The bracketry shown is an A/C, alternator, and power steering bracket kit for a ’54-56 324ci Oldsmobile, using an OEM three-groove water pump and crankshaft pulley and OEM exhaust manifolds. The kit is supplied with all brackets, belts, and hardware, a Sanden SD-series compressor, GM CS-130 alternator, and TC type II power steering pump with or without pump-mounted reservoir. Used pulleys and exhausts are available when in stock, and the brackets are available separately. For more information, contact Street Rod Bracketry at (817) 614-9659 or at www.streetrodbracketry.com.

Knock It Off

Rocket Racing Wheels now offers this vintage-style knockoff that fits any of the company’s five- or six-lug wheels. The new design offers spindle-mount styling, but with a much safer bolt-on mounting application. The Rocket Vintage Style Knockoffs with threaded adapters are sold in pairs, one left- and one right-hand thread for safety, and can be ordered polished or chromed.

Two styles are available: a flat angle knockoff designed to fit high-offset modern muscle applications, as well as 6-inch-wide and narrower classic car applications, or a deep angle version purpose-built for 7-inch-wide or wider zero offset wheel applications. For big and little wheel combos, order a pair of each. Choose from polished or chrome finishes according to your wheel finish. For more information, contact Rocket Racing Wheels at (888) 307-7525 or at www.rocketracingwheels.com.

These Boots Were Made For Protecting

Design Engineering Inc. (DEI) introduces Titanium Protect-A-Boots, a new product designed to handle extreme high heat to provide the ultimate in thermal protection—more than any other spark boot protector on the market today. Constructed from pulverized lava rock material that is extruded into fibers and set in an extremely tight weave, Titanium Protect-A-Boots with LR Technology have titanium-like strength yet are pliable enough to fit most straight or angled boots.

This unique material and construction provides added resistance to heat, chemicals, abrasions, and contaminants while providing maximum durability and toughness. While typical glass fiber material is only rated for withstanding 1,200 degrees F, DEI’s Titanium Protect-A-Boots can handle direct heat up to 1,800 degrees F, and radiant heat to 2,800 degrees F. For more information, contact DEI at (800) 264-9472 or www.designengineering.com.

New Bassline

With all the characteristics of Kicker’s reliable, powerful ZX-Series amplifiers, the new ZXS-Series amplifiers continue to provide trouble-free amplification and loud, clear sound, now from a significantly smaller heat sink than its ZX counterparts. Two models of ZXS monoblock amps are available, both under 14 inches long and easy to handle during installation. They can also be personalized with colorful vinyl skins.

The ZXS1500.1 and ZXS1000.1 mono-channel subwoofer amplifiers give the user a couple of manageable power choices for supplying bass needs, offering 1,500 and 1,000 watts, respectively. Both include the Kicker ZXRC remote bass control for that extra bit of bass boost at the driver’s fingertips.

ZXS monoblock amps use a boost converter power supply for the highest sound quality and super efficiency. Optional endcaps are available for all ZXS and ZX amplifier models. For more information, contact Kicker at (800) 256-5425 or www.kicker.com.

Prevention And Cure

The Eastwood Company is probably well known to most readers as suppliers of restoration products and tools, and here are a couple more products to make your project easier. The Internal Exhaust Coating is an 1,800-degree thermal coating designed to coat the inside of an exhaust system and headers. It prevents rust and corrosion and is claimed to reduce underhood and undercar temperatures. A 2-foot, 360-degree extension nozzle ensures full coverage.

The Rust Converter is a much cleaner way of tackling residual rust than using Muriatic Acid, converting rust into a black paintable polymeric coating. It works as a primer and can be over-painted with most paints. For more information, visit The Eastwood Company at www.eastwood.com.

East Vs. West Showdown

East versus West. Hmm … right off the bat the authors of this book, Joseph Alig and Stephen Kilmer, admit in the foreword that this is probably one of the most controversial subjects surrounding our hobby/industry/sport/call-it-what-you-will. So we’ll add our two cents worth and say that this was definitely the case back in the day. But in this day and age of instant Internet gratification when it comes to shows, or forums such as the HAMB, we’re not so sure there’s a rift, or even much difference when it comes to build styles. Unless, that is, you’re trying to recreate a traditional East or West Coast–style car.

Even a cursory flick through this book reveals it’s heavily biased toward feature cars from the East, but it’s worth owning for the cars photographed alone, whether it’s the survivors, recent builds, or race cars that light your fire. Many have never been seen in print before, and that’s always a plus! So, East or West? Make your own mind up if you have to, or enjoy it for the photography. For more information, visit www.cartechbooks.com.