In A Galaxie Far Far Away

Well it’s not so far away as you think, it’s Mustang Maniac headquarters actually. Adam has increased his stock levels again, not just in the WebShop we are talking about his expanding fleet of classic cars. Adam owns a fair number of Mustangs, Shelbys, Falcons, Fairlane and now a Galaxie 500!

This new addition is pretty much as it was on the day it was built, apart from the wheels and few under hood tweaks we come to expect these days.

Until you sit inside one of these beasts it’s hard to imagine just how big the car actually is! This is a change from the usual Ford builds as the Galaxie had a full chassis and a body shell that sat on top of it. So under body work can be quite easy to sort out, providing you have the equipment to take the body off. When Adam was asked what are you going to do with it? “I’m not sure yet, but I’m looking forward to doing what ever it is.” The car drives nice and is solid, the engine is fine, but has a misfire when cold, nothing we can’t handle of course. For now this huge car is taking up plenty of space in the shed.

A customer who saw the size of the trunk said, “You could rent that out as a mobile home, or divide it into two and rent out a couple of Semis.”

The interior is fantastic place to be, with a full bench seat that feel like an old friend arm-chair.

The dash has a light found on some of the Ford models, a “Cold light” to the right of the clock. This was to warn you the engine was (obviously) cold and not up to full operating temperature. Until then they can be a little “grumpy” as they are sometimes referred too. To be honest that goes for most cars.

And the copious spaced engine bay.

A little history of the Galaxie 500 1965 – 1968:

The 1965 Galaxie was an all-new design, featuring vertically stacked dual headlights. The cars were taller and bulkier than the previous year’s. The new top-of-the-line designation was the Galaxie 500 LTD. Engine choices were the same as 1964, except for an all-new 240 cu in (3.9 L) six-cylinder engine replacing the 1950s-era 223 “Mileage-Maker” six and the 352 was now equipped with dual exhausts and a four-barrel carburetor.

Suspension on the 1965 models was redesigned. Replacing the former leaf-spring rear suspension was a new three-link system, with coil springs. Interiors featured a new instrument panel and two-way key system were introduced. The introduction of two keys was for valet parking, in that the rounded head key would only open the trunk or locked glove compartment, while the squared head key would unlock the doors and the ignition.

A new model was introduced for 1966; the Galaxie 500 7 Litre, fitted with a new engine, the 345 hp 428 cu in (7.0 L) Thunderbird V8. This engine was also available on the Ford Thunderbird. The police versions received a 360 hp version of the 428 known as the ‘Police Interceptor’ as police cars. The 1966 body style was introduced in Brazil as a 1967 model; it had the same external dimensions throughout its lifetime until Brazilian production ended in 1983. Safety regulations for 1966 required seat belts front and rear on all new cars sold domestically. The Galaxie 500 would be the #3-selling convertible in the U.S. in 1966, with 27,454 sold; it was beaten by the Mustang (at 72,119, by more than 2:1) and by the Impala at 38,000. A parking brake light on the dashboard and an AM/FM radio was optional. The 1966 LTD dropped the Galaxie name.

For 1967, the 7 Litre model no longer carried the Galaxie name; it was to be the last year of it being separately identified. That identification was mainly trim such as horn ring and dashboard markings as well as the “Q” in the Vehicle Identification Number. The 7 Litre for 1967 was a trim and performance option on the Ford XL, which was now a separate model as well. Little else changed, except for trim and the styling; the same engines were available, from the 240 cu. inch six-cylinder to the 428 cu. inch V8. Modifications to the styling included adding a major bend in the center of the grille and making the model less “boxy” than the 1966 model. An 8-track tape cartridge player became an option with the back-up lights being standard.

For 1967 all Fords featured a large, padded hub in the center of the plastic steering wheel, along with an energy-absorbing steering column (introduced late into the 1967 model year), padded interior surfaces, recessed controls on the instrument panel, and front outboard shoulder belt anchors. Another safety related change was the introduction of the dual brake master cylinder used on all subsequent Galaxies (and other Ford models in fact).

The 1968 model had a new grille with headlights arranged horizontally, although the body was essentially the same car from the windshield back. The ‘long hood, short deck’ style with a more upright roofline and a notchback rear was followed too, as was the new trend for concealed headlights on the XL and LTD. One other change for 1968 was that the base V8 engine increased from 289 to 302 cu in (4.9 L). Standard equipment included courtesy lights, a cigarette lighter, a suspended gas pedal, and padded front seat backs. The 1968 models featured additional safety features, including side marker lights and shoulder belts on cars built after December 1, 1967. The 1967 model’s large steering wheel hub was replaced by a soft “bar” spoke that ran though the diameter of the wheel (and like the 1967 style, was used throughout the Ford Motor Company line).

Did you know?

The notorious gangster brothers Ronnie & Reggie Kray from the East End of London during the 60’s, they also used to own a gold coloured 1964 Galaxie 500 as one of their “firm” cars. Oh, when we say “gangsters” we mean genuine gangsters, not boys wearing hoodies with their jeans hanging half way round their thighs, struggling to verbally communicate the use of the English language while “giving it the large” trying to be, what they never will be. (rant over).

Customers Cars:

A returning visit from a good customer of ours and has won many trophies it her time. She is here for a general service and once over to make sure all is OK, especially on such a rare and genuine car.

Other News:

Not only was Adam buying a Galaxie, he bought (another) tool box. Why? It’s fairly obvious why we think.

It’s not new, but it’s in great condition as well as a limited edition of 300 signed by the man himself, Carroll Shelby!

Office:

This photo here shows that on Thursday we hit a new record!

Yes you really did read that correctly – 400 calls to the office at the time the picture was taken late Thursday afternoon this week. We do admit this is more exceptional than the rule to be fair, so taking that into account we done some maths for you.

400 calls over an 8 hour day that’s 50 calls and hour, almost 1 call a minute. If you take it that most calls last 3 – 4 minutes if your lucky, that would mean we need 3 people in the office just to answer the phones on that day. We wouldn’t mind – but most of the calls recently have been trying to sell us something or, “I bought this from [somewhere else] and I can’t get it to fit – how do I do I fit it?” Now we try to help our genuine customers where we can, but we can’t think of any other service that will support other products for free, especially if they are not purchased from that vendor. The sad thing is a lot of these calls are from people we have never dealt with before and trying to get free support from us.

There is now a new process in the office due to the success of the WebShop business. The orders are processed and packaged in the morning ready for the couriers to pick up the packages just after lunch each day. It’s not until after two in the afternoon that the phones get attended to. In theory there shouldn’t be any calls regarding the stock levels as we keep saying; the WebShop is accurate for stock levels, there is no need to call and check with us, honestly. If it’s a special order we will certainly deal with that for you, again by email is your best bet.

The trouble is that if Adam is answering the phones – there is one person less doing the work on the cars. However, Adam has his phone connected to the network and pics up his emails throughout the day and will respond to you.

We are in the process of holding even more stock now and had to create another storage space, we will bring you photo’s of that next week along with the new large item dispatch area. We have some new wheels in stock and we shall be putting them on the blog next week too.

Race And Back To Road Again

We see many cars at Mustang Maniac that have been turned into “Street Racers” or “Drag Strip Racers” very effectively, but not many have been turned back into the road cars they once were. We have such a car with those very intentions to be a road car again now for a little while. We can now start to bring you regular updates on that process as it goes along. The process has been a long one so far as the car had to be stripped back to metal in order to see what is there, or not there in the case of some metal parts, and then repair her. We came up with a name for her, not very original we admit, but it suits her; Blue Race Coupe or the “BRC” which sounds much better.

There are some dead give aways this was a race car, the biggest hint was the “Spool” diff. In other words the diff was “welded up” so that each wheel will turn at the same time irrespective of the tyre load and power transfer. Great on a track for lots of traction, but on the road the tyres will squeal and drag round corners and makes the car feel a handful should we say. The other little sign is the additional cooling at the front of the main cooling radiator.

We are pretty sure this lady has had a hard life in the past and has been attacked in a big way by the dreaded rust worm. Nowhere near as bad as bad as some we restorations that we have sorted out in the past. So with the engine and gearbox out we had a look around her to see initially what was going to be needed to fix her back up again. The inner battery apron and chassis legs were by far the worst sections and would need some serious work.

The original C4 gearbox had been replaced a C6 manual with the floor pan pretty much cut open and welded back up around it, in order to make it fit.

Inside the floor pans were patches on patches and much of the structural fabrication was rotten through, so with that and the damage to the tunnel section considered, it was decided to take the floor out and replace it for a new one. This is usually much more cost-effective and it’s all fresh metal too. In addition we can then see exactly what we were dealing with for structural integrity.

The trunk section was also in a bad way along with the drop offs and inner wheel arches, but we believe we can save much of the outer quarters.

So after the initial inspection by Adam and Yogi, it was time to start work on her, starting at the front. The inner apron on the right was cut away and exposed damaged chassis legs. Sheared bolts for the bumper irons brackets would need to be cut out and re-fabricated.

New metal welded into place and ground down for the chassis legs, the insides were treated with red oxide to prevent rusting from the inside out.

The new inner apron was fitted and also treated in red oxide paint. In fact all the new metal or welded parts were covered with red oxide.

Next week the BRC will get a new floor pan, what will we find under her then?

WebShop

At last years SEMA show Adam found more exclusive parts for Mustang Maniac to stock the WebShop up with. One of those was a prototype steering wheel he liked the look of. Well, that order has been partly filled with the first of the production line with 13.75″ diameter and finished in billet with a leather grip. The mounting boss is also made especially for this wheel.

As with all our new stock we will trial these on a car and make sure it lives up to our highest standards. So we had a volunteer who agreed to trial it for us, he didn’t need much encouragement by the way! So here it is fitted to the first gen Mustang, the first in the country.

From the WebShop a new pic for the Mustang Maniac “Core” left to right; Adam, Morgan and Yogi (Allan) as he is sometimes referred to.

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.

Bonding

After the car show at Enfield Pageant we had another fairly local show and a trip out where the recently resprayed ’65 Coupe had her debut after a little upgrade, but more of that later. Our Park & Pic stash of photos are almost depleted, mostly our fault as we forgot to take the pics in the busy times when our customers come to collect their cars, so please send us some photos of your car at our yard, either old or new and we will make a feature of it for you.

Park & Pic

This ’67 fastback is a recent purchase for our customer and just needed a few tweaks and once over. This is a fantastic colour that the pictures really don’t do it justice, from the shade to the sun the colour really pops out at you. Under the hood the sparkle of bling complements the paintwork and works well on this car.

Fresh Paint:

We have lance’s Gulf Stream Aqua fresh back from her new paint job back into us to have the front and rear glass bonded in. Althouh this is not technically correct for the cars it ensures that there are no leaks and we think it finishes the chrome to metal of well. The glass has to be carefully removed and then fitted back into place with the trim and the bonding sealing agent. The white pearl stripes on this car were sprayed on and that means there is no hard edges to see or feel when cleaning and waxing.

The aerial was to be replaced with a nice new billet job, to do this most of the time you have to remove the splash guards to get to wires if there is an after market electric aerial fitted like this had. Replacing the splash guards with fresh rubber seals is a cheap enough option and is a worthwhile change to remove any rusty guards and clean out behind the guards too.

The is a downside to all of this? Your car cover needs a hole in it to make it fit properly.

Hertford Castle 

Lance and Paul took a day out to the countryside to Hertford Castle where a fairly local meet was being held. The scenery provided the opportunity for an exceptional photo. Nice work guys! We would to have this as the lead pic on the blog this week, but we promised if you have a Park & Pic that takes the lead!

Meanwhile at the bear cave, Yogi’s car was out of the cave in order to work in the sun too.

Fathers Day

Next Sunday is Fathers Day on 18th June. If you are stuck for an idea what to get in order to spoil that special man in your life, how about a gift voucher for his Mustang? It sure beats knocks the spots off a another bundle of socks! The best bit, he can order online while he is having his breakfast in bed!

Click here for the £10 vouchers or cut & paste this link to your browser:    https://mustangmaniac.co.uk/part/74/8051/__10_gift_voucher

Click here for the £20 vouchers or cut & paste this link to your browser:    https://mustangmaniac.co.uk/part/74/8052/__20_gift_voucher

Euro Update

If you are thinking by the heading that Mustang Maniac are going to talk politics, you are very wrong. We are pleased to announce that we have some new stock for a European look upgrade to our popular custom-made LED lighting kits. But first we start with the Park & Pic.

Park & Pic

This Coupe owned by Steve has had a little upgrade on the front suspension. Steve supplied us with the wheels and the tyres so we could set the geo up on the car after the suspension swap out.

First out was the was the old springs, shocks and perches removed which have seen better days regarding wear and tear.

The perches had the upgraded Shelby suspension springs which are stiffer and lower the front of the car a little to give that more neutral body stance. The front sway bar was upgraded to a 1″ bar which will improve the handling of the car no end with the new performance springs and shocks.

WebShop:

We mention that we have now had a Euro version of our popular LED circuit boards for the early Mustangs. These boards have multiple options of sequences you can choose from via a button on the circuit board itself. We were asked if these were available so we had a new batch made to see what the reaction was like. We have already sold a few sets, so if you see them on a Mustang, the chances are they are from us. If you wanted to see them click here for the hyper link, or cut and paste the link here into your browser.

https://mustangmaniac.co.uk/part/36/8928/euro_led_65-66_sequential_flash

Euro LED 65-66 sequential flash

We have uploaded the video to our YouTube channel and the video is also here. Or click our YouTube logo to the go the channel.

Our YouTube Channel “MustangManiacUK”

We have had a request, it was only a single request for a Yogi pic – we suspect it was from Yogi’s wife, sorry ladies – but he’s taken. But we have one of the bear working on his own car which was also posted on our Facebook pages too.

To answer a Question:

We were asked if our light weight indoor covers would fit the new Mustangs too.

Yep – they do.

Duxford Car Show 2017

Last week we were at a car show on the Sunday at the Imperial War Museum Duxford which didn’t get of to the best of starts should we say, but will explain why a little later. For the Park & Pic section, we have reduced the numbers down to a remaining few now, so please send us some more and we will post them right here for you.

Park & Pic

This weeks park and pic is owned by Rob who has taken 4 years of dedication to restore his 1967 Coupe. Rob has only bought the car down to us for a the finishing touches to sort out some running issues with an engine tune up, service, wheel alignment and to check the brakes and adjust them as required. A final once over for him and road test to make sure all is as it should be. A good job with his build and we hope he has many years of enjoyment with her.

The Duxford Car Show 2017:

The opening time for the show is 10am most people get there around 9am to avoid the inevitable traffic queue there is every year. The entrance that is used is one of the smaller entrances and a couple of booths to take the entrance money. At 8:15am the reserve car park was full and only then did the booth operators turn up to take the money. The entrance fee was £12.60 which is ridiculous as that means virtually every car had to stop, wait for change and proceed through. It would have been better to charge £12 or £13 to keep the traffic moving. There we a few angry people there not wishing to wait. In fact some of the owners had been waiting 2 1/2 hours by the time they managed to get in. There was an outside the show area impromptu meet up and people were looking at the cars in the queues. People were getting out of their cars to argue with the officials that were letting in cars directly from the main road, before the cars that were waiting in rows. It got quite heated with organisers threatening to remove people. One guy said “how are gonna do that when we are wedged in the middle of this field for hours?” Needless to say the woman in charge was lost for words with a very valid point. There was even a bout of car moving to allow other cars to turn around and go back home refusing to wait to get into the show for hours on end.

Once inside there was lots of cars, but not the same quality as previous years in our opinion. We made our way round to the Mustang designated area which was the same as last years, next to the American Hanger. There was lots of Mustangs to look at with plenty of new(er) models, not quite so many older models. One of our cars there was our genuine Shelby Hertz, we lost count of the number of times we asked if it was an original.

Some other stands included the Corvette guys;

Some Japanese & German (rather a lot of Mercedes) representations;

There was the UK guys;

There was an area where non club members were parked, everything from exotic Italians to random Mini based military vehicle.

The day was overcast with the odd outbreak of sunshine, but it was chilly with the wind across the open fields. We decided to leave early as did a number of other cars. Seriously though Duxford, if you want this show to be a continued success you really do need to sort out the logistics!

Customers Cars: 

We have Chris’ coupe that has taken on a whole new look with the red oxide paint.

WebShop:

Adam has found in his boxes of goodies this rather rare and original option part; a cruise control. It has all the parts and the paper work for fitting too. At this moment it’s not for sale, but if you wave a nice amount of cash under Adam’s nose, as he would say – “It could be yours!”

We are expecting a couple of cars back from paint soon and we will have some pics of those for you soon. Remember to send us your ride pics and we will post them for you. 🙂

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.