If you want to run air conditioning and an alternator on any '37-53 Ford or Mercury Flathead motor, check out this new steel bracket system from Alan Grove Components. The street rod bracket design mounts the A/C compressor and alternator off of the original generator-mounting flange and is designed to retain the stock carburetor as well as some multiple carburetion setups. The bracket is furnished with all necessary hardware and illustrated instructions for easy installation. For more information, contact Alan Grove Components at (913) 837-4368 or www.agcbracket.com.
The original Doug's Headers has announced an improved version of their popular all stainless steel construction electric exhaust cutouts in 2 1/2- and 3-inch diameters. The engineers at Doug's have dramatically decreased the size for more versatile installations while lowering the price. The cutouts feature a rugged gear reduction 12-volt DC motor and a rotating gate for a leak-proof seal every time the cutout is opened and closed. Unlike butterfly style versions, the Doug's cutouts don't have the leaky gasket sound, and when fully opened there are no exhaust flow obstructions. A pre-wired harness with an illuminated rocker switch is supplied for easy installation. Un-cork your exhaust with the flip of a switch from your dash. These Doug's cutouts are available in singles or pairs and in complete kits with Y-pipes for easy installation. For more information, contact Doug's Headers at (909) 599-5955.
One-piece bumpers for early '50s Chevys are getting harder to find, but are more desirable for their cleaner look compared to the three-piece versions that use overriders to hide the joints. If you have a '53-54 Chevy, your swap meet searches are over. Chevs of the 40's is now offering one-piece front and rear (excluding sedan delivery and wagon) bumpers for '53 and '54 cars, as well as the rear for '53-54 passenger cars.
Triple chrome plated, with bumper boltholes in the correct locations, they're a direct replacement for your old three-piece versions. Chevs of the 40's even has new bumper bolts to complete the installation. For more information, contact Chevs of the 40's at (800) 999-2438 or www.chevsofthe40s.com.
OL' Big Nose!
Superior Glass Works has added a one-piece, fiberglass '37 Chevy nose to its extensive line of fiberglass parts for '37-38 Chevy cars, in addition to 14 street rod bodies. Functional and lightweight for a Gasser or full-on race car, or a super-trick feature for a street rod, the one-piece nose saves time and money over assembling separate steel or fiberglass parts.
This nose will mate to any steel '37-38 Chevy passenger car cowl. It maintains all the stock dimensions and it will accept stock or reproduction grilles. Several custom features include filled bumper holes, smooth hood and hood sides, grille shell with side trim molded in, and upper grille trim molded into the hood. It is available in race or street weight. For more information, contact Superior Glass Works at (800) 731-9373 or www.superiorglassworks.com.
Time for Bed
Why is it that pickup cabs are relatively easy to find, but most originals have long since been separated from their beds? Pro's Pick makes building a pickup easier with its range of beds for most Fords and Chevys, as well as '36-38 Dodges. They also just announced a new Model A pickup box manufactured from 16-gauge satin-coated steel (similar to galvanized)
The basic kit includes the two bedsides, front panel, and all crossmembers with a complete bed kit, including the tailgate, hidden latches, and hidden hinges. The floor is available as an assembled unit as well. For more information, contact Pro's Pick at (800) 865-7366 or www.pros-pick.com.
Art for Art's Sake
Renowned artist Dennis McPhail has teamed up with sculptor Craig Campbell to create two limited-edition polyurethane resin art forms in the shape of a wheel with wings and a '34 grille with wings. They are all hand painted using automotive paint in several colors, and are perfect for your desk or trophy shelf. A number of new shift knobs are also available, with three shown here, as well as posters. For more information contact Dennis McPhail at www.artistatlarge.com.