ICONIC KITCAR BUSINESS FOR SALE

One of the kitcar industry’s most historic companies is coming onto the market as a going concern as its owner looks to hand over the reins to someone with the ambition to see the marque flourish into the future.

Having been in continuous production for the last 40-years, since 1993 Marlin Sportscars has been run by Mark and Terry Matthews, initially with the Cabrio, then with the Sportster and EXi.

With Mark’s passing in 2014 after a long fight with cancer, Terry has been running the company with the support from her loyal technical team, but she feels the time is now More >

AUSSIE TIGER

Tiger Racing boss, Jim Dudley, has seen it all in 30-years running Tiger Racing, making some of the UK’s best-loved kitcars. However, the company enjoyed a ‘first’ recently.

Lee Kernich, a customer from South Australia has just built a Tiger R10, the only one believed to have been registered in Australia, overcoming the considerable obstacle of Aussie ADR regulations, at the same time.

To meet the requirement, some adjustments were needed, including fitment of inertia reel seatbelts, strict emission tests including a 90dB noise test, padding on the dashboard, third brake light and an engine immobiliser system.

Lee purchased a comprehensive R10 kit More >

MONSTERED IT!

 

That fits well! Ducati Monster engine fits neatly into an ExoBusa chassis, thus creating an ExoMonster!

Exo Sports Cars always enjoy a challenge. The maker of fine exo-skeletal kitcars has used many different types of engines in their cars over the years. Exo Co-director, Paul Holmes explained: “At Exo, we’re always up for a challenge and when we were asked by a customer if we had a four-wheeled chassis suitable for a Ducati Monster engine, the Exobusa chassis was the obvious choice.”

The customer who ordered it will be having more than one so we have decided to make it a permanent More >

HANDY DRIVER

This new range of slot-headed, wooden-handled screwdrivers from Gunson Tools is suitable for a wide range of traditional applications from woodworking and cabinet-making, to classic cars and machinery. The oval section handle gives these screwdrivers a lovely weight and the natural feel of an older and more traditional wooden-handled screwdriver.

There are four slot-headed drivers in the range: part number 77145 is 160mm in length with a 9mm tip; 77146 is 200mm long with a 9.5mm tip; 77147 is 250mm long with a 100mm tip, and part number 77148 is a full 300mm in length with a tip size of 10.5mm. The More >

HIGH-REVVING-CRANKSHAFT

Small block Chevys were designed to be high revving. Light weight and a short stroke/large bore design let that first 265 cubic inch engine make good power up to about 5000-5500rpm, unheard of in 1955 when flathead Ford V8s ran out of steam at three grand or so.

Today you can build a small block Chevy to make power well beyond 7000rpm with the right parts. One of the secrets to a high-RPM small block is reducing rotating assembly weight. A lightweight assembly can spin faster, so the engine can hit its powerband quicker. It also takes less horsepower to rotate, More >

HEEL AND ‘TOW’

Sealey’s TST22 Towing Socket Tester is MOT-approved for use in stations on vehicle classes 4, 5 and 7.

It’s a quick and simple test of 12V 13-pin Euro-type sockets fitted to the rear of the vehicle.  It is supplied with 4.9m cable to enable the operator to use the tool while sitting in the car.

It features a self-test facility to ensure the serviceability of the tool and is powered by the 12V vehicle supply. It also tests the 12V continuous/ignition live feeds and the reversing lights – not part of the current MOT test, but useful when diagnosing electrical faults.

The unit More >

STEVE SAYS – FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019

Welcome to totalkitcar online…

Welcome to totalkitcar online……. with Ford engines powering so many kitcars, in the past, present and into the future, the EcoBoost range of engines was seen as the future, for many years to come.

However, that hasn’t turned out to be the case. EcoBoost came in various ‘strengths’ – 1-litre ‘Fox’(three varieties up to 140bhp), 1.6-litre (150-200bhp), 2-litre (200-301bhp) and 2.3-litre (270-385bhp).

Changes have been made already with the 1-litre remaining available for now, the 1.6-litre replaced by a new three-cylinder 1.5-litre ‘Dragon’ (150-200bhp), 2-litre gone about to be replaced by a new variant known as ‘Maverick’ and the 2.3-litre More >

GENTRY IS BACK IN PRODUCTION

A kitcar that I have always liked and one that has sold in very good numbers is the Gentry, which is celebrating a superb 45th birthday, this year.

Created by an engineer called Roger Blockley, who ran RMB Sportscars (RMB stood for nothing more exotic than ‘Roger Michael Blockley’) in Barwell, Leicestershire, he’d worked on the Spitfire production line (that’s Triumph rather than Supermarine!) and had an understandable fondness for the Triumph marque and expert knowledge on Herald, Vitesse and Spit, in particular.

His Gentry, a more than passable take on the MG TD, was launched in 1974 and some 2500 have been More >

KIT SPARES ADDS MORE ATR PRODUCTS TO THEIR RANGE

Great British Sportscars’ Kit Spares operation has been busy adding more brand new products to their ever-growing line up of parts from their ATR Products division.

Front ATR Brake Upgrade Kit Race/Trackday/Road- Features a Ford Sierra Hub – GBS Zero Front ATR Upright Upgrade Kit – https://www.kitspares.co.uk/index.php?route=product/category&path=43_9&car=43

ATR Products Fuel Pressure Regulator – Black https://www.kitspares.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1324

ATR Throttle Bodies – Ford Duratec, Zetec, Mazda and more. https://www.kitspares.co.uk/index.php?route=product/category&path=43_8_58&car=43

TPS Sensor for Throttle Body https://www.kitspares.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&path=43_8_58&product_id=1124&car=43

More information from www.kitspares.co.ukor www.atrproducts.co.uk ENDS.

 

GIVE IT THE TREATMENT

As a car care devotee there are several brands and companies that I really favour. The simple reason is they are run by nice people and sell great products that make your car look better.

One such company is Downham Market-based Shipshape of Norfolk, who for many years have been the UK importers of the Collinite range of products. Just lately they have become the home here for another American brand called The Treatment and I’ve been putting some of the range through its paces.

One that has really grabbed me is their Carnauba Paste Wax that has the performance of paste waxes More >