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UN-DO RUSTY STUFF

The busy professional technician or kitcar enthusiast does not have the time to waste attempting to wrestle with seized or corroded nuts or similar components. Track rod ends, 02 sensors, bearings, and even pulleys are commonly rusted, seized or even thread-locked into place. Removing with force can damage the nut or component, so most techs will reach for the gas-torch.

However, in these health and safety conscious days there are many concerns with using a naked flame in a confined space, the main one being the consequential fire risk. Sound deadening material, underseal, wiring, plastics, fuel and brake hoses and lines More >

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BLEEDING BRAKES

Brake fluid, being hygroscopic, absorbs water from the atmosphere and needs replacing every two years, even if the car has had little use. If this important maintenance task is neglected, full braking performance will almost certainly be compromised. To help facilitate fast and efficient brake fluid changes, Facom now offers its customers two new brake bleeder models: the analogue DF.80 and the digital DF.100. Both models connect to the vehicle’s battery and feature 10 litre storage tanks with adjustable and constantly regulated pressure from 0-4 bars. They will also stop automatically if the brake fluid drops below the minimum level. More >

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MORE SPARES FOR YOUR KIT

Great British Sportscars has announced a factory trackday at Blyton Park on Saturday, March 15, where anyone interested in buying a GBS Zero, or merely just curious and fancy a good car-related day out then this could be for you.

The company will have two Zero demonstrators on-hand available for passenger rides all-day. Contact the GBS factory for full details of this one.

Meanwhile their Kit Spares operation has added two new products to their growing range this month. First up is their Unique Thermostat Housing – CST0075 – has bolt patterns to suit Crossflow, Lotus Twink, Ford BDA and engines featuring Raceline’s More >

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STAY DRY THIS WINTER – AND SUMMER AND…

Here’s a cracking little device that is absolutely ideal for kitcar enthusiasts from those purveyors of marvellously innovative products, Frost.

It’s called Vent-a-space and is designed for when a vehicle is laid-up and there is often a quantity of air trapped inside the vehicle, together with water vapour and bacteria. This produces mould on surfaces and can corrode metal. Vent-a-space collects this fixed quantity of air and continuously circulates it.

Firstly, the air passes through a biological filter, it is then heated slightly to remove any water vapour. The air is then disinfected. This cycle is repeated constantly ensuring only clean air More >

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GOING UNDERGROUND

Mech-Mate, the manufacturer of glassfibre Motorpits, has appointed Matthys Quality Equipment in Vichte, Belgium as its mainland European distributor.

Matthys is one of the largest suppliers of garage and workshop equipment to the enthusiast market in Europe. With a substantial showroom and warehouse, the appointment will allow European customers to view the full range of Motorpits in-house and receive quick off-the-shelf delivery. Customers will also be able to see, and order, Motorpits through Matthys’ comprehensive website (www.matthys.net) or mail order catalogue.

Mech-Mate (www.mech-mate.com) is celebrating more than 20-years of continuous production of Motorpits in the UK, with installations throughout the UK, across More >

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RUSTY BOLTS? A THING OF THE PAST

We’ve been using the Mini-Ductor® II induction heating tool in our workshop, with great results. Seized nuts and bolts can be a real pain. Penetrating sprays and the like can help, but might not and in the worst case scenario you could end-up with a sheared bolt.

Apparently, a new version, Mini-Ductor® II + is about to be launched in the UK and will carry on the good work started by its predecessor and is designed to make the job of removal of rusted and corroded parts even easier.

The Mini-Ductor® II + uses high frequency magnetic fields creating high performance induction heat More >

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EVENINGS ARE GETTING LIGHTER

Light is essential for car enthusiasts and mechanics to carry out inspections and repairs. Small compact lamps are a big hit and after the success of its award winning RIL50 pocket lamp, which sells in excess of half a million units a year, Ring has introduced two new pocket lamps.

For professional mechanics, Ring has introduced the RIL2300, a heavier duty Professional Pocket Lamp, which contains a lithium-ion battery making it rechargeable, for regular everyday use. It takes only four hours to charge to provide five hours operating time.

The eight high-powered LEDs produce 120 lumens output of natural white light that More >

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GARAGE CLEAN-UP

Kärcher – the world’s leading cleaning specialist – is pleased to announce their latest range of Multi-Purpose Vacuums (MP Vac), the solution to all tough cleaning jobs and the ultimate tool for occasional and serious DIY-ers alike.

The new range is the strongest ever thanks to its intense suction power. The MP Vac can be used to clean up more than just dust and suck-up both wet and dry debris, making them ideal for cleaning the garage, car, workshop or for use with DIY renovations.

Featuring robust motors, which are designed to outperform ordinary Vacuum cleaners and pick-up not only heavy duty More >

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FORGET MILK TRAY THIS ONE’S USEFUL

Sometimes the very best ideas are the ones that make it out of the paddock – and onto the shelves. The latest design from the good folk at Forge Motorsport is one such product and offers the firm’s typically over-engineered approach to something that can be used every day; a mechanic’s tool tray.

Measuring in at a useful 300 x 480 x 250 mm, the Forge tool tray started life only as a cherished item for Forge’s sponsored race and drift teams. Hand-fabricated from aerospace grade aluminium and featuring neat drilled details for smaller tools, as well as a comfortable large-radius More >

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BADGE OF HONOUR

Accessories gurus, Europa Specialist Spares, celebrating a marvellous 30-years in 2014, has recently been granted a Trademark Licence Agreement from Ford Motor Company to officially manufacture, and distribute, classic Ford badges.

Over the next 12-months Europa will be introducing many Ford badges to their product range items that haven’t been available for many years and are therefore looking for clubs, restorers, trade and any other interested parties who may have requests for specific badges in order to prioritise tooling availability.

Models covered include – Anglia, Cobra, Consul, Corsair, Cortina, Escort, Escort XR3, Fiesta, Ford GT, Ford V8, Granada, GT40, Model A, Model More >