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The importance of having excellent earths

Whilst I’ve always driven and owned classic cars, its only when I bought a 1971 Lotus Elan, 26 years ago, that the importance of earths really hit home.  The reality of owning a glass fibre (plastic) car meant that every item on the car that was fastened to the body had to be separately earthed, […]
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Classic car fasteners – some pitfalls

At Leyton Classics, we have a number calls from Classic engine and vehicle enthusiasts regarding a variety of fastener issues.  I thought it might be useful to share some of the common and less common ones problems. Re-using nuts and bolts One of the common misconceptions is that “it’s OK to reuse the fastener you […]
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Modern Classics are becoming predominant!

Here at Leyton Classics, we support a local classic car show and run the entry system etc.  As a result, you get to know how many of what type of car attends.  Clearly, we all like to see the fabulous (Lamborghini) and the unusual ( Messerschmitt)!  Although I’m much more partial to English sports cars […]
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Do you know your classic car nuts and bolts?

Do you know your bolts? This is a brief guide to some of the technicalities regarding specifications of both metric and imperial size nuts and bolts. Let’s start with metric threads All metric nuts, bolts and washers are described as an M something to describe the diameter, for example M8 describes a fastener with an […]
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Start planning for the Spring

Whilst I’ve usually avoided the garage when its cold, our sales of fasteners to classic vehicle enthusiasts “take off” in winter!  Indeed, December 2023 was our best sales month ever, particularly for the mixed bags of UNF and UNC bolts, nuts and washers.  However, there are number of jobs which are worth tackling before the […]
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Veterans catered for!

Whilst spending a fantastic weekend at Goodwood, one of the races that really caught my eye was for vintage racers from the 1920’s.  What was also interesting was that we here at Leyton Classics supply several of the very people who are dedicated to keeping these vehicles “on the road” or racing the circuits of […]
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ULEZ and classic cars

With the proliferation of ULEZ in major cities in the UK becoming ongoing news, its no surprise that people are looking at ways to mitigate or “get around” the fines!  A recent newspaper article suggested that with cars over 40 years old exempt from fines, those often referred to as “young timers” this may be […]
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Don’t assume the thread is correct!

Pub discussions are rarely worth listening into, but when I overheard someone state, categorically, that all cars changed to metric fasteners by the early 1990’s, I had to intervene.  Clearly no-one had come across Land Rover Defenders (& classic Mini’s), which continued to use imperial sizes for long after this time. I was reading a […]
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