Tips for starting a classic car collection

classic cars1. Try to stick to a theme 

Just like with art and furniture collectors, great car fanatics focus on styles, periods, or individuals to help shape their collections. This is what makes them so special. By focusing in on a particular brand, model or age you can really immerse yourself its world.

2. Storage is key

The average house only provides homeowners with the ability to squeeze a few cars in. therefore as a collector it is vital to find the perfect place for your vehicles to be kept. The right place can range from warehouses to specialised facilities.

3. You can never have too much space

You always need more space than you think! Considering this when planning things like garage ceiling heights will mean that you could add things such as lifts in the future. Shelving and storage are another key consideration, this will allow you to stay organised and ensure your collection remains in the best possible condition.

4. Team work makes the dream work

Once you know what your focus will be its a great idea to find like-minded individuals. There are many collectors clubs out there often with local members who you can talk and meet with. Not only does this hobby add a social element, clubs and associations can be great resources to gain a different perspective to technical ideas whilst gaining new leads for where to find rare or discontinued parts.

5. Why not Race?

As much as driving your classic car collection around your local area can be fun the real fun starts when you get into organised races. Cars often come alive when you’re with other people who know and care about them. Many races can take you to other country’s and create real experiences which will make you fall even more in love with your collection.

6. The level of work load is a vital decision

The level of passion towards car collecting can determine whether the maintenance and repair work that goes into developing the collection is seen to be a source of pleasure or a chore. It is important to develop an understanding of where in that scale you stand, as this will guide what cars you should purchase. Don’t try and take on a complete engine rebuild if this will detract from your passion and love for the collection.

7. The passion doesn’t just belong in the garage.

Along with the cars themselves, classic cars provide a lot of marketing materials such as posters, and models, therefore incorporation into your home will be easy. Not only will incorporating classic cars in your home be easy to do and at a unique touch, it will also develop and strengthen your knowledge in classic cars.

8. Nothing compares to getting behind the wheel

One of the worst things you can do to an old car is let it just sit around. Get in the driving seat and take it for a spin!

New Product: Articulated Bellow Hoses

articulated bellow hump hoseIn situations where hoses are likely to encouter movement, compression, expansion and vibration hoses can easily split under movement. This is where this new product comes in.

Our articulated bellow hoses are specially designed for areas where the hose acts as a cushion to absorb lateral movement, compression and expansion as well as vibration. Hoses without this construction would otherwise easily split under movement.

Compared to our black Nomex Bellow Hose this flexible hose offers much more movement. The trade off is a little less pressure handling due to its thinner wall thickness of 4mm and slightly softer grade silicone of 60°ShA. This Articulated bellow would not be so flexible with a thicker wall and harder silicone rubber and as such is recommended for use where pressure is not high.

The brown coloured silicone offers better heat stability compared to black or coloured silicone. The hose also features 3 more pronounced humps for better articulation and 4 Stainless Steel Rings to prevent the hose from ballooning.

These hoses are highly recommended to connect your charge cooler / Intercooler etc to pipework, and are 200mm long (6″), Available in a number of popular sizes, and also with options of a reducing diameter one end to the other.

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What are Ultra Flex Hoses?

ultra flex hosesViper Performance once again bring you a unique and specialist product not available elsewhere!

Our UltraFlex silicone hoses offer fantastic flexibility with incredibly tight bend radius not at all possible with any Superflex silicone hoses or standard lengths.

What can they be used for?

Our silicone hoses are ideal for air intakes, cooling, water, or moderate pressure applications and larger diameters. They are also very popular with industrial applications, or marine application and even power generators.

What are they made from?

These lightweight hoses are handmade in silicone, reinforced with polyester fabric, and feature a wire spiral inside a specially convoluted section to create an extremely flexible hose connection otherwise not possible with other hoses.

What sizes and colours do they come in?

This hose only comes in 750mm long total length including 50mm flat section cuffs each end and are available in blue. Black is possible by special order and minimum 20 pieces per size.

Viper Performance hoses come with a lifetime warranty! So, order your own Ultra Flex Hose today.

 

 

Silicone Hoses for commercial vehicles

bus hosesViper Performance manufactures and distributes the highest quality silicone hoses on the market today. All of our hoses are hand-built using the latest and best materials at a very competitive price. Automotive hoses are in fact our speciality and have been since 2005. But we don’t just produce standard car hoses, we can also produce hoses for commercial vehicles such as buses, and trucks.

Our silicone hoses are designed to last, out-performing many other hoses offered on the market today.

Why Silicone?

Silicone outperforms other natural organic rubber hose materials in terms of life expectancy and reliability on engine, radiator, heater and intercooler applications.

Our hoses are mandrel built to conform to the requirements of SAE J20 R1 (standard wall) class A. Alternatively in single ply construction, manufactured by continuous methods, to conform to the requirements of SAE J20 R3 and R4 class A.

Our Hoses are Euro 6 Compliant

January 2016 saw the introduction of Euro VI regulations for newly registered vehicles. This ensures manufacturers comply with the regulations which, primarily call for further reductions in levels of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.

Working with several major vehicle producers, Viper Performance already have turbo-charger (CAC), coolant and air intake hoses, for Euro VI vehicles. Using high-quality silicone compounds, and newer Aramid fabrics capable of withstanding 250°C in our CAC hoses and revised constructions for coolant hoses, both are more than capable of performing reliably on any modern engine.

Our fluorosilicone lined hoses, ensure all potential issues are covered now and into the future. 

What do Viper Performance build hoses for?

  • Radiators
  • Water Systems
  • Coolant
  • Breather systems
  • Intercooler Connections
  • Charge Air Cooler
  • and more …

Why you should order your hoses with us

Our Truck and Bus hoses are designed and built to maintain a high degree of rigidity to withstand strong, negative pressures while remaining flexible enough to cope with significant movement between air filter and engine.

From enquiry to finished delivered product, you will receive the level of service you expect from a professional company, with all of our attention focused on quality and customer satisfaction.

Contact us today for more information.

Silicone Hoses for the Marine Industry

marine silicone hosesMany customers do not know that, as well as automotive products Viper Performance, can supply Marine Grade Silicone Hoses. These are suitable for for Wet Exhaust, engine and auxiliary generator systems, used in many of today’s modern, in-board engines, generators and pleasure boats.

As with all of our products the marine hoses are manufactured from only the highest quality silicones and reinforcement fabrics, they are designed to operate at temperatures up to + 180°C. Our High Temperature Wet Exhaust and Turbo hoses, will operate at temperatures up to 210°C with an optional Aramid reinforcement.

As a universal shape / size hose, we can supply straight hoses, single hump hoses, double hump hoses, and many elbow configurations. Also with an wire reinforced option our marine wet exhaust hoses range in diameters and lengths.

All Marine Hoses meet the requirements of SAE J2006 R3. For identification purposes marine grade silicone hoses have a RED inner liner.

Take a look at the range here.

Avoid the rush : The worst days to travel by car this christmas

christmas drivingIf you’re planning on (8)driving home for Christmas(8) this year quick tip don’t do it today!

That’s the advice from travel experts anyway, with the RAC and transportation analytics specialists INRIX suggesting Thursday 19 December is set to be the worst day for road traffic. AA predicts both Thursday and Friday will be terrible for drivers, as leisure and everyday commuter traffic combines.

There may be a silver lining, though: Highways England said around 98% of motorways and major A roads will be roadworks-free in time for Christmas. But with train chaos sweeping the nation – including ongoing cancellations, the South Western Railway strike and planned engineering work – there are also going to be more travellers diverted onto the roads.

So when are the worst times to travel this Christmas?

On Friday 20 December, roads are likely to be busy for a greater period of time, between 12pm and 7pm. AA suggests traffic is expected to peak from 4pm on Friday, with delays to journey times on some stretches of motorway including the M25, the M5 between Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare and the M6 around Birmingham. Again, people are advised to travel after 8pm.

Saturday 21 December is predicted to be busy earlier in the day, as people who work during the week set off. Traffic is predicted to worsen from 10am up until around 3pm. To avoid congestion, travel after 4pm, RAC advises. On Sunday 22 December, the picture is pretty much the same, with people advised to travel after 5pm.

Monday 23 December is set to be busy between 10am and 3pm, with drivers advised to set off after 4pm – although at the risk of hitting commuter traffic from 5pm onwards, it might be best to set off later in the evening. On Tuesday 24 December, people are urged to avoid travelling between 2pm and 6pm. If you can, set off well before 10am.

Top Christmas gifts for car enthusiasts

If you are struggling to pick Christmas presents for your car-crazy friends and relatives this year, fear not, Viper Performance has you covered. Our hand-picked selection of presents and stocking filler ideas includes something for everyone.

Here are our top 4 picks for Christmas…

  1. Gas Clutch Socks – Amazon

New drivers should know it’s not safe to use both feet on the pedals, but at least these socks will help them remember which side is the clutch and which is the gas.

  1. Speedometer & Fuel Gauge Cufflinks – Amazon

These will make getting dressed-up in a suit a little easier. Any guy who’s into cars knows it’s all about the tiny details, and these speedometer and gauge cufflinks are just that.

  1. Car Hacks Book – Amazon

The latest in a long line of Haynes car maintenance guides is an interesting twist on the traditional workshop manual. Instead of focusing on a single car, “Car Hacks” it highlights ingenious ways of keeping your motor in top condition.

  1. Ciao, Stirling – Amazon 

The inside story of a motor racing legend. Pirie’s account shines a whole new light on the legend that is Sir Stirling, and promises to be perfect for anyone after engrossing cover-to-cover read on Christmas Day.

Here at Viper Performance, we are a UK silicone hose specialist for unrivaled quality and service. A trusted leading brand of Silicone Hoses and associated fluid transfer product supplying Motorsport, Race teams, Marine, Military, Trucks, Buses, Bikes, Agricultural, Pharmaceutical, Machinery, Plant, Commercial vehicles, the Rail industry, and more.

Sound like something you’re interested in?

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What is Mandrel Bending?

We often talk about our aluminium pipes having mandrel bends, which offer the tightest bend radius on the market, but what does this mean?

What is mandrel bending?

mandrel bent pipeMandrel bending is a method where a steel rod is inserted into the tubing as it is bent. This technique perfects the tube bend without wrinkling or breaking it at the bending point. Mandrel bending is performed by a machine such as a CNC tube bender. This bender is the ideal choice for bending thin tubing without any deformities on a tight radius and why we can offer you top of the range products.

Why is it important?

The best way to look at pipe bending is to compare it to a straight plastic straw. If the straw is completely straight, it’s very easy to blow air through the straw due to there being no restrictions. However, let’s say you decide to bend the straw 90 degrees into an “L” shape. Now, blowing air through the straw will be very difficult, as the opening at the straw’s elbow will have changed from a circle to a very narrow slit. This is exactly how the pipes in your car’s intake and exhaust system work.

Mandrel bending works much like a flexible straw. When the straw is bent, a flexible section of the straw expands to maintain the round opening no matter how much of an angle the straw is bent at. When an exhaust or downpipe is manufactured with mandrel bends, the steel is allowed to stretch on the outside of the bend and compress on the inside of the bend, maintaining the nominal pipe diameter.  Exhaust gas follows fluid dynamics so if you want to eliminate backpressure while maintaining exhaust gas velocity mandrel bending allows the hot exhaust gases to flow with less turbulence.

Our mandrel bend radius

Our mandrel bends have the tightest bend radius on the market; most of the mandrel bends are 1.2D. They have been specifically designed to avoid the issue of wrinkling along the inside of pipes and tubing, during their manufacturing process. The mandrel stays in a fixed position as the outer radius of the tube experiences pressure, causing the pipe to stretch into the desired bend. Overall, maintaining the shape that we have to offer you.

As mandrel bending is one of the most accurate and cost-effective metal forming processes, our pipes are suitable for almost anything. From, joining hoses for Intercoolers, Radiators, Air induction, Superchargers, intercooler systems to making any D.I.Y system.

Our Products

Our team of experts deliver high-quality results to our clients needs with a huge range of aluminium mandrel bends which are polished and ready to go. Whatever you need, we have the pipes for you.

Click here to view our high quality pipes or get in touch with our team.

 

The 2020 F1 race calendar

As we head into December the New Year is looming and a new race calendar is on the Horizon. Lewis Hamilton is now a six-time world champion and just one-off Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven titles. Mercedes successfully defended the World Constructors’ Championship, securing the title for the sixth consecutive year.

2019 has been another interesting year for F1 and I think everyone is looking forward to 2020, so here is the current line up:

March 15Australian GP – Melbourne
March 22Bahrain GP – Sakhir
April 5Vietnam GP – Hanoi
April 19Chinese GP – Shanghai
May 3Dutch GP – Zandvoort*
May 10Spanish GP – Barcelona
May 24Monaco GP – Monaco
June 7Azerbaijan GP – Baku
June 14Canadian GP – Montreal
June 28French GP – Paul Ricard
July 5Austrian GP – Spielberg
July 19British GP – Silverstone
August 2Hungarian GP – Budapest
August 30Belgian GP – Spa-Francorchamps
September 6Italian GP – Monza
September 20Singapore GP – Marina Bay
September 27Russian GP – Sochi
October 11Japanese GP – Suzuka
October 25United States GP – Austin
November 1Mexico City GP – Mexico City
November 15Brazilian GP – Interlagos
November 29Abu Dhabi GP – Yas Marina

New Product: Silicone Hose Cutter

sWe have an exciting announcement. A new product has been added to the Viper Performance inventory. This silicone hose-cutting tool is an excellent vice mounted workshop accessory. Aimed at providing an accurate, fast, safe and inexpensive way to cut non-steel reinforced silicone and rubber hose.

This bench mounted machine has the ability to cut 18 stock internal size non-steel reinforced silicone and rubber hose from diameters 1” internal diameter to 6” Internal diameter in height increments of 7.5mm, with a minimum height cut of 20mm to a maximum height cut of 127mm.

Benefits:

  • A unique and intelligent design.
  • Offers quick & easy set up.
  • Simple & more importantly safe to use
  • Change hose sizes within seconds.
  • Produces an accurate clean cut.
  • Long-lasting cutting blade.

Ideal for:

  • workshops
  • tuners
  • garages
  • or anyone looking for a professional-looking neat clean straight cut with no fabric fraying

If you are interested in the hose cutter then find out more information by clicking here.