John Woods Motorcare Ltd 2020 Open Day, Sunday 5th April

We last held an Open Day event at our previous premises back in March 2017. Since then we’ve relocated and re-established ourselves in the new premises in Mold.

We have decided to hold the inaugural Open Day here at our new premises on Sunday April 5th 2020 10am to 4pm.

Although the new unit is 4 x the size of the old Mollington Unit, we do not have the parking facilities that we had at Mollington so we will be allocating specific parking for invited guests (customers) and there will be separate parking areas for general visitors.

MGB GT Engine Reinstallation and Rebuild at John Woods Motorcare after Bodywork Panel & Paint at Sefton Classics

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Back in December 2018 we had this MGB GT dropped off to us by the bodyshop we partner with (Sefton Classics of Liverpool). The car belongs to a long standing customer of John Woods Motorcare Ltd who had taken it into Sefton Classics for panel replacement and paintwork.

We were originally tasked with removing the engine (Sefton Classics had removed all other parts). We did that and then sent the shell back to Greg and Dave at Sefton to complete all of the bodywork.

Sefton Classics did a fantastic job of replacing various panels and completing a full interior and exterior respray of this MGB. It was delivered back to us for the rebuild to start.

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The first part of the rebuild was to tackle the interior. The customer attended our garage and it was decided that the original carpet was worn and tired looking. The customer chose to have a Coverdale Carpet Set in Ruby Red from their Kensington Luxury Wool Range

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Fitment of the Coverdale Kensington Carpet Set – we contracted our trimmer Craig to complete the interior carpet, associated panels and the seat fitment.

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Once the interior was somewhere near finished, our apprentice Jamie (he completed the engine removal back in December 2018) set about sorting the good useable parts from the old rusty (and requiring replacement) parts for the car prior to reinstalling the engine. Items such as the prop shaft, heater box and servo were saved, cleaned up and repainted. Other items such as Ignition Leads, distributor cap and carburettors were also cleaned.

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Next Jamie set about reinstalling the Engine and Gearbox and connecting it up to all the new parts that had been ordered (Stainless Exhaust and Manifold, Stainless Oil Cooler pipes and replacement oil cooler. Reconditioned radiator.

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Once the Engine and Gearbox were in place the next job was to build up the suspension with the lowering springs the customer had supplied. Due to the age of some of the suspension parts we ended up replacing stub axles and link arms etc.

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Final photographs of the finished MGB GT prior to handing the car over to the customer.

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John Woods Motorcare .net Website – Xpart Product Update Page Updated

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We have updated our Xpart Website Parts Updates Page with a new fully searchable list of the latest parts that have come into stock with XPart.

This updated searchable list also now includes Landrover Parts that XPart Ltd are stocking alongside the Classic MGB, Mini and MG Parts.

Visit the page here https://www.johnwoodsmotorcare.net/XpartOEM/part-updates/

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Xpart Ltd announce ‘New to Range’ Land Rover Parts – over 28,500 parts becoming available to order

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XPart Ltd are pleased to introduce over 28,500 Land Rover parts to their range .

As part of their range extension, XPart Ltd have added a large number of Genuine and Aftermarket Land Rover parts to their distribution centre stock.

Initially some of these parts will not be available off the shelf and will have a 48-hour lead time, however, subject to demand these parts will be in stock over the coming weeks.

Currently there is not  a parts catalogue available, so you will require the part number to enable you to contact us to check availablity.

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Llandudno MG Owners Club Snowdon Run 2020

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Its the start of 2020 and the Llandudno MG Owner Club have announced the official date for the 2020 Snowdon Run.

We have more details here about the annual run.

There is a limit of 200 entries to the Snowdon MG Run. Strictly MG’s only as well. Get your entry form here

The 2020 Run will start and finish at Llandudno Promenade. The advert below was produced to be placed in the MG Car Club ‘Enjoying MG‘ publication over the next few issues.

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Replacing headlining on a Rover SD1 Vitesse

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This Rover SD1 Vitesse belongs to a long standing customer who has owned the car from new. It is a left hand drive varient as the customer splits his time between the UK and Europe.

We were tasked with replacing the aged roof lining – the customer sourced the replacement lining though a supplier and had it delivered to us. We then called on the expertise of our trimmer Craig to complete the swap.

Craig started by completely stripping the old lining out along with the sunroof section. The photos below show the process from start to finish.

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1961 MGA – Full Service, Lube check and brake system overhaul

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This beautiful 1961 MGA was brought into us by a new customer who had heard about us via The Vintage Sports Car Club (North Wales section). The customer had been having problems with the braking system.

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After investigation, John Woods identified leaking rear brake cylinders, contaminated rear brake shoes a worn/leaking rear Hub Flange Gaskets along with broken clips on the front brake pads. The parts were all ordered in and the customer asked us to complete a full service whilst we waited for the parts to arrive.

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Due to having to wait a couple of days for the parts to arrive we gave the customer a lift home. Imagine our surprise when he showed us his ‘other’ classic vehicles when we pulled onto his drive.

The first was a 1931 Riley

The second was a 1951 Norton ES2 500 Classic Motorbike.

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XPart MG Rover Part Finder Website

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A not so very well known or publicised website that can be very useful when searcing for MG, Rover and Mini parts is the XPart Ltd MG Rover Partfinder website.

www.mgroverpartfinder.com

This site is simple to use and allows you to check for parts for your MG and Rover.

Most of the XPart Distributors update their stock records on a weekly or monthly basis and usually list ALL of the parts they hold in stock which includes Xpart MG Rover parts alongside classic MG, Triumph, Morris parts etc.

If you are looking for a part it is a very handy website to use.

Just input the part number in the ‘Product Search’ box.

Click on the Green Button and the system will search the database and the following screen will appear.

Click on the green arrow again and the list of XPart Distributors and their stock level of the part will appear

You can then click on the green arrow and select the nearest XPart Distributor and contact them for the costs of purchase and shipping

This product search website can be utilised with the John Woods Motorcare PDF listings of ‘Parts back in Stock’ on our dedicated XPart Information Site which is updated every couple of days by XPart. John Woods Motorcare using the email updates received from XPart Ltd.

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John Woods Motorcare Ltd’s latest Classic Car Weekly Advert approved for publication.

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We’ve been running an advertising campaign over the past few months in Classic Car Weekly.

Artwork for the next advert (due to  be published in the issue due to released on 24/12/2019) has been completed inhouse today, uploaded and approved by the publishing company. If you subscribe to CCW keep an eye out for the advert!

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1989 3.0L Porsche 944 S2 – Brake Overhaul

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This 1989 3.0L Porsche 944 S2 was brought into us by a long standing customer who normally brings his MGB Roadster in for work. He called and asked if the Porsche was something we would look at as he’s been having issues with wheel bearing noise and brakes on it.

John Woods put the Porsche up on one of our ramps and took the wheels off. Straight away he could see that the car needed new Brake Disks, Pads, Wear Sensors front and rear and when he removed the rear brake disks it also required new hand brake shoes. Front Wheel Bearings were also replaced.

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