A quartet of 48mm downdraft carburetors always looks good. Think AC Cobra or GT40. The guys at Dynatek Racing think so too but prefer fuel injection for drivability and performance over the temperamental carb setup, which is why they came up with this retro-modern Classic Fuel Injection, offering the looks of downdraft IDAs without the synchronization issues. Thanks to a sophisticated management system, Classic Fuel Injection has all but eliminated hard starting, plug fouling, and the compromised air/fuel mixture associated with the original downdraft carburetors. The best part is the self-learn, closed-loop capability that can perform the majority of the required tuning all by itself.
The system also offers improved airflow, outflowing its 48mm carbureted counterpart by an amazing 90 cfm per cylinder, for a total airflow improvement of just over 720 cfm. Compared to a four-barrel carb and single-plane intake, Dynatek claims the new Classic Fuel Injection makes more power everywhere, as much as 630hp on an all-aluminum FE stroker. The systems are available for 302, 351, FE, and even 429/460 Ford applications capable of supporting over 750hp, as well as for the small-block Chevy, while LS1, LS2, and 5.7L/6.1L Dodge Hemi applications will be available shortly. For more information contact Dynatek Racing at (866) 839-0177 or www.dynatekracing.com.
Air with Flair
All too often a unique dashboard in a rod or custom is let down by plastic aftermarket air conditioning vents, which usually don't offer much in the way of adjustability either. Clayton Machine Works has worked in conjunction with Vintage Air to come up with a new design in modular elliptical vents that combine style with functionality.
Die-cast and chrome-plated, the vents feature adjustable louvers similar to those found in OEM applications and would look good either on their own or combined with the company's door pulls, interior lights, or even gas pedals, all of which share the same elliptical shape. For more information contact Clayton Machine Works at (256) 489-2450 or www.claytonmachine.com.
Well StackedYou can get retro carb stacks almost anywhere these days, but how many feature a decent filtration system, if they have any at all? Kaucher Kustoms' new polished Korona Air Stacks not only have a neat scalloped slash-cut design and fins front and back, but thanks to teaming up with renowned air filter manufacturer K&N they employ a flush-mounted filter disc capable of filtering down to 20 microns yet still maintaining high-flow characteristics.
The filters are water-repellent and are located with a tapered nut for easy removal and cleaning. Each stack includes both set screws and a center stud to attach to either a Stromberg or Rochester carburetor with 25/8-inch neck. For more information contact Kaucher Kustoms at (310) 656-9993 or www.kaucherdesignwerks.com or H&H Flatheads at (818) 248-2347 or www.flatheads-forever.com.
Such a big deal was made of the Deuce's 75th anniversary in 2007 (and rightly so as it's such a hot rod icon) that the following year was never going to be a big deal for the '33. 2009, however, sees the 75th anniversary of the '34, and Jerry Dixey of Classic Automobilia is making sure the occasion is commemorated with the release of this Classic '34 Hot Rod pedal car.
Featuring a metal body, special scallop graphics, and a chrome grille shell, production is limited to 300 red and 300 black cars. At 37 inches long it's ideal for 3- to 7-year-olds or perfect on a shelf or display in your office or den. For more information contact Classic Automobilia at (800) 676-3026 or www.classicautomobiliausa.com.
Full-size Chevy cars from the '58-64 period could benefit from improved lower suspension arms, and these new versions from Performance Online are a dramatic improvement over stock, offering superior strength and durability. Constructed from 1-inch-diameter, .156-wall 1020 DOM tubing, they feature spring mounts on continuous-welded 0.188 1018 steel plate.
Integrated sway bar mounts and provisions for bump stops are included in the construction, while the package includes ball joints and polyurethane bushings. For more information contact Performance Online at (800) 638-1703 or www.performanceonline.com.
Leaking headers can be very tiresome, yet it's a very common problem as the seal between the header and cylinder head can often be less than perfect. These new center dump street rod headers from GEM Street Rod Products eliminate that as they're TIG-welded on the inside of each tube where it meets the flange and then ported in much the same way a head is ported. This means the 5/16-inch sealing flange is a totally flat surface all the way along.
The headers are available in stainless steel or ceramic coated inside and out, the latter helping reduce engine bay temperatures by up to 30 degrees. The outside pipes meet the backside of the collector and the headers only fit straight plug heads. They are supplied with collector flanges, gaskets, and all hardware. For more information contact GEM Street Rod Products at (800) 588-2358 or www.gemstreetrods.com.