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.
Developed by Roush Yates for its 358ci (NASCAR, ARCA, Craftsman Truck Series) and 436ci (WSORR and TORC off-road series) engines, its new cog-belt system is a precise link between camshaft and crankshaft, tough enough to endure 24-hour races, like Daytona and Le Mans or a full season of circle track competition. Further, the system enhances any engine based on the Ford Windsor cylinder block. Besides producing less friction and being more durable than gear or chain drives, the Roush Yates system offers race and high-performance street engines a number of advantages, including the facility for external accessibility and adjustability of the timing gear itself, which can be advanced or retarded (up to 25 degrees overall) during dyno testing and tuning, with no need to remove the front cover of the engine or drain the coolant system. Compatible with dry and wet sump oiling systems and with a billet aluminum upper pulley and heat-treated steel lower, the belt drive assembly eliminates harmonics to guard against valvetrain instability. For more information contact Roush Yates at (877) 798-7977 or www.roushyatesparts.com.
Juliano's has become increasingly known for its interior products, yet the foundation for a good car interior is ride quality and comfort, a major contributor to which is sound deadening. Juliano's Sound Deadener is thin and very dense, and is topped with an aluminum layer to insulate against sun and exhaust heat, decreasing the load on your air conditioner. It's easy to apply-simply cut to fit, peel off the backing, and press into place. By reducing vibrations and reducing noise, your ride will be more enjoyable. The Sound Deadener is available in 26x36-inch sheets or in rolls 3-feet wide, in lengths of 11, 22, and 33 feet. For more information contact Juliano's at(860) 872-1932 or www.julianos.com.
Dale Adams Enterprises, the manufacturer of the famous Bone line of creepers, has introduced the Tail Bone, a mechanic's stool that is different by design. It features the same big 5-inch-diameter wheels as used on the Bone creepers, for the same reason ... big wheels roll effortlessly over air hoses, drop cords, and rough surfaces. Three wheels mean the base is a tripod, a naturally stable work platform on uneven surfaces. Rather than a swiveling seat, the base turns easily and naturally with the user so its legs always stay out of the way. The bucket seat makes it easy to use your natural body movements and trunk strength to position yourself and the stool to do the job. The 13 1/2-inch seat height is similar to most workshop rolling stools, while the smooth, impact-resistant polymer material is impervious to oil, cleaners, and common solvents, and easy to clean. For more info contact Dale Adams Enterprises at (330) 677-4030 or www.daleadamsenterprises.com.
Southern Rods has added to its steering wheel line with the new SRP500. This affordable leather-wrapped wheel is 14 inches in diameter with polished spokes and the leather available in black, tan, bone, gray, and bright red, so there's a good chance you'll be able to find one to match your interior. It's also available with or without the polished horn button and adapter. For more details contact Southern Rods and Parts at (800)-787-8763 or www.southernrods.com.
Delta Tech Industries has expanded its line of 7-inch performance headlights to include four versions with built-in auxiliary lights. The headlights come equipped with a standard third beam 4-watt "city light" (a European version of parking lights). Other available options are amber directional signals, 20-watt Halogen daytime running lights, or LED "mood lights" for cruising at dusk. The entire 7-inch reflector magnifies the signal, which makes it a cool statement as well as a safety enhancement. These replacement headlights feature European precision lead-crystal prismatic lenses, a DOT certified, vacuum metalized reflector protected from moisture and the elements in a stamped steel housing, with rubber boot and powered with replaceable Xenon or Halogen H4 60/55-watt bulbs. For more info contact Delta Tech Industries at www.deltalights.com or (714) 577-8028.
If you read this magazine back to front and enjoyed the images by Neal Reed in our "Big Photo Pages" this month, you may like to know he has just published a book containing more of his images. The 120-page tome is a collection of Reed's pictures, covering the English hot rod and rockabilly scenes, as well as a smattering of drag racing, mainly at events where all three scenes converge, and tattoo artists, burlesque, and the Wall of Death. The black and white images capture the atmosphere, energy, and personalities therein. For more information contact Neal Reed at www.retrophoto.co.uk or to purchase the book go to www.blurb.com.
Talk the Torque
If you're running a 700-R4 or '93-98 4L60E (without the removable bell housing) and are looking for the performance of a high stall torque converter but require the driveability of a low stall converter, check out this new converter from Phoenix Transmission Products. It has a flash stall speed of up to 3,200 rpm but drives like a much tighter converter, until you punch the throttle! Combining a 10-inch, fully furnace brazed bowl and turbine, hardened splines and drive hub, and anti-ballooning technology, it has a full-sized 298mm heavy-duty clutch assembly and damper for solid, reliable lockup durability. For more information contact Phoenix Transmission Products at (817) 599-7680 or www.phoenixtrans.com.
Here's something you Tri-Five fans in the Rust Belt have been waiting for! Sherman & Associates has announced its new floorpan assembly is now available for the popular '55-57 Chevrolet hardtop, sedan, and convertible. The new floorpan assembly with inner rockers matches all the details of the originals. Manufactured in Detroit, they are die-formed from electro-galvanized steel and phosphate treated. A great way to cure your rusty floorpan woes in one fell swoop, the assembly is shippable anywhere in the world. For more information contact Sherman & Associates at (800) 345-9487 or www.shermanparts.com.