E/T Wheels continues to expand its line of classic-looking, high-quality rollers. One of the latest offerings is the Dragway, which is available in several versions. It can be had in a cast, one-piece, 15x5-inch, spindle-mount configuration that fits on early Ford spindles (and will even accept Wilwood disc brakes). A cast, one-piece, 15x5-inch, bolt-on version is also available with a Ford or Chevy pattern. Finally, two-piece bolt-on versions of the wheel are offered in widths from 6 to 14 inches. The Dragway is available fully polished or with a cast-finished center, and 18- and 20-inch versions should be available soon. For more information, contact E/T Wheels at (510) 895-8880; www.etwheels.com.
Most disc-brake conversion kits for 1955-64 Chevys push the car's front wheels out 3/4-inch or more, which often looks unattractive and causes the tires to rub. Classic Performance Products now offers a bolt-on disc-brake conversion kit for these cars that does not alter track width, so there's less worry about wheel widths or rubbing. The kit uses 10.75-inch rotors and GM calipers, and comes complete with bearings, seals, hoses, calipers, pads, brackets, and the hardware needed for a simple conversion. Options include drilled, slotted, and zinc-washed rotors. The Zero Offset kit works with original spindles and steering arms, and will even fit 14-inch disc brake-compatible wheels. For more information, contact Classic Performance Products at (714) 522-2000; www.classicperform.com.
Just because you have a vintage Flathead in your ride doesn't mean you want to leave a trail of oil all over your driveway or garage floor. Thankfully, Flathead Jack has developed new rear main crank-seal bosses, CNC-machined from 6061 T6 aluminum, that have an extra .005-inch of material on the inside compared to the originals. This is just enough extra material to increase rear seal pressure against the crankshaft and stop those leaking problems. The new bosses will fit all '49-53 Ford and Mercury Flathead blocks. For more information, contact Flathead Jack at (925) 932-2233; www.flatheadjack.com.
It's cool to shave your handles, but only if you have a safe, reliable way to pop your doors open. SPAL-USA has a complete line of shaved door kits and accessories designed for simple installation and dependable operation. The company's Extreme Duty Solenoids provide more than 40 lbs of pulling force and a small mounting size that's perfect for vintage vehicles. The solenoids are available in several shaved door kits that include remote transmitters and SPAL's seven-channel receiver, along with necessary hardware. Accessories like aluminum or stainless door poppers are also available. For more information, contact SPAL-USA at (800) 345-0327; www.spalusa.com.
As rods and customs get more sophisticated, so do their charging needs. Accessories like fuel injection, electric fans, and audio equipment may not operate adequately, especially at start-up and idle, if they don't get enough amperage. That's why Painless Performance offers PowerStar high-amp alternators. While other high-amp alternators may only provide high output at upper rpms, PowerStar alternators generate 70 amps of output at just 700 rpm, and also offer adjustable voltage (from 13.5 to 18.5 volts), instantaneous response to increased loads for a stable power supply, and simple one-wire installation. They are available in a chrome, black, or natural finish. For more information, contact Painless Performance at (800) 54-WIRES; www.painlessperformance.com.
The nostalgia junkies at Gennie Shifter are making it possible to detail your engine compartment the same way you personalize your interior. The company's new skull air cleaner toppers offer a custom touch akin to some of Gennie's shifter knobs. The toppers are made from cold cast resin and finished with hand-painted details. There are four designs to choose from-Top Hat, Biker, Demon, and Celtic-each available pre-drilled to fit on 1/4-20 or 5/16-18 air cleaner studs. Tapered adapters are also available to provide extra clearance for finned air cleaners. For more information, contact Gennie Shifter at (877) 7-GENNIE; www.gennieshifter.com.
Kugel Komponents has a well-deserved reputation for manufacturing quality hot rod and suspension parts, such as these investment-cast Multi Angle Adjusters. These versatile adjusters come in 5/8- and 3/4-inch sizes and are available either plain or polished for the builder to safely mount a custom front or rear independent suspension or multi-link mounting system. Builders can select either the traditional straight adjuster or Kugel's Multi Angle Adjusters. The 5/8-inch adjusters come with the option of 1/2- or 5/8-inch sleeves. The 3/4-inch adjuster comes standard with 5/8-inch sleeves only. For more information, contact Kugel Komponents at (562) 691-7006; www.kugelkomponents.com.
Taylor Products can help you keep your battery safe and out of sight with its wide variety of aluminum battery boxes. The company recently expanded its battery box line to include sizes that accommodate Optima and Odyssey batteries. The lightweight, three-piece boxes allow full access to batteries without having to remove them, and can be hard-mounted to your vehicle's frame to comply with NHRA rules. The boxes include heavy-duty hold-downs and all necessary spacers and mounting hardware; some models also include battery cable kits. For more information, contact Taylor Products at (816) 761-4023; www.taylorvertex.com.
All the car guys we know are serious drill-bit abusers, which is precisely why we can see the benefit of owning a Drill Doctor. The new Drill Doctor DD500X is being billed as "the ultimate drill-bit sharpener for the serious do-it-yourselfer," and boasts a replaceable diamond-sharpening wheel that can easily restore most dull or broken bits. It can sharpen a large range of bit sizes (3/32- to 1/2-inch), including split-point bits. The Drill Doctor is fast and easy to use-you can sharpen bits with precision in less than 60 seconds-and its tough, compact design is backed by a three-year warranty. For more information, visit the Drill Doctor at www.drilldoctor.com.
Your favorite female doesn't need to worry about her belongings getting injured when she stows them in a Seat Belt Bag from Harveys. Handbuilt in the USA using genuine automotive seatbelt material, Harveys bags can hold up to 2,500 lbs, and look stylish doing so. New bag styles and colors are continually being developed, so in addition to the original tote bags and purses, you can get laptop computer bags, clutches, wristlets, wallets, and even diaper bags. All are crafted with durable, high-quality zippers, thread, snaps, and lining. For more information, contact Harveys at (877) 666-BAGS; www.seatbeltbags.com.