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12 VOLT HEALTH CHECK

As a quick, easy, convenient and accurate method of checking vehicle battery health, Laser Tools have recently introduced their Battery Tester (part number 8206).

This is a compact unit that accurately tests battery health and cranking and charging voltages. Enter the battery details from the battery label and the results are displayed on the easy-to-read LCD screen. The CCA (cold cranking amps) figure can be used to predict the lifetime of the battery, which is displayed by a level-bar indicator on the screen.

With easy-to-understand instructions, engine start voltage can also be measured as well as charging (alternator) voltage. Accurate to +/-0.05V More >

CROSSFLOW 711M PISTONS

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This 0.060in oversized piston was originally designed for Ford Crossflow 711M engines with flat (non-chambered) heads (introduced in August 1970) and Fiesta 821M engines. This 1.3-litre piston can also be used as an upgraded part in 1.6-litre engines as the smaller chamber in the piston will raise compression to approximately 10.3:1.

Available as part number 18647/060 at £49.75 each inc VAT

Further details via 0208 554 2281 or www.burtonpower.com ENDS.

GOOD CHEER FROM THE MAGIC MAN

Must be that time of year again!

Are you looking for Christmas gift inspiration? Merlin Motorsport sells over 25,000 parts, components and accessories for all forms of motorsport and for the kitcar enthusiast.

MERLIN MOTORSPORT GIFT VOUCHER 

Redeem vouchers on racing parts or their workshop services. Comes with a gift card.

More from www.merlinmotorsport.co.uk or 01249 782 101 ENDS.

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 >