My first proper post of the new year comes at the end of the first month, yes I know that is pretty bad, but there isn’t anything to really say when there are no car shows, (lame excuse time). Is it too late to wish you all a Happy New Year? Anyway, towards the end of December last year I had an email to say that the old blog theme was a bit too dark and sometimes difficult to read on a cell phone. That got me thinking about a very valid point. I hadn’t changed the look in years, so I thought I would update the theme to a lighter and much fresher look. The title for this post was going to be a “A Quick Freshen Up”, unfortunatly it wasn’t anything like as fast as it could have been, so I dropped the “quick”. The process started off with me sifting through lots of themes to see what they looked like, can I have the menu where I wanted it, pictures, widgets etc. I found one that I liked and had created the new header pic. Alas all was not good when I checked the look on other browsers and page sizes. The header image was resized with the page style, that just caused havoc with the title I edited onto a photo itself, what that actually means is that the top part of the header picture couldn’t be seen on wide-screen versions, then only half of the title on the mobile screens. After looking at other various themes I have settled on this one along with another revised new header pic. The old header was based on the car being built with the lights on and the grill. As my car has been completed for a year now (which is still being enjoyed by yours truly), I thought why not have a nice pic of the car, so there it is. I have kept a nod to the old blog pages with the background “pony” image just being an inverted version, with a slight tint added now. I hope people don’t turn away thinking it’s the wrong blog. 🙁
So it was out with the old, and in with the new!
The blog may have a new look and yet I tried to make it still feel the same, so what’s the best bit of the blog now? It’s still the same ol’ me writing about anything however tenuously related to Mustangs. 🙂 Please let me know what you think of the revised blog, did you prefer the old style or like the new lighter version?
Towards the end of last year was interviewed Dennis Fletcher and he posted it on his blog. The last couple of posts from me were reblogs from his site: Customs N Classics, I hope you liked the reads as much as I enjoyed doing it.
The car got a treat over the Holidays, as I asked for donations to the “help keep the Mustang warm” fund. I had been saving up for a while and these came up as a real cheap deal so I ordered them and laid them in the freezing cold. These were 7mm solid PVC, coin top, click together style tiles at half a meter each tile. I ignored the fitting guide (as men do), and made sure that the car’s tyres would run down the middle of the tiles and not across the joins.
The tiles have made a big difference to the temperature in the garage, now it’s not as dusty, non-slip and so much easier to clean up. Not that I spilt anything on the new tiles when they were less than twenty-four hours old! 🙁
22 thoughts on “A Freshen Up”
Looking good. Nice work, good choices. And, I wasn’t aware that Snap-On Tools is an international brand … or is that simply a collector artifact? Thanks for all the likes!
Thanks for comments about the blog Brad. 😀
Snap-On are big brand in the UK, but we pay silly money for their products. I got treated to their tools on special occasions during the restoration of my car and i have a nice collection now. You can’t beat quality tools to make the job easier, they also have the lifetime warranty here too so I don’t have to worry about a something breaking.
Thanks. That’s extremely interesting to know. Hope the good weather comes and holds as show season kicks in.
I have my fingers crossed for the good weather too. Nothing worse than sitting in your nice clean car that’s now sitting in the rain ready for all sorts of dirt to stick to it. I suppose it’s a good excuse to clean it. 👍
Great new look. It’s always a difficult decision to change a corporate image but this works well.
Thanks Nigel, I wasn’t sure if the new look would work or not. Fingers crossed everybody else likes it too.
I like the head of your new blog but i prefer the dark old version…even if the new one looks clear, neat and has nothing to hide :), now i can’t wait for the truck!
See Mart? I told you. Got to do a truck next. That F100 is a great idea! Especially with a big engine. (490 with a massive blower, just sayin’) 🙂
You say, I’m listening. 490 + blower would be a worthwhile upgrade. 😂
Thanks for your honest and valued opinion. Couple of emails too say they like the new one, and another saying they wot the old style back. I will give it a little while and see what the good visitors think once they are used to it. I must say it wasn’t a little chance by any means.
As for the truck, I can’t let my followers down can I? I will have to come up with a serious marriage case why I need another American classic.🤔
Hey Mart – nice post. Where did the tiles come from and also your car cover?
Thanks for the kind comment.
The tiles are really good value and came from a very helpful company called EcoTile
https://www.ecotileflooring.com/ The tiles only took me a day to lay including quite a lot of fiddly cuts. The car cover came from Mustang Maniac, but I’m not sure they have any more as he got a batch in and they went pretty quickly. I think it was something like £60 that he just added to my bill. It’s Worth asking them if he has any more and ask for the blue and white one like mine, mention my blog and he will know exactly what you mean. Adam often has stock that’s not on the WebShop and is sold word of mouth as it were. He does other covers now from Scott Drake too. The WebShop is-
I hope that helps you a bit and thanks for stopping by.
Thanks Mart. Always enjoy reading the blog.
Thanks Mike. 🙂
I really like the new look. Gives it a really nice “freshen up”. I like the flooring you did, as well.
Thanks for the link back, appreciate it.
Hi Dennis, my pleasure. Thanks for the comments. New floor, new blog look, new project? Well 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. 👍😃
Hey, wouldn’t a truck be fun? 🙂
Oh yes, would love an ’56 F100 to do next. The wife likes those too. 👍
See, now you’re talking my language. I love those trucks.
With a nice big engine in it. 😲👍
Nice update to the blog.
Thanks guys. 🙂