The standard system on many 848, 948, 998 and 1098cc engines is a single chain drive between the crank and cam. This chain will stretch with use and throw out the cam timing causing noticeable power loss.

The ‘S’ and some 1275 models have a much better ‘duplex’ chain, but even these do wear out. The best way to judge wear is to check the chain while you are taking it apart. With the timing cover off, rotate the crank a slight amount back and forth. The camshaft must move the exact distance at the same instance.

Timing scatter induced by the More >


The constant march of progress when it comes to in-car audio can be somewhat overwhelming at times, with increasingly large, incredibly sophisticated touch-screens now pretty much the industry standard. That said, Pioneer remains committed to those car owners running single DINs, and evidence of this can be found in its latest AVH product release, the mighty AVH-Z7100DAB, complete with a motorised multimedia player (with a 7in screen) and a host of features, functions and connectivity options.

The AVH-Z7100DAB has a fully motorised screen, one which folds out from the single DIN dash in a manner that can’t help but draw admiring More >


A reader was asking me about modern three wheelers the other day, rather than traditional Morgan M3W, Triking or Pembleton V-Sport types.

Obviously, the Grinnall Scorpion has to be a consideration and it’s one of my favourite kitcars of all time, regardless of how many wheels it’s got.

However, another corker is the tR1ke from Exo Sports cars, which is a storming thing. I remember getting seriously told off by Blyton Park boss, Richard Usher once because I was going so fast at the Lincolnshire track.

Not because of my speed or for me driving dangerously, but rather because I overtook him on More >


When carrying out any restoration we all need to strip paint or remove rust at some time and the latest product from Moss Europe makes light work of a usually tedious task. The Eastwood Surface Conditioning Tool features a rotating drum and a high-torque, ball-bearing supported motor with hardened spur gears to provide smooth operation and long life.

Speed is easily controlled with a six-position rotary knob and an on/off trigger control while a drum guard enclosure and a rigidly mounted ‘D’ handle provide operator protection and ergonomic comfort while working.

The Surface Conditioning Tool can be ordered as Part Number: 012-268 More >


Of the many artisan car care companies, one I really like is TDG, who also blend their own elixirs and waxes.

They recently sent me their Fruit Salad Car Shampoo to try. Yes, that’s right. It has the scent of those little fruit salad chews we had as kids. Tasty niffs aside, I recently tried the product out on a couple of dirty cars and it worked superbly.

Plenty of foamy suds, it removed the worst of the crud without additional input from me, it rinsed away easily and left a shiny, drag-free paint surface.

A little goes a long way, making the More >


The latest Aeroflow surge tank with twin fuel pumps is capable of handling surge free fuel for high performance 1000+ BHP vehicles.

The 2.5-litre spun alloy Surge Tank Kit is not only great quality, it’s also great value for money.

The anodised black finish will resist corrosive fuels such as alcohol, ethanol (E85) and methanol. The kit comes with all the necessary adapters to connect the two Bosch fuel pumps (0580254044) to the dual bottom outlets on the tank.

Both pumps are held in a dual EFi aluminium fuel pump bracket that comes with rubber inserts that surround the pumps and dampen any More >


A ridiculously effective car care product that I’ve been using with success lately is Ultimate Fast Finish from Meguiar’s.

It’s an aerosol formula that you simply spray on to your car’s bodywork, wipe off and watch the surface shine. I can do a car with it in about eight minutes, it’s that simple and easy to use.

In addition to a cool shine, the surface will be more resistant to dirt thanks to the synthetic polymer coating and the water-beading ability is insane after use. It’s available from between £16 to £20 and the box also includes a quality microfibre cloth. One More >


New from parts and tool meisters Rally Design is this Ford RS2000-spec bellhousing and the Kent-based company has re-tooled for this historically important product, including quick release gearbox facility.

Available again at the competitive price of £154.80 inc VAT, with generous trade volume discounts also available.

More information from 01227 792 792 or visit ENDS.


Sealey has introduced a couple of new pressure washer combination deals. They are ideal for a range of applications including cleaning vehicles, commercial equipment, motorbikes, patios and decking.

There is a choice of two pressure washers. The PW2500 is fitted with a powerful 2200W motor with a 438ltr/hr water flow rate and a maximum pressure of 170bar. This unit incorporates a 5mtr hose reel.

Meanwhile, the PW2200 is fitted with a powerful 1800W motor with a 400ltr/hr water flow rate and a maximum pressure of 140bar. This model is fitted with dual built-in detergent tanks.

Both washers are fitted with a Rotablast® Nozzle More >


Amazingly, in this digital age, there are still some classic Mini owners who are still using contact breaker ignition, possibly for reasons of originality. Now Mini Spares can offer a ‘Fixed Point’ electronic ignition conversion that it fits entirely inside the stock distributor cap!

All previous ignition kits utilised an external black box, not the sort of thing you want under the bonnet of your standard-looking engine compartment! No such problem with the new Pertronix Ignitor electronic ignition conversion kit and once you’ve installed the magnetic trigger and sensor, you will never have to change points again.

The other benefit is the More >