Big Is Beautiful
Superior Glass Works has your rodding comfort in mind and offers several fiberglass street rod bodies with enough space to stretch out and really enjoy the ride. The 1932 Ford three-window coupe features a 2 1/2-inch-deeper cabin by kicking out the base of the back window, while maintaining the stock body dimensions and proportions. Two other big '32s offered are a stock height and a 2-inch chopped Vicky. The '27 Ford roadster (aka "The King T") has 4 inches added to the depth of the cockpit.
Chevy fans are accommodated too. The '34 Chevy cabriolet has stretched doors, cockpit, and wheelbase, yielding a passenger compartment that is 7 inches deeper than a '32 Ford roadster. A stock height '34 Chevy three-window coupe and a '37-38 Chevy sedan delivery are also available. A radically modified '33 Willys sedan delivery is another option. All Superior Glass Works bodies are hand-laid with a heavy steel structure added throughout the body. They also craft custom chassis in their own shop for all 14 of the bodies they build, allowing them to deliver a complete rolling package with a new body assembled on a new chassis. For more information, contact Superior Glass Works at (800) 731-9373 or www.superiorglassworks.com.
Whether you want a clean look to where your wiring exits your firewall, or if you need to be able to disconnect your front sheetmetal clip quickly, Watson's Streetworks' new Billet Electric Firewall Plug could be your answer. Once installed, the plug screws together for a secure connection. It handles eight circuits, each with GM color-coded, 16-gauge wire.
The plug cover is 2 inches tall, 1 1/2 inches wide, and 7/8 inch deep with a clean wire exit flush to the surface. Supplied with a gasket, it offers a 10-amp rating per circuit and is good for a 3/16-inch maximum firewall thickness. For more information, contact Watson's Streetworks at (860) 859-0513 or www.watsons-streetworks.com.
Wilwood Engineering has engineered a disc brake kit for '55-57 Chevys that allows the use of aftermarket 14-inch wheels to retain the appearance of a restored Chevy with the enhanced stopping ability of disc brakes. The forged Dynalite Pro front kit features an aluminum hub assembly and an aluminum adapter plate connected to 11-inch rotors. Forged Dynalite calipers are used for their superior clamping ability and are available in Platinum-E, red, black, or in a polished finish for a show car appearance. This kit comes complete with the special caliper brackets, BP-10 brake pads, and all of the hardware required to complete the installation.
The Forged Dynapro rear brake kit is designed for the original '55-57 Chevy differential and it features forged Dynapro calipers in the same finishes as the front kit. This system uses an 11-inch rotor specially designed for use with an internal drum parking brake mechanism that also incorporates the caliper-mounting bracket. This kit also comes with BP-10 brake pads and all hardware. Now you can have the appearance of a restored Chevy with the stopping ability of a brand-new car! For more information, contact Wilwood Engineering at (805)388-1188 or www.wilwood.com.
If you've ever built a Flathead Ford V-8, you know the stock crank pulley is very easily bent and provides no vibration dampening features for the crankshaft. The result can be excessive wear on internal engine parts and an extremely short engine life. Speedway Motors' new chrome-plated Flathead balancer can help your Flathead live longer and run smoother. It fits '49-53 Flathead Ford V-8s and provides the vital protection from vibrations that ol' Henry should have offered in the first place, while offering a little flair to the front of the engine.
Matching bolt-on, chrome-plated pulleys, available for wide-belt or narrow-belt applications, are also available and necessary to complete your balancer installation. For more information, contact Speedway Motors at (800) 979-0122 or www.speedwaymotors.com.
What do you do if you don't want a brake booster or master cylinder in your engine bay, yet have no room under the car to fit them, or have ground clearance issues? Or maybe you want to hide them but want hanging pedals? Kugel Komponents offers this reverse-mount, 90-degree, hanging-style pedal assembly, which is compatible with power or manual brake systems as well as a 180-degree non-power assembly. Both units are available for brake and clutch or brake-only applications, and all master cylinders are available as standard fill or remote fill.
Supplied with a 7-inch power booster, though an 8-inch is available too, they use new Corvette master cylinders with a remote conversion lid. An optional slotted pedal arm (shown) is available, as are other options, including various styles of pedal pads and remote fill reservoirs. For more information, contact Kugel Komponents at (562) 691-7006 or www.kugelkomponents.com.
There can't be too many metalworking hobbyists unfamiliar with Ron Covell or the tools he sells, thanks to his magazine columns and features. Following his successful TIG Welding Basics DVD, he's teamed up with Miller Electric to offer a new DVD, this time called Advanced TIG Welding. It features how-to tips and instruction developed for hobbyists and home fabricators looking to become more proficient with the TIG welding process. Covell has used Miller equipment throughout his 45-year metalworking career.
Covering advanced topics, including welding chromoly steel, stainless steel, aluminum, magnesium, bronze, copper, and titanium, viewers can benefit from Covell's clear guidelines for using pulse and waveform adjustments that many new TIG machines have, along with practical advice on machine setup, joint preparation and weld finishing. For more information, contact: www.millerwelds.com or www.covell.biz.
Out of production for over 20 years, you can now get a brand-new twin carburetor induction system for your '49-60 Cadillac V-8, thanks to SO-MO Speed Shop's series of nostalgia fuel systems. The WidowMaker Double Deuce Standard (shown here) comes complete with "original and genuine" Stromberg 97 carburetors. The optional fuel log assembly is machined in-house from solid brass, with a liquid-filled fuel gauge, all-brass fittings, polished copper fuel lines, and an old-school glass bowl fuel filter. The fuel log assembly is also available separately if you already have a dual or Tri-power on your rod. All WidowMakers come with a fuel-resistant, laser-engraved serial number tag, which corresponds to a technical data sheet you receive with your system. SO-MO Speed Shop keeps this information in its database for future reference on your system. Each WidowMaker is custom-built to your specifications and comes fully assembled and base tuned. Many options are available, such as carburetor types, custom carburetor colors, air cleaner styles, and show polished or standard satin finished manifolds. For more information, contact SO-MO Speed Shop at (417) 887-3278 or www.somospeedshop.com.
Brice Thomas has been in the radiator business for over 50 years, and offers over 120 stock models, but of more interest to hobbyists is that they welcome special builds. So, whether you are building that one project car or are in the business of building cars, you only need to make one phone call. All Brice Thomas aluminum radiators are manufactured in the United States with the latest brazing technology and computer-aided design.
Shown here is the company's new '32 Ford radiator, which is also available for models using an automatic transmission, just one in their line of all-aluminum radiators for the antique and high-performance auto market. For more information, contact Brice Thomas Radiator at (800) 223-4299 or www.cgj.com.
Wire wheels have been around since the earliest days of automobiles, after switching from wooden wheels! However, in the '50s, manufacturers used them by choice rather than necessity, and always chromed, as was the norm for the era. Until now, wheel companies have relied on ancient manufacturing techniques, but Roadster Wire Wheel plans to change that with its new line of wire wheels for a wide range of applications. The wheels start out with a rolled steel hoop, which is treated to a four-layer nickel chrome-plating process, inside and out, resulting in a flawless finish, and are laced with stainless steel spokes, which ensure the wheels run true for longer with no maintenance, as they're stronger than regular steel.
The Thunderbird wire wheel is the first to debut with the new improvements, but others will follow, such as Cadillac, Buick, Chrysler, and Chevy. The Thunderbird wire is a lip-laced design with 56 spokes, and model-specific hubs for authentic lug patterns, rather than giving it a generic multi-lug hub. The wheels are available in 14x5, 14x5.5, 15x5, and 15x6, and fit '55-68 Thunderbirds. Also, Roadster Wire Wheel products will be distributed through Coker Tire Company, which opens up the possibility for a complete tire and wheel package for your classic car. For more information, contact Roadster Wire Wheel at (800) 251-6336 or www.roadsterwirewheel.com or www.cokertire.com.
For almost 20 years Hubbard's Impala Parts has been adding to its progressive product line. Now available are '64 Impala smoothie bumpers. These bumpers are a seamless, one-piece design that are made to fit original bumper brackets with no visible bolts for a truly smooth look. Laser cut and triple chrome-plated for superior shine and durability, they'll add an instant custom look to a part that few go the extra mile to achieve!
Already in the works are '62 and '63 bumpers, while Hubbard's also stock sheetmetal, exterior parts, weatherstripping, interior, and just about anything else for the Impala. For more information, contact Hubbard's at (800) 826-8050 or www.impalaparts.com.
American Gasser produces '40 and '41 Willys coupe reproduction gasser rolling chassis, as well as turnkey cars, striving for period-correct vehicles with standard frames and stock body components. They have also entered the dash gauge market with this set of '60s vintage-appearing gauges, constructed with Faria instrumentation. The set comes standard with a 3 3/8-inch-diameter mechanical speedometer, a 3 3/8-inch-diameter electronic tachometer, and 2 1/16-inch-diameter oil pressure, water temperature, fuel level, and volt gauges. An electronic speedometer is also available. The gauges are packaged with fuel, oil, and water temperature sending units in addition to all brackets, instructions, and hardware necessary for installation. The gauges are only available with chrome trim bezels with black faces, with more designs to follow. For more information, contact American Gasser at (330) 722-7241 or www.americangasser.com.
Tuck It In!
Patriot Exhaust Products recently introduced a Tight Tuck Header designed to fit '68-79 425/472/500 Cadillac engines in most hot rod applications. The header is constructed from 16-gauge tubing and 5/16-inch-thick flanges, and utilizes large 1 7/8-inch primary tubes and 3-inch collectors for improved flow and more horsepower. Patriot claims that their Tight Tuck design solves many of the problems associated with engine swaps in modern street rods or traditional hot rods.
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. They're available in a raw finish for individual customizing, or with Patriot's very popular metallic ceramic coating for increased resistance to corrosion and thermal fatigue. For more information contact Patriot Exhaust Products at (909) 599-5955 or www.pertronix.com.