On With TraditionRhode Island Roadster Company is proud to introduce the first of a long line of exciting, new nostalgic hot rod products, its Traditional Hot Rod Fenders. These lightweight, durable, cycle-style fenders are duplicated from an original, early Ford spare tire cover. They're made of high-quality, hand-laid fiberglass with a smooth, gelcoat finish. They measure 5.5 inches wide and come in an extra-long overall length of 36 inches, allowing you to trim and shape the ends. The fenders sell for $110 per pair, plus shipping. To order or for more info call Scott Jezak at Rhode Island Roadster Company, (401) 624-8030 or fax (401) 624-8323. Or you can visit www.riroadster.com to see their new line of products.
SO-CALSo-Cal Speed Shop is proud to announce the availability of its new stainless headlight bars. These stunning examples of traditional styling are crafted using high-quality, investment-cast polished stainless steel mounts and a tubular stainless crossbar. They can be used for mounting club insignia, a V-8 badge, etc. Bars are fabricated for specific chassis, A-V-8, standard Deuce, or pinched-nose-specify width when ordering (widths are measured between centers of the mounting flanges). For more info on these or all of So-Cal's line of traditionally styled hot rod parts contact, So-Cal Speed Shop, 1357 E. Grand Ave., Dept R&C, Pomona, CA 91766, (909) 469-6171, www.so-calspeedshop.com.
Weld Like A ProHTP America's Striker Variable welding helmet gives you all the protection you need, plus a large viewing area-1 7/8x3 3/4-inches (more than 7 sq-inches)! It also features an adjustable dark state. When the helmet darkens, you can adjust the shade from 9 to 12. So, whether you're welding sheetmetal at 25 amps or blasting 1/2-inch steel together at 240 amps, you're ensured to be adequately protected. The Striker Variable also features adjustable sensitivity, which takes into account the surrounding lighting and is an important feature. For example, if you are welding in bright sunlight, you adjust the sensitivity so the sun doesn't darken the lens, only the welding arc. An adjustable opening delay allows you to control the amount of time it takes for the helmet to go back to the light state after you have stopped welding. Or conversely, set the opening delay to the maximum setting so the lens stays dark while stitch welding. The Striker Variable also has separated On and Off buttons. When you are finished welding, you can turn the lens off, but if you forget, the lens will shut itself off automatically after 15 minutes. To get the lowdown on the Striker Variable or any of the company's vast array of welders, plasma cutters, and welding accessories, contact HTP America, 3200 Nordic Rd., Dept. R&C, Arlington Heights, IL 60005, (800) 872-9353, www.usaweld.com.
Mo' Betta BrakesIf you're building an early Ford or Merc, then you've got to check out Gearheads Cruiser Products Disc Brake Conversions for '54-67 Fords, Mercs, T-Birds, and Edsels. The kits are super complete and include single-piston calipers, your choice of dropped or stock spindles, a large-bore dual-reservoir master cylinder, or a power brake booster (for the '55-57 T-Bird there is not enough room for a modern booster, but the system works just as well). Also included are a brake valve, dust shields, set of pads, pair of 11-inch rotors, bearings, races, seals, brake hoses, and a disc brake booster-to-firewall adapter. How's that for a complete package? Plus, you get a choice of some great exclusive options like the ability to use Kelsey Hayes wheels! For more info on the complete line of Gearheads early Ford suspension, steering, and brake parts contact, Gearheads Cruiser Products & Services, 2939 Ohio St., #17, Dept. R&C, Bismarck, ND 58503, (701) 223-2269, www.ndgearheadscruiserproducts.com.
Just Cool It!Zoops Products is proud to introduce their line of FORGELITE(tm) SuperCool(tm) Engine Pulleys. The pulleys are available for Chevy small-blocks and big-blocks in short water pump configurations. These pulleys are designed with a large-diameter crank pulley of 7 3/4 inches, a 6 1/4-inch-diameter water pump pulley, and a 2 1/4-inch-diameter alternator pulley. This combination has been tested by the guys at Zoops on their personal hot rods, and the result yielded a 10- to 20-percent reduction in cooling temperatures depending on various applications. This was not a laboratory test-but an actual field test conducted in the hot Southern California desert! The optimum reduction ratio was determined to be 22 percent. The test cars consisted of the '32 Zoops coupe (injected Chevy big-block), a '65 Chevelle (480hp small-block), and a '65 Mustang (built Ford small-block). All these cars experienced a significant reduction in engine temperatures with no noticeable loss of "seat of the pants" performance. The advantages of these SuperCool(tm) pulleys are obvious-better cooling at idle and low-rpm speeds, better alternator charging and air conditioning performance at idle and low-rpm speeds, and reduced stress to engine components due to lower operating temperatures. For further information contact Zoops Products at (909) 922-2396, www.zoops.com, or your favorite Zoops distributor.
Convert It With CraneBleep...Bleep...Bleep...Attention all '57-74 GM and Ford owners, you can now convert your OEM, single-point, mechanical ignition to a maintenance-free, digital, electronic ignition with Crane's innovative XR-I conversion kit. The XR-I also provides pinpoint-accurate ignition timing without the "float," common to mechanical, point-type ignitions. It also eliminates replacing and setting "set" points, and it has a built-in rev-limiter that's adjustable from 4,000-8,000 rpm. The XR-I takes about 15 minutes to install and is fully sealed in urethane so you know it won't get dirt, oil, or moisture inside of it. To find out if this product is right for you contact Crane Cams Inc., 530 Fentress Blvd., Dept. R&C, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, (386) 252-1151, or for personal tech assistance (386) 258-6174, www.cranecams.com.
A Problem SolverIt's a Snap Wire and Cable's new ZZ-12 12-fuse box and harness is just the ticket for wiring hot rods where space is limited. The new ZZ-12 is a high-quality block that measures a diminutive 1.5x3.5 inches-so small it can be mounted in your glovebox, on your steering column, or even under a console! Along with its small size, the ZZ-12 incorporates a bevy of safety features including a heavy-duty dust cover, a totally enclosed back, a wiring harness bundle that exits from the side, and completely color-coded GXL wire. Imagine, a quality wiring system roughly the size of a pack a smokes! It's the perfect solution for that space problem you've been experiencing. For more info, contact It's a Snap, 1504 Old Moody Boulevard, Suite 1, Dept. R&C, Bunnell, FL 32110, (866) 462-7628, www.itsasnapwireandcable.com.
Fluid ControlLooking to run some tubing to deliver fuel, circulate transmission fluid, transfer brake or hydraulic fluid, supply heat to the choke, or more? Then, Classic Tube has just the tubing you need for your vehicle. Classic Tube makes stock and custom stainless tubing for almost all makes of domestic cars and trucks. Each tube meets ISO/QS-9000 standards as well as D.O.T and S.A.E. specifications. Also, each tube is pressure-tested to 6,000 psi and is formed on computer-controlled CNC machines for 100 percent accuracy. Classic Tube has steel and stainless steel fittings in S.A.E. and metric sizes and can custom-bend tubing to fit your application, so you know you won't have problems with fits or leaks. Gravel guard can also be installed on your tubing when desired, so for the best stainless tubing products check out Classic Tube, 80 Rotech Dr., Dept R&C, Lancaster, NY 14086, or call (800) 882-3711, or fax (716) 759-1014. You can also send $3 for a catalog or check 'em out on the Web at www.classictube.com.