Shift YerselfIf your project car is anything like ours, it'll utilize products from many manufacturers. The folks at Gennie Shifter know this, which is why they've come up with the Lo-Dapt Shifter Knob Adapter. As its name almost implies, it allows you to fit a Gennie Shift knob-or pretty much any aftermarket shift knob-on a push-button Lokar-type shifter.
Using the common 3/8-16 threads found in most knobs, the stainless steel adaptor has hidden jam nuts and an internal brass-tipped black oxide (not plastic) set screw. The three external rings can be used with or without O-rings depending on your preference. For more information, contact Gennie Shifter at (877) 743-6643.
Been There, Done ThatAre you building a traditional style rod but want something other than split 'bones or hairpin radius rods to locate the front axle? Speedway Motors has what you're looking for in the form of these Curtis-style radius rods. Similar to the hairpin design, they feature parallel upper and lower bars, and at 36 inches long, are ideal for fender-less rods.
For that perfect nostalgic look, the chassis end employs an 11/16-inch right-hand thread to accept a Ford tie rod end, with the forward ends tapped with a 5/8-inch NF right-hand thread. You even get a choice of stainless steel, plain steel, or chrome. For more information, contact Speedway Motors at (800) 979-0122.
Follow The LinkMulti-carb intakes always look cool, but without the correct linkage they'll never work to their full potential, often making the car less than a pleasure to drive. Eelco has linkage kits for just about any application, with many parts made using the original tooling from when such intake systems were state of the art. All the kits can be upgraded to use ball bearing rod ends for the smoothest operation possible. For more information, contact Eelco at (503) 651-3352.
Nine To GoIt seems like every day it gets easier to modify old cars, with the aftermarket providing what once had to be fabricated. There's no longer any need to source a correct-width Ford 9-inch axle from a junkyard to fit your '55-57 Chevy, as you can now simply call the 9-inch factory and order a ready-built direct bolt-in version.
What's even better is they come with the Tru-Trac ratio of your choice, 11x2 1/4-inch drum brakes, 31-spline high performance axles, a nodular case, 2-inch axle perches, and installed snubber brackets and brake lines. Then there are options: a plain, polished, or coated aluminum third member; stainless brake lines; various brake choices; and powdercoating in the color of your choice. For more information, contact John's Industries at (800) 332-3450.
Lighten' FiresThis new PerTronix Flame Thrower plug-and-play billet distributor for Ford 221-302 motors allows you to upgrade from a points or stock electronic distributor, providing maximum ignition performance. It features the patented Ignitor II electronic ignition module and is compatible with any inductive ignition system coil, though improved high rpm performance will be seen when used with a low resistance Flame-Thrower II coil.
Available in vacuum or non-vacuum versions, and with either a male or female cap in black or red, the Flame Thrower has a factory set performance curve and mechanical advance limiting adjustment, and is legal in all 50 states and Canada. For more information, contact PerTronix at (909) 599-5955.
Tighten Your BeltB&B Street Rod says its Serpentine Belt System for the big-block Chevy takes longer to unpack than it does to install, and while that may not strictly be true, it's pretty close! The system is shipped completely assembled and is simple to install, mounting to the block and not the heads. The compact design means it is no wider than the block or higher than the valve covers, making for short, rigid mounting bracketry, with all pulleys as close as possible to the crankshaft pulley. CNC machined, close tolerance keyways align the A/C compressor and alternator perfectly. For more information, contact B&B Street Rod at (928) 854-8680.
Staggering!A common problem on early Fords running a Flathead is that the lower radiator hose simply won't turn sharply enough to fit between the water pump and the lower radiator outlet. The closer the motor is to the radiator, the more the problem is compounded.
Flathead Jack's knows this only too well, and has come up with these cast 6061 aluminum staggered radiator connectors to solve the conundrum. They even have a boss built in that can be drilled and tapped for drain petcocks. A set consists of two polished connectors, four hoses, and eight polished stainless clamps. For more information, contact Flathead Jack at (925) 932-2233.
Glidin' GlassJuliano's returns to the power window market with its new Posi Glide II Power Windows System. Featuring a motor that's just 2 inches wide, it'll fit inside virtually any door. The whole system is very compact, utilizing a screw drive, and the kits are shipped complete, with OEM style switches, plugs, labeled wires, hardware, glass setting tape, and comprehensive instructions, making installation a breeze.
With wide track nylon guides and heavy gauge channels, the design eliminates misalignment of the window and provides smooth and quiet operation with no chatter. Juliano's offers a five-year warranty on the regulators and motors, and the drive unit is "lubed for life." For more information, contact Juliano's at (800) 300-1932.
Snap HappyNo car guy ever has enough storage space for tools, but Snap-On Tools may be able to help solve the problem, as it just introduced the new 73-inch-wide Classic 96 Wide Guy roll cab, featuring 50-inch-wide drawers, making for easy organization of long extensions, pry bars, or simply whole families of tools in the same drawer.
The five deep drawers are reinforced to accept 250 lbs of tools each, and in common with the rest of the Classic storage line, the Wide Guy has corner gussets to keep the unit square and a heavy-duty 14-gauge bottom panel with caster stiffener, as well as double-wall construction for strength, lock and drawer retention.
Optional accessories include a top chest, maple or stainless steel top, 21-inch-deep riser, and 21-inch-deep overhead storage units, as well as roll cab/top chest cover. The Wide Guy (KRA2432) is available in seven scratch-resistant colors. For more information, contact Snap-On Tools at (877) SNAPON-2 (877-762-7662) or contact your local Snap-On representative.
ClampdownMounting a steering column where it passes through the floorboard can sometimes be tricky, especially when the column isn't perpendicular to the sheetmetal or fiberglass. Now you have a choice, as RB's offers two types of floor mounts from their Serious Hardware line of parts. The Standard model is designed for most cars and trucks from the '40s and '50s, and can be bent to conform to any surface, while the Swivel model is hinged to take into account any mounting angle.
Both versions can be bolted or welded in place, are supplied with a stainless steel clamp for a secure installation, and are available to fit 1 3/4-, 2- and 2 1/4-inch columns. For more information, contact RB's at (800) 426-6607.