IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL NOTICE REGARDING FUEL LINES

We’re asking all customers who’ve either had a TVR chassis refurbishment carried out with us, or possibly a kit car built by us to please book their cars back in with us at their earliest possible convenience for an inspection of the rubber fuel lines. If we have changed the fuel lines on your car, we need to hear from you!

It has been noted that some cars fitted with certain types of rubber fuel hose fitted by us during restoration works are showing premature signs of deterioration. Though the hose may be marked correctly through either an SAE or ISO approval rating, we believe there is a chance that a faulty batch of hose has found it’s way to us in the past couple of years.

We are unable to identify which supplier the hose has come from, sadly. We are therefore offering to replace under warranty (irrelevant of timescale or mileage since repair) any car we inspect and find fault with. We’re asking all customers to book their cars in with us at their earliest convenience so we can inspect and determine whether their car is affected by this particular type of fuel hose. Though we believe only a small number of cars will be affected, we’re asking to look at them all.

We believe the faulty grade of hose to be 7.6mm internal diameter, and to be marked as ‘SAE J30R9’ grade fuel hose. However, we politely request we inspect the car regardless of hose marking, purely for peace of mind.

There is a good chance the number of affected vehicles will be low, due to the fashion in which we buy our stock (we only go through 15-20m a year, so we’ve not been working from a 100m reel bought four years ago, for example. We believe the number of affected cars will turn out to be small.

J30R9 fuel hose as fitted in March 2015

 

For reference, the hose in the attached image was fitted in March 2015. It doesn’t bear relevance as to where on the vehicle this occurred – THE ENTIRE FUEL LINE COULD BE AFFECTED, AND NEEDS TO BE INSPECTED AND POSSIBLY RENEWED AT NO COST TO YOU.

We have now used a different, but equally well-respected supplier for a fresh batch of J30R9 and A1-grade fuel hoses to retrofit to any affected cars. This is a supplier we have not used in the past.

If your car is currently with us, or is due to be with us for similar works, it will be fitted out with the same hose we are using for the rectifications jobs as a matter of course.

We’ve tried to contact all customers we still have contact details for. If you’ve used us in the past, and have not received any correspondence, please contact us to book your car in for an inspection.

On the back of this, we strongly advise anybody who hasn’t had their fuel lines changed recently (but has read this far) to still go and inspect your fuel lines. The increased levels of ethanol in fuel today is playing havoc with certain systems on cars, and the fuel hose affected in this image is J30R9 – a higher permittivity grade hose than A1 (ISO7840). An old hose from 1992 designed to handle early incarnations of unleaded petrol stands very little chance against the increased ethanol in fuels today. We believe the ethanol content is to blame here, and that although the hose should be capable of working with it, a certain batch seems to be struggling.

We hope there are no more affected cars and that the inspections will prove fruitless. We thank you in advance for your cooperation, and apologise in advance for any plans that may be affected by this.

Thanks,

Rich

COMING SOON – TVR Workshop & UK-based Mobile Inspection Services

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll shortly be adding detailed inspection of TVR used cars to our remit.

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‘Taking the plunge’ is a term most associate with making the decision to purchase yourself your dream TVR. Many people spend hours and hours hunting down the right car for them in terms of colour, or trim, only to find two months down the line after they’ve bought it that a host of mechanical issues were sitting there, waiting to be unearthed.

It needn’t be a ‘plunge’ though. With some sensible planning and caution, used TVR ownership can prove to be an extremely cost-effective, yet rewarding experience. You just need to make sure you’re looking at a good one.

This is where we come in. With a wealth of knowledge regarding chassis corrosion, we’ve been there, seen it and done it! Our experience with Chimaera, Griffith and S-series models is well-documented, and we pride ourselves on being picky, fastidious, pedantic and thorough when assessing cars. All qualities you don’t want to find in the person sitting next to you at the bar, but when it comes to sifting through used cars, it’s a useful set of attributes!

We’ll be offering both detailed chassis assessments on all models, and full vehicle assessments in the case of Chimaera, Griffith and S-Series cars. These services will be tailored to include both assessments carried out at our workshop, and a mobile service, where we will come to you.

More details on this potentially useful feature to come in due course.

SUMMER 2015 SPECIAL OFFER ON EVANS WATERLESS COOLANT PRODUCTS AT SOUTHWAYS

We are delighted to offer a special offer price on all Evans Waterless Coolants throughout the summer of 2015. It’s the hottest time of year, so the perfect time to upgrade your car’s cooling system!

  • No Water No Problems
    Over the last twenty years Evans waterless engine coolants have been tested and proven by OEM’s, fleet operators, racing teams, professional restorers, plant operators and automotive aficionados to increase reliability and reduce operating costs. The high boiling point of Evans coolants are also facilitating improvements in engine design, performance and fuel economy. Evans products are certified non-toxic and documented to last 20 years without need for replacement or top-up.
  • No Water No Corrosion
    Water is the root cause of corrosion in engines. Current antifreeze formulations regularly fail to prevent cavitation, oxidation and galvanic action, eating away pumps, radiators, liners etc. Corrosion build-up, inhibitor drop-out and lime-scale precipitation significantly reduces heat transfer efficiency and accelerates overheating.
  • No Water No Erosion
    As water flows through an engine cooling system it is subjected to many obstacles and constrictions. The resulting turbulence creates rapid changes in pressure forcing small pockets of water to vaporise. This process produces voids in the liquid known as "cavitation bubbles". As the pressure normalises the bubbles collapse generating forces great enough to punch holes in the surrounding metal. Evans Waterless Coolants have a much lower vapour pressure than water which means it is far less likely to vaporise when subjected to the turbulent pressure changes.
  • No Water No Overheating
    The operating temperature of an engine is very close to the boiling point of water. Hotspots within the cooling system can lead to localised boiling, generating steam which increases system pressure and prevents effective cooling. Evans Waterless Coolants have a boiling point of over 180°C, far above the operating temperature of the engine. The high boiling point ensures that the coolant remains liquid at all times enabling consistently effective cooling. Eliminating water elimates the problem of engine overheating, boil-over and after-boil.
  • No Water No Pressure
    Hotspots within the engine cooling system cause localised boiling. The steam generated significantly increases the pressure within the system putting stress on hoses and other components. Evans Waterless Coolants have a boiling point of above 180°C and will not vaporise within the cooling system. Cooling system pressure is greatly reduced.

 

The prices are as follows (fully inclusive of VAT @ 20%):

You can convert your pride & joy yourself. We are able to supply you instructions, and the product specification and quantity you need. For all conversions, you will need the correct quantity of both prep fluid (unless you have prep fluid you have used and kept previously) and coolant. The amount of coolant required depends entirely on your car’s cooling system capacity. We have databases with most cars’ specifications listed – please contact us for further details.

Prep fluid 2L: £15.99  Summer 2015 Offer price:  £14.69

Prep fluid 5L: £39.95  Summer 2015 Offer price:  £36.72

Waterless Coolant (all specifications) 2L: £29.95  Summer 2015 Offer price:  £27.50

Waterless Coolant (all specifications) 5L: £64.95  Summer 2015 Offer price:  £59.62

All prices include VAT at 20%. We are delighted to offer an additional 5% discount to all current TVR Car Club members, and members of the armed-forces.

EVANS WATERLESS COOLANT PRICES AND WEBPAGE NOW LIVE

We’re pleased to unveil our new webpage dedicated to the most exciting new product we’ve had for some time – Evans Waterless Coolant.

Please navigate through the menu bar along the top of your screen, or simply click the image below:

Please click the image to be taken to the page

Please click the image to be taken to the page

We are now able to offer both fully converted, and stand-alone product prices, as well as some detail about the product, useful links for you to research in greater detail and a couple of videos to watch either in your lunch hour, or at 11:05am with the sound turned down and one eye on your supervisor!