Way Cool New Stuff
Compiled by Eric Kaminsky - October 10, 2011 10:00 AM
Door Lock Knobs
Finish off the restoration of your car’s interior and replace plastic door lock knobs with these new aluminum pieces from Fesler Billet. Three different styles are available: three-band, eight-band (both of which include O-rings, when applicable), as well as the conventional OE replacements. Sold in pairs, all are made from 6061-T6 aluminum and fit vehicles with a 10-24 thread pattern. They fit a range of Chrysler, GM and Ford vehicles, and ferrules are sold separately. Four finishes are available: natural, polished, black anodized and chrome.
Fesler Billet, (866) 553-1856, www.feslerbuilt.com
Cold Air Intake
Improve airflow into the engine of the new fifth-generation Camaro with this cold air intake kit from LG Motorsports. Featuring a four-inch, high-flow intake, the company reports gains of six to eight horsepower over stock. The system retains the factory breather line and mass airflow sensor, and it comes complete with a heat shield which seals to the hood and frame and a high-flow washable filter element.
LG Motorsports, (972) 429-1963, www.lgmotorsports.com
Transmission Fluid Pan
Keep your Powerglide-equipped transmission cooler with this extra capacity fluid pan from TCI Automotive. The die-cast piece features patent-pending inverted dimples, which help pull heat to the exterior of the pan. On the bottom of the pan, the fins are slightly angled, which helps increase air speed across the surface, aiding in cooling. It is finished with a black powdercoating and comes complete with hardware.
TCI Automotive, (662) 224-8972, www.tciauto.com
Get a more reliable ignition system with the addition of a Quarter Master Ultra-Duty starter. With 1.4 kilowatts of cranking power, it can handle starting a high-compression engine easily. The heavy-duty solenoid and bearing assembly is built to withstand harsh conditions, with each unit being hand assembled and then dyno tested. Custom mounting brackets help locate pinion gears for perfect alignment with the flywheel in Chevrolet, Chrysler and Ford engines.
Tilt Steering Column
Customize the interior of your 1957 Chevrolet with a “Shorty” tilt steering column from Flaming River. The all-new columns feature a two-inch tube diameter and a 63/8-inch shroud, and will bolt directly to an existing dash bezel. Each column includes a billet aluminum dress-up kit (tilt lever, turn signal lever and hazard knob), plus GM wiring and a cancelling cam. The columns are available in either a floor shift or column shift configuration, with either a paintable or polished finish. Column shift units also come with a neutral safety switch and removable shift arm with 12 locating positions. All are backed by a three-year warranty.
Flaming River, (440) 826-4488, www.flamingriver.com
Radiator Hose Set
Marti Auto Works is now offering a direct replacement radiator hose set that fits all small-block 1970 Ford Mustangs and Mercury Cougars, including the Boss 302, 351 Cleveland and 351 Windsor engines. The hoses, made by the original OEM manufacturer to current SAE specifications, feature the correct bends and come complete with double wire clamps, just like the factory originals. The correct part numbers and logo are stamped on the hose in the original font size and style.
Marti Auto Works
Catalytic Converter Hanger Kit
Replace a worn, damaged or missing hanger for the catalytic convertor on your 1975 to 1982 Corvette with this kit from Bair’s Corvette. Two versions are available. One covers 1975 to 1977 models and the 1978 L48 (shown), and the other covers the 1978 L82 and 1979 to 1982 models. Both kits feature components made with the correct materials for heat resistance and come complete with hanger, clamp and bolts.
Bair’s Corvette, (814) 683-4223, www.bairs.com
Pontiac Steering Arms
Complete the rebuild of your 1966 to 1972 Pontiac A-body (Tempest, LeMans, GTO), plus improve the suspension system, with these steering arms from Ames Performance Engineering. Cast like the originals, they come painted semi-gloss black, but they can be repainted. These arms can also be used on 1964 to 1965 A-bodies with disc brake conversion kits that use later model year spindles. They are sold in pairs.
Ames Performance Engineering
Fuel Line Kits
Improve the performance of your Stromberg 97 carburetor with new ready-to-fit, fuel lines. The TwoStep kits include CNC-bent, ¼-inch 304 stainless steel lines, stainless steel tee-pieces (shaped to match Stromberg linkage parts) and compression fittings. To start, Stromberg is offering kits for five Ford flathead applications, for use with intakes and fuel pumps that are available new; consult the company for specific 2x2 and 3x2 configurations covered. Complete installation instructions are included.
Monte Carlo Interiors
Legendary Auto Interiors adds to their extensive product line with interior pieces for the 1970 to 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Among those made in the U.S.A., items now available are seat upholstery (which features the correct weight vinyl with channeled foam), reinforced seams and heavyweight backing. Door panels feature original-style die-electric heat-sealed seams, and precision-cut filler boards attached to heavyweight backer boards. The panels have the correct cutouts for handles, knobs and armrests, as well as 3/8-inch deep channeled pleats.
Legendary Auto Interiors, (800) 363-8804, www.legendaryautointeriors.com
Mass Airflow Conversion Kits
When swapping in an LS engine into an older engine bay, there’s the issue of where to place the throttle body and mass airflow meter, which usually ends up behind the radiator. But now Spectre Performance has introduced an LS mass airflow meter conversion kit that helps solves the space issue, saving up to four inches in front of the motor. Designed for use with Spectre’s four-inch muscle car cold air intake kits (or any aluminum intake that can have a sensor pad welded to it), it includes a GM LS7 blade-style sensor and comes in either three-wire or five-wire configurations.
Flowmaster expands its product line with a header-back 409S stainless steel exhaust system for 1959 to 1964 full-size Chevrolet cars. Featuring 2½-inch mandrel bent pipes, the exhaust exits in front of the rear tires. It does not include mufflers, so buyers can customize the sound to their own personal preference. Detailed instructions and all necessary hardware are included, and the system is covered by a limited lifetime warranty.
Flowmaster, (800) 544-4761, www.flowmastermufflers.com
Chevy Exhaust Manifolds
Speedway Motors adds to its Tru-Ram product line with exhaust manifolds for big-block Chevy V-8s. Made from 17-4 stainless steel, they feature 17/8-inch primary ports and three-inch outlets for superior flow, plus extra thick manifold flanges. Available in either a polished or unpolished finish, they feature the standard three-bolt header flanges. Gaskets and stainless steel hardware are also included. The company has also introduced manifolds for the LS1 V-8.
Speedway Motors, (800) 979-0122, www.speedwaymotors.com
Upgrade your transmission with this new bellhousing from American Powertrain. Cast from high titanium content aluminum alloy which is then CNC-machined, it is compatible with all B, RB and big-block Hemi engines, as well as all 18- and 23-spline A833 four-speeds and the Ford version of the Tremec TKO five-speed. It can accommodate 130-tooth and 143-tooth flywheels, features dual starter positions and works with OE dust covers and mechanical clutch linkages. It comes with a hardware kit and is backed by the company’s 10-year limited warranty.
Pontiac Harmonic Damper
PRW Industries adds to its product line with this SFI-rated steel harmonic damper for 1959-’67 Pontiac engines from 326ci to 421ci. Tested at 12,500 rpm, the dampers are CAD engineered, then CNC machined from billet steel. Dampers are available in black and can be mounted to the stock pulley, or they come mounted with your choice of a black or silver anodized 6061 T6 billet aluminum pulley (shown). Timing marks are laser etched.
Camaro SS Body Kit
Add a distinctive look to your 2010 to 2012 Camaro SS with this limited edition body kit from Grip Tuning. The easy-to-install full body kit includes front and rear air dams, rocker panels and a rear decklid spoiler made from high-quality composites. The pieces are shipped ready for primer and paint. Order online or check the website for qualified dealers.
Grip Tuning, (800) 435-1197, www.griptuning.com
Camaro Sports Bar
Classic Design Concepts adds a little flair to the 2011 Camaro convertible (both V-6 and V-8 models) with its sports bar. Made from 1¼-inch, high-strength steel tubing covered with solid urethane foam, it is attached to the car at the B pillar using E-coated steel brackets. The bar is then finished in black high-grade vinyl. The sports bar does not affect the operation of the car’s convertible top and is not intended for rollover protection.
Classic Design Concepts, (866) 624-7997, www.classicdesignconcepts.com
Replace a broken, damaged or non-operational antenna on your first-generation Corvette with one of these push-down models from Corvette Central. Three versions are available: 1956 to 1958 (early production), 1958 (late production) to 1960, and 1961 to 1962. The ’56-’58E version has no rings on the mast and extends to 45 inches, with a normal height of 11½ inches. The ’58L to ’60 version has rings on the mast and also extends to 45 inches. The ’61-’62 model (shown) extends to 26½ inches. All come with necessary mounting hardware.
Corvette Central, (800) 345-4122, www.corvettecentral.com