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Night Prowlers Kustom Kemp Accessories is again offering their ’52-54 Mercury headlight frenching kit. The kit is comprised of a pair of primer-coated steel headlight rims, which are faithful reproductions of the original ’52-54 Mercury car rims, two polished stainless steel bezels, and six bezel clips. These Mercury rims and bezels have been traditional custom components for years, but now you don’t have to trawl junkyards to find them any longer! The inner bezels are also available separately, and extra bezel clips can also be purchased individually. For more information, contact Night Prowlers at (855) 776-9537 or

Lube In A Tube

This new assembly lube from AMSOIL Inc. is specially formulated to provide exceptional wear protection against rust and corrosion in newly built or rebuilt four-stroke engines. It dissolves in oil, helping eliminate port/galley clogging and deposit formation, and contains high levels of anti-wear additives to protect critical parts during initial startup, including camshaft lobes and bearings, lifters, rocker arms, and rod and main bearings. A high-viscosity base oil and unique tackifier provide a long-lasting cohesive cling for added protection.

A partially assembled engine can sit for long periods of time, increasing the chance of rust formation on exposed metal surfaces from moisture and oxygen. Rust and corrosion inhibitors in the lube protect engine components during these periods of inactivity. Packaged in convenient 4-ounce tubes, AMSOIL Inc. assembly lube allows for clean, precise application and is recommended for any new or rebuilt four-stroke engine, including racing and performance applications. For more information, or your nearest distributor, contact AMSOIL Inc. at (800) 777-8491 or


The newest addition to the growing list of options for CON2R custom steering wheels are split color front grips, which look as though they could have rolled off a Detroit factory line way back when saying “fill ’er up” didn’t require a bank loan. Available in eight standard grip colors, plus an array of custom options, this feature makes it possible for the first time to create your own custom steering wheel with two or more color sections on the face of the grip. Complete with chromed bezels to separate the grip sections, all CON2R steering wheels are built on a chrome-plated steel frame with your choice of spoke pattern, offset, colors, and trim. All wheels have a 15-inch outside diameter and feature a center blow horn button with a standard three-bolt mount pattern. For more information, contact CON2R at (503) 626-6390 or

Common Ground

A proper ground is essential for any automotive electrical system. A bad ground can cause many erratic symptoms, and tracking them down can be frustrating and time-consuming. This is true for all vehicles, but fiberglass cars are naturally especially susceptible to these problems. Ron Francis Wiring makes obtaining a good ground simple with its Simplex Grounding Systems. Several combinations are offered to suit basic to complicated configurations. The Simplex Grounding System complements Ron Francis Wiring’s line of harnesses and panels, as well as other wiring systems. Installation is easy, using single ring terminals to branch several circuits to individual accessories or lights in one common area. A 12-inch-long, heavy-duty strap is included to ensure a secure, dependable ground. Options include a buss bar for setups with several accessories, or a junction box with cover for weather or environmental protection. For more information, contact Ron Francis Wiring at (800) 292-1940 or

Power Up

The winter season is already here in some areas, which means long periods of inactivity for rods and customs. Eastwood’s Battery Sustainers will maintain the charge of any 12V battery without the risk of overcharging or causing permanent damage, unlike typical trickle chargers. The microprocessor-controlled technology cuts off when the battery is fully charged. Spark-free and temperature-compensated, they feature short-circuit and reverse-polarity protection.