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  • Powering Up Your British Car

    A top reason that continues to draw a loyal fan base to European cars is the love of a great, high performance drive. People love the maneuverability and power combined with strong, sleek designs that just aren’t found in American cars. And regardless of the style of British car you own, finding ways to get more power is a common question we get.

    Before you tweak your British baby with performance upgrades, know that that adding to one area of the engine may mean changes need to be made elsewhere to ensure overall reliability in the long run.


    According to a recent survey made in Spitfire GT6 magazine, here are the upgrades readers have typically done to increase the power of their Spitfire:

    • 26 percent - Headers/Exhaust to allow air to move out of the engine faster.
    • 22 percent - Carburetors to allow air to move into the engine faster.
    • 17 percent - Engine Swap going to larger engines that already have more horsepower.
    • 8 percent - Hot Cam to help the valves bring in and expel more air.
    • 6 percent - High Compression Pistons to increase the size of the "bang".
    • 6 percent - Electronic Ignition/Hot Coil to help the spark (that causes the bang) happen more cleanly and larger.
    • 4 percent K&N Air Filter - allow air to move into of the engine faster.
    • 4 percent Other (Added Overdrive, Supercharger, Disconnected Intake Manifold Heating)
    • 3 percent- Tune Up to help engine perform as it was designed for.
    • 3 percent - Mill (skim) the heads to increase compression
    • 1 percent - Electric Fan reduces the load that the belt driven fan creates on the engine.

    At British Parts Northwest, we stock what we sell, so you can get the parts you want sold directly from us and delivered to your door. If you have questions about your Spitfire or ANY of the classic British cars we support, contact us and we can help you with information so that you can the parts you need and performance you expect.

  • 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.

  • 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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