Way Cool New Stuff
Auto Enthusiast - June 19, 2011 09:00 AM
AMC timing cover
Replace a cracked, worn or leaking timing cover on your 304-, 360- or 401-ci AMC V-8 with this new casting from Proform/Specialty Auto Parts. The direct replacement piece can utilize any brand of cover gasket and comes complete with a new crankshaft oil seal.
Proform, (586) 774-2500, www.proformparts.com
Hurst Driveline Components adds to its product line with the Sidewinder II shifter for Corvettes. The unit reduces the overall throw distance and smooths shifts through cutting-edge machining. Made from billet aluminum, it has a hardened-steel stub and a Delrine ball. It was designed to fit 1956 to 1982 Corvettes equipped with a HDC-modified Tremec TKO transmission and Tremec five-speed retrofit kit.
Hurst Driveline Components, (760) 598-2244, www.hurst-drivelines.com
Challenger hood pins
Give your 2008 and newer Dodge Challenger a retro look with a hood pin kit, available from Mopar Performance. All components are made from marine-grade stainless steel for durability, and the kit includes all necessary hardware. The mounting plate is powdercoated, and pin plates that mount on top of the hood are available in either a chrome or black finish. The lanyards are PVC coated to help protect the vehicle finish.
Mopar Performance, www.mopar.com
Liquid electrical tape
Make secure electrical connections without the need for bulky tape or messy solder by using Liquid Electrical Tape from Permatex. Easy to apply, it dries to the touch in five minutes or less and forms a tough, waterproof polymer seal that won’t shred, tear or unravel. UV and chemical resistant, it stays pliable in temperatures from 50 degrees below zero to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. It comes in a four-ounce brush-top bottle.
Ford water pump
Improve cooling in your Ford 4.6L engine (for 1996 to 2001 and 2005 to 2010 Mustang GTs and Cobras) with this high-flow water pump from PRW Industries. The aluminum alloy pump features a precision cast-iron impeller design and pressure-balanced water passages to help equalize flow, plus heavy-duty ¾-inch-diameter steel shafts, shielded-seal roller ball bearings and billet steel hubs. It also has a satin-cast finish.
PRW Industries, (714) 792-1000, www.prw-usa.com
Meguiar’s adds to its extensive product line with its latest synthetic car wax, Ultimate Wax. Utilizing the company’s Thin Film technology, the wax can be applied and wiped off, even in full sun. Polymers allow for water to roll off a vehicle surface, while at the same time amplifying light refection for a deep, brilliant finish. Available in either liquid or paste, it comes with a foam applicator and premium microfiber towel. It can be applied by hand, orbital buffer or dual-action polisher.
Meguiar’s, (800) 347-5700, www.meguiars.com
Get more power to the wheels of your 2009 to 2010 5.7L or 6.1L Hemi-equipped six-speed Chrysler vehicle while saving weight with this aluminum flywheel assembly from Fidanza. Weighing less than 13.5 pounds, the flywheel is designed to work with any clutch kit that meets OEM standards. The unit is also serviceable, so components can be replaced in the future without having to replace the entire assembly.
Fidanza, (440) 259-5656, www.fidanza.com
Improve your braking system with a new GM-style master cylinder from Speedway Motors. The main bore of the aluminum body is sleeved with corrosion-resistant stainless steel, and the one-inch bore size provides sufficient capacity for use with either manual or power brakes. It features outlets on both sides of the body (3/8-24 IFF), which allow the unit to be mounted on either the frame or firewall. The unit comes with a chrome cover. It can be used on a wide range of street machines, classic cars and trucks, and muscle cars.
Speedway Motors (800) 979-0122, www.speedwaymotors.com
Chevy II coilovers
Convert the front suspension of your 1962 to 1967 Chevy II Nova (or Canadian-built Acadian) to coilover shocks with this conversion system from VariShock. The shock tower adapter and lower crossbar replace the factory shock mount and lower spring perch. Lightweight billet aluminum coilovers are available in 16-position single-adjustable or 256-combination double-adjustable versions, and they provide up to 7½ inches of suspension travel. Coil spring rates range from 350 to 750 pounds per inch. Systems include shocks, springs, tower adapters with reinforcement plate and necessary mounting hardware.
VariShock, (800) 388-2269, www.varishock.com
Assure adequate fuel flow in your 1998 to 2004 Mustang with this Walbro-brand high-performance fuel delivery module from TI Automotive. Designed for vehicles up to 550hp, the module utilizes a dual-channel, single-stage fuel pump and is fully compatible with the Mustang’s stock electrical and fuel line connections. Four different versions are available, and none require modifications to the fuel lines, gas tank or engine control unit. They are available by special order through Summit Racing Equipment.
Summit Racing Equipment (800) 230-3030, www.summitracing.comLA Kulikauskas 248 535 2777
Make shifting the three- or four-speed transmission in your 1970 to 1972 Buick, Oldsmobile or Pontiac effortless by replacing the worn, missing or damaged shifter rods with these reproduction pieces from Inline Tube. Made from hardened steel, they are the correct shape and diameter, and are exact replacements. Rods are available individually (first/second, third/fourth or reverse) or in a complete set with hardware.
Inline Tube, (800) 385-9452, www.inlinetube.com
Complete the restoration of your 1980 to 1981 Camaro Z28, or just bring back the car’s factory appearance, with a new grille emblem, available from Classic Industries. These officially licensed GM Restoration Parts duplicate the original, with the correct font and tri-color fade. They are available in blue, green, silver, charcoal, gold, red or orange (shown).
Classic Industries, (800) 854-1280, www.classicindustries.com
Power steering conversion
Update to power steering on your 1965 to 1982 mid-size Ford car with a conversion box from Borgeson. The unit is a remanufactured, quick-ratio power steering gearbox that has been modified to be a direct bolt-in assembly, and it fits without modifications to the shock tower, connecting to the stock steering linkage. However, the unit is three inches longer than a stock steering box, which will require the steering column be shortened for clearance. The company also makes units for 1955 to 1964 Chevy cars, 1963 to 1982 Corvettes, 1965 to 1970 Mustangs, and 1952 to 1964 full-size Fords.
Borgeson, (860) 482-8283, www.borgeson.com
Performance Automatic takes a workhorse of Chrysler transmissions, the 727, and makes it even better with its Stage 2 Street Smart Package. The assembly is available for both small- and big-block engines. The reworked transmissions are updated with high-performance clutches and bands, a high-performance shift kit and deep sump pan, and come with an 11-inch 2,400 stall converter, transmission mount, dipstick and filler tube. All units are dyno-tested, are rated for up to 600hp, and are covered by lifetime warranty.
Performance Automatic (301) 963-8078, www.performanceautomatic.com
LT1 water pump
Get maximum coolant flow in your GM 5.7L LT1 engine with a new aluminum water pump from Tuff Stuff Performance Accessories. Featuring a heavy-duty center shaft, heavy-duty bearing and premium quality seals, the pump is available in three finishes: chrome-plated, polished aluminum or as-cast. Gaskets and chrome-plated fitting are included with each pump.
Tuff Stuff Performance Accessories(216) 961-1800, www.tuffstuffperformance.com
Mustang V-6 supercharger
ProCharger adds to its extensive product line with an air-to-air intercooled supercharger system for the 2011 Mustang equipped with the 3.7L Ti-VCT V-6. The unit adds 8 psi of boost, 170hp to the stock engine, and requires 91-octane fuel. The system requires no cutting or trimming of factory components, and it fits under the stock hood. The supercharger’s air inlet is available as either an open element design or can be used with the stock air box/filter assembly. The system comes complete with supercharger, intercooler, intercooler tubing, brackets, 50 lbs/hr fuel injectors, a bypass valve and computer programmer.
ProCharger, (913) 338-2886, www.procharger.com
Headlight restoration kit
Remove yellow haze, cloudiness and scratches from headlight lenses to improve clarity, provide better lighting and enhance your vehicle’s overall apperance with the headlight lens restoration system from 3M. Using a household drill (1,200 to 1,600 rpm), you can sand, remove scratches and then buff using several different discs and polish included in the kit. Each kit contains enough materials to do two headlight lenses, although large or extremely hazed lights may require more than one kit. 3M products are available at most major auto parts stores or online.
Looking for something to make your ride go faster, look better, stop quicker? We have the connections with the top companies making the right product for your car. We’re giving you just a little sample to get that idea train in motion. Remember, no project is every really complete when there’s so many choices. Don’t be afraid to try these parts on for size!
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Tech Tip of the Month
How many times have you cursed a nut because it was rusted, rounded or simply inaccessible? Well, there ARE times when you can use a nut (more accurately, two of them) to help you get something done. There are many instances where, instead of using a bolt, manufacturers will install a threaded stud instead. They work at least as well as a bolt, but when it comes time to remove or install them securely, the enthusiast is stuck trying to figure out exactly how to do that. There is a tool designed specifically for this, but how many enthusiasts have one in their tool box? Many times, the stud takes the brunt of the force and comes away from the experience with teeth marks from the locking pliers all over it. There is a better way! Take two nuts and thread them onto the stud. Now tighten the nuts slightly by loosening the one and tightening the other. Now, they’re temporarily fused onto the stud. To loosen the stud, just put the wrench on the “inside” nut and loosen as usual, just like it was the head of a bolt. If you’re tightening, use the outermost nut and tighten. This will make installing or removing a threaded stud much easier, and your engine won’t have metallic “snow” from all the shavings chewed off by the slipping teeth on another tool.
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