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SLIGHT BUT PLEASING REVAMP FOR DUTTON SURF

Great to see Tim Dutton exhibiting at Stoneleigh and he brought along his new improved Surf model, which features a redesigned bonnet. Basically, Tim has done away with the previous side strakes and altered the moulding into a much more cohesive and visually appealing panel.

You can buy a Surf or its sister, Reef in kit and fully built form and if you are going the DIY route the good news is that Tim now does a lot of the hard work for you. He’s all heart is Mr D. Seriously though; the reason is that it makes it easier for More >

SIT IN COMFORT

Those trim meisters at Telford-based Intatrim were at Stoneleigh last weekend with a stand abounding with their seating handiwork.

The company can supply a whole range of ‘off the peg’ seating and trim solutions for your project but in recent years have begun to specialise in Cobra replica interiors as well as bespoke creations. They also include lots of optional extras as standard such as fastener covers, over mats and bum warmers. See their website for full details.

Find out more at www.intatrim.co.uk or call 01952 587 672 ENDS.

CORDLESS GRINDING – A LUXURY

Mirka UK is expanding its innovative product portfolio with the launch of its first battery-powered grinding tool, which enables repairers to switch quickly to an accessory, so they have the right tool for the job at hand, increasing productivity and reducing repair times.

The versatile Mirka® ANGOS ARG-B200 can be used for multiple applications including metal grinding, paint removal, surface conditioning, cutting and deburring. A selection of accessories are sold separately to the tool enabling the technician to change the attachment quickly depending on the job. They include 50mm Quick-lock discs, Abranet® max flap discs, deburring tools, and other tools that fit a More >

YOU NEED SLEEVES

Wraparound braided harness sleeving from Connect Workshop Consumables – this self-closing braided sleeving provides a lightweight and easy to install solution for protecting and tidying electrical wiring harnesses.

It is flame retardant, has an operating temperature range of -40°C to +150°C, is resistant to most chemicals and solvents, and has excellent noise vibration reduction properties, making it suitable for automotive use. It is ideal for use when repairing an existing wiring harness or loom, or for helping to secure additional wiring for new components such as aftermarket audio equipment, car alarm, reversing sensors and cameras, or a vehicle tracker. The braided More >

USE LEDS – DON’T BE DIM!

If you’ve got an MGB-based kitcar then this new dimmable dashboard light kit from Better Car Lighting could be right up your street.

LED bulbs are great but when you use them in an older car situation, they often either don’t work or they cause a few gremlins such as not allowing a dimming function and the like.

Gil Keane’s kit features a resistor lead and decent LEDs that come in warm white, ivory white, daylight white, ice blue or even sapphire blue or emerald green.

The kit also upgrades the warning lights on your dashboard, too.

A possible bargain at £71.98 inc VAT. More >

DON’T BE ABRASIVE

If you’re not a professional when it comes to a spray gun or using abrasives on a GRP body, then it can be a big issue especially if you make a mess of the job too.

Decent abrasives are important when rubbing down and you really need to achieve a nice, smooth finish.

New from Mirka is Iridium SR, a new abrasive that will give you a uniform, consistent cut and scratch pattern that you’ll find easy to polish out. They could be great for ridding a GRP boy of unsightly mould flash-lines, for example.

They feature what Mirka calls ‘tri-dimensional technology silicon More >

IT’S A WHEELING MACHINE – PLEASE, DON’T CALL IT AN ENGLISH WHEEL

The NEW Clarke CBMEW1 Wheeling Machine (please don’t call it an English Wheel!) is ideal for shaping large panels of mild steel, copper or aluminium, with smooth or compound curves, without the need for heating or hammering.

Both lightweight and durable, the CBMEW1 is compatible with the range of Clarke bench-top vices. It is constructed from a robust and sturdy steel frame with a durable finish.

The Anvil yoke allows fast anvil change and easy pressure adjustment.

This wheeling machine comes supplied with a main rolling wheel and a range of seven different anvil dies, which can be stored on the practical storage More >

EXHAUSTED

This one is for Classic Mini so therefore will apply to more than a few Mini-based kitcars.

Mini Spares is now offering three different exhaust systems with the most expensive retailing at only £61.94 inc VAT.

All systems are split into two sections for ease of fitment.

GEX155 – Exhaust System with Twin Box for Mini Van, Estate and Pickup This complete exhaust system for the 850/998cc van and estate cars comes with twin silencer boxes and is supplied in two sections for ease of transporting and fitting. The longest section is 69in long. £61.94 inc VAT.

GEX177 – Exhaust System with Twin Box More >

BODY RESTORATION

Renew Paint Restorer is an advanced restoration compound specifically engineered for application by hand.

Developed for the removal of oxidation and other paintwork defects, unlike traditional machine polishing products, Renew Paint Restorer contains diminishing abrasives that can be broken down and worked through easily to leave a glossy, refined finish, restoring clarity and shine to faded or damaged paint and clearcoat layers.

Renew Paint Restorer is priced at £25 (500ml) and is suitable for use on all gloss paint types.

More information from www.autofinesse.com or one of their appointed stockists including www.slimsdetailing.co.uk ENDS.

SEALED WITH A GASKET!

Nothing can drive you crazier than the tick-tick-tick sound of leaking or blown exhaust header or collector gaskets. Extreme heat really kills most composition-style gaskets, causing them to shrink or burn out.

That’s why you have to re-torque header bolts regularly. Exhaust leaks can also be caused by header flanges or even cylinder head exhaust flanges that warp due to the constant cold-hot thermal cycling of the engine.

Remflex Exhaust Gaskets can help solve those issues. They are made from 100 per cent flexible graphite and can withstand temperatures up to 3000 degrees F. They simply won’t shrink or burn out, eliminating More >