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.