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I DO LIKE A NICE BADGE

Loving these top-quality enamel badges available now from Car Builder Solutions. A total of nineteen different designs are available.

I note a couple of them were as used by MG Rover on their ‘Z’ models and MG TF back in the day and as such have been out of production since 2005 when the manufacturer folded, but I always thought they added a smart touch to a specialist car.

Likewise, others I the range which includes a tasteful ‘St George’ Crusader cross, a Scottish Ecosse design and a nice outline of circuits such as Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Hockenheim and the Nürburgring.

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DRY SUMP FOR YOUR PINTO

A dry-sump system offers many advantages over a standard factory ‘wet’ sump.

Engine reliability is improved thanks to a more consistent oil pressure especially when cornering, there is an increased oil capacity due to a large external reservoir and the engine can be mounted lower in the vehicle as there is no large oil pan which helps lower the centre of gravity thereby improving handling and aerodynamics.

Fitting a dry-sump system to the Pinto engine has never been easier thanks to this conversion kit from Burton Power. Most of the conversion is a simple bolt-on affair with only the front of the More >

IT’S IN THE BOOK. IT MUST BE

Laser Tools has announced their brand new 2020 tool catalogue.

This dynamic new resource is bursting at the seams with hundreds of new items listed out of a truly impressive range of products.

The new catalogue has straightforward, easy-to-use sections, comprising Hybrid/EV, Specialist Automotive and LGV, HGV, Motorcycle, General Hand Tools, Workshop and lots of lovely Laser Tools Racing merchandise. The comprehensive index section makes it easy to find the tool of choice, and each item is listed with images and full details, including vehicle applications if applicable.

The print version is available from your local Laser Tools stockist (find your nearest stockist at http://www.lasertools.co.uk/) or More >

SMELLS NICE BUT DON’T DRINK IT – PLEASE DON’T DRINK IT!

I am partial to a banana milkshake! Therefore, even though it’s not yellow, I really like Core, the interior detailer from Aenso. However, don’t drink it for goodness sake.

It does clean and protect all interior trim and plastic though, something that a banana milkshake can’t do. Plus it leaves an anti-static effect on all surfaces.

I also noticed that on the cars I tried it on the colour of the plastics were somehow enhanced, which I like greatly.

A smear-free, satin-finish. What’s not to like? I’m sure that although it costs £12.85 for a 500ml bottle the banana milkshake that I had More >

KEEP COOL DON’T BLOW A GASKET

It is generally believed that the best head gaskets are made of copper, but there is more than one copper head gasket on the market.

The original Payen-stamped gasket TAM2121 is now obsolete, so it’s a good job that the latest Mini Spares gasket is UK-made to the original drawing specifications with latter-day improvements.

The Mini Spares gasket features perfect combustion and oil fire rings and a 3.35cc compressed volume. It will fit850/997/998/1100cc engines and, best of all, it’s cheaper than the original.

Order as part number GUG702506HG at £10.80 inc VAT.

For more details contact 01707 607 700 or visit www.minispares.com ENDS.

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NO! IT’S NOT A FLYING HELMET!

DEI has raised the bar by producing what they claim is the most technologically advanced turbo-shield ever!

The DEI GEN-3 TITANIUM Turbo Shield boasts a silicone-coated TITANIUM LR™ outer layer with multiple stainless steel and silica inner layers. This unique combination makes the GEN-3, very strong and resistant to extreme temperatures.

OUTER SHELL • Coated in silicone to insulate and hold up under extreme conditions. • Prevents fraying and encases seams make them over four times stronger

INSULATION LAYER Thick layer of silica insulation keeps heat in the turbo-shield and turbo housing. Silica has a low thermal conductivity making it one of the More >

A WET WAX THAT DOES WHAT IT SAYS

There’s a growing number of ‘wet coat’ products appearing on the market although they are nothing really new. I guess people are beginning to realise just how effective they can be in your car care armoury.

In my view, I swear by them and once you use one I think you’ll agree. Trouble is there is some real bandwagon-jumping rubbish on the market although there are some great ones.

One that I have been using for ages comes from Gliptone, the American brand whose products are distributed in the UK by the guys at Liquid Leather in Chester. It’s called Wax-After-Wash and More >

RUNFLAT – LOVE OR HATE?

Some people cannot abide a run-flat tyre while others swear by them. If you are one of the latter then this new tyre from Maxxis may be of interest.

The new Victra M36 Plus Runflat from Maxxis is claimed to offer a comfortable quality of ride (not all runflats can claim that, let’s be honest!) as well as longevity, again not something that all can promise.

The tyre features reinforced sidewalls, which help support the weight of the vehicle in the event of a blow-out. Available now in 16in, 17in and 18in sizes from £75 each.

More information from www.maxxis.co.uk ENDS.

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REAL TREE WOOD!

Just like a high-quality gearknob feels great in the hand and somehow enhances the art of the manual gearchange, this new – and lovely – Cherry wood had puck from Revive Auto Apothecary is a thing of beauty.

More than just a luxury item it makes the application of paste wax and polishes a cinch as it allows evenly distributed pressure meaning that coverage is consistent on a panel while it also reduces strain on fingers and wrists.

You can use it with Revive’s applicator although whisper this – and don’t tell them – but any Velcro-backed pad can be pressed into More >

THIS WILL SHIFT IT!

This professional-grade high pressure, mobile hot washer from Machine Mart is perfect for really effective cleaning of cars, vans, boats, agricultural machinery and much more.

The Clarke KING 200 uses a hot jet of up to 90°C which will rapidly dissolve dirt or grime, powered by an economical diesel-powered water heating system delivering a maximum pump pressure of 2175psi and water flow rate of up to 600-litres per hour.

This hot pressure washer benefits from a heavy-duty brass pump head and induction motor for long term reliability. It also comes complete with an extra-long 1270mm gun and lance, an 8m high-pressure hose More >