Call To Arms
While the original Comp Cams Pro Magnum stud mount rocker arm has been an industry mainstay for almost 20 years, design capability and steel casting process advancements have allowed a "clean sheet" redesign. The most noticeable advancement with the new Ultra Pro Magnum rocker arms is their nearly unbreakable investment-cast 8650 chrome-moly body. The arched, web-like design delivers an almost 29% increase in strength and rigidity. The resulting rocker maximizes lift and valvetrain control at high rpm. The increased retainer and valvespring clearances enable the use of large-diameter valvesprings, retainers, and locks without clearance or fitment issues, while hardened roller tips reduce friction and eliminate valve stem side-loading. As with their predecessors, they're fully rebuildable, and fit most Chevy and Ford applications using stud mount rocker arms. Comp Cams offers a lifetime guarantee against the breakage of the rocker arm body for any reason.
With the current popularity of traditional three-bolt steering wheel designs, it's great to see Flaming River Industries has released an aluminum adapter that enables them to fit Flaming River tilt steering columns. The FR3302 series wheel adapters are machined from 6061 billet aluminum, polished to a high luster, and mount those traditional wheels with a smooth and seamless appearance. The series of adapters includes one to fit a Flaming River tilt column, another to fit a Flaming River Mustang splined tilt column, and even one for an original GM column.
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V-8 Into S-10 = Guts & Glory
One of the most common frames to adapt to a classic truck, in particular the '47-55 Chevy AD, is the S-10 platform. Stuffing a small-block Chevy V-8 motor into an S-10/S-15, Blazer/Jimmy or Sonoma chassis is a complex yet rewarding project. The only thing that could be considered more rewarding than doing the job yourself, however, is finding aftermarket components that work together and make the project go smoother. Each of the member companies of the Hedman Performance Group is an S-10 engine swap specialists in their product field. And now, Hedman, Trans-Dapt, and Hamburger's Performance have combined R&D forces to create the ultimate S-10 V-8 engine swap kits around.
Drop And Give Me Ten
If you're looking to replace the trailing arm suspension on your 1963-72 C10 pickup with something a little less, uh, rudimentary, check out KP Components' bolt-on four-link and cantilever suspension system. With an adjustable Panhard rod it offers excellent ride quality with maximum suspension drop, yet provides over 10 inches of travel. With a durable powdercoated finish, Slam Specialties RE7 airbags, new shocks, Grade 8 mounting hardware, and detailed instructions, all you have to do is remove your old trailing arms and bolt the KPC kit in place. If you have a larger tire and wheel package, KP Components offers a bolt-on Watt's link kit as an upgrade from the Panhard rod, which will allow the rearend to maintain a true vertical path of travel, eliminating clearance issues. Also available is a 100% bolt-on step notch system for the 1963-72 C10, allowing the truck's chassis to rest on the ground even with 30-inch diameter tires.
Big Wheels Keep On Rollin'
Here's a chicken-and-egg question for ya. What came first, big-inch wheels or big brakes? The wheels look kinda stupid without big brakes behind 'em and the brakes usually won't fit behind 15-inch rims. These new G-Machine 2-piece wheels from Boze Forged are designed to fit big brake kits and are available in special offsets, with backspacing from flush-fit to 8 inches. In diameters from 17 to 22 inches and widths from 5 to 15 inches, the multi-spoke 6061-T6 billet wheels are available in high-luster polish, brushed satin, powdercoated colors, and with special color inserts to accent each spoke.
Egge Machine could very well be responsible for keeping more vintage engines running than anyone else, such is their inventory of reproduction parts! They're now offering new cast piston sets for the legendary 392 Hemi, with a choice of oversize up to 0.100. The three-ring pistons are set with two rings at 5/64-inch and one at 3/16-inch, and each set is balanced to be within 8 grams of each other, though they usually range closer to 3 grams. Also for the 331, 354, and 392 Hemi engines, Egge offers new Neoprene rear main seals, manufactured by Best Gasket. As one of Egge's customers runs these in a blown dragster, you know they'll hold up to high pressure! Specify part #3880E for 331 and 354 Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth Hemis or part #3A07 for the 392 Hemi.