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Here’s one that could be of interest if you have a tired engine in your car…

Car parts distributor Randstad Ltd recently hosted a unique one-off event for motorists, giving their engines a free deep clean, while highlighting the pitfalls of a clogged diesel particulate filter (DPF), causing drivers to be potentially hit by replacement costs of up to several thousands of pounds.

Randstad’s industry-leading engine carbon cleaning brand TerraClean recently launched the competition on social media, giving away over £10,000 worth of services. The contest attracted hundreds of applicants, with 100 winners being drawn. Despite the wet and windy elements, 90 More >


The latest project from talented French designer, Philippe Chalot (ex-Sbarro and AC3 356 replica), is a very clever Alpine A110 replica based on a Smart Roadster. A nifty concept along the lines of the much-missed Michalak, in my view.

Using the complete drivetrain and underpinnings from the Smart, the superbly-named Smarlinette is available in kit form priced at €16,540 (approximately £14,919, although dependent on the exchange rate, obviously), which buys you the GRP and polyester body components (front and rear sections, bumpers, bonnet and boot-lid), hinges, all lights, mirrors rear screen and includes the cost of dismantling and servicing your Smart More >


One of the best wheel cleaners I’ve come across comes from TDG Car Care and is their Blueberry Wheels Concentrate, which in my view is quite simply amazing.

It’s an acid-free product, designed, created and hand-poured by the manufacturer that takes out grime and crud that at this time of year cling to your wheels for fun.

Over the Festive period, I did a bit of detailing – just for a change! – and one of my cars had been assaulted by mud and filth on some East Sussex lanes that seemed to be etched on.

A quick shake of the bottle (you More >


During the same car care detailing session that spawned the TDG Blueberry Wheels news item also yielded this one, Luxury Suds shampoo from ADS Car Care, another of my favourite brands.

It is one of a line-up of shampoos from the East Sussex brand that also features shampoos with heady watermelon, purple grape and sweet shop flavours – the company loves a Body Shop or Lush-style scent on their products.

The Luxury Suds product has a strawberry whiff that could cause you a problem if you parked it next to a glass containing a Strawberry Crusha milkshake, so take care! Other brands More >


As the weather gets colder, temperature changes within your engine can trigger problems such as a blown head gasket. As we (nearly!) all know, a blown head gasket has several tell-tale symptoms including white steam from the exhaust, engine overheating, creamy white liquid on the oil filler cap and excessive coolant consumption.

The average mechanical repair cost of a blown head gasket is over £800, based on research conducted at the end of 2018. Certain vehicles can cost over £1300 to put right. In many instances, the cost of repairing the engine outweighs the value of the vehicle itself.

Steel Seal is More >


For drive-shaft and constant velocity joint rubber boots, traditionally the securing clamps have simply been compressed with clamp pliers.

However, on modern vehicles, the high-strength stainless steel clamps need much more force to compress them and secure the boot. For this reason, manufacturers now specify a torque figure that the boot clamps have to be tightened to.

If the clamps are not tightened to the specified torque figure, the boots could leak. The CV Boot Clamp Pliers from Laser Tools (part number 7316) is a robust, strongly manufactured tool that features a 3/8in drive and is specifically designed to be used with More >


If you are having problems matching the paint on a classic Triumph or MG, Moss Europe is now offering a complete range of colours that have been carefully blended to be an exact match to the original paint as used by the factory.

Moss can supply paint in either aerosol or brush-on format. The aerosols come in 400ml cans at £17.20 and the brush-on paints are available in 125ml cans with a brush in the cap at £11.20.

They can supply colours for the following: MG T Type MGA MGB, MGC and MG V8 Midget (and AH Sprite)

Triumph Spitfire

TR5 and TR6

TR2 – More >


When mounting heatshields or other materials it can be difficult to make it look professional. DEI has put together a complete Grommet and Tie kit.

Included in this new kit are 24 – 3/8in grommets, grommet eyelet tool, six 20in long stainless locking ties and a handy locking tie tightening tool. Everything you need for a professional looking installation.

  • Universal kit for mounting heat shields, and other heat barrier materials • Includes FREE Locking Tie Tool

Buy directly from https://designengineering.comor via ENDS.


BG Racing’s Large Folding Table is the ideal companion in the garage or workshop. The table features a sturdy 6ft work surface that folds in half for ease of storage and transportation.

A pair of shelves can be purchased separately along with specifically designed Kart Tyre Rails that can be positioned in several different arrangements to suit the user’s requirements.

Weight-rated levelling feet on the bottom of each leg make it quick and easy to achieve a level working surface regardless of the ground the table is standing on.

The BG Racing Large Folding Table is manufactured from high-grade mild steel with a More >


Speed and efficiency – two of the most important things when it comes to quick turnarounds on repairs. Laser Tools understands that sometimes traditional tools can be time-consuming – there must be a quicker way?

That’s why they’ve developed the pull-back rapid-action ratchet. This ratchet redefines speed and effectiveness wherever you would use a conventional ratchet handle. The 3/8in drive spins more than 360 degrees with a simple pump of the patented pull-back grip. Two ratchet lengths are available: part number 7376 (350mm) and part number 7377 (230mm).

Simply attach your socket or driver, then secure onto the fastener that needs to More >