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Classic Motor Monthly, all the events, all the classifieds - subscribe todayJULY 2014 ISSUE: OUR 25th year of publication, CMM is changing, becoming bigger, bolder, brighter, now MORE PAGES, FULL COLOUR THROUGHOUT - and the 2014 Almanac, the 'bible' for enthusiasts is HERE!
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‘NO PLACE LIKE HOME’- A MUSTANG STORY

"...A MUSTANG THAT HAS BEEN around the world without turning a wheel, completely different from the machine that left the factory and being owned by the same person twice, this car has a tale to tell also a gap in its history whilst residing on the other side of the planet.
What we do know is the car was one of the first to leave the Dearborn Assembly Plant USA in late 1964 and shipped around the globe to have a RHD conversion by Ford Australia. The exported car chassis no 5F09T621672 was originally fitted with Fords straight six motor and was first registered 01.01.1965. Much later whilst still in Australia we do know the Mustang was fitted with a 427 cu big block competition engine and suspect it may have spent some time on the drag strip. In 1993 it was back inside a container for the two month journey into the hands of engineer Keith Dickens.
KD Engineering of Warrington in Cheshire was going to be home for the Mustang for quite some time as Keith began a full and detailed rebuild on the car. Renowned as a perfectionist no detail would be omitted and the highest standard of workmanship guaranteed as she was transformed into a full Shelby spec GT350. The car arrived without the big block motor and gearbox, it was and still is rust free and with two new front wings fitted. Over 2000 hours were clocked up with a full strip and bare metal re-spray in the correct Wimbledon White with the Guardsman Blue stripes.
The rear seats removed and a Shelby Deck fitted. Under the lightweight hood a 289 cu in, V8 from an AC Cobra fills the space topped with Edelbrock Performance heads and carb, twin point distributor, alloy inlet manifold and the Cobra high capacity sump. Keith fabricated the side exiting competition exhaust that enhances the V8 symphony. A Ford T10 ‘top loader’ gearbox with Hurst shift and competition clutch controls the balanced V8 400bhp. The rubber is pushed into the tarmac with Koni competition suspension and the car sits 1in lower at the front. Ford Falcon brakes with 10 inch discs bring the 1265kgs to a halt. The steering box also taken from the Falcon is quick and precise and with a 9in rear end and Detroit locker means nothing is wasted, immense power with minimal wheel spin. Keith took two years to complete the project and then enjoyed the car for another three.
The American Racing alloys and the full harness completes the look of a show winning car and after receiving many offers Keith finally accepted one from Manchester collector Peter Clay. The next seven years were spent as part of a large display of fine machines with minimal use before Peter’s interests went elsewhere and the entire collection was sold off...
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SPANNERMAN...

"...IT WAS A FAIRLY ROUTINE EVENT that got me thinking about one of this month’s topics. I was in the passenger seat and I think we’d all noticed the old saloon parked up in the bus lay-by. Or at least we thought it was parked up.
Suddenly, and without indication, the driver put his foot down and pulled out into the lane in front of us.
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In fairness he wasn’t too close, but it was the cloud of black diesel smoke that caught all our attention. And it was our own driver’s left hand that caught my attention. He just put his hand forward to the dashboard and slid a lever from left to right. I took a quick squint down at the appropriate area and I saw that the lever in question moved the airflow from its previous position of taking exterior air into the car to its new position of allowing the air already in the car to re-circulate. “Let’s hope the pollen filter keeps most of that out of the car” muttered our driver.
When we arrived back at the Chequered Flag, we got to talking about the cloud of smoke and how grateful we’d been that the car had peeled off to the left not long after its sudden appearance in front of us. The driver mentioned that he must check to see how often the pollen filter in his car needed replacing, and whether or not it had been done recently. The talk turned to why he’d been bothered about that when he’d put the air system in the car into the mode where it merely re-circulated the air already in the car. “Oh, it still passes through the pollen filter even when it’s re-circulating, and I was concerned that some of that awful smoke might have got into the car before I managed to switch off the outside air.”
Well all this got me thinking about filters and how they work, and I started to think about the number of filters fitted to our cars. There’s the obvious ones that I’m sure come readily to all our minds, like the oil filter and the air filter. I think that the fuel filter should really be included in that category as well, since I’ve always thought that a deterioration of the filtering efficiency of any of those three types of filter would usually lead to a lack of performance from the car. Then there’s the various types of filters fitted to the air ventilation systems. But how many more are there? And how do we best make sure they’re working at peak efficiency for the greatest length of time? We’ll come back to this topic next month.
TIP FOR THE MONTH
I’m afraid I’m going to be setting some homework for this month’s TIP FOR THE MONTH. It’s a simple thing really. Do you know how many filters you’ve got fitted to your car? And what about their lifespan? Are they the types of filters that need an occasional clean out, or do they need regular replacement? Or are they perhaps in need of occasional replacement combined with a regular clean out?
BACK TO BASICS
I was prompted to get BACK TO BASICS and pen a piece on hydraulic locking. This allows me to pull out one of my favourite sayings – schoolboy physics. And during the time I went to school, the only reference you’d find to “dark matter” would be when referring to the crusty pieces lying in the far corners of the fume cupboard...
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THE SECRET AUTOJUMBLER

MY 'JUMBLING REPORT THIS MONTH includes four major shows with some big conflicts of interests - firstly and this only happens every four years - yes it's my 21st birthday again (goodness that makes me 84!); no, I am talking about the footie World Cup and 'jumbling. It's just so difficult to cram it all in (especially at 84).
Now me, like a lot of people, love watching the ancient beautiful game, but doing this and 'jumbling puts a lot at strain on the jolly old heart, especially watching our team going backwards and forwards and managing just one goal and a loss, in the first match. Hopefully it will all change with the game against Uruguay, in the week I am writing this.
Of course it could all be academic by the time this gets read, but that's football for you.
ENFIELD PAGEANT
So after the May Beaulieu came the age old Enfield Pageant of Motoring, on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend - a show rather in the doldrums over the last decade. Well, nothing much changes - it was OK, but down in sales yet again plus the weather on the Saturday was pretty poor.
This is a mighty shame as Saturday is normally the main day for taking the dosh, but the rain and occasionally the mighty strong wind played havoc (yet again). A few gazebos flew. I had travelled to Enfield on the Friday and the traffic was horrendous, making me late getting there. Doing a bit of contemplating made me decide to set up on Saturday morning, which I did, but just looking at the car park told everyone that not too many people were attending and consequently sales were poor. Yet every poor day can be a positive one too and I did buy some gems around the field.
It was noted that there was more "car boot" stuff around than ever before, but if you look hard enough, the bargains are there and sometimes in very unlikely places. The price for a 25 x 25 foot pitch was £90.00 for the three days - a real bargain (if you stay for the three days) - therefore it brings out the garage clear-out people; a must. Enfield - please don't up the ante, because you will just end up with a total "car boot" show.
The weather improved for both Sunday and Monday (yes - I book and stay all three days) and guess what? I took the most money on Monday; this is totally unprecedented. It has never happened before, but just proves that it is worth staying; so many stall holders disappear on Sunday evening, it's a crying shame. Perhaps they will read this and make a different decision for next year.
On this point, I gather that the Enfield people have no intention of moving this show, to outside the M25. Their view is that when you move a show it tends to signal the death knell - personally I don't agree, but who am I? The 'bogs' were as bad as ever - when will they get some decent blocks in - it is just appalling. Food wise I did have a toasted sandwich (tuna and cheese), but it was totally tasteless (won't do that again) and then the next day a jacket potato (which was fine) and the third day I bought in a take-away sandwich (which was acceptable).
Vehicles of interest included a very nice Austin 16/6, the strange Epping/Ongar bus/tube/train vehicle, a Jaguar 3.5ltr. drop-head, a lovely 1920's Morris Commercial (Whitewebbs Garage) and the Greyhound (USA) coach. I do like going to Enfield and really hope that it continues, but it must do some radical changing....
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