Menancing Mustang

This week has been all about tidying up the yard and there is some stuff we have been meaning to do for a long time now. We were recently asked how the new pups were getting on. We can say that Aria and Cleo are happy and have now made themselves more than comfortable in their new home with their mum Shelby in the yard area. They have already got into the pack instinct and patrol the yard very well with that natural guard dog instinct so natural to to them.

Customers Cars

We have been working on a cowl rust project for a little while now and we like to think that we are one of the few people who can do this without ruining the car. The cowl is notorious for holding water and will rust through if not looked after and the drain points kept clear.

The lower cowl has been treated and painted on the inside to match the colour of the car and the underside for the interior of the car.

The upper and lower parts of the cowl are then in effect matched together so there are no unsightly gaps before they are welded together. This process takes time to fit the lower cowl to the car, then the upper cowl has to be matched to both the parts. This is the skill and levels of dedication that you cant even see make the difference. You just know it’s done properly by Mustang Maniac.

The upper cowl is treated on the underside that you don’t see and the edges are prepped ready for the shaping and the welding. Here the parts are clamped and final checks for overall location before the welding.

There are a number of ways to weld this together that we won’t go into by some of our competitors, but we do it properly to replicate the look and feel of the time.

Here is a short video of that process.

The last part of the process is the crucial strengthening brackets for the inner fenders to the cowl. This is a critical area of the car for stability of the chassis.

The last part of the process will be the prep work for the paint and then put it all back together again.

Our Cars

There are few sounds that send shivers down your spine when you hear them, one of those is Yogi’s ’69 427ci menacing Mustang on tick over. We found this old clip and decided to share with you what we mean, a car you hear before you see it. Turn the volume up and tell us what you think, this is seriously awesome.

To complement the video we have this clip of Yogi at one of his favourite haunts; Santa Pod Drag Strip. Although he annihilated the competition, Yogi was not happy as his wheels couldn’t get grip to launch of the line properly. That was confirmed but the data print out, but he decided to trash the tyres and run again, and again just because he could. Listen to the Yogi ride on full chat again awesome.

Have you taken your car down Santa Pod or any other Drag Strip? Send us some pics and we will get them on the blog for you.

On The Way

We kick of this week with the continuation of the BRC (Blue Racing Coupe), we promised from last week. The back of the project was the focus this time and we knew there was going to be a fair bit of work to do. With the car up on stands and the fuel tank removed it was easier to what the metal was like inside for a detailed analysis.

 

It became clear that the trunk side drops would need replacing and the rear chassis legs needed to be looked at carefully with the drop sides removed. The bottom of the rear quarters were needing some attention as well, but not in such a bad shape as we first thought.

 

With the metal removed it was easier to see the chassis rails, and they did indeed need replacing in substantial sections to be on the safe side.

 

With the rear light panel also removed it makes life so much easier to work on and measure accurately.

 

The rails were welded into place and treated as per the standard practice. The welding clamps were put in place ready for a dry fitting of the rear panel and wheel arches before the final welding takes place. unfortunately the bottom sections of the wheels arches were in a poor state and couldn’t be saved, the top parts were fine so to save disturbing more than was required, they would be cut and welded into place.

 

The drop panels were fitted and welded after the arches, where the red oxide was applied to protect the metal for years to come. A seam sealer was applied to the joins to give that stock look and provide a layer of protection to these vulnerable areas.

 

The fuel tank was replaced for a finished look. The bumper anchor points also needed some work as they had also gotten a little thin and not as we wanted them to be.

The cars major structural components have now been completed front to back and now it’s a case of getting ready for the stage of the restoration as only Mustang Maniac knows how.

Primrose Coupe:

A recent new customer was so pleased with the work we had done on his car that he decided to take the car on a driving holiday. That car is Primrose as she is known now had a few issues around the engine tuning and the brakes dragging, all which were sorted out without problems, along with a few other minor niggles at the same time. But before she went on her trip a little loving was bestowed upon the paint job at our yard. The car paint was flattened to remove the old surface imperfections and polished to a smooth finish ready for a proper gloss.

 

Some top quality Carnauba wax was hand applied and buffed to that rich gloss finish we all want.

 

We have received an email of the car on her travels through Brittany and she does look great we have to say.

Send us some pics of your car on your travels and we suspect that we would post in on our blog for you.

Take To The Floor

This week has been busy for the office with the phone ringing constantly, unfortunately most of the esquires again are around our stock levels. For the people who already know how Mustang Maniac Webshop works as an online part supplier, we can only apologise to bring this up again. We can only keep reiterating that if our WebShop says it’s “Currently in stock” then it certainly in stock there is no need to confirm by calling us. We completed a stock check only a month or so ago and we are fully itemised for accurate stock levels. Our invoice system will update the stock levels are updated instantly as we pick the parts from the shelves. So if the last item is picked before you order the part the it will show as ‘Currently out of stock’ then that item has been sold. Just refresh your browser to double-check before ordering. We hope that can allay your fears so your don’t need to call us and check.

Customers Cars:

Back to the cars more in particular the “BRC” (Blue Race Car). The car has now had the floor pan replaced, which is a critical part of the car for structure and how the car will eventually go back together again.

The floor pan was removed and there was a sigh of relief as the main chassis parts were in much better shape than we expected. This will save considerable time to refit the floor pan. The down side is some of the strengthening box sections were rotten and needed to be fabricated back into place. The side sills were in pretty good condition but only needed a little patch here and there certainly nothing much to worry about.

While the floor pan is out the main job is to protect the metal on the chassis, so the red oxide is out and all internal parts are given a good coat for protection.

The floor pan itself was the full pan and not the sections in this rebuild case, that means less welds and more cleaner metal all round.

The floor was then treated to yet more red oxide for internal protection.

With the pan allowed to dry and cure the seat bases were fitted into place.

With the major panel replaced and the floor coated that’s the main work completed for the middle section regarding the panels of course.

The rear section is the target for the next phase, we suspect there will be a fair amount of work to be done there as well.

Other Mustang News

Ford has introduced the retro-inspired ‘Pony Package’ for the 2018 Mustang EcoBoost.

Designed to give a nod to the nameplate heritage with its grille-mounted pony-in-corral badge design, the Pony Package also includes 19-inch polished aluminium wheels, bright belt line and window trim for the fastback model, premium carpeted floor mats with Ebony embroidered pony logo, side stripes on lower body sides, and tri-bar pony badge on rear deck lid appliqué.

The front badge is like the iconic Mustang logo from 50 years ago, surrounded in a chrome corral. The badge design first appeared in the mid-1960s and has appeared in various forms since, last used as part of an anniversary package for 2015.

The 2018 Ford Mustang heads to dealerships this October. Expect pricing for the Pony Package to be announced closer to the sports car’s launch later this year. Mustang Maniac are quite pleased to see the Corral back on the cars again. We have added little article which is on many websites so we thought we could also make it easier to be found here, or see the Articles Menu above.

From Dearborn, Michigan:

Part 1 – Ford becomes the official sponsor of Woodward Cruise

Ford is building on its rich history of iconic cars and community building as presenting sponsor of the 2017 Woodward Dream Cruise, America’s largest annual celebration of automotive history and culture.

This year’s Woodward Dream Cruise takes place Aug. 19 and is expected to attract more than 1.2 million people and 40,000 cars.

“Dream Cruise is all about the sheer joy and freedom of the automobile, and Ford has always celebrated car culture,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford Vice President, U.S. Marketing Sales and Service. “From Fiesta to GT, we’re obsessed with making driving fun and we’re committed to celebrating that passion with enthusiasts of all ages in the birthplace of motoring.”

In addition to backing the Dream Cruise, Ford is also bringing back Mustang Alley for its 19th year. This year’s Mustang Alley will be the largest ever, featuring even more examples of the iconic muscle car, including the new 2018 Mustang, which hits dealer showrooms later this year. All Mustang owners are welcome to take part in this celebration by registering for Mustang Alley here.

Ford Mustang has long held a special place in the history of American cars and the Woodward Dream Cruise. In 1995, the Dream Cruise’s inaugural year, the top-performing Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R was noteworthy for its 300 horsepower 5.8-liter V8. Today, a 2017 Ford Performance Mustang Shelby® GT350R features 526 horsepower and a 5.2-liter flat plane crank V8 that is both the most power-dense and the most powerful naturally aspirated road-going engine in Ford history.

In addition to the fun-to-drive Ford Mustang GT350 and GT350R, Ford Performance also offers a wide lineup of vehicles to meet almost any budget or terrain, including Fiesta ST, Focus ST, F-150 Raptor and the Ford GT supercar with a top speed of 216 mph – the highest ever for any Ford production vehicle.

The fun of driving can be even more thrilling for first-time drivers. To help newly licensed drivers master their vehicles, Ford is bringing its award-winning Driving Skills For Life program to the Woodward Dream Cruise for the first time. Young enthusiasts and new drivers will get the opportunity to learn safe driving techniques with the help of a new virtual reality app with Ford Driving Skills for Life. The educational experience is being hosted by Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company.

“We are elated to have Ford Motor Company’s commitment to the Woodward Dream Cruise, and we look forward to working together on this annual tradition that puts our region in the national and international spotlight,” said Tony Michaels, executive director, Woodward Dream Cruise. “Ford consistently strives to make the Detroit region stronger, and we are incredibly grateful for their partnership.”

From Dearborn, Michigan:

Part 2. – More rubber meets the road later this year when Ford expands the availability of electronic line-lock on 2018 Mustang. The track-exclusive feature – previously available only on V8-powered Mustang GT – will be standard on all pony cars, including those equipped with 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engines.

The feature is available with either the 10-speed SelectShift® automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

On models equipped with an available 12-inch, all-digital instrument display, drivers will see an industry-first, video-game-like animation of a spinning alloy wheel kicking up a cloud of smoke to indicate when the electronic line-lock feature is activated.

“Burnouts just never get old, no matter how old you are and how many times you’ve done them,” said Vaughn Gittin Jr., Formula Drift Champion. “Who would have thought that we would see an EcoBoost Mustang producing 15 seconds of fury like this? You’ve got to love these rad things Ford is doing.”

To introduce the new updates to the world, Vaughn randomly recruited pedestrians, (you really to have to watch the video to see the looks on their faces), in Southern California to join him at Irwindale Speedway, where he put them behind the wheel of a new Mustang to lay rubber.

Electronic line-lock is traditionally used by drag racers ahead of the starting line to heat up the tire rubber for improved traction when the start light goes green. The feature leverages state-of-the-art software technology that also allows amateur race car drivers, particularly those competing in bracket racing, to achieve more consistent performance times.

Using steering wheel-mounted thumb switches, a driver toggles through a menu on the instrument cluster to activate electronic line-lock. Once engaged, the system builds pressure on the front brake calipers. Another button press holds the pressure for up to 15 seconds, allowing the driver to hit the throttle and spin the rear wheels while the car stays in place.

“We introduced line-lock on EcoBoost Mustangs because we didn’t want those customers to miss out,” said Mark Schaller, Ford Mustang marketing manager. “The number of people choosing EcoBoost power continues to grow globally, and with the increased torque and new features coming on the new Mustang, customers will not be disappointed.”

Electronic line-lock is one of many changes fans will see when the newest version of the iconic pony car races into showrooms later this year, offering:

  • A sleeker design featuring a more athletic stance, with new front and rear end for a leaner, meaner look.
  • More advanced technology, including the available 12-inch, all-digital instrument cluster that can be customised, MyMode with memory function that remembers driving preferences, and new driver-assist features such as Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection for increased confidence behind the wheel.
  • Improved performance with powerful engine upgrades, plus an all-new available 10-speed automatic transmission for quicker shift times and improved fuel economy, as well as available MagneRide suspension for optimum handling, and available active valve performance exhaust for Mustang GT for more control.

We are pleased to see the new functions – only to be used responsibly of course. However, if you have enough power and know what you are doing, you don’t need line lock!  😉

Tight Fit

We pick up this week straight away with our customer’s cars and a resurrection of the project ’70 fastback with work being undertaken ready for the rear quarter panels to go back on. As Yogi has the new doors in place while the old rear quarters were in place we had a solid template to work from in order to align the “B” Pillars up correctly. A gap critical part of the process that has to be right first time.

With some clamps in place the pillars can be spot welded fully into place properly once Yogi was happy with the gaps. This is a slow time-consuming process to make sure the door opens and closes consistently before the final welding up. Rumour has it Yogi missed a tea break! With that the rear quarters were dry fitted and aligned up with the rear light panels and the B pillars. This can take hours and hours, as a tiny adjustment at one end will be a big adjustment at the other end of such a large panel. Tweaks to the panels and how they fit is normal, this is where the skill and experience of Yogi comes into its own.
rusty101With everything in place after a whole day it was all welded into place which just left the prep work for the rear quarters. Blocking down and filler work to make the insides ready for paint before being assembled onto the car.
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French Convertible:

The last few posts has seen the new engine being readied for fitting back into the car. The final prep for the water and oil ways were made and double checking of the timing chain and cams etc. Not that we need to of course, it’s just a habit we have to crank by hand to make sure everything will be as it should.

The polished inlet manifold is fitted and torqued down into place and finally the coated headers are dry fitted to make sure that all the bolts are fine to be tightened up. Nothing worse than struggling with the engine in the engine bay with little room to work in.
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With everything checked and the headers removed again the engine was lowered into place and attached the engine mounts.

The headers were lifted into place and bolted on properly. We knew this was going to be a tight fit and we weren’t wrong.

With the engine set in place the gearbox was a straight forward lift into place and bolt up. The hand brake and other hardware was also fitted into place.

Speaking of rumours it has been said that somebody took a picture of Yogi working on a carb in the other work-shop that was apparently having trouble with the jetting.
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Only Joking Yogi! (We hope this doesn’t upset the Yogi Fan Club)

We had to study the above pic a while before we realised it was indeed a fake pic sent to us. How did we know it’s not our Yogi? Simple – It’s not a Snap-On wrench being used. Ahem – Moving swiftly on.
Where Adam is currently on a short break it has been said that the beers were free. Needless to say the afore-mentioned hospitality has been taken full advantage of so we hear.
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Pups:

We have a couple of great pics of the pups where Enos and PJ wanted to say hello.

WebShop:

The feedback from last weeks WebShop update has been very positive and we are pleased with the responses from existing customers as well as general comments. Please let us know if you have any ideas how we can improve your Mustang Maniac experience with us.

Hope you liked the post as much as Daisy did!

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Enos Is Coming

At Mustang Maniac we offer the best quality products at the best prices, we always have done and will continue to do so, and we even have them in stock. Yet again we are increasing our high quality stock range, and these ever-increasing parts storage containers have even started to creep into the offices now. I’m not sure how, but they have.

Note to self; Find more storage space, again!

What is Enos? Due to the odd enquiry along the lines of “do you have the <what ever> part any cheaper?” as they can’t get that same part from anywhere else. We have thought long and hard about this and decided to stock a more limited range of parts we are calling our “Enos Range“. These Enos parts are stocked and intended for the more careful Mustang owners,  or for those on a more limited budget for their restoration project. These Enos parts are not quite up to our superior quality of our normal stock parts, but they will still do the job they are intended for of course. Some other suppliers may already be offering parts which will be similar to our new Enos Range, not the equivalent of our high-end range of products. The Enos parts range will be in stock and updated for availability on our WebShop which will change on a regular basis, so be sure to keep checking out the deals as we get them. It could well be that once that stock is gone, there could well be a delay before we replace that range again, if we ever do replenish that stock line again. If we are repairing or restoring your car, we will use the best parts we can, but if you want to use our Enos parts range and we have them in stock, we can use them to suit your budget.

So, for those customers who have asked us if we have anything cheaper and it’s actually in stock, then you will soon have a choice of stock quality and prices. This will be an initial trial run for us to see how things go. Mustang Maniac has again listened to your welcomed feedback and responded, we are willing to give it go for you.  

Customers Cars:

The Belgium convertible is getting some Yogi time on the rear section. The rear inner arches were cut away to the good parts, and the rotten parts were replaced with new metal. This would also expose the rear trunk drop to see if they need any welding, which of course they did.

He offered the parts up and cut them back, which were then dry fitted with clamps to the frame then the rear quarters offered up.

Once he was happy he would tack into place, remove the quarter and weld the arches properly.

This means the quarters will be a perfect fit ready to be braised in place. Sam was there to apply a good application of Red Oxide to the inner parts that are not even seen from the outside. This is our commitment to the levels of quality in our work.

In fact Yogi is so pleased with his work he decided to put little note on the car as he knew the pic could well be on the blog. We are sure it was something he had been eating during the day to cause this “funny mood” he was in, perhaps it’s the mating season, who knows?

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However, we would like to remind customers: Please do NOT to feed the Yogi in the workshops if you see him. We don’t wish to encourage this sort of behaviour! 🙂

Rusty Vs Yogi:

The ’70 fast back has been getting some new floor parts now after Yogi cut the floors out and the front chassis legs.  Sam treated with the Red Oxide and Yogi got on the seam sealer. A fair bit of work over the week, slow painstaking work that has to be right first time.

’67 Fast Back rewire

Adam and Yogi were seen discussing a ’67 fast back that was going through an American Autowire wire harness replacement. They were discussing the modification to the wire loom to take a standard alternator and not a One Wire alternator. This would require a number additional wires to cater for it. The result will be great as original equipment will be used with a brand new loom with additional functionality built-in.

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We recommend these kits and used quite a few now for our own projects, if the demand is there we may even start to stock these kits as an item, They don’t come cheap and definitely not an Enos part.

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Acapulco Coupe.

This has been going very well and lots of interior parts have been fitted, the aircon unit, centre console, kick panels, trunk back etc. We have even sold our first Enos part to Mart which was just a dead simple 15″ steering wheel cover for his wood wheel. Not that he wants it full-time of course, it’s just to stop any knocks while in and out of the workshops or MOT.

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 The Enos spec wheel cover does not particularly look out-of-place, and it will do its job.

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Who is the Yogi?

This week has been a productive week with the “Rust In Piece” project coming along well with the front end now been replaced and put back together again. The final welding and clean ups of the welds are to be done this week if all goes to plan. The underside chassis legs front and rear are in place and welded up to the new floor give the structural integrity back to the car.

The rear section has been strengthened with the rails under the light panel being replaced ready for the rear valance to be refitted.

Customer Cars:

The race car project has been worked on this week by Yogi with him busy refitting the front suspension and steering being fitted.

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Just for Fun:

Ok, as much as we hate to admit it, we have been asked for a picture of our “Yogi” as it’s an unusual name. You may be surprised to know that Yogi is not his real name of course, oh and he doesn’t live in Jellystone Park either, but we will oblige those couple of emails by posting a picture as requested. Yogi can often be seen lurking around multiple Mustangs in his cave, if you stray into his cave make sure you shut the door behind you, he don’t like getting cold! However, we would kindly ask any of our very welcome visitors to our workshops, please do not to feed the bear!

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In fact we may even start a Mustang Maniac Yogi Fan Club!

Quiz:

A while ago now we posted a small picture of a car and asked for you to let us know what you think it is. We decided it’s about time we done another one. We think this is pretty difficult, so we will give you a clue, this car is a “real one off”!

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We will see how it goes, before we give the answer to this one, maybe next week or two.

We’re The Good Guys!

Recently, like the day before, we were asked if we could make a 5oth wedding anniversary that little bit special and provide a car to take them to their venue. Of course we thought 50th anniversary for the Mustang too, so why not. We started to dust off the Shelby as you do, but got told that was not what they had in mind. They would like a “little style and class”, we agreed so we continued to clean the Shelby. Apparently this was wrong, then came the subtle hint, “They were thinking more along the lines of a Rolls Royce!” Yeah, we can do that. So we cleaned the roller and got her ready for the evenings chauffeuring, slightly disgruntled we put the Shelby away again. No sooner had we cleaned the Roller than our resident mouser jumped onto the warm bonnet and proceeded to make herself comfortable! We know these Rollers per like a kitten but….

We picked up the special couple and took them to where they needed to go and they seemed to enjoyed their evening of luxury travel and chauffer. It was our pleasure to help make their 50th wedding anniversary a memorable one by playing a small part during their celebrations. Just for once, we turned out to be the good guys.

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Cars:

We have a couple of cars to be collected this week and they have had a little clean and ready for the road.

The ’66 Coupe has had some work done to the rear end and we have been showing of our metalwork skills. The trunk curved plate that leads to the fuel tank was a rusty and pretty thin and any welding wouldn’t have taken to well. We tracked down an old replacement part, but the profile was wrong as it was angular rather than the gentle curve it should be. So we found another part with the correct profile, unpicked the welds and made it all fit together nicely with the other great work being done in the trunk. With the trunk floor sorted properly and looking correct, we started to prep the left side rear quarter panel now all the leading has been removed.