In 1941, Jack Peters started what would become the world's very first hot rod-oriented magazine: Throttle. Introduced in January of that year, covering the burgeoning dry lakes and circle track scenes, it only lasted for 12 issues because Peters went to serve in World War II. Those 12 issues recognized many pioneers of the hobby and industry, such as Wally Parks, Bill Burke, Lou Senter, Vic Edelbrock Sr., Eddie Meyer, and Alex Xydias.
The Rodder's Journal published Throttle Magazine-1941: The Complete Collection, a book containing those original issues, including covers and advertisements. While original copies are valuable and rare, this book is a complete reprint of this record of hot rodding's prewar history, written by the people who were there. This heavily researched book is bound to become collectible, given the rarity of the subject matter! For more information contact The Rodder's Journal at www.roddersjournal.com (650) 246-8920.
Things Go Better With Coker
With an unparalleled range of collector car tires, it's no surprise Coker Tire Company leads the industry, continually releasing new products and adding to its catalog. The latest is this G78-15 bias-ply tire, a four-ply polyester tire manufactured in America to OE guidelines, perfect for restorations or custom applications.
Featuring an extra-wide 3 1/4-inch whitewall, which will appeal to many looking for a period-perfect tire, it will suit a dropped Merc or a restored '50s Cadillac, not to mention nostalgia hot rods. For more details contact Coker Tire Company at (800) 251-6336 or www.cokertire.com.
We know that many readers don't enjoy the luxury of dry, warm year-round weather, and that battling rust is a major issue when it comes to modifying old cars, so it's always good to hear of a company that has invested in manufacturing previously unavailable repair panels. Inner and outer rocker panels are often the worst offenders when it comes to the dreaded tin worm, and EMS already offers many such panels for a range of cars, now offering them for '55-56 Ford four-door body styles, including wagons.
Die-stamped from 18-gauge steel, and including the top plate as well as rolling under to the spot-weld flange, these aren't cover panels but true replacement rocker panels. Shown is the panel under the rear door, though front rockers and inner rocker panels are also available. For more information contact EMS at (216) 541-4584 or www.emsautomotive.com.
Got You Covered
ACME Speed Shop has a new line of hot rod and custom-inspired T-shirts. They have assembled some of the best automotive artists to design shirts for their "Artist Signature Series" of shirts, including John Bell, Keven Carter, Dan Collins, Ruben Duran, Mr. G., Jack Hamilton, Max Grundy, Makoto, Jeff Norwell, Jason Cruz, Ger Peters, Michael Shoaf, Jeral Tidwell, and Tuck (Jeff Tuckner).
The heavy 6.1-ounce cotton shirts are tagless with the ACME logo screened into the neck, and come in an assortment of colors available for men and women. The ACME Speed Shop website features stories of what's happening at the shop, with coverage of their car projects, art projects, and articles about the artists. You can also find biographies of all of the artists and links to their websites. For more information contact ACME Speed Shop at www.acme-speedshop.com.
Are you looking for a cool stainless steel molding to accent your interior or complement that new paintjob? Can't find anything that lights your fire by looking at production cars? Then maybe you should contemplate making your own, using these new half-round, solid stainless steel moldings from McMillan Rod & Custom! Available in 3/8- and 1/2-inch widths and made from solid-type 304 stainless steel, they are sold by the foot. Polished to a mirror finish, with options including bullet-shaped ends and mounting studs, they can be used for hood side moldings, interior accents, running board strips, or any number of other applications.
A business that started as building a few custom pieces for friends has grown since 1997 into a full-time business developing new product lines, such as chin bars, bumper brackets, scoops, spreader bars, and moldings, with 30 years experience working with stainless steel. The company is willing to work to a customer's exact specifications on one-off parts. For more info contact McMillan Rod & Custom at (715) 387-6847 or www.mcmillanrodandcustom.com.
With the number of accessories driven off the crankshaft pulley on some modern engines, it's almost a wonder that there's any power left to move the car down the road! In addition to a water pump and alternator, most cars also have an A/C compressor and a power steering pump, and they all need mounting, which can get a little complicated at times.
Rocky Hinge's new Street Drive SD1 V-Belt accessory drive system for small- and big-block Chevy motors keeps things simple with a one-piece mid-bracket, making it rigid and easy to install. CNC machined from aircraft aluminum and polished to a mirror finish the SD1 comes complete with a polished Weiand high-flow water pump, polished Sanden A/C compressor, polished PowerMaster 105A alternator, polished GM Type 2 power steering pump, polished pulleys, Dayco belts, and polished stainless mounting bolts. For more information contact Rocky Hinge at (888) 539-6295 or www.rockyhinge.com.
With the increasing popularity of '50s Chevys (or maybe they have always been popular but are more publicized now?), we're seeing more inline six-cylinder Chevy motors in use, but cars that use those motors from the '40s and early '50s had no air conditioning. Vintage Air thinks inliners are cool, and came up with this bracket kit to retrofit A/C on any 216, 235, 261, or 270ci GM motor.
The Steel-eez kit uses a bracket made from laser cut, jig-welded steel, which mounts the popular Sanden 508 compressor and a GM-type alternator. A unique dual-drive uses separate belts to drive the alternator and compressor to deliver proper belt wrap for optimal accessory operation. The kit includes a brand-new, dual-groove replacement harmonic balancer, and is designed to clear most dual carburetor manifolds and aftermarket headers. For more information contact Vintage Air at www.vintageair.com or (800) 862-6658.
Oil's Well That Ends Well
Changing oil filters is often a pain, as they're usually tucked out of the way behind headers, the steering column, crossmembers, or other obstacles, plus you have to jack up your car and more times than not end up with oil running down your arm as you remove the filter. Sounds like a fun job, huh? Wouldn't it be easier if you could just reach into the engine compartment and unscrew the filter?
Well, if you relocate the filter you can do just that! Trans-Dapt claims they're the original manufacturer of oil filter relocation kits, in single- or double-filter configurations, the latter increasing your engine's oil capacity by approximately a quart and doubling the filter surface. With a bypass adaptor fitted in the stock filter's location, two oil lines run to the new filter mounting base, which can be located anywhere in the engine compartment. Each kit comes with all brackets, hoses, fittings, and hardware, requiring just your favorite brand of filter for completion. For more information contact Trans-Dapt at (562) 921-0404 or www.tdperformance.com.
Wheel Neat Again
Polished aluminum, magnesium, or chromed steel five-spokes have long been a classic wheel design. Many styles evoke a '60s feel, while others work equally well with vintage or modern machinery. Wheel Vintiques' new Supreme falls into the latter group, with a cool, chromed two-piece five-spoke design.
Available in 14- and 15-inch diameters with widths ranging from 6-10 inches, and with standard or custom offsets, bolt patterns include the popular 5-on-4 1/2 and 5-on-4 3/4-inch spacings. For more information contact Wheel Vintiques at www.wheelvintiques.com or (559) 251-6957.
The steering wheel can make or break an interior, and is certainly a main focal point, not to mention the part of your car that you see the most while driving. Innovation Alley offers a wheel that will certainly fulfil the "unique" criteria and provide a focal point with their new range of spoked steering wheels. The Double Cross 16, Double Cross 12, and Sidewinder styles all feature a series of crossed polished stainless steel spokes to achieve their unique look.
With a 15 5/8-inch aluminum outer ring wrapped in a variety of hand-stitched leather wraps, the spokes connect the ring to the aluminum hub, which is fully polished and topped off with a polished and engraved horn button. The hub and horn button can be anodized or powdercoated, and the button can be custom engraved in place of the standard V-8 emblem. A standard five-hole adaptor connects the wheel to the column. For more information contact Innovation Alley at(559) 285-9750 or www.spokesteeringwheel.com.
Fittings That Fit
Anyone who's built a car from the ground up knows that while putting all the big stuff together-fabbing a chassis, getting it rolling, mounting the body, engine, and trans-is hard work, it's easy compared to chasing down all those little parts and getting everything working as it should, with no leaks or rattles. Stromberg Carburetor just made that part of a project a little easier, or at least easier if you're running Stromberg carbs, that is!
Hose fittings previously sold for Stromberg carbs were usually 37-degree hydraulics fittings, but the Stromberg inlet has an 18-degree seat. As Stromberg owner Clive Prew explains, "We weren't the first to realize this, but we could be the first to do something about it. The only way incorrect fittings work is if you tighten them to death and wreck both parts." The new Superseat fitting was developed using the company's "just the same, but better than ever" approach, so it echoes the traditional parts while improving them in every area. It features a smooth, not barbed, hose end, a 9/16-inch hex size as opposed to modern 1/2-inch fittings, to match the diameter of the hose and inlet fitting, with short threads so none show. It works with original needle and seat inlet fittings and the Genuine Stromberg S-jet, as well as 5.16 and 3/8 ID fuel hoses, and best of all, it has the correctly angled seat! For more information contact Stromberg at www.stromberg-97.com.
It's hard to improve on a time-honored design that just plain works, but Speedway Motors has done just that with their new stainless steel batwings, adding a 1/2-inch, 20-threaded boss to their underside to facilitate attaching a Panhard bar or shock mount. These provide a much stronger and much cleaner mounting method than those used on other batwings.
Investment cast from stainless steel, these batwings, available either fully polished or in plain stainless, provide a strong and stylish means for attaching a four-bar suspension to your front axle. They are designed to fit common 2 1/4-inch axle bosses, but will also fit 2-inch bosses when used in conjunction with the appropriate spacers. For more information contact Speedway Motors at (800) 979-0122 or www.speedwaymotors.com.