If you're a custom guy or gal, you know just how hard it can be to find good, usable body and trim parts to create the custom of your dreams for cars that are 50 or 60 years old. Sure they're still out there, but at a price, often one that's out of reach for many. One of the most desirable parts for use on all manner of customs has always been the '49 Chevy front license plate guard, yet originals are in short supply. Even most '49 Chevys have had them removed long ago.
So how would you like a brand-new guard? If only, right? Well, The Filling Station has put them back in production. Designed for the '49, though it'll bolt right up to '49-52 Chevy bumpers, a little judicious trimming will see it fit many other makes and models. For more information, contact The Filling Station at (800) 841-6622 or www.fillingstation.com.
Draggin' On ...
Though R&C doesn't cover drag racing, even a cursory glance around the bleachers at events like the Hot Rod Reunion or March Meet is enough to realize traditional rodders love a little old-style drag racing. If that's your thing, you'll love this new release from Nitroactive.net. The Big Drags DVD features rare drag racing footage from four individual films shot in the '60s and '70s all on one digital disk. You'll see exciting highlights from the '64 NHRA Nationals, '68 Nationals, and the '72 World Finals. Interviews with drag racing legends, Don "The Snake" Prudhomme, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins, Wally Parks, Dick Landy, Linda Vaughn, and more are all here.
Also included is The Wonder of Drag Racing, a promotional drag racing film featuring Kelly Brown, driver of the Wonder Wagon Funny Car. With more than 90 minutes of vintage drag racing action, this digitally re-mastered compilation is a must-have for any fan of drag racing's glory days. For more information, contact Nitroactive at (714) 744-0785 or www.nitroactive.net.
One sure way to improve the look of any engine compartment, even on the tightest budget, is to bolt on chrome engine accessories. Trans-Dapt Performance Products has been in the automotive aftermarket for over 50 years, and introduced their first chrome accessories in 1964, the "Cobra-Head" Scoop Air Cleaner. While chrome accessories may be easy to install, finding matching components can sometimes be a bit more challenging. To make the job of finding matching parts less frustrating, Trans-Dapt offers complete kits that come with everything in one convenient package. Not only do these kits make finding compatible parts easier, they can also save you money rather than purchasing the components separately. Trans-Dapt chrome kits are available for Olds, Pontiac, small-block Chrysler, and small- and big-block Chevy and Ford motors. Each kit includes the most popular chrome engine parts available, and many of these kits are available with either tall or short valve covers. For more information, contact Trans-Dapt Performance Products at (562) 921-0404 or www.tdperformance.com.
Dept. Of Correction
It seems we misread the press release from Superior Glass Works on their fiberglass 1937 Chevy one-piece front end, which we ran in our September issue. The nose maintains stock dimensions and will mate to any steel '37-38 Chevy passenger car cowl. However, we told you it won't accept stock or reproduction grilles, when it fact it very definitely will. Apologies for any confusion caused. For more information, contact Superior Glass Works at (800) 731-9373 or www.superiorglassworks.com.
Takin' A Ribbin'
CCM Rod Shop's latest product in its Classic Series line of parts is this five-hole ribbed gauge panel. Machined from a solid piece of 3/4-inch 6061 aluminum, it has a fully ribbed bead-blasted center with a polished outer lip for a nostalgic look. It is machined so the gauges are recessed into the panel and is built to accept Classic Instruments gauges. However, it can be special ordered to accept other manufacturers' gauges. The panel measures 5 inches high by 16 1/2 inches long and is supplied bare, customers supplying their own gauges. For more information, contact CCM Rod Shop at (866) 999-1932 or www.ccmrodshop.com.
Hold Not Fold
Most everyone has to keep their registration documents in their car, which is fine in modern machinery with a glovebox, but what about that early hot rod with little to no storage space? Hot Rod Leather's latest accessory is this vintage-style registration holder, designed after an original, which Hot Rod Leather owner Eric Williams found in his '51 Packard, still with his mother's registration from 1966 inside! While retaining an original appearance, the new RH-51 holders are high-quality leather not vinyl, and feature a UV-resistant window. With nickel-plated rivets and loops, and plated springs and clips, they will last for many years. Sized like the originals, at 3 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches, they are available in black, red, or dark brown, and in two styles, with springs for steering column mount, or special clips, for sun visor mounting. Custom colors are available by special order. Up until the '60s, by law your registration had to be visible from outside the vehicle, and while that's no longer the case, these holders are not only practical but retro-cool too! For more information, contact Hot Rod Leather at (415) 935-7961 or www.hotrodleather.com.
With the ever-increasing sizes of tires today, and wheels to match, those wishing to retain a somewhat-stock appearance to their cars have every right to feel a little "left out", with their 14- or 15-inch wheels suddenly looking somewhat dated, not to mention small! If Rallye wheels are your choice of rollers, worry no more, as Wheel Vintiques has released an 18-inch steel Rallye wheel, available in 7- and 8-inch widths with a variety of standard and custom backspaces, in Ford and Chevy bolt patterns. Wheel Vintiques has many of the popular styles of cap too, such as derby, police, disc brake, and even truck caps. Trim rings will be available soon. The wheels are supplied in bare steel, but you can also have them chromed or powdercoated for an additional cost. For more information, contact Wheel Vintiques Inc. at (559) 251-6957 or www.wheelvintiques.com.
One of the biggest visual differences you can make to an early car is to eliminate the vent windows in the front doors for a smoother look, but it can be a chore, as not only do you have to have new glass cut to size, but also source all the U channel, stainless moldings, and whiskers. If you have a '40 Ford coupe or Tudor sedan, Jefferis Hot Rod Glass just made the chore a whole lot easier, with their new one-piece door conversion kit for these models. Including the front metal and U channel glass runs, preformed stainless steel inner and outer door moldings and whiskers, as well as tempered glass in gray, bronze, or green, pretty much all the pain of the swap has been eliminated. For more information, contact Jefferis Hot Rod Glass at (800) 807-1937 or www.onepiececurved.com.
If you box a chassis, fabricate your own from box section, or even install a front clip from another car, chances are you don't give a thought to the inside of the framerails, despite lavishing time, money, and materials on the exterior. The "used" clip scenario is especially important, as depending on the age of the clip, it'll undoubtedly have some rust inside the 'rails already. Eastwood's Internal Frame Coating is formulated to convert and encapsulate the rust inside a frame. Eastwood's formulation also incorporates zinc phosphate to further protect the metal from future corrosion. The viscosity is stabilized to ensure proper flow and penetration to the existing corrosion, and the coating fully cures in 24 hours. For more information, contact Eastwood at (800) 343-9353 or www.eastwood.com.
This '57 Chevy Instrument System is the first product in Dakota Digital's new VHX Series. Offering lighted needles, backlit faces, and full character message centers for all displays, the VHX Series provides a fresh approach to custom instrumentation. The VHX Series utilizes solid-state sensors and precision stepper motors for the ultimate in accuracy, coupled with a limited lifetime warranty for complete support both now and in the future. The new series allows for future plug-in expansion modules, allowing nearly any type or amount of vehicle data to be shown within the message centers. The '57 Chevy Instrument System attaches directly into the stock instrument pod and utilizes either a stock or aftermarket wiring harness, and stock, modified, or late-model drivetrain. Systems are available with a blue or red display color and either a satin silver or carbon-fiber style face. For more information, contact Dakota Digital at (877) 240-9363 or www.dakotadigital.com.
New from Performance Distributors is this ZZ Crate Engine Davis Unified Ignition (DUI) distributor, specifically designed for the ZZ-4, ZZ-454, and the ZZ-502. Two features distinguish it from the regular line of DUI distributors. The advance curve is calibrated to accommodate the GM Performance catalog's timing recommendations. The optimized curve provides instant throttle response and maximum performance while protecting against detonation. Secondly, a melonized distributor gear is used to mesh properly with the crate engine's steel hydraulic roller camshaft. The distributor comes complete, including the dependable Street/Strip DUI Coil and Dyna-Module, allowing plug gaps to be opened to 0.050-0.055-inch, burning fuel completely. Magnetic pickup coil power is ensured by aligning the teeth on the pickup to the teeth on the shaft reluctor to very exact tolerances. For more information, contact Performance Distributors at (901) 396-5782 or www.performancedistributors.com.
One of the jobs many people farm out when building what amounts to a one-off car is the exhaust system, but there's really no need, as a custom system can be fabricated from an assortment of bends and straight tube, not forgetting a muffler or two! Mandrel bends offer consistent smooth gas flow, unlike the bends most exhaust shops will put in straight tube, which distorts the circular cross section of the tube at the bends.
Deeds Engineering can supply mild steel, 304 stainless steel, and 6061 aluminum mandrel bends, with a wide choice of bend radii. For ease of fabrication they are available in 180-, 90-, and 45-degree bend options, allowing you to create a unique system that perfectly fits your car. Header flanges, three-bolt flanges, hangers, and clamps are also available. Of course exhausts aren't the only application, as the bends can be used on induction and coolant plumbing systems, as well as fuel fillers. Cut a mandrel bend across its curve and you have cool indents or bulges to weld into panel work too! For more information, contact Deeds Engineering at (818) 842-2500 or www.deedsengineering.com.