The A frame and cross beam is available as 3 separate components and can be powder coated at extra cost. All 3 components are required if you are converting your SP250 from A to B specification however the legs can be purchased separately for those customers addressing corrosion on their car. The feet do rot badly on old cars and adding repair sections is often not cost effective.
Stainless steel radiator mounts address another corrosion issue to which Darts are prone. The standard mild steel brackets are bonded into the body and simply rust away in time. This is important as the radiator and its mountings add greatly to the integrity of the body at the point where the bonnet latch is located and undue flexing here could implicate the integrity of the latching system which could potentially lead to the bonnet opening inadvertently. The large holes are to permit the mounts to be bonded securely to the body.
Darts not only suffer from rust; they are also attacked by woodworm - at least the dashboard can be! I supply new wooden dashboards should you discover this problem on your Dart.
These hardtop reinforcing frames are bonded into the base of the hardtop and provide the clamp down points for the attachment hooks. Made originally in mild steel, they also rot over time leaving the hardtop to flap about! The new ones I have had made are in stainless steel and in 3 separate pieces. I only sell them as a complete set as you will need to replace all three,
I have had window regulators made that faithfully replicate the original design and fit the existing mounting holes without modification. They are currently out of stock and I do not yet have any indication when they will be available
For some time now we have struggled to find replacement fuel tanks of a sufficiently high quality and I therefore decided to commission a replacement unit. I have found a company that specialise in bespoke tanks for the motorsport industry and have just received the first samples. I am delighted with the quality. This is a direct replacement for the standard Dart tank but because it is made from aluminium, it is lighter, ethanol proof and, more importantly, doesn't corrode. It includes screws for the fuel tank sender unit and fuel pick-up. The price is £475 + VAT.
I was so pleased with the quality of the petrol tank, that I've decided to have replacement radiators and header tanks manufactured as well. Aluminium radiators make a lot of sense. They are lighter, corrosion free and more thermally efficient than the standard radiator. Starting with a clean sheet of paper also enables me to address two issues. Firstly the bottom hose outlet is now sited at the bottom of the radiator instead of being some inches higher on the standard rad. This means that you can use the full area of the radiator to reduce coolant temperatures. Secondly, it enables you to mount the cooling fan on specially constructed arms that guarantee rigidity. As so many SP250s are fitted with fans in order to cope better with today's traffic conditions and to accommodate rack and pinion conversions, I am supplying the radiator with a new premium quality fan fitted as standard. The new radiator is dimensionally the same as the standard part and costs £620 + VAT.
I do not yet have a photograph of the header tank but will post one as soon as it becomes available. It is a straight replacement for the standard tank but once again manufactured from aluminium instead of sheet steel. It is priced at £145 ex VAT.