ULTIMATE KIDS CAR

Nice update from the J40 Motor Company regarding their little Austin J40, which has remained largely unchanged between 1945-1971.

They’ve recently unveiled a revised model including a new aeroscreen, new bumpers, revised grille and headlights, while it also now gets larger wheels which are tucked into the wheel arches to give a sleeker look with longer, lower front wings.

A ‘race’ version adds double stripes and a side-pipe exhaust!

The J40 Motor Company is a subsidiary of SU and Amal carb makers and rights holders, Burlen who purchased the rights to the Austin J40 from marque authority Roy Halford in 2019. The company More >

FINE LINE

Here’s a really useful fuel line repair kit from Britpart that will help keep your fuel system in tip-top condition and is the sort of handy little box that should be in all of our garages.

It repairs damaged fuel lines as the name implies and Britpart says that using their kit you can make a repair in less than five minutes.

Using OEM-quality materials the kit makes it easy to identify what you require thanks to some great product descriptions and is mega easy to use. It is supplied with quick connector spigot connections.

Priced at £74.80 inc VAT get yours now More >

MINI ELECTRIC CRATE!

Customers can now order Swindon Powertrain’s electric Classic Mini Kit and explore optional EV upgrades, including 12 kWh battery pack, motor controller, onboard charger and DC-DC converter.

Swindon Powertrain is now offering a stand-alone electric 80kW continuous (120 kW peak), Classic Mini Kit, which can be used in isolation or in addition to a range of aftermarket Swindon Powertrain EV components such as 12 kWhr battery pack, motor controller, onboard charger and DC-DC converter.

Suitable for classic and kitcar enthusiasts, specialists or EV conversion businesses that want to electrify a classic Mini, order books are now open with prices for the Classic More >

THERE’S NO BOOK BUT IT’S DOOMSDAY!

New from Car Builder this week is this cool chrome aluminium doomsday aka ‘kill switch’ panel.

It’s 90mm x 65mm x 2.5mm thick with deep, stamped ‘legends’ and is fitted with an on/off doomsday switch, rubber-shrouded engine start push button and 12-volt red warning light.

It features four countersunk mounting holes at 70mm x 45mm centres.

Part number ‘SWPN7’ is available now and costs just £12 – more information from www.carbuilder.com or at the other end of 01580 891 309 ENDS.

DIGGING THE DIRT

To protect the flywheel and clutch and prevent the ingress of dirt and grit Burton Power offers these Engine-to-Bellhousing Dirt Plates.

Part number FT660 is suitable for the Pinto SOHC engine and Burton Power can also provide similar dirt plates for Cosworth YB, Essex V4 and V6, Kent Crossflow and the following engines which have been fitted with a 2000E/Bullet gearbox: Ford BDA/BDG 16v, Crossflow Kent, Ford Lotus Twin Cam 1558cc.

More information from 0208 554 2281 or of course via www.burtonpower.com ENDS.

 

DURATEC DELIGHT

Ford’s Duratec engine has long been the tuners’ engine of choice and one of the most popular enhancements is to fit either a pair of Weber DCOE carburettors or EFI throttle bodies.

However, this can be problematic in certain applications, such as mid-engine layouts, where space limitations prevent a conventional intake manifold from being used.

The new short billet intake manifold from Webcon is just 35mm long and is perfect for space-limited installations.

Webcon’s new manifold is superbly manufactured in the UK from billet aluminium and ported at 45mm, but it can be easily increased to 48mm to suit higher-powered engines.

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STRAIGHT LINES

Inserting lines, bundles of wires or hoses into split line sleeving can be frustrating and tedious.

These new tools from DEI make the task a breeze and enable the job to be done in a fraction of the time, with no nipped fingers either!

Simply insert the line, wires or hose into the tool, twist to lock and slip it into the end of the split sleeve. Then pull it along and the split sleeve opens as you pull the tool and closes behind it. Presto! Your line, wire or hose is inside the sleeving with the minimum of fuss and effort.

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HAPPY TO RUN A VW BEETLE-FLAVOURED PRESS RELEASE

Not a kitcar-related release per se, but there’s such a love for all things Beetle in the kitcar game I thought I’d include it this week.

If your Bug has a bigger corrosion problem than first expected, you might find yourself searching for replacement rear quarter panels. Sadly full ‘top to bottom’ panels are no longer available, but this offering from Heritage Parts Centre is the next best thing.

Pressed for a pre-64 Beetle with the smaller side window aperture, it can also be adapted for later cars by using the metalwork below the swage line. The B pillar has a threaded More >

LIGHTING THE WAY FOR GARAGE LIGHTING!

The Philips brand has long been associated with lighting innovation and, a decade or so ago, after extensive research into what workshop professionals needed by way of lighting tools, the first Philips workshop lights were launched.

Always aware of the conditions and potential hazards of the workshop environment, much work has gone into enhancing the CBH 52’s durability. It is resistant to oil, grease and dust, is splash-proof to IP54 standards and, with its tough aluminium frame, boasts IK07 impact resistance.

Hybrid Running with long-lasting performance

The CBH 52 has the ability to run as a mains-powered light or to run cordless as a battery-powered light, which is then charged from the mains electricity. This hybrid charging gives it supreme flexibility and with a More >

NEW OWNERS AT AEON SPORTSCARS

New owners at Aeon Sportscars Sam (left) and Dave.

Marden-based Aeon Sportscars has changed hands. Rather than tell you about it, we’ll let the new owners do the honours”

“So, a big and exciting change at Aeon Sportscars and a welcome from new bosses/directors, Dave and Sam! Dave has worked for the business over the past four years and recently bought the business from his former boss, Keith Wood.

Dave has been overseeing and managing the workshop recently while running rally cars, welding chassis’, tinkering with V8s, building kitcars and anything else you can think of! Sam is Dave’s partner, and an A&E More >