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MEMORY MAN

A great new car battery memory saver for the professional vehicle workshop from Laser tools: if a vehicle’s battery is disconnected, any memory within the onboard electronics can be lost; this could be trip and fuel readings, radio presets, or even a radio code.

This memory saver (part number 7984) features an internal 12V 7Ah sealed battery and is used to preserve the on-board memory and settings. This saves valuable time spent re-entering lost codes. The memory saver is connected to the vehicle via the EOBD port or alternatively the accessory 12V power socket. Leads for both are included.

The unit is More >

IT’S A ‘RAP’

I really like the cable tie alternative, Rapstrap and rate them highly. A cable tie is great but a Rapstrap has arguably more versatility because it can be cut and tied again, which means you can get several uses from each Rapstrap thus reducing wastage.

Made from soft rubber, which is resistant to fuel, oil and other chemicals and with pack process starting at just £3 they are a bargain. More from www.rapstrap.com ENDS.

ICE COLD SHINE

Mirka is bringing the next generation of polishing compound to the market with the launch of Polarshine® 12 Black. This new waterborne, silicone-free polishing compound has been developed with versatility at the forefront of the design process, so users in the marine, composite and ART sectors can use it across multiple surfaces and still be able to achieve a high gloss finish.

The compound can quickly and permanently remove sanding scratches by using P2000 and finer grits to leave a high gloss hologram free finish. It also has the capability to perform on dark surfaces such as dark gelcoats, high gloss lacquers, More >

TAKE THESE CHAINS

Mini Spares can supply a limited stretch duplex timing chain specifically for use in race and high performance ‘A’ Series engines as well as the MGB ‘B’ series engine.

The heavy-duty, double row performance timing chain is part of the Mini Spares EVO range of performance engine parts and is the best chain available.

The chain has been produced under stringent quality controls and is made to precise dimensions for perfect engine timing. It is supplied with a removable link, rather than as an endless chain.

Order as part number 2H4905EVO at £25.92 inc VAT.

For more details call  01707 607 700 or via More >

GERMAN BRANCH FOR VW HERITAGE

Long established UK classic car parts specialist, Heritage Parts Centre has cemented their commitment to supplying their international customers post-Brexit, by opening a European Distribution Centre in Bremen, Germany.

Stocking the 35-year-old company’s top moving product lines for restoring and maintaining classic Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles, European customers can continue to shop as they did in 2020, without costly taxes and potential delays waiting for parcels to cross the channel.

Heritage’s CEO, Barney Dines explained the thought process behind the move: “Throughout the whole transition period, we have done all we can to remain positive and productive to ensure that we would More >

WHAT A BRILLIANT SOLUTION

Cable ties are one of the most used tools in the kitcar enthusiast’s garage along with a big hammer and jubilee clips but how messy do they end up, pinging all over the place in an unsightly mess.

This new product from Amazon called the Cable Ti-Dy and it keeps cable ties neat and tidy in metal tubes that fix to your toolbox or metal surface thanks to the included neodymium magnets.

It’s a neat thing, TIG-welded and powder-coated, you even get some cable ties in the package.

It costs £31 and is available now from the exclusive distributors, www.serenco.co.uk or if you prefer More >

THEY CALL HIM FONTUS. FONTUS IS HIS NAME! ALL HAIL FONTUS!

New from Bosch is this mobile pressure washer, which they call Fontus.

You don’t need a power hook-up or even an outside water supply.

All you have to do is charge up 2.5Ah battery (£62.18 if bought separately) and fill up the 15-litre water reservoir.

It is ideal if you live in a flat or apartment although if you don’t have an external garage or shed you need to bear in mind that the unit itself weighs about 10kg although bear in mind that 15-litres of water weighs an additional 15kg.

It is quick to set-up and is easy to manoeuvre on the level More >

VERY SLICK

I really like the new Slick & Slide from Adam’s Polishes. It’s the latest addition to their growing range of products and is a quick detailer or for those more serious car care fiends amongst the totalkitcar.com readership, it is really best described as a ‘topper’ and in-between washes product.

Adam’s say that it contains unique polymers that give it the hydrophobicity or bead-making ability.

I used it on my two-tone Smart ForFour, which looks great when it’s clean but definitely not when it’s covered in road crud.  Trouble is, not only are there two colours involved here but also a combination More >

THE TORTOISE, ER, TURTLE AND THE HARE!

I was talking to a like-minded car care enthusiast mate the other day and remarked that five years ago he wouldn’t have looked twice at Turtle Wax but nowadays they are among his ‘go-to’ products. He’s not alone, I think.

Firstly, people started to recognise that some of the products in their core range (they have a separate Turtle Wax ICE sub-range in the USA, but not in the UK) were beginning to get some rave reviews. Having tried some of them – and written about them here _ I’d agree wholeheartedly with that.

Then a couple of years ago, the company More >

SUPER CHARGER

If you are looking for more charging power coupled with great looks this 60A high output ACR style alternator is just what you need.

It is intended for Ford Essex V4/V6, Ford SOHC (Pinto) and Ford Taunus/Cologne V4/V6 engines, but it can be adapted to suit most classic engines that use a left-hand mounted alternator (a right-hand mounting unit is also available).

The alternator is sold as an outright purchase so there is no need to exchange your old unit and it can be ordered as part number ACR60LH-C at £130.90 inc VAT.

Available at the other end of 0208 554 2281 or More >