New Vintage

Tired of limited choices when it comes to the gauge sizes in your ’47-53 Chevy truck? New Vintage USA has come up with a great way to achieve the look you want. Choose any of the company’s period-styled 4 3/8-inch gauge kits and add on their new mounting bracket for a perfect fit.

The precision-cut ABS bracket features new, original-style bezels for a factory-installed look. Ditch the billet and see for yourself the difference an NVU package can make in style, finish, and quality. For more information, contact New Vintage USA at www.newvintageusa.com.

Tank Division

Doc’s Kustom has a gas tank manufacturing division that is, oddly enough, named Kustom Tanks. They will gladly build you a custom tank made to your own specifications, or, because the company makes a variety of tanks in useful sizes, they may already have one on the shelf that will fit your application.

All assemblies are built from lightweight 5052 aluminum, and are internally baffled and pressure tested. Every tank is constructed with a sender ring, filler neck, internal pickup tube, a rollover valve for added safety, and all are supplied with a sender installed. Also shown is Doc’s billet aluminum fuel-injection pump module featuring a high-performance pump, which can be ordered separately or installed in your tank assembly. For more information, contact Doc’s Kustom at (229) 528-4300 or www.docskustom.com.

Life Begins At ’40

Of all hot rod steering wheels, the ’40 Ford wheel has to be one of the most popular and best looking. The design lends itself to a two-tone paint scheme, and let’s face it, it’s just a downright cool-looking steering wheel.

This version from Juliano’s is completely identical to the original except it’s machined from solid aluminum and comes with a lifetime warranty against cracking. In addition, it’s made in an ergonomically favorable 15-inch diameter, which many of us find just right, not just for maneuvering, but also for getting in and out of a vehicle. For more information, contact Juliano’s at (860) 872-1932 or www.julianos.com.

Breathin’ Easy

O’Brien Truckers now offers these ultra-cool valve cover breathers patterned after the ones released by G-T Equipment in 1964, featuring a distinctive four-fin design. Add your own color between the fins for extra detail, as shown, and they really pop. Each breather comes fully polished with stainless steel mounting hardware and a custom die-cut gasket to properly seal it to the valve cover surface.

The improved version is updated with a removable cover and open cell foam insert to keep the oil inside the valve covers. The mounting surface area is 7 1/2x1 1/4 inches, and the removable top cover measures 8 1/4x1 3/4 inches. The breather assembly adds only 2 1/4 inches to the side of the valve cover, and the height is 3 1/8 inches. For more information, contact O’Brien Truckers at (508) 248-1555 or www.obrientruckers.com.

The Only Route To Take

OTB Gear has just introduced its Route 66 Series of four-barrel air cleaners. These nostalgic-looking air cleaners are a combination of spun and cast-aluminum components. The cast tops are polished to a show-quality shine, while the spun filter housing can be left natural, clearcoated, or painted.

Available in three designs, the Mohawk, Full Finned, and Orbit each feature a concealed, washable oiled filter and polished stainless steel fasteners. Part of the growing collection of old-school hot rod parts available from OTB Gear, these carburetor accessories are made in the United States. For more information, contact OTB Gear at (909) 595-4995 or www.otbgear.com.

Fresh Air

Dakota Digital’s DCC Series Digital Climate Control system is designed for Vintage Air Gen IV Systems. Created to interface directly with a Gen IV air conditioning system, the DCC Series provides the convenience of full climate control. Similar to other Dakota Digital instruments, the DCC Series offers a full-character vacuum fluorescent digital readout to match VFD Digital Instrument Systems, or an LCD display matching the popular new VHX Hybrid Analog/Digital Instrument Systems.

Both horizontal and vertical configurations are available, with the unit sized to match the Vintage Air controller for a simple migration. Installation is nearly effortless with the addition of a series of temp sensors, while plugging directly into the Gen IV wiring. For more information, contact Dakota Digital at (800) 852-3228 or www.dakotadigital.com.

Howling Coyote

While Performance Automatic’s C4 Coyote Stock Pro Heads Up trans package is specifically designed for NMRA Coyote Stock race competition, we just know Ford’s Coyote engine is going to become popular, and builders are going to need bulletproof transmissions to back them up. Rated to 1,000 hp, the package starts with the company’s C4 Pro Mod trans, and includes their Pro Tree transbrake and SFI Pro Fit bellhousing.

There’s an SFI certified flexplate and 8-inch Pro Launch converter, custom designed to enhance the unique performance characteristics of the Coyote 5.0 sealed race engine. A direct bolt-up fit, the package will provide proven performance, consistency, and reliability, and is backed by a Guaranteed Forever lifetime warranty. For more information, contact Performance Automatic at www.performanceautomatic.com.

That’s The Way To Buick!

Seems we’re running more parts for the Buick Nailhead recently than ever before! PML has just released not one, but three new valve cover designs for the engine, a classic smooth-sided design, the Full Fin, and a finned version with the “BUICK” script on the side. Heavy-duty, sand-cast aluminum construction provides strength and durability and will not bend or flex.

In addition to the three design options, these covers are available in three finishes: natural cast, powdercoated, and polished. Each design accommodates PCV, oil fill, and breathers, if needed, and fit ’53-66 Buick engines from 264-425 ci. For more information, contact PML at (310) 671-4345 or www.yourcovers.com.

It’s A Groove Thang

Get your groove thing back with this new design of power window switches from Watson’s StreetWorks. They’re the same high-quality switch kit as always, but with a different look. Watson’s has added grooves to the switch for looks and tactile ease during operation and more lighting holes for the illumination on these five-wire rocker switches to shine through.

The single oval frame measures 2 11/16x1 15/16 inches high, the double is 3 1/8x2 1/4 inches high. The frames mount with blind studs from behind, and as with all Watson’s products, the kits come complete with all necessary wire hook ups as well as installation instructions. For more information contact Watson’s StreetWorks at (860) 859-0513 or www.watsons-streetworks.com.

A Sweet Sickness

We meant to include this movie in our DVD reviews last month, but ran out of time to watch ’em all! A Sweet Sickness is a movie by Brian Darwas, and is a must for Flathead fans, covering all aspects of the engine that pioneered the hobby we all enjoy today. You’ll see Mike Herman of H&H Flatheads and Ron San Giovani build high-powered Flatties, ride along with Verne Hammond and Jack Carroll of the Burbank Choppers and Ryan Cochran of the Jalopy Journal in their Flat-motored hot rods, and learn speed secrets from Vern Tardel, Paul Howard, and Dave Simard. But mostly you’ll see and hear this iconic engine, get right inside them as they’re built, and learn what makes them tick and what their weak points are. It’s an infinitely better way to spend an evening than watching America’s Talentless Housewife Idol. For more information, visit www.atomichotrods.com.

Doing The TwoStep

Installing triple Strombergs on your ride and looking for a way to hook them up? These TwoStep 3x2 Progressive throttle linkages are preassembled premium kits that install in two simple steps, without the need for extended throttle shafts. The kits are computer designed to fit specific intakes. Simply measure the manifold spacing and select the correct kit that will add clean, traditional looks with maximum leverage to your three-carb setup.

The Stromberg TwoStep Progressive kits feature a primary lever with multiple mounting points to change the secondary opening point, allowing you to pull the front carburetor or push the rear carburetor open to suit your application. Other features include opposite threaded rod ends for easy adjustment, new Snapback throttle return springs, and stainless steel parts. For more information, contact Summit Racing at (800) 230-3030 or www.summitracing.com.

Belting Along

March Performance offers this low-cost, all-inclusive serpentine kit for Chevy small-block short water pump engines. Replacing V-belts and pulleys and the associated belt throwing, the kit features a larger crank pulley to aid driving the 105-amp alternator, Sanden A/C pump, and water pump, all included in the kit, with the added benefit of improved charging during low-speed driving.

The mount assembly is CNC-machined from billet 6061-T6 aluminum, and is available in either black or silver finishes. All mounting hardware is included along with the accessories and associated pulleys, while power steering kits include the pump, brackets, and pulley. For more information, contact March Performance at (888) 729-9070 or www.marchperf.com.

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