Way Cool New Stuff
Eric Kaminsky - June 21, 2012 10:00 AM
Cooling system for LS swaps
If you’ve swapped a modern GM LS engine into your 1955-1957 Chevrolet, then you might need the Tri-Five Extreme Module from Be Cool to keep things from overheating. The module includes a factory-style aluminum core support, a pair of one-inch thick cross flow radiators, two 11-inch shrouded fans with an easy-to-install wiring harness, and fabricated aluminum recovery and reservoir ranks; an air conditioning condenser is an optional extra. It also comes with necessary installation hardware, a billet aluminum cap, and two gallons of the company’s Be Coolant antifreeze. It can handle engines up to 1,000 horsepower, and has a two-year warranty on the radiator, and a lifetime warranty on the fans.
Be Cool | (800) 691-2667 | www.becool.com
Mustang transmission conversion
Get smoother, easier shifts in your 2005 to 2012 Mustang when you replace the stock transmission with this Tremec T56 Magnum unit from Hurst Driveline Conversions. Designed with the S197 Mustang in mind, the assembly provides a short throw shifter, Hurst-branded shifter handle and six-speed knob. It also features a slip yoke rear interface, which eliminates the need for a two-piece driveshaft, an SFI-approved steel bellhousing, and a Tremec-supplied swap-specific crossmember. The transmission can handle 700 lbs-ft of torque, and comes with a choice of two gear ratios.
Hurst Driveline Conversions | (760) 598-2244 | www.hurst-drivelines.com
Being able to see clearly while working on or under your vehicle is important to your safety. Philips Automotive Lighting North America has introduced a series of LED worklights to make the job easier. The product line features a penlight, rechargeable inspection lamp, and an inspection lamp with a 33.8-foot cable. The penlight has six bright white LEDs, while the rechargeable version has 15; the corded light has 45. All three are resistant to water, dust, chemicals and solvents, and use a fraction of the power of halogen or fluorescent bulbs.
Philips Automotive | (800) 257-6054 | www.philips.com/automotive
Brake booster hose kits
Exposure to high engine temperatures can cause the vacuum line from the brake booster to become weak and brittle, which could lead to a leak at an inopportune time. Hose Candy has introduced its Bullet Proof Brake Booster Hose Kits to help solve this problem. The hose features a flexible stainless steel skeleton, which surrounds a rubber vacuum hose, all encased in the company’s Hose Skins, which can withstand temperatures up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Available in either black or silver, the hose fits stock or aftermarket brake boosters, and includes heat shrinkable thermoplastic clamps that tighten around the hose to form a secure connection. Specify the length of hose needed when ordering.
Hose Candy | (435) 673-0777 | www.hosecandy.com
Early Mustang suspension
Improve the front suspension on your 1964 to 1966 Mustang with the TruTurn system from Ridetech. It requires no modifications to the original subframe, and includes new spindles, steering arms, and geometry-corrected steering linkage (draglink bracket, tie rod assemblies and the company’s Strong Arms). Compatible with OEM manual or power steering, and with Borgeson’s internal power steering box, it allows the use of 17x8 or 18x8 wheels with a 5½-inch backspace and 245mm wide tire.
Ridetech | (812) 481-4787 | www.ridetech.com
Rack and pinion steering
Replace the old, worn out steering in your vehicle with this power rack and pinion assembly from American Online Imports. RetroRack features a CNC-machined billet aluminum housing, with helical cut and hardened 4130 chrome moly rack and gears. Designed for universal fitment, it is available in either right-hand or left-hand drive. The gear housing, valve housing, hydraulic tube and mounting brackets can be rotated 360 degrees, allowing the assembly to be positioned where it fits best. It comes in either a polished or black anodized finish, or in full show polish.
RetroRack USA | (805) 254-4835 | www.americanonlineimports.com
Keep your transmission fluid or engine oil from overheating with B&M Racing’s line of SuperCoolers. Utilizing a stacked plate design and oven-brazed all-aluminum construction for maximum heat dissipation, the units feature two bypass channels near the fittings to allow for fluids to flow freely. Units are rated from 9,800 BTUs to 29,200 BTUs, and come in either a black or polished finish. A variety of mounting options allows the units to fit the tightest engine compartment.
B&M Racing | (818) 882-6422 | www.bmracing.com
GM transmission upgrade
Gearstar is now offering three different versions of GM’s popular 4L60E automatic overdrive transmissions. Rated at either 450, 500 or 650 horsepower, upgrades include a 28-element sprag, carbon fiber 2-4 band, new friction discs, a high-capacity 3-4 clutch drum, heavy duty steel plates, a 10-vane pump Transgo shift kit, hardened rings and new solenoids. Also included are a reworked pressure regulator, Torrington bearings, and a Corvette servo. The unit comes complete with a high-performance torque converter, new fluid pan and cooler, fill tube, and a transmission mount. All transmissions are backed by a 36-month warranty, and are dyno tested prior to shipment.
Gearstar | (330) 434-5216 | www.gearstar.net
Magnum cylinder heads
EngineQuest has introduced new cast iron cylinder heads for 318 or 360 engines, machined for a pre-1990 LA-style intake pattern on engines still using Magnum rocker parts. The company also makes a cylinder head for the same engine series, but with coverage for the 1992-2002 Magnum intake pattern.
EngineQuest | (702) 649-7776 | www.enginequest.com
Radiator overflow tank
The Filling Station is now offering a reproduction of the radiator overflow tank found on 1938-1954 Chevrolet passenger cars and 1938-1955 1st Series Chevrolet and GMC trucks. The tank takes overflow and steam from the radiator, condenses it back into water, then returns it to the radiator. It comes with two decals (for early and late models), hose and mounting screws, plus detailed installation instructions.
The Filling Station | (541) 258-2114 | www.fillingstation.com
Add some versatility to your toolbox with this tubing bender from Classic Tube. Capable of handling a variety of sizes of tubing (¼, 3/16, 5/16, and 3/8-inch), it will make smooth bends starting at 0 degrees and going up in 15-degree increments up to 90 degrees. An adjustable handle allows for either right or left hand bends, and the tool is powdercoated for durability.
Classic Tube | 800) 882-3711 | www.classictube.com
High performance coil
Increase the performance and improve fuel mileage of your late model Hemi-equipped Dodge or Chrysler vehicle by installing this coil from Performance Distributors. The “Sultans Of Spark” coil, available in either a single or double tower version, boosts spark output by up to 40,000 volts, making a hotter spark for increased burn of the fuel/air mixture. Additional benefits include quicker starting and smoother idle. It is a direct replacement for the factory stock item, does not require any special modifications, and is covered by a one-year warranty. Consult the website for specific vehicles covered.
Performance Distributors | (901) 396-5782 | www.performancedistributors.com ￼