It's all very well having a shifter that disguises an auto transmission as a manual, but oftentimes this leaves you guessing as to which gear you're in. That is unless you have a gear indicator, which these days will most likely be in LED form. Lokar's cable-operated billet-aluminum LED Shift Indicator unit is designed to enable it to mount to the transmission as shown, but also mount to the frame, floor pan, firewall, or inner fender. In fact, it can be mounted anywhere the 6 feet of cable can reach! There's also a remote mounting kit for locations like the trunk or behind the seat.
With a neutral safety switch built in, as well as a backup circuit, it displays the transmission position in engaged gear only, and is available for most GM, Ford, and Chrysler transmissions. The sensor kit is available separately, while the indicator kits can be had in horizontal- or vertical-dash or boot-mount versions. For more information, contact Lokar Performance Products at (877) 469-7440, or www.lokar.com.
We all know what it's like trying to source chrome or stainless trim for old cars, and the more obscure the model, the harder, and downright impossible in some cases, it is.
Chevs of the 40's just put owners of '42-48 Chevys one step closer to being able to source perfect brightwork, with the introduction of chrome or stainless gravel shields, which both protect the rear fenders and dress up the vehicle. Stainless was original equipment on the '46-48 cars, but Chevs of the 40's offers the choice. For more information, contact Chevs of the 40's at (800) 999-2438, or www.chevsofthe40s.com.
Time was, if you were building a period ride, it took a lot of effort and time tracking down the correct pieces. Tires were a particular problem, as they can make or break the appearance of any project. In recent years, this has become easier with the re-introduction of a number of obsolete patterns and sizes.
If you run 16-inch wheels on your rod, Hurst Racing Tires has just introduced a radial 30x8x16 pie-crust slick, capped on a brand-new 235/75/16 casing. Better yet, they're available in whitewall or blackwall versions, depending on the look you're going after. For more information, contact Hurst Racing Tires at (503) 656-1572, or www.hurstracingtires.com.
If you're using a late-model engine in your rod or custom that requires a PCV valve and/or breather, it can be a pain trying to make these components look neat. So, check out these new small-block Chevy valve covers from Clayton Machine Works, featuring design elements that incorporate the PCV and breather, eliminating their bulky, stuck-on appearance and almost turning them into a flush-mounted design.
The polished aluminum valve covers include the breather and PCV assembly and will clear roller rockers, while versions for center-bolt SBC applications are also available. Adding to the uniqueness is the removable center section and its surrounding frame, which can be painted, polished, or plated in numerous combinations to the owner's taste. There is also an optional carbon-fiber center section available. For more information, contact Clayton Machine Works at (256) 489-2450, or www.claytonmachine.com.
Hot Under The Collar
Keeping tabs on engine coolant temperature can prevent serious damage, yet there's often nowhere to mount a temperature sensor for a number of reasons. Whether you've just upgraded to an aluminum radiator or need to install a temperature sensor for those aftermarket gauges, let Flex-a-lite hook you up with one of these neat inline hose adapters, rather than drilling into the radiator.
Featuring two 1/4-inch NPT threaded fittings for screw-in-style temperature senders and a 1-inch brass plug, the Flex-a-lite adapters are available to fit 1-inch or 1-inch-id radiator hoses. For more information, contact Flex-a-lite at (800) 851-1510, or www.flex-a-lite.com.
Your steering column is finally in and hooked up at the lower end, and you're ready for that first shakedown run, but the baling wire holding the column to the dash just ain't gonna cut it for a final installation. Sure, you could make a column drop, or use an old con rod with a bushing to match your column diameter, but why bother when Borgeson has a full line of radiused drops to fit most column diameters, and in three styles, too-open, recessed, and solid.
Machined from billet aluminum, with an adjustable swivel to compensate for different column-to-dash angles, they're available with 1-3/4-, 1-7/8-, 2-, 2-1/4-, and 2-3/8-inch-diameter holes and lengths of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 inches. The 2-3/8-inch column is even available with a notch machined to accept the GM wiring cover for a simpler installation. For more information, contact Borgeson/Mullins at (860) 482-8283, or www.borgeson.com.
Need To Vent?
Does your rod suffer from a leaky cowl vent? You may want to replace the rubber seal or check the linkage if it's still manually operated, but you'll probably find the motor works on a continuous rotation principle if it's power-operated, which means it doesn't know at what point in the cycle the vent is completely shut and will start opening it again.
Juliano's has the solution with its new power cowl vent, which employs a reverse-polarity motor that only works in one direction at a time. It will either open or close the vent, and absolutely cannot allow it to re-open-even if you hold your finger on the power button too long. This takes all the guesswork out, pulling the vent down tightly every time.
The reverse-polarity motor is operated by the same kind of directional rocker switch power windows use, where you push one side for open and push the opposite side to close the vent. The kit will also eliminate the cowl-vent handle from under the dash, and includes the wiring harness and switch. For more information, contact Juliano's Hot Rod Parts & Interior Products at (800) 300-1932, or www.julianos.com.
We recently showed you Bobby Walden of Walden Speed Shop fabricating and fitting doorskins to a '34 Ford coupe, but you should know these same skins can be purchased for your own project, be it a '32-34 Ford coupe, sedan, or pickup, or a '33-34 Ford roadster or cabriolet. Just released are skins for Model A and '37-40 Ford coupes and sedans, with '35-36 Ford coupes, sedans, and pickups coming very soon, if they're not already available by the time you read this.
An excellent original door was used in each case to make a fixture for every panel, ensuring all factory shapes, contours, and details are duplicated. All panels are made from 19-gauge steel and are available with or without beltline beads. As seen in our article, door handle embossing is available, too, on all '34 car doorskins and '32 three-window skins, but only on panels with the bead. For more information, contact Walden Speed Shop at (909) 623-3747, or www.waldenspeedshop.com.
Putty In Your Hands
If you spend a lot of time on the road in your rod or custom, you've probably found a few additions to your toolkit that are indispensable in addition to the regular wrenches, screwdrivers, and the like. Well, add another to the list. NuMetal by KBS Coatings is an easy-to-use, two-part epoxy putty that mixes like clay but hardens like steel. It bonds to almost anything, including all types of metal, wood, fiberglass, ceramic, PVC pipe, and more.
It can be used to seal, repair, bond, or waterproof. It cures without shrinking or sagging (even vertically) and can be drilled, tapped, sanded, primed, and painted. NuMetal will not only stick to damp surfaces but cures under water, too. Available in black, white, or tan, you'll find many uses for it in emergency situations. For more information, contact KBS Coatings at (877) 548-9323, or www.kbs-coatings.com.
Looks like its Chevy month in this column! Not only do we have Chevs of the 40's gravel shields, but The Filling Station has new reproductions of '40-48 Chevrolet trunk hinges available once more, after being out of production for more than a year. They'll fit '40-41 convertibles and '41-48 coupes, as well as replacements for the '40 coupe, though the design is different. They're even supplied with mounting gaskets.
The Filling Station can supply parts for '16-64 Chevy cars and '18-87 Chevy and GMC truck parts. For more information, contact The Filling Station at (800) 841-6622, or www.fillingstation.com.
It's True, They're Back
After an absence of nearly 20 years, Truespoke wire wheels are back in production, which will come as a relief to those trawling eBay, craigslist, or swap meets in search of a perfect set of wires. The new Truespokes retain the classic design but have been re-engineered for improved ride quality and load rating. They are built by hand and can be ordered in sizes from 13 to 17 inches, or even larger on special order, while custom widths and backspacings are also available.
Show-quality triple-chrome-plated over a nickel base, and polished front and back, options include stainless steel spokes and nipples for increased strength and less maintenance, as well as standard, reversed, or lip-laced styles. Standard and reversed wheels are tubeless construction. With 50 spokes per wheel, the bolt pattern is model-specific, not the previously used Uni-lug style. For more information, contact Motorspot Inc. at (760) 731-8303, or www.truespoke.net.
Jack In A Box
If you have a low car, you'll know all about driving onto blocks of wood and the like just so you can slide a jack underneath, right? Well, get yourself a Flat Jack from Tri-C Engineering and worry no more. In its closed position, it's just 1 1/2 inches tall, yet extends to 6 3/4 inches, which, while not exceptionally high, is plenty to enable changing a flat tire or cleaning tires at a show.
Its aircraft-quality aluminum and steel construction means it weighs just 6 pounds yet is capable of lifting more than 1,000 pounds. Its compact size and light weight make it ideal for keeping in the trunk for emergencies. A 7/16 socket and ratchet is all that's required to raise or lower the Flat Jack. For more information, contact Tri-C Engineering at (661) 295-1550, or www.tri-cengineering.com.