is required and that will last you one hour. Speaking of cards, the important point is that credit cards don’t work out there, so make sure you carry enough cash for what ever you think you will need.

The weather is hot and humid and plays havoc with your hair according to Lynn, Adam didn’t appear to care about that at all. The locals are very friendly and they felt safe wherever they went. Getting out of the car for a look around is no problem but remember that there are a lot of cobbled street out there and the flat shoe tourist thing is the order of the day. While out of the vehicle you may encounter some of the many stray dogs on the streets, most of them have an ID tag around them to show that the locals are looking after them.

Havana has a strong Spanish orientated area with a few French buildings as well.

Adam & Lynn both used these exotic forms of transport and managed to snap a few pictures while going along.

Some amazing architecture suites the old beautiful classic 50’s cars that are just work horses over there, but here they would polished and cherished.

Adam was interested to see some real horsepower out there, we don’t think this is what he had in mind though!

A trip to the cigar factory has shattered a myth for me, that is that the cigars are not rolled on the inner thighs of virgins, but by some stubbly bloke rolling it on bench! Why do people have to ruin it for others? All be it I knew it wasn’t true, but kinda hoping it was. As a result of the facts; those cigars won’t have the same appeal or taste quite the same now. 😀

After the tour of the noisy cigar factory? A beer and cigar of course!

Although the local music was a little different to what they were expecting.

Later in the evening rumour has it that Lynn was out on bender, we can’t confirm if that was true or not, but circumstantial evidence does suggest that could be the case.

Adam decided that he too would get involved with the night life with this character.

An unusual tourist attraction.

More evening adventures and a train in the middle of nowhere.

A little bull riding in this video.

On their travels they managed to find a local wedding with a pink bridal car.

It appears that local health and safety is not to much of an issue on a bridge fishing by the looks of it.

Ernest Hemingway is very famous and popular character there with many bars and restaurants having photos and memorabilia of him all over the place.

I have learnt something about this country and I think I want to visit the place as well now.

As for the Mustang yard? Well that is going strong and we will be back to normal showing you what Yogi has been up to in the mean time. Adam should be back soon and we suspect he will be enjoying the influx of emails via proper wi-fi that he hasn’t been getting while in Cuba.

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 3

The last couple of posts about the SEMA 2018 show have been very popular and we are pleased with the number of times the pictures have been viewed. So we’ll jump straight back into the photo’s and hope you will enjoy the next couple of posts too.

We have a few pictures of these promotional ladies who are always so obliging to smile for any camera that is pointed their way.

A very popular section was this Hot Wheels display of cars made to look like the miniature versions, the amount of work involved is just amazing.

A few More Mustangs;

As promised the videos, the first here is a Mustang having a blast around the SEMA outside track.

This video is again a single Mustang having a blast, but it’s Adam’s comment that makes us laugh. Obviously said in jest and it’s not true, honestly.

The final video is a pair of Mustangs do a few synchronised drifting moves a few feet apart which is quite impressive.

Let us know what you think. 🙂

SEMA 2018 – Part 2

We pick up from yesterday with a continuation from one of the great halls inside. So it’s less words from us and we’ll just get on with more pics from SEMA 2018!

Adam & Lynn did tell the ‘celebs’ to take a seat and that they would be back soon, that’s after they had look round of course!

We already have a batch for tomorrows post and they look just as awesome with a little video or two.

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’

Last Call For A Flight To Vegas

Things have been a little busy this week with Adam making preparations for his annual ‘Business’ trip to SEMA 2108 and has been out of the office a fair bit. Although we give Adam plenty of grief over his ‘Business’ trip, it’s a good chance for him to meet up with business partners and make some new ones, not forgeting his friends out there in Shelby and Scott Drake too. This is also a time to catch up with the new developments for the world of restoration and innovations for the LAR / SMR recovery businesses too. Can we just reiterate again that you don’t need to call us for making a parts order, the WebShop is up to date with the stock lists and is real-time updated. If the WebShop says it’s in stock – then it’s in stock. We mention this yet again as we have had a few emails saying that they are frustrated that we can’t provide support for fitting parts while they want to order them over the phone.

Customer Cars

Yogi has been busy with the secret project that we can’t say too much about just yet, but we will bring you the full story of this build once it has moved on a bit. The rest of the week Yogi has been working on the Hertz clone and getting that ready for customer pick up. The dash pad has now been swapped out with our top quality branded stock. The instrument cluster has now been refitted and complete.

With the pad in place we can add that all important Shelby rev counter.

The doors have had new damp papers added, insides windows greased, and new handle gaskets and the door cards fitted.

The gear shifter was looking a little worse for wear so we fitted a new leather boot to smarten things up there again. The glove box card was also not much use either and received a replacement with the hazard switch installed in its correct position.

Moving to the back of the car Yogi has finished the hand riveted inner trims for the back windows and have now been installed, water proofed and the outside trims added. The rest of the lower trims have been refitted so it all matches and looks stock.

Under the hood has also seen a fair amount of work being completed as well, and we hope that you can’t see it to be honest. If you can’t see what has been changed then it’s a job well done yet again. This time we are going to tell you what we done; the hood hinges had become bent and can cause issues with the gap alignment and opening the hood. We replaced them, and as with all these jobs it take a while to re-gap the hood to the cowl and then to the fenders properly. This invariably means an adjustment of the closure and latches.

A Yogi speciality is his signature brake line work that were replaced along with the obligatory brake bleeding, and brake adjustments that all comes as part of the process.

The car needs a final road test and recheck the levels. Once that’s all done then she should be ready for the owner to collect. 😀

As you read this Adam is at the airport ready to go. He will have limited access to emails while over in the States, but he will endeavour to get back to you if you email him.

We have asked Adam to take some photos for us and you our readers. If you click on the logo above then you will be taken to the SEMA website to see what is going on.

Enjoy the trip Adam and have a safe journey. 

In Need Of A Service?

Recently we have had a car come into us that wasn’t running very well and we were asked if we could give it a ‘once over & service’, nothing wrong with that of course. Our first diagnostics was just how rich the engine was running and very hesitant through some of the rev range. So we started our look over and decided that the little lady needed some TLC. We were starved of fuel at some point and running rich on others, first port of call – filters. We started with the oil change and as that was draining, fuel lines up to the carb. The oil wasn’t to bad, but the rest had seen better days should we say. The air filter looked more like the oil filter compared to the new one, the fuel filter was clogged and silted quite heavily.

The spark plugs were replaced as they had lost their spark too, (see what we did there?) and the gaps were quite random now.

Everything was replaced with new off the shelf parts for the serviceable parts, the levels were topped up and grease applied. The turn of the key was so much better now, but not quite how we liked it, so we had a little Yogi ‘Dark Art’ carb tuning session. With everything done and a road test later, the little lady was purring like a kitten again. If your car running rough it’s worth checking your filters, it makes all the difference.

Customer Cars

The Hertz Clone is now going back together again now. The dash and doors have had their coats of paint and now the head liner can go back in place. The pics are a bit dark, but that’s what happens with a black head liner in the dark! Last time we suggested a flash – it wasn’t a pretty sight, and we have nearly finished the latest course of counselling! 😀 The dash wiring has been put readied again for the dash gauges to go back in.

Yogi was doing some final checks for the window kit and he was feeling pleased with himself.

The windows will need to be sealed and seated correctly, but at least you can see the idea as it’s coming along.

SEMA 2018

Adam is on to his annual trip to Las Vegas this time next week to see his supply partners and friends at SEMA (Special Equipment Market Association) 2018. He will be there for the four days October 30th to 2nd November at least. We are not sure what date he will be back on, he may extend his time out there if he doesn’t get round to all the meetings. So with that in mind, please send Adam emails if you need to speak to him directlyand he will reply when he can, allowing for the time difference of course. He won’t be answering the phone just before he leaves either as he will be in back to back meetings prior to leaving for the USA. The WebShop runs itself and is 24/7 shopping for all your Mustang parts. Morgan is more than capable of looking after the office day to day business, with Yogi for technical support if needed. Not that we offer a Technical Support line by the way, but with some phone calls you wouldn’t think that was the case, even when the parts were not purchased from us in the first place. As Adam says; ‘You don’t ring up a solicitors and get free advice, why should we give our secrets away for nothing?’ He has a very good point there!

Lucy The Escapologist

The pups are cute looking and cute as in clever too. They managed get out of the run when we are not looking, we couldn’t account for Lucy one evening last week, who was having a mad moment round the yard, we found her eventually: