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.

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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

The guys over at Fellows Speed Shop are often in the area, as they buy ignition parts and fuel pumps from Powerspark Ignition. Today they popped by in their ‘shop truck, which houses one of their special secrets… The air cooled flat four is gone, replaced by Subaru power.

Why put a Subaru engine in a classic Volkswagen?

There are a number of reasons to do this, primarily power, drivability, heating, and fuel economy. The four cylinder Subaru engine is generally 30 years newer than the engine it replaces.

Fellows Speed Shop don’t just do engines, they also do big brake conversions… Why not get in touch and see if they can build your dream Volkswagen?

Give them a follow on Facebook or Instagram, they do cool work.

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

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What is it?

1964 Austin Healey 3000 in the perfect colour combination.

Errr, what?

A Big Healey, don’t you know, a hairy chested British sportscar, with no roof, from the days when real men drove convertibles and the term ‘hair dressers car’ hadn’t been invented.

Where did you find it?

For sale through a dealer, here.

Why buy it?

If not because it’s one of the most elegant British designs ever made, then because you didn’t buy one 10 years ago when they were half the price. For that reason, you should buy one now, because on that logic in another 10 years these will be £100,000+.

Anyway, it’s a beautiful and very usable classic car.

How much is it?

£64,995 as stated.

Is that a lot?

No, not really. You could always buy this one for £12,500 and spend £50,000 and two years restoring it and then… oh wait, that doesn’t make sense.

But can I fit Powerspark Electronic Ignition?

Absolutely. We do a wide range of products for the Austin Healey, we’d call them best sellers. We can do an ignition kit, a complete distributor, ignition coil and HT leads.

Austin Healey 3000 Complete Distributor
Austin Healey 3000 Electronic Ignition Kit
Austin Healey 3000 Ignition Leads
Austin Healey 3000 Ignition Coil

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Here’s some more photos of the beautiful car…

 

 

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

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What is it?

Thanks for asking, it’s a 1974 Volvo 240DL Estate

Where did you find it?

Browsing the classic car section on eBay, of course.

Why buy it?

Launched in 1974, the Volvo 240is the iconic boxy estate and the undisputed father of the whole estate car movement. Think of the 740, 940, 850, V70 and all the other famous Volvos that follow, well this is great grandad. Respect your elders!

Volvo estates have been enjoying an impressive surge in values and interest, and this one is believed to be the oldest 240 Estate in the country. That makes it cool…. BUT…

It’s not just that. Take a look at the interior, sure, the outside needs a little work but this car harks back to a simpler time, and don’t those red seats just look wonderful?

It’s a couple of weekends work and a very exciting trip to the beach.

How much is it?

At the time of writing, £1,600 with four days to go.

Is that a lot?

It’s hard to say. It clearly needs some work, but the early ones just aren’t around any more. Good late cars are expensive!

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But can I fit Powerspark Electronic Ignition? 

Yes, the Volvo 240 Series uses our K6 Electronic Ignition Kit.

If I buy it, what will Powerspark Ignition give me?

Go on, do a bid, we’ll rustle up some HT leads and an ignition coil for you.

Bought the car and want to claim your prize? Phone Powerspark Ignition on 01527 889 453 and quote the reference ‘I bought that car you told me to buy

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Here’s some more photos of the car…

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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:

Engine:
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)
Transmission:
Type: 4 speed all synchromesh
Clutch: Single dry plate
Suspension:
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.
Performance:
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