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A Renaissance of Classic Auto Parts Brands


									Thanks to a few imaginative, dedicated entrepreneurs, some of the once
'lost' auto parts brands are being rejuvenated to their former glory.
Infamous brands such as King, Sun and S-K Tools are among some of this
category of lost auto parts brands.

For those familiar with the era of the '50s and '60s, you might be aware
that dissimilar to the cars of today, vehicles of these eras weren't
built with computers to help the mechanism of the ignition process; they
implemented a mechanical distributor instead. The distributor's key
purpose is to locate the most accurate ignition timing for the vehicle in
order to exploit the fastest speed and effectiveness.

Regarding the famed brand 'King', (founded in 1911), Deke Williams from
California, purchased the rights to the brand after realising that
without the mechanical distributors, even the most skilled mechanic can
only guess time accuracy at its best. Subsequently, his purchase revived
this 100 year old classic brand by creating a contemporary version of the
original distributor from the brand. The name of the brand has changed
slightly too; it's now known as King Electronics. The new model of the
distributor is called the D16 and facilitates the combination of both
contemporary and mechanical elements whilst being able to turn a
distributor to up to 11,000 rpm.

This piece of machinery will enable the user to test any ignition system
or any configuration. The cost reflects is capabilities at almost £2,500
but this piece of kit would be invaluable in any restoration workshop or

Another story of a classic brand failing to stay afloat was S-K Tools.
The brand was founded by Mason H Sherman and Roger Klove in 1921. The
brand was famed for its patent of the round head socket wrench and its
unrivalled high quality. Sadly the company declared bankruptcy in 2010
but was revived a few years later by Ideal Industries.

Halibrand Engineering, established in 1947 by amateur racing driver Ted
Halibrand was another classic brand to suffer and then come back from the
ground to its former glory. Halibrand's key selling point was magnesium
alloy wheels; these wheels were more durable and lighter than the common
wire wheels. Halibrand's wheels rapidly became favoured by many other
racers. Sadly the industry moved further towards using aluminium alloy
wheels from abroad due to their very reasonable cost. As a result the
company was sold in the late '70s. Thankfully in 2003 the brand was
rejuvenated and took on the new name of Halibrand Performance and will
continue to create the same magnesium wheels it was originally famed for.

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