Why You Should Choose A Brantz Tripmeter

IMG_1900If you’re looking to kit out your classic rally car with a tripmeter in order to take competition to the next level, you can’t go wrong with Brantz.
The Brantz brand offers rallying equipment to anyone with an interest in classic rally cars – from enthusiastic novices to well oiled professionals. So no matter how many miles you’ve clocked up, there’s sure to be a product suitable for you.

Back in the sixties, serious rallying competitors utilised mechanical tripmeters to refine their navigation and gain a better speed record. Some rally regulations continue to allow only mechanical tripmeters and don’t permit tripmeters that display GPS or speed averages, however, many historic or retrospective rallies around the globe have recently approved the Brantz RetroTrip tripmeters, giving you more in the way of choice.

Retrotrip tripmeters feature electro-mechanical clicking digits and are calibrated to the car by operating switches on the unit. They are ordinarily used with an electrical sensor on the speedometer cable. Alternatively, you can use a wheel or propshaft sensor. The propshaft sensor consists of two magnets that are fitted to either side of the propshaft and can be easier to install than a dedicated wheel sensor due to the fact the design can accommodate larger clearances between rotating components.

Older cars with 6 volt electrics or doubtful 12 volt charging systems should also consider using the power conditioner. A power conditioner is designed to provide a stable voltage source so that it can function properly.

If you’re more interested in modern rallies, it’s recommended you use one of the Brantz International electronic tripmeters which rely on an electrical signal which is then processed electronically.

There are two main international tripmeters offered by Brantz.

For those of you who are road rallying or rallying at club level stage events, we recommend the Brantz International 1. This is a basic single readout tripmeter featuring a single red LED display and push wheel switches on the front.

For professional rally drivers we recommend the Brantz International 2. This offers all the same features as the international 1 tripmeter, but additionally has a second display showing intermediate distance as well as a remote reset button and a STEP knob on the front allowing adjustment to the Total distance.

If you’d like to measure average speed as well, The Brantz 2 ‘S’ Pro has all the features of International 1 and 2 but also the addition of a highly accurate speedometer which displays selectable or average speed. Bear in mind that rally regulations tend to not permit the use of average speed tracking via a tripmeter.

Now, for those of you that own multiple rally motors and wish to uninstall and reinstall the same tripmeter into more than one car, this process doesn’t need to be difficult. You can choose to use the plug and socket kit which is installed with the tripmeter allowing for straight forward removal once you’re finished.

Why not head over to our dedicated Brantz page and browse the latest products?

Why It’s Important To Keep Your Classic Car Clean

British weather in February is never brilliant, is it? Strong winds and relentless rain make it impossible to hold an umbrella up without it blowing inside out, while mud and sludge seem to get on just about everything.
While you’re busy keeping your home and family safe and warm during the cooler seasons, don’t forget to look after your classic car too!

Wind and rain can be a real headache for classic car owners unless you take proper precautions. Water exposure can lead to rust, which in turn means spending money on spare parts, while strong gales and winds can blow stones, rocks and other muddy objects into the paintwork.
That’s why, for this month only, we have a special offer available exclusively to you. Should you spend £75 or more on any Holden Vintage & Classic products, you’ll receive a free Autoglym Aqua Dry Synthetic Chamois Leather with your order.

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The Autoglym Aqua Dry Synthetic Chamois Leather has a unique structure that allows it to perform a superior clean to natural chamois leathers. It’s absorbent, easy to use and less expensive than competing products. When paired with some of our other Autoglym cleaning products, you can be sure to achieve a superior look as well as long lasting protection against the elements.

Here’s a few examples of what else is on offer:

The Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo / Conditioner

If you regularly wash your car with Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner, you’ll not only effectively remove traffic film and dirt, but will also preserve the finish and appearance of your vehicle. This shampoo conditioner contains additional ingredients that create a glossy water-resistant barrier in order to protect and extend the effect of Autoglym polishes.

The Autoglym Custom Wheel Cleaner

Get rid of brake dust and dirt from chrome, polished aluminium and anodised wheels with the Autoglym Custom Wheel Cleaner. This product contains a special blend of biodegradable surfactants, solvents, and alkalis in order to create a balanced acid-free formulation which quickly and efficiently dissolves brake dust, corrosion and traffic film from even the most complex and intricate wheel designs.

The Autoglym High Definition Wax

There’s no better way of protecting your classic car from the elements than by applying the Autoglym High Definition Wax. It features the perfect combination of carnauba, microcrystallines, waxes and saturated hydrocarbons in order to give a high quality finish with long lasting durability.

Autoglym Super Resin Polish

If you’re looking for a universal polish that can be applied to any paint finish then the Autoglym Super Resin Polish is for you. Not only does it give your car a glossy shine, but protects against unfriendly environments and contains a cleaner that will lift harmful contaminants from the surface.

Outdoor Car Cover

If you keep your motor outdoors on a regular basis, it’s essential it has some form of cover to protect it from wind and rain. This outdoor cover is entirely waterproof and features four air vents to prevent excessive condensation. It comes in a variety of sizes depending on your needs.

The Autoglym Collection Valet Kit

If you fancy going all out, then why not treat yourself to the Autoglym Collection Valet Kit? It contains everything you need to keep your classic car in tip top shape all year round. This kit includes shampoo conditioner, super resin polish, screen wash, bumper care and much much more.

Remember, neglecting to protect your car during the cooler reasons will only cause you more problems in the future. If you invest in a good set of cleaning products, you’ll be sure to prevent damage and keep your car looking slick and clean.

Take a look at our cleaning collections here, and remember, if you spend £75 or more on ANY Holden Vintage & Classic Products throughout February, you’ll receive the Autoglym Aqua Dry Synthetic Chamois Leather for free by using the code chamois17 at the checkout.

123 Ignition

IMG_1884123Ignition are one of the most reputable brand names in the world of ignition systems for classic cars. With optimal respect for the originality of the classic vehicle, 123Ignition units are designed with reliability and durability in mind.

It was 10 years ago that 123Ignition first hit the classic car scene by replacing faulty electrics for a Citroen 2CV’s distributor. Since then, the brand has gone from strength to strength and upholds the highest standards that customers have come to expect.
This is why we stock a range of 123Ignition electronic distributors for your classic car requirements.

So what makes 123Ignition different?

In a nutshell, each 123Ignition distributor hides a lot of high-tech gear inside of it while retaining the appearance of an original distributor.
Many other systems of electronic ignition demand that the original mechanical centrifugal advance system remains intact. Even points- assisted systems use the original points operating cam which is vulnerable to wear and tear which results in the inconsistent running of the engine. Additionally, they all require a separate box for the corresponding electronics.
123ignition solves this problem by containing all the elements in one straight forward module inserted in place of the original points box. The points operating cam is taken out altogether as well as the advance weights and the 123ignition distributor is then bolted on.

The Advantages Of Using 123Ignition

There are a number of advantages in choosing 123Ignition distributors. These include:

• Straight forward installation
• No maintenance
• Superior fuel consumption
• Better emissions
• It’s impossible to burn out the ignition coil
• Improved starting
• A variable dwell angle to prevent overheating of the ignition coil
• Built in LED
• Value for money

What’s on offer?

We stock a variety of 123Ignition distributors. These include:

6 Cylinder Universal

This 123 Ignition Distributor can be used in place of most 6 cylinder Lucas distributors (6 or 12 volt). It can be wired for either positive or negative earth vehicles and can also be swapped for both clockwise and anti-clockwise distributors. With an impressive 16 advance-curves, you’ll be able to fine tune your engine using an easily accessible switch. It also offers spark balancing, automatic dwell and a convenient power cut off one second after engine stops.

4 Cylinder Universal

This 4 Cylinder Universal distributor can be used in place of 4 Cylinder Lucas distributors, (6 or 12 volt negative earth). As with the 6 Cylinder Universal, it has 16 advance curves that enable you to fine tune your engine by using a small switch, as well as an automatic dwell, spark balancing and power cut off just one second after the engine stops. Bear in mind this isn’t the ideal for Triumph owners that require a connection for a mechanical rev counter.

Mini Universal

If you’re looking for a distributor specifically designed to replace Lucas distributors on classic Mini engines then this is the one for you. Similar to the 4 and 6 Cylinder Universal, it has 16 advance curves that enable you to fine tune your engine by using a small switch, as well as an automatic dwell, spark balancing and power cut off just one second after the engine stops.

Rover V8 Post SD1

For vehicles with a negative earth only, this electronic distributor is designed to replace Lucas distributors on post SD1 Rover and Land Rover V8 engines. Due to its unique setup, you’ll need a shielded USB cable and a laptop with internet connection to connect the distributor.

Sprite and Midget Universal

For Austin Healey Sprites and MG Midgets, this distributor replaces Lucas distributors and also offers 16 different advance-curves so that you can fine tune your engine. As you’d expect from a 123Ignition distributor, it also offers spark balancing, automatic dwell and automatic power cut off after one second of the engine stopping.

Of course, we have many more 123Ignition distributors in stock. Head over to our dedicated page for more information.

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From this, a matt-coloured and not quite 100% sound, but nonetheless running and driving 2CV, Julian has transformed his Ebay sourced French Classic into a shining example of what can be achieved in the home workshop, with dedication, time and a little effort, plus a small amount of specialist intervention to weld floors, apply a new coat of paint and help to trim the seats, to finish up with this.

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February seems a long tome ago, and I have being doing stuff, in fact it’s nearly finished. Russel , Pam’s son from work has completed the spray job. Very shiny!!!

And the correct original colour. The wiring is almost done, I’ve still to add the heated rear window see 080.109. Most of the interior trim is finished, Martin Greaves from Greaves of Bromyard has helped with fitting the new seat covers, and what a difference a pro. makes…. Membrane first, foam, Dacron then covers…. all beautiful 2cv seats 001

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Trimming the seats in the workshop

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Parked in the drive

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Rear view

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Down into the interior showing off the seats

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Dash

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Engine bay 1 & 2

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With the bonnet up

Thing still to do include getting the ride height correct, fitting the dash cover, fitting the rear parcel shelf to the rear seats, the floor lighting, rear screen heater, and annoyingly I need a new windscreen as I split the old one after fitting into the new rubber surround when jacking up the car, it must have been too tight and wouldn’t allow for any flexing.

 

“Herefordshire on the edge” Motorcycle event

Holden are proud sponsors of Hereford on the Edge motorcycle event.

“Herefordshire on the Edge” is a unique event for older motorcycles organised by the Herefordshire section of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club

Starting and finishing at Ross Cattle Market on Sunday June 26th the first ever running of “Herefordshire on the Edge” will give riders of older motorcycles and 3-wheelers a chance to explore some remote and beautiful corners of Herefordshire, one of England‘s most scenic, historic and least visited counties. The event will provide an enjoyable, non-competitive, long distance ride, challenging entrants’ riding and navigation skills as well as testing their machines over a wide range of surfaced roads.

Riders must plan and then follow a route to visit as many as possible of the 24 designated waypoints spaced at roughly 10 mile intervals around the border of the county. The minimum distance to visit all 24 points will be about 240 miles. All finishers successfully visiting the 4 designated “cardinal” points of the compass (N,S, E & W) plus any other 4 points will receive a bronze award. Those visiting cardinal points and at least 8 others receive a silver and those visiting 18 points, including the cardinal points receive a coveted gold. Anyone visiting all 24 points, can be very proud of their achievement. Entrants may use any appropriate equipment to plan and follow their route (i.e. Satnavs are allowed)

 “Herefordshire on the Edge” is expected to attract riders from all over the UK to share this beautiful county. Cost is £5 per machine. Details and entry forms are available from Geoff McGladdery at 7, the Hopkilns, Bishops Frome WR6 5BP, phone/text on 07588 559698 or email geoffmac@globalnet.co.uk

Steam Power returns to Bromyard!

Bromyard Railway Steam Day

For the first time since the 1960’s a steam locomotive has run on Bromyard’s Railway. In March of 2016, the Bromyard and Linton Light railway played host to a Kerr-Stewart 0-4-0 Saddle Tank engine of the type that used to run on industrial narrow gauge railway systems. This loco was discovered derelict on a farm a few miles outside Bromyard in the 1950’s and was thankfully preserved. The Linton end of the Light Railway is not a stone’s throw from our offices!

Click here Bromyard & Linton Railway to read the article

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The white plastic brake rod bulkhead fitting

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First wiring diagram…this is all new toggle switches on the dash with additional functions Feb 10 2016 015

The re wrapped original rear wiring loom…note where it has to go down a very narrow channel by the front screen. Getting it down there took a few attempts! Feb 10 2016 012

 

Rear loom where it pokes through the bulkhead

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Inside bottom of passenger’s door with the old trim grip removed

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Here I’ve just placed the repair section on the door

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Boot lid and air vent flaps

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Reinstalled master cylinder with new pipework. Note also the lovely new cast exhaust clamps

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Buzz bar type fuse boxes note the LED light glow when a fuse has blown or is missing! See http://www.holden.co.uk/displayproduct.asp?pCode=080.964

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New rubber grommet on the gear change linkage.

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Chrome 5 3/4 light see http://www.holden.co.uk/displayproduct.asp?pCode=010.259

Lights – Front view one wired up the other to do. Note also the temporary starter switch on the battery.

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The Body is now fully fixed to the chassis. Pedals are back in and connected up and working, I bled the brakes through without a hitch….much to my relief, as all new pipework has been installed.

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The car now needs to be rewired, I’ve kept the rear loom as that was all OK, and the wires in the front cross bar that supports the headlamps. I can’t continue with this job as I need the new dashboard to be sprayed prior to installing all the new toggle switches and extra instruments. A temporary circuit has been made to try the engine after 12 months inactivity, and the engine started first go!!!

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Gear Lever linkage has had new rubber bushes, the hand brake a new plastic bulkhead connecting fitting (this was a sod to do and I destroyed the first on and had to reorder from ECAS)

I’ve cleaned all the doors and exposed the rot that needs to be fixed by Russell, also on one of the front doors the rubber trim grip was rotten, so I’ve ordered a repair section and cut the old one off. I used our Bilt-Hamber rust removal system to clean, and I was very impressed with the result.

Door Top Door Bottom The rear door rubbers are OK but one of the front door rubbers needs replacing. The doors, rear wings, door hinges, front triangular panels, and dashboard will go to Russell for spraying on Monday.

I’m using our 5 3/4″ chrome freestanding lights as I don’t like the plastic Citroen ones, steel ones would have been used if available as my light units are new and have the advantage of dipping to the left or right by the simple bulb position adjustment, and of course I intend to take the car to France……I wonder if it will be its first time (mine is a Portuguese made car)?