One of the most beautiful steering wheels to ever grace a Ford interior has to be the highly sought-after Crestliner wheel, and now you can stop combing swap meets for a beat-up one, thanks to Juliano’s. This new Crestliner wheel is a beautiful copy of the original ’49-50 Ford accessory, and unlike the original, it’s machined from solid aluminum so it will never crack.
Scaled-down from the original 18-inch diameter to 16 inches for ergonomics purposes, it is available for GM-style columns or early keyed and later splined Ford columns. It can be ordered with or without a horn ring, and you can get it in primer, ready-to-paint, or Juliano’s will be happy to ship you a finished one in a black or white painted finish. For more information, contact Juliano’s at (860) 872-1932 or www.julianos.com.
One Scoop Or Two?
Remember when scoops were a popular option to running a standard air cleaner? Well, they still are thanks to O’Brien Truckers, who’s now offering these two fully polished versions for popular four-barrel carburetors with a standard 5 1/8-inch opening. Both scoops feature a washable “lifetime” cotton gauze element. The oval-opening scoop is reminiscent of a classic Gasser scoop, while being a completely functional air cleaner. It’s fully polished, and the opening is fitted with a good-looking, rustproof expanded-metal mesh to keep the bugs out. It measures 15 x 8 1/2 inches, and is 5 inches tall. The rectangular-opening version is a recreation of another traditional scoop, and that one also comes fully polished, while the hardware includes the center stud with stainless acorn nut and washer. The overall measurement is 13 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, and it’s 4 1/2 inches tall. For more information, contact O’Brien Truckers at (508) 248-1555 or www.obrientruckers.com.
Eddie Motorsports has recently introduced their new line of S-Drive billet aluminum serpentine pulley systems. The compact S-Drives feature pulleys and mounting brackets that are CNC-machined from 6061-T6 aluminum and are available for LS, big- and small-block Chevrolet engines. The kits are available in configurations with or without power steering and/or air conditioning.
The S-Drive pulley systems include all of the necessary billet aluminum pulleys and stainless steel fasteners as well as the highest quality, name-brand components, including Edelbrock water pump, Powermaster 105-amp alternator, Gates tensioner, and six-rib serpentine belt. Sanden A/C compressor, Maval P/S pump, and ATI dampers (LS engines only) are also included where applicable. For more information, contact Eddie Motorsports at (888) 813-1293 or www.eddiemotorsports.com.
Classic Instruments and SO-CAL Speed Shop have joined forces to offer a new series of instruments, combining the design craftsmanship and quality of the former, and the nostalgic history and great name of the latter. The instrument clusters are available at all Classic Instruments dealers and all SO-CAL Speed Shops. Instrument sets will come complete with all the necessary sending units and can be upgraded to have GPS technology with the Sky Drive. For more information, contact Classic Instruments at (800) 575-0461 or www.classicinstruments.com, or SO-CAL Speed Shop at (909) 469-6171 or www.so-calspeedshop.com.
This new electronic module from American Autowire replaces an ordinary dimmer switch. It can be attached to other modules with the supplied locking wedge or stand-alone with the included mounting bracket. When the headlight switch is on, the module resets to the low beam circuit. When the lights are off, holding the momentary switch activates the “Flash to Pass” safety option on the high beam circuit.
The module accommodates standard sealed beam and Halogen headlights in two- and four-light configurations, includes a 30-amp circuit breaker, and takes the current load off the headlight switch. Instead of passing power to the low and high beam circuits the headlight switch simply provides a “headlights on” signal to the module. The “Flash to Pass” option is active only when the headlight switch is in the “off” position, and when the lights are on, the “Flash to Pass’ is simply the normal activation of the high beam circuit. For more information, contact American Autowire at (800) 482-9473 or www.americanautowire.com.
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 www.performanceautomatic.com.
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 www.limeworksspeedshop.com.
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 www.performancedistributors.com.
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 www.emsautomotive.com.
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 www.trick-tools.com.
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.
Function is equally important and the new Leather Look Sound Barrier is proven to significantly reduce incoming sounds caused by outside noise, troublesome rattles or squeaks, while providing a level of thermal insulation that lessens transfer of heat and cold in any climate. They are available in three sizes: 24x48 inches, 48x48 inches, and 48-inch widths sold by the linear foot. For more information, contact Boom Mat at (800) 264-9472 or www.boommat.com.
Oil’s Well …
Kendall GT-1 motor oil with Liquid Titanium was launched in 2009, offering exceptional wear protection benefits. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tests now confirm the oil delivers more than twice the improvement in fuel economy benefits required to meet the new GF-5 specification adopted by the International Lubricants Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC).
While automakers targeted a 0.5 percent improvement in economy over GF-4 specs, ILSAC concluded 0.3 percent was more realistic. Kendal GT-1 with Liquid Titanium achieved a 0.7 percent improvement. So now you can get a motor oil that not only reduces engine wear, according to its manufacturer, but is proven to save you fuel. For more information, contact Kendall Motor Oil at www.kendallmotoroil.com.