Buy and Cell
The Aeromotive Stealth Fuel System line has shown that “big” fuel pumps can be both reliable and extremely versatile. What started as a simple weld-in sump with a built-in fuel pump has grown to include fuel cells, the ever-popular 340 Stealth Pump, to late-model Corvettes, Camaros, and now the ’05-09 Mustang.
However, while late-model Mustangs are hardly R&C territory, the new Stealth Fuel Cell with the popular 340-lph fuel pump is, especially to builders on a budget. The 340 cells are less expensive than their A1000 and Eliminator siblings and provide a number of performance advantages, including quiet, cool operation for the fuel pump by keeping it submerged through innovative baffling, even in extreme driving conditions. They are quiet and very easy to install. These cells save you a bundle (space, time, and cash) by eliminating all of the pre-pump plumbing usually required to run a fuel cell. For more information, contact Aeromotive Inc. at (913) 647-7300 or www.aeromotiveinc.com.
Something Olds, Something New …
A dropped spindle 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 conversion would likely be the next upgrade item on your list. Using the new in-house CNC machining capability, Fatman Fabrications designed their new 2-inch dropped spindles for the ’56-64 Oldsmobile.
An integral mount for the effective and easy to source ’70-81 Camaro caliper is used along with a ’73-87 12-inch Chevy pickup rotor. The standard 5-on-5-inch bolt circle is maintained, but disc brake capable wheels and master cylinder will be required. For more information, contact Fatman Fabrications at (704) 545-0369 or www.fatmanfab.com.
Control Cables’ new firewall-mount throttle pedal is machined from high-quality 6061-T6 aluminum. It features a spring-loaded pedal pad with a rubber insert, approximately 3 1/2 inches long, 1 1/2 inches wide at the top, tapering to 1 1/4 inches at the bottom for a clean, sporty look. The two connecting arms for throttle mounts have 36 splines for greater adjustment and are fully reversible.
The 3/4-inch base with oil lite bushings allows for very smooth operation and long life. The pedal is available in a black anodized or brushed finish. Also shown is Control Cables’ optional billet aluminum brake pad. For more information, contact Control Cables at (562) 949-0455 or www.controlcables.com.
Space-Trac mobile shelving systems improve storage efficiency, with up to 75 percent more storage in the same footprint, yet at about the same cost as conventional shelving. These high-density, light-duty modular storage systems feature a special sliding carriage design. Wheels with automotive-grade ball bearings glide smoothly on rugged 6061-T6 aluminum guidance tracks, even with fully loaded shelves.
Space-Trac enables easy access to a higher number of items by sliding to create an aisle with the side-by-side model, sliding to reveal shelves or a wall behind with the lateral model, or by sliding a unit forward with the pull-out model. Each comes in total storage weight capacity options of 450, 750, or 900 pounds, measures from 60 to 72 inches tall, and has shelves from 15 to 36 inches deep. There’s even a heavy-duty 950-pound pull-out model. For more information, contact Space-Trac at www.space-trac.com.
New from Thermo-Tec is this high-tech heat barrier with a bright, anodized gold finish. Anodizing is a process where the aluminum foil finish is made stronger and more durable. The gold surface can handle radiant temperatures up to 1,800 degrees F and reflect 80 percent of radiant heat. The fiberglass insulation backing can handle continuous temperatures up to 300 degrees F and has a strong adhesive backing for easy application. It’s ideal for use on firewalls, underhood, the undercarriage, fiberglass fairings, or anywhere else heat protection may be needed. The gold heat barrier comes in three sizes: 12x24, 24x24, and 24x48 inch. For more information, contact Thermo-Tec at (800) 274-8437 or www.thermotec.com.
Tanks A Lot!
This all-aluminum gas tank is designed especially for ’60-62 Chevy and GMC trucks and makes the popular conversion of mounting the tank under the bed a snap. Designed with ease of installation in mind, this Brothers Truck Parts tank mounts without the need to remove the rear frame crossmember. The special mounting brackets make installing and removing the tank effortless and without the need to remove the bed.
Available with a top or side fill option, the tank holds approximately 19 gallons. Though designed for trucks, this tank would also be ideal for many other projects. For more information, contact Brothers Truck Parts at (800) 977-2767 or www.brotherstruckparts.com.
Looking to remove your battery box from under the hood for that custom look? Tuckers Classic Auto Parts can help you make that eye sore disappear with their all-new polished stainless steel drop-down battery box. The battery is fully accessible when the box is mounted to the frame. When the side support rods are disengaged, the bottom tray will slide down, removing the battery from the box support. It fits group 24 and smaller batteries and includes the battery hold-down assembly. For more information, contact Tuckers Classic Auto Parts at (800) 544-1955 or www.tuckersparts.com.
High Power, Low Draw
Kicker now provides powersports enthusiasts with a high-power, low-draw amplifier solution for the open-air listening environment, and in a chassis smaller than a brick. The PX100.2 Power Amplifier is specifically designed for motorized vehicles with small battery/charging systems, and can be installed in motorcycle saddle bags or fairings, or glove compartments.
The amp uses the host vehicle’s charging system as its power supply for nearly 90 percent efficiency. As a result, the PX100.2 draws less than 10 amps at maximum output. The PX100.2 is weather-resistant with a conformal-coated circuit board for extra protection against the elements. It also includes stainless steel mounting hardware and a single Molex plug contains all wiring connections. It’s recommended for use with Kicker PS5250 Powersports Coaxial Speakers or Kicker KM-Series Marine Speakers. For more information, contact Kicker at (800) 256-5425 or www.kicker.com.
CON2R now offers polished stainless steel spokes on its Series Two range of steering wheels, with the option of slotted or three-hole spokes. The same six-spoke designs as the original brushed stainless Series Two wheels are available.
The zero offset, 15-inch outside diameter wheel also has the same eight options of standard mix or match grip colors, and comes with a standard three-bolt mounting pattern. For more information, contact CON2R at (503) 626-6390 or www.con2r.com.
Plushweave Fender Covers were designed, developed, and tested in the California Car Cover garage, and they are used on a regular basis by DeFrank & Sons Racing. The material is the same flannel-lined 100 percent cotton found in the company’s popular Plushweave car covers that have been a staple of its business since 1989. The ultra-dense construction provides a cushioning barrier between you and your vehicle’s paint—whether it’s a daily driver, race car, or classic. Three stitched pockets keep small tools within easy reach with two strong magnets nestled in padded corner pouches to hold the cover securely in place. For more information, visit California Car Cover at www.calcarcover.com.
Though Vintage Air has provided the street rod and classic car world with high-quality A/C systems for 35 years, that’s not all the company does. This new Dual Cool electric fan package is designed to mount directly to a stock ’55-57 Chevy radiator core support. The package includes two 11-inch puller fans, mounting frame, and a heavy-duty wiring harness.
The Dual Cool can be used with an original-type radiator or may be used with some aftermarket designs with the radiator mounted in the forward “six-cylinder” position. For more information, contact Vintage Air at (800) 862-6658 or www.vintageair.com.
Look and Learn
While Ford’s C4 and C6 transmissions may have been eclipsed in recent years by overdrive-equipped versions, they remain popular with rodders and racers, namely for the strength of the C6 and the ease with which a C4 can be adapted to work with a Flathead. From Car Tech’s Workbench Series of books, How to Rebuild and Modify Ford C4 and C6 Automatic Transmissions features a step-by-step walk-through of the rebuild procedures, though some specialized tools are required.
Also from Car Tech, but this time from the Pro Series, comes Advanced Automotive Welding, covering all major processes and techniques, complex joints, a variety of materials, and numerous types of joint. While this book is great at what it sets out to do, and provides good insight into the processes involved, we can’t shake the feeling that welding is a skill learned more easily in a hands-on teaching environment. For more information, contact CarTech at (800) 551-4754 or www.cartechbooks.com.