“Rita”, a 65′ Convertible. Accomplished project

One of our recent restorations, has been sold to Brian in England.

FROM: BRIAN
TO : MUSTONLY@WORLDNET.ATT.NET
SENT:TUESDAY, MAY 28. 2002 10:36AM
SUBJECT :RITA TOURS FRANCE

Hi Jim,
Just thought you’d like to know that I took Rita on a charity car rally across France to Monte Carlo. What a great drive it was, mostly on secondary roads, but occasionally on highways. There were 20 cars entered and we drove on average 250 miles a day. We had to figure out where to go and made about 5-6 stops each day to solve cryptic clues. Points were awarded based on the answers (and you had to arrive by a certain time or get
penalised). My navigator was my 13 year old daughter. We were the only classic car (the rest were all new Porches and BMWs). We managed to finish 2nd! On the last day, we got to drive around the Grand Prix of Monaco circuit (as it was being set up for the Grand Prix race). Great fun. I’ll email some photos once we get them developed.

On the way home, we put the car on the train and took an overnight train to Paris. We spent a day touring up and down the Champs Elysee and by the Louvre and Notre Dame cathedral. Some interesting video clips for sure.

Rita ran (for the most part) absolutely great, especially on the highway. She even managed to average 20 mpg.(imperial gallon which makes it 17m.p.g. American on a 4v carb.) She was certainly the most talked about car in the event (the French just love “le Mustang”). The only thing that went wrong happened after the engine was really warm (several hours of driving) – at idle (or with the foot off the accelerator at slow speeds) the engine would stall. Ian le Riche figures it was gas evaporating (from the
engine heat) before it made it to the engine. At speed, there was never a problem. Now that I am back in Jersey, no problem at all (probably because the engine never really gets hot here).

Is this something you’ve encountered before? Any suggested solutions? Would adding an electric fuel pump make any difference? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Also, Ian tells me that the front brake discs will need replacing in the next year or so. I thought I should enquire now in case they are difficult to find. Do you know what size/shape they are and do you have (or can you get) some?

We must be getting to the point where I should start to pay for these items (I have no problem with that – you’ve been absolutely great on that front).

Talk to you soon.

Brian

Brian’s car being built

Finished car

WE STARTED WITH A 1965 CONVERTIBLE BODY, THAT CAME TO LIFE AS A 6 CYL CAR. WE TOOK EVERYTHING OFF AND STARTED OUR PROJECT.

REBUILT 289 -4V ENGINE (1YEAR/12000 MILE WARRANTY)
REBUILT C4 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ALL NEW V8 SUSPENSION
1 IN. FRONT SWAY BAR
3/4 IN. REAR SWAY BAR
FRONT DISC BRAKES
REAR DISC BRAKES
REBUILT REAR END WITH POSI TRACTION
REBUILT V8 POWER STEERING SYSTEM
ALL NEW V8 STEERING COMPONENTS
REBUILT GEAR BOX
HEAVY DUTY FRONT COIL SPRINGS
NEW FRONT AND REAR KYB SHOCKS
CHROME EXPORT BRACE
REBUILT 4V CARB.
NEW WATER PUMP
NEW SPEEDO CABLE
NEW BRAKE HOSES
NEW REAR LEAF SPRINGS
NEW FUEL TANK AND SENDING UNIT
NEW 3 ROW RADIATOR
NEW FLYWHEEL
LUGGAGE RACK
NEW BUMPERS
NEW OUTSIDE DOOR HANDLES
NEW GAS CAP
NEW TAIL LAMPS
NEW LOCK SET INCLUDING TRUNK
NEW GT EMBLEMS AND STRIPES
NEW ACRYLIC ENAMEL PAINT COLOR SANDED, RUBBED & POLISHED
NEW WEATHER STRIP
NEW WINDSHIELD
NEW L & R WINDOW REGULATORS
REBUILT HEATING SYSTEM
ORIGINAL AM RADIO
NEW ANTENNA
NEW FRONT BUMPER GUARDS
NEW REAR BUMPER GUARDS
NEW CARPET
NEW PONY SEAT COVERS
NEW DASH PAD
NEW PONY DASH BEZEL
NEW PAINT INTERIOR
NEW INSIDE REAR VIEW MIRROR
NEW SUN VISORS AND BRACKETS
NEW BOOT RAIL MOLDINGS
NEW UPHOLSTERY ON I/S 1/4 PANELS
NEW SEAT BELTS
NEW SHIFTER BEZEL
NEW WHITE CONVERTIBLE TOP
NEW STEERING WHEEL AND HORN RING
NEW SILL PLATE
NEW KICK PANELS