Lost and Found
Who doesn't love a hot rod "barn find" story, or a tale of an old survivor car? Lost Hot Rods is an entire book of such encounters, and we can't think of anyone more suited to penning it than Pat Ganahl, whose nationwide network of contacts helped make it possible. Ganahl tells us of old hot rods and customs that have been in storage for decades, suddenly to resurface. While a few famous cars are included, the book mainly showcases little-known cars that have made it to the present day without being parted out or wrecked.
How about Ron Aguirre's "X-Sonic" Corvette, which turned up as a parts car at a Vette restorer's shop? Or the very rare Barris kustom discovered at a garage sale? Or the mint Deuce roadster that was discovered because someone said they knew where there was one "just like yours" in a neighborhood garage? You get the point. It's a great book, and we had trouble putting it down! For more information, contact CarTech Books at www.cartechbooks.com.
Phoenix Transmission Products offers a wide variety of automatic transmissions, torque converters, and installation components, including crossmembers, to make nearly any conversion or installation easy and trouble-free. Each transmission and converter are built entirely in house, set up, and dyno tested for your particular application, right down to the correct speedometer gears.
Phoenix has the experience and know-how to take the hassle out of your next transmission swap, and it's all backed with a warranty. For more information, contact Phoenix Transmission Products at (817) 599-7680 or www.phoenixtrans.com.
Veda Or ...
Vintage speed equipment is big news these days, and these new Veda Spec caps from Sellers Equipped evoke images of those knock-off caps from the early days of hot rodding. Cast from aluminum, hand-prepped, sandblasted, and then oiled to replicate old magnesium with brushed letters, they fit over OEM or reproduction stainless '32 Ford hubcaps, and will fit '32 and up Ford or Kelsey wire wheels. Measuring 6-3/4 inches in diameter and 1-inch deep, they can be supplied on their own or ready mounted on repro caps for a snap 'n' go application.
To fit the Veda Spec caps, remove the outer stainless face from a set of repro '32 caps, weld the two steel halves together as they come with three tack welds and will now be carrying considerably more weight, machine the center out, and bolt them to the pseudo knock-offs. All orders are supplied with a Veda Spec key fob. For more information, contact Sellers Equipped at www.sellersequipped.com.
Hang 'Em High
Figuring out mounts for an exhaust system that combine function with appearance is often a chore, but these new billet aluminum hangers from Deeds Engineering do just that and more! The hanger locates the exhaust tubing firmly while the soft, high-temp bushing dampens exhaust vibration to the chassis. Stainless steel hardware is used to bolt the two halves of the clamp together.
Available for 2 1/4-, 2 1/2 -, and 3-inch exhaust tubing diameters, all sizes are offered with a natural machined finish or a hand-polished shine finish. Check out our project '49 Chevy build that ran in the March '11 issue (page 18) to see these clamps installed. For more information, contact Deeds Engineering at (818) 842-2500 or www.deedsengineering.com.
The classic five-spoke wheel design will never go out of style, though Billet Specialties' new Mag version brings it right up to date. With a soft lip rim and a precision-cast center, they are available in polished or powdercoated gray finishes, accepting a bolt-on center cap. Available in 17-, 18-, or 20-inch diameters, each wheel is built to the customer's specs at no extra charge. Available bolt patterns for these made in America wheels include the popular Ford and Chevy applications of 5x4.50, 5x4.75, and 5x5. For more information, contact Billet Specialties at (877) 240-4187 or www.billetspecialties.com.
We're beginning to think Speedy Bill is gearing up to produce complete early Fords due to the extent of Speedway Motors' parts catalog for them! The latest products are '39-48 Ford wheel cylinders. Modern brake fluids have very aggressive chemistry that can attack raw cast iron and cause costly and potentially dangerous brake failures. To avoid these problems, Speedway Motors starts with all-new castings and installs corrosion-resistant stainless steel sleeves to provide extremely long-lasting performance.
Each wheel cylinder has two bore sizes, just as the originals did, features new pistons, cups, seals, and bleeders, and is available for the left- and right-hand side of both front and rear brakes. For more information, contact Speedway Motors at(800) 979-0122 or www.speedwaymotors.com.
Classic Performance Products has been supplying steering, brake, and suspension components for Chevy and Ford classic trucks, as well as Chevy passenger cars, for 20 years. The latest products are these nickel-plated steering universal joints.
Designed to work at angles up to 30 degrees, the U-joints are CNC-machined and precision broached for a perfect fit. The stainless steel sealed bearing cap and nickel plating give a polished stainless appearance, and all popular sizes are available. For more information, contact Classic Performance Products at (714) 522-2000 or www.classicperform.com.
Got You Cornered
Steve's Auto Restoration (SAR) has been fabricating replacement quarter-panel corners for '32 roadsters and three-window coupes for over three years. The question arose as to why the '34 guys didn't offer replacement corners for '33-34 coupes and roadsters. Well, the question has been answered and the demand has now been met. SAR now hand fabricates replacement quarter-panel corners to fit the '33-34 Ford coupe, roadster, or cabriolet.
Each corner is 8 1/2 inches tall and includes the outer flange. So, whether yours are rusted or has suffered body damage, SAR has you covered. For more information, contact Steve's Auto Restorations at (503) 665-2222 or www.stevesautorestorations.com.
The latest steering wheel design from CON2R is this limited edition "Jolly Roger" wheel that features a detailed white resin skull and cross bones built on a full steel frame with a 2-inch offset, 15-inch outside diameter ABS grip, and a standard three-bolt mounting pattern.
This wheel is available with a choice of eight different grip colors and the skull and bones can be customized to your heart's content with paint, patina, or pummeling to achieve the dead-on look you want for your ride. Only 101 of these wheels will be produced. For more information, contact CON2R at (503) 626-6390
Eliminating keys and using a push button to start your engine is neat, but hardly a theft deterrent! Now, thanks to ididit Inc. you can have the best of both worlds! This Keyless Ignition System can be mounted in a new steering column or even a dash. The provided key fob communicates with the ignition control module to verify the owner and will pre-authorize the ignition system, enabling the engine to start when the button is pushed.
The kit contains the control module and two key fobs with automatic or manual modes and an adjustable range of up to 10 feet. For more information, contact ididit at (517) 424-7293 or www.ididitinc.com.
Pump It Up
The GM Type II or Stage II power steering pump is designed to fit tight against the block, which makes it ideal for extra-cramped applications. This power steering pump bracket from Flaming River is designed to fit the Stage II pump, with either short or longneck water pumps, and is available for small- and big-block applications.
Manufactured from black oxide steel using precision laser machinery, the bracket is supplied with a billet aluminum tension adjuster and mounting hardware. Pumps, reservoirs, and stainless braided hoses are also available. For more information, contact Flaming River at (866) 815-3673 or www.flamingriver.com.
Turned Down Again?
Car Chemistry's sound suppression exhaust turndowns not only reduce sound levels but are claimed to increase performance too. The inserts are designed to increase flow by actually drawing or pulling exhaust gases through the exhaust system, in some cases increasing torque and horsepower, while decreasing sound decibels and directing the exhaust away from the vehicle.
Simply bolt the turndowns onto your collector flange, allowing for easy installation and removal. The special "bologna cut" turndown takes up less ground clearance space than conventional turndowns. Use the two-disc unit for drag racing or the three-disc version for street/strip use. For more information, contact Car Chemistry at (972) 937-7735 or www.carchemistry.com.