On this page:
...List of member recommended garages (updated June 2019)
...Lighting upgrade to LED (March 2019)
...Air bag light fix (July 2018)
...Spare parts websites - updated March 2019
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UK garages recommended by UK barchetta owners
I think everyone will agree about the importance of building a good relationship with a local garage, especially when you own a car now approaching some rarity. How sensible then to compile a list of garages we can recommend to other club members. Many of us do travel away from our local areas in our barchettas so how comforting to carry a handy list of garages recommended by other members.
Can you recommend a garage?
Please let us know if you have a trusting relationship with a garage that services your Barchetta and we’ll add it to the list for the benefit of us all. Please include the garage name, address, contact details, and any brief comments you feel relevant and send to email@example.com.
Lighting upgrade to LED
Whilst driving in convoy during the 2018 annual club meet, I noticed that, in sunlight, of which we had a lot, the rear lights on several cars, including my own, were not very bright.
Why and what to do?
As owners will be aware the orange and red rear light lenses begin to fade over time and with a standard clear bulb they can appear pale.
The solution I have applied to VON (My Barchetta is M666VON) is to replace the standard bulbs with coloured LEDs.
The indicator is a standard R382 21 watt single filament bulb, this I changed for an orange LED equivalent. The latest versions of LED bulbs have an in-built resistor so they flash at the correct rate. They are available from “Better Car Lighting” see website (https://www.bettercarlighting.co.uk/)
at £34.99 a pair. Follow link to Classic Cars then find page 31.
The rear and brake light is a combined R380 5/21 watt bulb. The latest LED is a red version of this. They are available from same website Page 23 of the Classic Cars section. The price is again £34.99 and VAT needs to be added in both cases.
Fitting the bulbs is a straight “plug and play”, to use a modern term, and makes a really noticeable difference in daylight.
Better Car Lighting is a very friendly company, happy to talk on the phone and give advice.
The bulbs are not cheap but I feel well worth the money for the end result; bright rear lights.
Air bag light fix
For those members in Kent with the perennial air bag light problem, I’ve got the software and cable to do a reset - cost would be a bottle of wine (pref Italian).
Please contact: David Brenchley
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