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

Restocking Of New & Old Items

A very busy week with work resumed on lots of projects and a little something that we don’t normally do. We have some very important news regarding our WebShop, lots more new stock with bling for an EcoBoost Mustang requested by popular demand. But we start with the Park & Pic of our first Non Mustang!

Park & Pic

This is particular car is owned by a very good customer of ours who also owns a Mustang fastback that we look after for him on a regular basis. As a favour we will service other American Classics cars on the condition that there is no rush for us to complete the work, and you are a good customer. It probably doesn’t need to be said that we have to order the parts in for that particular car. This is a great looking 1963 Corvette Sting Ray sitting outside our offices in a sunset.

The car a had a blowing exhaust manifold, and the brakes were pulling noticeably to one side. We had her in up on the ramps to see what was going on, we replaced the manifold gaskets and replaced the front wheel cylinders as one was leaking. The brakes were adjusted all round and the mandatory brake bleed.

Then it was time for a road test, this is a sweet car and sounds as good as she looks. A real pleasure to have her in for some work.

Competition Prize Winner. 

A few weeks ago we had a colouring in competition and we announced the winner as Aaron Botevyle, aged 10. Well we sent the prize to him and here is the young gentleman himself with the “Game” vouchers and some goodies for Easter too. Again well done Aaron.

Ecoboost Bling Parts:

We have had a few requests to get some “bling” parts for the 2015 on Ecoboost Mustangs. We have listened to you and we can announce we have some nice under hood bling for you. We have taken a few before and after shots along with the part number for ordering online from our WebShop.

Coolant Cap:

Washer Cap

Master Brake Fluid Cap:

Oil Filler Cap

Oil Dipstick Cover and Fuel Filler Cap:

Fuse Box Cover:

The finished blinged up result:

An Important WebShop Announcement:

We are pleased to say that we are now at the point where the Mustang Maniac WebShop is now a self-supporting 24/7, 365 days a year service. This is the intention of Mustang Maniac retail strategy going forward to be a predominately online retail supplier. Adam and his team just don’t have the time to take orders over the phone anymore as they work in yard on the cars – their first passions. There has been a minority of customers who have been complaining about the price of our postage. We have mentioned before that we courier our products out to you and the minimum our couriers charge us is £8 + vat at 20%, that’s the £9.60 amount we pass on to you. So if you order a single cigarette lighter, or order more items that can fit in that particular parcel then it will be £9.60 regardless of the number of items in it. We of course still offer a collection service if the cost of postage is too much and we will be pleased to see you, or you can arrange your own collection service as long as you email us first on adam@mustangmaniac.co.uk to let us know when this will be so it can be prepared ready. In the past we have had to make trips to the post office two or three times as day, we get charged for the recorded delivery, it uses our fuel and our time to get there and back which worked out more expensive to us as business. The couriers we use will give you next day delivery (were possible), if ordered with us before 11.30 am, we think that is good service. Unfortunately the “Enos Post” option has been discontinued due to the occasional lost items and inconsistent delivery times which was unacceptable to our high levels of customer service satisfaction.

As we are now moving to the online trading now we have produced a “user guide” for the WebShop which will be soon uploaded to the WebShop site as follows:

“Here at Mustang maniac we are committed to the right parts for the right cars/people. To ensure our high level of service continues we need your help.

Our telephone lines have been ringing of the hook with questions, which at times, has prevented us from shipping orders and stocking the shelves with exciting new lines. Most of these could arguably have be solved online, so, how can you help us, or, more importantly, help us to help you?

Our most common questions are around stock levels, part fitment (if this is the correct part for the car) and overseas shipping costs.

The first is easy to solve:

If a part is stated as ‘Currently in stock’ in green, rest assured that part is on our shelves and ready to ship.

When looking online, if a part is marked as ‘Currently out of stock’ this means it’s either on it’s way from the states to be replenished, or, your order will prompt us ordering more from our suppliers and we will give you an arrival estimate once the order is placed.

The third stock level you may see is ‘Special Order Item’. This is reserved for more specialist items and as a result, we order these in only when requested, so, your online order will kick-start this process, and we will again give you an estimated time of arrival once your order is placed.

Overseas orders are equally as simple, in that we ask you to go through the standard ordering process, if needs be using our address/postcode to complete the order, then, once we have picked, packed and most importantly weighed your complete order, we will contact you with a balance price for the shipping. Don’t panic, until your order has left our building, you can always cancel it with no charge, so don’t fret over not knowing the postage price first.

You are also welcome to arrange your own courier, though we ask you send an email requesting this as soon as your order is placed: adam@mustangmaniac.co.uk with the subject: Request to Collect.

Lastly, part fitment. This is always a tricky one, as over the phone technical support can be challenging at the best of times. As a result, we ask you to trust our model year/descriptions online, but, that if you do still have questions, that they be emailed to: adam@mustangmaniac.co.uk containing as much information as you can, and where possible photos (a picture does tell a 1000 words) so we can best advice the part you need. This communication will be in the form of part numbers, which you can use to search our online store, and complete your order online.

Having a web shop means we are ‘open’ 24hours a day, 7days a week, 365days a year, saying this, our shipping is Mon-Fri, with orders completed before 11:30am being sent out ‘Same Day’, not bad for a ‘small parts distributor’ from the UK.

Using email is the best method for general contact too, allowing us to give you a thorough answer to your question and even provide links for what you’re looking for online. This also includes the progress of your order, online order returns and service/restoration requests.

Mustang Maniac isn’t some huge corporation interested in only taking your money, we are a family run business who care about you and your Mustang. We hope our reputation of stocking only the finest Mustang parts and Accessories precedes us, so, your feedback is always gratefully received. Find us on FaceBook and keep up to date with our weekly Blog.”

 

On the WebShop we define our “Terms & Conditions” for returns as the following;

RETURNS

Returns to Mustang Maniac must be made within 30 days of receiving it. Therefore, always inspect your order immediately upon receipt to make sure it is correct and undamaged. After 30 days we cannot accept returns for any reason including errors and defects. To return anything within the 30-day limit, the following procedure must be followed:

  1. Contact our Customer Service department by Phone or Email and obtain a Return Authorisation (RA) Number. This number must appear on the front of the package you are returning.
  2. Include the following with your return: (a) a copy of your original invoice and (b) a note stating why you are returning the item and whether you want a refund, replacement part or credit on account.
  3. Insure the return package and pay the shipping charges. We are NOT responsible for any lost or damaged merchandise returned to us. All returns are accepted subject to inspection by Mustang Maniac. WE DO NOT ACCEPT RETURNED PARTS WHICH HAVE BEEN USED, MODIFIED, DAMAGED, OR PAINTED.
  4. Mustang Maniac is not responsible for any installation charges. If Mustang Maniac is at fault, we will promptly refund your return delivery charges. Mustang Maniac is NOT responsible for air-freight charges or boxing/packing services.

We mention this now because recently we have had some returned orders from a few random customers who have returned their items just under a year ago, with no packaging and the odd damaged item. It doesn’t take much to work out that we can’t resell those items again. Adam still refunded these items as a good will gesture, but in the future there will be a discretionary decision by Adam if we will refund these items in the future which could also be subject to a 20% restocking fee if he agrees to it.. This does not affect your statuary rights, this is for such items that were purchased, but just no longer wanted. If you are outside the returns policy guidelines please drop Adam an email and he will respond to your on individual basis. A recent example of this was that a full exhaust system was purchased and later given to a third party garage for them to fit the full exhaust system. They told our customer that it didn’t fit and he should return it for that reason. The exhaust was returned and in no fit state to resell again. So we decided to wait until one of our own cars needed an exhaust and fit it. Needless to say, for us the exhaust was a straight forward fit with no problems, apart from undoing the damage that the third party garage had caused to the exhaust mounts trying to fit it. Any company can’t sustain hundreds of pounds worth of refunds to be returned damaged and have to potentially scrap those parts. We were in fortunate situation to be able to repair and re-use those parts.

For the full “Terms and Conditions” click here.

For the User Guide click here, or see the menu above “WebShop Online Ordering” for all the links.

Customers Cars:

Next week we will have some pictures for you of the “Onion” Mustang! No we haven’t forgotten about her at all, but here is a sneak peek, shh don’t tell Yogi we snapped a picture of his work in progress!

Have a great Easter from all of us at Mustang Maniac.

Questions & Exhausts

The week reached a nice high point by changing the V8 rumble sounds of two very nice rare cars, for different reasons. We start this weeks post with the Park & Pic section with a little added twist!

This week’s Park & Pic car is owned by Gary W. whose rare car we have been looking over the recent years for him.

Gary’s latest visit to our yard was to swap the car’s near silent single exhaust, for a nice new dual system without the excess noise if possible was the brief. As Gary wasn’t too sure what “sound” he was after we gave Gary a sound tour! As any Petrol Head (UK) or Gear Head (USA) will know, the exhaust not only helps with performance but also helps with the throttle response and not just the sound or character of the car. We took Gary around the cars in the yard and storage and started them up for him to hear the difference between the engine note of each exhaust setup. Gary eventually picked the sound he liked with the eventual winner being the classic 2″ dual system from Scott Drake’s with a “H” cross pipe. This setup gives a more even and balanced V8 burble, the mufflers are more about driving pleasure but without the shout. After all, driving a convertible with the hood down with the wind in your hair is a real pleasure in Classic Mustang, when fitted with a loud and shouty exhaust may sound good for a while, but it can soon become tiresome on a long trip.

Here the single exhaust setup is shown with two mufflers that give that silent cruising experience.

The twin system being fitted which is a difficult job to get right on a convertible due to the additional strengthening under the car. You have to position the exhaust so that there is no vibration off the pipes moving and touching the bodywork especially when the engine is under load or engine braking. The final exhaust tips were fitted with the classic turn-downs that are just visible under the rear valance.

While we were fitting the rear section it was time to sort out the rear spring plates that were a little (ahem), distorted should we say. The plate which is under the leaf springs and axle also takes the connection for the rear shocks. The change of leaf spring plate will make the car sit better again and the shocks become more effective again.

The new plates were under-seal treated and fitted back to the car.

Gary has kindly sent us a couple of pictures of his car under the hood, before we got her and then after some little updates.

We mentioned that this Park & Pic will be with a twist! That twist is that we bombarded Gary with questions while he was with us and we thought we would share his interesting story with you. Although this looks like a lot of words it’s not and is a great read.

MM- Your name for the record and do you have a nick name? Gary W aka “Boris”!

MM- What was your occupation and what are you doing in your retirement? I started life as a commercial vehicle mechanic before joining Ford. I did lots of jobs at Ford mostly in Commercial Vehicles and ended up as Commercial Vehicle Director before retiring.

MM- Do you have any hobbies or pastimes? Old Mustangs, grandchildren and playing guitar and banjo.

MM- How did you hear about Mustang Maniac? When I bought my old car some years ago I needed lots of parts and Mustang Maniac seemed to be the only ones out there who carried it all in stock. Some suppliers ‘say’ that they have the parts in stock, but in reality they get it shipped from the US once your order is placed. I was let down badly with false promises from a number of suppliers which made me look around for other reliable supplier. I was then recommended the great Mustang Maniac guys and I have never looked back since.

MM- Why did you want a mustang? I had various cars and motorbikes before I ended up with a Cobra replica with a Ford 351 engine under the hood with all the nice bits. But I really fancied an early Mustang.

MM- Why this particular car? It seemed to call out to me. I knew I wanted an early car although I wasn’t fussed about a convertible as I was looking for a nice coupe. Then I spotted this car in a dealer ad and before I knew it, the cobra was exchanged and it found its way to my garage.

MM- Is there any history about your car that would be a talking point to other Mustang owners? That’s interesting as it only came with its last title owner from the US. I spent 6 months searching web sites..it was made a bit easier as it’s a very unusual colour and spec (D Code). I struck lucky on a vintage Mustang forum when I searched the “Pagoda Green” D code and found a thread from a guy in Terre Haute, Indiana – the last known US address of my car. I contacted the guy and he gave me a good start on tracking its history right back to owner number one who bought it after visiting the New York World Fair Launch in April 1964. I wrote ‘old fashioned letters’ to each owner in turn and all but one sent me pics and info – interestingly its been blue, red (twice) and finally was bare metalled I the early 90’s and painted back to its current factory colour.

MM- Has there been any problems with the car and how were they fixed? There were lots of mechanical issues, mostly because the underneath had been restored in the 80’s. It was nicely done, but the correct 64 1/2 parts were not really available then, as a result these cars tended to be ‘just nice old cars’ they were often just patched up. I replaced all the rubber bits, all fuel and brake lines, cleaned and painted the chassis, as well as replacing a long list of other bits and bobs.

MM- What do you like best about your car? I love the colour, although I do appreciate that it might not suit everyone. But that’s the beauty of our hobby – each to his or her own. I like the attention it gets whenever I take it out, but I mostly enjoy the great friends I have made since owning it. Mustang Maniac has a huge circle of friends and they all have stories to tell and advice to give when you need it – a fantastic group of people.

MM- Any dislikes about your car? I think I can ‘hear it going rusty’ from 100 paces. Adam has thoroughly inspected and worked on my car for a number of years now and he tells me it’s not going rusty – but such is my paranoia. Joking aside, I love it!

MM- Is this a keeper car or do you intend to change it in the future? No, this will probably be my last old car, although I have said that before.

MM- Do you drive it much if so where too? While it’s not a trailer queen by any means, I do use it sparingly..mostly for trips to the pub on a sunny day, which isn’t very often as we live on rainy island. Now that Adam and Al have worked their charms on her, I have no excuses for not using it. Well that’s the plan this year.

MM- Do you show the car? Yes I have shown it over the years. I am always amused when people stand by it and say loudly that “they never made Mustangs in that colour”, sometimes I leave it, sometimes I chirp up with the truth – it is believed that Ford only made 200 Pagoda Green “D Code”  Convertibles before changing the colour in June 1964.

MM- Will you show the car this year? I plan to….I’d like to join the MM gang at a few shows this year.

MM- What’s your favourite car to date and why? My 1964 1/2 Mustang!

MM- What was your worst car and why? Morris Marina, I had one and it had truly awful handling and it was like an aspirin…..it seemed to dissolve in water! 😂

MM- Which car had you owned that you wished you had kept and why? A 1965 Ford Zodiac. I spent a fortune on it and it was lovely, but I had to sell it as I was saving to get married.

MM- what’s your dream car? Ford GT40

MM- Do you have any plans for upgrades to your Mustang? Not much really, other than fixing a feisty carb (the original Autolite 4 barrel) with either a rebuild, or maybe a replacement Holley. Then it’s just keeping the paint looking good. It’s a fine balance between keeping it as original as possible and renewing parts as they start to look shabby.

MM- Does your wife share your passion? Yes..ish…probably ‘tolerates’ rather than ‘shares’ – she loves the car though.

MM- Does she or do you let her drive it? She has no real interest in driving it.

MM- Would you go on a car or driving holiday? Not really as there are too many cars on the road now. They tend to make little allowance for a cherished old car, even though early Mustangs can more than keep pace with moderns.

MM- Have you met any famous car guys and what were they like? I met Carroll Shelby at the Goodwood Revival some years ago. He was truly charming and we chatted (he talked and I listened) for half an hour.

MM- Any hero’s you would like to have meet? Henry Ford and Elvis Presley.

MM- Who would you go on a cross USA Route 66 road trip with and why? I would love to do it ‘cannonball rally’ style with Jim Clark.

MM- What has been the biggest benefit of Mustang Maniac for you? Their expertise..as this was my first American car. I had no idea what it should drive like and assumed that when it rolled all over the place, they all did at. The guys have fettled my car over a number of years, so the car I have today bears little resemblance to the car that I originally bought – thanks again to the Mustang Maniac team.

MM- Any advice to a potential Mustang owner who wants to get into the classic car scene? Just do it! Look long and hard for the best car you can afford, buy wisely after taking advice from the right people. Have a yearly budget for repair, maintenance and running costs and enjoy the car while improving it.

MM- Thank you Gary.

We have not forgotten your cars if you have them sent in to us. Please keep sending them in, we love to see the cars and what better way to lead a blog post?

Customers Cars:

Yogi was pleased to see a genuine Shelby GT350 that had come in for a replacement exhaust. The exhaust was supplied by the customer with a new Magnaflow dual system, a big opposite to Gary’s new system above.

The old exhaust had seen better days and was soon removed from the scrap skip.

The nice new super shiny exhaust was fitted in stages, this time with an “X” pipe rather than the old “H” pipe setup.

 

The before and after pictures don’t really show a lot of difference, but turn that key and the difference is instant. I nice deeper note rumble of the V8 but without the slight pant of the Flowmaster system.

Memorabilia:

Thanks to Ian Coxshall for sending us the pics of his recent purchase of eBay. We can’t say that we have seen the Japan made toys before but a great find.

If you have any interesting memorabilia you want to share with the world, send us your pics and we will get them on our blog for you. It could be major kudos of bragging rights.

Other News:

We have already had an inquiry for the advertising fence, we will have to see if that goes ahead. Please give us a shout if you are interested, after all we don’t want to look at a battle ship grey fence, a little colour would be good we must admit.

And The Winner Is…

The yard this week has had lots of little maintenance jobs ready for the Car Show season coming up, which starts around the middle of next month, besides we thought Yogi could do with a break from devouring Onions! The colouring in competition closed last weekend and we had some nice pictures emailed to us and it was a difficult decision to pick a winner, but we (Adam actually) eventually did. Before we get to announcing the winner below, we start the post with the lead pictures of the Park & Pic section.

Park & Pic

This is owned by a guy simply known as “Hutch” who picked up his ’67 Convertible after a little maintenance. We are pleased to say that this car is used regularly and driven around Europe. It can often be seen sitting on the motorways cruising along exactly as it was designed to do.

This car really does drive very well and with the nice smooth and straight foreign roads we can imagine it’s a relaxing drive. This little lady has the unusual option boot rack, and it’s not just for show after a shopping trip apparently!

Competition Result:

The time has come to reveal the winner of our colouring competition.

Well Done Aaron Botevyle, Aged 10.

We shall be getting Aaron’s goody bag and vouchers over to him and hopefully get a photo of the winner too if he is up for it.

These runners-up also deserve a mention too; Theo Green Aged 8, Sam Kumari Aged 9 & Kelly Fullerton Aged 4. All of whom will be getting a little something from us too.

It leaves us to say a big thanks to all those who took time to colour in the drawings and send us in your entries, we appreciate it and hope you enjoyed the fun as much as we did looking at them. Adam has a few paint job ideas now so he tells us.

Adam’s New Toys:

We have had an email from the odd customer trying to buy something over the phone and not being able to get hold of Adam. Remember you don’t need to call us to make an order, that is what the WebShop is there for. Anyway, the reason is quite simple, Adam has gone back to his roots for a few days. Many people will know that Adam started of in the recovery business, and that is what Adam has been doing this week to help out. As a result he has bought himself a “new toy” as a result.

The other additional purchase or “toy” which was “an offer to good to miss”. Another Ford Falcon, but this little lady has had a hard life and was used for racing. Adam’s dilemma is; do I restore it, or have it as a race car and have some fun? Perhaps you could let him know.

Adam quoted us another of his little mottos: “He who dies with the most toys, wins.” 🙂

WebShop:

Adam is feeling quite pleased with himself as he has just signed a deal to be a UK supplier of an very exciting product for early Mustangs. We are just waiting for the first delivery of the items in early next week, we will let you know all about it in next weeks post with a photo update.

DeAgostini Shelby GT500 1:8th Model

Issues 61 – 64.

It seems as though We had a long break before our next instalments of the GT500 model, but at least we got them now.

Part 61

The rear seats and seat belts on this issue. AS per previous issues we are not fond of the way the seat belts pin to the underside. Again we used a little superglue to hold them in place as the little lugs didn’t seem that good. At least it can’t be seen on the underside and just gives a little piece of mind. Just make sure you get the right buckle and clips around the right way.

Place the seat into the back and screw into place.

Part 62

The rear carpet section is in two halves and clips together. Place into the back and two screws behind will hold it in place. Next are the two little clips for each corner, again held in place by smaller screws.

Part 63

We were quite excited about this issue as we see the steering wheel for the first time. This has the wired horn section and the bottom of the steering rack to be fitted.

The bottom cog is tight to the steering column shaft and needs to be tapped fully home.

 

The top of the steering column is in two halves the bottom half will hold the micro switch for the button. It took a little bending of the wires to make it sit correctly.

The top cover of the section steering column is three screws to hold it in place. The steering wheel itself just pushes of the other end of the shaft, with the horn button clipping into place.

We found the steering wheel does not sit perfectly square and with a little pulling will come straight back off the shaft. We would like to have seen a support screw in the middle here of some sort to be honest. Perhaps a little super glue later on? The quality of the steering wheel is very nice though. There are a few parts left over from this issue so keep them safe as they will be used later apparently. It looks like the steering column support bracket and bottom grommet to us.

Part 64

Dead simple this as we have done it before, the spare wheel. Two parts only pressed into each other.

Adam has a very interesting idea or proposition for his back fence. We will tell you about it next week, you could even benefit from it! We finish with a face that says it all – We have a Cadillac waiting for you Yogi!

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.

The Car That Started It All…

This weeks post is a first for us as we have a double-header of lead news. A car we are very fond of arrived into the yard for a little annual maintenance, and Yogi taking a bite out of an onion! But we start this weeks quite important post with the Park & Pic section.

Paul Barns is the owner of this rare ’66 “3” coded car that was built for Export only and has never been on USA roads. It is believed to have started life as a much coveted “T5” Coupe that was possibly shipped to Europe (Germany) or straight to the UK via USAF in ’67. Documentation is pretty scarce around this period of time unfortunately to confirm exactly her origins. More details on the car and the restoration can be found here or under the “Customer Cars” menu above. It took a total of two years hard work to restore it to the way she is now. As this pic was taken in our yard outside Yogi’s old work shop (cave), we thought it was a great pic anyway. So much so that if this picture was a black and white pic, you would say it was taken at a period correct time frame.

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So we messed around with a couple of filters on the pic to show you what we mean.

Keep your pics coming in to us for the Park & Pic, no matter where they were taken on the premises and you will be the lead car for a post.

The car that started it all….

Meet Ken Longmore, if the name sounds familiar it should, as it’s Adam’s Dad. This is Ken’s ’66 Coupe which he has had since 1971 when it was first imported to the UK from Belgium. This car was the very first car that Adam restored all those years ago, and ultimately the trigger for the company “Mustang Maniac” that commands such great respect around the world today. The best part is that Ken is 82 years old and still drives his beloved Mustang. We plan on doing an article (interview) with Adam about this car and how Mustang Maniac started as a result. We do have some of the original photos before the restoration started way back then. The problem is just getting Adam to sit down for ten minutes and tell us all about it just so we can document it, which sounds a lot easier than done. Where are the Jaffa Cakes to tempt him with a cup of tea?

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Those with good powers of observation will notice the rear view mirrors are from a ’67, the reason for that as Ken explains, “I needed bigger mirrors to see who is behind me when I go past them.” Who can to argue with that. 🙂 The “J” plate registration is noted as 1970 – 1971 in the UK which was when the car was first imported to the UK, as that was the rules at the time.

So we now have a twofold question for you: 

A) Do you know of anybody who still owns their Mustang longer than Ken has?

B) Do you know of anybody older than Ken who still drives their Classic Mustang?

Yogi takes a big bite out of an onion!

Now wouldn’t mind betting that you are intrigued to know what we are going on about; the ’67 Convertible formerly know as the “Pop Rivet” Mustang has been renamed to “The Onion.”

Yogi has come up with this new name for this project and the reason is quite simple as we explain. Back on the 18th December we posted pics of the restoration project being loaded into the workshop for some work. We spotted then that there were lots of pop rivets, hence the “Pop Rivet” at the time. This week Yogi got to work on her to see what was needed after a bit more stripping down. Yogi was heard to growl “This has been welded up like an onion has layers”. Yogi likes to get his teeth into things, but even this little lady is going to be a tough project. Yogi has made a Jig for this lady as this needs to be very mobile just now.  Here are a couple of pics of her going to her new home back in December last year.

When work was started on her we hoped that new panel metal work would be enough, so we cut some of them away as we show here.

But thing never ever seem to go to plan and we revealed more than even we were expecting. The original rotten metal was repaired with patches, and then patches on those patches later on. As a result of that inspection, Yogi now stands where the back of the car used to be as it couldn’t be saved! Another pic for the Yogi Fan Club!

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The back of the car had to be carefully cut away as the frame-work for the convertible is not reproduced at the moment. This will have to be cut down and rebuilt welding into the new metal work. Has Yogi bitten of more than he can chew? He told us, “Nope”. Truly a man (bear) of many words then!

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The layers can be seen here in better detail with the patches on patches.

There are parts where the rust holes had just been filled and used like an oversized rivet on top of the layers.

The front didn’t fare too much better either after the structural integrity being investigated more, we suspect the front will have to come of as well.

Like all out projects they will turn out to be amazing looking cars afterwards, in fact we suggest that this car will be the sweet cherry on top of the cake, and not a sour onion at all. We are looking forward to bringing you this restoration build as we go along. At the moment there is no urgency to complete this project, but that can always change.

1967 Fastback

Yogi had to rewire this little lady and change some suspension parts, he was shocked to see that the front control arms were dangerous, they were replaced back onto the car with cracked metalwork around the bolts and with the bushings hanging out, thus allowing for a good quarter of an inch movement. They even labelled the sides up with marker pens for refitting back to the car.

So far we have done as we we asked but there could be more work to be done.

Competition:

Don’t forget the competition for the colouring in ends next week. We asked if anybody has a line drawing and Chris Tilley has sent us this as, “there wasn’t a coupe on the last drawings.”

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Feel free to download and colour in, this has also been added to the “Download” section in the menus at the top. We are loving these so please keep them coming.