SEMA 2018 – Part 4

This is the last post from the SEMA 2018 show in Las Vegas. Again a mixture of cars and in no particular order, apart from a batch of Mustangs first of course.

Moving back inside to another hall;

SEMA wouldn’t be SEMA without the beautiful ‘Eleanor’

Adam was interested in this stand and spent a little time looking around.

Bonus Pictures

These pics were taken over the few days of the SEMA show when it was time to relax.

Something a bit fishy goin’ on here we think.

Adam managed to catch up with an ancestor of Yogi’s from Canada while he was out there.

Adam came up with an idea from this jar, Lynn replied with ‘anymore talk like that he would be taking a ride in one of these!’ 😀

She didn’t say that really, she just did that ‘woman thing’ with the eyes that say it all.

Adam has decided that he needs an office down the back of the yard and this was just the thing, He also decided that new office work attire would be in keeping as well. Adam tries his camouflage technique in case somebody wants him while he is working on the cars. He also said something about ‘going tactical’.

We hope you enjoyed the pictures from SEMA 2018 in Las Vegas as much as we did. Thanks to Adam & Lynn for taking the time out to send them to us at stupid o’clock in the morning, just sayin’!

Before anybody asks – Adam will not be back in the office until the 19th November as they are taking a well-earned break while they are in the USA. Adam will still have his emails of course, but will be limited availability.

Last Call For A Flight To Vegas

Things have been a little busy this week with Adam making preparations for his annual ‘Business’ trip to SEMA 2108 and has been out of the office a fair bit. Although we give Adam plenty of grief over his ‘Business’ trip, it’s a good chance for him to meet up with business partners and make some new ones, not forgeting his friends out there in Shelby and Scott Drake too. This is also a time to catch up with the new developments for the world of restoration and innovations for the LAR / SMR recovery businesses too. Can we just reiterate again that you don’t need to call us for making a parts order, the WebShop is up to date with the stock lists and is real-time updated. If the WebShop says it’s in stock – then it’s in stock. We mention this yet again as we have had a few emails saying that they are frustrated that we can’t provide support for fitting parts while they want to order them over the phone.

Customer Cars

Yogi has been busy with the secret project that we can’t say too much about just yet, but we will bring you the full story of this build once it has moved on a bit. The rest of the week Yogi has been working on the Hertz clone and getting that ready for customer pick up. The dash pad has now been swapped out with our top quality branded stock. The instrument cluster has now been refitted and complete.

With the pad in place we can add that all important Shelby rev counter.

The doors have had new damp papers added, insides windows greased, and new handle gaskets and the door cards fitted.

The gear shifter was looking a little worse for wear so we fitted a new leather boot to smarten things up there again. The glove box card was also not much use either and received a replacement with the hazard switch installed in its correct position.

Moving to the back of the car Yogi has finished the hand riveted inner trims for the back windows and have now been installed, water proofed and the outside trims added. The rest of the lower trims have been refitted so it all matches and looks stock.

Under the hood has also seen a fair amount of work being completed as well, and we hope that you can’t see it to be honest. If you can’t see what has been changed then it’s a job well done yet again. This time we are going to tell you what we done; the hood hinges had become bent and can cause issues with the gap alignment and opening the hood. We replaced them, and as with all these jobs it take a while to re-gap the hood to the cowl and then to the fenders properly. This invariably means an adjustment of the closure and latches.

A Yogi speciality is his signature brake line work that were replaced along with the obligatory brake bleeding, and brake adjustments that all comes as part of the process.

The car needs a final road test and recheck the levels. Once that’s all done then she should be ready for the owner to collect. 😀

As you read this Adam is at the airport ready to go. He will have limited access to emails while over in the States, but he will endeavour to get back to you if you email him.

We have asked Adam to take some photos for us and you our readers. If you click on the logo above then you will be taken to the SEMA website to see what is going on.

Enjoy the trip Adam and have a safe journey. 

In Need Of A Service?

Recently we have had a car come into us that wasn’t running very well and we were asked if we could give it a ‘once over & service’, nothing wrong with that of course. Our first diagnostics was just how rich the engine was running and very hesitant through some of the rev range. So we started our look over and decided that the little lady needed some TLC. We were starved of fuel at some point and running rich on others, first port of call – filters. We started with the oil change and as that was draining, fuel lines up to the carb. The oil wasn’t to bad, but the rest had seen better days should we say. The air filter looked more like the oil filter compared to the new one, the fuel filter was clogged and silted quite heavily.

The spark plugs were replaced as they had lost their spark too, (see what we did there?) and the gaps were quite random now.

Everything was replaced with new off the shelf parts for the serviceable parts, the levels were topped up and grease applied. The turn of the key was so much better now, but not quite how we liked it, so we had a little Yogi ‘Dark Art’ carb tuning session. With everything done and a road test later, the little lady was purring like a kitten again. If your car running rough it’s worth checking your filters, it makes all the difference.

Customer Cars

The Hertz Clone is now going back together again now. The dash and doors have had their coats of paint and now the head liner can go back in place. The pics are a bit dark, but that’s what happens with a black head liner in the dark! Last time we suggested a flash – it wasn’t a pretty sight, and we have nearly finished the latest course of counselling! 😀 The dash wiring has been put readied again for the dash gauges to go back in.

Yogi was doing some final checks for the window kit and he was feeling pleased with himself.

The windows will need to be sealed and seated correctly, but at least you can see the idea as it’s coming along.

SEMA 2018

Adam is on to his annual trip to Las Vegas this time next week to see his supply partners and friends at SEMA (Special Equipment Market Association) 2018. He will be there for the four days October 30th to 2nd November at least. We are not sure what date he will be back on, he may extend his time out there if he doesn’t get round to all the meetings. So with that in mind, please send Adam emails if you need to speak to him directlyand he will reply when he can, allowing for the time difference of course. He won’t be answering the phone just before he leaves either as he will be in back to back meetings prior to leaving for the USA. The WebShop runs itself and is 24/7 shopping for all your Mustang parts. Morgan is more than capable of looking after the office day to day business, with Yogi for technical support if needed. Not that we offer a Technical Support line by the way, but with some phone calls you wouldn’t think that was the case, even when the parts were not purchased from us in the first place. As Adam says; ‘You don’t ring up a solicitors and get free advice, why should we give our secrets away for nothing?’ He has a very good point there!

Lucy The Escapologist

The pups are cute looking and cute as in clever too. They managed get out of the run when we are not looking, we couldn’t account for Lucy one evening last week, who was having a mad moment round the yard, we found her eventually:

A Rare Photo?

A busy week working flat-out but not a lot to show for it, sometimes we have weeks like that and we expect them at certain points of a restoration. But like all things, it’s all in the prep work that takes the time. This is where our work is instantly recognisable from some of the other restorers out there. We will start with the Herts clone as we have been busy on the underside so nothing is really seen from the outside.

Hertz Clone

We had cut the rear quarter vents out and glass fitted in their place which is getting ready for interior paint. We were then also asked to remove the power assisted steering and go back to the manual set up. Of course this means things like the centre link would need to be replaced along with Shelby quick steer pitman arm and idler. We also fitted a new alloy oil sump while we were at it.

As we have had to change the steering setup and componants we set up a default geo for the wheels and steering. Then comes a road test and few miles added then a further fine tune re-geo once things have bedded in and settle down.

The Onion

The Onion has taken a chunk of time up in the body shop where we are at critical point on the build, the rear quarters. The back of the car has been built up and a the panels are clamped in place with an odd tack weld to see the fit for the rest of the car. The doors will need to align with the rear quarters, which in turn are aligned to the cowl, the fenders then the hood. This is all on and off again a few times to get the gaps within our own tight tolerances. Many of which will be better than the original gaps when it left the factory in the first place. One of the few original parts we have to work from is the back of the trunk which will need to fit to the new metal. This gives us a good reference point to go with our initial measurements from the car before it was dismantled.

The interior metalwork is all painted with red lead oxide for rust proofing as we go along.

The ‘B’ pillars are the strength and also the start point as such for the panel positions.

In effect this car is being built from the ground up without the original Ford build jigs. Difficult? Oh yes, but the bear likes a challenge.

Heart warming story from the net

Two siblings from San Antonio, Texas are making headlines around the country after giving their father a very special and emotional present. Jake and Jeni Ryan gave their father, Wesley Ryan, the very same 1993 Ford Mustang he sold 17 years ago to cover the expenses of his wife’s cancer treatment. The white Ford Mustang played a big role in the family as Jake and Jeni rode in it when they were toddlers. When their mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the early 2000s, the Mustang was listed for sale and the profits helped cover some of the towering medical expenses. The Drive contacted Jake to find out how he was able to reunite his father with his former car, to which he answered: “I just so happen to search the good ‘ol internet and wandered onto Craigslist, and I came across the car. Emailed the previous owner, spoke for maybe 5-10 mins, and struck a deal. Flew to the owner’s place, which was about 1.5 hours away from me, and rolled her up on the trailer.”

A Facebook post that read: “I know how much it broke him in half seeing that car drive away from him. A day I’ll never forget. Well… She’s back home pops and here to stay this time. Looking forward to building this car with you this time instead of being in a booster seat looking out the window.”

Currently, Laura Ryan is cancer-free, and the Mustang is once again with its original owner. Back when Wesley Ryan first had the Fox Body he affectionately named it Christine after the Stephen King story about a demonically possessed car. Jake told The Drive that the car carries a 347 cubic-inch stroker engine that Wesley had installed in the ’90’s. While the Mustang isn’t currently running, Jake assures us that the bodywork and interior show little signs of wear. When asked what he wanted to do after getting it in running order, Jake replied: “Drive it till the wheels fall off, so I can rebuild it again.” A double great story from ‘The Drive’, the wife is in remission and the Mustang is back with the original owner. Just brilliant.

Stop Press;

Earlier today (a few hours ago in fact), Yogi was at an American Car show in Stonham Barns in Suffolk. Here he was seen with is menacing ’69 Mach1, we are now in possession of a very rare photo of the bear himself CLEANING his car. 😀

As ever the Yogi mobile got a lot of attention and one person even asked him if it was the “Mustang Maniac Demo Car?”  Yogi didn’t look to impressed to say the least, he just growled ‘no, it’s mine’. The conversation was over as quick as that. He enjoyed himself being out of his workshop cave today.

PS, ‘Yogi, you missed a bit’ 🤣🤣🤣

New Kid On The Block

We are back this week with vehicle updates on a couple of cars we are working on. It’s often said that at Mustang Maniac we restore new life into old cars, but it’s something pretty special to creat one! We start with the updates on the customer cars first though.

Customer Cars

The first of which is the final touches to the convertible under the hood. There was few nice little touches added but nothing over the top and works very well.

The interior has had the beautiful leather seats and door cards we found hiding out the way a few weeks ago have now been fitted and they look amazing. The colour combo with the matching roof just works.

The money on this car has all been spent in the right places. After the final road tests and final tune up she should be back her owner very soon.

Another project that has come into us for some work is this little lady, a black ’66 fastback.

The first job is to have the rear vents replaced with some glass replacements, a kit from Mustang Maniac’s vast stock range of course.

The old vents were carefully cut out and removed;

The glass is then offered into place for fit while the inner C pillar is neatened up.

We will need to replace the headliner as a result of respray of the interior metalwork and the dash top all to be done as well. We will keep you up to date on the progress as we go.

Congratulations

We have some great news from our very own Yogi; he is now a Grandad. His daughter Beth has given birth to Hunter on 5th September weighing in at a healthy 6lb 2oz. Both mother and baby doing well. When we asked Yogi how it went he says he was, ‘stressed by it all as he had a lot of pacing up and down to do!’

We welcome to the next in line to be destined to work on Mustangs, Hunter obviously don’t know it yet though. Well done to Beth for looking remarkably cool and calm after the birth. ‘Obviously not as difficult to have a baby as it is to remove a 427ci with the hood still in place’ as Yogi would say. (He didn’t actually say that, but it sounds good though.)

Proud grandparents Yogi and his wife Sara holding Hunter.

A few more pics taken a couple of weeks later.

There is talk within Mustang Maniac inner sanctum that Yogi has already been reading bedtime stories to Hunter, nothing wrong with that you might say. But when we notice copies of our repair manuals disappearing we had to ask. Yogi’s response was ‘We’re starting with the basics first, like general servicing and lubrication charts, then we will move onto the more complex stuff like the dark art of carburetor race tuning, engine timings and differential gearing in a couple of months time.

Spotted: Hunter’s first book bought for him by Grandad Yogi!

It was also rumoured that Yogi refuses to put a normal baby’s hat on Hunter for walks out, preferring the more macho Snap-On beanie look instead!

Seriously though, what a way to end a post! 😀

All’s Gone Quiet

Over the last couple days the weather in the UK has taken a turn for the worse after a very nice hot spell. A thunder-storm has taken its toll on the Mustang Maniac phones due to a bolt of lightning landed in the field behind us on Friday, since then the phones have been down and doing things they really shouldn’t be doing. We managed to get the internet back up and running for the WebShop in order to process the orders and dispatch. We have had a few emails complaining about the fact we are not answering the phones, we are doing everything we can to fix the issue as soon as we can, we have reported the problem and we are expecting the phone system engineers out Monday. As the Mustang Maniac offices have switched over to web-based business model now, this shouldn’t be a problem for parts ordering. The phones should now only be used for booking in jobs to our workshops, which can still also be done via emails.

 

Adam’s Words of Wisdom

Over the last month or Mustang Maniac have had a number of cars come into us for some work, but all is not what it seemed. The problem is that due to fact that these cars are commanding good money and that can be exploited. What we have seen is that some of the cars that have been imported into the UK have been advertised as one thing, but the VIN number says something very different. Common examples are the old favorite where a six cylinder has been passed off as a genuine v8. Yes of course the fittings can all be changed over as they should be, but if you are paying top dollar for a Mustang v8, the value will never be what it should be due to its original build history. For obvious reasons we won’t be showing examples of this for customer privacy, and the world doesn’t need to know. We have seen VIN numbers welded in place from other cars, letters stamped incorrectly and whole panels replaced just to get the VIN numbers correct. The visible VIN is different to the hidden VIN or door tag etc.

Adam has said to many people; “If you are importing the car yourself, do you homework first”. ‘Get photos of the VIN numbers and check it out along with the door tags. If the tags don’t match, or you see something different to what the ID tags say, ask questions, lots of questions”.

We are not saying anybody in particular is doing this, it may have even been done by the original vendor in another country and by the time it arrives here it’s all to late. Perhaps the different door tag is down to a replacement door after a minor fender bender, which all would be explained quite happily. On the other hand it could be for more sinister reasons.

Adam has developed an extremely comprehensive VIN and door tag decoder, with many variables that are not on other data bases, just for this reason. If you take your car into Mustang Maniac for any work to be done, if you then ask Adam nicely, he may well print the details of your car out for you.

Customer Cars

While we are on the subject of taking people words for it we were told that a gearbox had been “Serviced” recently, but was still not behaving how it should have been. When we took it apart we found out why. The date that was scratched on the Gearbox filter said “24/4/’81”. Another reason not to just take somebody’s word for it.

After the proper service from us and adjustments all was working again and performing just how it should do.

In the hot weather we have had a few gaskets blown due to the extra strains on the older and more consumer parts of the car should we say. This car had an unusual intake manifold gasket fail which of course causes some major problems.

Like all these things, if one side has gone do the other side as well as a matter of course. Cleaning the old gasket off and prep work of the metal to metal faces is crucial for a good seal of the gaskets. At least this wasn’t the head gaskets which of course is a much bigger job and more costly.

Car Shows

Last weekend the car show was the ‘Damn Yankees Summer Slam’ held at North Weald Airfield. This is another very well supported car show and the Mustang Maniac “massive” were on convoy to go along and play, of course the only photo’s were taken were of Mustangs!

We were told that Yogi was “Chillin'” and we are not quite sure what this hand gesture was all about, at least it wasn’t his normal hand gesturing to other drivers when they drive badly. Not that he bothers with that sort of thing, most of the time he just stamps on the loud pedal and they only get to see his exhaust tips disappearing into the distance.

On the way back from a great turn out at the show, it was decided that as the day was all bout the ‘Americana’ theme we stopped of at a ‘Arnolds diner’, another favourite venue of the Mustang Massive. 😉

What a great way to end the day. Just in case you thought that was the real Elvis outside the diner, its not. 🙂

Burnin’ Rubber & War Paint

This week we have moved away from the yard to somewhere a little more exciting – Santa Pod Raceway. The track was hired out for a private session by the “A602 Street & Strip Rods” their web link can be found here. They have invited Mustang Maniac out to play on the Friday this week and how could we say no? Well we didn’t actually. Adam had uncovered the UBB 1000bhp Mustang after it had been sitting in storage for seven years, he prepped the car “by giving it a clean” apparently.  [Editor: Somebody tell me that he was joking – right?]  The car was taken up on the LAR newest lorry for a little run out as well.

There was Adam, Yogi and Spence who were going to go down the strip. The plan for the day was to pay your track fee and you can go down the track as many times as you wanted. There was a good selection of cars, anything from daily driver Ford Kuga to full Pro Mod strip racers. Some of the races was like watching slow motion, others were intense where every tenth of a second counted. We have to take our hats or should that be crash helmets off to all those who had a go, regardless of their car. The weather was perfect, a hot sunny day to keep the newly coated raceway nice and sticky.

The pics are mainly of the Mustang Maniac guys. Adam in the yellow UBB, Yogi in red and Spence in green.

So in no particular order we have tried to group the pictures in a sequence. First up is Adam with his very first run with his UBB, with no burn out.

Adam had lots of wheel spin and bounced the rev limiter at the end, it still gave him his first run of 12.4 with a manual shift on a road car. We asked Adam how do you know when to change gear without a shift change light; his reply was typical Adam: “When it hits the rev limiter.” We think he was joking – wasn’t he?

Yogi set a personal best for the day, although he was still not happy about it as he botched a gear change and still posted a pretty epic 11.4

This set of pictures Yogi asked us to look at his wrinkles; “Tyres, on the (Bleep) tyres, not on me.” You can see what he means as the tyres twist and wrinkle up under the stress of being launched.

The further runs we have a video of Yogi against a newer Mustang.

Next up was Spence setting some great times in the low 13’s.

There was two races that were building up, Adam vs Yogi, and Yogi vs Spence. Adam went for a second run and had a miss-fire and had bit of smoke. Back in the paddock the initial diagnosis was an injector not jetting correctly. So the UBB was retired in order not damage it. However – Yogi had prepped the car before the day out, on lifting the bonnet to spot any obvious problems, Adam spotted that the battery lead was loose. Yep – suspected foul play from the Bear camp was rumoured. A full inquest will be had back at the yard over a Jaffa cake or three and a few cups of tea for weeks to come.

The paddock was full of some serious race cars and hot rods.

Some of the other cars varied from an old Land Rover to Prod Mod racers as we said before dropping into the mid 9’s.

The eagerly awaited race between the best of friends Yogi and Spence. 

Yogi won on the day for this showdown. The guys also tried to out do each other on the burn out front too. The war paint here says it was about even! Although Yogi claims that on the video he was winner there too. I dare say more Jaffa cakes and cups of tea will sort that debate out as well.

Spence also wanted to race another friend of his Dave G in his Mustang. This time Spence nailed a convincing win.

The other cars made for some great racing too. Look for the wrinkles on the “Heavy Chevy” here too.

There were a few casualties of the day, but that is racing. And there general consensus is that it’s not as easy at it looks! We hope to get these videos up on our YouTube channel as well soon.

We hope you enjoyed the videos as much as we did racing the cars. Again a big thanks to ther”A602s” for the invite, we had a blast.