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LOCKED IN PLACE

Locking the crankshaft is an essential job when carrying out many maintenance and repair tasks on modern engines. Often when the engine has been removed from the vehicle and the gearbox separated, there is no easy way to lock the crankshaft.

The new Laser Tools flywheel locking tool (part number 7511) is unique in its design and simplicity and allows the user to quickly and simply lock the flywheel via the ring gear when the engine has been separated from the gearbox.

This will allow, for example, the removal of the flywheel or front pulley retaining bolts, or keeping the crankshaft locked More >

NO, I’VE DONE THE ‘IT’S A WRENCH’ LINE BEFORE!

When a ‘proper’ ratchet is on the job there’s a feeling of security and unquestionable control that lesser tools simply don’t possess. The Matador Z90 ratchet is one such tool. A tool that instantly gains trusts the moment the 90-tooth ratchet mechanism spins with high quality, multi-tooth click.

It’s only when you hold a quality tool like this that you’re instantly aware of its heavy-duty engineering heritage, a past that this German-made ratchet can be very proud of given that Matador started out in a former hammer mill in the early 1900s.

That’s not to say the Z90 can’t hold its own More >

CATALOGUE SHOPPING WITH SEALEY

This latest version of The Tool Catalogue is NEW for 2019/20 from Sealey Tools and is available now.

Their new, larger sized catalogue contains 1204 pages – 64 more than the last edition – with 9800 total lines.  There are more than 1000 new products and it contains over 2000 consumables. It’s the must-have reference for automotive technicians, engineers, farmers and of course, serious DIY enthusiasts.

Sealey works hard to find the latest technologies, products and a range that will cover all your tool and workshop requirements. Trusted by professionals, all products are thoroughly tested by their experienced QC Engineers for quality, More >

376 REASONS TO BUY A BLUEPRINT GM ENGINE!

Summit Racing reckon that you might be able to build a GM LS engine that can make close to the 530bhp and 495 lb-ft of torque this BluePrint Engines Pro Series engine does, but it won’t be easy or cheap, and it certainly won’t come dyno-tested or backed by a 30 month/50,000-mile limited warranty like the BluePrint mill does.

BluePrint built this 376 CID (6.2L) engine with the good stuff:

  • GM 6.2-litre aluminium block
  • 3.622in stroke nodular iron crankshaft
  • 6.098in long connecting rods with bolts rated to 150,000 PSI
  • Hypereutectic pistons, 10.7:1 compression with 72cc heads
  • Hydraulic roller camshaft, 225°/238° duration @ .050, .612”/.585” lift, 113° More >

WESTFIELD EXPANDS FURTHER AROUND THE GLOBE

Lots of developments at Westfield Sports Cars, who have hit the ground running in 2019. MD Simon Westwood, reports sales and enquiries extremely encouraging.

A new race series in Israel, using AeroRace models, comes on stream this summer, while a new dealer in Dubai and another new territory in South America, will spread the ‘Westie’ word even further around the globe.

Westfield’s new ST4 European-spec chassis

In other news, a new European-spec model, the ST4 is nearing completion, fully homologated for most territories in mainland Europe.

For all things, Westfield visit www.westfield-sportscars.co.ukor call 01384 400 077 ENDS.

CATERHAM GROWS ITS DEALER NETWORK

Caterham Cars has appointed two new retailers, with one of them based in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. The new retailer will be operated by the respected Leven Motor Company, which also represents premium brands Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin.

The second new site is based in a brand-new showroom, just a few minutes from Silverstone circuit. Run by the existing Lotus Silverstone retailer, the addition of the Caterham franchise will build further on the business’ already a long-standing reputation as one of Lotus’ top retailers in Europe.

Both outlets are now open for business with official launch events for customers More >

SUPER DRYING TOWEL FROM AUTOGLYM AND VILEDA

Autoglym has recently launched InstaDry, a different type of automotive drying towel, which they claim has astounding performance. The amount of water that is removed from the car seems disproportionate to that held in the cloth.

The InstaDry has great parentage, being the product of two well-established giants from different worlds of cleaning solutions. Autoglym has partnered with Vileda (have a look at ‘er indoors’ cleaning gear in the cupboard under the sink!) to introduce this hydrophilic cloth into the world of car care.

The PVA-coated microfibre-type cloth reduces drying time with its super absorbency. It holds a dear grip on water, More >

NOPE! NO CHEST JOKES, HERE

This new, professional quality, heavy-duty, lockable toolchest and cabinet is perfect for keeping tools secure and tidy.

Main features include extra-large drawer pulls with protective anti-slip drawer-liners ball-bearing runners for super smooth sliding action, extra double wall steel construction, large 5in industrial chrome-spoked wheels with foot brakes, rubber grip side handles and extra-large chrome steel side handles for easy movement.

Safety ‘push-lock’ drawer design prevents drawers accidentally opening when tilted and all drawers lock simultaneously when the top lid is closed.

A protective top mat prevents the top chest from moving and provides a non-slip working surface.

These tool chests and cabinets are available More >

HOT LS3 CAMS FROM SUMMIT RACING

Like an ice cream parlour with only one flavour, Summit Racing reckoned that having just one Pro LS Turbo camshaft just wasn’t right. So, their Pro LS people came up with three more cam grinds to cover engine builds from mild to wild.

These hydraulic roller camshafts are precision-machined from high-quality, American-made steel. Their state-of-the-art lobe designs pull strongly past 7000rpm using valve springs rated as little as 150lbs at the seat and 400lbs of open spring pressure. The cams work well with stock rockers and budget-friendly valve spring and retainer kits.

Summit Pro LS Turbo cams have the same intake lobes More >

REINFORCED A-SERIES HOSES

Mini Spares has noticed that most of the standard rubber coolant hoses that are available seem to have a much shorter life expectancy than you would want.

If you’ve ever tried it you’ll know you don’t want to fit radiator hoses to a classic Mini engine that often! The solution was for Mini Spares to develop its own brand and reinforce it with KevlarÒ- the same material that is used in ballistic vests and helmets. You can see the KevlarÒfor yourself – it’s the white strands visible at the ends of the hoses.

This has extended the life of the coolant hoses More >