IT’S A VOLTAGE REGULATOR DUMMY!

If you are planning on upgrading from a dynamo to an alternator (or even, but not really likely, a dynator) for your older-type kit possibly featuring (but not restricted to) a Ford sidevalve engine but don’t want to modify your wiring loom or you’d prefer to keep the engine bay retaining its as-original look then 105-Speed has the answer with this Lucas-style ‘dummy’ voltage regulator.

It’s a direct swap for the original – and redundant – regulator and has the added benefit of a 50-amp fuse on the charging circuit.

It has an RRP of £59 and is available via www.105speed.com or at More >

SUMMER BREEZE

With more pubs, restaurants, gyms and shops re-opening, and Boris Johnson suggesting people return to the office, maintaining good ventilation is important in helping us all get back to a more normal way of life.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), good ventilation in the workplace can help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus, so firms should focus on improving general ventilation.

The HSE advises increasing the supply of fresh air by opening windows and doors (unless fire doors) or through mechanical systems. This will make people feel safer and give them reassurance to return to the workplace.

Open windows alone might not be enough More >

NEW DASH-CAM FROM PIONEER

Pioneer’s dash cameras can be described as providing a third eye on the road. Recording what is in front of them with diligence and in full HD resolution, they offer peace of mind in being able to capture events in real-time, which, in turn, can protect the user from fraudulent insurance claims.

The latest model to join the Pioneer dash camera line-up is the new VREC-DH200, an ultra-compact, forward-facing model that offers a class-leading level of features yet requires the least amount of windscreen real estate.

Pioneer VREC-DH200 highlight features:

* Wide 130-degree recording angle * Full HD recording * GPS data tagging More >

A SIXTY-THIRTY BASH FOR GD!

Gardner Douglas Sports Cars and ClubGD are joining forces for a to celebrate GD boss, Andy Burrow’s sixtieth (I refuse to believe that! – Ed) birthday and the little matter of thirty-years of Gardner Douglas.

ClubGD has identified a Javelin event at Blyton Park on Saturday, September 12, to gather together as many owners as possible.

Even if you haven’t finished your build you can come along for free to watch and catch up as long as regulations around the pandemic are eased, of course.

It is an ‘open’ trackday so there will be other cars on track too. The cost is £149 for the More >

LOVELY NEW HARDTOP FOR RPX

Regular readers will know that we were the proud builders and owners on MG TF-based RPX made by Garry and Julie Hutton at RPS Ltd in Lowestoft (Garry of being the ‘G’ of GCS cars, who made the Morgan-flavoured Hawke).

Although I have dangled the car for sale a couple of times over the last four-years I really don’t want to sell it but when garage space is at a premium you at least have to go through the motions to keep ‘er indoors happy!

Anyway, back to RPS and has announced a very fetching and stylish new hardtop for the RPX. More >

PRONOUNCED ENZO

I’m a big fan of the new Aenso (they pronounce it ‘Enzo’, incidentally) car care brand. Japanese technology produced in Europe. I was initially quite taken with their branding and packaging, which is completely different to others but then I delved a bit further into the products themselves and of the nine thus far released all have a reason to exist and make a difference to the task in hand.

I’ve been using their pair of tyre products this week with some success. Revolve is a tyre cleaner while its brother, Orbit is a dressing.

The labelling contains the message ‘Professional Car More >

GOODRIDGE – ONE OF MERLIN’S SPECIALITIES!

If you are in the need for some bespoke brake-lines made up and wish to use those made in Devon by Goodridge, Merlin Motorsport has a dedicated ‘Goodridge room’ where they can cut, swage and custom-make whatever you require.

I tried hacksawing a braided brake-line once and ended up with lacerated hands and a shocking looking mess. An expensive mess, too.

Merlin has all the proper machinery and equipment at their recently expanded HQ at Castle Combe circuit in Wiltshire to make up bespoke brake- and oil-lines quickly and easily.

They have every union and hose known to man so if you’ve got More >

NEAT GADGET

This is a useful little gadget to keep in your top pocket, just introduced by Laser Tools – it’s an all-in-one telescopic inspection mirror, magnetic pick-up tool and scriber (part number 7800).

The pen-sized tool folds up neatly to just 150mm long and clips neatly in the pocket but extends to a full 680mm. The mirror is a useful 40mm in diameter and can be rotated through 360° and adjusted to any angle. Unscrew the mirror and you now have the magnetic pick-up tool. The magnet is pretty powerful – it will hold 454gm – really useful with that extended reach.

At More >

RALLY DESIGN NICELY BALANCED

 

New from Mr Elderfield and his incredibly helpful team at Rally Design in Swalecliffe is this cool Blackline LED balance-bar display.

Dave told me: “This product has taken some while to develop, the interaction between the detent knob, gearbox ratio, potentiometer and LED display was difficult to achieve, it was important that one click of the detent knob revealed a new LED light in the display.”

Anyone who has seen a driver, with his head in the footwell, trying to determine the position of the balance bar bearing within the brake pedal will see the value of this innovative product.

Meanwhile, there’s the More >

DEI’S ‘MAGIC’ SLEEVE STOPS VAPOUR LOCKS

During hot weather many kit and classic car owners may have experienced hot starting problems associated with fuel vapour lock on cars equipped with carburettors.

DEI’s new Vapor (note US spelling when ‘Googling’) Block™ Fuel Line Sleeve provides an easy, sensible and low-cost solution that prevents rough idling and difficult starting caused by vapour lock.

The sleeve has been designed to greatly reduce heat in the fuel line thus keeping the fuel cooler and below evaporation point. The DEI Vapor Block Sleeve installs easily thanks to a split design and adhesive flap.

There is no need to disconnect the fuel line to install. More >