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.
Whether you want a new way to display your car at an indoor show or have a need to raise the car off the ground in the shop but still have its weight on the wheels, Hot Rod Garage has a product to serve both needs. HRG Wheel Stands are made from 3/16-inch steel to support up to 2,000 pounds each and raise the bottom of the tire 9 inches above the floor. Sold in sets of four, with the HRG logo flamecut in two sides, their standard color is red, but they can be ordered with any custom color, including a color match for your car. For more information contact Hot Rod Garage at (918) 241-6333 or www.hot-rodgarage.com.
It's very unusual to be able to fabricate a complete exhaust system in one piece from front to back, yet invariably the joints required to make the system in two or three sections are ugly, awkward to get at, or leak. Juliano's may just have the answer with their new Pro Clamp, a very slick piece for stainless steel systems. The sleeve nut pulls everything together tightly for a safe connection without any type of gasket, and best of all, you can dismantle it if you need to, without cutting it apart.
The Pro Clamp is made from 304 stainless and is available for 2-inch through 21/2-inch exhaust systems, with larger versions in the works, and can be hand-polished or in a satin finish. Juliano's has all the pieces to build the entire exhaust system, including the stainless mufflers, so you can have them price out a whole package for you. For more information contact Juliano's at (800) 300-1932 or www.julianos.com.
The right choice of steering wheel can make or break an interior, and there's a wealth of tillers to choose from, but if polished mahogany and leather are your materials of choice, Flaming River's new Navigator steering wheel could be just what you're looking for. With a 13.8-inch diameter and a slight 11/4-inch dish, the grip features a leather outer edge with mahogany inner half, the wood theme continued with an inlay in the hub.
A contemporary twist on the three-spoke design, with polished paired aluminum spokes set at 120 degrees from each other, the Navigator is available with black, light gray, or light tan Italian leather and requires an adapter to mount to Flaming River columns or a factory GM column. For more information contact Flaming River at (866) 815-3673 or www.flamingriver.com.
The Stewart Warner dash insert panel is a classic, though no longer available from the famed gauge manufacturer. However, Parr Automotive has stepped into the breach and thanks to CNC manufacturing technology has reproduced the panel to exacting dimensions, including the signature grooves of the original.
With the engine turned insert that made the Stewart Warner panel such a classic, the Parr Automotive aluminum version continues the tradition for those wanting to monitor vital functions in style. For more information contact Parr Automotive at (800) 654-6779 or www.parrautomotive.com.
We've run numerous metal fabrication articles in R&C over the past few months, with another couple in this very issue, and have shown you a number of metalworking machines in action. The Eckold KF 170 hasn't been one of them, however, but is a universal machine used for forming both mild steel up to 16-gauge and aluminum up to 14-gauge.
Jesse James (you may have heard his name associated with West Coast Choppers or Monster Garage) nominates the Eckold as his "machine of choice," perfect for shrinking, stretching, planishing, and doming. Featuring adjustable height, mobility, and a quick tool-changing mechanism, the Swiss-made machine is sold complete with tooling by the US Industrial Tool Company and can be seen in action on the company's website. For more information contact US Industrial Tool Company at (800) 521-7394 or www.ustool.com.
If you're like us your hobby extends past finished cars, project cars, and your parts stash, to pictures, automobilia, and toys. If the latter floats your boat, check out these new 1:64 scale die-casts from Castline, under the M2 Machines banner. First up, and topical for the time of year, is the Twelve Days of Christmas set of, er, 12 Auto Dreams cars. Not only are they all mounted on plinths, but each one comes with a gold thread to enable it to be hung from a Christmas tree for the holiday season! Each car features the pinstriping of Tom Kelly. The set is available from Toys R' Us, Wal-Mart, and online distributors. To check out the other Castline series go to www.m2machines.com.