Kustom Don't Come In A Box
Since 1954, Star Kustom Shop has been turning out one-of-a-kind hot rods and custom cars, and their new line of shirts is no stranger to their ways. Star Kustom Shop has unveiled three new styles of T-shirts, the first being the traditional logo that has represented the shop since 1954. The second is the A-OK skeleton wrapped around the SKS logo.
Lastly, is the shirt that encompasses the mind, body, and spirit of SKS, the exclusive self-titled "Kustom Don't Come In A Box!" All shirts feature the quality printed design on the back, and include a small SKS crest on the left front breast of each shirt. Only high-grade 100 percent pre-shrunk heavyweight cotton T-shirts are used. For more information, contact Star Kustom Shop at (626) 272-6733 or www.starkustomshop.com.
LS Is More
Swapping an LS engine can involve accessory drive challenges, so Holley has engineered simple, cost-effective solutions with its LS Accessory Drive Bracket kits. These brackets were designed to offer a factory-style appearance, correct belt alignment, and factory stability, fitting virtually any common LS engine regardless of water pump and harmonic balancer offsets.
The kits allow you to choose the source for accessories and components that are often already on the donor engine or host vehicle. Whether sourcing from a salvage yard, auto parts store, GM parts dealer, or Holley, you pick the accessories that match your needs and budget! A Fitment And Required Components Guide helps you locate and source components and provides other notes and helpful hints. Three steps will get you going, and step one is to determine belt alignment based on the crank pulley position on your engine. An application-specific installation kit is required for most applications. For more information, visit Holley at www.holley.com.
Dropped GM Spindles
Got a 1959-64 Pontiac or 1958-60 Buick that needs lowering? Fatman Fabrications offers these new dropped spindles for just such applications, providing better brakes and a 2 1/2-inch drop while retaining the stock GM front suspension! Fatman machines the casting so that this spindle bolts directly to either the stock Buick or Pontiac tie-rod end and control arms.
Late-1970s GM 12-inch-diameter disc brake rotors with a 5-inch bolt pattern make it easy to match the stock GM rear axle bolt pattern, while large-bore GM calipers provide exceptional stopping power. These are part of a new line of dropped disc brake spindles Fatman is developing for the first of the ball joint–type IFS GM big classic cars. Eventually all the '55-70 5-inch bolt circle Buicks, Olds, Pontiacs, and Cadillacs will be covered. For more information, contact Fatman Fabrications at (704) 545-0369 or www.fatmanfab.com.
Patriot Exhaust Products has introduced a Lakester-type header designed to fit 401-425 Nailhead Buick engines in hot rod applications. The header is constructed from 16-gauge tubing, with 5/16-inch-thick flanges and utilizes large 1 5/8-inch primary tubes and tapered megaphones for improved flow and more horsepower.
The Traditional Lakester differs from Patriot's other Lakester headers by not having a collector ring or dump tube. These are designed to run either wide open or use Patriot's slip-in baffle and turn out tips that are available separately. They're available in high heat black paint or metallic ceramic coating. For more information, contact Patriot Exhaust Products at (909) 599-5955 or www.pertronix.com.
Keep Your Cool
While many radiators used in rods and customs include a transmission cooler, for prevention of heat-related failures, a stand-alone cooler cannot be beaten. Derale's Series 7000 TransCoolers can extend transmission life, prevent failures, and improve performance.
The embossed turbulators maximize heat transfer on this four-pass model, which uses 1/2-inch copper tubing with aluminum fins and 11/32-inch inlets. The kit includes hoses, radiator adapter, and two mounting options. For more information, contact Derale Performance at (800) 421-6288 or www.derale.com.