Way Cool Stuff
Eric Kaminsky - August 23, 2012 10:00 AM
Big block crankshafts
Lunati expands its Voodoo product line with premium quality, heavy-duty crankshafts for Chevy and Ford big blocks. Manufactured from 4340 forged non-alloy steel, they are CNC-machined, precision indexed, dynamically balanced and then nitride heat treated with micro-polished bearing journals. Weight reduction holes are located in each rod journal. Chevy versions (for 396 to 454ci V-8s) are available with either one- or two-piece rear main seals, while the Ford versions (for 385 Series 429 to 460ci V-8s) have two-piece rear main seals.
Mopar spring hangers
Provide a solid foundation for restored or new leaf springs on your Mopar with a set of new leaf spring hangers from Performance Suspension Technology. Made from heavy-duty steel, which is then zinc coated for durability, they also feature studs which match factory originals. To further strengthen the undercarriage, P-S-T also sells reinforcement plates, normally found only on Hemi-equipped vehicles. Hangers are available for 1965-’72 A-bodies with 5/8-inch eye bolts; 1964-’72 Plymouth B-bodies (1964-’65 with 21-inch springs and 1966-’72 with 22-inch springs); 1966-’72 Dodge B-bodies (1971-’72 have 22-inch springs); 1965-’73 C-bodies; 1970-’74 E-bodies; and F-, M- and J-bodies. Reinforcement plates are only available for A-, B- and E-bodies.
Performance Suspension Technology
Running horse emblem
Replace a worn, damaged or missing running horse and corral emblem found on 1967 Mustangs with this diecast reproduction piece from California Pony Cars. Made in the U.S. and officially licensed by Ford, it has a triple chrome plated finish, and is covered by a limited lifetime warranty. It is shown here with the 1967 standard grille spears, which are sold separately. The company also makes 1967 fog light bars and fog light mounting bar brackets.
California Pony Cars
Wheel and tire cleaner
Clean wheels and tires quickly and easily with Meguiar’s Hot Rims All Wheel & Tire Cleaner. Packaged in an easy-to-use 24-ounce trigger spray bottle, the formula cleans both metal and rubber with a clinging foam, which turns from white to brown as it lifts off dirt, brake dust build-up, and grime. It is safe for all factory coated wheels. It is available at major retailers, auto parts stores or online.
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Dual function gauges
Innovate Motorsports saves valuable dashboard space by combining two functions into one gauge with their MTX Digital Series gauges. The water temperature/battery voltage unit displays temps in either Celsius or Fahrenheit, and provides both a water temp and voltage warning. The oil pressure/oil temperature gauge displays pressure in psi or bar, and allows users to program a low oil pressure warning. Temps are measured in either Fahrenheit or Celsius. Finally, there is a vacuum/boost and rpm shift light gauge that displays in either hg/psi or bar. It has a boost warning and either a progressive shift light or single stage shift light. All gauges feature a water-resistant 2 1/16-inch round dash mounted casing, interchangeable faceplates and bezels and locking electrical connectors.
Innovate Motorsports (949) 502-8400
Camaro seat foam
Give the interior of your 1982 to 1992 Camaro a fresh look by replacing the seat foam with these fresh pieces from Classic Industries. Manufactured from the same density material as factory originals, they also feature the correct dimensions and contours, improving comfort and appearance. Front and back seat foam is sold separately. Up front, you can choose from either a standard or deluxe bucket seat, and in the rear, there are separate pieces for the folding one-piece or split-seat backrests.
Classic Industries (800) 854-1280
Wilwood has introduced a forged, one-piece steel drop spindle for use in fabricated A-arm suspensions configured around Pinto/Mustang II components. The two-inch dropped spindle pin lowers ride height, but does not affect the suspension geometry, and the combined bolt-on steering arms can be used in either front or rear-steer applications. Caliper brackets are attached to reinforced mounting bosses, and when this spindle is combined with common Pinto/Mustang II tie rod ends, ball joints, wheel bearing and seals, the company notes this forged unit is up to three times stronger than original equipment.
Wilwood (805) 388-1188
Wide wheel tubs
Put wider tires on your 1964-1967 Chevelle (or other GM A-body) when you install a set of wide wheel tubs from ABC Performance. Made in Michigan and stamped from 20-gauge sheetmetal, they are two inches wider than factory originals. When combined with the company’s mini-tub frame kit, tires up to 13½ inches wide (335/30ZR18) will fit. The wheel tubs are sold in pairs.
ABC Performance (810) 614-3730
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Chevy motor mounts
The task of swapping an engine into a 1955 to 1957 Chevy just got a little easier, thanks to Speedway Motors. The company is now selling motor mounts that allow for the use of a 1958 or newer small-block Chevy V-8. The brackets bolt to existing mount bosses on the sides of the engine block, while the frame brackets bolt to the original crossmember on the 1955-1957 frame. Heavy-duty rubber cushions dampen engine vibration. Kits come complete with brackets, cushions, hardware and installation instructions.
Speedway Motors (800) 979-0122
Corvette taillight trim rings
Dress up your 1997-2004 C5 Corvette with a set of taillight trim rings from American Car Craft. Made in the U.S. from stainless steel, two versions are available: polished rings or polished rings with mesh. They take only a few minutes to install, and the kit comes complete with trim rings (and laser mesh, if that style is chosen) and a set of four GM-licensed C5 raised, gel-coated emblems; consumers will need to install the emblems.
American Car Craft
Locking gas cap
Secure your fuel with this reproduction GM locking gas cap from The Filling Station. Styled like the accessory piece available in the 1940s, it is chrome plated with GM embossed in red, and comes with two keys. Redone using new tooling, it fits a variety of GM vehicles, including 1931-’52 Chevrolet cars, 1937-’70 Chevrolet and GMC trucks, 1930-’56 Buicks, 1935-’40 Cadillac and LaSalle, 1934-’58 Oldsmobile, and most 1926-’57 Pontiacs.
The Filling Station (800) 841-6622
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Phoenix Graphix adds to its AMC product line with a decal kit for the 1969 SC/Rambler in the factory “B” paint scheme. The kit, previously unavailable in the aftermarket and developed from a set of unapplied original decals, contains fender stripes (in front of and behind front wheel well), upper door stripes, lower door stripes, and rear quarter panel stripes (in front of and behind rear wheel well), plus a squeegee and detailed installation instructions. They are printed with a fine black border pinstripe around the red and blue. The company notes that all non-“A” scheme cars received these decals at the factory; stripes were not painted on.