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A-SERIES? GET YOUR BEARINGS

ACL Race Bearings are precision manufactured to a wall thickness of ±0.0040mm giving engine builders close control of vertical oil clearance.

These bearings help to optimise high-pressure oil film generation for better bearing load transmission and increased durability. They also help to provide predictable and consistent oil pressure and flow through the engines’ oil galleries.

They provide tighter control of bearing clearance, which is linked to improved bearing load transmission and increased durability; this reduces stress on other vital engine components. ACL race bearings are well proven for their durability.

Big end sets are available for Small Bore and Cooper ‘S’ and 1300 except More >

AH JUST THE TONIC

 

Nothing worse in my view, after spending a couple of hours cleaning and polishing your car to see it let down by unsightly tar on the bodywork, which ordinary polishes and cleansers won’t shift.

A product that I like to use for this comes from Autobrite called Just The Tonic Tar and Glue Remover, which is a hydrocarbon-based formula containing no chlorinated solvents or methanol.

I’ve always found it to be very effective at removing tar, glue, and asphalt from most hard surfaces including painted surfaces. It has a decent level of cleaning action, doesn’t smell like a petro-chemical plant and does More >

AT LAST AN E-TYPE IN KIT FORM – SORT OF …

Global leader of partwork publishing DeAgostini is launching a new build-your-own model magazine series of the nation’s favourite classic car – the iconic Jaguar E-type – available now. The series will be published weekly, with the first issue on sale for two weeks from the launch date of mid-March.

The 100-part magazine series and accompanying build-up model kit has been developed closely with, and officially licensed by, Jaguar Land Rover. The highly detailed and exclusive model includes fully functional suspension, an opening bonnet and boot, real rubber tyres, working lights, and upholstery finished in genuine tan leather. The model created for More >

SEVENTY YEARS OF COOL GREEN SLIME

This year marks the 70th birthday of the well-known British brand, Swarfega. Famous for its green hand-cleansing gel, it’s a business that’s been part of the fabric of everyday life for mechanics and technicians for generations.

Who hasn’t used Swarfega at least once?

Swarfega was launched during a momentous period of history, with much of the world still reeling from the effects of the Second World War. In the UK, 1947 started with the nationalisation of the coal industry to help fuel the re-building of Britain and ended with the future queen of the United Kingdom, Princess Elizabeth, marrying the Duke of More >

REALLY, CHIPS ARE GOOD FOR YOU!

As an innovation leader in the field of chip tuning, RaceChip has developed a smartphone app that enables you to communicate via Bluetooth with your car.

Thus with Ultimate Connect you’re able to customise your car’s performance characteristics like never before and easily switch between three performance levels, customise the integrated warm-up timer and reset to series condition via your smartphone at any time as well as enjoying maximum acceleration and mid-range response in your car.

With a processor that’s perfectly tuned to the demands of modern engines, premium components and a comprehensive service and safety package (that includes both a two-year More >

‘TIME FOR BED’ SAID ZEBEDEE! SEE WHAT I DID THERE?

Builders and owners of MG TF-based body conversions might be interested to hear that XPart has added a new MG TF Lowering Spring and Upgrade Kit to their range (part number – XPT006300).

Before the demise of the company in 2005, MG Rover chassis boffins developed this kit with the engineers at Eibach UK to lower and upgrade standard MG TF springs, which can come in for some stick. They made a big difference and were widely praised by MG enthusiasts.

The springs lower the car by 20mm-25mm and are progressively wound and uprated although preserve the ride quality while helping ride More >

I’M NOT DOING ANY ‘OPEN UP AND SAY R JOKES – I’VE DONE THEM BEFORE!

Burton Power now offer a cast aluminium replacement ‘Duratec-R’ cam cover that has been designed to fit all standard Ford 2-litre., 2.3-litre and 2.5-litre Duratec HE engines.

The cam cover can also be used on VVT Duratec engines but only when the variable valve timing gear has been removed. This item is for use with a Ford coil-pack and plug leads – coil-on-plugs cannot be used because of space limitations.

The cam cover is 65mm high, which will give a 2.3-litre or 2.5-litre Duratec engine the same overall height as a standard 2-litre engine with the original Ford cam cover. It comes More >

FORGED IN STEEL. WELL ALLOY ACTUALLY!

Forge Motorsport has released a high-quality CE-marked alloy jack that’s perfect for owners of lowered show or race vehicles, allowing them to lift their vehicles safely, without damaging sills or trims.

It’s hard to argue that a lowered car doesn’t look much better than one at standard height, but this new-found poise can introduce problems when trying to jack it up. With the sill height being so much lower, most standard jacks are too high to be able to slip under the vehicle.

With so many aggressive-looking cars on its own fleet, Forge sought to find the best quality jack, with the More >

WASH AND WIPE

Valeo Service UK has launched HydroConnect™, a new wiper blade range providing 96 per cent OE flatblade car parc coverage with just 42 part numbers.

HydroConnect™ is made up of three different product ranges: HydroConnect Front™ specially designed for vehicles originally fitted with front flat blades, HydroConnect Rear™ made for vehicles originally fitted with rear flat blades, and also HydroConnect Upgrade™, introduced for vehicles originally fitted with conventional front blades.

The new flat blade uses pioneering multi-connection technology ensuring the HydroConnect Front™ fits 12 types of front arms and the Hydro Connect Rear™ fits six types of arms, both with just three More >

BETTER VISION

Mini Spares can now offer original style sealed-beam headlamps as used on classic Minis as well as many other British classics.

The sealed beam lamps include a pilot light and were probably the most common right hand drive light unit used on Minis up to 1990.

Order as part number 13H3471A. Sold singly, two required per car, of course and they cost £11.52 inc VAT each.

For more details contact 01707 607 700 or visit www.minispares.com ENDS.