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YOU ‘WATT’

The Watt’s linkage (also known as the parallel linkage) is a type of mechanical linkage that allows the axle of a vehicle to travel vertically while preventing sideways motion. As the name implies it was invented by James Watt and was included in his patent specification of 1784 for the Watt steam engine.

In spite of its long history the concept works just as well today and it forms the basis of the Burton Watts Linkage kit intended for the Ford Escort Mk1/2 (but given the kitcar applications that can use it highly applicable here) made for Burton by GRP4 Fabrications.

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BEETLE DAMPERS

Winter’s here and by now many kit and classic cars will be tucked up in their garages undergoing a seasonal refurb.

It’s just the time then to remind you about GAZ adjustable GT dampers for the VW Beetle 1300 and 1500. Plenty of kitcars based on those donors.

GAZ fully adjustable GT dampers enable the damping bump and rebound rate to be adjusted to suit the conditions, load and driving style. They have adjustable damping rates which 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 More >

ONE SIZE FITS ALL

Laser Tools is excited to announce their new professional workshop ‘one battery powers all’ cordless tool range. All the tools in the range feature brushless motor technology designed and built for daily use; efficient electronics manage an array of power requirements across the range using one common battery. The battery delivers cleaner, more consistent power, lasts longer and delivers more run-time in the harshest jobsite conditions

There are five professional power tools in the range: the angle grinder, the impact drill, the impact screwdriver, the impact wrench and the professional bodyshop polisher. They are provided in a kit that includes two More >

ANOTHER LEVEL

Big fan of the LMP kit by Bulgarian company AeroMaster and their Group C-inspired package has won many friends for the Sofia-based operation. Kit prices start at €7500 and one UK customer, in particular, is well on the way to finishing his car.

I’d definitely love to see a road-legal one. Imagine popping down to the supermarket in an LMP.

An exciting new development from Joey Lee’s company is the Pro chassis variant, which has lots of upgrades on the original frame and is fabricated from CNC-cut aluminium, as are the uprights, with tubular steel double wishbones, adjustable push-rod suspension, full rollcage More >

YOU’RE HAVING A BUBBLE!

Classic and Sports Cars Unlimited is a company based in Norfolk who specialises in supplying a variety of GRP bodykits for a raft of different cars.

For example, they have kits to suit the Fiat X1/9 either Eurosport or Dallara styles, while they also offer panels for Berkeley T60, Isetta and various other microcars including the Messerschmitt FR200. Indeed, they have taken the latter idea further and are working on a full bodykit for it.

They also do a nice line in Beetle bodykits, too.

More information when we have it.

In the meantime, visit www.cascu.co.uk ENDS.

GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA

Bob Teahan of the brilliant Machine Shop in Hinckley has been on to tell me about his welding lessons which are gaining real ground with people travelling for a socially distanced four hours of learning.

As a skilled welder, Bob is keen to pass on his knowledge and you don’t have to be a member of The Machine Shop to sign up for a welding or metal polishing lesson.

Bob: “We offer a range of four-hour one-on-one welding lessons to suit all needs. They’re super informal and great fun. We teach people what they want to learn by looking at your end More >

THE FAT, ER, I MEAN FAN CONTROLLER

Great new product from Car Builder Solutions is this Electronic Inline Fan Controller with Relay, which is a snip at £76.50 inc VAT.

Designed for negative earth vehicles only it features a 32mm diameter x 60mm long and is machined from aluminium, with inline hose joiner and integral pre-wired temperature sensor connected to a 30-amp relay.

The temperature range 70-degrees C to 120-degrees C.

The unit automatically switches your fan off when coolant temperature had reduced by 3-degrees. It is supplied with easy-to-follow instructions, a pair of stainless steel hose clips, adjustment tool and cable ties.

Part number FCE32 is available now from www.carbuilder.com or More >

GAUGING YOUR SUCCESS ON TRACKDAYS

Trackday fiends might well be tempted by this cool new tyre gauge from Racesense.

Priced at £280 it is water-resistant, supplied in a tough aluminium casing, while an extra £45 gets a thermocouple probe to check not only pressure but also various temperatures across the tread of the tyre.

It is accurate to 100psi and data can be synced to mobile devices or your computer. I like the very handy offset mode that keeps readings privately stored.

 

More from www.fastmateracing.com ENDS.

BRIGHT SPARKS

Everyone knows that Mini Spares can supply all of the big things from a Mini engine to a brand new bodyshell.

However, it can also supply all those fiddly bits that make up a Classic Mini that you don’t even think about … until you need them.

This bulb-holder is for the original Smiths auxiliary gauges fitted to the three dial centre dashboards i.e 13H4459 and 13H4460. It will also fit the aftermarket Smiths gauges (SIB part numbers). Therefore, there’ll be a few of these used in a phalanx of kitcars!

Mini Spares has them in stock as part number PM01 at £2.65 More >

USED TO LOVE AN LP

For over 30 years, the Webcon-designed and manufactured LP range of linkages have been the benchmark in terms of quality, adjustability and reliability. They are equally at home on a championship-winning racer, as they are on a cherished classic or kit car. This superb linkage range continues to be specified by discerning engine builders and owners the world over.

However, as with any world-leading product, there are now a number of cheaply produced, poor quality copies on the market. These are being sold with the same Webcon range of part numbers so, to avoid confusion and disappointment, Webcon has neatly incorporated More >