Way Cool New Stuff
By Eric Kaminsky - December 06, 2012 10:00 AM
Ford coupe body
Dennis Carpenter is now offering brand new, all-steel 1940 Ford coupe bodies. These reproductions by Real Deal Steel, exclusive to Carpenter, are assembled using fixtures and spot welding techniques employed in modern car manufacturing. They are constructed of high-strength, 19-gauge steel, with heavier 16-gauge steel inner bracing. The interior and trunk area floorpans are made to original specifications and will fit original or aftermarket 1940 frames. Two styles are available: with doors and decklid hinged and mounted, or without these items. Two firewall choices are also available: one with the original Ford configuration and the other with a smooth five-inch recess for street rods. All pieces are coated with a silver weld-through primer. The company also sells reproduction steel front fenders, doors, decklids floor pans and other 1940 sheetmetal separately.
Art deco gauges
Give your classic car an art deco feel with the Cruiser AD line of gauges from Auto Meter. The tri-tone dials are backlit with LEDs and have an illuminated white pointer, and are finished with chrome bezels and domed lenses. Gauges come in two sizes, and include a tachometer and electronic programmable speedometer (both 33/8 inches), and fuel level, water temperature, oil pressure and voltmeter (all 21/16-inch).
Auto Meter, (866) 248-6356
Turn signal assembly
Replace a broken or missing parking light and turn signal on your 1951 Chevrolet with this assembly from Bob’s Classic Chevy. The 12-volt unit fits all 1951 models, and comes complete with lens, bucket, wiring and chrome bezel. It can be used or the left or right hand side. The company also sells complete taillight assemblies.
Bob’s Classic Chevy, (866) 572-4389
RetroSound U.S.A.’s new hidden antenna can help improve AM/FM radio reception without a visible mast on your vehicle’s fender or roof that can get broken or stolen. The unit features a 105-inch antenna cable and power lead, so it can be placed virtually anywhere in your vehicle. It utilizes a standard Motorola plug and ties into the radio power antenna lead. Reception is improved though active magnetic field circuitry.
RetroSound, (909) 364-1372
Extension cord holder
If you’re tired of trying to unravel kinked extension cords, then the RoboReel from Great Stuff might be the solution. Made from high-impact plastic, it is lightweight and portable, plus resistant to gas, oil and other chemicals. It comes with 50 feet of heavy-duty 12-gauge cord already installed, and includes dual thermostats and a 15-amp circuit breaker to prevent overheating. There is also a three-outlet receptacle at the end of the extension cord. The cord is rewound into the unit at the touch of a button, and a sensor stops it from being rewound if there is any obstruction. An emergency power shut-off turns off the unit in less than a second if the cord is completely severed to prevent electrical injuries. The cord will not retract while in use.
Replace a missing or worn front fender Super Sport emblem on your 1969-’72 Chevelle with this reproduction piece from TrimParts. Each emblem is diecast zinc, which is then chrome plated for a show-quality shine. The letters are then hand painted. Sold in pairs, they are licensed GM Restoration Parts.
Serpentine conversion kit
Add more excitement to your 326ci to 455ci Pontiac V-8 with the Revolver serpentine conversion kit from March Performance. Featuring a one-piece alternator and air conditioning bracket, the kit comes complete with a Powermaster or Tuff Stuff alternator, alternator pulley with fan and nose cover, matching chrome A/C compressor and nose cover, water pump, large diameter crank pulley, three idlers, belt tensioning tool and all necessary mounting hardware. If the engine is equipped with power steering, then there is a GM Type 2 power steering pump, canister steering pump, pulley and bracket with hardware. Options include a billet remote power steering reservoir and stainless steel braided power steering hose kits. Finishes include your choice of maintenance-free clear or black powdercoating.
March Performance, (888) 729-9070
Adjustable shifter handle
If you’ve swapped the transmission in your ride, but can’t get the shifter to feel right, then Twist Machine LLC may have the answer. The company’s adjustable shifter handle has seven different positions to place the knob exactly where you want it. It will fit any transmission with a flat stub and bolts 7/8-inch apart. CNC-machined from 6061 T-6 billet aluminum, each piece is hand-finished, and the kit comes complete with a 10-inch shifter handle, three adjusting inserts and all necessary hardware. Buyers have a choice of a black anodized or brushed finish.
Twist Machine LLC
Save time and money when doing sheetmetal repair on your 1970-’74 Challenger or other E-bodies with the Weld-Thru™ line from Classic Industries. Featuring a silver-weld through primer, the door frame and quarter panel assembly for the Challenger replaces the frame work around the doors, across the roof line and down the quarter panel to the rear wheel well. It includes the front kick panel and inner quarter area, as well as the outer rocker panels. Right and left hand pieces are sold separately. The inner cowl side hinge panel is stamped steel, made to factory specifications, and each bracket features the correct contours for a perfect fit. Available for either the right or left hand side, it fits the 1970-’74 Barracuda, Challenger or ’Cuda.
Auto Metal Direct has expanded its product line with rear frame crossmembers for 1964-’67 and 1968-’72 GM A-body cars (Chevrolet Chevelle, Pontiac GTO and LeMans, Buick Skylark and GS, and Oldsmobile Cutlass and 442). Two different styles are available, designed to fit exactly like factory originals. These reproduction pieces are licensed and manufactured under the GM Restoration Parts program.
Auto Metal Direct
Mustang shifter plate
Dress up the look of your 2010-2012 automatic transmission-equipped V-6 or GT Mustang with this auto plate and stick kit from Hurst Shifters. The precision cut, billet aluminum plate that does not require any modification to the console, as it replaces the factory piece, and features a black anodized finish and etched Hurst logo. Adding the Hurst handle completes the transformation. The CNC-machined billet aluminum piece improves control and incorporates the pistol trigger mechanism for park/reverse lockout. It is available in either an anodized titanium or polished black Delrin finsh, and has the Hurst name engraved into the handle.
Shock mock-up tool
When building your vehicle’s chassis, simulate the final ride height and then determine the length of your coilover shocks with this mock-up tool from Speedway Motors. Made from steel and adjustable from 13½ to 21 inches, it is sold in pairs and includes 5/8-inch rod ends, ½-inch reducers, jam nuts and quick-release pins for making quick length changes.