Way Cool New Stuff
Compiled by Eric Kaminsky - September 09, 2011 09:00 AM
Pontiac Harmonic Damper
PRW Industries adds to its product line with this SFI-rated steel harmonic damper for 1959-’67 Pontiac engines from 326ci to 421ci. Tested at 12,500 rpm, the dampers are CAD engineered, then CNC machined from billet steel. Dampers are available in black and can be mounted to the stock pulley, or they come mounted with your choice of a black or silver anodized 6061 T6 billet aluminum pulley (shown). Timing marks are laser etched.
High-Tech Spark Plugs
Get high performance and longevity with these high-tech Iridium spark plugs from Bosch. Designed especially for today’s gasoline direct-injection engines, they can also be used in a wide range of vehicles. The plugs feature a 360-degree, laser-welded, fine wire iridium center electrode with a copper core, and iridium-platinum inlaid, tapered ground electrode to deliver the best spark. Nickel-plated steel with rolled threads provides anti-seize and corrosion protection. Iridium plugs are backed by a seven-year satisfaction guarantee and 12-month professional technician warranty.
Complete the restoration or upgrade of your 1970-’74 ’Cuda or Challenger with this reproduction air conditioning/heater control and switch panel from Tony’s Parts. For use only in those cars equipped with the Rally Dash and air conditioning, they fit and accept factory switches, and features fully functional A/C vents, plus white lettering and a chrome surround on the inner switch bezel.
Independent Rear Suspension
Put a modern independent rear suspension beneath your vintage Mustang with Heidts’ PRO-G High Horsepower IRS package. Designed to fit 1964½-’70 models, it features a nine-inch aluminum housing, iron third member, tubular upper and lower arms, steel outer uprights and frame mounting brackets. There is also front pinion support and forward struts (which require subframe connectors), with braking power supplied by 10½-inch Wilwood rotors and Wilwood calipers. The ride is smoothed by billet single adjustable coilovers with chrome springs. Optional extras include a parking brake kit, cable kit and a choice of gear ratios.
Heidts Hot Rod & Muscle Car Parts , (800) 841-8188, www.heidts.com
Small-Block Chevy Heads
Air Flow Research has released a new set of 23-degree cylinder heads for the small-block Chevrolet. The SBC 245NPP comes in two chamber sizes (70cc and 80cc) and features 2.125-inch intake valves and 1.600-inch exhaust valves with 60/40 valve spacing and roller dual-valve springs. The heads are covered by the company’s lifetime warranty.
Air Flow Research
Put a modern front suspension underneath your 1955-’57 Chevy with these G-Plus kits from Bob’s Classic Chevy. Complete and ready to bolt in, the kits are available for all V-8 powered cars equipped with either disc or drum brakes and manual or power steering. Included are tubular upper and lower control arms, which are pre-assembled with replacement ball joints, billet cross shafts, Del-a-lum bushings and bump stops, and coil springs. Upper and lower arms are black powdercoated, and the cross shafts are gold zinc plated.
Bob’s Classic Chevy
EFI Fuel Hose Kit
Replace the factory EFI fuel hoses in your 2004 or 2005-’06 Pontiac GTO with this stainless steel piece from Russell Performance. Rated at 2,500 psi, it comes pre-assembled with 3/8-inch inner diameter PowerFlex stainless steel hose (with a Teflon inner liner and an outer layer made from 308 stainless steel braid) plus OEM-style crimp-on end fittings, making it a direct replacement. There are two distinct parts, one for the 2004 5.7L engine, and the other for the 2005-’06 6.0L.
Cat-back Exhaust Systems
Get better performance and a more aggressive tone with a new cat-back exhaust system from Corsa Performance Exhausts for the 2011 Challenger SRT8 and the 5.7L-equipped Challenger R/T, Dodge Charger R/T (shown) and Chrysler 300C. Systems are available for both manual and automatic transmission models and come in two sound levels: Sport (a robust, aggressive note) and Xtreme (a race-inspired, muscular sound). They are a straight-through design and made from premium stainless steel. The company also sells polished stainless steel tips, laser etched with the Corsa logo. Systems include all necessary installation hardware and are covered by a limited lifetime warranty.
Mustang Sports Suspension
Improve handling and driver control in your 2011 5.0L Mustang by upgrading the suspension system to the TVS package from Hotchkis Performance. Track tested, the system is comfortable on the street but can be tuned for the track or road course. It includes sports springs made from cold-wound, high-tensile steel, which lower ride height one inch when paired with the system’s four-way adjustable front sway bar and three-way adjustable rear sway bar. An optional heavy-duty adjustable Panhard rod is available, which helps eliminate side-to-side axle movement during hard cornering. The bolt-in installation requires no vehicle modifications and comes complete with all necessary hardware and greaseable bushings.
If the trunk hinges on your 1955-’81 Chevrolet don’t close properly, consider replacing them with a new set from Eddie Motorsports. CNC-machined from 6061-T6 billet aluminum, they feature Delrin bushings and nitrogen-filled gas shocks in place of the stock springs and bolt right on using the stock mounting holes. Sold in pairs, they are available in a machined or polished finish, black, clear anodized, or in number of Fusion coated colors. Consult the company for specific models covered.
Mustang GT Supercharger
Edelbrock has introduced a 50-state, street legal supercharger for the 2011 5.0L Mustang GT. The new unit, part of its E-Force product line, boosts horsepower to 559 and torque to 503 lbs-ft. It features an Eaton TVS 2300cc GEN VI rotor assembly (the same one found on the new Corvette ZR1), and the supercharger is integrated into the intake manifold with its 15-inch-long runners. The unit installs under a stock hood with no modifications and comes complete with supercharger/intake assembly, air-box lid, fuel injectors, air-to-water intercooler and hand-held flash tuner. Optional powertrain warranties up to five years/60,000 miles are available.
Get a spot-free rinse when washing your car by using the entry-level CleaRinse 78200 Spot Free System. The single cartridge filter uses high-capacity, semi-conductor grade, color-changing resin to trap contaminants found in hard water and is rated at 5,200 ppm of TDS or up to 300 grains of hardness. Designed for low volume use, it features a three-function valve in the head, with options for full flow, bypass and shut off (you can bypass the cartridge during washing, then switch to full flow for a spot-free rinse). The filter cartridge is housed in a clear canister with machined brass fittings and comes with a four-foot connection hose.
Replace a bent, damaged or rusty front subframe on your first-generation Camaro or Firebird with this new reproduction unit from Classic Industries. Made from heavy-gauge steel, the subframe features factory-style welds for an OEM appearance, plus internal reinforcements in the lower crossmember for added strength when jacking up the car. All of the factory mounting holes and brackets have been reproduced. There is a separate subframe for each model year (1967, 1968 and 1969).
Ford Racing Valve Covers
Add a touch of elegance underhood with these Ford Racing valve covers from Proform/Specialty Auto Parts. The slant edge covers fit 289, 302 and 351W engines, and their additional height allows for the use of roller rockers. They come in a variety of finishes (Black Crinkle, Ford Blue, Cast Gray, Polished or Chrome) with the Ford Racing logo, or in Black Crinkle with the Mustang logo. The covers are complete with baffles, grommets and attaching bolts. They cannot be used on engines with EFI manifolds.
Proform/Specialty Auto Parts
Make the job of removing spot welds in sheetmetal easier and faster with the new Enforcer Spotweld Drill from Blair Equipment. The pneumatic-powered drill features a lower speed (800 rpm) and is manually operated to feed the drill into and through the weld. The drill bit depth can be adjusted. It comes complete with an 8mm solid carbide, triple-fluted bit and two C-clamps, which swivel 360 degrees (one for panels up to 25/16 inches and the other for panels up to 55/8 inches). It all fits into a custom molded storage case. The drill requires 90 psi and 4 cfm of compressed air. A silencer keeps noise levels to 84 decibels.
Tri-Five Fan Shroud
Danchuk, a leading manufacturer of parts for 1955-’57 Chevys, has added a metal fan shroud to their product line. The OE-style shroud is made from thick, high-quality steel, which is then black powdercoated for durability. It is available for V-8s in three configurations: stock, V-8 with the six-cylinder core support, and V-8 with the stock core support and conversion brackets to locate the radiator to the six-cylinder position.
Hydraulic Positioning Jacks
Now you can move your Corvette (or any other vehicle) around in your shop and garage – by yourself – when you utilize these hydraulic vehicle positioning jacks, available from Mid America Motorworks. With a rigid steel frame, each jack can support up to 1,500 pounds. When four jacks are used, a vehicle up to 6,000 pounds can be rolled around easily, making it ideal for shuffling project cars in a small work space, or moving ones in storage. Jacks can accommodate tires up to 12 inches wide and are sold individually or in sets of four. The company also offers a rolling storage cart to house jacks when not in use.
Mid America Motorworks
Camaro Strut Tower Brace
Strengthen the chassis of your 2010 Camaro and minimize strut tower deflection with this four-point brace from BMR Suspension. Made from a combination of 1¼-inch and 1-inch heavy-wall DOM tubing, it mounts directly to the top and front of the strut towers. The high-clearance design will fit both V-6 and V-8 models and allow for removal of the engine covers. Billet aluminum strut retainers replace the stock stamped steel pieces. The brace is available in either black hammertone or red powdercoated finishes.