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HEAVY DUTY MINI ‘BOX

Mini Spares has introduced its new close-ratio MSG03 gearbox that features special heavy-duty 2nd and 3rd gears, laygear and a first motion shaft to match. This combination provides a quiet road ‘box suitable for engines producing up to 125 lb-ft of torque on naturally aspirated engines.

The MSG03 gearbox incorporates Mini Spares helical-cut extra-strong gear teeth (using the same design as the well-proven Mini Spares C-STN48 four-speed gear kit, but now, for the first time, available as a five-speed set).

The MSG03’s ratios are as follows: 1st = 2.583 same as Clubman set 2nd = 1.644 3rd = 1.250 same as Clubman More >

LOOKING FOR ANGLE

New from Summit Racing – Many of today’s engines use the more accurate torque angle method for tightening fasteners, especially on critical components like cylinder heads and main cap bolts.

A Performance Tool Torque Angle Gauge will help you do that. It has an easy-to-view 360-degree scale that reads in two-degree increments so you can quickly see the exact amount of torque applied to fasteners, so you don’t accidentally overtighten them.

The gauge works with all 1/2in drive ratchets, breaker bars, and sockets. A 15in-long flexible clip arm shaft, spring clamp and powerful magnet are included.

More from www.summitracing.com ENDS.

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MIG MADE EASY – WELL, EASY-ISH. NICE MACHINE THOUGH

This easy-to-set-up MIG135TE welder is ideal for the DIY enthusiast, with power settings from 30- to 130-amps, and the ability to weld mild steel up to 5mm thick.

It features a professional style, non-live torch, which offers a distinct advantage for the inexperienced welder and it also has a turbofan for prolonged welding at full power.

It comes in a stylish case with a hinged side door providing access to the wire reel and gas bottle and it has power selector switches for easy use, allowing even beginners to produce professional-grade welds with ease, so it’s ideal for automotive repair and other More >

ULTIMA: THE STORY – READ ALL ABOUT IT

New from Ultima Sports is this cool new book by CEO, Richard Marlow called ‘Ultima: The Story So Far’, available now in hardback.

 

It charts the story of the Ultima marque from its formation in the mid-eighties by Lee Noble to its position today as a maker of kit-form supercars.

 

Co-founder, Richard founded Ultima Sports with his father Ted and the book charts their story through Richard’s eyes. A superb effort and surely a must for any kitcar enthusiast’s bookshelf.

 

More from www.richmarlow.co.uk or www.ultimasports.co.uk ENDS.

IT’LL GO LIKE A ROCKET

Using a Rocket/5 Speed gearbox to English/Atlas rear axle drivetrain set up?

Burton Power has announced an upgrade to its Single Piece Competition Propshaft for Mk2 Escort RS set ups running a ‘Rocket’ or five-speed gearbox linking to an ‘English’ or Atlas rear axle.

The propshaft is built to the same specification as the original Group 1 item. The single-use propshaft is much stronger than the original two-piece item by virtue of the removal of the centre bearing and the use of larger diameter tubing in its construction.

It is suitable as a direct replacement for the original prop or for competition use More >

THIS WILL GIVE YOUR PINTO THE BEANS!

Webcon has announced a short body cast aluminium inlet manifold to allow the fitment of twin 45 DCOE carburettors or DCOE pattern throttle bodies to a Ford Pinto engine.

The thickness of the manifold is just 28mm to ensure maximum clearance for tall inlet trumpets or air filters. The manifold is supplied complete with a fitting kit as pictured.

The 28mm manifold kit can be ordered as part number MW4272B at £320.66 inc VAT. Webcon also offers Pinto manifolds in different lengths.

Available from 01932 787 100 or visit www.webcon.co.uk ENDS.

POSITIVELY PURRING

Getting your air-cooled VW engine purring like a kitten takes some work, but there are a few things you can do to help release the inner feline in your flat 4.

Discarding the mechanical points in favour of electronic ignition is a common upgrade, which utilises modern electrics to help prevent running problems caused by sticking contact breakers. The 009 distributor which operates centrifugally, without vacuum advance will improve throttle response and is a popular swap for those running twin carburettors.

Fortunately for us, the good folk at SSP have their ear to the ground when it comes to making products that More >

THESE DE-BURRING BRUSHES ARE COOL

New from Summit Racing … Brush Research BC Deburring Flex-Hone Tools can be used to deglaze, deburr and surface finish any type or size of cylinder.

The hones are self-aligning, self-centring and self-compensating for wear, so no set up or special training is required to use them.

They can be used in virtually any tool with a rotating spindle like hand-drills, drill presses, robotic cells, or professional machining centres.

Brush Research BC Deburring Flex-Hone Tools are available in your choice of aluminium oxide or silicon carbide abrasives with a 120-grit finish to provide an excellent surface texture on any material. They are sold More >

FIRM GRIP

New from Laser Tools is this neat little palm-grip driver and bit set (part number 8648), that you’ll reach for again and again when you have to get to those really difficult-to-access fasteners.

Included is the swivel palm-grip, 72-tooth ratchet driver, its shallow dimensions are useful in tight areas, but swivel the blue anodised-aluminium grip ring through 90° for extra leverage when you have the room. This ratchet driver fits any standard 1/4in shank screwdriver bits.

And this is a comprehensive set, 24 interchangeable bits are also supplied, each featuring a colour-coded ring and an integral magnetic screw holder. Popular-sized bits in More >

LIGHTER AND BRIGHTER

As anyone who drives a car with Lucas L488 rear lights will already know, the lenses on the red stop/taillights is usually very dark and obstructive to light. This renders the rear lights dull and sometimes, dangerously so. Upgrading to brighter and more efficient LED helps, but can just mask the problem, which is the dark lens.

Now the 4Sight Lighting Co can offer a simple solution. These new glass lenses are produced on the original Lucas tooling and are badged Lucas L488, but they are made from optically superior red glass and pass light from inside far more easily. It More >