Street Smart

Performance Automatic now offers its 4L60E GM electronic overdrive transmission Street Smart Package for all LS-powered vehicles. This package (PN PA60103) includes the company’s Stage 1 4L60E transmission, refined and incorporating many gear train and hydraulic modifications, a custom-built, 2,500-rpm lock-up stall converter, a new rubber mount, Smart Shift Trans controller (no lap top required), dipstick, filler tube, and a one-year warranty.

The Street Smart Package provides a modern-day electronic overdrive transmission package to complement the high-tech GM LS engine. This trans is designed to be driven on the highway, down the strip, and everywhere in between. For more information, contact Performance Automatic at (301) 963-8078 or

Safe Shifting

We showed you an install on LimeWorks’ Safety Shifter in our June ’11 issue, but you may be interested to know that the safety part of that kit is available without the column for use with an original column. The Retro Safety Shifter Kit comprises the aluminum upper and lower housings with all working parts in stainless steel, and allows a safety switch to be fitted to fit columns with a diameter of 1 1/2 or 1 3/4 inches.

Available for GM TH350-, 400-, and 700-R4, as well as Ford C4 automatic transmissions, the kit allows the vehicle to start in Park only. Shifter shaft diameters of 3/4 or 5/8 inch can be accommodated. The shifter shaft and linkage is not included, though the linkage kit can also be purchased separately in lengths of 14-18 inches. For more information, contact LimeWorks at (562) 698-1227 or

Live Wire

Performance Distributors Live Wires are a revolutionary type of spark plug wire. Approximately 1/2 inch in diameter, the wires come with a heat-resistant sleeving to provide the best protection from headers and manifold heat. The sleeving provides protection from -76 degrees F to +1,400 degrees F, and the wires are custom fit for your engine, so no assembly is required.

For your convenience, each end of the wire is numbered to correspond to the correct cylinder. Spiral winding prevents electronic interference and heat shrink is applied between the boot and sleeving to keep dirt and moisture away from the wire terminals. Live Wires are also available in red, blue, black, yellow, and purple. For more information, contact Performance Distributors at (901) 396-5782 or


If you’re tackling bodywork on a ’51-52 Chevrolet, you’ll be pleased to hear that EMS now has repair sections available for the lower rear quarter-panel. It fits all two- and four-door body styles, and repairs the area from the center of the wheel opening all the way back to the tail pan.

Constructed from 18-gauge steel, the panel is precision formed with all OEM details, such as the recess for the bumper and the hole for the bumper iron. For more details, contact EMS at (216) 541-4585 or

Bend Me, Shape Me

The Bend Press Benchtop Press Brake from Trick Tools is the perfect solution for the fabricator needing to bend small sections of sheetmetal and plate steel. Utilizing a common 20-ton bottle jack (not included), this press requires no outside power source or specialized pumps and is a perfect fit for those with limited work space.

The Bend Press is ideal for making a variety of suspension and body support brackets up to 5/8-inch thick, and with the optional four-sided V-die, tight radius bends can be made in sheetmetal. With the addition of the H-frame Press attachment, the Bend Press can install bearings or form up to 1/8-inch plate with dimple dies. Depth and travel gauges are also available. For more information, contact Trick Tools at (877) 826-7268 or

Sound Barrier

This new Leather Look Sound Barrier from Boom Mat is an ideal way to reduce noise and have a premium leather appearance. Available in a moisture-resistant, black leather embossed material, this product was designed for insulating trunks, door panels, floors, speaker boxes, and package shelves—any interior area of a vehicle where a leather appearance would provide a finishing touch.