Feel the Force
The new Force wheel from Boze Forged is a simple five-spoke design with two-piece construction. Available in diameters from 17- to 22-inch and 5- to 15-inch widths, the choice of backspacing from flush-fit up to 8 inches means a combination is available to fit almost any project, yet still clear bodywork. Big brakes are also accommodated with ease.
Boze Forged also offers a selection of finishes, from high luster polish of the 6061-T6 aluminum and a textured brushed satin protected by clearcoat, to powdercoating in metallic, gloss, or satin, or just color accents for each spoke. This offers the opportunity to color-match all or part of the wheels to your car's paintwork. For more information contact Boze Forged at www.bozeforged.com.
Step On It
Lokar's new Competitor Series throttle assemblies offer a number of features such as an internal spanner nut to ensure perfect pedal tension, eliminating excess slop, and a sturdy mounting base that is available in centered or offset versions, allowing the pivot of the assembly to be raised or lowered by an inch, which can be useful when installing the pedal in a vehicle which already has the throttle cable installed.
The Competitor Series assemblies, which are available in brushed or black finish, are supplied with large-diameter 3/4-inch x 48-tooth fine spline steel inserts for durability. These allow for extremely adjustable arms which can also be swapped for right and left adjustment of the spring-loaded throttle pad. For more information contact Lokar Performance Products at (877) 469-7440 or www.lokar.com.
The Time is Right
It never ceases to amaze us when we see the number of new parts that are constantly being introduced for old or obsolete engines or car bodies. EngineQuest specializes in manufacturing hard-to-find parts, this Pontiac timing cover for 1969-79 V-8 engines being the latest.
The cast cover comes complete with a water pump divider and two coolant inserts, both of which are available separately. It's designed for all Pontiac 350/400/455ci engines of this vintage, including the Firebird (it won't fit the 301ci motor). For more information contact EngineQuest at www.enginequest.com.
One of the classic hot rod upgrades back in the day was to install an Auburn dash, which not only involved sourcing the dash insert but modifying your dashboard to accept it. You're on your own when it comes to finding an Auburn insert, but if you have a Brookville '29 roadster, this handcrafted aluminum dash will bolt right in where the original dash rail attaches. It'll fit original roadsters too, but you'll need to trim the gas tank in order to install it.
A strengthened, wide flange on the lower left allows a steering column drop to be bolted in place, while the lower edge of the dash follows the contour of the instrument panel aperture, with its distinctive peak in the center. Of course, the dash could be adapted to fit other vehicles. For more information contact Kendon Industries at (800) 847-8618 or kt.kendonusa.com.
It can't be denied that the small-block Chevy can be found under the hood of the majority of rods and customs, but it's by no means the only motor out there, and possibly the most die-hard enthusiasts are Mopar fans, though for them finding dress-up parts isn't as easy as for GM offerings. March Performance redresses the balance somewhat with its Style Track one-piece alternator and A/C bracket specifically for the Chrysler small-block V-8 318, 340, and 360ci motors, CNC-machined from 6061-T6 aluminum. With three idlers guaranteeing maximum belt-to-pulley contact and a unique belt tension adjuster, the Style Track has a clean and symmetrical appearance, with a separate bracket for a power steering option.
The Style Track is supplied complete with an alternator, along with a new pulley, fan, and nose cover, A/C compressor and nose cover, water pump with pulley and nose cover, crank pulley, and the alternator and A/C bracket with belt tensioning tool, as well as all mounting hardware and instructions. Kits with power steering include a Type 2 remote power steering pump and pulley with nose cover. You'll also never need to polish the assembly as it is supplied in clear or black powdercoating. For more information contact March Performance at (888) 729-9070 or www.marchperf.com.
Heel, Toe, and Bump
We've run numerous bodywork articles in Rod & Custom, which always prove popular, so we know plenty of you like to tackle your own body prep. Having the correct tools in hand goes a long way toward achieving good results, but it's not always easy to find a local specialist source. However, this new three-piece body and fender dolly set from Craftsman is available from Sears!
Containing a toe dolly, heel dolly, and general purpose dolly, all forged from alloy steel, the various shapes, weights, contours, faces, and crown are designed to handle most body contours. Now all you'll need are body hammers! For more information contact your local Sears store.