Pump It Up
Speedway Motors’ polished aluminum Flathead V-8 water pumps have a mirror-like finish that will dress up any Flathead engine, but their beauty is much more than skin deep. Unlike stock Flathead water pumps, which have quick-wearing bronze bushings, weak carbon seals, and a poor impeller design, Speedway’s Flathead pumps feature heavy-duty roller and ball bearings, ceramic seals, and modular impellers engineered for maximum flow and reduced cavitation.
Strong, 3/4-inch impeller shafts help ensure the longevity of these heavy-duty water pumps, which accept 5/8-inch-wide belts and are designed to fit ’49-53 Flathead Ford engines in ’32-48 Ford passenger cars and ’48-52 Ford pickups. For more information, contact Speedway Motors at (800) 979-0122 or www.speedwaymotors.com.
After extensive development and testing, Vintage Air has released their latest Front Runner engine drive system for the Ford Coyote 5.0L engines. Like their previous systems, this Front Runner drive kit provides a compact, block-mounted package with race-quality technology and proven performance as the first priority.
The Coyote Front Runner system is the smallest drive component package available for easier engine swaps into older vehicles. This kit includes Vintage Air’s exclusive machined compressor/steering pump mounting bracket, SD7 compressor, remote reservoir power steering pump with pulley, integrated belt tensioner and idler pulley, ARP polished stainless bolts, and separate Dayco serpentine belt. The kit retains the Coyote engine’s OEM water pump, alternator, and drive belt. For more information, contact Vintage Air at (800) 862-6658 or www.vintageair.com.
Performance Automatic, in its never-ending quest to stay on top of today’s need for modern-day transmission packages, has come up with an addition to its popular Street Smart Packages. The PAGM Series Street Smart Systems are exclusively designed to complement selected GMPP Crate Engines. Performance Automatic has developed a customized 4L80E electronic overdrive transmission package for the GMPP ZZ502, 502HO, ZZ454, and 454HO engines. The PAGM Series Packages have been designed for both performance and street ability. Kits also include all the necessary transmission components to complete the installation.
All electronic transmission packages come complete with the company’s Smart Shift transmission controller and matching wiring harness for a “plug in and go, no laptop required” installation. The Street Smart Converters are designed to give that stoplight to stoplight performance, and to stretch that tank full of gas running down the highway in lock up. For more information visit www.performanceautomatic.com.
The First Cut …
There’s no question affordable plasma cutters have made life easier for the hobbyist in recent years. HTP America’s MicroCut 600 is a real workhorse; with 40 amps of power you can cut up to 1/2-inch steel, but it’s small size and light weight (just 22 pounds) means you can take it anywhere. It only needs 30 amps of 220V power, and the infinite amperage adjustment lets you control the cutting. Dial the current down to 10 amps to perform precise cuts on thin-gauge sheetmetal, or crank the power up to 40 amps for serious frame fabrication and bracket building.
The 13-foot plasma torch features a new shoulder contact electrode and cutting tip for longer consumable life. This tip design means the arc starts instantly without high frequency, so you can start your arc right through rusty and painted metal, while reducing the possibility of damaging an onboard computer or any other sensitive electrical equipment you might be cutting near. For more information, contact HTP America at (800) 872-9353 or visit www.usaweld.com.
Custom car cover manufacturer Coverking is launching a new program for owners of ultrarare or customized vehicles, offering a perfect-fitting, custom-made cover. Called “Bespoke”, this program allows for a truly custom cover for any custom vehicle. A team of pattern designers will come to your road vehicle, take a 3-D measurement using specialized scanners, and ship you a perfect-fitting Bespoke cover a mere week from the date of measure (additional travel charges apply outside of the SoCal area).