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R-TEC REVAMP LA BALA

Great to see R-TEC Motorsports exhibiting their La Bala kit at Donington last weekend.

Initially, Chris Ridgers, was importing the kit from the USA but since the manufacturer decided to sell the product, it is now made right here in the UK, which means that Chris has been better able to make some revisions to the package to better suit the UK market, while has also chopped a large chunk from the kit price.

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La Bala was originally just a set of plans in the USA before a ‘proper’ kit package was introduced, although for those that like such things, Chris continues More >

Any long wheelbase beach buggy will fit the Minx chassis

BY JOVE THEY COULD BE ON TO SOMETHING

I’m very partial to an MGF, as regular readers will know. I’m also convinced of its benefits as a potential donor vehicle. Thus far, Sylva Autokits has done (Vectis), the excellent Costin Roadster disappeared sadly before it was properly revealed and I know of four other kits currently being prepared that use the MGF’s innards.

A quite unexpected MGF-based new arrival turned up at Donington last weekend in the shape of the Morton Minx, which is a beach buggy kit that uses the underrated two-seater as its donor vehicle.

Any long wheelbase beach buggy will fit the Minx chassis

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IT’S A MIRACLE

I’m a big fan of the work of Paint Perfect Lincoln, based in er, Lincoln. In addition to their incredible skills at applying paint to all manner of vehicles and items like gaming machines, their repair work is pretty special too.

During my last visit a few months ago, looking forlorn in the workshop, waiting for a bit of TLC was this Fisher Sportscars-vintage, Fury, which the owner had entrusted to the Paint Perfect team to breathe new life back into it.

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As the second image shows, not only did they manage to resurrect the Fury they completely transformed it More >

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MORE THAN JUST AN ELECTRONIC BEAT COMBO!

Here at totalkitcar/TKC Mag we try and follow certain practises, such as not buying cars ‘sight un-seen’, taking the missus shopping at least once a month (garage points are rare and hard-earned) and avoiding at all costs cheap, pointless and nasty tools.

How many times have you been keen to remove a bolt, reach for the appropriate socket and grab a ratchet only for it to ‘let go’ leaving your knuckles bruised and in a right old mess? I try and follow a ‘buy the best tools I can afford’ mantra for our workshop, as a result.

The likes of Snap-On and More >

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LOTS OF VARIETY FROM BIG AL

Good to see BAR Motorsport exhibiting at Donington Kit Car show last weekend with their variety of products and services on display, via a very professional-looking stand.

The York-based operation is run by Alastair Ecclesfield and they really do offer a varied package from race preparation (cars and bikes), trackday back-up and car hire, tyre changing, tyre sales, signage and graphics and general kitcar building to name but a few. Oh and to top it off they also sell a range of performance parts.

Talking of the demonstrator, it’s a very fine example of a superbly built Luego featuring a Honda Super More >

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ROB-CO DO VALUE FOR MONEY

An exhibitor’s stand I always like going to at kitcar shows is that of Rob-Co Tooling a small, yet friendly company (based in South Wales) with a can-do attitude who go out of their way to source difficult to find tools and equipment such as ‘skin’ pins. When did you last see them?

In addition to their general range of tools and components there are some real gems and unusually they cater for Metric, AF, Whitworth, BA and Torx.

A new arrival of late has been their superb British-made, pipe flaring and bending tool, which is exceptional value at just £105.

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LATHEMAN MAKES STUFF ON A LATHE

A Lancashire-based company offering a whole raft of help and components to kitcar builders, particularly those with a liking for the Haynes Roadster and Locost is The Latheman. Let’s call him Jeff!

He’ll happily produce custom-made parts of a custom-made nature, just supply him a drawing and precise measurements and he’ll supply you with a quote, while stock parts include crush tubes, rack extensions, threaded Rose-joint inserts and wishbone threaded bushes. The sort of parts that will really make the difference to your car be it cosmetically or the way they help it work better!

More information from www.thelatheman.com ENDS.

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START SOMETHING

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 >

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BELT AND BRACES

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 >

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A MIGLIA TRIUMPH

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 >