If you're a devotee of the 385 series Ford 429-460 big-block engine you'll probably be aware of its Achilles' heel, namely the propensity for the oil pump to fracture and break off, especially in modified motors. Jon Kaase is a big-block Ford devotee, and has addressed the situation with a new pump that features an altered structure and sturdier mountings.
It also uses the same impeller Kaase fits to his championship-winning 820-cid Pro Stock engines, and is equipped with dual oil feeds to the rotor to improve idle and high-rpm oil pressure. It's supplied with superior ARP mounting studs and 12-point nuts and comes in two versions, one for a front sump layout; the other for the more common rear sump arrangement.
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Head Of The Class
Though we doubt many of you are drag racers, and even fewer race in a class that requires OE-style cast-iron heads, these new Pro Torker small-block Chevy cast-iron cylinder heads from RHS are also great for anyone looking for a great performing head with guaranteed reliability. A significant improvement over OE heads, with added exhaust face and deck surface to protect against cracking and eliminate heat distortion, the water jackets have been improved to increase water flow for better thermal conductivity and hot spot reduction. Yet the heads are machined to strict tolerances and match OE specs for valve angle, intake port size and configuration, as well as combustion chamber design.
When it comes down to it, looks are as important as performance for most people when it comes to modifying a truck, so any product that offers an improvement in both over a previous design has to be a winner, right? Well, Holley has done just that with their new Ultra Street Avenger and Ultra Double Pumper carburetors. Made from aluminum, they are 5 pounds lighter than their zinc predecessors, are supplied tumble polished but can easily be hand polished, and feature 6061-T6 bases and metering blocks in red, blue, or black anodizing.
Also new is a built-in, clear fuel level sight window facilitating easy float adjustments. The Ultra Street Avengers come with vacuum secondaries, are available in 670 and 770 cfm and have all of the bolt-on-and-go features that made the original Street Avengers popular. The Ultra Double Pumpers are available in 650 and 750 cfm and come with mechanical secondaries and electric chokes. Both feature four corner idle circuits for precise tuning and both have enhanced fuel curves for optimum performance.
We all know we should start with a project truck in the best condition we can find, but often a bargain is just too good to pass up, even if we do regret it halfway through the marathon welding session required to get it back to "good" condition, right? Carolina Classics can help if your 1961-66 F series Ford truck requires steel replacement just a little higher than the floorpans, however, with these lower front door pillars. These are the curved part of the pillar below the lower door hinge. Die stamped in the U.S. from 14-gauge steel, they'll make that body restoration just a little easier.
Sluggin' It Out
Diamond Pistons has a new series of domed pistons for high-compression 5.0 and 351 Windsor small-block Ford engines using Trick Flow Twisted Wedge heads. These have the valves rotated to increase the diameter of the valves and increase airflow, and while they will work without changing pistons, added benefits can be had with the new Diamond 2618 alloy versions. Using a conventional ring stack, the top ring is positioned sufficiently far down from the crown to protect it from excessive heat, allowing for a generous thickness of material over the crown. As a result, the pistons can safely accommodate a 150-200 horsepower shot of nitrous oxide. Between the first and second rings, Diamond incorporates a pressure balance groove. Available from stock, the pistons are made to suit a 3.400-inch stroke with a 5.400-inch connecting rod, the most common connecting rod size or stroker combination in the aftermarket.
A fair proportion of GM pickups originally came with air conditioning, but whether by accident or design, this 150-lb weight is now missing from many of them. AGM Industries have designed the AC Delete, a thick durable fiberglass cover that replaces the original A/C evaporator box while maintaining the function of the original heater and defrost system. It requires no firewall modification and allows re-installation of the original A/C system if so desired at a later date. The covers are also designed with clearance for tall valve covers and exhaust headers. AGM offers models to fit '67-90 GM fullsize trucks. The AC Delete cover is sold separately or in a complete kit that comes with everything necessary for the installation including a new heater core, blower motor and fan, and 3M sealant.
Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Detailer proved a hit when it was released a few months ago, thanks in no small part to its relentless water beading properties, and now the company looks to hit another home run with Ultimate Quik Wax, which features the same technology with the added protection of an easy to apply spray wax. When Quik Detailer becomes hard to wipe off, it's time for a coat of Quik Wax. The result of the product's amazing water repellency is a deep show-car shine that lasts through numerous washes. Unlike most spray waxes, it won't leave a white residue on plastic and trim either.
One For All
Here's a neat idea from XS Power. With the number of different battery connections needed for various applications, this new S3400 battery can be customized for specific purposes. The unique I-BAR (Integrated Battery Amperage Rail) system allows for marine studs; SAE posts, which fit many domestic and import vehicles; standard GM posts; or a combination of both. This is great for side-post configurations (found on many GM vehicles), marine use, or high-demand situations such as car audio. Using kit #555, a total of four posts (2 positive, 2 negative) can be utilized for multiple connections or applications that need extra power quickly. Offering 2,000 maximum amps, with 75Ah, the S3400 weighs just under 48 lbs, and can be ordered with a billet hold-down clamp.
It's All Here
If you own a Chevy or GMC truck, and have undertaken any work on it, chances are you have a Classic Industries catalog in your library, and if not, you should have. Now's the perfect time too, as they've just released a new version, updated for 2009-10. The catalog offers restoration and performance parts and accessories for all 1947-08 Chevrolet and GMC truck models. At 900 pages, this full-color catalog is the most complete offering of new products yet, including interior components, upholstery, body components, apparel, and accessories. The catalog is the first to feature all of the parts used in the buildup of the Classic Industries 1953 Shop Truck, including the entire chassis, body components and the complete engine and drivetrain. The only item that is not a reproduction or aftermarket item is the hood, because a reproduction hood has not yet been manufactured for the 1953 Chevy truck. The catalog is available free for a limited time, so get calling!
We can't all be fortunate enough to score a rust free dry-state truck for our projects, and one of the first sheetmetal parts to rot out is usually the floorpans, especially if your windshield rubber lets in more water than your morning shower. If you have a '60s Ford truck, Carolina Classics can help, with these 18-gauge die stamped floorpans to fit 1961-64 F-100 to F-900, 1965-65 F-350 to F-900, and 1965-66 F-100 4x4 trucks. They also fit 1961-63 unibody trucks. So lose that Flintstones look and gain some structural rigidity at the same time!
In this day and age of fuel injection on everything, it's nice to see someone retrofitting good old carburetors. Well it is if you're carburetor fans like us! EngineQuest offers this adaptor that enables a pre-'69 Ford 1 1/2-inch bore carburetor to a later 1970-79 200/250-cid Ford cylinder head that uses a 1 3/4-inch bore carburetor. Though machined from billet aluminum, it has the appearance of a factory original piece.
Are those clanky old tailgate chains getting on your nerves? Mar-K has link assemblies to replace them for General Motors 1941-53 and 1954-87 Stepsides and 1958-66 Fleetsides, Ford 1953-87 Flaresides, and Dodge 1953-85 Stepsides. Made in Oklahoma City, each pair includes links, upper and lower pivots, and installation hardware, as well as instructions, though they do require modification to the bedsides and tailgate. They work great with hidden latches, conveniently also made by Mar-K, who offer a wide assortment of restoration and custom parts for Chevy, GMC, Ford, and Dodge trucks.
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