A Good Prank On TV

Something a bit unusual this week for you in the fact that our sister company “LAR Traffic Services” were on prime time television where our lorry was used for a TV prank on some poor guy. The program was Saturday Night Takeaway hosted by Ant & Dec during their high ratings prime time evening slot. Basically the guy liked his car and our truck was used to lift it up then crush it. The car we damaged was a replica Ford Mondeo of course, but the results were amusing. We have uploaded the video to our YouTube channel click the icon or click here for the quick link. Ant & Dec made a good job directing the chaos, we have some stills from the video clip here.

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ITV Presenters Ant & Dec

The set up:


Kicking off:

Of course all turned out well when the guy realised it was a prank.

Customers Cars

This week we had a car dropped into us where the owner said the engine was feeling a little tired and could we do something about it. Of course we can depending on your budget and did! We had an engine rated somewhere between 330 & 350 bhp replaced into the car. The intake and carb were the owners own purchases which we fitted it all together for him. We had the exhaust headers treated via aluminium coating along with the intake. We replaced the pullies at the front with some nice aluminium versions for a little engine bay bling. We recycled as much as we could for the new engine.

First the tired old block was retired.


The replacement was fitted


This little lady looks and sounds the part now.

Rust in Piece

Not too much this week to show as it has been mainly prep work. More fittings have been attached and the left side lower suspension now in place. We cleaned up the front springs and they are ready for fitting. The rear axle has come back from shot blasting and has been painted ready for the diff rebuild.


Due to amount of stock coming in and out of the stores via the WebShop now we have made some changes to the premises. We have replaced the old roller shutter with a new full width security roller shutter. This will allow pallets to be delivered directly into the dispatch area now ready for stock location or distribution. In fact we now have enough room for a car to be stored in there, we know because we already tried it.



We have had a few of our good customers now sign up to the forum and we now want to get more people involved. If you know of anybody who has a classic Mustang get them to join us, its free at https://mustangmaniac.co.uk/forum/

Quick links:

LAR Website http://www.lar.uk.com/ or click here

LAR prank video click here, or click on the YouTube logo to go to our Mustang Maniac channel for all our other videos.


Speed Dating – Mustang Style

We are pretty sure that everybody is aware that this weekend is Valentine’s Day. To celebrate the day Ford have released a fantastic prank video with a twist. Most of the time the videos on YouTube feature blokes with fast cars scaring the living daylights out of the unfortunate ladies sitting in the passenger seat. Ford have turned the tables on the men, they have a top female stunt driver let loose in a 2015 Mustang. The blind date sets up the men with a not so innocent shy young lady. The results are hilarious and you just have to watch this three-minute video. Enjoy. 🙂


Click on the YouTube logo below to take you to our video channel.



We have plenty of little gifts for a your loved ones online or at our stores.

Our popular WebShop: www.mustangmaniac.co.uk

We wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day.

Back To Work

First post of the year so it has to start with Happy New Year of course, we hope you all had a great Christmas. While we are on the subject of Christmas we would like to share our amusing gift of the year. We won’t say who bought Adam the T-shirt, but it has been his favorite item of clothing since. Anyway moving swiftly along!

 Customer’s Cars:

We have had a customer’s car come into us which he has bought for his partner as a present. The car needs a little tender loving care and an MOT of course. Most people tend to get a puppy or a kitten for Christmas, but this lucky lady owner got a 5.0 v8 Pony. The interior is in excellent condition and the paint should buff up just fine. We are having a look over the underside and mechanics for any work that may need doing. From what we have seen – so far so good. We don’t mean things like broken headlight etc. as that is a simple fix before anybody mentions that!

For the last proper post before our Christmas break Mart’s Coupe (from one man and his Mustang), had just come back from paint as an early Christmas present. Yeah we gave him a surprise as it’s always nice to see the smile on the owners face when they get their pride and joy back. this was a little different as a lot of the hard work was all done by hand, and the fruits of that labour intensive job are wheeled back into a work shop. As promised we have a few more pics of his car taking her to a temporary new home.

As Mart’s Coupe was returning we swapped it out for our ’67 fastback shell that was ready for another top class paint job. The customer has told us what colour it will be, but we will keep that a secret just for now, only untill it comes back completed of course. We will of course post some updates of this one being completed too.

To sum up the end of the year, we were busy with projects and the WebShop is getting busier all the time. We have already had some of the vouchers used online and so far they have proved very popular. The emails So much so that we are going to have to create a dedicated dispatch area as the office is no longer suitable. That is in the process at the moment and we will bring you pictures of that soon. We tidied up the yard yet again which seems to be never-ending job at the moment, but during the clean and tidy up we just happened to look over to one of our workshops and took a couple of pictures of our customer’s car at different times of the day. Very sinister looking in fact!


We have uploaded a new video to our YouTube account of the 1964 Ford Mustang production line. The video for Martha Reeves and the Vandellas – Nowhere To Run was filmed at the plant, due to production requirements Ford refused to stop the production for the video. The result was during the 2 minutes and 45 seconds it took to film Ford made a new car! click here to go straight to the video or click on the YouTube logo below for our channel. We have taken some screen shots of the video for you to look at here. It’s worth watching just for the great song anyway.

Quick link to our YouTube Channel click the logo below.


SEMA 2014 – Part 2

As promised we have uploaded more photos from the SEMA show, including the excellent Ford Stand which we will kick off with, there’s even a picture of the much talked about King Cobra which looks even better up close than the media pictures suggest.

At the Ford stand we spotted the NASCAR legend Richard Petty in front of the King Cobra.


While we are on the subject of celebs – Adam meets Richard Rawlings.

Around the world there have been some amazing drivers with superb car control, one name sticks out – Ken Block. He’s had millions of hits on YouTube with his Gymkhana antics. Here at SEMA he has one of his cars here and it’s a classic Mustang. We seriously want a go in this one!

While we are talking racers there is this modified street legal track day car Mustang by MRT.

And last but no means least is this found Shelby GT500. It still has the dirt on it from what ever barn she was found in.

And of course there will be more tomorrow!


We have posted the quick video of a Mustang doing it’s best to trash a set of tyres which can be found on our YouTube Channel or click here for the quick link.

SEMA 2014 – Part 1

The SEMA 2014 show opened in style as you would expect and it’s great to be back here again. The question is always where do we start? We have plans but they always go straight out the window when we get here. The decision was to take it as we found it, good ol’ plan B. There was plenty of classic and new Mustangs at the show as we were expecting, of course we took plenty of pictures because we like Mustangs. There is not too much else to say about the stands so we will let the pictures do the talking on our behalf. There will be more pictures to come as soon as we sort them out and upload them of course.


General Motors had a nice truck on display:

Inside there was some accessory manufacturers with their products, we especially like the nice stitching around the dash pad. Other colours to match the paint work?

There was new style Mustangs:

And there were the Classic Mustangs:

There is much, much more tomorrow.

Don’t worry the Ford Stand is absolutely amazing and we will post those pictures tomorrow for you, there was even a famous NASCAR racing driver Richard Petty – The King as he was also known, whom we managed to grab a picture of too. Check out tomorrow’s post for more pictures from the show including a rare barn find! We also have a little video of a Mustang being given a fair bit of grief and shredding tyres much to the delight of the crowd, that will be on our YouTube channel very soon, click here for a link to our YouTube channel.

Mastic to Metal

The Final Chapter – Mastic to Metal

The week brings to an end the long journey of Mustang from mastic to metal. The classic ’67 Convertible transforming from a filler and mastic filled rusty dangerous car, into a safe drivable classic that will turn heads wherever she goes. We have had many views of this car’s journey to date, alas, it’s time to say goodbye to an old friend we have grown to love and proud of what she has become, the now legendary “Mastic” Mustang. The owner came down to inspect her a little while ago and wanted a few little upgrades, those upgrades are now fully completed. The upgrades were quite large and resulted in her going back to the ramps. The single exhaust is gone and new twin exhaust system is now in place. The custom-made LED conversion kit is now installed and working correctly. The last little luxury was the wooden steering wheel instead of the old original white one. The results are amazing, the car sounds like she means business, and with the hood down will make those sunny days out something to remember. The lights upgrade means that she can be seen from behind safely. The standard lamps are fine for America, but over here the flashing rears can be a little difficult to spot. We are pleased to say that the road test was as good as we expected it to be. We took her for her MOT which she obviously passed first time round. The owner will be picking her up this week and we wish him many happy hours driving her. We will be a little sad to see her go, but there will be more.  We have uploaded a video of this Mustang starting up on YouTube here,  or you can go to the quick link below.

A quick recap where she was when we got her:

Where we have taken her to now:

The end results:

The light(s) at the end of the tunnel:

Here the Mastic Mustang start-up on her new twin exhausts click on the YouTube link Below:

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For the full story and journey of this car click: here

Stock News:


We have bought a stock of various gauges as they become available for various years and options. You can buy them of bid sites if you’re lucky but it’s a bit of gamble. Speak to us first to see if we have the new gauge you want for your car.


We were asked a while ago if we had any gas-filled shocks, we had a limited supply but we now have upped the stock to cater for this option should you wish to upgrade of course.