NOT A TKO – A TKX FROM TREMEC AND SUMMIT RACING

American Powertrain’s Tremec manual transmissions have traditionally been OEM designs. Nothing wrong with that, they’re good boxes. But Tremec saw the need for a five-speed designed from the ground up for serious performance and better fit in classic muscle cars, kitcars, hot rods, and pickup trucks. Thus, the Tremec TKX was born.

The TKX is rated to handle up to 600 lbs.-ft. of torque and 8000 RPM. You can even bang gears at 7500 RPM and the TKX won’t miss a beat. The all-new aluminium case is a three-piece design (main case, intermediate plate and rear extension) that is strong and More >

NEW MAZDA MX-5-BASED KIT EVOKES FIFTIES

Here’s an interesting new kit destined for launch in early 2021.

It’s another Mazda MX-5-based package called the Tipo 184 and although not a replica it is directly inspired by the fifties Grand Prix car, the Alfa Romeo Tipo 158 Alfetta. Indeed Giuseppe ‘Nino’ Farina won the first world championship Grand Prix in an Alfa Romeo 158 at Silverstone in 1950.

Former kitcar manufacturer and TV presenter, Ant Anstead recently built a 158 tribute for his TV show, ‘Master Mechanic’ and the car is directly inspired by that.

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SEAL IT WITH COCONUT!

The lovely coconut smell of Adam’s Polishes Paint Sealant is a winner straight away. However, it’s very easy to apply by hand – or you can use a machine polisher – and it’s a polymer-based sealant that gives durability and an amazing level of gloss, although you can enhance further with say, paste wax and/or a topper if you wish.

I like Adam’s products for various reasons, one of which is because they work so well and are very flexible and versatile.

Use Adam’s Paint Sealant on your car and when it rains, this will happen!

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I’VE TOLD YOU BEFORE … NO KNOB JOKES!

Here’s yet another handy new product from Car Builder Solutions – it’s a little three-position rotary on/off/on switch (part number #ROSWSR2) that features three ¼in spade terminals, mounts to a 12mm hole and a maximum panel thickness of 8mm.

Excuse me for this one but the knob diameter is 23mm and looks like a bargain at £13.20 inc VAT. More information from www.carbuilder.com ENDS.

A SMALL SMIDGEON!

Here’s a neat idea for coffee and kitcar enthusiasts – this new travel mug from Smidge is a fine thing and ideal for cars like ours that don’t often have the luxury of cup holders! Living dangerously you can try and wedge your coffee cup between your knees but that can be embarrassingly painful and basically uncomfortable.

Three different sizes of these Smidge leak-proof and insulated travel mugs are available – 236ml, 355ml and 473ml and they claim to keep your coffee hot for twelve hours or cold for an impressive 24!

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MY GARAGE WLL HAS A SPACE ON IT FOR THIS…

When I saw this press release come in just before Christmas I knew I had to order one especially as I spent much of the Christmas holiday painting the garage floor and generally have a bit of a revamp in there.

This print comes from The Cars Collection Club along with several others in the series all with the message: ‘Everything Will Kill You: So Choose Something Fun’. The one I ordered shows a dramatic high-speed behind-the-wheel illustrated view of Indianapolis. I find it captivating.

The limited-edition measures 36in x 24in with other sizes available. You can also buy it pre-frames or More >

NOT JUST FOR AIRCRAFT!

I really like the products made by American company Gold Eagle’s 303 brand. Their stuff comes in what looks like bathroom cleaner bottles but, don’t underestimate what’s inside.

Their Aerospace protectant is a class-leading product that as the name implies was developed for aerospace use. However, spray it on plastic trim and you’ll see a cool, satin finish to it. Plus, it is great at resisting ultra-violet rays. Indeed, it contains factor-40 suntan lotion and will protect surfaces for many months resisting dirt and dust while repelling moisture, too.

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MULTIPLE USES WITH THIS COOL MULTI-TOOL

Just in time for Christmas! This super-versatile stainless steel multi-tool (part number 7872) incorporates pliers together with another eight essential tools, neatly stored in the handle. The handle detaches into two pieces, allowing the tool to be used while the battery for integrated LED light is charged, or to illuminate the work area while you use the tool.

The multi-tool features spring-loaded pliers with integrated pipe grip plus wire cutter. Incorporated into the handles: magnetic bit driver with four bits – Phillips Ph2, Flat 3/16in, Torx® T15, and hex 3/32in; saw; knife blade; rope cutter and wire stripper. The detachable handle More >

SMELL THIS AND YOU’LL BE IN THAT NUTELLA JAR!

Boutique car care brand, Monster Shine make some nice products and I’m a sucker for their Chocolate Sauce Interior Dressing, which smells like the sweetest and most loveliest choccy sauce/Nutella loveliness ever.

However, I’m pleased to say that when it hits the hard trim areas of your car it loses the smell, otherwise, you might find yourself followed by a thousand and one bees when you go out.

Seriously, it is a superb interior dressing that leaves a slick, satin finish. I love that smell though.

A 500ml spray bottle costs just £8 and is available now via www.monstershine.co.uk ENDS.

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BEETLE SOFT SPOT AND IT’S CHRISTMAS!

There’s a big soft spot for VW bays and Splitties on this website so this press release appealed to me so I decided to run it here.

Whether it is for extra ventilation on the move, or to air the van out after cooking breakfast in the morning, opening side windows are a great idea for Split Bus owners.

Heritage Parts Centre has been in touch with news of these great kits containing almost everything you need to let the fresh airflow. Hailing from the USA, their kits include the window frame, the glass, the catch and the seals, all you need More >