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LOCK UP YOUR MINI’S A-SERIES

Many Classic Mini – and Mini-based kitcar – owners will be planning an overhaul during the winter so the time is right to take a look at this handy tool.

Mini Spares has a Flywheel Locking Tool that bolts where the starter motor fits to secure the flywheel in place during the removal of the flywheel bolt/crank pulley etc on you’re A-Series engine.

An assistant to hold it in place is no longer a requirement!

The tool will prevent the flywheel from turning without causing any damage at all. It’s certainly a better solution than an old screwdriver jammed in place!

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WINTER BEETLE-BASED KITCAR UPGRADE?

Winter’s almost here and by now many kitcars will be tucked up in their garages undergoing a seasonal refurb.

So, it’s a good time to advise Beetle-based kitcar owners (1300cc or 1500cc) about these new GAZ adjustable GT. They are fully adjustable and enable the damping bump and rebound rate to be adjusted to suit the conditions, load and driving style.

The adjustable damping rates can be altered by means of an easily accessible knob on the side of the units. GAZ can set these dampers up for general road use or for serious classic racing if that’s your preference.

They feature a zinc-plated More >

GOT A COOL WORKSHOP? MACHINE MART WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU

Machine Mart is on the lookout for ‘Dream Workshops’ for their ongoing video series!

The Customer Dream Workshops video series gives Machine Mart customers the chance to showcase their workspaces to the like-minded tool and machinery fanatics.

If there are any Machine Mart ‘super fans’ around with an enviable workshop or garage, or someone who has an interesting story to tell, they want to hear from you.

Two videos in the series have been released so far and they can be found at www.machinemart.co.uk/dream-workshops.

Whether you’re a petrolhead in Peterborough or a woodworker in Whitby, get in touch and they could be doing a More >

OPTION 2 FROM OPTION 1!

A new addition to Frank and Susan Sadowski’s Option 1 Sportscars range of services is Option 1 Auto Trimming, which as the name implies will deal with all aspects of vehicle upholstery and trim parts.

Known for their prowess with a spray gun and well-regarded within classic Lotus circles, If their trimming is half as good as the paintjobs they’ve done that I’ve seen over the years. A recent Essex Wire liveried Tornado GT40 replica was a complete stunner complete with ‘invisible’ stripes!

The company will tackle anything from a refurb to a completely new interior and this is sure to be More >

NEW LECCY 2CV CONVERSION KIT

New from the good folk at The 2CV Shop in Somerset is the 2cEv an electric 2CV! They’ve joined forces once again with French company Mehari-2CV Club Cassis as they did with the electric version of the Mehari, they call eDen.

For the 2cEv out goes the Citroën 602cc air-cooled twin replaced by a Sevcon Gen4 15 kW electric motor bolted up to a standard 2CV gearbox.

In the boot is a 10.5 kWh battery pack that is said to give a range of up to 60-miles and a top speed of 65mph. The 2CV Shop reckons that the electric motor’s output More >

FROM RUSSIA – TO SHOREHAM – WITH LOVE!

Sound deadening and heat-protective materials have become very popular with kitcar enthusiasts in recent years and for good reason.

Trust me, there are some complete rubbish products out there that don’t deaden sound and definitely don’t prevent heatsoak although by the same token there are some great ones available. Dynamat or anything from DEI anyone?

Another product that I have been hearing good things about lately hails from Russia and is called STP Bomb Aero made by a company called Standartplast. It’s available in the UK though from Heritage Parts Centre.

STP Bomb Aero uses bitumen-based technology using what is described as aero More >

TOP OFF YOUR ZETEC WITH A ZAKSPEED

New from that Ford parts meister, Dave Colledge at Retroford is this glorious new cam cover for the Ford Zetec emblazoned with the legend ‘Zakspeed’ on it

It is cast from LM25-grade heat-treated aluminium alloy and fits both ‘silver’ and ‘black’ top Zetec engines.

The Northamptonshire-based company already produces similar Zakspeed covers for BDA, BDG and BDT engines.

An easy-peasy install it simply replaces your original Zetec cam cover (including your oil cap) it comes complete with a baffle-plate and breather although you’ll need a set of Dave’s BDA-style HT leads.

Available now at £364.40 inc VAT via www.retroford.co.uk or at the other end of More >

WINTER DRIVING IN FRANCE? USEFUL INFO

If you are planning to drive your vehicle in France between now and March 31, this piece might be of interest to you.

A new law – that many French people don’t even seem to know about – came into force in France recently. Of the 96 French Departments, about 50 of them now require that ANY car must be equipped with winter tyres – or carry at least two snow chains or ‘socks’ onboard – between November 1-March 31 annually.

Failure to do so will result in a fine of €135 and you won’t be able to carry on with your More >

BENNY AND THE WASHER JETS?

Another useful tool to keep in your toolbox or overall pocket is this universal windscreen washer jet adjuster from Laser Tools (part number 8091).

As well as the standard jet adjusting tube and cleaning needle, the tool is supplied with interchangeable heads that let you adjust the special jets fitted to various production cars.

The handle features an internal hexagon and magnet to ensure the interchangeable heads are held securely in place during use.

You’ll wonder how you did without it! Available now from your local Laser Tools stockist, typically priced at £50.02 inc VAT) Always remember to check for the best prices More >

NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS!

With the Clarke range of Garage/Workshops, available from Machine Mart you can protect your pride and joy from the elements this winter in a tight fit, well-lit, protected environment.

Using a heavy-duty advanced cover that is triple-layered, waterproof, fully UV treated for long term protection against sun, rain and wind, you can guarantee that you are investing in a product built to last. A drum-tight finish is provided through ratchet tight cover tensioning.

This range is easy to install through-bolt together hardware and joint supports with a powdercoated steel frame for optimum durability and stability. With various anchoring options, they can be erected More >