Rad Rides new All Inclusive Voltage Kit could be the answer to hard-to-access batteries, making remote charging or jump-starting simple. The kit includes charging lugs with bezel, remote battery shut off, billet battery tray, and an XS Power D975 battery. The remote lug charging station comes in either a flush panel bezel mount or a frame mount. This allows you to service your battery or jump-start without tearing your car apart. The remote key fob-operated battery shut-off allows you to disconnect your battery for storage, transport, or safety without ever picking up a wrench. Simply click the key fob to connect or disconnect the battery-a major theft deterrent. The switch is wired into the system after the charge lugs, so you can tend to your battery without risk to any of your electrical components. It is rated at 1,100 amps. The shut off monitors battery voltage, disconnecting automatically if it drops below 11.8 V while at rest. Also included is an XS Power D975 compact battery, which can deliver 1,000 initial cranking amps for 15 seconds, and a Rad Rides billet battery tray. Rad Rides also offers a dual battery tray for the XS Power D975 for those who want big numbers out of a compact arrangement. All of the billet components are available in clear or black anodized or a polished finish. For more information, contact Rad Rides at (815) 468-2590 or www.radrides.com.
Light 'Em Up
Vintique Inc. reproduces hundreds of vintage Ford parts, and these '49-50 taillamp assemblies are the latest. Made using new tooling, and featuring chrome-cast bezels and U.S.-made glass lenses, available with or without blue dots, they employ cotton-braided wires just like the originals. Vintique Inc. is the only reproduction Ford parts manufacturer with the trademark reflective paint buckets for a bright, even glow. Of course, despite being an exact replacement for stock lights, these lamps are ideal for any custom installation on a slightly contoured surface. Vintique Inc. can also supply replacement rubber gaskets that mount between the taillight and fender. For more information, contact Vintique Inc. at (714) 634-1932.
There are many rodders who would love to put a Ford engine in their street rod, classic, or custom. The Speedway Motors 302 Ford Hot Rod Engine is a dyno-proven package that delivers a stout 300-plus horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. It's based on a seasoned block with a 0.040-inch overbore, premium cast crankshaft, and balanced rotating assembly with 9.6:1 pistons. To that they've added a hydraulic roller camshaft, double-roller timing chain, and modified cast-iron Ford heads with swirl-polished valves (1.94-inch intake and 1.6-inch exhaust) and hardened retainers and springs. The engine comes complete with finned aluminum valve covers, a polished aluminum oil pan, performance distributor, harmonic balancer, and 157-tooth flexplate installed, just add your carburetor, water pump, and accessories and you're ready to go! There's even a 30-month/50,000-mile manufacturer's warranty to back it up. For more information, contact Speedway Motors at (800) 9979-0122 or www.speedwaymotors.com.
Need A Hug?
It's hardly news that vintage engines are the hot ticket right now, but they're not easily used if there are no dedicated ancillaries on the market. Patriot Exhaust Products introduced a Tight Tuck Block Hugger-style header designed to fit Chevy 348-409 "W"-block engines in most street rod applications. The header is constructed from 16-gauge tubing and 5/16-inch-thick flanges and utilizes large 1 3/4-inch primary tubes and 2 1/2-inch collectors for improved flow and more horsepower. The headers are designed to fit in the tightest of engine compartments, clear all-stock motor mounts, and can be used with any oil filter system or transmission and starter combination. These Patriot Tight Tuck headers are available in a raw finish for individual customizing (PN H8066) or with Patriot's very popular metallic ceramic coating for increased resistance to corrosion and thermal fatigue (PN H8066-1). Patriot headers come complete with high-temperature gaskets, header bolts, reducers, and complete instructions. For more information, contact Patriot Exhaust Products at (909) 599-5955 or www.pertronix.com.
It All Hinges On This
Eddie Motorsports now manufactures billet aluminum hood hinges for '55-57 Chevrolets. The hinges are CNC-machined from 6061-T6 billet aluminum and employ high-quality sealed ball bearings for a smooth reliable operation. They are available in machined, satin, or brilliant polished finish, black or clear anodized, or a wide variety of colored Fusion-coated finishes. Designed as direct-fit, "bolt-on" units, the hinges utilize the stock mounting holes that have been elongated for ease of gap adjustment. Whether you are looking for the ultimate in underhood customizing or just want to replace your weak stamped-steel stock hood hinges with these stout billet pieces, Eddie Motorsports hinges are the answer. For more information, contact Eddie Motorsports at (888) 813-1293 or www.eddiemotorsports.com.
Recreational vehicles, handheld power equipment, small engines, construction, and farm equipment are commonly operated seasonally or infrequently, then stored for long periods of time. During these periods of inactivity, and as a result of fluctuations in temperature, condensation can form, causing surface corrosion on steel and iron compounds. It may also dry out cylinders, which can cause permanent damage when the equipment is dry-started. When you think about it, many rods and customs are treated in the same way as these engines!
Oil will act as a barrier, but only for so long-the most effective protection being an aerosol fogging oil. AMSOIL has introduced a new premium engine fogging oil that offers superior film retention and provides long-term protection against rust and corrosion. It's applied through the engine intake or carburetor as the engine is running for a complete distribution of oil onto engine parts. It is easier, more effective, and cleaner than pouring motor oil into the engine cylinders and manually rotating the engine. For more information, contact AMSOIL at (800) 777-8491.
Open And Shut Case
Early automotive door latches often leave a lot to be desired, as evidenced by the popularity of "bearclaw"-type conversions. But these require welding and can't easily be retrofitted on finished cars. However, the Altman Easy Latch is a vehicle-specific bolt-on rotary claw latch kit designed to be installed without welding. Claimed to be the first and currently only such kit, it connects to factory interior and exterior handles and exterior locks. Currently available for '37-39 Ford coupes, Tudor sedans, and sedan deliveries, each kit comes with vehicle-specific bearclaw latches, contour-fitting jamb plates, striker plates that bolt in the stock location, and stainless steel striker bolts. Also supplied are detailed instructions, and all necessary templates and hardware to ensure the doors open and close smoothly and safely. For more information, contact Trique Manufacturing at (866) 987-4783 or www.triquemfg.com.
Aeromotive's new EFI Bypass Fuel Regulator (PN 13129) is proof that you don't have to sacrifice performance and precision control for the sake of your budget. This regulator encompasses features and benefits found on all Aeromotive regulators, yet in a new smaller and lighter package, capable of handling the most aggressive street engines but docile enough for your daily driver. Designed with EFI engines like the GM LS, Ford Mod Motor, and Chrysler Hemi in mind, the 13129 is perfect for late-model EFI transplants. It features a bypass design and provides two ORB-06 inlet/outlet ports, one ORB-06 return port, vacuum boost reference port, and a 1/8-inch NPT gauge port. Base pressure is adjustable from 30-70 psi and fuel pressure rises on a 1:1 ratio with boost. As with all Aeromotive regulators, the 13129 incorporates CNC-machined 6061-T6 billet aluminum construction and a convoluted diaphragm utilizing proprietary elastomer materials for precision pressure control. In addition, this regulator features a bright dip black anodized cap and stainless steel mounting bracket. For more information, contact Aeromotive at (913) 647-7300 or www.aeromotiveinc.com.