Nailing It

Centerville Auto has specialized in Buick Nailhead engines since 1969. These direct bolt-on machined aluminum pulleys are the company’s latest addition to its catalog of parts. They’ll fit later-model Nailheads that came with air conditioning or the factory heavy-duty cooling package, specifically for the ’64-66 Buicks and some of the ’63s.

The pulleys can also work on other Nailheads, depending on which combination of parts is used. The set shown replaces the pulleys on the crank and water pump, and is supplied with mounting hardware. They can also be purchased separately. For more information, contact Centerville Auto at (530) 272-1564 or www.nailheadbuick.com.

Da Bomb

Who hasn’t had a Cherry Bomb muffler fitted to a car in their past? Well, the company has released this new “Ol’ Skool” muffler, featuring a straight-through louvered baffle design. Constructed from aluminized steel, and covered in the iconic Cherry Bomb red color, the company is aiming the muffler at the traditional hot rod owner.

Recommended for use on Flatheads, early Hemis, Nailhead Buicks, and other low-compression engines, you can get more information by contacting Cherry Bomb at www.cherrybomb.com.

Floatless

Classic Instruments offers a revolutionary new design in fuel senders. Most aftermarket senders use a float arm, which can lead to erratic pointer movement. The Floatless Fuel Sender utilizes an internal pressure transducer. A hollow tube extends into the fuel, which fills up to the level in the tank. The change in pressure at the transducer is directly related to the level of fuel. As the fuel level increases, so does the pressure.

The all-plastic design, with no moving parts to wear out, eliminates any possibility of corrosion due to alcohol, while the tubular design acts as a dampener to prevent the gauge pointer from moving due to fuel slosh. Top mounted using the aftermarket standard SAE five-hole mounting flange, it’s supplied complete with neoprene gasket and mounting hardware. Available in three different ohm ranges, 0-90, 240-33, and 10-180, it is compatible with gasoline, diesel, oils, and many other fluids, and is designed for tanks 6-48 inches in depth. It is easily trimmed to fit individual fuel tanks. For more information, contact Classic Instruments at (800) 575-0461 or www.classicinstruments.com.

Downtime

We’ve had a couple of DVDs sitting on our desk just waiting for us to find time to watch them, and Thanksgiving offered just that opportunity.

Hot Rod Havoc 4 follows the tried-and-true formula of the preceding three DVDs, with a punk sound track accompanying footage of hot rods, customs, shows, and drag racing, mainly in SoCal but also from NorCal and Hawaii this time around. With no annoying commentary, just put this DVD in the shop TV and let it run! Check it out at www.hotrodhavoc.com.

The Kustom Photography of George Barris is somewhat special, featuring Barris being driven around his old stomping grounds in Brad Masterson’s Chevy fastback, visiting many of the locations he used to shoot kustoms back in the day. Barris explains the lighting, and how he’d go about his shoots. Jay Mason of Chrome and Light Vintage Photography gives the viewer an insight into how he recreates Barris’ style today, while renowned hot rod historian Greg Sharp describes many of the cars Barris shot. There’s also a great section with Barris and Larry Watson going over old times! Produced by Mad Fabricators Society, go to www.barris.com for more information.

Bad Cad

Dropped spindles can be the best way to lower the stock suspension on a hot rod, maintaining full travel while tucking the tires into the fenders. A disc brake upgrade would be the next item on your list. Using their new in-house CNC machining capability, Fatman Fabrications has released new 2-inch dropped spindles for the ’57-60 Cadillac.

An integral mount for the effective and easy-to-source ’70-81 Camaro caliper is used along with ’73-87 12-inch Chevy pickup rotors. The standard 5-on-5-inch bolt circle is maintained, but disc brake capable wheels will be required. For more information, contact Fatman Fabrications at (704) 545-0369 or www.fatmanfab.com.

Fins Are Looking Up

March Performance has a new “nostalgia” style option for its front-mount small- and big-block serpentine drive kit. This system has been designed to mount accessories below the valve covers and between the width of the heads. Precision CNC-machined from 6061-T6 aluminum and hardcoated on high wear areas, they are clearcoated to eliminate polishing in those hard-to-reach places.

With a choice of “V” or “Round” styles, the kit is designed to fit Ram Jet, TPI, and single or multi-carb engines. The “Ultra Nostalgia” kit includes a chrome alternator and Sanden A/C compressor; GMB aluminum reverse-rotation water pump; Tuff Stuff Type 2 power steering pump; Dayco spring loaded tensioner with housing cover; A/C bracket and nose cover, alternator, power steering brackets, and housing cover; crank pulley; hardcoated water pump pulley with fairing and nose cover; alternator pulley with machined fan and nose cover; power steering and tensioner covers; V-Cross emblem; A/C line fittings; and Grade 8 mounting hardware. For more information, contact March Performance at (888) 729-9070 or www.marchperf.com.

Crossram For Fords

Jim Inglese continues to develop Weber carburetion systems and accessories never available before. The newest offering is this 289-302 Ford crossram. Until now, this exotic design was only available for small-block Chevys. Each system is built to order, and is supplied with a low-pressure fuel regulator with fittings, stainless liquid-filled pressure gauge, Fel Pro intake gasket set, stainless intake bolt set, synchrometer, and most importantly, Jim’s tuning and setup manual.

Model-specific linkage conversions for many Inglese carburetion systems allow easy throttle connection without modification. For instance, this unit can be ordered with a ’65-66 Mustang bolt-on linkage conversion. Polished manifolds, chrome linkages, custom finish carbs, and air cleaners are also available. For more information, contact Jim Inglese Weber Carburetion at (203) 623-0659 or www.jiminglese.com.

Wheel Nice Mover

Moving projects around the garage or shop is always a chore, made worse with under inflated tires or mismatched roller wheels. Wheel Arounds from Kugel Komponents offer a solution, taking up less space than conventional wheels and tires when not in use, and always ready to use. Constructed from injection-molded polyurethane, they’ll support 1,500 pounds of static load (375 pounds per wheel), and as such are designed to move chassis only. They will not support the weight of a body and engine.

These durable 24-inch-tall rollers are 1 3/8 inches wide and come in a set of four. Included is one set of 20 special sleeved lug nuts and washers in lug sizes 1/2-inch, 7/16-inch, or 12mm, and Wheel Arounds are drilled for both 4 1/2- and 4 3/4-inch bolt patterns. Extra lug nuts are available. For more information, contact Kugel Komponents at (562) 691-7006 or www.kugelkomponents.com.

Bolt-In Strength

Speedway Motors makes it easy to strengthen the frame of your ’35-40 Ford, eliminate the torque tube, and install modern suspension and power brake components, all without plugging in a welder. The new Bolt-Together Center X-Member is engineered for true bolt-in installation on an original ’35-40 Ford frame, and will also fit Speedway’s new reproduction ’35-40 Ford framerails.

Built from strong 1 1/2-inch O.D., 0.95-inch wall tubing, the assembly features bolt-in boxing plates and a drop-out transmission mount to accommodate most modern transmission and engine combinations. It also includes an integral brake pedal mount that will accept popular GM-style brake boosters and master cylinders. For more information, contact Speedway Motors at (800) 979-0122 or www.speedwaymotors.com.

Arrested Development

O’Brien Truckers now offers these faithful reproductions of the cool open-front four-barrel Nicson air cleaners styled to look like a spark arrester, to complement the two-barrel version they also manufacture.

The spark arrester–style air cleaners are fully polished as shown, and are equipped with a washable cotton gauze filter element. They fit all four-barrel carburetors with a 5 1/8-inch neck, and are supplied with a mounting stud and stainless acorn nut. For more information, contact O’Brien Truckers at (508) 248-1555 or www.obrientruckers.com.

Combo Gauge

Check out this new two-in-one speedometer/tachometer combo from Doc’s Kustom’s gauge division, Omega Kustom Instruments. The speedo/tach comes in black, white, tan, or silver as shown, and features a 4.725-inch stainless bezel with a true glass lens. The gauge fits a 4.375-inch hole, making it perfect for use in many early dashboards, for the center of a great-looking dash layout.

The speedometer features one-button programming, with an odometer and trip odometer, with an 8,000-rpm tach packaged at the bottom. It can also be flanked by four of Doc’s color-matched engine-function gauges. The company also offers a variety of “make-and-model specific” custom panels to complement the gauges. For more information, contact Doc’s Kustom at (229) 528-4300 or www.docskustom.com.

Forging Ahead

Mounting a rearend on ladder bars has become a relatively simple job over the past few years thanks to SO-CAL Speed Shop’s housing and coilover brackets and buggy spring hangers. However, their steel plate construction isn’t exactly traditional in style, though their function cannot be denied.

That issue has been addressed, however, with these new drop forged versions. The recesses in the newly designed brackets definitely have a more traditional flavor, though the earlier versions are still available too. Housing brackets, coilover brackets, spring hangers, with or without matching gussets, and even Panhard rod brackets are all available now. Contact SO-CAL Speed Shop for more information at (909) 469-6171 or www.so-calspeedshop.com.

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