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Eric Kaminsky - January 03, 2013 10:30 AM


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Trunk badge inserts

Dress up your 2010 and newer Mustang with these trunk badge inserts from Action Automotive Accessories. The official licensed products are available in two styles: chrome plated or two-tone (black and chrome). Both feature the 5.0 V-8 logo.

Action Automotive Accessories

(480) 688-6212

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Brake line wrenches

Del City has added two brake line wrench sets to their product line-up. Made from chrome vanadium steel, they feature an opening and closing flarenut that snaps over tubing or nuts, and a 180-degree flex head to access hard to reach areas. Each wrench has two sizes, and comes packaged in a convenient carrying pouch. The metric set (shown) includes 8 and 9mm, 10 and 11mm, 12 and 13mm and 14 and 15mm wrenches, while the SAE set features 5/16 and 3/8-inch, 7/16 and 1/2-inch, 9/16 and 5/8-inch and 11/16 and 3/4-inch wrenches. All are covered by the company’s limited lifetime warranty.

Del City (800) 654-4757

Hydraulic clutch conversion

Replace the cable style clutch and quadrant in your 1983-1993 Fox body Mustang with the Hydramaxx hydraulic clutch from American Powertrain. The assembly features a patent pending cantilevered firewall mount for the clutch master cylinder, and a billet aluminum and low carbon steel bracket. It goes through the original hole in the firewall and attaches to the pedal pivot. The company also sells a complete installation kit that includes the Hydramaxx hydraulic release bearing, plus all lines, fittings and necessary hardware.

American Powertrain

(931) 646-4836

Tri-five IRS

Give your 1955-1957 Chevy a modern independent rear suspension with this bolt-in assembly from Heidts. Based on the company’s Pro-G design, it features a fully welded and boxed upper crossmember, heavy-duty upper and lower control arms, welded uprights, heavy-duty constant velocity joints and axle shafts, and nine-inch cast aluminum center housing that can support a variety of gear ratios and differentials. It also employs standard 10½-inch inboard mounted disc brakes with Wilwood calipers. Completing it are adjustable coilover shocks. It is available in either a 56-inch or 58-inch wide wheel track, and buyers have a choice of finishes: raw or the polished and chromed steel “show package”.

Heidts (800) 841-8188

Spray wax

Wizards Products adds to their line of detailing and finishing products with Mystic Spray Wax. Developed to be more compatible with clearcoats found on newer cars, the proprietary formula eliminates hazing and white film residues when applied. It can be used on any hard surface, including glass, chrome, polycarbonate, fiberglass, gel-coat and rubber trim, and helps remove dust, bugs, bird droppings, oily fingerprints and light water spotting. It comes in a 22 fluid ounce spray bottle.

Wizards Products

(800) 356-7223

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Corvette duffel bag

Make packing easy when you take that road trip with this Voyager duffel bag, available through the Corvette Store at the National Corvette Museum. The 600-denier red and gray polyester bag features the NCM logo, and has a large main compartment, plus a roomy ventilated side pocket and wet pouch for shoes or dirty clothes. It features a carrying handle with Velcro® clasp, and a padded shoulder strap.

National Corvette Museum

(800) 538-3883

Water pump

The Filling Station has combined an original appearance with modern internal components in their reproduction water pump for 1929-1934 Chevrolets. Pumps from the early ’30s required drivers to lubricate them before each use, but in this reproduction unit, the original bushings have been replaced with modern bearings (see cutaway) for long life and durability. The new pumps will even accept the factory’s grease cup fitting, although they do not require oiling of greasing, and the appearance is further enhanced by the (non-functional) brass packing nut.

The Filling Station (800) 841-6622

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Thermal protection

Heat can be the enemy of many underhood components, and Design Engineering, Inc. is now packaging their thermal pipe wrap and stainless steel locking ties into one convenient kit. The wrap can be used on header tubes to protect spark plug boots and wires, as well as covering parts to reduce heat in the passenger compartment, and will protect exposed skin from contact with hot pipes. The wrap comes in a two-inch by 25-foot roll, and is available in black, tan or titanium (which mimics carbon fiber). The stainless steel ties are eight inches long, and are designed for pipes up to two inches in diameter; for larger diameters, two ties can be joined together.


Design Engineering

(800) 264-9472

LS degree wheel kit

Get the maximum performance from your GM LS series engine by adjusting cam timing and lobe lift with this heads-off cam degree wheel kit from Proform/Specialty Auto Parts. Packed in a durable, foam-padded case are a nine-inch degree wheel, dial indicator, adjustable blue billet aluminum dial indicator mount, black billet aluminum top dead center locator, wire degree wheel pointer, stainless steel crankshaft turning socket and detailed instructions.

Proform (586) 774-2500

Tie rod ends

Improve suspension geometry and help correct bumpsteer issues with a set of adjustable tie rods ends from Baer Brakes. Manufactured in the U.S. using a 6061 T-6 machined sleeve, which is then black anodized coated, it is mated to a Teflon lined heim joint and machined pin. The pin is tapered so spindles do not have to be drilled or modified. The company makes pieces for Buicks, Chevrolets, Fords, Mercurys, Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs; each is model and year specific, so consult the website for applications.

Baer Brakes (602) 233-1411

Portable air compressor

Whenever you need a reliable source for compressed air – whether on the roadside, in the garage, at the track, or when enjoying outdoor activities – pull out the Junior Jet 150 portable air compressor from Maradyne High Performance Fans. Featuring a heavy-duty, gearless direct drive motor, it has a built-in pressure gauge, rated at 0 to 150 psi, a flashlight, 27-inch high pressure hose with quick-release valve connector, two plastic inflatable nozzles and one ball needle, and stores in a rugged nylon carrying case when not in use. Power is supplied by a nine-foot cord with a cigarette lighter adapter.

Maradyne (800) 403-7953