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07 Sep 2015 16:22 - 08 Sep 2015 08:47 #1419 by MLT
MLT created the topic: My Mustang keeps me from getting home sick
I am an American living over here in the UK. I been here for over 25 years now. The one thing I find that help me from getting home sick is my 1966 Mustang. I purchased her over 2 years ago now. I found her off a popular web auction site, then imported the car from Washington state, but its actually a California car.
She is a bit of a resto-mod and that's for good reason,. If anyone has ever driven over here you'll understand why. The roads and driving in the U.K. is very different to back home! What I mean is that the breaks are all stainless steel disc, the frame has been stiffened, The suspension is upgraded to performance and more. The long and short is that she goes really well on the straights and unexpectedly good on roundabouts at speed. Always like to see the faces on the BMW M3 boys when that happens.
Now for the rub...My 289 currently in the car has bit the dust!. Something major in the engine went ping about a month ago. The short story here is that the previous owner of the car it turns out rebuilt the cars engine (using good upgrade parts) but being an enthusiastic amateur made a couple big boo-boos. one of these it turns out is the high-lift cam had a 1.5mm over reach. There was also a few more scary things we found after the ping but that over-reach on the cam was more than enough.
The car is currently at the Marcus Heritage Restorers works in Wiltshire and they are helping me sort the mess out. These guys are use to American engines because they used them pretty extensively in the Marcus sports cars, so they were the right guys to help me out. They are also helping me put some other things right on the car that I noticed.
So I am sadly currently without my car right now, but things are happening. I believe every thing works out for the best in the end and I am confident that when I get her back she will be an even better car.


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08 Sep 2015 08:51 #1433 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: My Mustang keeps me from getting home sick
Nice looking car! I bet the Mustang is a good choice for where you live, being fairly small and maneuverable compared to other '60s American cars.

Hopefully your shop can get the 289 sorted out for you quickly and you'll be back on the road. I imagine parts can be expensive for a '66 Mustang outside of the US.

Thanks for posting, and welcome to the board!

Have you seen our latest Muscle Car of the Week episode?

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08 Sep 2015 09:16 #1435 by MLT
MLT replied the topic: My Mustang keeps me from getting home sick
I have indeed! Never miss an episode!
And thanks for the comment. That's kudos coming from you and what you deal with. Actually I have seen some fantastic 60' American muscle cars over here.
Regards
MLT

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08 Sep 2015 11:07 #1436 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: My Mustang keeps me from getting home sick
Very cool. Thanks for taking the time to watch our show!

Let us know if there is anything we can help you with on your Mustang!

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08 Sep 2015 11:50 #1437 by MLT
MLT replied the topic: My Mustang keeps me from getting home sick
Thanks. May take you up on the offer regarding technical advice.
Regards

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18 Sep 2015 10:26 #1456 by MLT
MLT replied the topic: My Mustang keeps me from getting home sick
After much thought and discussions I have decided to shell out and have now ordered a replacement engine from the stated. Just purchased a high performance 302 crate unit that will give me 320 break horse from the start. Now just have to wait TWO MONTHS to get it!!!

I am however keeping the original 289 block safely tucked away for future use.

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