Easy to Fix Problems With Classic Cars

Posted: September 13, 2021 by simonbbc in cars, classic cars
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If you own a classic car you should be more than aware of the problems that could come up if it is not properly looked after. If you do not keep on top of it then before you know you could be looking at a car primed for the scrapheap! Fortunately, the most common problems for a classic car have happened on so many occasions to the point where we have an easy fix solution for it. Read on below to see a few examples of easy to fix problems with classic cars.


Overheating occurs in all cars whether they are from the ’50s or have just come out of the factory! However, the more modern cars have better-suited technology to deal with these problems and this is not the case when it comes to classic cars. Some problems of overheating can be as follows; broken cooling fan, low coolant level, blocked radiator pipes, faulty thermostat ad a few others. To ensure that you can keep your car from overheating and in its best condition, keep the coolant level full and have it regularly checked by a mechanic to see if it’s a problem that you can fix yourself or that it may need professionally fixing.

Pest Infestation

Now, this point is unique to classic cars due to the age of the seats and just the car in general, if the car is not looked after properly this can become a very likely scenario. Any forgotten food samples or stains could also lead to an infestation for example you could be finding maggots in your rotten banana that you may have forgotten about in the glovebox! The obvious fix to this problem is to just deep clean your classic car, inspect it for any sources of food or residue. If the problem has escalated to the point of no return then you need to call pest control, numerous companies around the UK are well equipped to deal with automobiles. You should also get your classic car inspected for any cracks or crevices that possible infestations could inhabit.

Malfunctioning Brake

This is a very important part of your driving experience so if your classic car is starting to have malfunctioning brakes then you need to get this fixed urgently. Every car will eventually have its braking system collapse, it is just the way wear and tear occur over time. However, within a classic car, this is much more frequent and dangerous. Additionally, classic cars do not tend to have indications such a brake lights or voice warnings to alert the driver that the brakes are malfunctioning! If you sense that your brakes are a little loose or less responsive then you should go and get your car serviced immediately. Ensure your brake liquid is filled up to the required level, this will further sustain the functionality of the brakes in your classic car.

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There are many reasons as to why classic cars are so popular, it could be due to the vintage look that they give off, or the nostalgia that some of them provide with those who grew up with these cars around them. Some even believe these cars to be better than modern cars as there are fewer variables to consider. Read on to find out some key reasons as to why classic cars are still so popular in the modern era.

A Stylish Look

Classic cars are stylish. That is simply just a fact, seeing a 1960’s Jaguar E-Type drive around on the road compared to a modern day X-type there is no comparison. Yes of course the modern types are most likely faster, have larger fuel tanks and are full of gadgets yet the simplicity of the classic car trumps it in some people’s eyes. The newer, more modern cars do seem to go for a similar look to each other with only slightly different shaped chassis that adjust the cars shape. Yet this does not happen with classic cars, they stand out as quite unique and really are very stylish.

Investment Opportunities

When buying a modern car you already know that it will depreciate the second you start the engine. This is because it is no longer brand new and the more it is used, the more the value decreases by. With classic cars however, this is not the case. Investing in a car from the 1960’s, providing it contains the majority of its original parts and is in mint condition is a good move. As time passes, these cars will become more rare and scarce, this means that that demand becomes higher and so does the price. Many people purchase classic cars as collectables with the intention of selling them in the future.

No Driving Aids

Some people may label driving in a classic car as ‘proper driving’. This is because there are no driving aids such as assisted steering, park assist, electronic accelerators. Some people like to have full control over their cars, enabling them to be able to do handbrake turns and drift around to their heart’s content. Some people just prefer the mechanical aspect to driving and that is perfectly fine as they can just keep driving classical cars.

Reasonably Low Maintenance

With classic cars, there is little maintenance needed, as long as it is looked after and cleaned regularly then you should have no real trouble with it. There are also much less components in a classic car compared to a modern one. This means that there are less problems that can go wrong and any less parts to worry about. If you do have any issues with your classical car, your HT leads for example, then be sure to check out ourHT leads category as well as a wide range of other car parts listed on our website.

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Top 5 Classic Cars Of All Time

Posted: July 16, 2021 by simonbbc in cars, classic cars

At Powerspark we adore classic cars, this is the main reason that we supply a wide range of classic car parts for many different cars. Be sure to have a look at our cars page for a selection of but ‘not limited too’, to see if we provide the right car parts for you. Seen below are 5 classic cars that we perceive are the greatest of all time, they are in no particular order, so we’ll leave that ranking to you.

Aston Martin DB5

Starting off with an absolute giant in the classic car scene. There are not many cars that feel classic compared to an Aston Martin. Whether it be its mechanical design, it’s ice-cold look or the obvious affiliation to James Bond, the car truly is a classic. Though it looks the part of a sports car, it’s 4.0 litre and 6-cylinder engine made sure that it was not fitting to that label. It can reach up to 145 mph, so there is no wonder why it may be mistaken for a sports car. In fact it is more of a luxury car with it’s wool carpets and electric windows.

Porsche 911

Another one of the most popular names in the entire industry. We do not know one person who is not aware of this car. The earliest version of the 911 started with a 2.0 litre engine. It had totalhorsepower of around 130, this massively contrasts to the more recent models as they are more like 500 +! Yet when it first came out in 1963, it was ahead of its time and a breath of fresh air in the car industry. Porsche ceased production of the model in 1989, however there are still so many mint condition versions being drive around and cared for today.

Volkswagen Beetle

This car goes down as one of the biggest selling cars of all time. It’s smart simple design appealed to consumers in the 1960’s as that is when it gained the majority of its popularity, despite being around since before WW2. Sadly the Beetle had production stopped in 2019, yet because of how many are still being sold and can be seen on the roads today. The true legacy of the Beetle will never be forgotten.

Land Rover

This classic car birthed the term ‘4×4’. First produced with the 80” series 1 in 1948, the car was a good 30-40 years ahead of its time as the car was the first all-rounder. You could drive it off and off the roads, on rough or smooth ground, it was the perfect car to get from A to B. The car is still being developed with newer models today which goes to show how popular and groundbreaking it was in the early 1950’s.

Jaguar E-Type

The saying ‘saving the best till last’ is thrown around a lot these days, however this phrase cannot be more true when referring to the Jaguar E-Type in our classic cars list. Described by Enzo Ferrari as ‘The most beautiful car ever made’ it was the golden jewel in British manufacturing. It saw Jaguar rise up as one of the main brands within the country and they still are today. It ruled the 1960’s, with it being faster than the Ferrari and at a third of the price! There truly are not enough superlatives to describe these classic cars.

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Visit Powespark Ignition for all your classical car needs, our website offers a wide range of products for many types of classical cars. Give us a call or simply contact us through our online form.

How to fit a Positive Powerspark electronic ignition kit:

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

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 from the ignition switch to the coil and disconnect it from the coil. Connect this wire to the the WHITE wire from the Powerspark® kit.

Connect the BLACK wire from the Powerspark® kit to to the coil() terminal (sometimes labelled ‘1‘) ensuring no other wire is on that same side.

Make up a new wire to connect the coil(+) to earth or ground. The coil mounting bracket is often a good location for this.

Failure to connect the wires correctly may 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 that the ignition feed from the ignition switch is not connected to the coil.
  • The Black wire must be connected to the coil(-) or ‘1’.
  • Check that the coil(+) terminal is connected to a good earth. 
  • 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.

Funday Friday – Which Classic would You Choose?

Posted: October 16, 2020 by goodshoutmedia in Reference

Here’s a bit of Friday Fun.
All of British cars are available in a forthcoming auction…
Which one would you like to own?

An occasional blog series where we find cars from around the internet and try to persuade you to buy them… 

What is it?

It’s a Mini…. or at least, it’s MOST of a Mini. It’s missing a bit of length in the floorpan, the doors, windows and roof. It’s AWESOME.

Errr, what?

It’s a Shorty Mini convertible, sort of like a Beach Buggy but made in the UK. We think it looks like a whole heap of fun.

Where did you find it?

It’s for sale on eBay here.

Why buy it?

The seller quite rightly points out that it’d make the perfect promotional vehicle, so why not?

How much is it?

Right now at the time of writing it’s a shade under five hundred quid with five days to go.

Is that a lot?

Erm, who knows? Where this one ends up is anyones guess. We might just have to have a cheeky bid.

But can I fit Powerspark Electronic Ignition?

What, Electronic Ignition for a Classic Mini? that’s bread and butter for Powerspark Ignition!

In fact, if you do buy it, contact [email protected], and we’ll send you some freebies.

Own a Mini and need a distributor, HT leads of an ignition coil? Click the links!

An occasional blog series where we find cars from around the internet and try to persuade you to buy them… 

What is it?

It’s an Aston Martin DB6 Estate Car, of course! Forget the Volvo 240 Torslanda, this is the wagon you want for your winter weeks away.

Errr, what?

Traditional coachbuilders Harold Radford & Co converted 12 of these Aston Martin’s to ‘Shooting Brake’ spec, with 8 in Right Hand Drive and 4 in Left Hand Drive. This one was built NEW as a station wagon, complete with roof rack. It’s done 50,000 original miles and is simply beautiful.

Where did you find it?

For sale with Bonhams Auctions, as part of their August 14th sale. It’s estimate at £ 760,000 – 910,000.

Why buy it?

First of all, to go surfing. Secondly, because it’s super cool, highly exclusive and very unusual. Wouldn’t it just look great with a longboard on the roof at Woolacombe or Croyde Bay? We like the idea and the very antithesis of the utterly preposterous expense of a car with a surfboard on top.

How much is it?

It’s estimated at three-quarters of a million pounds, to a bit under a million, giving quite a large window.

The £150,000 ‘leeway’ in the middle just goes to show that even Bonhams aren’t too sure where the hammer will fall on this car.

Is that a lot?

Who knows? You can’t buy another one.

If you want a DB5 you’ll need somewhere between £600,000 and £900,000 depending on which way the wind is blowing, and a DB6 comes in just a snip less.
An estate, though? We shall find out, and blog about it.

But can I fit Powerspark Electronic Ignition?

Yes of course you can! We’ve done extensive research on this for customers in the past, and our ‘D12 or D62H’ high energy distributor is the one for the job.

This is a Lucas 25D6 based distributor, not too dissimilar to the type used by the Austin Healey.

More photos of the 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake:

An occasional blog series where we find cars from around the internet and try to persuade you to buy them… 

steve coogan e type

What is it?

It’s Steve Coogan’s Jaguar E Type, or at least it was, until yesterday.

Obviously being Alan Partidge’s car, it had to be just right. The TV star bought this (then red) Jaguar E Type after a long search for the perfect Jaaaaag, then had it restored inch-perfectly.

Errr, what?

We’ll break it down carefully… Very early car (one of the first 92 in right hand drive), outside bonnet locks, flat floor, demonstrator model. It was also the first E Type to enter Scotland.

Coogan bought it in recent years, when it was painted red. It was featured in Classic & Sports Car, and at the time the full history and significance of the Jag had just been uncovered. At the end of the article, Coogan hinted that it would be restored to it’s factory original specification.

Where did you find it?

It just sold at Silverstone Auctions online sale, actually.

Why buy it?

In E Type terms, this is about as good as they get.

How much is it?

Interestingly, Silverstone Auctions have now revised the web page so it says ‘undisclosed sum’, but we seem to remember that on Saturday the hammer price was stated as £316,000.

Is that a lot?

In Jaguar E Type terms, yes, but also no. The cost of restoring one of these cars is pretty huge, and this is a very significant car. The estimate against the sale was £300,000 to £350,000, so it hit right in the middle of the guestimate.

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But can I fit Powerspark Electronic Ignition?

We thought you’d never ask! Yes Mr Customer, we would love to fit aftermarket electronic ignition and our own HT leads to your inch-perfect, concours ready, factory original in every way Jaguar E Type.

You’ll be needing a Powerspark 45D6 Electronic Distributor, these L6 HT  Leads and why not go for a Viper ignition coil at the same time?




We had seen Steve Hewitt on some of the classic car Facebook groups, so decided to get in touch and find out more about his build.

Steve has a great YouTube channel, where he’s documenting the process to restore his classic Mini. What’s really interesting is that Steve is painting the car at home, with enamel paint, the old fashioned way. Take a look at his videos and be sure to subscribe by clicking here.

We’ll be sending Steve some Powerspark Ignition goodies for the Mini, like 8mm HT Leads, a fresh distributor and of course a Viper ignition coil.

Further bulletins as events warrant, we look forward to seeing the car on the road!

Purists, avert your eyes! This one isn’t Trimph Red with Black Leather, like the owner tells us it should be… No, this one is painted in Ferrari Rosso Red with Tan Leather interior, and boy does it look fantastic.

Visitors - Triumph TR6

Not only does it look fantastic but it SOUNDS fantastic too. Know why? It’s firing on a Powerspark Electronic Ignition Kit, fitted some 7 years ago and still going strong. In fact, the customer likes the Powerspark kit so much, he popped by to collect a K6 ignition kit for a performance Volkswagen beetle belonging to a friend!

So, what Powerspark equipment does a Triumph TR6 use?

All Triumph TR cars use either a Lucas 25D6 Distributor or a Delco 6 Cylinder.

If your car has a Lucas 25D6 Distributor, then you’ll need our K1 Electronic Ignition Kit.
We also do a complete replacement distributor for the Lucas 25D6, in points or electronic.

If your car has a Delco 6 Cylinder Distributor, then you’ll need our K26 Electronic Ignition Kit. We also do a complete replacement Delco 6 Cylinder distributor.

Triumph TR6 Engine 2