R & D?

The heading suggests this week that we are talking about Research and Development, however in this case it means Restored and Dangerous. So we start with a really serious note, in fact we were shocked to such a level that Adam has made a video of it. An unprecedented move, but Adam felt that this really warranted a video to show our readers exactly what is out there. The laws in the UK have changed (a bad move in our opinion), for the MOT (Ministry Of Transport) tests for road worthy vehicles, the rules state that you don’t need an MOT if;

  • the vehicle was built or first registered more than 40 years ago
  • no ‘substantial changes’ have been made to the vehicle in the last 30 years, for example replacing the chassis, body, axles or engine to change the way the vehicle works

As we have said before in a blog; we can pretty much say that all our customers still go for the MOT even though they don’t need to have it, why? To make sure the vehicle is safe. That’s safe to drive and safe to other road users, the last thing Classic Car owners want is their pride and joy have a failure resulting in it getting smashed up somewhere. A vehicle that was ‘fully restored’ in Europe (that’s all we are going to say), was shipped to the proud owner in the UK. The owner of this vehicle paid some strong money for this car at the time and was expecting a top quality car. After the car was imported to the UK the car was taken to a well-known Mustang ‘specialist’ restorer (whom we know of by the way), where this car was given a full UK MOT.

As with all new cars that we haven’t seen before in our care, we always give them a safety check and full once over. The reason is we want to be sure that we are not going to crash and die in the vehicles, and to also get a baseline of what needs to be done if anything.

We are going to respect the owners privacy on his Mustang, understandably he is not impressed as some serious work needs to be done before he can even think of driving it again. Even after the restoration has been done.

The video of Adam’s inspection comments is here and will be posted on YouTube as soon as we can get to the account and upload it. The sound on the video will show just how bad the mechanical parts are, the idler arm, geometry, ball joints, grease points valance are all covered here, that’s before we inspect the brakes, engine, electrics etc.

These worn suspension parts are not supposed to move in the manner that they are.

Yep, Adam on video!

The moral of the story here is to make sure you know what you are getting. Ask other people who have had work done by other specialists to get an idea of their reputation. Lots of people claim to know what they are doing, but letting a car on the road like this is just dangerous and potentially lethal.

The blame is two-fold here, the restoration in the first place and then the person who gave the car an MOT afterwards.


Customers Cars

The Onion,

Last week we promised a big update on ‘The Onion Mustang’, and here it is. Yogi has been busy getting the panels together and wanted the car on her own wheels to get the weight right ready for gaps. Most of the parts have been powder coated to a high standard and we have had them for a little while now. Yogi and Adam inspects the new parts;

Yogi and Adam seen here fitting some very special suspension parts to this little lady;

The suspension on this car is made up of some rather clever movable parts called roller bearings. This allows the suspension to move much more in a controlled way, unlike the video above.

We have a couple of video that show what we mean;, and the movement here on the suspension is supposed to be there!

The car has also been treated to a ‘Shelby Drop’ using our own template which can be seen here with the suspension mounted below the original holes. Before you ask – no we won’t sell you one!

In order to get the correct geometry settings these car’s suspension on this year are adjustable via a cam and not use shims like the 64 – 66 cars, thus making it much quicker and a lot nicer to set up correctly.

As these parts are adjustable they did have a tendency to move on the odd occasion, to get around that we have some special parts to stop that.

These rather clever upgrades should enable the tyre to be in full correct contact with the road at all times. We must admit that we are looking forward to the road test on this suspension set up.

With the suspension in place and the rear axle bolted in the car sits on a set of (borrowed) wheels. In order to make the gaps correct Adam and Yogi placed a couple of engines in the car and a little trick the guys don’t want us to show you as it’s a Mustang Maniac secret. Now the car is a rolling shell, Yogi can set the gaps correctly and weld them up properly.


The Dreaded “C” word; yep it’s Christmas time!

At Mustang Maniac we try not mention Christmas untill December and as this is the first post of December we decided to mention it. We have already had a few early purchases of our very popular Mustang Maniac Gift Vouchers. We have had some more made up for us and are now back in stock. So if you want to buy something for that lucky person who owns a Mustang, and don’t know what to get them – then this is your dream come true to let them get what they want. They are available in £10 and £20 and can be used in the WebShop. during your purchases.

The links for the £10 voucher is here or click on the picture below.

The links for the £20 voucher is here or click on the picture below.


Exciting News from the WebShop that starts in the New Year:

Adam will be running a special offer once a month, for one week only where he will be having a promotion of a particular product. Once the product have gone, that’s the promotion done, even if it lasts for a day or two, so be quick. What will the promotional items be?

We can’t say at the moment so you will have to watch this space – or bookmark the WebShop  or copy this link to your favorites to find out!

https://mustangmaniac.co.uk/

Don’t Forget your Gift Vouchers!

John Wick Chapter 2

What a week we have had, some of which we can tell you about, some of it we can’t, not just yet anyway but we are very excited about it all. At one point so much was going on we don’t know where to start on it all. So this week we have a large post to cover some nice updates on work we are doing, some great new items in the stock and a recent project returns for a big update. We shall start with the Park & Pic we havent had for a while.

Park & Pic

We couldn’t help but throw in a tenuous link to the films, but the John Wick ’69 is back with us for a project update – an automatic gearbox to be fitted and all the associated changes that goes with it. Before we took her down the yard to the work shops, we couldn’t help ourselves to a photo or two under our stainless horse logo. Now it has to be said that this is pure, unapologetic, automotive erotica for car lovers everywhere. It has been said that if you don’t agree with us – then you are wrong, simple as that. Yes we are slightly biased as we built it, but just look at it!

Customers Cars

’66 Fast Back GT;

This car belongs to a good friend and loyal customer of ours Tony Pook who had brought his car into us for a grease service and once over. The car was making the odd creak and groans and wanted us to sort it out for him.

We replaced some sway bar end links and other bushings, then they were all re-assembled with a high quality lithium grease. Once it was all ready to go we took the car for a quick road test and all is good in the Mustang world and quiet again, except for the wonderful sound of a v8 that is.

To top it all, this car has been featured in the Mustang Owners Club Of Great Britain calendar for 2019.

Another ’66 Fastback GT;

This little lady is in for a front end suspension rebuild. The suspension on the front is a bit to low and needs to be lifted to the right height as it has affected the handling now. Hopefully that shall start that bit of work this week.

The Onion

The car has been worked on intensively for a number of days and not a lot seems to happen, then the next day panels are put on and all of a sudden we have a shell in the shop. The secret is our secret how we can build a car from ground up with no pre-marked points as they had rusted through. In this game millimeters is a considerable amount to be wrong. However our skills are obvious and this weeks piece of work shows just that. Obviously we have some small tack welds and clamps in place where the car was taken from our jig. As a convertible the body will flex a certain amount and can’t be welded when it’s up in the air as the gaps would be very wrong. That final gap work will have to be done when the car is on the free standing on the floor under her own weight.

But for now at least you can get to see the long hard prep work and endless measuring has paid of because we almost have a rolling shell.

We can tell you that Yogi has some very special suspension to go on this little lady and we will have a couple of videos of it next week for you. As Yogi and Adam are working on the car we waited for them to have a tea break and sneaked in for a peak and sneak peek of the parts. So here is a little taster and there will be a lot more on this piece of the project next week.

Watch this space!!

WebShop

We have two new products in stock;

The first product is brand new into our stock which is a brake grease which can be found here on the WebShop.

The second is a rather special component and only Mustang Maniac has access to the parts. This is the unique thermostat which was only made for the Cleveland 351 engine. There are a few not ideal work arounds for the issue, but this is the concours correct part you will need. Click here for the thermostat link on the WebShop.

This thermostat must be used with the correct restriction plate (gold colour) for the 180deg thermostat which can be found here.

If you wish to continue to use the small block thermostat you must use the restrictor plate mod, (silver coloured above). Click here for the link on the WebShop.

Did you know?

Following from last weeks post about the BMW Museum, did you know the first BMW was the English Austin Seven base design.

Come back next week for a big update on The Onion project.

Tenuous Link

We like to think that all our posts are Mustang related of some sort. We have a very tenuous link this time which could be fun as well. As Adam has arrived back in the UK we have some details of the last leg of their holidays. Just before Remembrance Day Adam & Lynn landed in Munich Germany for a few days stop over.

While they were there they popped into the BMW Museum for a look around to see the German engineering and heritage of their cars.

At the entrance they had a display of some cars that BMW have absorbed into their empire. That being of course the huge scalp of Rolls Royce and the ultimate cult icon car of the ’60’s, the Mini. Subsequent revisions of the mini have seen it turn into a Euro box with not as much character as the beloved original.

The rest is all BMWs as you would expect.

Two wheels;

Their racing pedigree featuring the infamous M3 and dipping their toes into the money void of F1;

The future?

We mentioned a tenuous link earlier and here it is. This picture was in the museum and has a mustang within it. Can you find it? (I personally think there are two in there).

To finish up the couple of days in Germany? You need to have a beer!

Editors note: I’m just glad it’s not Adam in those leather shorts! 😀

Customer Cars:

We have been asked to see more pictures of the inside of the Hertz clone with the windows kit fitted. As requested those inside shots.

The Onion Mustang

Yogi has been rebuilding The Onion Convertible and things have started to take shape. Adam had a pleasant surprise when he saw the car after a few weeks away. There is a lot of temporary work to get the full picture. Once the tiny adjustments have been made the proper welding will take place. Starting from the back;

Then to the front;


Next week we shall be back to normal with any luck. But over the last few weeks has anybody spotted a pattern with the batches of photos?

America?

Cuba;

Germany;

Answer: Not once did Adam suffer from the frizzy hair syndrome like Lynn did!

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’ 🤣🤣🤣

Lost Boxes Of Parts

This week we find Adam in the office with a big grin on his face, why? Well he had found a couple of boxes of parts that he had forgotten about. He rediscovered them while trying to make more space for some brand new stock items which we will get to a little further down the post. But first we have the Park & Pic.

Park & Pic:

This is Andy Hedley’s car that we have looked after for a while now. Andy has used this car a couple of times now for Beaujolais Run and also uses it for Charity work along with some sponsors too. So that’s a big thumbs up from Mustang Maniac.

Customers Cars:

Yogi has been working on his project; “The Onion” so far has been stripped to nothing and we have prepped the old parts we can keep with some self etc primer after some rust treatment. We have the new outer panels in boxes standing ready for fitting.

The car is not welded together with the major parts and only clamped for an idea of fit. But this is the time-consuming part as a millimetre out here or there can make a panel gap look wrong.

From the rear the same principles are applied.

Remember only the yellow etched sections are the original retained parts! This is a huge rebuild and working with just boxes of bits now to remake the car.

WebShop

We would to thank those of you for the verbal and email support we have gotten over last week’s post for the Terms and Conditions. At the top of the blog we mentioned that Adam had a big grin when he found the boxes of parts in the corner of the stock room by the office. Yes there was some new parts in there, but also some old parts he had purchased as a bulk buy a number of years ago from a Ford dealer.

These parts are going into stock too, if you are looking for those elusive original parts.

Aldan American suspension Kits – UK Supplier:

We mentioned a few weeks back that Adam has some exciting news coming soon and to watch this space about some amazing 1967 – 1970 Mustang parts. That space is now filled with the first batch of supplies and the important news that Mustang Maniac are now UK Suppliers for Aldan American suspension parts. This modern-day technology for suspension parts brings the Classic Mustang bang up to date for adjustable and customised road holding for the car and your driving style. The example here is the coil over kit for the front, with fully adjustable up or down settings which is supplied with the correct tools to adjust them. The kit comes with a full in-depth fitting guide to take the new shock tower tops.

We have scanned the sales leaflet for you here to see the range that is available for the classic Mustangs.

For further details give Adam an email at:  adam@mustangmaniac.co.uk or check the WebShop for more details as soon as we get them on there.

Peeling Off The Layers

The “Onion” Mustang has picked up a few interested comments, and yes we can confirm that we will bring the full restoration to you. Just like the “French” Mustang or the “Mastic Mustang” the car was in a bit of a mess should we say, but now they look absolutely stunning. This is again a big project from the ground up. So we kick of the post with the Park & Pic article:

This is Paul Todd’s Mach1 which has been restored using as much of the original car as possible, the paint job was done by the man himself. The car has had a set of our Magnum alloy rims on the car and they really suit it. The tyres are yet to be decided but that is just minor details. The subtle touch is the red centre caps to match the hood intakes!

The car needed a few minor additions and Yogi was seen prowling the premises and was collared into fitting some new wiper blades.

Customer Cars:

67 Fastback. Last week we showed you the poor state of the suspension arms that have now been replaced. This week Yogi has completed the under hood wiring loom and looks stock.

We are awaiting further instructions whether to continue with the rest of the restoration or hand the car back as she is, which was plan A. 🙂

The Onion Mustang

We start this update with a little selfie time that was uploaded to Facebook forum click here for the link. The guys getting stuck into the Onion and had a tea break feeling pleased with themselves.

The car has had the floor pans cut away, the front and the rear cabin sections. The Jig was custom-made by Yogi to make sure everything goes back at is should with the original factory jig holes being used. Now we can start to build her up layer by layer. Already she looks totally different.

The dash section was fine and will be used for the basis of the panel fit with the rear cabin section.

With the floor pan now out of the way, the new floor pan could be laid on the jig and married up to the jig and the existing parts.

A new sill was needed along with more metal work.

That leaves replacing the front inner metal work.

Off course none of this can be welded in place yet and is clamped and lightly tack welded just for now until we are happy with the measurements taken of the old parts. Watch this space to see how it all comes together.

WebShop Stock

We get asked now and again if we can get some Rostyle wheels for the early UK Fords. Well we listened and have a batch in stock. We have sold some already and have some left. Shall we keep them as stock or make this a one of batch? Let us know! These wheels we part of original kit for MGB, Rover and of course the early Fords. What we have here are the 15″ version and we love the look of the wheels.

Competition:

You only have a couple of hours to go before the competition deadline runs out. It’s not official this, so don’t tell Adam, but if you send them to mustangmaniacuk@gmail.com after the Midday cut off until this evening, I will sneak them onto the little stack on Adam’s desk.