Top Job
Need to fill that gaping hole in the roof of your coupe or sedan but can't afford to or don't want to take it to a professional upholsterer? If you have simple shop tools available, and own a pop riveter, you'll be able to install Juliano's softtop insert kit in your own garage, and the result will be as nice as if it was done by a professional. Available for both coupes and sedans, with special oversize kits also available, the kit is ideally suited for any original car, as well as Brookville's steel three-window '32 coupe, or any solid-roof fiberglass body to simulate a soft insert.

The top kit comes with canvas base cloth, 1/2-inch-thick foam padding, black or white waterproof vinyl top material, aluminum perimeter track, and snap-on finish molding. Detailed step-by-step illustrated instructions are included, or you can even order an instructional DVD. For more information, contact Juliano's at (800) 300-1932 or

Gotta Split!
If you run a Model A to a '40 Ford wishbone on the front of your hot rod and are contemplating splitting it, do yourself a favor and check out the Wishbone Split Kit from SO-CAL Speed Shop. It'll save you sourcing tie-rod ends, plus the time you'd spend fabricating threaded wishbone adaptor "bungs" and chassis brackets. It includes two 1/2-16 forged tie-rod ends and jam nuts and two machined steel weld-in tie-rod/wishbone adaptors. The chassis tabs are sold separately. These feature a larger diameter tapered hole than those required by regular 11/16-18 tie-rod ends, to match the larger, stronger, 3/4-16 tie-rod ends. For more information contact SO-CAL Speed Shop at or(909) 469-6171.

Bone Dome
A skull shift knob is a skull shift knob, right? Not when it's from CON2R it isn't! These 3-inch tall (approximately) anatomically correct skulls have a jaw that is fully articulated and able to be positioned anywhere from "shut up" closed to a full open scream. Investment cast, chrome-plated, and hand polished, they use a material from the same family as a bronze sculpture. Separating this skull from all the others are the two accessory helmets available that have each been designed for a custom look and fit. The first is a track-style helmet, complete with every detail down to the buckle, while the second is a "Mercury" helmet with fully detailed wings and bold deco warrior style.

Both helmets are produced, as is the skull, with hand poured invested castings. They are individually chrome-plated and hand polished to gleaming perfection. The skull comes with a standard 3/8-16 threaded vertebrae mount. For more information contact CON2R at (503) 626-6390 or

Fully Charged
Hot Rod Batteries introduces new technology for hot rodders who store their cars for long periods of time. Hot Rod Batteries do not require a trickle charge and can be stored for the long winter months without a charge. During the times of storage, all you need to do is disconnect the negative battery cable and when it's time to bring it out of storage, just reconnect the cable and start it up! Hot Rod Batteries are extremely small versatile batteries, measuring only 7 inches long, 2 7/8 inches wide, and 6 1/2 inches high, and offer 1012 startup amps. These sealed dry cell batteries weigh 13 pounds and can be mounted in virtually any small space available, such as in the passenger compartment, under the seat, kick panel, or behind a seat compartment for a trouble-free installation. Also, because these batteries do not have any acid or gel cells, they can be mounted in any position. For more information contact Hot Rod Batteries at (386) 586-1164 or

Cool Puller
Derale has added another high-output electric radiator fan to their ever-expanding product line in a bid to ensure they have all applications covered. The latest offering, PN 16919, is a shrouded primary cooling puller fan featuring a 17-inch, 11-blade fan with a powerful 265-watt two-speed motor. The shroud measures 18 inches tall, 19 1/2 inches wide, and, often the most critical measurement, 3 5/8 inches deep. It is supplied with a mounting kit and relay wire harness. For more information contact Derale at (323) 266-3850 or

Top Gear
We have a Gearstar transmission in the Project '49 Chevy and for good reason. All Gearstar trannies are assembled one at a time by a single technician, built specifically for each vehicle's specifications and driving needs. The TH350 Level 2 shown here is a Gearstar Street Performance transmission and torque converter package, and is designed to work behind a small-block engine producing up to 400 hp with 360 lb-ft of torque in a street-driven hot rod or custom. It will provide firm positive shifts that are not abusive, though it is not intended as a racing application. The trans and converter are extensively dyno-tested as a package, then shipped with 7 quarts of 100 percent synthetic ATF inside the transmission and 3 quarts of Dextron 3, tailshaft mount, and 20,000gvw Haden cooler in an integrated pallet.

Each Gearstar transmission features all-new bushings, bearings, thrust washers, seals, and modulator, with new steel plates, performance band, and Raybestos frictions. A TransGo shift kit is fitted, along with a high-capacity pump, and heavy-duty third clutch drum with a custom-matching piston and heavy-duty hardened race. The 2,000 stall speed converter is computer welded and balanced, with heavy-duty Torrington bearings and a heavy-duty hub. To calibrate the speedometer exactly, each unit comes with a new speedometer drive gear, and a new driven gear determined at the time of purchase, taking into consideration the differential ratio, tire diameter, and type of speedometer in each application. For more information contact Gearstar at (330) 434-5216 or