Rocket 'n' Rollin'
Rocket Racing Wheels announced new wheel styles, including the Rocket Launcher and Igniter. The former mimics the 12-spoke spindle-mount design popular on '60s drag cars, but in a 10-spoke design with five-lug bolt-on application. Available in three different finishes-gray painted centers with machined outers, fully polished, or the satin "as cast" look-the Rocket Launcher is a safer way to achieve the look of an old race car without the associated problems of using old magnesium spindle mount wheels and minimal brakes. The Igniter series, inspired by early Salt Flats racing wheels and featuring five kidney bean style windows with a rib between each one, are made from precision-cast A356 aluminum, topped off with a vintage-style aluminum O-ring center cap. They're available in the same finishes as the Rocket Launcher series. For more information contact Rocket Racing Wheels at (888) 307-7525 or www.rocketracingwheels.com.
You may have heard the news that Bob Drake Reproductions is to reproduce '40 Ford coupe bodies in steel, with complete bodies available by the end of this year. Undoubtedly outstanding news, especially as it also means previously unavailable reproduction parts will become available. The first of these are the front floor pan for all '39-40 Ford cars, the middle and trunk floor pans for '39 coupes and '40 five-window coupes (not the business coupe that has opera seats), and a '40 coupe trunk lid. These parts are made in exactly the same way as the Ford factory produced them 70 years ago, with massive single-hit steel-stamping dies, Bob Drake determined that the best and only way to make these parts correctly was with traditional manufacturing processes. All the original details are present on these panels. For more information contact Bob Drake Reproductions at (800) 221-3673 or www.bobdrake.com.
Multi-Port EZ EFI
We've shown you the FAST EZ-EFI before, a self-tuning fuel injection system that eliminates the need for a complicated laptop setup. Now it's also available for multi-port fuel injected engines, including the GM TPI, Ford 5.0L, and other performance engines. There is no limit on horsepower because the system is based on each customer's supplied injectors, running up to eight high-impedance injectors to support a wide range of applications. This performance kit includes a self-tuning ECU, wide-band oxygen sensor (with fitting and plug), hand-held user interface, tach adapter, multi-port wiring harness, and everything necessary for a quick-and-easy installation.
The multi-port wiring harness is pre-wired and labeled for common GM sensors. However, FAST offers a full line of compatible sensors, injectors, and adapters if needed. The EZ-EFI system requires a return line to the fuel tank, though FAST offers a compatible adjustable regulator, as well as various fuel system kits that include the regulator. For more information contact FAST at (877) 334-8355 or www.fuelairspark.com.
She's Real Fine ...
Already providing crankcases, heads, and intakes, World Products now offers a new aluminum replacement engine block for the Chevy 409 motor. Weighing 140 pounds lighter than the original, this new 409's block deck is machined at 64 degrees to the cylinder center line, unlike the 90-degree convention of most engines, and the distinctive appearance of the 409 water pump is retained, as are most of the engine's external surface areas. Internally, however, improvements include the cylinder bores increased from 4.3125 inches to 4.5 inches, the camshaft raised by 1/4 inch to accommodate longer stroke lengths, and the block permits a stroke length of 4.750 inches, offering a potential displacement of 632 ci. The original 409 when endowed with a 4-inch stroke was limited to 482. Also four-bolt main caps replace the two-bolt originals. For more information contact World Products at (631) 981-1918 or www.worldcastings.com.
De Fender of the Faith
While the "golden age" of hot rodding may well be considered to have occurred several decades ago, right now is a pretty cool time to be involved in the hobby, with the number of new and reproduction parts coming to market. Who would've dreamed of so many steel bodies and panels becoming available? Steve's Auto Restorations is one company that can make '33-34 aficionados' dreams come true, and now offers brand-new steel reproduction rear fenders for the '33-34 Ford sedan delivery.
The new fenders are patterned from an NOS fender in the SAR collection, with new dies created to produce fenders that match the proper shape and contours of the originals. The latest advancements in tooling ensure the edge bead is consistent for the entire length of the fender. All necessary mounting holes are pre-punched in the correct locations and include the reinforcement strap welded to the underside. For more information contact Steve's Auto Restorations at (503) 665-2222 or www.stevesautorestorations.com.
Sleeves and Ties
If your car uses tie-rod sleeves on its steering you'll appreciate these new billet versions from Classic Performance Products. Made from 6061 T6 aluminum and offered in clear anodized, black anodized, or polished, they're available for Chevy trucks, full-size passenger cars, Camaros, Novas, and Chevelles. OK so the last three don't meet Rod & Custom's remit, but maybe your ride uses a front clip from one of these cars? These tie-rod sleeves may be a small detail, but they replace an otherwise unattractive component to ensure your entire front suspension looks good. For more information contact Classic Performance Products at (714) 522-2000 or www.classicperform.com.
In a Spin
The air cleaner on your hot rod's engine does more than just filter out dirt and dust. It also helps define the style and character of your car's engine compartment. The air filter assembly is the first thing most people see when you open your hood. Speedway Motors' new Nostalgia Spun Aluminum Air Cleaner is made from high-quality aluminum, the contoured air cleaner lid having a domed-top, mushroom-shape design similar to popular air cleaners from the '50s. The base fits common 5 1/8-inch four-barrel carburetor necks and supports a high-flow air filter element. Measuring in at 8 inches in diameter and 3 3/8 inches tall, the assembly is perfect for all single four-barrel carburetor applications. While the natural spun-aluminum finish provides a nostalgic appearance, it could also be polished or painted for a truly custom look. For more information contact Speedway Motors at (800) 979-0122 or www.speedwaymotors.com.