Now you can get the classic look of a '31-33 Auburn dash panel without paying an obscene price for an original. The Muroc panel from Knecht Equipment Company is a premium, patented design that offers the quality, look, and feel of an Auburn unit, yet is designed to fit '32 Ford-style dashboards and other flat dashes. Crafted in the USA, the aluminum housing features engine-turned stainless steel inlays and can be fitted with most styles of aftermarket gauges (Knecht will even install them for you). Switches are marine grade and can be selected by the customer. For details, contact Knecht Equipment Co., 1107 Lynda Ln., Dept. R&C, Arlington, TX 76013; (817) 274-9422; www.knechtequipment.com.
Pop A Cap
What better way to finish off a track-style roadster or competition-flavor coupe than with a vintage-style, quick-release aluminum gas cap. Stinger's Hot Rods recently began offering several styles and sizes of caps and flanges that are perfect for complementing race-themed rods. Imported from Europe, the high-quality aluminum caps are available with satin or chrome finishes, in sizes ranging from 2 inches to 3.5 inches, and in two styles-a smooth Indy Cap and a Scallop Cap. For more information, contact Stinger's Hot Rod Shop, 3101 E Southport Rd., Dept. R&C, Indianapolis, IN 46227; (317) 791-8537.
Air springs on rods and customs are no longer novelties; they're as natural as pinstripes or bigs 'n' littles. Now Air Ride Technologies is making them more user-friendly with its Ride Pro E control system. Available with new kits or as a retrofit to existing setups, Ride Pro E offers compact switches and digital readouts that can be mounted most anywhere or left unmounted. A "ride height on start" feature inflates springs to a user-programmed pressure whenever you turn the key, while optional auto-leveling provides three programmable ride heights that remain constant, regardless of load. Remote control is another optional feature; Weatherpack (where needed) and indexing, locking connectors come standard. For details, contact Air Ride Technologies, 350 S St. Charles, Dept. R&C, Jasper, IN 47546; (812) 482-2932; www.ridetech.com.
The folks at Gearheads Cruiser Products not only want your '50s Ford to steer better (thanks to their power steering kit), they also want it to handle better. The company's tubular upper A-arms for '57-59 Fords provide quicker camber gain for better cornering, with more accurate ball joint angles on lowered suspensions. They also offer 1 1/2 inches more clearance between big-block exhaust manifolds or headers and the A-frame brackets. Gearheads uses TIG-welded, jig-built components and race car bushings and upper shafts. For more information on these and other '50s Ford parts, contact Gearheads Cruiser Products, 2939 Ohio St., #17, Dept. R&C, Bismarck, ND 58503; (701) 223-2269; www.ndgearheadscruiserproducts.com.
Next to the Deuce, many rodders consider the '40 Ford to be Henry's greatest design achievement. These days there are more ways than ever to resurrect these fat-fendered beauties, including an all-new, three-piece DeLuxe grille available from Don Stark's Metal Art. Each grille assembly-a one-piece center section with two side grilles-is custom made per order using cold-rolled, solid steel bars (3/16x3/8 inch). Each bar is hand-sanded with several sandpaper grits, so when grilles are shipped, they're ready for paint or plating. Side grilles can be ordered separately. For details, contact Don Stark's Metal Art, 3609 Mt. Olympus Way, Dept. R&C, Twin Falls, ID 83301; (208) 736-8036.
White, Fat, & Cool
Fill those fenders (or the open space on your highboy) with an extra-large serving of whitewall rubber. That's right, folks, Coker now has a big ol' 285/70R15 version of its popular BFGoodrich Silvertown radial. The tire features a 3.5-inch whitewall, polyester/steel construction, and BFGoodrich's original V-block tread design. It's also got a 31-inch overall diameter, making it great for big 'n' little combinations (the sidewall design matches that of other 70-series Silvertowns). For more information on this and other vintage tire offerings, including a cool new whitewall cheater slick, contact Coker Tire, 1317 Chestnut St., Dept. R&C, Chattanooga, TN 37402; (800) 251-6336; www.coker.com.
Pump It Up
Properly feeding your electronic fuel injection is vital for keeping it happy, and Injectors Plus knows how. The IP125 roller vane fuel pump is an American-made, high-flow, high-pressure electric fuel pump designed for demanding multi-port fuel injection applications. You want numbers? How about a 45-gph flow at a nominal pressure of 36 psi, with an 8-amp draw. Rodders will also like its compact size-1 7/8x7 3/4 inches-and the fact that it can be mounted in virtually any position. The pump comes with cushioned brackets and mounting bolts. For details, contact Injectors Plus, 15 Country Ln., Dept. R&C, Pawcatuck, CT 06379; (860) 599-2619.
Five For Flatties
Wanna make your flathead-powered rod more fun? Put an overdrive in it! Cornhusker Rod & Custom offers a complete T5 Conversion Package that adapts '85-92 Chevy S-10 five-speeds to Ford flathead V-8s, allowing you to run a lower rearend ratio while maintaining freeway-friendly rpm. The kit includes an aluminum bellhousing, throwout bearing and fork, custom pilot bushing, return spring, lower clutch shaft, and necessary hardware. A slave cylinder is also available. The kit is a bolt-on for early blocks; 8BAs will require a pickup bellhousing. For details on this and other flathead parts (Chevy water pump conversion, blower kits, fuel injection), contact Cornhusker Rod & Custom, RR 1, Box 47, Dept. R&C, Alexandria, NE 68303; (402) 749-1932; www.cornhuskerrodandcustom.net
Obey Your Master
Some rodders may dig this aluminum master cylinder from Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation simply because it's shiny and has three available cap styles (smooth, finned, or flamed), but the benefits go beyond billet. Ports on both sides make it versatile, and it's available in two heights, including a low-profile version that's ideal for under-floor mounting. Stainless steel sleeves provide durability, and you can choose between 1- and 1 1/8-inch bore sizes. It's available as a manual or power unit (with a chrome 7- or 9-inch booster) for disc/disc or disc/drum applications, and two-bolt mounting means it can be used in GM- and Mustang-style systems. It's shown here with an optional billet remote reservoir. For details, contact Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation, 11470 Main Rd., Dept. R&C, Clarence, NY 14031; (800) 448-7722; www.ssbrakes.com.
A Finer Finned Filter
K&N Engineering recently introduced a line of stylish air cleaner assemblies to go along with its well-known brand of efficient air filters. The finned-aluminum Nostalgia versions, available individually or in sets of three, really caught our eyes. The 4-inch-round, 2 3/4-inch-tall assemblies feature K&N's re-useable filters bonded into the bases and tops and are designed to fit 2 5/8-inch carb flanges (a set screw holds 'em in place). The finned tops have an "as-cast" finish that can be painted, polished, or left as is. The filters themselves are washable and re-useable. For more information on this and other filtering fundamentals, contact K&N Engineering, P.O. Box 1329, Dept. R&C, Riverside, CA 92507; (800) 858-3333; www.knfilters.com.