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AutoMeter’s Elite Series Digital gauges feature LED-backlit numeric readouts that can be displayed in one of seven colours, making them easy to read at a glance.

Elite Series Digital gauges have durable stepper motors and are microprocessor-controlled for accurate readings. You can program the LED numerical and radial sweep readouts in one of seven colours—and what’s more, you can program the gauges to flash or change colour when user-set parameters are reached. Now you’ll know at a glance when water temperature gets too high, oil pressure plummets, or when you reach the proper shift-point.

All gauges except the tachometer and speedometer have More >

CLEAN ENGINES

 

Here’s one that could be of interest if you have a tired engine in your car…

Car parts distributor Randstad Ltd recently hosted a unique one-off event for motorists, giving their engines a free deep clean, while highlighting the pitfalls of a clogged diesel particulate filter (DPF), causing drivers to be potentially hit by replacement costs of up to several thousands of pounds.

Randstad’s industry-leading engine carbon cleaning brand TerraClean recently launched the competition on social media, giving away over £10,000 worth of services. The contest attracted hundreds of applicants, with 100 winners being drawn. Despite the wet and windy elements, 90 More >

STEVE SAYS – FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019

WELCOME to totalkitcar online

Welcome to totalkitcar online…If it’s January then it must be time for the Autosport International show, and we’ll be Birmingham’s ‘sunny’ NEC this week.

The kitcar industry will be well-represented as always with the likes of MEV, Severn Sportscars and Great British Sportscars, flying the flag along with the 750 Motor Club hosting several kitcar manufacturers of a motorsport bent such as Aardvark, Spire, AB Performance, Aries and Mittell (who’ll be launching a new model at the show).

There are always kitcar manufacturers to be found waving the flag at Autosport International

Plenty of horsepower at Autosport

You’ll always find curiosities More >

SMART TAKE ON ALPINE THEME

The latest project from talented French designer (ex-Sbarro and AC3 356 replica) is a very clever Alpine A110 replica based on a Smart Roadster. A nifty concept along the lines of the much-missed Michalak, in my view.

Using the complete drivetrain and underpinnings from the Smart, the superbly-named Smarlinette is available in kit form priced at €16,540 (approximately £14,919, although dependent on the exchange rate, obviously), which buys you the GRP and polyester body components (front and rear sections, bumpers, bonnet and boot-lid), hinges, all lights, mirrors rear screen and includes the cost of dismantling and servicing your Smart Roadster donor.

My More >

BLUEBERRIES ARE GOOD FOR YOU

One of the best wheel cleaners I’ve come across comes from TDG Car Care and is their Blueberry Wheels Concentrate, which in my view is quite simply amazing.

It’s an acid-free product, designed, created and hand-poured by the manufacturer that takes out grime and crud that at this time of year cling to your wheels for fun.

Over the Festive period, I did a bit of detailing – just for a change! – and one of my cars had been assaulted by mud and filth on some East Sussex lanes that seemed to be etched on.

A quick shake of the bottle (you More >

ENJOY STRAWBERRIES ALL-YEAR ROUND

During the same car care detailing session that spawned the TDG Blueberry Wheels news item also yielded this one, Luxury Suds shampoo from ADS Car Care, another of my favourite brands.

It is one of a line-up of shampoos from the East Sussex brand that also features shampoos with heady watermelon, purple grape and sweet shop flavours – the company loves a Body Shop or Lush-style scent on their products.

The Luxury Suds product has a strawberry whiff that could cause you a problem if you parked it next to a glass containing a Strawberry Crusha milkshake, so take care! Other brands More >

GASKET FIX

As the weather gets colder, temperature changes within your engine can trigger problems such as a blown head gasket. As we (nearly!) all know, a blown head gasket has several tell-tale symptoms including white steam from the exhaust, engine overheating, creamy white liquid on the oil filler cap and excessive coolant consumption.

The average mechanical repair cost of a blown head gasket is over £800, based on research conducted at the end of 2018. Certain vehicles can cost over £1300 to put right. In many instances, the cost of repairing the engine outweighs the value of the vehicle itself.

Steel Seal is More >

KEEP YOUR BOOTS ON

For drive-shaft and constant velocity joint rubber boots, traditionally the securing clamps have simply been compressed with clamp pliers.

However, on modern vehicles, the high-strength stainless steel clamps need much more force to compress them and secure the boot. For this reason, manufacturers now specify a torque figure that the boot clamps have to be tightened to.

If the clamps are not tightened to the specified torque figure, the boots could leak. The CV Boot Clamp Pliers from Laser Tools (part number 7316) is a robust, strongly manufactured tool that features a 3/8in drive and is specifically designed to be used with More >

PAINT BY NUMBERS

If you are having problems matching the paint on a classic Triumph or MG, Moss Europe is now offering a complete range of colours that have been carefully blended to be an exact match to the original paint as used by the factory.

Moss can supply paint in either aerosol or brush-on format. The aerosols come in 400ml cans at £17.20 and the brush-on paints are available in 125ml cans with a brush in the cap at £11.20.

They can supply colours for the following: MG T Type MGA MGB, MGC and MG V8 Midget (and AH Sprite)

Triumph Spitfire

TR5 and TR6

TR2 – More >

GROMMET & TIE? NO, IT’S NOT A PUB (I DON’T THINK!)

When mounting heatshields or other materials it can be difficult to make it look professional. DEI has put together a complete Grommet and Tie kit.

Included in this new kit are 24 – 3/8in grommets, grommet eyelet tool, six 20in long stainless locking ties and a handy locking tie tightening tool. Everything you need for a professional looking installation.

  • Universal kit for mounting heat shields, and other heat barrier materials • Includes FREE Locking Tie Tool

Buy directly from http://designengineering.comor via www.nimbusmotorsport.com ENDS.