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.

https://mustangmaniac.org/shelby-gt500-18th-scale-model/

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.

How Much?

Things have been a little quieter this week with Yogi taking a well-earned break, on the other hand we have been seriously busy in the WebShop with the new products of the oils proving to be popular. We have had a number of emails asking where the Shelby GT500 1:8th model has gone as there has been no updates. It appears that the DeAgostini have been waiting for their shipments of the parts too. Mid week we had a delivery of the latest issues which we have updated the build page for you or click here for the quick link.

Guest Photographer:

Last week was the very local car show at Buntigford, which is only a few minutes drive away. The cars are lined up in the high street and shut of for local traffic. It’s not a bad show and Adam asked his Grandson Jack if he wanted to take the pictures for this weeks part of the blog. So here we are, Jacks photo’s:

Remember this little lady that we worked on a while ago? Here she is again being driven around and it was great to see her at the local show.

Mustangs at Weddings:

COLOGNE, Germany – It’s been a busy summer for the Mustang. Horse-drawn carriages and vintage vehicles might be the traditional choices to transport couples to and from the church on their special day, but Ford’s iconic car is proving increasingly popular. Ford followed five nuptials this summer in Germany, Belgium, France and U.K., where Mustangs from different eras played a starring role.  “A Mustang wedding was the obvious choice for us,” said Jake Batty, who, along with new wife, Lucy, chose a 1967 Mustang Coupe in suitably cheering Springtime Yellow for their big day in Stanton Lakes, Leicester, U.K. “We wanted a car that was not only beautiful and timeless, but also powerful, wild and adventurous – hopefully how our marriage will turn out!”

Even though marriage rates across Europe are declining, the number of newlyweds shunning traditional wedding cars in favour of the Ford classic is on the increase. Companies such as Ford Mustang Wedding  have driven more than 750 U.K. couples to their wedding venues since launching in 2009.  “Couples getting married today don’t want an old-fashioned wedding car,” said the  director. “They want something cool that will look amazing in the photographs as well as being comfortable. The Mustang ticks all the boxes.”

At Mustang Maniac we couldn’t agree more, in fact we have had a few of our customers that have used them for that very reason.

Do you have any pictures of your Mustangs at weddings? Send them to us and we will post them up for you.

Customer Cars:

Chris has been busy on the rotisserie getting his i6 coupe down to bare metal for the red oxide base protection coat. This is a pain staking and dirty job, definitely not one to be done in your boxer shorts!

Our Cars:

Adam has been busy again buying more cars! Not Mustangs this time, more Falcons to add to his rapidly expanding collection. Another Ranchero in a cool black.

News:

Being in the office sorting out bills and orders can be an interesting experience to say the least. Husbands turn up with their wives to pick up parts, and when they are out of earshot to proper costs are discussed. Adam is a very discreet man where these delicate negotiations are concerned. To highlight this fact Adam has had a sign made up for the office:

 Enough said?

Shelby GT500 1:8th Model:

At long last through no fault of our own, we have updated the build page with the progress and this is a big set of issues as the main parts are coming together. The parts from part one and the hood are all brought together. click on the menu heading above or click here for the link. We won’t repeat the whole page again here but these are some of the highlights of these issues:

Poll Results:

It seems that the smoked lenses are popular and of all those that voted thank you, with over two-thirds of people liking them!

A little Rattled

This week we have the usual influx of the annual MOTs and car services we expect. We are always glad to see our loyal and returning customers back to us, and the customers know that they will get a top quality workmanship and quality service from people who care about their cars with no-nonsense advise. We pride ourselves here at Mustang Maniac on the fact our customers are always happy.

Park & Pic

Continuing from the above a long-term customer Bob who called in to pick up his car after the MOT and a general service. Unfortunately we forgot to take a more formal picture under the Mustang Maniac sign. So we managed to grab a few last-minute pics of Bob leaving, also the pic with his hand up was the wave goodbye, and nothing to do with hiding his face!

Sad News:

We have received some very sad news from our friends at the Ford Heritage Workshop. Colin Gray, a much respected team member has sadly passed away after a short illness. Colin’s knowledge of ‘all things Ford’ was truly outstanding but he will be remembered, by those fortunate enough to know him, as a great person willing to help anyone and a true inspiration. He will be sorely missed.

The team at the Ford Heritage Workshop are very good friends of Mustang Maniac and we are extremely proud to have been able to help them with parts and advice when they restored the Ford Motor Company 65 Mustang Fastback.

Mustang Maniac would like to send our sincere condolences to Colin’s family at this very sad time.

Customer Cars:

We have in the workshop a nice ’68 390 GT which is a nice resto-mod as Yogi likes to say.

The car was brought in with the customer saying there are some annoying rattles and knocks etc. So we were tasked with curing the issues. These are often more difficult than it sounds as it’s a long process of elimination; road test, adjust or fix, then more checks and repeat. This little lady has been modified with what looks to have been a race car set up, a very unusual set up as there are no leaf springs, instead just supports, bars and linkages!

Front end with no shock towers and the adjustable suspension.

The rear end with adjustable suspension and the four point suspension.

So far we have sorted the obvious creeks and groans out but, as there are so many bushes and connections we need to make sure they are all within tolerances and just keep testing until they are all fixed. So far the bear is happy!

Shelby GT500 1:8th scale DeAgostini model update. 

Here we are with an update we have been waiting for; the actual body shell. The parcel was large and guessed this was the shell.

The other three issues are the two fenders and the front radiator panel which holds them together across the front, in turn the fenders are screwed to the body shell by the cowl section.

We think that once the car is completed that we are going to actually wax and polish this paintwork. We would go so far as to say it’s better than some of the past efforts we have seen on the much larger real thing!

With the fenders attached this pretty much gives the overall appearance of the model.

We know it’s only a model, but this is a point for the build. There are just two screws each underside of the cowl section to hold the fenders in place. It took a total of fifteen minutes to build but what a massive step forward all of a sudden. We have updated the main page for whole model build.

We finish with a selfie photo-bomb by the Yogi, Adam even found time to play with some filters on his phone too, we kinda like it cartoon style. 🙂

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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