Burton Power has announced that it can now provide alloy rocker covers for the Ford Essex V6 engine.

The rocker covers come in a natural alloy finish but are suitable for painting if preferred. (Burton also stocks the appropriate engine paint, incidentally).

The design features polished ribs and the ‘ESSEX – V6’ legend. (‘Ford’ isn’t mentioned, so these rocker covers would be equally at home on other Essex V6-powered marques such as Gilbern, Marcos, Reliant and TVR in addition to lots of kitcars.

Order as part number FV430F at £192.50 per pair.

More information at the other end of 0208 554 2281 or by More >


The Triumph Spitfire/MG Midget 1500 engine is a unit that responds well to tuning. An essential modification is the addition of a pair of Weber DCOE carburettors.

Webcon has announced the introduction of a superb quality, UK-manufactured intake manifold and linkage set to suit this engine, which allows for the fitment of a pair of 40 DCOE carburettors.

The new manifold set is available as part number MW3806 priced at £459.45 inc VAT or as a complete package with a pair of genuine Spanish Weber 40DCOE carburettors as part number PMG201 priced at £1263.47 inc VAT.

Available now from 01932 787 100 or More >


Back in stock at Car Builder Solutions are the kitcar builder’s favourite rocker-type switches and the RSVA rocker switch panel to house them in, should you wish.

The panel itself measures 225mm x 47.3mm and all switches are either rocker or three-way type and IVA-compliant. Rather handily all – including the housing panel – are priced at £9.60 inc VAT each. You can choose from sixteen separate switches including hazard, main beam, interior light, fog light, fan, wiper and washers. 

Terminals, sold in packs of five are also available at just £1 per pack.

More from or call 01580 891 309 ENDS.

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The daily challenge faced by mechanics surrounding what WD-40® Specialist product best suits their task in hand is now a whole lot easier following its decision to mirror its iconic and instantly recognisable blue and yellow cans.

The company has recently undergone a complete brand facelift of its specialist range after listening to professionals from all sectors who heaped praise on the actual nine products but asked for a greater standout with a crystal clear identity so they can be instantly identifiable against products from lesser-known brands.

As a direct response, WD-40® created a more coherent look across its entire Specialist range, More >


Ring Automotive has launched the SmartCharge Pro, a versatile, 30A battery charger suitable for intensive use across mixed vehicle fleets.

The 2.6kg, 12/24V-output compatible power supply rapidly recharges with variable rates of 5, 10, 20 and 30 amps, allowing technicians to charge batteries quickly.

Featuring a large LCD screen and diagnostic modes to check for potential battery and alternator problems before charging, Ring’s portable charger is the latest product addition to its award-winning range and removes hassle when working on any vehicle, from bikes to cars, to boats.

Henry Bisson, marketing director at Ring, said: “SmartCharge Pro combines Ring’s familiar robust innovation with More >


In response to customer requests, Mini Spares is now offering a 998cc (1030cc) half engine in addition to its existing 1275cc (1380cc) version.

Both are supplied exclusively to Mini Spares by Bill Richards Racing using Mini Spares parts.

The 998 (1030cc) and 1275 (1380cc) variants are as fast and powerful as one would hope while maintaining drivability and a reasonable MPG figure.

Both half engines use the Evolution camshaft which has very low hydrocarbon emissions making it well within MoT requirements. They are supplied fully built using the parts shown.

However, it should be noted that a timing cover is not included and so will More >


For more than 120 years, British company Castrol has been at the forefront of oil technology. Company founder Charles Wakefield launched his first vehicle engine oil in 1906, a pioneering blend of mineral and castor oils that offered unrivalled lubrication properties. Since then, and through many further innovations, Castrol oils have lubricated the beating heart of everything from speed records to Mars missions.

Interestingly, Castrol was the first company of its kind to promote its products through sponsorship, which swiftly led to advertising and merchandising. By 1946, when the iconic Castrol Classic branding was launched, Castrol offered a wide range of More >


High-lift camshafts for GM LS engines are more the norm than the exception these days. Cams rated around .600 to .625 inches of valve lift are all over the place.

You’ll need a good set of valve springs to run one of those cams. Summit Racing™ Pro LS High-Lift Valve Springs are an inexpensive way to extend the engine’s operating range by around 1000rpm, which is not to be sniffed at. The springs are a drop-in replacement for factory springs and come in sets of sixteen. 

Pro LS Valve Springs, .600″ Max Valve Lift • 1.290in diameter • 1.800in installed height at 135lbs More >


This one isn’t a kitcar OBVIOUSLY but there’s going to be a lot of interest in this new Super 3 from Morgan, especially among specialist car enthusiasts.

I think the Super 3 is an outstanding thing and a suitable replacement for the previous model. Gone is the Harley-derived S&S Cycle V-Twin engine to be replaced by a three-cylinder Ford 1.5-litre Dragon (albeit with the turbocharger removed) engine producing 118bhp. If you have driven a Focus ST, then you’ll be familiar with this engine.

The S&S motor was originally around that power output, but emissions regulations meant that in later years it was More >


New to the Laser Tools’ range is this rechargeable, cordless soldering iron (part number 8273) that features a battery charge level indicator and inbuilt LED, making it ideal for use in dimly lit areas such as engine bays and vehicle interiors.

The soldering iron is powered by an 1800mAh Li-ion battery providing usage time of approximately 1hr and reaches working temperature in approximately 15 seconds, with a range of 200° – 480°C. The supplied stand encloses the tip allowing for it to safely heat up and cool down. The battery is rechargeable through a USB socket on a PC or USB More >