Wheel Vintiques is now producing a new 15-inch OE-style wheel with original-style clips. It is available in 5x4.5 Ford and 5x4.75 Chevy bolt patterns in sizes ranging from 15x4.5 up to 15x14. It is designed to accept all original Chevy-style caps from 1949-54 and can be custom-made to fit most early Ford-, Chrysler-, and Plymouth-style hubcaps.
Wheels are bare steel, but can be powdercoated at an additional cost. All custom backspaces are available. For more information contact Wheel Vintiques at (559) 251-6957 or www.wheelvintiques.com.
Did you know that your electric fan, if not switched off, will actually decrease airflow through the radiator at highway speeds? Sure, you could manually switch it off, but would you remember to turn it back on again when you slow down? With the Ron Francis Electric Cooling Fan Shutdown kit you don't have to do either, as it automatically shuts off your electric fan above 50-60 mph to let the air flow through the radiator and improve engine cooling at highway speed.
The unit is fully adjustable, with a manual override dash-mounted toggle switch supplied in the kit. Speed is recognized by a signal generator that goes into the speedometer cable. The fan shutoff comes as a complete kit, and is so new it's not even in the newest Ron Francis' Wiring Encyclopedia and tech manual, which is available for free. For more information contact Ron Francis Wiring at (800) 292-1940 or www.ronfrancis.com.
Slim fit Fan
A common problem resulting from engine swaps is the lack of space for a fan between the pulleys and the radiator, and often even most electric fans won't fit. Slimline Fans may have the answer if this is a problem you can identify with, as its fan and shroud assembly measures just 3 1/4 inches deep. Using a 16-inch fan blade, and a choice of aluminum or black powdercoated finish shrouds, the assemblies are available in 17x17, 17x22 (vertical or horizontal), and 17x25. Supplied with a mounting template and nylon mounting rods (but not the pinstriping shown in this example), the fans are rated at 2,200 cfm and are reversible, depending on which way you connect the wiring, though the blade has to be reversed too. For more information contact Slimline Fans at (843) 467-8059 or www.slimlinefans.com.
Dizzy for Six
Adding to an already extensive line, PerTronix now offers a new plug-and-play billet distributor for GMC and Chevrolet L6 (straight-six) applications that are designed to provide maximum ignition performance and easy installation at an affordable price. Vacuum advance and non-vacuum applications are available for the '62-88 194, 230, 250, and 3.8 engine family in either a male or female cap configuration. These 100 percent new distributors allow you to upgrade your outdated points or stock electronic distributor with a performance-proven unit that features the patented Ignitor II electronic ignition module and a CNC-machined 6061 T-6 polished billet housing and deck. PerTronix Ignitor II is also compatible with any inductive ignition system coil, but high-rpm performance can be improved when used with the low-resistance (0.6 ohm) Flame-Thrower II coil. This distributor is also compatible with a multi-spark CD ignition boxes.
For more information contact PerTronix at(909) 599-5955 or www.pertronix.com.