Well this was a little treat!

This lovely MG Metro Turbo popped by for a new distributor and ignition module.

Launched at the October 1982 Birmingham Motor Show the MG Metro Turbo went head to head in the marketplace with Ford’s XR2 (launched 1981). The Peugeot 205 GTI would arrive in 1984, and the rest, as they say, is history.

With a quoted bhp of 93, 0–60 mph in 9.9 seconds, and top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h) this car had few direct competitors at the time, although the growing demand for “hot hatches” meant that it soon had a host of competitors including the Ford Fiesta XR2, Peugeot 205 GTI and Renault 5 GT Turbo.

These cars were equipped with electronic ignition from the factory, using a Lucas 65D Distributor. This car uses a Viper coil, along with a Powerspark 65D Distributor and 8mm double Silicone HT Leads. (The same HT leads used by the Mini and Morris Minor.)

Looking for an MG Metro Turbo? Try Car and Classic or eBay… But don’t expect much change from £10,000!

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The MG Metro Turbo was replaced in 1990 by the Rover Metro GTi, with the advanced K series engine delivering more power and delivering it through an end on 5 speed gearbox. Now though the Rover management had decided the MG badge was for genuine sports cars only and already plans and actions were afoot to provide such cars (MGF, are your ears burning?) Thus future performance Rover Metros were to be the GTa and GTi models.

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MG Metro Turbo Technical Specifcation:

Number of cylinders: 4
Capacity: 1275 cc
Bore & Stroke: 70.61 mm x 81.28mm
Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
Valve gear: Pushrod overhead valve
Carburation: Single SU HIF44
Turbocharger: Garrett Air Research T3
Max Boost Pressure: 7.5 psi
Max Power: 93 bhp (S 6130 rpm)
Max Torque: 85lb/ft (a 2650 rpm)
Type: 4 speed all synchromesh
Clutch: Single dry plate
Front: Independent bottom link braced by anti roll bar. Top link operating Hydragas spring. Telescopic dampers.
Rear: Independent trailing arms, anti roll bar, coil spring pre loaded on Hydragas unit.
Wheels: Vented cast alloy 13″ diameter, 5.5 J rims
Tyres: Steel braced radial low profile 165/60 VR13.
Brakes: Front – 4 piston calliper ventilated disc. Rear-7″ drum.
0-60 mph: 9.9 secs
Max speed: 112 mph
Fuel consumption: 50.3 mpg @ 56 mph (urban)
Top speed: 110mph
0 to 60mph: 9.5 seconds
Average fuel consumption: in a range 30 to 40mpg

Why you should always carry spare parts for your classic car

Posted: June 26, 2020 by goodshoutmedia in News

Here’s a little note sent in by a customer, and a useful reminder as to why it pays to carry some spares.

If you own a classic car, keep a little box in the boot. Inside that you need a coil, a set of HT leads, a spare ignition kit, a distributor cap and a back up points & condenser.

Dear Powerspark Team,

I am extremely grateful to the generosity of your MD Simon Lawther, who attempted to rescue my family from a breakdown in our 1968 Classic Morris Mini Cooper S yesterday Wednesday 24th June.

We were approaching Bromsgrove from Droitwich and on Webb’s island lost power and experienced poor running. We coasted onto the Shell garage forecourt in order to figure out what had happened. Fuel supply was proven ok and nothing looked obviously out of place in the 23D4 distributor – Points ok, rotor arm fine, HT leads looked tight and clean, no cracks in the cap. The coil however was very very hot and this became our main suspect. We tried a water soaked rag to coil it to no avail. With no spare it was time to call the recovery truck.

Simon pulled into the filling station to buy fuel while I was calling the recovery team. With no hesitation he offered straight away to postpone what he was doing and ‘just nip back to work’ to go get me a coil. I pulled the suspect coil off the car and stripped away the front grille in readiness to get into the distributor if needed. I believe in changing only one thing at a time when fault finding. As good as gold, Simon returned directly and offered me his Viper resin core coil replacement and at no charge – what a star!

Simon was in a hurry now and had to leave. We had the new coil installed within just a few minutes. Sadly that did not cure the rough running. Before we could do more the recovery truck arrived, collected the car and bore us all home to Redditch.

On the comfort of my own drive way I was able to give the HT leads a fettle before digging into the distributor to change the condenser – that finally did the trick and smooth running is now restored.

I am sorry this is not quite a story of ‘Viper coil saves the day’, but this is a story of the selflessness and generosity of your MD to whom we are very grateful and through this note would like to share our appreciation and thanks for what he did for us. But we are very pleased now to be sporting the new Viper coil within our engine bay.

Thank you Simon

Now that the lockdown is over we are once again seeing classic cars outside our Bromsgrove HQ.

First up was this superb Datsun 120A Cherry coupé, an original UK car. The owner has been on a painstaking mission to turn it into an XR-1 using all original and genuine JDM parts, and we think it’s just delightful. With a peppy little 1.2 litre engine and those excellent looks, it’s quite the fun head turner. It’s also now sporting electronic ignition and a fresh Viper ignition coil.

Next up was this Suzuki DR600. These big single ‘dual sport’ bikes are getting more and more popular, and this one was a peach. The doting owner was just popping by for some ignition components for a Series 1 Land Rover, but the bike got just as much attention as the classic cars!

Why you need your classic car now more than ever

Posted: April 22, 2020 by goodshoutmedia in News

Long Read: You need your classic car now more than ever

The past few weeks have been a challenging time for most of us. Restrictions on freedom of movement have meant confinement, and for a large majority of classic car enthusiasts, this has meant missing out. Events have been cancelled, local tours postponed, impromptu weekend trips are off the table. You might be opening the garage and looking forlornly at your poor classic car. Does it pine for you? Do the headlights look unusually sad today? Does it dream of being driven?

Right now, you need your classic car more than ever. Your classic car is more than just a form of transport; it’s a portal to another world. It’s a time machine that takes you back, it’s access to a beautiful world all viewed from behind the wheel of your favourite possession. You don’t need your classic car to go anywhere right now; you need your classic car to mentally take you somewhere right now. When you’re stuck at home, dream of where you’ll go, dream of what you’ll do when life returns to normal.

Plan that trip; take the time to map out the route, look at where you’ll stop, what you’ll take with you. Wile away the hours by cooking up the road trip you always promised yourself. Then ask the question, is my car ready?

There are plenty of things you can be cracking on with. We’ve waxed lyrical about the emotional side of owning a classic car, now get your tools out and make it happen! So many classic car parts retailers are alive and kicking, open for business and sending parts out to customers. There’s no excuse – every classic car in the country should drive out of lockdown in pristine condition, ready for a road trip and shining like a diamond.

Our electronic ignition kits are simple to fit, even for the mechanically challenged. New HT leads and a fresh ignition coil can improve your car no end, all jobs that are simple to do with very basic hand tools. Our website has a range of products to help improve your classic car, with really practical items such as trickle chargers and emergency jump starters to make your day-to-day classic life even easier.

OK, so you’re probably not going to complete a restoration that’s been languishing for years in a few lockdown weeks, but you should be using this time to reflect…

Does your classic fleet really suit your motoring needs?
Do the cars in your garage tick the boxes in your head?

If the answer is yes – then what can be done to improve the cars you own?

If the answer is no – then what do you need to buy or sell to turn the garage you’ve got into the garage you want?

New car sales may be stalling but from what we can tell by talking to partners and friends in classic car retail, the classic sector is active and vibrant. Not only are buyers actively taking to the internet due to the forced lockdown, but buyers are at home and taking calls and emails in response. Cars are changing hands because more people are online to look at them.

Thinking of selling your car?
Get outside and clean it, photograph it and list if for sale!

Thinking of buying a car?
Don’t be shy. Buyers are sitting at home waiting for your call.

Life is short and this lockdown should have taught you to value the time we have.

Thinking of improving your car?
Write a list!

How many of those can Powerspark Ignition help with?
Get it done. What’s stopping you?

The roads will open again; your favourite coastal cafe will be serving coffee once more.

Don’t mope around, turn those headlights upside down and look forward to driving into blue sky and sunshine.

We’re right there with you.

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Bank Holiday Show n’ Shine Competition Winners

Posted: April 14, 2020 by goodshoutmedia in News

Huge thanks to everyone who entered our digital Show ‘N Shine competition over the weekend.

We had more than 70 cars submitted, and choosing the winners certainly wasn’t easy. After much deliberation, here are the three cars (and owners) that win a Lifeline B6001 Trickle Charger.

We chose the Mercedes because it simply looks fantastic, the Supra because it’s a rare and superb modern classic and the Ford Cortina because… Well, just look at it. It’s wonderful just the way it is.

Guys, if you could contact [email protected] with your details, we can get your prizes dispatched to you.

Keep an eye on the Powerspark Ignition facebook page for more competitions in future!

Gareth Baylis with his gorgeous Mercedes-Benz

Harry Hurrel for this rather epic looking Toyota Supra

Rob Golding with this beautifully patinated classic Ford Cortina

As many of you are at home with your classic cars, we want to stop the thumb twiddling. Here’s 5 easy and cheap modifications to improve your classsic car in the coming weeks.

Powerspark Facebook Competition La-Toya Austin

LaToya knows a thing or two… Here Austin Vanden Plas runs on Powerspark Electronic Ignition.

1. Improve your spark – Fit Electronic Ignition


Powerspark Ignition have been the UK’s leading supplier of electronic ignition conversion kits for a decade, and that doesn’t look set to change any time soon. These kits are easy to install for the home mechanic, come with complete instructions and make no permanent change to your engine… If you want to put your car back to factory specification simple remove the kit and pop your points back in.

Although you wouldn’t want to, a Powerspark Electronic Ignition Kit improves starting, idling, throttle response and fuel economy. Don’t believe us? Read our reviews!

Shop for Electronic Ignition for your classic car now

2. Maintain your spark – Upgrade your HT Leads

L_Mag_L022People can go for years without upgrading their HT leads, so why not take the chance to indulge in this easy improvement? If you are upgrading to electronic ignition, you’ll need to be running silicone HT leads – copper leads will break down the ignition kit over time, and might leave you stranded. Don’t risk it. We have a great range of HT leads in a variety of colours, many of which are hand made at our Worcestershire HQ in the United Kingdom. Can’t see the leads you need for your classic? Get in touch, we’ll make ’em from scratch.

Shop for HT leads for your classic car now

3. Replace that old and rusty Ignition Coil

VCS-MBOften when customers speak to our staff, we ask ‘when did you last replace the ignition coil?’ and more often than not, there is a long silence, followed by ‘i’m not sure’ or ‘it’s been on the car since I had it’. Generally, replacing your ignition coil means undoing one clamp and swapping out two wires. There really is no excuse! We have a complete range, including traditional Lucas coils, oil filled coils and the best selling Viper. The Viper uses no oil, so no drips and no sloshing.

Shop for an Ignition Coil for your classic car now

4. Look after your battery with a Battery Isolator

ia_bat_isolator_wIf your car is laid up during winter or for any length of time, or if you are worried about security, a battery isolator is a great addition to your car. It acts as your battery terminal, but utilises a simple ‘screw on / screw off’ mechanism to engage and disengage the battery. Perfect to stop your battery draining down, and one more step to slow down any would be thieves. A pocket money modification that might save you headaches.

Shop for battery isolators for your classic car now

5. Keep it all topped up with a battery optimiser

B6001_2018_clipsAnother simple way to stop your car draining down during periods of inactivity is a battery trickle charger. Our Lifeline B6001 isn’t just a charger, it’s an optimiser that constantly monitors the performance and status of your battery and tops it up accordingly. We have sold thousands of these, they are cheaper than more expensive alternatives but from what we are told (and what we know) they do a better job.

Shop for battery trickle chargers for your classic car

CoronaVirus – Pull together with Powerspark

Posted: March 20, 2020 by goodshoutmedia in News, Reference
Calling all Classic Car Enthusiasts!
It’s a challenging time for people all around the world, and many people are facing periods of isolation, or at the very least, time apart from their usual social circles.
Although we classic car enthusiasts might not be able to attend meets and shows, we can use this time productively at home.
On Thursday we took the time to check our worldwide order statistics for the last few weeks, expecting to see a big drop – but we didn’t. We are thrilled that classic car owners all around the world are ordering parts as normal, not letting this time dampen spirits.
As many of us are now spending more time at home, it’s a great opportunity to get in the garage and improve your classic car.
As a ‘thank you’, and for some light hearted fun, we are looking for an ambassador from each of the countries shown.
We are looking for bloggers, writers, video makers and social media posters who want to share their classic car story at this time.
We have electronic ignition kits, ht leads, ignition coils, portable powerbanks and more to send to customers who are isolating.
To be one of our ambassadors simply do the following:
– Comment on the photo of your flag with your car, then share it.
– email [email protected] with some details about you and your car
We are excited to start working with people in many different countries!

Powerspark Ignition Parts Catalogue 2020

Posted: March 17, 2020 by goodshoutmedia in Reference

Powerspark Catalogue 2020

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A quick guide on how to fit Powerspark Electronic Ignition. In this case the car used is a modified 1964 Volkswagen Beetle, but the principle is the same regardless of the car.

How to fit a Powerspark electronic ignition kit:

Posted: April 24, 2019 by goodshoutmedia in Reference

How to fit a Powerspark electronic ignition kit:

Want to print this out? Click here to view as a printable PDF.

How to fit a Powerspark electronic ignition kit:

These instructions are for our negative earth ignition kits only. See separate post for positve earth.

Before you begin, it’s a good idea to disconnect the car battery. Most Powerspark® kits can be fitted to the distributor while still in the car. If you choose to remove the distributor, turn the engine to Top Dead Centre and mark the distributor / rotor position carefully.

Remove the distributor cap, rotor arm, contact points and condenser carefully, retaining the screws and withdraw the wires through the distributor body.


Test fit the module first and then apply a small amount of the white thermal grease provided (2 or 3 small blobs is sufficient) to the underside of the module baseplate, leave the screws fitted. Some kits are pre-fitted to a complete baseplate, in which case the thermal grease is not required.

Many distributors have an earthing wire from the points plate to the distributor body. This should be left in place. There must be good continuity between the mounting plate of the kit and the distributor body.

Check there is sufficient slack in the wires inside the distributor body for the base plate to turn when a vacuum unit is fitted, inserting the rubber grommet or plastic plug to prevent the wires from chaffing. Secure the wires in the distributor body using the supplied cable tie to keep these out of the way of moving parts.

Fit the new trigger ring pressing down gently onto the shaft. Some kits have more than one trigger ring, use the one that fits best. On occasion the ring can be tight and may need to be carefully sanded to make it wider. Only do this to make minor alterations.

Fit the rotor arm and rotate the spindle to check there is clearance between the module and the trigger, and that the rotor arm does not foul the module.

The kit will find it’s own position but if the ring and kit touch then move the module to achieve a close but not touching position (3 or 4 mm maximum).

Locate the live feed to the coil, ensure this goes to the coil(+) terminal (sometimes labelled ‘15‘), then connect the Powerspark® RED wire to the coil(+) or ’15’ terminal. Connect the black wire to the coil() terminal (sometimes labelled ‘1‘) ensuring no other wire is on that same side.

Failure to connect the wires correctly will result in damage to the Powerspark module. Never connect 12v directly to the black wire.

Refit the distributor cap, start the engine. Check and adjust the dynamic timing for best running.


If you can’t get the ignition to work once installed, try these suggestions:

  • Check the coil resistance prior to fitting this unit to ensure that your coil has a resistance of more than 1.5 ohms.
  • Check which coil terminal your live ignition feed is connected. This must be the (+) terminal.
  • The Black wire must be connected to the coil(-) or ‘1’.
  • Connect the Red wire to the coil positive (+) or ’15’ terminal.
  • For testing purposes, no other wires should be attached to the coil terminals, except for the centre HT lead to the distributor cap.
  • Check the condition of the cap and rotor arm (replacing them if possible for testing).
  • Do not connect coil(-) to earth.

If you have a positive ground vehicle you will need to either convert to negative ground or have one of our Positive Earth Powerspark kits.

Fitting Electronic Ignition and Timing:

We recommend setting the timing  dynamically (ie engine running) with a strobe light, just as with points. Use the workshop manual recommended setting as a starting point and adjust from there for best running and no ‘pinking’ under load.

If you’ve lost the initial position of the distributor proceed as follows:

i. Turn the engine to TDC on No1 cylinder on the compression stroke.

2. Install the distributor making sure the drive gear is fully engaged.

3. Make a note of where the rotor arm is pointing.

4. Rotate the distributor so that No.1 HT post on the cap is aligned with the position of the rotor arm and lightly tighten the clamp.

5. Make sure the HT leads are in the correct order as per the engine’s firing order.

You should now be able to start the engine but you will need to adjust the timing dynamically.

Battery voltage to coil:

With ignition switch ON, engine not running, check voltage at coil + terminal. The voltmeter should read somewhere around +12 to +13 volts.

If voltage is too low or there’s no reading, the battery terminal or ground connection may be corroded and need cleaning or the battery may need charging.

Gap between the black trigger and the ignition module:

If you need to increase the air gap slightly, hold ignition base plate away from distributor shaft while tightening set screw and/or loosen the two screws and retighten screws while lightly prying ignition module away from the magnet sleeve.

Do not over-torque the screws!

The magnetic trigger ring should not rub against red ignition module, but exact gap is not critical. It may be necessary to adjust the position of red ignition module  keep them from rubbing.

Ignition Coil Queries:

A standard 12v 3 ohm coil is recommended for use with a Powerspark electronic ignition kit. The coil should have a minimum of 1.5 Ohms primary resistance. On cars equipped with a ballast resister or resistive wire to the coil(+) terminal, a coil of 1.5 Ohms should be used.

Measuring Primary Resistance:

Using a digital multimeter in the 200 Ω mode, measure between coil’s + and – terminals. Allow a few seconds for the reading to settle.

A coil will typically have have a minimum of 7,000 Ohms secondary resistance (measured from coil(+) or (-) terminal to centre HT terminal. Use the 20K Ω setting on the multimeter.

Vehicle System Voltage:

If the charging system voltage, measured at the coil’s positive terminal, is more than 14.6 volts at 2,500+ RPM, the voltage regulator may need replacing. Too much voltage can damage the ignition module and other electronic components.

Jump-starting the vehicle:

Please use caution when jump-starting a vehicle fitted with our electronic kit.

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