All Aboard The Wiring Express
Ron Francis Wiring has done it again with their new Express panel system! The Express features 18 circuits with an optional internal electric fan cooling sensor, wiring, and built-in relays. It easily handles alternators that put out 140-plus amps, and it can accommodate every accessory requirement of a modern car. Like all Ron Francis panels, the Express includes a variety of special features, including their trademark "Select-a-Circuit." This unique and patented innovation allows you to power your accessories from direct battery power or from the ignition depending on how you position the fuse. The company's popular new Synergy series headlight switch is also part of the harness package, with a knob and bezel color-trimmed by you. A matching ignition switch and a full range of other switches are available to create a full set. For more information, contact Ron Francis Wiring or one of their dealers at 800-292-1940 or www.ronfrancis.com.
Bad Is The New Good
Leroy Brown better move over, because there's a new bad man in town! Barry Grant's BadMan, a new series of inline induction systems from Triple-D Induction, is now available for small-block Chevys. With interchangeable venturi sleeves, airflow ratings are available from 500 to over 1000 cfm. This unique, all-new Demon inline four-barrel carburetor combined with a Triple-D Aero-ram intake manifold provides even and superior fuel distribution. This allows larger camshafts to operate at low engine speeds with low vacuum and improves low-speed idle, part-throttle drivability, and fuel consumption. The BadMan has no gaskets to leak under float level, and has only three adjustments: two idle-mixture screws and one idle-speed screw. Designed with simple carburetor tuning and maintenance in mind, the BadMan is available in two finishes: "as cast" or silver powdercoat (shown). Models to suit big-block Chevys and LS1s are already under development. Get a hold of Barry Grant Inc. at 706-864-8544, or visit their Web site www.barrygrant.com.
Grab Your Guns
Have you been cringing at the high prices online for original artillery wheels for your truck? Now you don't have to waste your time scouring the swap meet looking for them, because Wheelsmith has just introduced their new Artillery wheel. Wheelsmith designed and engineered this steel wheel to fit the look of almost any vehicle from customs to classics. The new Wheelsmith Artillery wheels are available in bare steel, powdercoated, chrome rim with powdercoated centers, or all chrome. The Artillery wheel comes in 15x5 through 15x10 in 5 on 4-1/2, 5 on 4-3/4, or 6 on 5-1/2 bolt patterns. They even have Ford and Chevy hubcaps, or they can modify your existing hubcaps to fit any specific application. For more information, a catalog, or pricing, please call Wheelsmith at 714-556-3861 or check out www.thewheelsmith.net.
Put Some Meat In Your Sleeves
Got a lot riding on your truck's suspension? With everything else you've done to make your truck perform, there's a great way to improve your steering system's strength that you've probably overlooked. Performance Online has these high-strength tie rod adjusting sleeves that allow for precision alignment settings and reduce the chance of slippage found in traditional clamp-type sleeves by incorporating jam nuts along with all the extra material they're made from. High-performance tie rod adjusting sleeves are easy to install and are available for 1963-72 Chevy/GMC trucks, so get on board with Performance Online at www.performanceonline.com or 800-638-1703.
Dashing New Patch Panels
After all these years, there's a pretty good chance you'll wind up with a truck that's had a modern stereo put in using a can opener or worse. If so, Brothers has the solution with their dash face repair panels for 1955-66 Chevy trucks. These high-quality patch panels will help restore your truck's butchered dash back to its original form, and will accept either the factory radio or aftermarket radios designed to fit the stock dash openings. So stop staring at that ugly hole in your dash and call Brothers Truck Parts at 800-977-2767 or www.brotherstrucks.com.
It's All Good On The Hood
Need a crown to finish off your restoration? Most hood emblems from the '50s might as well be crowns! Beautiful new reproductions of the red Bow Tie '56 and the black Bow Tie '57 Chevy truck V-8 hood emblems are available from The Filling Station. These high-quality chrome emblems come with finely detailed paintwork and mounting hardware. For a complete listing of their 1918-87 Chevrolet and GMC truck reproduction emblems, decals, trim, and many other detail items, contact The Filling Station at 800-841-6622 or www.fillingstation.com.