PEANUT BUTTER GOODNESS

A tiny artisan car care brand that I really like is Yeovil-based Immaculate Reflection and they make good, honest products, with a bit of novelty value but that actually punch above their weight and work superbly.

Take their Glorious Gloss Peanut Butter Smooth wax, which smells just like those old peanut crunch sweets we used to have as kids. Sure, it’s a real hoot and it even has the texture of peanut butter, too, but it’s a high-quality product that did crazy things to the surface of my Smart ForFour.

That car is always difficult to get looking great because not only More >

THIS ROLLCABS WILL BRIGHTEN UP THE WORKSHOP!

Brand new and available in four colours; orange, red, black or blue these new quality rollcabs from Sealey Tools are sure to prove popular.

Constructed from heavy gauge steel and with steel inner walls for extra strength and durability, these rollcabs also have rust and solvent resistant powdercoated-finish and feature a high polished chrome handle to enable smooth manoeuvrability.

The heavy-duty 45mm ball bearing drawer slides provide superior performance and carry heavier loads. Each drawer features stainless steel drawer pulls and non-slip liners and is ideally sized for fitting Sealey themed tool trays.

A full height rear locking mechanism secures the full-length drawers More >

WOO-HOO DIY POWDERCOATING!

Powdercoating is one of the most economical, colour-durable and longest-lasting finishes available. Powdercoated surfaces are far more resistant to chipping, scratches, fading and wear than other finishes and the colour selection is virtually unlimited: high and low gloss, metallic and clear finishes are available.

Also, thanks to the UV resistance of many of the powders, colours stay bright and vibrant for longer. Texture selections range from smooth surfaces to a wrinkled or matte finish plus rough textures designed for hiding surface imperfections.

The Dual Voltage HotCoat Powder Coating Gun kit from Moss Europe has two settings – one for tight spots and More >

THIS WILL STOP IT MAKING A NOISE

DEI Boom Mat Tape has the same noise blocking and sound damping qualities as Boom Mat damping material. It lends itself to damping hard to reach areas as well as being ideal for covering wires and cable harnesses running on or along the sides of floorboards.

The tape is a multi-purpose sound deadening material for use anywhere to help reduce road noise, sound system vibrations, rattles, dashboard plastic-to-plastic chafing sounds, door panels, floor pans, deck lids and boot area, to name a few.

There are also many household uses for Boom Mat Tape. It can be applied to the bottom of metal More >

COOL NEW STUFF FOR ZETEC

Burton Power now has an intake manifold to enable a Weber 32/36 DGV/DGAV twin choke carburettor and also 38 DGAS/DGMS carbs to mate to a Ford Zetec E engine.

The manifold is ideal for fitting a more modern 1.8- or 2-litre Zetec E engine into a classic or period kitcar where the owner wants to retain the original style of a single downdraught carburettor.

It is also suitable for a number of racing classes where the Zetec E engine can be used only with a single downdraught carb.

The manifold bolts straight onto the engine with no modifications required. It is cast and More >

THREE-PIECE CLUTCH FOR A-SERIES

Mini Spares can now offer complete three-piece aftermarket clutch kits made by Borg & Beck. These resemble the original clutches made by and kept under license by AP, the lifelong manufacturer. The AP diaphragms haven’t been available since the original tools were scrapped.

The complete Borg & Beck three piece diaphragm clutch kit can be ordered as part number GCK100MS at just £54.00 inc. VAT.

The diaphragm is also available on its own as GCC103 at £26.10 inc. VAT

For more details contact 01707 607v700 or visit www.minispares.com ENDS.

SMELLS GOOD ENOUGH TO DRINK – BUT DON’T! OUT IT ON YOUR CAR INSTEAD

I like the Sam’s Detailing brand and they make really good products that often smell amazing.

Here’s a great duo from them. Starting with their Liquid Wax, which has a totally and utterly glorious banana scent. I had one of those Frijj banana milkshakes (other brands are available! on the go when I cracked Sam’s Liquid Wax open and I kid you not, in my haste for a gulp of milkshake I almost downed a glug or two of the Liquid Wax, because it smelt so lovely. Best not try that at home, eh!

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LOOK PAINFUL BUT THEY WORK A TREAT

Aeroflow Aero clamps are recommended for extra clamping on push lock rubber hoses when used in high pressure and heat applications and are supplied as a pack of five in sizes -4 AN to -12 AN. The clamps are priced from £5.99 inc VAT.

The Aero Clamp Pliers are a handy tool which aids in the installation and removal of all size clamps and priced at £41.99 inc VAT. More from 01268 764 411 or www.b-gdirect.com ENDS.

HAWK’S NEW COUPE TOPS THEIR RANGE

Everyone knows that Hawk Cars produce superb replicas of various Cobras and also a Lancia Stratos. The company’s MD, Gerry Hawkridge is well known for his high standards, eye for detail and encyclopaedic knowledge of classic sixties cars, particularly those of a Cobra and/or exotic slant.

He’s recently launched what can perhaps be regarded as his crowning glory, a Hawk Coupe replica that is period correct and accurate in every way. Just six of the Shelby Daytona Coupes were built for racing between 1964-65. The late Carroll Shelby giving his designer, Peter Brock the brief to design a GT car that More >

A GLASS CANOPY

Here’s a cracking product, a sealant with a difference.

A sealant should be applied to your paintwork after you’ve washed, clayed and thoroughly decontaminated the body and it should ideally be applied before a coat of wax. However, if you are doing an in-between clean some of them have decent levels of gloss and so can be used a standalone product, such as Glass Canopy Liquid Sealant, by Infinity Wax.

If you do use a wax over a decent sealant, however, the results can be spectacular and you could feasibly get paint protection that lasts up to a year. This one, blended More >