Ripping Up The Rule Book

This week we can’t fail to mention the weather, which has seen a promise of more to come in the UK. We are happy to see a period of nice weather for a change instead of the normal rain, with the on set of the nice weather we have managed to convert the old car storage areas into a new “large and heavy parts” dispatch area. As a result of Mustang Maniac needing more space and storage areas for a slightly different car! More on that later a little further down.

Park & Pic

This week we had a very nice rare car come into us with a minor leak on the steering. We fixed it with no problems as normal, and the customer arrived to take her away. We give you the legendary Shelby GT500, nothing else needs to be said!

 

More Stock

It’s a well-known fact that for your Mustang parts, Adam is your man with is ever-expanding WebShop. But, what is not quite as well-known is that Mustang Maniac stocks an ever-increasing rage of ’64 – ’66 Falcon parts too, so much so that Adam is now “stock piling” Falcons cars now to match the stock levels.

The latest set of Mustang parts in stock are these performance strut rod parts which have now arrived in the latest container. They are super high quality and an awesome racing part upgrade or just for bragging rights.

Drag Racing

Another known fact is that Yogi takes his Mach1 down the Santa Pod 1/4 mile drag strip, wrecking a set of tyres each time, but the bear was not happy with his last eleven second run. The reason was the will spin being unable to get all that power down to the tarmac. To stop that Yogi bought himself an over drive and under drive unit. Yep you read that right “Under Drive”. This gearbox allows you to select the lower gear to launch of the line that much quicker. The gearbox will allow you to change gears for each of the main gears which gives you in effect six main gears now. Yogi has fitted it and loves it, so much so that he has melted his speedo cable, we need to think of a way to fix that, we have a plan. Here we have some instructions for the unit to show just how it works. The new AutoDrive is able to handle up to 1200bhp! Yogi has been heard to say, “That will do for now”!

The inside is so subtle to work the overdrive, fully automatic with indicators via a switch on the console arrowed here.

For race, there is a switch on the console that controls the normal operation, and another he operates with his foot for “only for racing purposes, on specially designed track with proper supervision for all health and safety purposes” should the need arise at Santa Pod.

The funniest part of all this is that we found a page “removed” from the instructions. Rumour has it that Yogi “accidentally ripped it” or tore out the page called; “Drag Racing do’s and dont’s”. He is also rumoured to be growling “nobody tells the bear how to drag race”.

Yogi has changed out his livery on his car too, subtle but very effective. Thanks to Linards for these.

The gearbox is working fine, but his interior is now apart thinking of a way to stop the speedo cable getting so hot. But this is what the completed fit looks like underneath.

He has put some of his stickers on the car too;

If you see this car don’t bother to try racing it! Honestly, we have road tested it and we can confirm – it’s quick.

Next week we have a special report on the Fox body lights. Keep cool in the sun and be sensible with the heat.

Enfield Pageant 2017

We didn’t get to post last week as we said we were going to have a BBQ in the lovely sunny weather, but we did have the BBQ. Mustang Maniac were out n force at the Enfield Pageant of Motoring from 27th to 29th May. As always it’s a very well run show and logistic were great and no problems. Take note Duxford! Anyway, we had plenty of our cars and throughout the weekend customers joined us on various days so no two days were the same, but we will get to that a little later on. We also have a large update on the DeAgostini Shelby GT500 model too which will show you too.

Park & Pic

This weeks Park & Pic was from some good friends of ours Barry and Shaz who each own their own Mustangs. Shaz turned up in her ’69 302 fastback to pay us a social visit and pick up some parts for their other cars. Shaz also wanted us to point out that this is not Barry’s car, it’s hers! Yellow is a difficult colour on a car at the best of times, but these ’69 cars pull it off no problem what so ever. We should point out we heard them coming due to the decibel levels of the exhaust. 🙂

The Enfield Pageant 2017

We turned up early Saturday and set up shop, bringing with us our Fairlane, EcoBoost, Hertz to start of with and the john Wick car also turned up for the three days too. We also had a few visitors with their non Mustangs too, which we are always happy to see. throughout the weekend each day – we got rain. We can’t remember the last show where there was no rain over the whole weekend to be honest!

There was a strong American showing this year around the central tent.

There was nice showing of some great UK Fords so we tried to pick the ones we liked the best.

The rest of the cars would have taken up some much space on the post we tried to narrow it down from the two hundred plus photo’s we took over the weekend.

Throughout the weekend there was music and people doing daft things on motorbikes, but everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves as they do each year.

We mentioned a BBQ last post, well we did, the expectation was:

The reality was:

The reason for the down size was simple from Adam, “So, just let me get this straight, you want me to cut up one of my cars just so you can burn sausages in it? It ain’t happening.” That comment on reflection was a very, very fair point, and we can’t argue with actually. But, we will keep working on it though, we know where Adam’s secret graveyard stash of Mustangs are kept! 😉

Mustang Maniac would to thank everybody who turned up to see us, we made new friends and had a number of new customers who are going to bring their cars to us to be sorted out properly. 

Shelby GT500 1:8th scale DeAgostini model update. 

We have update model page click here for the quick link, cut and past this to your browser;   https://mustangmaniac.org/shelby-gt500-18th-scale-model/   or click on the main menu above to see the full details. The latest eight issues takes us up to number 80 and we see  the engine completed and mounted into the chassis, the inner fenders added and the wiring for the circuit board started. An exciting time to use up lots of parts that have been laying around for over a year now. Here we have a selection of the pics we used on the model page. We haven’t done a full report as this is already a big post with lots of pictures.

Until next week. enjoy the nice weather while you can.

Birthday(s) BBQ & Cakes

A busy week came to an end with a pretty good evening with a BBQ last night. What was the reason for the BBQ? Well it was both Adam and Yogi’s birthdays. Not this week but next week. Adam on the 27th Oct and Yogi’s on the 1st November. Well tell you these things because if you turn up to the yard this week make sure you have cakes!! 🙂 This will be our last post before we go to Las Vegas next Saturday morning – did we mention that? So, we have a treat for you an extra large post to keep you busy until we get back. Before we start with the pics from last nights BBQ we will start with the cars, and of course that means our big project at the moment the John Wick car.

The John Wick Car

The car is pretty much completed outside with only a few more bits to add, while we are waiting for the gauge overlays for the dash to be shipped over. Half the dash is in and the centre console, enough to take it for a road test.

Adam used his GPS speed app to take her out for her first spin, where to? Petrol station of course! There are some conspiracy theory’s here that they are one and the same, pics for comparison. Adam says “Why do they want Keanu Reeves when I am available?” You tell us!!!

Side markers had to be cut into place and final gap alignments after the road trip with everything bedded in a little. We are awaiting some special order scoop fittings that will allow the scoop to be added and not bend the or distort the hood.

 

We have been asked what does she sound like? Well listen for yourselves with this little video we have for you on idle.

The owner of the car came down to see the progress so far. We thing a picture speaks more than our words can say.

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Customer Cars:

Chris has found some time to get to work on his fastback and has started cleaning up the engine bay. A long process that is tedious but crucial to see what you are dealing with under the paint or filler that be hiding. Chris has made good progress so far and found no nasty surprises we weren’t expecting which is always a good start. Ahh, the smell of industrial strength paint stripper!

Mach1 ’71

Our next Project from Paul the Paint has just been painted and arrived back to our yard. Yogi obviously in the mood to unwrap things shows a quick glimpse of the next project.

Lob Monster’s Ride

Paul has taken a photo of his car outside one of our workshops and says this is his favourite pic so far. Was it taken in the sixties or a few weeks ago, what do you think? Thanks for sending it in Paul, we agree a great picture. If you have any pics of your car you want us to post for you, send them in and we will sort it out for you.

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WebShop

There was some excitement overt the latest delivery into the stock. This is the 17″ x 7″ and 17″ x 8″ Magnum 500 wheels in Alloys. Yogi couldn’t wait to unbox them for a close up inspection. These wheels are just awesome and we don’t expect to have them around for long to be honest. They are not the cheapest wheels out there, but what a wheel!

The BBQ

This was a surprise BBQ for Adam and Yogi, but Adam seems to think that he may just have known about it all. Why? Well because he bought the meat, bought the gas for the BBQ, bought the rest of the food and some drinks! Yogi had no idea, but of course there was the inner sanctum of the Mustang Maniac and few close family too.  Adam fetched up his home-made BBQ stool as he had three wheels left from a project that was welded together. Adam did say it was thirsty work though.

There was surprise birthday cakes supplied by “Notjustcakes.org” which seemed to go down very well and suitable subject matter for each. Thanks to Lance and Sam.

The BBQ lasted into the evening where the wood burning oven done it’s job.

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A fantastic evening and a big thanks to everybody who helped arrange it all and those that turned up just to drink Adam’s beer. 🙂

DeAgostini Shelby GT500 1:8th Model

 Issues 45 – 48.

For this months issues the car chassis stays in storage while we concentrate on the dash gauges, some electrics and the interior for a little while.

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Part 45:

Things are getting exciting with a our first view of the electrics that will be a part of this build. There are two micro switches that will be behind the pedals, one for the gas and the other for the brake pedal. The switches are labelled as “01” and “02” for connections later. It’s a bit pf a fiddle to hold the switches in place while screwing the bracket to the floor without the switches falling out.

Side kick panels are also added in the same black velour material. When fitting the pedal assembly make sure that the bar on the back of the two pedals seats correctly in the holes. A slight press of each and you should feel the switches activate.

Part 46:

This was a single screw to hold the ash tray to your new dash pad area.

Part 47:

Some pretty internal parts now being fitted in the shape of the gauges. There are multiple stickers for the gauges faces themselves. The instructions suggest using the sharp point of a craft knife to locate them. We found that a tiny flat blade screw driver would not mark the decals and would also allow you to rest the decals in place and move them around before final pressing down. Take a good look at the printing of these decals, we found that they were printed slightly off centre so we had to move them down a fraction to make sure they would show in the centre of the pod gauges.

The next part was to fit the gauges lenses and the brushed aluminium cover using a number of small screws to hold it all in place. The Shelby badge also needed to be screwed into place.

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Part 48:

More decals now for the gauges under the dash using the same principles as before. The radio is a pretty cool part and shows attention to detail. The glove box on fits into a hole each side of the dash pad and should allow it to open and close. This fitting is not the best part of the build so far, but then again i doubt very much it will be used a great deal to be honest.

The finished dash area looks pretty amazing as we have come to expect.

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As we said earlier we are off to SEMA 2016 click here for the link, we will try to bring you some pics as it happens, but we won’t promise anything. Perhaps a few tweets or some pics on Facebook maybe before we blog all about it.

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