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!

Competition Time!

It seems as though last weeks post was well received as we had a couple of emails suggesting we should do a competition for the best colouring in. Well, it has been agreed that we will do a little competition for all of our younger readers as well as those big kids among us. The prizes will be one of our Gift Vouchers from Mustang Maniac and a goody bag. You can send us your coloured in pics by pencils, crayons, water colours, airbrushed or Photoshop pics directly to our blog email address just for this competition: mustangmaniacuk@gmail.com  All the received entries will be judged by Adam, and as usual what he says, that will be the final ruling. The closing date for our first competition will be the mid-day 12th March 2017, and the winner will be announced a week later on the 19th March 2017 with their winning picture. There is even a temporary countdown timer on the right of the page now just to keep you advised of the days left before the closing date. Just make sure you put your contact details with your entry so we can send you the prize if you are the lucky winner. We of course would like to see where we get the entries from all around the world. Download the image from the bottom of the of the post, or click here for a link. Also, if you have any line drawings you wish to share with our readers, again send them to us on the email above and will add them to our download section and give you a shout out on the blog too.

Park & Pic

We have had a couple more pics sent to us and the next in line was Tony Pook’s lovely fastback with a superb number plate. Thanks for the Picture Tony.

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Keep those pictures coming in and we will get you on the blog as the lead picture.

Customers Cars: 

We had a ’67 fastback in with us for some work to be finished up and some maintenance. The car has been rewired by the owner and we were asked to finish under the hood wiring.

Yogi has wired the car and wrapped the loom with our own cloth tape to for that original look.

We were asked to fire the car up for a few seconds after it had been wired up. The engine had no exhaust headers fitted at this point and not a lot water in the engine.

Ever wondered what a v8 looks like firing straight out of the cylinders? Here is a very rare chance to see only a few seconds of what happens, filmed from inside the Yogi workshop.

Before you ask, yes it was a LOT louder than the video suggests!

The car is going to have the brakes overhauled and some suspension replacements. Yogi started that process of by painting the master brake reservoir before re-fitting it back into the engine.

Chris’ Project

Chris has been a busy boy getting back to bare metal in order to paint with the trusted Red Oxide paint as a base coat. The big problem he is having at the moment is the Waxoyl treatment. A hot air gun is being used as the first plan of attack to soften the goo up and then scrape it off. That’s all before the paint even starts to come off.

 

Colouring In Competition Sheet. 

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Get colouring in and send us your entries, enjoy and have fun.