As fuel injection makes inroads into our hobby, albeit a lot more slowly than it has replaced carburetors in OEM applications, with some manufacturers going to great pains to make their systems look like carbs, it pleases us to know that Hilborn Fuel Injection is still producing new products that are visually similar to the eight injector stacks we remember from drag cars of the past. It's also nice to know that the company is still making new manifolds for old engines with a choice of mechanical or electronic operation.
This manifold for the Chevy 348 and 409 is Hilborn's newest addition to its line, with individual runners for unmatched throttle response, low-end torque, and enhanced engine acceleration, along with big-peak power gains. By design, these runners are not affected by the disruptive pulses found in other intake systems, making low speed operation of a Hilborn smooth and driveable, even on applications with aggressive camshafts. Featuring a three-piece design, it fits heavily machined blocks and heads, or aftermarket blocks with raised decks. The 348/409 injector is machined to fit standard or raised port cylinder heads, and can easily support over 800 hp. Available as mechanical or electronic kits or individual components, each system is custom designed for individual applications. For more info contact Hilborn Fuel Injection at (215) 643-4607 (EFI) or (949) 360-0909 (mechanical) or www.hilborninjection.com.
Inner Fender Mender
Not everyone is fortunate enough to live in, or buy cars from, dry states, and rust is a major issue for many, meaning a car often has to be restored before it can be modified. Heck, even popular '50s cars are now over 50 years old. Luckily, replacement panels are available for many of the popular models, but usually they're only the outer panels. Inner fenders, wheelwells, and the like almost always have to be repaired or hand-built.
Sherman and Associates announced the introduction of new fender inner lower extensions for all '56 Chevrolet models. They match all the details of the originals that have been non existent for some time and are die formed and made in Detroit. Sherman and Associates makes a full line of exterior and underbody sheetmetal, repair panels, external body parts, and accessories for vintage General Motors vehicles, as well as vehicles by Chrysler, Ford, and many imported cars and light trucks. For more information contact Sherman and Associates at (800) 345-9487 or www.shermanparts.com.
Any Port in a Storm!
It wasn't so long ago that cars came with ashtrays and cigar or cigarette lighters. They still come with the latter, but in these PC times they're called power ports! With so many of us becoming slaves to our cellphones, MP3 players, and laptops, if you haven't already got a power port in your rod or custom, you may have thought about retrofitting one.
Watson's StreetWorks put together a kit for just such an application. The easily installed power port fits into a 7/8-inch-diameter hole, and has an attractive, machined billet plug with O-ring retainer, a spare O-ring, and a 10-32 threaded stud for attaching one of several decorative knobs, which are sold separately, or you can use any 10-32 threaded knob to match your interior. For more information contact Watson's StreetWorks at (860) 859-0513 or www.watsons-streetworks.com.
If you're anything like us, what little wall space is left in your garage most likely is covered in pictures, posters, and hot rod-related art or cool old parts; likewise in our offices, and it's even been known to creep into the house at times. There's just something neat about having that stuff hanging on the walls.
New from Hagan Street Rods are these heavy steel wall signs. Cut from 1/8-inch-thick steel, measuring 32x13 inches, with a clear powdercoat finish, there are many different designs to choose from, including 40 Ford garage, 32 Ford garage, Chevy Garage, and Paint Shop. For more information contact Hagan Street Rods at(419) 629-1969 or www.haganauto.com.
Call to Arms
Speedway Motors just improved its '37-48 forged Ford steering arms. Forged from high-quality steel, and also available in forged stainless steel, these bolt-on steering arms are designed to fit Speedway's reproduction Ford spindles or to replace arms on original '37-48 Ford spindles where additional clearance or drop is needed. Two styles of arms accommodate most early Ford-style rod suspensions. The standard arms have a 1 3/4-inch drop and are popular on Model T-through-'34 Fords with up to 4-inch dropped axles and hairpins or four-bar radius rods. The dropped arms have a 3 3/4-inch drop and work best on '35-48 Ford cars.
Steel versions of both spindles are available with zinc-plated or chrome finishes. To give rod builders the greatest amount of flexibility, all arms feature 7-degree tapered holes both top and bottom so tie rods can be mounted above or below. These holes can also be drilled out for using spherical rod ends. For more information contact Speedway Motors at (800) 979-0122 or www.speedwaymotors.com.
If you've ever taken more than a quick trip in an early Ford on a summer day, you'll realize just how necessary the humble cowl vent is, providing a breeze through a stuffy, hot interior. However, occasionally road debris and bugs can get through. Ford never offered a cowl vent screen to prevent this, but Vintique has manufactured what is possibly, in their words, "the coolest '32 part Henry never made"
Patterned after a vintage accessory part, the screen clips in place and sets with a 1/4-inch bolt. It fits '32 Ford passenger cars and '32-34 pickup trucks, enhancing the looks when the cowl vent is open and keeping bugs out of the interior. For more information contact Vintique at (714) 634-1932 or www.vintiqueinc.com.
Stockton Wheel Service's SLT aluminum wheel brings back the Dish Mag design that was extremely popular on '60s and '70s hot rods, muscle cars, and vintage pickups. Available in sizes ranging from 15x4.25 to 17x8, they're a great way to add that retro style to your vehicle, while complementing modern tire diameters and widths.
The SLT is available in 5 on 4.5-, 5 on 4.75-, and 5 on 5-inch bolt patterns. For truck applications, the SLT is also available in 17x8, with 5 on 5.5- or 6 on 5.5-inch bolt patterns. The SLT also features a faux screw-on style, plastic center cap and comes complete with lug nuts and chromed valve stems. For more information, contact Stockton Wheel Service at (800) 395-9433 or www.stocktonwheel.com.
Form and Function
If you read our cooling system overview in the September '09 issue, you'll understand that an overflow tank is an important component, ensuring your cooling system is always full and preventing your coolant leaking onto the floor. Which is why a purpose-made tank is way better than an old beer can or similar. However, OTB Gear now offers an overflow receptacle that looks way better than even the stainless steel tanks commonly used.
Cast in A-356 aircraft-grade polished aluminum the OTB coolant tank has a ribbed design and distinctive cap, and will look especially neat when coupled with other finned aluminum accessories in the engine compartment. At just under 14 inches tall, and 2 2/3 inches in diameter, the tank holds 24 ounces, with the bottom tapped for a 1/4-inch NPT inlet fitting. The 5/8x5-inch mounting rib is tapped for two 1/4x20 bolts on 4-inch centers, though hardware is not included. The tank is also available unpolished. For more information contact OTB Gear at (909) 595-4995 or www.otbgear.com.
We're sure most of you are aware of the art of Tom Fritz, but owning an original is a chance that doesn't come up too often. However, you could own a fine art poster of his work, the latest being an 18x24 lithograph printed the same size as the original Double Deuce painting on a heavy 80-pound gloss cover stock.
As a bonus, Tom Fritz has hand-signed each poster in the self-matting, 2-inch-wide black border. All you need is to slide it into an 18x24 ready-made frame, and put it on your wall! Shipped anywhere in the United States, for more information call Tom Fritz at (805) 499-1630 or www.fritzart.com.
Aside from a solid floorpan, the subrails are the single most important item in correctly restoring any Model 40 passenger car. The subrails serve as the mounting point for the lower door posts, rocker panels, and other bracing. Due to their location, original subrails suffer greatly from the elements. Steve's Auto Restorations (SAR) now offers exact replica subrails for your '33-34 coupe, roadster, cabriolet, or sedan.
Die stamped from heavy 16-gauge steel, these new subrails will offer the solid foundation that your project needs and deserves. Electroplating ensures a rust-free foundation for many years to come. SAR also offers the subrails assembled in their floor assembly package providing a perfect rust-free foundation to build from. For more information contact Steve's Auto Restorations at (503) 665-2222 or www.stevesautorestorations.com.
It's long been understood that the Ford 9-inch rearend is one of the strongest that can be put under a hot rod or custom. Its strength and ability to withstand high horsepower is legendary, but supplies aren't as plentiful as they once were. They are a clean looking axle too, in part owing to the fact that the third member bolts in from the front. Winters Performance Products has taken advantage of this and came up with a rearend housing that looks cleaner, as well as infinitely more trick, than an old original.
There are two assemblies available, both with a polished housing, one with regular big-bearing flanged axles and the other with Torino big-bearing flanged axles. The assemblies include the polished 9-inch housing with steel tubes, inner tube seals, and a complete set of 31-spline flanged axles. For more information contact Winters Performance Products at (717) 764-9844 or www.wintersperformance.com.
Today we take the speed equipment aftermarket almost for granted, but in the early days of hot rodding it simply didn't exist until a dedicated band of engineers and craftsmen in the '30s and '40s started designing and manufacturing parts, working out of garages, basements, and backyards, many going on to form successful businesses through their endeavors.
Merchants of Speed is large, 240-page hardbound book by Paul D. Smith that examines the stories behind 26 such men and their companies, drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews, and includes more than 250 pictures, often from the subjects' personal collections. We won't list them all but the stories behind Thickstun, Wayne, Hilborn, Spalding, Isky, Crane, Ansen, Potvin, Offy, and Navarro are all included. Fittingly tying in with our cover this month. Barney Navarro also penned the foreword. For more information contact Motorbooks at www.motorbooks.com.