The days of using any old polish on your car have gone. Nasty chemical-laden jollop that smelt horrible and took all your skin’s natural oils away, while leaving white dust on your bodywork. Of course, that was if you could actually get the product off the paint’s surface and if it was a sunny day, then forget about it.

One of the reasons we’re big fans of the products of Kent-based Cödeclean is that they are easy to use and work supremely well. Unlike some companies who offer far too many products, Cödeclean’s line-up is quite short by comparison.

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I’m quite taken with this new arrival on the North American scene.

It’s called the Catfish and is based on Mazda MX-5 and hails from Bauer Ltd, located in San Diego, California.

Underpinned by a spaceframe chassis, the company uses a lot of parts from the donor including engine and gearbox. It seems to causing quite a stir in the USA and I can’t help wondering how it would fare in the UK.

With a modern, stylish GRP body and an ultra-fashionable donor it could do well. In its homeland, the kit is priced at a reasonable sounding $13,900…

More information from ENDS.

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A really useful and very effective product we’ve been using in the workshop lately is Tectane PS697.

It’s very good at protecting chrome from tarnishing, especially in winter and it’s as easy as just spraying a light coating onto the surface and offers long-lasting protection from corrosion, oxidation and dirt.

After the wax has dried it leaves a sticky, water repellent film, which is all-but colourless and resists road-salt and is heat resistant to 100-degrees C.

Tectane products are available from a variety of outlets including Toolstation and with more information from ENDS.



Webcon has just launched their new Domed Screens for 45 DCOE / 44/48IDF and 48 DCO/SP /48 IDA carburettors.

These are simple mesh domes that are an ideal alternative to running with open trumpets, and offer a basic level of debris ingress protection. Domes supplied in pairs and are a push-fit into the air horns, and are able to be adjusted slightly with pliers to suit slight variations in air horn diameter.

For 45 DCOE/44/48IDF carburettors order as 9900804500  or for 48IDA/48DCO/SP carburettors order as 9900804800 with both variants priced at £41.39 inc VAT per set.

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Mini Spares can now supply an idler gear and roller bearing kit for the pre-A-plus 1275 engine.

This is a great way of repairing worn idler gear casings or converting to a quiet set of drop-gears for tuned road cars and kitcars running this engine.

The teeth are cut to pre-A-plus gear design, as per Cooper S and cost £199.42 inc VAT per set and wear order number C-22G943 with more details from or 01707 607 700 ENDS.



This new extension bar set from Laser Tools (part number 6081) supplies ten essential tools for driving sockets, especially useful for the modern engine bay where space is at a premium and accessibility can be difficult.

As well as the four usefully sized, 3/8in drive extension bars (75mm, 150mm, 250mm and 460mm), are a sliding T-bar, universal joint, 5/16in and ¼in bit adaptors and a 3/8in drive to ¼in drive reducer. All manufactured from chrome vanadium for strength and a long, robust life. Also included is the innovative and functional aluminium quick swivel handle — the extension bar goes straight through More >



Our mate Duncan Cowper is well-known for his on-track driving exploits over the years, most recently in a rather mad, yet beautifully built, Rush, now looking resplendent in its new colourscheme.

The car, with expert engine expertise from ex-F1, Mountune and Janspeed spannerman, Geoff ‘of the jumper’ Page, has recently undergone a bit of a rebuild. Some of this has revolved around the turbocharger.

Dunc enlisted the help of Turbo Dynamics, experts in their field with an enviable list of credits. The Christchurch, Dorset-based company uprated the compressor wheel for one of their far more efficient 76mm billet compressor wheel, with a More >



Well-known for their tuning, preparation and rolling-road prowess, Northampton Motorsport, has just gone one better with their superb and unique, ‘Carb Injection’ kit, initially devised for the Jaguar XK engine (3.8- and 4.2-litre), seen here, although other options are planned.

Almost too good to cover up with a bonnet, the kit has been designed in-house and really is very, very clever, with hidden throttle position sensor and Bosch injectors. The ensemble has been tested to 6-bar.

The package improves drivability, control and sophistication of fuel injection, while retaining the classic look of carburettors and the kit includes, three Northampton Motorsport-designed DCOi injector More >



Burton Power is now stocking the latest twin cable linkage from Webcon for twin Weber DCOE carburettors and DCOE pattern throttle bodies. The linkage also fits DCO/SP applications.

The linkage kit is 100 per cent UK-made to Webcon’s exacting standards and gives the classic and kitcar enthusiast a superb quality, billet-machined classic linkage system that includes all of the required fixtures and fittings thus making it more complete than any similar product available on the market.

Order as WEBLP2500 at £99.95 inc VAT and replaces part numbers FSESTLK100 and FSETLK2W.

More from 0208 554 2281 or ENDS.



Mini Spares has just announced their own crankshafts made from brand new forgings. The new cranks are based on the EN40B original items. They have large counter-balanced webs and bored holes for the big ends to reduce the reciprocating weight of the crankshaft.

It is not necessary for the customer to drill through the counterbalance webs. Forgings are known to be stronger than billets as the grain pattern follows the shape of the webs and bearings; this contrasts with the billet type cranks which are machined across the grain.

The Mini Spares forged crankshaft is supplied nitride and are designed for 1275cc More >