RPM stands for Rust Prevention Magic. This new waxlike product is easy to apply and will protect bare metal from rusting. It will not reverse rust or remove it, so you need to sandblast or glass bead any rusty parts clean first. You apply it by heating the clean part up to 120 degrees using a hair blow dryer or heat gun. Then, you brush the RPM on with a (cheap) paintbrush. The substance melts as it is brushed onto the hot part. It gets into the pores of the metal and prevents rust from forming. Wipe the excess RPM off with a towel or paper towel, and let it come back to room temperature and dry. RPM dries to an invisible barrier that prevents rust from forming. Examples of things you can coat are cast-iron brake rotors/drums (do not coat the brake shoe contact areas), suspension components like spindles/control arms/tie rods, driveshafts, metal brackets, and even exhaust pipes. No longer do you have to use cast blast paint on your parts to protect them; it’s just $35 for an 8-ounce tub. Grab yours from Chevs of the 40’s, the world’s most complete supplier of ’37-54 Chevrolet car and truck parts. Call ’em toll-free at 800-952-0587 or visit ’em on the web at www.chevsofthe40s.com.
Stiff Arm Lap Belts From Juliano’s
Nobody wants their seatbelts falling out the door every time they get out of the truck, so Juliano’s offers a simple solution to the problem. Now you can get this stiff arm lap belt, just like OEMs use.
This design is ideal for any vehicle without adequate room for bulky rewind housings. The 13-inch rigid arm comes with a 61-inch-long adjustable belt, and the total length is 74 inches. They’re made exactly like OEM equipment so they look right at home in any classic pickup. The belts meet all FVSS specifications, and the price is just $29.95 per passenger. Call Juliano’s at 860-872-1932, or visit them on the web at www.julianos.com.
Dashpads for Dodge Ram Trucks
Finally, there is a permanent option to rid your 1998-2002 Ram of its unsightly cracked dash! This new replacement dashpad, developed exclusively by LMC Truck, uses improved thermoplastic compounds for strength and durability to prevent cracking. The dashpad is textured and color coordinated to match existing interior components with no painting necessary, saving you time and providing a fresh from the factory look. It comes complete with the A-pillar seals and color-matched defrost vents preinstalled. It features preattached antisqueak felt pads like the original and incorporates all mounting points on the underside of the dash to attach your OE air distribution ducts. No trimming or modifications are required for the installation. For $199.95, this is the economical solution to your cracked dash problem.
LMC Truck offers 20 free illustrated full-line parts and accessories catalogs for Chevy, GMC, Ford, and Dodge Ram trucks and SUVs. These catalogs make it easy to repair or restore your 1947-2010 Chevrolet and GMC truck and SUV, 1948-2010 Ford Truck and SUV or 1994-2010 Dodge Ram truck and Dakota. The catalog illustrations are detailed and in a schematic format so you can get the job done right. LMC Truck stocks over 30,000 parts so you can get what you need, when you need it. Ordering is simple by phone, mail, fax, or online at their secure website. Payment is easy with American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa. Most orders received in the morning ship out the same day, and with the central location, it only takes two to three days to receive your parts. For more information or to order a catalog, visit their website at www.lmctruck.com or call 1-800-LMC-TRUCK (1-800-562-8782).
LS1 Performance Converters
Phoenix Transmission Products introduces PN PTGM300/245, a new 245mm lockup torque converter for vehicles using the LS series engine and 4L60E transmission. This torque converter is available in stall speeds, ranging from 2,800 to as much as 4,000 rpm and features an antiballoon hub, furnace-brazed cover TIG-reinforced fins, Torrington bearings, and a lockup clutch that has an even greater apply area than the fullsized 300mm unit it replaces. This converter weighs over 10 pounds less than the stock converter, which means less weight on the crank and a quicker revving engine. Like all Phoenix Transmission converters, this unit is built to order for the perfect stall speed match for your application and is computer balanced. For more info on this and the complete Phoenix Transmission Products line of classic truck transmissions and components, contact ’em at 817-599-7680 or on the web at www.phoenixtrans.com.
Vintage Wiring Kits
For classic truckers, hot rodders, and restorers who are looking for a do-it-yourself wiring kit that has that old-school vintage look. Sacramento Vintage Ford offers Vintage basic hot rod wiring kits, which include just about everything you would need to rewire your hot rod car or truck. Kits include ’40s-style black fabric-covered wire loom with a double red tracer just like the original harnesses. They also include Vintage cloth-covered wire in 10-, 12-, and 14-gauge for headlight, parking light, taillight, brake light, turn signal and flasher, dash, gauges, one-wire alternator charging system, ignition, and horn, as well as Vintage-style wire terminals. A simplified, easy-to-read instruction booklet is also included. Vintage-style cloth wire looms and cloth-covered wire and terminals are also available separately. For the scoop on these way-cool wiring kits, contact Sacramento Vintage Ford at 916-853-2244 or check out all their cool classic truck and car goodies at www.vintageford.com
New ’34-36 Chevrolet Pickup Chassis
Superior Glass Works has added the ’34-36 Chevrolet pickup truck chassis to its broad line of street rod and truck chassis. This generation of Chevy pickup shares the classic lines of the popular mid-’30s Chevy cars and is getting increasingly popular with enthusiasts. Like most old trucks, their chassis can show considerable wear after all these years. Superior offers a safe, strong, and good-looking chassis built to Chevy’s original specs that will accept original sheetmetal and reproduction fiberglass body parts. With its heavy-gauge, fully boxed ’rails and stout crossmembers, this new chassis will perform exceptionally well under a modern hot rod pickup. The complete rolling chassis is equipped with a Mustang II IFS and custom, lowered leaf springs, but the full range of suspension components from the leading manufacturers in the industry are available for your custom build. Superior Glass Works has decades of experience building street rod chassis, including those for most ’31-53 Chevy and Ford cars and trucks. In addition to this chassis, Superior Glass Works also manufactures fiberglass front fenders, rear fenders, 2-inch-wider rear fenders, grille shells, and running boards for the ’34-36 Chevy trucks as well as for all Chevy cars and trucks from the ’30s and ’40s. More information about the new Chevrolet chassis and other products mentioned is available at www.superiorglassworks.com or by calling 888-731-7670.
Custom Floor and Trunk Mats
In Stitches Customs and Interiors, an award-winning, full-service, specialized custom shop, is now offering custom floor and trunk mats for your classic truck, street rod, or muscle car. Family owned and operated and located in one of the world’s powerboat capitals, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, In Stitches has mastered their craft over the last 10 years creating one-off, out-of-this-world interiors for custom boats. Manufactured exclusively from Corinthian Marine Aqualoc carpet, In Stitches mats can incorporate your vehicle name, logo, or custom graphics. Easily patterned using a simple measuring system and household items, your distinct antislip backed mats will be hand-cut for your ride and finished with a vinyl or fabric binding. The custom graphics are done with a true authentic carpet inlay and are not dyed, silk screened, or embroidered, as is the case with inferior quality mats. In Stitches mats use triple-reinforced bonded marine carpeting, ensuring that they are ultra durable and easy to maintain. The mats are UV protected, the colors won’t fade, and come with a three-year limited warranty.
Prices for a custom set of In Stitches mats begin at $300 with inlay, and shipping time is 7-10 days in most cases. In Stitches offers an optional design and digital rendering service that helps you to create and preview your mats. For further information, contact In Stitches by phone at 928-854-3627, or on the web at www.institchescustoms.com.