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  • Why We Love Austin-Healeys

    The glamour of an Austin-Healey remains a love affair for those of us who adore this style of British sports car. Since its original debut in 1952, and then to the much-loved “frog-eyed’ Sprite in 1958, enthusiasts have adored their cars. Although Austin-Healeys were built in Great Britain, they were designed to appeal to Americans. In fact, 89 percent of their cars were exported to the U.S., where they are cherished. While 1972 marked the last year Austin-Healey ceased building cars, it is still exciting to see them on the roadways and raceways today.

    ZZ447782B0.jpgAlong with parts for other treasured British cars, we stock products for Austin-Healeys and also for the later Sprite-Midgets. Featured AH products range from simple and inexpensive ignition rotors and transmission mounts to master cylinder brakes, 6-cylinder clutch slave cylinders and cam bearing sets.

    We also have braking components, carburetion fuel systems, clutch components, cooling systems, cylinder heat components, drive trains, engine and interior electrical components, 4- and 6-cylinder engine components, performance parts, steering and suspension, and even tops and covers for your British baby.

    At British Parts Northwest, we are proud of being a family-owned and operated business that stocks what we sell. If you’ve ever looked for parts for your British car, you know that isn’t always the case. We are not a parts locator service; rather we stock parts, accessories, and even apparel so you can be sure you have your car road ready when you are.

    We also invite you to “like” our Facebook page and post your proud photos and be among the first to know of any specials and offers. Our goal is to make every customer a preferred customer and to share the love our beautiful British cars.

  • Jaguar E-Type Vehicles Among Most Coveted Beauties

    There are too many European sports cars that are considered the all-time classics to pinpoint just one. Sleek designs, high performance, interior beauty, and legendary power and racing abilities have made us fans of various models, although certain loyalties or favorites typically prevail. Many Americans have a huge adoration of Jaquars, and specifically with the E-type vehicles. The E-types, also known as XK-E, were manufactured between 1961 and 1975 and considered an icon of British classics.

    ZZ0E1D3AC4.jpgIt was initially designed and shown as a rear-wheel drive two-seater coupe and as a convertible, with the 2+2 version being released later. More than 70,000 E-types were sold during its lifespan, and many have been lovingly restored to their original (or better) glory! And, it’s no surprise at all, since numerous British car enthusiasts and reviews touted it as one of the “most beautiful” cars ever made!

    If you are one with a passion for an E-type and are lucky enough to own one of these beauties, then you will love our in-stock availability for parts that will maintain its beauty for years to come! At British Parts Northwest, we stock what we sell, and sell direct from us to your door! We aren’t the middleman; we stock parts for the most classic and beloved European cars. Our website lets you easily and conveniently choose the part you need and then place your order with the knowledge that it will be delivered to you directly within days!

    One of our featured cars we have in-stock parts for is indeed the Jaguar E-type. We have products for the body, mechanical and trim, braking components, carburetion fuel system, clutch, cooling system, drive train, exhaust, and more. We also feature performance parts, steering and suspension, cylinder head components, and basically most any part you will need or want for your ride.

    Of course, if Jaguar E-type isn’t your love, we have parts for other top classic British cars as well. We are big enough to serve, yet small enough to care about your British car. And for a limited time, we offer free shipping on all orders over $750! Get your car ready for the ultimate riding season that is coming soon!

  • How to Winterize Your Classic British Car

    It's been a hot summer, but winter is just around the corner. Cruising around with the top down has been fun, but it's time to start thinking about what you are going to do with your car when winter hits. Here are a few tips to help you winterize your British car.

    1. Gas and Engine
    Keep the fuel system protected by adding a container of fuel stabilizer to the gas tank and also filling the tank completely. Once the stabilized fuel has been added, take the car around the block a few times, to let it work through the system. Do this just before you store that car.

    2. Oil and Engine
    Change the filter as well as the oil itself, and be certain that you choose an oil that offers corrosion protection.

    3. Battery Charger
    Keep the battery from dying over the winter by hooking up a charger.

    4. Tires
    For best results through winter, store your car on jacks. Stack the tires in a corner and place cardboard between each one and cover.

    5. Paint and Body
    Protect your paint by thoroughly washing, drying, and waxing your car. As well, wash and dry any of the vinyl, leather, or rubber inside the car, and consider coating the seats and armrests with preservative to prevent cracking if you live in a cold, dry climate. Rust inhibitor can be applied to any unpainted metal surfaces, as well.

    6. Furry Stowaways
    To keep small furry animals from turning your car into their castle, stash mothballs inside the car and under the dashboard, and make sure you cover the tailpipe as well.

    7. Insurance
    Make sure your car is adequately insured. There are discounts for low-use, low-mileage vehicles that will help offset any premiums charged because the car is a classic and has extra value. Consult your insurance agent for the best plan, and if your car is over fifteen years old, be sure to ask about special collector policies.

    8. Clutch
    Put something heavy on the clutch pedal and keep it down. Over the winter the clutch plates can stick together.

    9. Cooling System
    Drain the cooling system completely and leave the petcock open and the radiator cap off so air can circulate. Disconnect the heater hoses and drain the heater too.

    10. Before Covering
    Before you encase your classic in its winter cocoon, the last things to do are:

    • Roll down your windows to allow for circulation
    • Place opened boxes of baking soda in various places to absorb moisture
    • Put a plastic bag over the carburetor to keep moisture out
    • Stuff an old rag up the tailpipe to keep vermin out.

    11. Cover
    Cover the car with a breathable cloth cover - not plastic, as the latter will only trap any condensation and encourage rust. Also, if your vehicle is a convertible, make sure you store it with the top up. This adds protection for the inside of the car, as well as preventing the soft top from shrinking.

    Visit BP Northwest for all your British car parts!

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