Starter motors and alternators can be a real issue especially if you’re planning an engine build and/or upgrade.

Motor factors are great (take a bow Motos of Kenley) and should be supported at all costs, in my view, but when you go outside the square with non-standard requests their eyes can often glaze over so the likes of Tom McCay of AMP Starter Motors (part of Classic Car World) can be a helpful source of knowledge.

Tom specialises in the products of WOSP and stock the full range, some 800 starter motors alone, which are typically half the weight yet offer three More >



With the extensive periods between services on your tintop it’s easy to forget that your kitcar needs servicing at far shorter intervals and one service that should never be ignored or delayed is the replacement of the Camshaft Timing Belt at recommended intervals.

A broken cambelt can spell disaster for your engine with bent valves or even

much worse. Although a replacement will require you to spend a few hours in the workshop it need not be an expensive exercise because Burton Power is now offering a top quality Gates Powergrip Timing Belt for the Ford Cosworth YB engine at just £35.75 More >

Welcome to totalkitcar online - TKC Mag September/October 2014 is out in ALL formats NOW.


Welcome to totalkitcar online - TKC Mag September/October 2014 is out in ALL formats NOW.

Welcome to totalkitcar online………Hope you’ve been enjoying a great week. Last weekend’s Donington show was a bit of a winner, when all is said and done. Plenty of feelgood factor and a generally good vibe about the place and that’s all one can hope for.

Times are a changing and we’ve lost Detling, Newark and Exeter this year and even the planned Malvern show is a non-starter. Same old same old doesn’t work anymore and with so many crossover events fighting for place on the calendar, manufacturers More >



A couple of Gary Janes-related news items this week, with this concerning Miglia Sportscars, run by GRP-laminator, of note, Mike Hughes, who markets the Janes-designed Miglia, a very pretty sixties-inspired Triumph-based kit, from his base in Poole, Dorset.

With a kit price of £1995, to get cracking with your Miglia build, in addition to the kit package, you’ll need a Triumph Herald or Vitesse donor, with the former being available in 12/50 (1200cc) or preferable 13/60 (1300cc) version, although the Vitesse (2-litre straight six) is the most coveted and arguably best-suited for Miglia duties. You could also go Rover V8 power, More >



Swindon-based, Mike Moore, who runs a company called Replica Rides, has acquired the moulds and rights to the erstwhile Ribble Kits & Classics models, with the exception of the Colani, and will be trading as Sammio Motor Company. Mike’s operation specialises in one-off custom builds and street rods, so he’s ideally placed to incorporate the Sammio products. He’s also built a decent number of his own rod-flavoured Replica Roadsters, too.

Therefore, the Spyder, Silverstone, Navigator will continue under Mike’s control although slight revisions will be made to the kit packages, plus there’ll be a new model called the A1 Alfa joining More >



The Caterham Academy is celebrating its twentieth year of making the dreams of amateur racing drivers a reality.

Since its inception in 1995, more than 900 novice racing drivers have tamed the race licence process, along with their first full season of competition in sprints and race events.

As well as hosting more than 300 individual events in the iconic Caterham Seven sportscar, the Academy’s racers have covered enough competitive miles on track to orbit the Earth almost seven times, completing – or attempting – nearly a million corners in total.

The Caterham Academy is widely acknowledged the world over as being one More >



New from Moss Europe are Securon seatbelts available in new colours grey, red and beige, which will help to compliment your car’s interior trim colour, perhaps.

Standard colourway is black and the kit costs £23.95 inc VAT, with the other colours at £31.96 inc VAT. More information available from ENDS.



Forge Motorsport has long been associated with clever, groundbreaking innovations, but the company’s latest design is one of the smartest ideas to appear onto the automotive aftermarket for quite some time; the Intake Press Compensation Valve (IPCV) – an idea so ingenious that the company has patented it!

Put simply, this engineering marvel prevents boost-loss across the components of any boost-charged car, it allows any specification of dump or diverter valve to work perfectly, regardless of engine boost levels, and it ensures perfect operation for any diverter valve, irrespective of the spring or diaphragm rate within it. But how does this More >



Superb new device from those meisters of nice automotive things, Richbrook International, run by the marvellous chap, Piers Richings, is a combined Digital Tyre Pressure & Tread Depth Gauge, a very tactile and ergonomic design that is easy to use.

For those that need it, the display is in a large easy-to-read format with pressure displayed in PSI, kPa and kg/cm², with the tread depth displayed in millimetres and inches.

It also features an air bleed function for precise pressure setting. This is a genuinely good thing that not only looks cool it earns its keep too. It retails at £19.95.

More information More >



This new pair of hoseclip pliers (part numbers 5899 and 5900) has been introduced by Laser Tools to solve the problem of difficult to access spring-type hoseclips and clamps of all sizes. They have a lattice-shaped tooth design that lets them grip the tangs of the clamp securely at any angle – even from the side.

The patented design includes a ratchet mechanism, which is used to lock the clamp in place when it is removed, this protects the hose or induction pipe from being crushed by the clamp and makes it much easier to refit the clamp. The slim design More >