NO, NOT THE SERPENTINE IN HYDE PARK!

The thought of getting down on our hands and knees to precisely measure out brackets and spacers for a serpentine drive conversion doesn’t always get our motor running. However, if you want to upgrade your vehicle with fancy stuff like air conditioning and power steering, there’s a good chance an old V-belt drive just won’t cut it and replacing stock serpentine parts can be a challenge. That’s why you’ll love the convenience of the S-Drive Serpentine Drive Systems from Eddie Motorsports.

Each S-Drive system features CNC-machined aluminium pulleys and brackets; stainless steel fasteners; Edelbrock, Tuff Stuff, or Ford Racing water pumps; More >

IT’S A REVOLUTION IN ENTERTAINMENT IN-CAR

 

Revolution in the world of in-car entertainment is rare these days, but as consumer trends change and Smartphones become a more integral part of our everyday lives, so too does the need for a head unit that suits shifting fashions. Pioneer’s latest single DIN unit not only moves the game on but is perfect for classic and retro cars, as well as a plethora of modern machinery.

The Pioneer SPH-10BT is a Smartphone receiver that prioritises active lifestyles and phone functionality while keeping drivers safe. Hands-free calls, app control via the buttons and even voice control make it the perfect solution for More >

OPEN DAY AT SLIM’S DETAILING

loved this limited edition VW Beetle in Bottle Green Metallic at Slim’s last Saturday

Chemical Guys and Auto Finesse are just two of the brands stocked by Slim’s Detailing

A bit of machine polishing instruction

I popped over to sunny Enfield last Saturday morning to Slim Detailing store, not only to pick up a few essential supplies of a car detailing nature but also to take in their open day, which was quite an important one for the company’s bosses, Andrew and Stuart Moring, as it would have marked the 101stbirthday of their grandad, Slim Moring.

He was quite a character, old Slim and More >

QUICK RELEASE TOOL FOR DZUS

Dzus Fasteners have been used in aviation since they were invented by William Dzus in the early 1930s; their use progressed into motorsport in the post-war years when they were first utilised on Joe Garson’s Kurtis-Kraft midget racer, ‘Bullet’.

Today they are recognised as the standard form of quick-release, vibration-proof fastening for metal panels.

Aeroflow now has a multi-function Dzus Fastener Tool that features a dual-head that is compatible with both sizes of Dzus fasteners as well as curved blades that match the form of the fasteners themselves.

The Aeroflow Dzus Fastener Tool is manufactured from billet aluminium to a lightweight ergonomic design More >

GET CONNECTED

In addition to their existing range of automotive cable, Connect Workshop Consumables has recently introduced a new range of mini reels of high-quality cable in a variety of colours and capacities from 5-amp up to 27-amp.

Three varieties of speaker cable are also included in the mini reel range. These are general purpose low voltage cables manufactured to BS 6862, suitable for use in automotive and marine applications in temperatures up to 70°C. The PVC insulation is resistant to petrol, diesel and lubricating oils and the cable is supplied on a convenient plastic mini reel.

The 9/0.30 (nine strands of 0.30mm diameter More >

GAZ SHOCKS FOR MINI-BASED KITCARS

Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any more new products for the classic Mini, GAZ has come up with an all-aluminium bodied, fully adjustable, a lightweight damper for the classic Mini, and therefore kitcars using the donor parts from the same.

Fitting GAZ dampers to a kitcar enable the bump/rebound rate to be adjusted to suit the conditions and driving style by means of an easily accessible knob on the side.

GAZ can set the dampers up with valving for general road use and they will also be suitable for the occasional track slalom and sprint use; alternatively, they can More >

A DEMON PRODUCT

A little car care brand who quietly go about their business, while also producing great products is Blue Goblin Car Care.

One of the best, in my opinion, is Afterglow, a rapid detailer that goes on easily and most importantly comes off easy, too.

Applied via a spray trigger, it provides a durable, hydrophobic layer, helping to protect your paintwork and lasts for weeks. It also leaves a deep gloss on your car’s paintwork and is said by Blue Goblin to help keep wax and sealants active for longer.

A 500ml spray bottle costs just £9.95 and is available now via the good More >

THE SHIELD

Excessive heat can easily damage brake-lines, transmissions, hoses and electrical wiring – not to mention your skin! DEI Flexible Heat Shields use a combination of advanced textiles and an innovative stand-off bracket design to dissipate heat thus protecting susceptible components as well as arms and legs.

Flexible Heat Shields are rated to offer protection from heat up to 1350°F, making them the ideal solution for any automotive or marine application where local heat protection is needed. They are of specific safety value around hot exhaust pipes on motorcycles, kitcars, quad-bikes and other off-road vehicles.

DEI Flexible Heat Shields come in a choice More >

IT’S ‘BEADING’ MAGIC

Aqua from Alien Magic is a car care product I really like. It’s a nano hydrophobic wet coat product that really works amazingly well.

It’s easy to apply, has amazing hydrophobic effectiveness (it beads, basically) and outstanding wet coat gloss, and there are huge benefits in using this product from the experienced detailer to the weekend enthusiast.

The versatility of Aqua means it is ideal for painted, plastic, chrome, vinyl and glass surfaces imparting an extra deep high gloss shine, unrivalled fast drying action, free from spotting or streaking in the rain.

You just spray it onto your car’s body once it’s been More >

‘IT’S ELECTRIC THAT STEERING’!

In case you haven’t noticed, OEM manufacturers have replaced traditional hydraulic power steering with electric power steering and the latter eliminates heavy, bulky hydraulic lines and pumps, so it’s lighter and can be packaged to fit in tight engine compartments, like those of kitcars.

They made the switch for fuel economy reasons, primarily but the advantages of electric power steering make it ideal for updating your kitcar, classic car, muscle car, truck, or street rod to modern steering.

Summit Racing now carries EPAS Performance electric power steering kits that make the swap a cinch. The kits use an electric motor and a More >