Brake components on demand

23 November, 2017



Long known for their expertise in brake resleeving and the remanufacturing of brake parts, Apex Auto Centre can now produce cables and hoses while you wait. This comes thanks to a Cablecraft cable manufacturing system — used by manufacturers such as Boeing, Caterpillar, and John Deere — that can create a custom cable from a drawing or a physical sample, as well as the brake hose manufacturing machine, allowing hoses to be made exactly to order, on the spot. This machine can also manufacture braided brake and oil hoses.

Apex Auto Centre has been specializing in brake systems for 25 years, and as an AA Auto Licensed Repairer, a member of the Motor Trade Association, and the New Zealand Brake and Clutch Association, you know their workmanship is guaranteed. 

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.