The Cure for Boring Pumpkins

OTB Gear in Walnut, California, introduces the perfect accessory to add style to your often overlooked undercarriage.

Designed to fit the Ford 9-inch center section (pumpkin), it is cast of A-356 aircraft grade aluminum and finished to a show quality shine, like all polished OTB Gear aluminum parts. It’s also available unpolished for that low-key application, and looks great painted as well.

Included with the cover is a generous supply of high temperature adhesive, making installation foolproof, and eliminates the unsightly brackets, clamps, or hardware that other 9-inch Ford covers use.

OTB Gear
(909) 595-4995
www.otbgear.com

Sleep Long, Sleep Well

Just in time for your truck’s winter hibernation, Eastwood launches its exclusive Battery Sustainers. Unlike typical trickle chargers, Eastwood’s unit maintains the charge of any 12V battery without the risk of overcharging or causing permanent damage.

Featuring an LED display that shows the charging cycle and battery status, the microprocessor-controlled technology shuts off the charger when the battery is fully charged.

The Eastwood Battery Sustainer offers 2 amps output while the Battery Sustainer Plus offers 2-10 amps, with a built-in 10 amp charger. Both units offer enough power to bring a dead battery back to charge and then sustain that charge during storage.

The Eastwood Co.
(800) 343-9353
www.eastwood.com

Get A Good Beading

Trick Tools has taken their proven line of bead form tools and expanded it with the Bead Form III. This made in the USA compact bead forming tool is the heaviest duty version available and features a heat-treated upper and lower shaft that rides on precision needle bearings. The upper shaft pivot has replaceable bushings for heavy use applications allowing this tool to handle 0.065-inch-thick material on a regular basis.

The Bead From III will quickly form a hose bead on all types of tube and is designed to work with stainless, aluminum, copper, brass or mild steel. It is perfect for fuel, radiator, turbo and intake lines and meets ASE specs for 1½-inch to 4-inch OD tubes. Manual and electric units are available as well.

Trick Tools
(877) 826-7268
www.trick-tools.com

Star Power

Putting blue oval power in that old Ford has never been easier than with Star Performance Product’s new line of 302, 347, 351W and 393 Ford crate engines. With power output from 348-441 HP, every engine includes a carburetor, intake, distributor, aluminum heads, Comp Cams cam, polished aluminum valve covers, and air cleaner.

Star Performance Products
(951) 582-9094
www.star-p-p.com

Hi-Fire

PerTronix new plug-and-play cast distributors for Ford 221-302 CID, and small- and big-block Chevrolet engine applications are designed to provide maximum ignition performance and easy installation all at a price you can afford.

This distributor allows you to upgrade your outdated points or stock electronic distributor with a performance-proven distributor that features the patented Ignitor or Ignitor III electronic ignition module and an OE-look cast-aluminum housing. These distributors are perfect for the restoration guys who want a stock-looking distributor without having to use a worn-out 40-year-old part or the ultimate sleeper who wants to hide the modern performance.

The PerTronix Ignitor is also compatible with any inductive ignition system coil, but high RPM performance can be improved when used with their low resistance Flame-Thrower coils. If you’re using a capacitive discharge system or the PerTronix Second Strike box, no problem; the PerTronix distributor is compatible. The Ignitor III version features a built-in digital rev limiter and multispark, so no external box is needed.

Unlike most auto parts store distributors, these units feature all brand-new (not rebuilt) parts, the gears are hardened steel for exact tolerances, and the vacuum canister is adjustable for optimum performance. The mechanical advance curve has been tailored for top performance and drivability and each distributor comes with high dielectric strength cap and rotor with brass contacts. These distributors are also legal in all 50 states and Canada (CARB EO PN 5D-57-23).

PerTronix Performance Products
(909) 599-5955
www.pertronix.com

Round and Round

Cutting circles with a plasma cutter has just gotten a whole lot easier with the Circle Cutting Attachment from HTP America. Here is a unique tool that can make your cutting jobs not just easier, but more precise.

The Circle Cutting attachment gives you the ability to accurately cut circles anywhere from 4 to 50 inches in diameter, depending on the attachment. Straight line cutting is also a snap with the dual-wheel car.

The Circle Cutting Attachment kit includes cutting bars, compass base, magnetic base, ¼-inch pierce base and a dual-wheel car. The Circle Cutting Attachment is available for HTP plasma cutters, and specific models of Hypertherm and Thermal Dynamics cutters and torches.

HTP America
(800) 872-9353
www.usaweld.com

Dropped Solutions

The ’48-’52 Ford F-1 and ’53-’60 F-100 trucks remain some of the most popular vintage haulers among restorers and hot rodders alike. Simple and attractive, these pickups are still plentiful and affordable.

Of course, these cool, old blue-oval haulers look best when they’re riding low in the front, which typically requires installing an expensive independent front suspension. Speedway Motors has an easier solution: high-quality dropped axles. Speedway’s all-new dropped axles make it easy and affordable to give your ’48-’10 Ford truck a cool, in-the-weeds stance. They are designed to lower the front suspension approximately 3 inches on ’48-’56 trucks, and 2 inches on the ’57-’60 models, giving your pickup a much-improved profile without affecting its ride quality. Built with a rugged 2-inch diameter DOM tubing center and CNC-machined billet steel ends, these tough axles accept stock-style kingpins and spindles and are easily installed using the high-quality forged dropped tie-rod ends (PN 910-48640) available separately from Speedway Motors.

Speedway Motors
(800) 979-0122
www.speedwaymotors.com

Classis Updates for Old Trucks

American Autowire’s Classic Update Kits are design to give you the most complete kit on the market to make your wiring job that easy, and their latest ’61-’66 Ford kit is no exception.

Among the 14 features exclusive to their kits are new headlight and ignition switches, which are included to replace those worn-out stock units, extra long leads for the front and rear lighting makes for wiring optional appearances possible, new compact, fully encased ATO-style fuse panel that is clearly marked, and the ability to plug directly into stock or aftermarket steering columns, gauge clusters, and OEM connections.

American Autowire
(856) 933-0801
www.americanautowire.com

New Dials for Old Trucks

Now offered by the team at Classic Instruments is a complete instrument kit for ’47-’53 Chevrolet/GMC trucks. The kit comes complete with your choice of a speedometer or speedtachular (tach built into speedometer), accompanied by a quad, along with all of the necessary sending units, bezels, and necessary hardware to install the instruments in the original dash. Available in twelve different face options, Classic Instruments can add modern looks and design to your Advance Design Chevy truck. Turn signals and high beam indicators are also an available upgrade!

Classic Instruments
(800) 575-0461
www.classicinstruments.com

Anti-Rust

Amsoil Metal Protector (MP) and Heavy Duty Metal Protector (MPHD) are easy-to-use spray-on synthetic products that protect metal surfaces, displace water, and silence squeaks. MP cuts through rust and corrosion to restore free movement of “frozen” hardware parts. MPHD lubricates metal surfaces, leaving a dry, wax-like film. Neither forms gum or sludge.

Amsoil MP is also the product of choice for drying electrical and ignition systems and protecting electrical equipment from freshwater and saltwater damage. Containing no Silicone, it’s compatible with plastic, leather, fabric, fishing line, and paint.

Amsoil, Inc.
(800) 777-8491
www.amsoil.com

Ladder Bar Control

Now you can have the new Gasser Swivel-Style Ladder Bar Subframe without all the old binding problems of early ladder bar set-ups. This new Jim Meyer Racing Products rear subframe features urethane-bushed longer adjustable ladder bars for increased traction and a front swivel that forms a triangulated forward mounting point without body-roll binding when the car is launched.

The 2x4 box-tube rear subframe is available in any width featuring thru-frame crossmembers for maximum strength and is tailored to fit any application. The package includes any width 9-inch rearend, a low roll, center adjustable Panhard bar and adjustable urethane-bushed ladder bars for either coilovers or ShockWave air springs. With 4 inches of stance adjustment and an adjustable ¾-inch diameter sway bar that hides inside their thru-frame crossmember, you’ll get handling stability and traction that works for you.

This mandrel-bent and jig-built subframe kit comes completely Pulse TIG-welded with all Grade 8 fasteners, any width 9-inch housing, 4130 rod ends and adjustable triangulated control arms.

Jim Meyer Racing
(800) 824-1752
www.jimmeyerracing.com

  • «
  • |
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
  • |
  • View Full Article