There are a multitude of rods and customs being built and updated all across America, and if you're like the staff at R&C, you are trying to keep up with the latest and greatest parts being offered by a growing number of specialized manufacturers.
It doesn't matter if you like nostalgic hot rods, high-tech luxury rods, '50s customs, '90s customs, '50s hot rods, or classic trucks. We're sure you want the best and safest parts that are currently available. Many of today's rods are sophisticated machines with all the options that you can find on a brand-new production car. Every year an abundance of new parts is offered for comfort, appearance, and performance. In this section we are going to show you some of the latest and greatest parts that are available, to keep you informed. Maybe you'll even find a few parts that you can incorporate into the car you're currently building.
RB's All New Chassis
This complete Serious Hardware(r) 1947-55 1st series rolling chassis will fit under your Chevy Pick-up, Panel or Suburban. Designed as a lowered chassis. Ours is narrower for wider wheel and tire combo. Features include bent tubular crossmember and frame rails, shim adjustable tubular upper control arms, tubular lower control arms with true lower ball joint. Power rack, springs, shocks, anti sway bar, 11-inch disc brakes, integrated brake pedal assembly with 9-inch power booster located on the outside of the frame for easier exhaust routing. Small or big block motor mounts, transmission crossmember, Ford 9-inch rear end with 3.0 gears, shocks, leaf springs, body/bed/cab mounts, bumper bracket mounts and running board brackets. $7499, 800/426-6607, www.rbsauto.com. Wheels and tires not included.
Denny's Aluminum Driveshafts
Custom-built steel and aluminum driveshafts for street rods, race cars, and 4x4 trucks. All shafts are high-speed balanced and tested for a smooth, trouble-free ride. Transmission slip yokes, pinion yokes, U-joints, hardware and many hard-to-find driveline components. Denny's Driveshafts, 1189 Military Rd., Kenmore, NY 14217, tech line 716/875-6640 and orders only 800/955-1872.
Flaming River now offers an easy method of removing your steering wheel for anti-theft purposes as well as driver clearance entering and exiting the vehicle. Available in 5-bolt, 6-bolt and 9-bolt designs for Flaming River tilt columns as well as GM columns. Flaming River Industries, 800 Poertner Drive, Berea, OH 44017, 800/648-8022.
Street & Performance
LS-1 aluminum custom water neck, 360/45 swivel or straight, both are o-ring and come complete with thermostat. When it comes to being number one, no one beats Street & Performance in engine looks and performance. We are the industry leader in aluminum and fuel injection with a long list of firsts in product developments for the street rod and musclecar market. Street & Performance, 1 Hot Rod Lane, Mena, AR 71953, 479/394-5711, fax 479/394-7113.
Denver Specialty Center
Celebrate 25 years of business with us. Our catalog offers a wide display of the many parts we carry and the many lines that we are dealers for, at competitive prices. If you don't find it in our catalog, ask us. We'll be glad to help. Thanks for the 25 years of your business. Catalog $3.50. Denver Specialty Center, 7801 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80220, 303/399-0677, fax 303/388-1612.
Matching Front And Rear Street Rod Brakes
Street rodders rejoice-you can now have matching front and rear disc brakes on your ride. Kits include our Force 10 two- or four-piston aluminum calipers and 11-inch - 14-inch Turbo slotted rotors with Xtra Life plating. Rear kits available with billet aluminum mechanical parking brake. Rear calipers can be mounted at either the 3 or 9 o'clock position to either match or contrast the front caliper. Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation, 11470 Main Road, Clarence, NY 14031, 800/448-7722, fax 716/759-8688.
SoffSeal-your source for quality weatherstripping and rubber detail items for your street rod or custom. Get your all-new SoffSeal catalog with hundreds of new items added. All products are backed by our 100 percent lifetime guarantee. Check us out online. For quality you can trust from the name you know-choose SoffSeal. Catalog $3. SoffSeal, 104 May Drive, Harrison, OH 45030, 513/367-0028, fax 513/367-5506.
The Wheel Shoppe Banjo
Original street rod "Banjo" steering wheel hand wrapped in leather, offered in 13 colors or wrapped in your own leather. This handcrafted wheel is made in the USA and comes in brushed, polished, or full polished. Wheel pictured with standard horn button; also pictured are our new optional buttons. The Wheel Shoppe, Inc., 13635 S.E. Division Street, Portland, OR 97236, 503/761-5119, fax 503/761-5190.
'37 Roadster Body - Fiberglass body (frame not included). Includes suicide doors hung with latches, trunk lid hung with hinges, body, fender, windshield frame only (windshield sold separately). Grille and windshield sold separately. $9995. American Street Rod Design Inc., 324 Home Avenue, Maryville, TN 37801, 865/982-3091, fax 865/983-4418.
Stepside Tailgate With Handle And Latch
MAR-K now makes GM '41-'53 and '54-'87 stepside tailgates which use an inside handle to open and close the back of the bed. Available smooth or with embossed Bowtie. Included with the tailgate is a customizing kit to convert your current bed sides or purchase new MAR-K bed sides with striker already installed. MAR-K Quality Parts, 6625 W. Wilshire, Oklahoma City, OK 73132, 405/721-7945, www.mar-k.com.
Lokar Floor Mount Automatic Trans-Mission Shifter
The Lokar Floor Mount Automatic Transmission Shifter features exclusive floor mount brackets allowing for installation above or below the floor on the transmission tunnel. It is equipped with the expected safety features of our standard Lokar shifter. All hardware included for installation. Available for GM, Ford and Chrysler Automatic Transmissions. For more information please call 865/966-2269. Lokar, Inc., 10924 Murdock Dr., Knoxville, TN 37932, 865/966-2269, fax 865/671-1999, www.lokar.com, email@example.com.
Round Head Swan Neck Mirror
Our new mirror has a graceful die cast chrome plated arm with a highly polished stainless steel head. The weather resistant tinted glass is rolled into the head for a rattle-free fit. Double stud mounting system prevents rotation. Hardware and rubber pad included. $40 each or $75 pair. Bob Drake Reproductions, Inc., 800/221-3673.
Chip Foose Boattail Speedster
New, Foose designed full-fendered hand layup fiberglass roadster body $11,950, or highboy $10,950. Deduct $1,000 from body if you buy coil-over 127-inch wheelbase rolling chassis from Fat Man Fabrications. Available with open rear wheelwell or fully enclosed "pontoons". DECO RIDES, P.O. Box G, Long Valley, NJ 07853, 908/876-9100, www.decorides.com.
Rally Enterprises offers complete EFI kits for most applications. Port injectors or blower injectors utilizing Hilborn or Enderle throttle bodies. No laptop computer necessary. Systems are affordable, dependable, easy to install and pre-set for your application. Systems are fully tuneable. Prices from $4,500 for complete systems. Rally Enterprises, 972/867-3971, www.myspeedshop.com.
The Bop Top "Got you covered"
The BopTop(tm) is a lightweight Convertible Top for the '28-'29, '32, and '33-'34 Ford Roadster that breaks down and stores in the trunk. Powder coated frame, Haartz cloth, Hot Slot rear window and storage bags complete the package. '28-'29, '33-'34 available 2-inch chop. '32 available 2- & 3-inch chop, So-Cal, DuVall and Dan Fink style windshields. $2495 plus S/H. Sid Chavers Company, 880 Aldo Ave., Santa Clara, CA 95054, 408/980-9081, www.sidchaverscompany.com.
Morfab Customs Inc.
This frame kit is designed to work with the original x-member in 35-40 Fords. It opens the lower portion of the x-member providing clearance to install 700 R4 transmissions with a clean and simple bolt-in technique. Morfab Customs, Inc., 3286 B Hwy. 100, Villa Ridge, MO 63089, www.morfabcustoms.com.
Coming June 6th! A new wiring kit that is the MOST complete, the LOWEST installed cost, the Smallest unit available, with the newest features! Ron Francis' Wire Works, 800/292-1940, www.wire-works.com.
The Ultimate Rear
The ultimate rear suspension kit includes parallel leaf spring kit with shocks and a new 9-inch Ford rear housing and axles. There are brake and swaybar packages available also. Kits are available for '35-'48 Ford, '37-'39 Chevrolet, universal kits and Ford and Chevy pickups. WEEDETR Street Rod Components, 12649 Paskenta Road, Red Bluff, CA 96080, 530/527-2040, fax 530/527-3406.
CCR's Extended T-Roadster With Opening Door
California Custom Roadsters' extended T-style fiberglass roadster body with a passenger side door comes completely assembled with hidden hinges and a door latch. The steel tube structure, one-piece floorboard, firewall and dash make this the best body available. Choose our 20-inch pickup bed, our sportdeck with trunk (shown) or just put a tank out back. Available as a body only for $1750 or a body/chassis package (prices vary). California Custom Roadsters, 15094 Sierra Bonita Lane, Chino, CA 91710, 909/393-4005, fax 909/393-4228.
Stainless Suspension Bolts
Suspension bolts spend their lives exposed to the elements, so why not use stainless replacements from Totally Stainless on your next project or rebuild? Under your vehicle is a great place to take advantage of the benefits of stainless, especially now that Totally Stainless offers high-strength stainless suspension bolts in the larger sizes required for this type of use. The yield strength (the point at which a bolt will start to bend) of Totally Stainless' suspension bolts are three to four times greater than the yield strength of standard stainless bolts, and they will not exhibit the inherent embrittlement characteristics of chromed steel. These suspension bolts are available in a wide range of sizes (11/44-inch through 31/44-inch diameters), and they have complete kits for many musclecar, truck, and 4WD suspensions. Totally Stainless, Box 3249, Dept. R&C, Gettysburg, PA 17325, 800/767-4781.