The Roadster Shop's '47-54 Chevy chassis are completely fixture welded and jig built. All components are TIG welded for added strength and appearance. Fully boxed framerails provide far superior strength compared to stock. Frames bolt up directly to all factory body, bumper, core support, bed, and running board mounts for an easy installation. Lowered ride height features are standard for the street rodder look and stance and an Air Ride option is available for the added adjustability. Heidt's Superide IFS, Wilwood brakes, triangulated four-link, and a Ford 9-inch rearend are standard options. A full range of custom options is also available. Roadster Shop: 847-949-7637; www.roadstershop.com.
Heidt's all new Superride II IFS is not a Mustang conversion kit-the system uses its famous Mustang II dropped spindle to allow for a front-mount rack-and-pinion unit to ease motor installation. It uses a geometry design very similar to the Mustang II, which works well on classic trucks. The upper control arms use threaded adjusters for the wheel alignment. "Smooth" describes the ride: very low and highly steerable with no bumpsteer and built-in antidive. Installing the three-piece crossmember is an easy operation. Combined with detailed instructions, your installation will be as trouble-free as the ride with your new Superide II. Heidt's Hot Rod & Muscle Car Shop: 800-841-8188; www.heidts.com.
Performance Online, Inc. (POL) has available for '47-54 Chevy/GMC trucks, an 11-inch/five-lug front power disc brake conversion kit. The system includes a firewall mount and power disc brake booster, as well as complete rotors and calipers with bearings, hoses, brackets, power booster, dual master cylinder, and proportioning valve. Upgrade your original straight axle to disc brakes using the popular 5x4 3/4 Camaro rotor. All necessary hardware is included and each kit comes with a lifetime warranty. The kit shown comes with optional cross-drilled and gas-slotted rotors (available as an upgrade) and may not work with all wheels. Performance Online, Inc.: 800-638-1703; www.performanceonline.com.
Introducing ididit's newest addition to its retrofit Made To Fit Series of columns: The '47-54 Chevy truck tilt column. This brand-new, 100-percent American-made design is a direct bolt-in and connects directly to a stock box or even rack-and-pinion steering applications. Standard features include eight-position tilt and four-way flashers. Available finishes include paintable steel, chrome, black powdercoated, and brushed or polished aluminum. ididit, Inc.: 517-424-0577; www.ididitinc.com.
Update your truck's dash with these fully electronic instruments from Classic Instruments. By using its GM dash brackets, any of Classic's 5-inch gauges can be installed into your stock Chevy instrument bezels. Six unique face styles are available or Classic can design a custom look as an option. The speedometer is programmable with one button and the tach works with any engine/trans combo. Classic is celebrating their 31st year of providing the ultimate in precision instruments for classics and performance vehicles. Classic Instruments, Inc.: 800-575-0461; www.classicinstruments.com.
Alan Grove Components
For more than 20 years, Alan Grove Components, Inc. has specialized in fabricated steel brackets for A/C compressor, alternator, and power steering pumps. Bracket kits work especially well in '47-54 Chevy/GMC pickup applications with SBC conversions where space is limited. Kits are furnished with all necessary hardware and illustrated instructions for easy installation. Alan Grove Components, Inc. also stocks many factory GM pulleys for V-belt applications. Alan Grove Components, Inc: 913.837.4368; www.agcbracket.com.