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:

Mood Lighting

In the yard something spooky was happening and only Adam knew about it. As it was getting dark a strange eerie glow descended into the entrance of the yard. This was not a pre run up to the Halloween festivities, this was Adam’s idea of lighting the yard. Earlier in the year Adam had a one-off, bespoke stainless steel Mustang Pony laser cut and mounted on the side of one of his storage units.

The next part of the plan was for some mood lighting, well Adam’s idea of mood lighting anyway. A series of white waterproof LED’s are now behind the large stainless steel horse. We think it looks pretty awesome and these pics don’t really do the design justice. Anyway, who says men can’t create the mood?

Customer Cars

This week we had a new customer Marcus take a lengthy drive to us for some pre evaluation work to be done on his ’68 coupe Pro Street car. We don’t get to see to many of these and only had a few in all the time we have been working on Mustangs.

Marcus has had the car a few months and is enjoying the car but now wants us to look at her to make sure she is structurally sound. They arrived and parked up into Adam’s main work shop and was lifted into the air for an inspection, starting with the main points safety.

Starting at the front both Adam and Yogi had the torches out and meticulously went over the car.

The front had a few little issues but nothing to stop the car being driven safely at the moment. Moving towards the back of the car it was clear to see that the chassis has been cut and altered to cater for the monster wheels, also known as ‘tubbing’.

The car has a usual gearbox T10 sideloader which was not strictly correct for the year, but as this is a Pro Street mod car, it was designed to race and used whatever was required at the time to make it do just that.

The engine was well presented with performance intake and seemed to run well listening to her come in and leave.

The trunk has been heavily revised with some nice work to the race fuel cell which took up the majority of the space. The guys wanted to get behind the carpet to see what was hidden in the lower rear arches, but didn’t want to ruin the look until they got the car in properly.

The inside has a race set of seats and again looking very nice with the all important rev counter and shift light taking center stage.

The rest of the car’s bodywork had a few little bits that could be sorted out no problem, certainly nothing of major concern to us.

All in all a nice car and look forward to having her back, once we cleared some of our other little projects. Marcus mentioned the handling of the car, which we will obviously look at and set up with our geometry rig. Those bid tyres and skinny fronts will need to be set up with care and our know how.

Other News

We have started to mention that we having a project of our own soon, well that has officially started and just for now Adam wants to keep it a secret, although we are taking pictures from the ground up to completion.

Out & About

Another long time customer of ours Derek Hutchinson has gone on another adventure with his Mustang. Firstly on the Euro tunnel then into France Bènouville where they found the WW2 Pegasus Bridge. Have a good rest of your trip Derek.

Do you have any holiday pictures you want to share with us and the rest of the world? Send them to us and we will post them up for you.

SEMA 2018

Speaking of ‘Holidays’ Adam will be in Las Vegas towards the end of this month for his annual trip to see what goes on in the world of SEMA. We trust that Adam will be sending us some photos of the trip and not just the inside of a bar! Seriously though, at this time the WebShop will be 100% fully functional but Adam will have limited access to emails, he tells us that he will get round to them when he can.

Another First For A Mustang

This week we have been working on a customer’s car who wishes not to be featured on our blog, of course we respect their privacy so there isn’t too much to show for our work unfortunately. However we can show you other things we have on the go;

Project Engine

We have a project in mind which we want to start soon, so we have started to build a pretty special engine for it. Unless somebody wants to buy it off us in the mean time of course, but be prepared for a little open wallet surgery as this power pack won’t be cheap. The engine we are building is a 351 Cleveland, 4v, four bolt main closed chamber heads. Now to most petrol heads that is sexy talk. What it means in layman’s terms is that this engine is strong and built for punishment. Not only will this engine be great for the street racer, you can drive it to a track, race it and then drive home again.

Magazine Feature

A little while ago we told you how Mustang Maniac entourage arrived at Santa Pod drag strip with A602s for a little private racing. We had some of our cars in the latest edition of the ‘Custom Car’ magazine. The bottom three pics on the left hand page.

Left to right; Yogi doing what he does best, burning rubber. Adam getting out the biggest badass UBB Mustang 1000bhp from storage. Spence not saying much – just letting his racing do the talking!

We think our pictures were much better to be honest!

Another Mustang First

Over the last few days there has been a lot of talk about Vaughn Gittin Jr. becoming the first person to drift the legendary 12.9 miles of the Nurburgring in his 900 horsepower Monster Energy Ford Mustang RTR. This video is spectacular to watch and listen to as well. It’s hard enough to complete a lap of this legendary circuit without coming of and rearranging a barrier or two, as many other videos will testify. Yet this gentleman (who we think must be mad), manages to do it pretty much sideways ALL the way around. Incredible.

Click here for the official YouTube channel and like/subscribe for this mans incredible work. Or cut and paste the link below to your browser.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXGLSF3MuZw

We don’t own the copyright of this video, but we just had to share it with you to raise this guy’s profile. What an achievement and what a car, we still think he is mad though! 😀

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’.

Shelby, Or Not A Shelby?

That is the question. Adam has bought a one-off, hand-built bespoke car. This car is something pretty special because it’s the prototype and the test car for the GT500. This car has 4.6L V8/ Manual five speed transmission with only 11,300 miles on it – most of which were full on track miles for testing the handling, performance and characteristics of the upgraded parts.

The point is that this was not allocated a Shelby CSM number as you would expect for a Shelby car for sale. The reason was quite simple; this car was never intended to be for sale, but things change. Adam expressed his interest in the car a couple of years ago when we visited the Shelby Factory in Las Vegas for our private all access tour. The provenance is in no doubt that this is indeed a rare Shelby. Heres why; this is the ‘primary’ vehicle used for the development of the Drake Muscle Car and Shelby Performance Parts line from 2006-2010. This vehicle was also used in all marketing collateral, install instructions/videos and demonstrated at various car shows. When the vehicle was new, Shelby Autos put on a ‘Shelby GT’ parts kit in the spirit of the partnership between Scott Drake and Shelby Autos to form Shelby Performance Parts, LLC.

The Shelby Upgrades

Ford Racing Springs inc. Shocks and Struts, Ford California Special Mustang front/rear fascia and lower qtr scoops, Baer Braking system (front and rear), Paxton/Vortech ‘SHELBY’ branded Novi 1200 Supercharger with diablosport tuner and vinyl stripe kit.

Under the hood;

The Drake / Shelby Upgrades

Drake adjustable panhard bar, adjustable lower control arms, adjustable upper control arm and upper control arm bracket, Drake/Hoewe 1” tall lower ball joints (rebuildable with screw-in housing), 2007-09 Shelby GT500 factory hood w/Drake 40th anniversary hood vent inserts (lightweight aluminum), Drake billet aluminum high capacity fuel rails, Drake bumpsteer kit, JBA 3” catback exhaust system, Drake front and rear sway bar, Shelby/Drake upper and lower front grilles, Full Kicker vehicle speaker replacement with amp and subwoofer, Shelby center gauge pod with branded autometer gauges, Shelby/Drake billet aluminum pedal covers and dead pedal replacement, Shelby/Drake short throw shifter with knob, Drake GT console lid cover, Drake billet aluminum eBrake handle, Drake billet aluminum climate control knobs, Drake stamped aluminum seat switch covers and map light accents, Drake billet engine caps, Drake billet fuse box cover, Shelby carbon fiber mirror caps, 2007/2008 Shelby/Drake  Shelby GT foglight/brake duct kit, Drake aluminum fuel door and of course some rather nice Carroll Shelby Wheel Company CS40 wheels.

Underside rear;

Underside front;

Bodywork;

Interior;

Wheels & Brakes;

In short, this car is absolutely mint underneath. What Adam intends to do with we are not sure, but when we asked him he simply said “I have an idea for it.” So we will jut have to wait and see. So is this a real Shelby? Without a doubt it is, there is plenty of documentation and photo’s that proves it, along with the fact it has been heavily tested by Shelby & Drake this is perhaps one of the most finely tuned Shelby cars out there by the Legendary Shelby experts themselves, with parts made by Scott Drake specifically for this car, some of which never went into production. Another Shelby Adam has added to his collection.

Oh, it also sounds like it looks – amazing.

For Sale

It’s a known fact that Adam doesn’t actively sell cars. The process works by you taking down the money and making an offer to Adam. Now if he likes what your offer – the car or parts are yours, if he don’t like your offer, he will tell you and you have two options from there; revise your offer or leave it. We now have a unique opportunity to buy a car ‘for sale’ from Adam. The reason is simple, he wants the space, it’s as simple as that.

This is a 1966 Coupe that starts and runs, it’s a 289ci with c4 transmission. This was going to be another project car for Mustang Maniac, but due to work loads and space in the yard now being at a premium, the little lady needs to go, sooner the better in fact.

There are a few bits of surface rust, but nothing out of the ordinary for the age and condition of the car. There is some rust on the front chassis leg that needs repair or replacing nothing that a competent restorer can’t handle of course.

Adam has strict instructions for this car’s sale;

  • No phone calls about it
  • No tyre kickers / time wasters on a day out
  • Emails only to sales@mustangmaniac.co.uk about the car
  • Price is not negotiable, no offers, the price is what it is
  • once you bought it – you take it away.

As Adam says ‘You either want it, or you don’t, the car is worth the money all day long’

The cost is £10,000 

If you want to get into the classic Mustang ownership circle, or just want to flip the car for some cash here is your chance. Not often a proper running v8 Mustang comes on the market for this sort of money. Adam doesn’t have the space or the time to spend on this sale. If he don’t sell it, it will just go to his of yard storage area which is not ideal to retain the condition of the car which would be a shame.

Other News

Adam has some new parts the are coming into us that we have not stocked before, and they may not even be going on the WebShop as far as we know. We will try to grab a few pics for next week for you. 😉 As ever watch this (blog) space.