Chilly Pups

We have had a couple of emails this week about our new members of the family, Shelby’s puppies. They are growing fast and full of mischief as you would expect. Trying to house train a few puppies when its cold is not easy, let alone when there is snow on the ground!

No names as yet except for one that Morgan who has named “Zeus”.

Customers Cars

This time of year is fairly quiet as many of the classic cars will but tucked up in a garage to keep them warm. We know of a couple of cars that are due an MOT this month but we already know that the owner won’t take them out in the rain let alone the snow, we won’t name names of course. but we will see Mart in the new year near year with his Coupe when things are back to normal with the weather for him; sunny, no dust on the road, all the salt washed away, no grit, no mud and above 20deg with not to much humidity etc. so that could be a while into the New Year then. We have a project convertible with us that needs to be put back together again. The usual boxes of bits and number of bits missing will need to be added back to the car. At least we have made a start on this little lady who has already has her regal colour scheme.

As for the snow it’s all gone now we hope!

Answer to last weeks question: What did Adams hat say? Well Adrian got it right with – “Bah Humbug knowing Adam!”

Have a great Christmas and New Year. (ignore the hat!)

A Man Of Many Hats

We have to point out to the rest of the world that in the UK a single flake of snow causes carnage all over the country; trains stop running, roads close, satellite TV’s stop working, power cuts you name it! The bit that we are concerned about is that the bad weather brings out a certain type of driver who hits the roads and then hits you if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. We think a picture can say more than a sentence or two could, enough said? OK, the cock is on top of the car not driving it. Perhaps they should be forced to drive with this little modification so we know who they are from a distance?

Seriously though; we have been warned by some couriers that due to the “snow” which lasted only a couple of hours in our area, some deliveries could be delayed. However any orders from our point of view will still be as normal with no delays expected. Please be patient with your delivery drivers.

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We was going to start with the dreaded “C” word – yep “Christmas”, not sure why everything is now starting to be called “Holidays” these days, perhaps it’s the PC crowd not wanting to offend anybody, even though it’s a religious celebration called Christmas for Hundreds of years now. The tradition is to give gifts to your loved ones, with that in mind the WebShop vouchers have started to sell as we would expect coming up to Christmas, in order to keep up with the demand a new batch will be arriving soon. So if you want some vouchers for that special person in your life the link is here, or they can be found on the WebShop along with lots of other goodies! Now it has to be said that Mustang Maniac does get into the swing of things at this festive season and Adam just wanted to prove the point here:

But as it’s cold around the yard, Santa’s helper – OK it’s Adam! he needed a nice warm hat. Words fail us at this point, but it did provide a welcome sight carrying a few cups of tea!

A little quiz just for fun – Adam says “Can you guess what this hat says?”

Customer Cars:

OK, sensible time now. The blue racing coupe has had her paint, been given the Mustang Maniac “works”. We are just waiting for a time slot for the MOT then she can go to her owner. We have some before and after pics for you.

After:

We have also had in a customers own Restomod Coupe into us which he has been working on for the last ten years, a real tribute to the owner. We just needed to sort out a few little niggles with engine running which was not your normal 289!

The car has HID headlights and some nice touch daytime running lights.

Interior.

Under the hood it’s not what you would expect to see.

The owner of this car has hinted to us that the car could be up for sale for the right price.

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Not our normal project work but we were happy to oblige with this nice example.

Ford Facts:

1) The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) initially refused the request from Ford to declare the Mustang a “sports car” – important to allow Ford to race the new car. Ford asked Caroll Shelby to negotiate for them and he suggested the only real issue was “sports cars don’t have rear seats” so he modified every one of the 560 1965 GT350s with a floor panel to replace the rear seats. Later in 1966 the SCCA, understanding how important the Mustang was for them, relaxed the rear seat issue – all 2274 1966 GT350s had rear seats.

2) Wilson Pickett’s ‘Mustang Sally’ was a huge hit….but did you know it was actually a ‘cover’ of an earlier song written and performed by Mack Rice. It was originally called ‘Mustang Mama’ but Aretha Franklin suggested the change. Ironically, before Mack Rice wrote and performed Mustang Sally, he was in an R&B band….called ‘The Falcons’. The irony is that Mustang was based closely on the Ford Falcon.

3) One of the four evaluation 1965 Shelby GT 350 Convertibles was sold after its evaluation work was completed by Caroll Shelby to Bob Shane of the ‘Kingston Trio’. The vehicle still exists in pristine condition.

4) Ex President Clinton owns a 67 convertible in light blue. One could expect that it’s a fire breathing muscle car…but is in fact a 6 cylinder . It was loaned to a classic car museum in Arkansas for the term of his presidency and never stored at the Whitehouse or used in any official cavalcades.

5) Ford got Kar-Kraft to build a prototype mid-engined Boss 427 code named LID Mustang (Low Investment Driveline). It worked well but never went into production. The whereabouts of the prototypes remains unknown.

6) In the cult film Bullitt, Ford initially insisted that the car chase would be an ‘all Ford affair’ and a number of Mustangs (390 S codes) and two Galaxies were supplied to the production company. Shooting started but while the Mustangs stood up quite well to the chase scenes, the Galaxies quickly suffered from the rough landings around San Francisco and were replaced with Dodge Chargers (440 Magnum L codes).

7) The most popular 1969 Boss Mustang colour was yellow (well over 1/3 of all production were Bright Yellow).

8) Pontiac borrowed Ford’s 3 speed manual transmission. If a post 1965 GTO has the ‘heavy duty option’ (code S) then it’s a Ford Transmission.

9) Mustang 2 with its Pinto engine was a complete flop…true or false? False, in fact sales in the first year got to within 10% of the first edition (385,993 versus 418,812) – a sales volume any maker would be delighted with!

10) The launch of the new Ford Maverick was on April 17 1969, the same date as the original Mustang in 1964. By the April 64 launch date Ford had produced just 8000 Mustangs – just enough for one for each dealer on launch day. By the end of the month they had produced near to 20,000.

(source: Steve Magnante’s 1001 Mustang Facts)

Finally:

As it’s pretty cold we also decided to clean a car, but in the warm.

Drive carefully out there!

A Costly Chip

We will start straight away with the cars this week and not a single mention of the snow, except we just have to say that the hype wasn’t really worth it in the South East of the UK. We even had one of our guys snowed in, so he says. We need a your opinion on the photographic evidence supplied!

snowEnough of the weather and on with the cars as promised.

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We had some sad news regarding one of our good friend’s car. Now any petrol head will sympathise with this next picture, this is like chipping a chunk of a Ming dynasty vase to antique collector. It was done by just catching the door his bench in the garage by parking a little out of place to where he normally parks.

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We heard his pained screams from the next village, for any classic car owner this is a major issue. So much so, that trying to correct the problem and then another small problem while he was at it has made matters worse. Yes this can be filled and resprayed, but a difficult decision was made for a new coat of paint, selling a spare kidney to pay for it. The small area on top of the wing was a tiny spot which now looks like a moon crater that now matches the Grand Canyon sized chip on the door paint.

To keep costs reasonable, the owner was to strip the car down, ready for the trip to the paint shop where she would get coats of the same colour. We won’t mention any names of course, but Lance wasn’t happy with some of the other little bits of the body work as it was playing havoc with his OCD, for those reasons he decided to freshen the whole car up again. This all seems a little strange if you ask us, as last year Lance updated the inside of the car with new sound proofing, and red oxide and new custom-made seat covers!

The front left headlight bucket assembly fender extension didn’t fit as well as it could have done, so he got a new one, another good excuse to re-paint the car.

The door cards were to be removed, glass trim, bumpers, along with any window felts, rubber fittings, all so that they could be ready for masking up. A few more areas under the chrome trim needed to be corrected which he wasn’t aware of at the time. The damaged front wing was removed to fix a small hole in the upper cowl which was then red oxide paint to protect it all.

Now that the car is in the body shop, the real nice paint has all but gone.

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We shall bring you some more updates as we get the car back, which should be around March time, just in time for car show season. We would like to make a little observation here; we think that this is the first paint job and partial restoration update on a Mustang by stealth. Was the chip an accident??? We’re not so sure now, just saying!

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Our very own painter has brought his car back to us after it’s respray. Our task is to put it all back together again. Luckily this wasn’t a full strip down, so it’s case of replacing the damaged or rotten parts, such as the top dash pad etc. to make it road legal again.

A quick refresh of what she did look like:

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Yogi and Paul started to put the outside trim back in place .

Engine is ready to go back into the engine bay.

Inside the car the dash is the first place to start and soon starts to take shape.

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With the main labour intensive part of the dash done it was time for the seats.

Again we will bring you more on the rebuild of the Mach1 as we go along.

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We have a new Limited Edition T-shirt arrived back us. Muscle car owners take pride in the fact they have a powerful cars, for those of us that believe that occasional burn out (in a controlled environment of course), leaving trails of those all important black lines of rubber on the road which goes to prove that point, we have just the T-shirt for you. Mustang Maniac cars and parts are  “Born to Perform”.

 

Route 66 – part 1

We are here in Chicago after a not to bad a flight lasting eight hours and ten minutes. What greeted us was worse than we left behind in the UK, snow! A couple of pics from the plane windows shows it’s not that bad, but it’s a little chilly compared to what we were expecting.

After we managed to get through customs etc. we were thinking about the car. Originally we wanted a 2015 Mustang of course, looking at the luggage and possibility of bad weather we decided to swap for a nice new Ford Explorer instead.

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There was plenty of traffic on the way to the hotel for our overnight stop before we spend the day here and loaded up on supplies. We did get stung for $40 to park the car overnight at the hotel though. But when your tired you can’t be bothered to argue.

We are hoping to find the sign for Route 66 where it starts tomorrow, you can’t come all this way without a pic of that can you? Lets hope we find it.

Snow Swap

We have been hearing a lot about the snow in the USA and we are expecting it too. This week we have had a few flurries of snow but nothing major. So just to make our friends on the other side of the pond feel at home we took a picture. Lucky for us it was raining earlier so it didn’t get a chance to settle luckily.

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We having been working on the “Rust In Piece” convertible again this week and made massive progress by cutting the front off as the panels were to rotten to salvage. The floor area has been cleaned up and replace with a complete floor pan and all the relevant fittings. The safe and sure way is to replace the parts and start from a solid foundation. This is exactly the same principles we used in the now wonderful “Mastic Mustang” posts. This will be another nice car once we finished with her.

Old look set of the front of the car.

The floor pans now in place.

The bits we didn’t want? Well they were added to the scrap pile.

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During the week we had a call from a good customer of ours to say that they wanted to pick up their car from our storage. This was fine by us of course, but as a result we had a swap round with some of the cars. As if by an unscripted choreography the cars were moved and replaced back to their homes, just for now that is!

The cars were all tucked up safe and sound to avoid the snow!

Customers Cars:

’66 Coupe full restoration has taken a big step forward with the engine being settled into place and looks pretty good. The next jobs will be to get the under dash fittings in place.

We have been looking at the state of the fuel tank and removed the sender to drain the remains of the old fuel that was sitting at the bottom. The sender was removed and we decided that this one had seen better days. The fact is that when you are at this level of restoration then the last thing you should do is put in a rusty old fuel tank, the rubbish and rust thrown through the engine could cause chaos with the carb, and possibly damage all sorts of items let alone block the fuel lines.

If you find that your fuel gauge is a little erratic then check the sender!