Spread ’Em

Bored with that tubular spreader bar on the front of your Deuce? Fancy something a little different, yet still traditional? Then check out this new stainless steel version by McMillan Rod & Custom.

Fabricated from solid 3/4-inch-diameter type 304 stainless, and polished to a mirror-like finish, this chin bar offers a new look, and an alternative to the usual straight or V’d spreader bar while maintaining the traditional look of a ’32. It’s also available for Model A’s by special order. For more information, contact McMillan Rod & Custom at (715) 387-6847 or www.mcmillanrodandcustom.com.

Mobile Upholstery

Have you ever wanted a first class, award-winning custom interior for your rod or custom, but didn’t want to drive across the country to get it? Krist Kustoms has the perfect solution; they bring their shop to you! That’s right, they decided to put the show on the road, and will come to your doorstep and upholster your car on location. The Krist Kustoms team will travel anywhere in the United States or Canada, they just need a fairly small space to set up their mobile shop, and the custom interior magic will unfold in front of your eyes! The service extends to rod shops too.

After being in business for over 12 years, their custom interiors have won numerous awards, and their work has been featured in a multitude of magazines. Check out their extensive portfolio of custom interiors at www.kristkustoms.com, or give them a call at (260) 490-8888.

Unique Dash

Looking for some new and unique gauges? Check out the New Vintage Custom (NVU) gauge shop. In-house designers and silk screeners can bring to life your wildest dreams. NVU can fully customize perimeter and LED backlit gauges to order with features, like shaped turn signals and high beam, peak recall, and graphics that are unmatched.

Whether it’s a ’30s-style build or a modern high-tech vehicle, NVU can handle it. That’s not all, NVU can build custom pointers and laser-etch designs right on the glass lenses. NVU started in business doing custom work, and it’s all designed, printed, and built in-house in Detroit, with all custom gauges supplied with a five-year warranty. For more information, visit www.newvintageusa.com.

Automatic Choice

Performance Automatic has a new Chrysler 727 Torque Flight Comp Transmission available. Offered for the Chrysler small- or big-block, this Comp transmission starts off with the reliable 727 Torque Flight. They then add a reverse full manual valvebody, high-performance racing clutches, “Kolene” steels, high-performance wide band, and a deep pan, among other upgrades.

These transmissions combine the latest technology with track-proven durability, and are rated to handle up to 750 hp. They even come with a one-year warranty. For more information, contact Performance Automatic at www.performanceautomatic.com.

Extreme Shield

New Armor All Extreme Shield Wax is claimed to provide superior paint protection, beautiful shine, and depth of color all in a no-haze formula that simply wipes on and wipes off. This new Armor All technology helps keep cars cleaner by creating a surface coating that repels dirt and grime.

Its revolutionary polymer formula forms a protective shield against the elements and delivers extreme water beading that allows environmental elements to be washed away easily. Bugs and tree sap are easily removed, and as your car will rinse to a shiny, almost-dry surface, rinsing and drying time at future car washes is reduced. Armor All Extreme Shield Wax is available at your local auto parts store.

It Hinges on This …

Eddie Motorsports has recently added to their line of billet aluminum hood hinges for Chevy Impalas with the introduction of their new model for ’62 Impalas. The range now includes hinges for ’61-68 and ’70 Impalas. CNC machined from billet 6061-T6 aluminum, these hinges use stainless steel nitrogen-filled gas struts and high-quality needle bearings for a smooth and reliable operation.

Designed as direct fit, bolt-on units, the hinges utilize the stock mounting holes, elongated for ease of gap adjustment. These hinges are offered for steel, fiberglass, or carbon-fiber hoods and are available with a machined or brightly polished finish, or in a wide variety of Fusion-coated colors. For more information, contact Eddie Motorsports at (888) 813-1293 or www.eddiemotorsports.com.

Ring Me

BadAss Jewelry offers sterling silver and stainless steel jewelry for men. Choose from the stainless motorcycle chain bracelet (matching necklace also available) in 8- or 9-inch sizes, or one of their pure sterling silver rings.

The two rings shown here are the Skull & Crossbones design with flames on the sides, in sizes 9-15, and the Cigar Chomping Skull, complete with bullet hole in the skull and cubic zirconium stone eye, available in sizes 8-16. For more information, contact BadAss Jewelry at (888) 905-2529 or www.badassjewelry.com.

3-In-1 Welder

Thermal Arc, a Thermadyne brand leader in arc welding technology, has launched the Fabricator 252i 3-in-1 MIG-Stick-TIG welding system. Weighing 66 pounds and with an output range of 5-300 amps (250 amps at 40 percent duty cycle), the Fabricator 252i is the second in a new category of welding products: multi-process, fully integrated portable welders, providing three welding processes for the price of competitive MIG-only units.

Unlike other welders, the operator can choose the best process for the application at hand; MIG and gas-shielded flux cored outputs in the shop, stick and self-shielded flux core for windy and outdoor conditions, or DC TIG to weld stainless, copper, nickel, bronze, or brass alloys. For more information visit www.thermalarc.com.

Gimme A Lift

We all like low cars, but driving onto scraps of wood just so we can get a jack underneath gets tiresome real quick. The guys at Race Ramps thought so too, so they developed Trak-Jax, which make sliding a jack or the arms of a two-post lift under low cars a cinch.

Able to support a 6,000-pound vehicle despite their 5-pound weight, Trak-Jax measure 30 inches long, 3 inches high, and 12 inches wide, and won’t scratch or slide, even on epoxy floors. They’re available with or without a 1 1/2-inch stop. For more information visit www.raceramps.com.

Rebuild, Go Fast

CarTech is known for its how-to books, and this pair, How to Rebuild and Modify GM Turbo 400 Transmissions and Max-Performance Chevy Big-Blocks on a Budget, don’t disappoint, with both offering clear, concise text and photographs.

In fact these two books could almost go hand in hand, as many big-blocks will have a TH400 behind them. Author David Vizard’s usual thorough analytical approach comes through in the Chevy book, covering disassembly, machining, prep, modification, and assembly. Cliff Ruggles’ TH400 tome is part of CarTech’s Workbench Series, and could literally be set on the bench and used to put together a transmission, covering all aspects from tools to transbrakes and installation. For more information, contact CarTech at (800) 551-4754 or www.cartechbooks.com.

Kustom Kings

Kings of Kustoms is planned to be a series of 13 DVDs, and if the first, featuring Gene Winfield, is anything to go by, it should be a good series. Each episode will concentrate on one artist, pioneer, or whatever you want to call them, and we can’t think of a better subject to kick it off.

Winfield talks the viewer through the various segments of his 65-year career, starting by revisiting his original shop, a chicken coop in Modesto, which amazingly is still standing! In the space of 90 minutes, we see him racing his T coupe, “The Thing”, at El Mirage, get an inside view at his movie cars, including the Blade Runner vehicles and the DeLorean from Back To The Future, his fade paint technique, his time working for model car company AMT, and much more. For more information visit www.kingsofkustoms.com.

Seatbelt Superstore

Nobody builds a car without seatbelts today, and every application is a little different. Juliano’s knows that, and that’s how they became one of the country’s biggest distributors of automotive seatbelts. You say you want it now? No problem, Juliano’s offers same-day shipping from what may be the largest seatbelt inventory anywhere.

The company’s online seatbelt superstore allows you to find the exact seatbelt system you have in mind, in a huge variety of styles and colors. Choose from traditional lap belts, shoulder belts, three-point systems, rigid or soft arms, modern latches, ’60s-style chrome latches, or starburst latches. They also offer a huge selection of seatbelt accessories, including bolt covers and anchoring systems. For more information, contact Juliano’s at (860) 872-1932 or www.seatbeltstore.com.

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