SOAPY SUDS

I had a Caterham Seven to clean recently. It needed doing urgently. Filthy it was …

I needed an effective car shampoo but didn’t have time to use a pre-wash (snow-foam-type product) one that had the ability to dwell on the car’s bodywork, helping to remove road crud on impact.

I hate car shampoos that dry dirty, looking as if you haven’t even cleaned the car. You need one that removes dirt and is easy to rinse off. If it leaves a nice gloss, then that’s a bonus.

Therefore, I reached for the product of a tiny micro-car care company – Detailers Passion More >

CAN THE CAN

With years of oil catch can research and development, Mishimoto has created what they claim is the most effective oil catch can on the market.

The patent-pending Mishimoto XL Baffled Oil Catch Can was designed to separate oil particles from the PCV/CCV air that would normally have just been routed back to your intake. The internal air diverter increases air turbulence and ensures all the oil sinks to the bottom of the can, leaving nothing but clean air to pass through the 50-micron bronze filter to the intake.

An internal baffle keeps the collected oil from splashing around under race conditions. This More >

THESE ARE HOT BUT STOP HEAT! EH?

Webcon has announced the introduction of a brand-new Phenolic Style Heat Insulating Block to suit the Weber ICH and ICT range of carburettors.

With the ever-increasing levels of ethanol in modern fuels, more and more hot fuel handling issues are being reported, especially on aircooled VW engines. Therefore, the need for efficient heat insulation has never been greater.

All Webcon insulating blocks are completely manufactured in the UK. They come with gaskets bonded to both sides and are precision cut by laser to ensure the highest levels of accuracy. The product can be ordered as part number 9990005500 and is available from More >

A GOOD GAUGE

Here’s something that is both cool and functional The Intellitronix Color Changing-Needle Gauge Panel features six analogue-style gauges with LED gauge needles that change colour depending on the gauge reading. That gives you an instant visual alert if your oil pressure spikes, fuel runs low, or you’re going a bit too fast.

The Intellitronix Color Changing-Needle Gauge Panel includes a speedometer and tachometer plus fuel, voltmeter, oil pressure, and water temperature gauges. You also get indicators, a high beam indicator, and a clock. The gauges feature night-time dimming and are mounted in a black polycarbonate faceplate with a clear acrylic cover.

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TAXI!

If I had to put up a list of kitcar industry greats from say the last 20-years, I’d include a chap called John Barlow in that list without doubt.

I’m told that he’s retired now but I’ll believe that when I see it. He first came to our notice as the ‘B’ of JBA Engineering co-developing the Falcon traditional roadster with his ex-Leyland Trucks mates, Ken Jones and Dave Ashley, before departing the scene.

He next turned up running the Royale Motor Company in 1990 and those ten years of activity with models such as Drophead, Sabre and Windsor, really put him More >

A BIG LITTLE ELECTRIC VAN

Loving this little Morris JE Van, which comes from Morris Commercial and features electric power.

It’s not available as a kit but comes fully built only. The van is inspired by the fifties Morris J Van and I think captures the classic looks very well even retaining that unique and charming pear-shaped grille.

The company says that the JE Van can be tailored to suit a customer’s taste and/or corporate activities.

With a more than decent power-to-weight efficiency and the latest in battery technology, the new Morris JE is expected to have a range of 200 miles. Rapid charge enabled, the JE’s charge More >

AUSTIN HUB KIT

With over 25 years of experience supplying steering wheel and hub kits in the UK, B-G’s range of hub kits features over 800 vehicle applications from classic to modern.

One of the latest applications to be added to the range is for various classic Austins, including (but not limited to) the A35, A40, Allegro, Healey, Maestro, Marina, Metro, Mini, Princess, Sprite and more, which means there’s lots of kitcar potential there, too.

B-G Hub Kits are produced in Italy from the finest cast aluminium materials. They are dual-drilled to be compatible with various steering wheels featuring either a 6 x 70mm PCD More >

NEAT WORKSHOP

Price reductions are always good news. Thanks to improved efficiency, B-G Racing has just relaunched its folding work-table at a lower than the previous price.

The Large Folding Table is the ideal companion in the pits or at home in the workshop. It features a sturdy 6ft work surface and folds in half for ease of storage and transportation.

The table (as shown) includes an optional shelf (BGR176SHELF) and also available is a specifically designed Kart Tyre Rail (BGR176BAR), which can be positioned in several different arrangements to suit the user’s requirements and increases the available storage and working space.

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CROSSFLOW DISTRIBUTION!

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Burton Power has announced a road/rally, Lucas style, electronic type distributor for Ford pre-crossflow, Kent, Lotus Twin Cam and BDA engines.

These non-vacuum distributors are fitted with an integral electronic ignition module featuring a modified advance curve to suit fast road/rally specifications.

The kits are supplied with a side-entry cap and a constant energy coil (when using on vehicles fitted with a ballast resistor, the ballast must be by-passed to provide 12v at the coil).

The approximate static ignition timing is 14deg.BTDC.  Order the kit as part number FP299K at £240 inc VAT. 

Available from www.burtonpower.com or 0208 554 2281 ENDS.

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THE MASTER

For owners of Minis or Mini-based kitcars wanting their cars to look original, Mini Spares® can provide an original looking metal canister master cylinder with ‘Lockheed’ embossed on the metal can-type brake fluid reservoir.

Speaking of brake fluid, these original-spec metal cylinders must only be used with DOT 4 or 5 hydraulic fluid as originally specified in the vehicle’s handbook/workshop manual. Nothing else, such as racing fluid, is suitable.

While these Mini Spares master cylinders are ‘as original’ in almost every way, they are now supplied in a glossy silver finish, not the original gold. This is due to regulations that, since 2007, More >