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Houghton International to join global Gulf Oil Family

Houghton International to join global Gulf Oil Family

Monday, 3rd December 2012

Gulf Oil Corperation, part of the Hinduja Group, has reached an agreement to aquire Houghton, a leading global supplier of metal working fluids, will join a portfolio of successful global brands owned by the Hinduja group including Ashok Leyland (truck, Read more...

Classics at Hellingly

Classics at Hellingly

Tuesday, 4th December 2012

Hellingly Festival of Transport was a great success, despite the economic climate and equally-as-gloomy British climate. Dave Bone, commercial marshal for the show, reports: "This year saw the 37th annual event organised by Eastbourne Historic Vehicle, Read more...

Under the hammer

Under the hammer

Wednesday, 5th December 2012

Stroud Auction Rooms, Gloucestershire 12th - 13th September Our main interest in this two-day sale of transport and automotive items (including railwayana galore) was the George Reynolds collection. Besides being the founding father ot thr Britis, Read more...

Darlington rally driver Paul Swift collected the 2012 AS Performance North of England Tarmac Rally Championship trophy last night and is now planning to celebrate with the two forthcoming rallies to be held at Croft over the next few weeks.

Darlington rally driver Paul Swift collected the 2012 AS Performance North of England Tarmac Rally Championship trophy last night and is now planning to celebrate with the two forthcoming rallies to be held at Croft over the next few weeks.

Friday, 7th December 2012

The seven times British champion clinched the title following a superb top six placing in his Motoscope-supported 2.0 litre Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800 on the Stobart Rail Pendragon Stages in September and added his name to the impressive list of former, Read more...

Preparation and inspection prior to rustproofing

Preparation and inspection prior to rustproofing

Saturday, 8th December 2012

The preparation involved prior to applying rust prevention products is important. Remove as many panels as possible to access the areas of the car that need to be protected. If a wing can be unbolted to ensure its underside is cleaned and protected,, Read more...

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 1/8: Old underseal

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 1/8: Old underseal

Monday, 10th December 2012

If old underseal has been applied before, it may have become brittle (it should be flexible), which results in water and dirt becoming trapped. Use a wallpaper scraper to remove the old underseal. This is time consuming, but essential. Wire brush , Read more...

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 2/8: Scrubbing

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 2/8: Scrubbing

Tuesday, 11th December 2012

Use a wire brush (by hand or attached to a drill or angle grinder) to remove as much flaky paint, dirt and rust as possible. Clean surfaces are essential for rust protection. http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=2697, Read more...

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 3/8: Road salt and dirt

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 3/8: Road salt and dirt

Wednesday, 12th December 2012

Winter road salt is a cars worst enemy and needs to be removed, along with road dirt that collects in wheelarches. Use a degreaser that breaks down grease and finish with panel wipe. Some rust specialists use a high-pressure washer. Water based degrea, Read more...

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 4/8: Water traps

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 4/8: Water traps

Thursday, 13th December 2012

If water finds its way into a sill or similar box section, it needs to be removed. Drill holes to allow the water to escape and then use heat to thoroughly dry out the area. You have to make sure any drain holes are clear if water is likely to escape, Read more...

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 5/8: Outer and inner

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 5/8: Outer and inner

Friday, 14th December 2012

Check all areas of a panel if possible. Don't just protect the exterior of a sill, but also make sure you can remove any moisture and dirt from inside it. Floors need to be inspected from both sides. www.smithandallan.com, Read more...

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 6/8: Remove panels

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 6/8: Remove panels

Saturday, 15th December 2012

Spend time removing as many panels as possible to access all potential rot spots on a car. Remove inner wheelarch liners, sill covers and mudflaps to get to the heart of a car's metalwork. www.smithandallan.com, Read more...

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 7/8: Blow or suck

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 7/8: Blow or suck

Monday, 17th December 2012

A vacuum cleaner is useful for sucking dirt out of sills, chassis legs or between floor panels. Similarly, if you have a compressor, use a blower to remove dirt that will prevent underseal and wax from sticking to surfaces. www.smithandallan.com, Read more...

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 8/8: Repair the rot

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 8/8: Repair the rot

Tuesday, 18th December 2012

A rusty panel won't fix itself. If it has corroded to the point that holes have begun to appear, you need to replace it or cut out the rotton area and weld a repair panel into position. www.smithandallan.com, Read more...

Undersealing

Undersealing

Wednesday, 19th December 2012

Underseal is an effective form of the external areas of a car that you rarely need to touch, such as the underside of the chassis and inside wheelarches. Its tar-like qualities means that it remains flexible for several years and provides protection, Read more...

Employee of the month

Employee of the month

Wednesday, 19th December 2012

Chris Hardy age 33 was absolutely ecstatic when he picked up the coverted Employee of the month award for the 3rd consecutive month. Brimming with self confidence the plucky lad said "I'm delighted to receive the award, and I think I'm the first perso, Read more...

Undersealing Step 1/6:

Undersealing Step 1/6:

Thursday, 20th December 2012

Before applying underseal, make sure surfaces are protected. Wrap masking tape around brake lines. Protect paintwork with sheets of paper and tape. Underseal overspray gets everywhere, especially if you're outside and it's windy. http://www.smithand, Read more...

Undersealing Step 2/6:

Undersealing Step 2/6:

Friday, 21st December 2012

When spraying on underseal, adopt the same approach as painting. Apply a thin, even coat and leave to dry, then apply a second coat. Allow at least 24 hours for the underseal to fully dry. http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1534, Read more...

Undersealing Step 3/6:

Undersealing Step 3/6:

Thursday, 27th December 2012

Underseal can be applyied to axel castings, subframes, sills, floors (underneath only), petrol tanks, wheelarches and other areas under a vehicle. Make sure any moving components (eg, steering linkage) don't get clogged up. http://www.smithandallan., Read more...

Undersealing Step 4/6:

Undersealing Step 4/6:

Friday, 28th December 2012

Panels can be removed, cleaned and undersealed on their underside or interiors to prevent further corrosion. Front wings are highly prone to corrosion, but can be quickly and easily unbolted and sprayed with underseal. http://www.smithandallan.com/p, Read more...