If you're a regular R&C reader you may remember when we ran a feature on the Model A coupe in bare metal built by Pinkee's Rod Shop with their sectioned '32 chassis rails back in September 2007. If so, the 'Spring-over' front crossmember may have caught your eye. Well, Pinkee's Rod Shop is now offering this crossmember for sale individually, as well as a flat front crossmember and a cool rear crossmember, the latter two both drilled for appearance. All are fabricated from cold finished 1018 steel, water-jetted, and jog-welded.
The 'Spring-over' crossmember allows, as its name suggests, the transverse leaf spring to mount above the crossmember for an ultra-low ride height, incorporating a CNC-machined clamp with high-strength ARP bolts. That clamp, by the way, is also available on its own if you want to incorporate it into your own crossmember design. The flat front crossmember is made from 1/4-inch-thick steel and designed to accept a 1 3/4-inch leaf spring, and is the crossmember Pinkee's fits to their sectioned framerails, while the stylish rear crossmember is made from 1/4-inch steel with a 1/8-inch top surface, and is designed to clear a quick-change center section. It's supplied slightly wider than required for the builder to cut it to suit their chassis rails, though it's not designed to accept a spring, Pinkee's using it in conjunction with quarter-elliptics or coilovers. For more information contact Pinkee's Rod Shop at (970) 203-1932 or www.pinkeesrodshop.com.
You'd have to have been living under a rock for a very long time to not have heard of Summit Racing Equipment, the direct mail and Internet supplier of high-performance automotive parts. In addition to providing everything needed to make your car perform better, they can now help you make it look better with the Summit Racing Paint and Auto Refinishing System, providing everything required to spray a professional-looking paintjob for just a few hundred bucks. The system includes everything from prep solvents (Wax & Grease Remover and Surface Wash) and primers to single-stage topcoats, clearcoats, and activator. There's even a fish-eye eliminator available. The urethane topcoat is available in 20 colors including candy apple red, metallics and pearls, as well as solid colors, and mixes 4:1 with the fast, medium, and slow activators, the choice of which depends on the temperature in which you'll be spraying. Reducers are also available in three versions.
Summit Racing has made every effort to make the Refinishing System as simple as possible for non-professional do-it-yourself painters, though you should check your local regulations as some areas have pretty restrictive limitations concerning solvent-based paints and release of toxins. Summit has thought of this too, and offers a special zero-VOC medium reducer for use in areas with strict environment compliance regulations, such as California. For more information contact Summit Racing Equipment at (800) 230-3030 or www.summitracing.com.
On the rack
Replacing steering boxes with bolt-in steering rack conversions has become popular of late, not least because they provide improved steering response and handling. Unisteer Performance Products can now help those of you with 1958-64 Impalas with its new bolt-in rack and pinion kit, which match the factory suspension geometry and have little or no bump steer.
The kit is supplied with all parts needed for installation, though if you've installed an LT- or LS-series small-block, you'll need to inform Unisteer, as such applications are available but are custom orders. For more information contact Unisteer Performance Products at (800) 338-9080 or www.unisteer.com.
Number One again
If there's one name that's synonymous with Flathead Ford performance parts, it's Edelbrock. Having recently rereleased the block letter aluminum cylinder heads, we now have the Slingshot intake manifold available again. This is especially significant as the Slingshot intake manifold was the first product manufactured and sold with the Edelbrock brand logo, and has been recognized as one of Hot Rod magazine's "Twenty Speed Parts That Changed the World."
This iconic design for 1938-48 Flathead Fords is available once again under part #1103. The Slingshot's Y-configured dual carburetor flanges will accept Stromberg, Holley, and Demon two-barrel carburetors and accommodates the period-correct generator mounting, something that isn't always possible with other dual carb intakes. For more information contact Edelbrock at www.edelbrock.com.
Flaming River, in conjunction with an original equipment manufacturer, has designed a keyless ignition system. The driver carries an igniter, in much the same vein as the keyless remote you probably have for your modern daily-driver, and when he or she enters the vehicle using the igniter, the system 'wakes up.' The igniter sends a signal, the system responds and identifies the codes, and the engine is started with the push of a button.
The obvious benefits are high security and no need to carry, or lose, a mechanical key. The system is available from Flaming River on its own, or as part of a new electronic 'Secur-Start' tilt steering column. This 30-inch stainless steel column integrates the starting system, with an illuminated push button where you'd normally expect to find the ignition key switch. For more information contact Flaming River at (866) 815-3673 or www.flamingriver.com.
Undoubtedly this new steering wheel kit from Impala Bob's is aimed at the restoration crowd, but given the '59-60 Impala steering wheel's popularity with hot rodders and customizers alike, we wouldn't be surprised if that market is more lucrative! This is a complete kit, featuring the steering wheel, paint divider ornaments, horn ring, horn button, horn contacts, and Impala emblem. The steering wheel comes in black but can be painted to match your interior.
Impala Bob's carries steering wheel kits and accessories for Impala, Caprice, Bel Air, or Biscayne models through 1970, as well as interior and exterior trim for classic Chevrolet cars and trucks. For more information contact Impala Bob's at (800) 462-2527 x8830 or www.impalas.com.
One of the great aspects of such a broad-reaching aftermarket industry is the ability to call a supplier and have the correct part in your hands a couple of days later. Take this new Lokar Ford 4R70W/AODE Selector Shaft and Arm for instance. No more hunting for the right part, as this product eliminates the guesswork, the adjustable arm simplifying finding the correct ratio between the shifter and the transmission.
Replacing the factory selector shaft and arm, the Lokar unit can be installed in any 360-degree position for versatility. The kickdown seal is installed in the selector shaft, which can be used with many aftermarket shifters. Different versions are available depending on whether your transmission has the 1/4-inch slot and hole or 5/16-inch slot. For more information contact Lokar Performance Products at (877) 469-7440 or www.lokar.com.
Dashing good looks
This five-hole 1933-34 dash panel is part of CCM Rod Shop's new Classic Series product line and is machined from a solid piece of 3/4x6-inch 6061 aluminum, ribbed to suit both nostalgic and contemporary build styles. That'll be billet without looking like billet then! The panel is intended to be used with Classic Instruments gauges and is supplied with mounting hardware and a template. It can be special ordered for most other manufacturers' gauges.
The gauges are recessed into the panel, which is highly polished and has the stock lines of the original Ford instrument panel. For more information contact CCM Rod Shop at (866) 999-1932 or www.ccmrodshop.com.
It seems to be all about steering one way or the other this month, and Borgeson Universal's new Economy Stainless Steel Steering Column is our final steering-related product for this issue. Available in three standard lengths of 26, 30, or 34 inches, the outer column is 1 3/4 inches in diameter, accepts a three-bolt steering wheel without the need for an adaptor, and employs a 3/4-36 spline on the output shaft.
Available in polished or brushed finish, the new column can be matched with one of Borgeson's traditional steering wheels, as well as using one of the company's full line of column drops and floor mounts. For more information contact Borgeson at (840) 482-8283 or www.borgeson.com.
Vintage Air is obviously best known for its air conditioning systems, but the company also offers heaters, which let's face it, can be just as important as keeping cool during the summer months. The Gen II Heater/Defroster is an updated version of the heater Vintage Air already manufactures, using electronic servo technology to provide adjustable temperature and bi-level floor or defrost blending, rather than simply having the heat on or off.
This means the servo door operation allows you to have heat from the bottom of the unit, or through the defrost vents, or a blend of the two. The switch pod shown here is attached to the heater on the demo version, but it can be mounted anywhere you choose. For more information contact Vintage Air at (800) 725-3203 or www.vintageair.com.
ABS Power Brake Inc. has been manufacturing an electric power master cylinder for a few years. Their newest version is not only more compact (shorter by 1 1/2 inches) but has improved valving and is more efficient than previous versions. But what's an electric power master cylinder, you may ask? It does the same job as a master cylinder and vacuum-operated brake booster, but takes up less room in areas with space limitations. The compact remote electric power unit can be hidden under the floor or on the firewall.
With an in-built accumulator, if the engine stalls or power is lost, the pedal can be applied 20 times before power assist is lost, then returning to manual braking, compared with one or maybe two times with a vacuum booster. The master cylinder also incorporates a proportioning valve and hydraulic stop light switch. Designed for use in applications with little or no vacuum, such as a supercharger or turbocharger application, or when a large cam is used, it can also be beneficial in applications with space limitations which don't allow for fitment of a booster, whether on the firewall or under the floor. For more information contact ABS Power Brake Inc. at (714) 771-6549 or www.abspowerbrake.com.