DIY Classic Truck Four-Link
Welder Series is proud to announce the availability of yet another build-it-yourself kit for the classic trucker who likes the idea of super easy fabricating. This rear suspension four-link package includes their popular welded big bushing parallel four-link kit with combination air spring/ axle brackets, air spring frame brackets, lower shock axle brackets, and a welded universal Panhard kit. The bars in the four-link kit are direct threaded and approximately 25 inches center-to-center. They include 1¾-inch-wide urethane bushings and adjusters with ¾-16 threads. The kits are designed for use on any rearend assembly with 3-inch diameter axle tubes. The Panhard kit includes an axle bracket designed for 3-inch axle tubes as well, with a bar approximately 29-inch center-to-center and tabs for the frame end. For more information on this, and all the cool, easy to build Welder Series offerings contact Welder Series at 888-648-2150, or check out their Website at www.welderseries.com.
Holley Performance Products direct coil mount LS Valve Covers
Holley’s cast aluminum valve covers for GM LS engines provide a fresh, refined look without the need to relocate the coils. There’s no question the factory “coil on cover” design give the LS that signature high-tech look, but the factory brackets and coil location leave room for improvement. Clean up that signature look with Holley’s LS Valve Covers. They incorporate a radiused shape, angled coil mounting, and a billet fill cap. The coils mount directly to the cover with no need for a bracket in between. They fit most popular LS series engines and come in Black Krinkle, Satin, Natural Cast, and Polished. They can also be painted to match your vehicle’s theme. For more information contact Holley Tech Service, 1801 Russellville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101. Telephone 270-781-9741. For nearest dealer: 1-800-holley-1. Or visit them on the web at www.holley.com.
Stock Look Distributor for Ford & Chevy V-8’s
PerTronix claims their new plug and play cast distributors for Ford 221-302 CID, and small- and big-block Chevrolet engine applications are designed to provide maximum ignition performance and easy installation all at a price you can afford. This distributor allows you to upgrade your outdated points or stock electronic distributor with a performance proven distributor that features the patented Ignitor® or Ignitor® III electronic ignition module and an OE look cast aluminum housing. These distributors are perfect for the restoration guys who want a stock look distributor without having to use a worn out 40-year-old part or the ultimate sleeper who wants to hide the modern performance.The PerTronix Ignitor® is also compatible with any inductive ignition system coil, but high rpm performance can be improved when used with their low resistance Flame-Thrower® coils. If you’re using a capacitive discharge system or the PerTronix Second Strike box, no problem, the PerTronix distributor is compatible. The Ignitor® III version features a built in rev digital rev limiter and multi spark so no external box is needed. Unlike most auto parts store distributors, these units feature all brand-new (not rebuilt) parts. The gears are hardened steel for exact tolerances and the vacuum canister is adjustable for optimum performance. The mechanical advance curve has been tailored for top performance and drivability. The distributors come with a high dielectric strength cap and rotor with brass contacts. These distributors are legal in all 50 states and Canada (CARB EO PN 5D-57-23). For more information contact your local performance retailer or call PerTronix at 909-599-5955.
BedWood™ for Trucks Aluminum Hidden Fastener Strips
BedWood for Trucks, a manufacturer of quality BedWood kits made in America for trucks, customs and hot rods, has just released another in its series of innovative BedStrips. BedStrips are polished, extruded-aluminum strips with hidden fasteners for securing bed wood in early model trucks. The BedStrips are custom-cut for each specific OEM or custom application and feature a show-polished finish that is clear anodized for durability. BedStrips have previously been offered in just two distinct styles, the “Double-Hump” and the “Speed Bump.” Now BedWood has released a smooth, sleek and clean look named the “Flat Top.” Featuring the same benefits as the other two designs, the Flat Top offers builders a clean unobstructed look for their bed wood. These extruded strips complete the look, fit and finish of any BedWood kit. Aside from improving the look of your wood, the BedStrips will securely align your BedWood kit. The show-quality strips with the hidden fasteners ensure a clean, smooth style that will enhance the bed of any truck. Proudly, all BedStrips are made in America. Bed Wood and Parts was founded in 2006 by Jeff Major, with the fabrication shop and headquarters in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, where craftsman hand shape replacement and custom bed products for trucks and other custom vehicles. You can learn more about Bed Wood and Parts at www.bedwoodandparts.com or by calling 1-877-206-wood (9663)..
Affordable Independent Rear Suspension
TruckIRS.com sells a kit to install a readily available and very affordable mid nineties Ford Thunderbird or Lincoln Mark 8 complete independent rear suspension in your classic truck. You use it all, just the way it came out of the car, no cutting or modifications necessary. You’ll get modern suspension with disc brakes for what you might pay to do a disc brake conversion on your old rear end. TruckIRS.com has kits to fit ’48-79 Ford trucks, and ’55-59 and ’73-87 Chevy trucks. Complete installation kit is $395, just add the rear end assembly and you are good to go. More applications on the drawing board and custom kits are available as well. Find ’em on the web at www.truckirs.com, give ’em a call at 321-960-5945 or, email dave@truckIRS.com
Speedway Dropped Axle for Classic Ford Pickups
Old Ford pickups never go out of style. The ’48-52 F-1 and ’53-60 F-100 trucks remain some of the most popular vintage haulers among restorers and hot rodders alike. Simple and attractive, these pickups are still plentiful and affordable. Of course, these cool, old, blue-oval haulers look best when they’re riding down in the front, which typically requires installing an expensive independent front suspension. Speedway Motors has an easier solution: high-quality dropped axles for classic Ford pickups. Speedway’s all-new dropped axles make it easy and affordable to give your ’48-60 Ford truck a cool, in-the-weeds stance. They are designed to lower the front suspension approximately 3 inches on ’48-56 trucks, and 2 inches on the ’57-60 models, giving your pickup a much-improved profile without affecting its ride quality. Built with a rugged 2-inch diameter DOM tubing center and CNC-machined billet steel ends, these tough axles accept stock-style kingpins and spindles and are easily installed using the high-quality forged dropped tie rod ends (PN 910-48640) available separately from Speedway Motors. The dropped axle for classic Ford pickups is part of a complete line of vintage truck parts from Speedway Motors, America’s Oldest Speed Shop®, where we make rodding fun and affordable. Call today toll free at 800-979-0122 or visit ‘em online at www.speedwaymotors.com.
Trim Your Hood
MAR-K now makes the hood side trim to dress up your ’36-37 GMC trucks. These steel pieces are made to go down the side of the hood on the ’36 or ’37 GMC. These are unpainted steel parts that can be chrome plated or painted to match the other trim on your truck. They include holes punched for mounting these pieces to the hood side. The ’36 GMC requires 10 pieces for a complete set, and the ’37 GMC requires 8 pieces for a complete set. All the trim is made of 18-gauge steel just like the originals. Made by MAR-K in Oklahoma City, USA, MAR-K Quality Parts make the quality replacement moldings and parts you need to put the finishing touch on your ’55-72 GM trucks as well. For further information, contact MAR-K Quality Parts at 6625 W. Wilshire, Oklahoma City, OK 73132 or call (405) 721-7945, FAX (405) 721-8906 or visit their website at www.mar-k.com.
3-IN-1 Gauges From Doc’s Kustom
It’d be hard to find a better looking set of combo gauges than these 3-in-1s from Doc’s Kustom, made by the company’s gauge division, Omega Kustom Instruments. They come in the three colors you see here (black, tan, or white), and feature stainless steel bezels and glass lenses. The speedometer incorporates oil pressure and engine temperature, with one button programming and a trip odometer. The tach combines a voltmeter and fuel level gauge. Together, it’s a perfect way to package six instruments into any small available space. The 4.725-inch size is perfect for many early dashboards that incorporated large-style gauges, including ’47-54 Chevy trucks, ’57-59 Chevy cars, and many more. Panels and adapter kits are available for some applications. Best of all, they’re made in the USA and come with a three-year warrantee. For more info contact DOC’S KUSTOM at 229-528-4300 or visit ’em at www.docskustom.com.
American Autowire’s ’61-’66 Ford Classic Update Kit
Its common knowledge American Autowire classic update kits give you one of the most complete wiring harness kits on the market. All classic update kits are designed for specific year, make, and model configurations and the ’61-66 Ford truck kit is no exception. The kit boasts 14 features making it the most complete system of its type in the industry including: A replacement headlight switch with an internal 30-amp circuit breaker, adjustable length shaft, custom knob, standard turn signal flasher, hazard flasher, horn relay mounted on harness, and new compact ATO-style fuse panel that is fully encased in a closed box assembly. All high amperage output circuits incorporate the same superior spring steel reinforced terminals that are used in their Highway Series kits. Harness’ are laid out and formed to allow for nearly all aftermarket accessories such as: gauge packages, wiper systems, heat and air conditioning systems. Steering column connectors plug directly into most aftermarket steering columns or stock ’61-66 Ford columns using the adapter and terminals included in the kit. The instrument cluster wiring is designed with a “cluster harness disconnect” system for easy service and assembly. Original terminals and connectors (another American Autowire exclusive) are provided for stock cluster connections. The system will also connect into most popular aftermarket gauges. Rear body harness assemblies plug into the main harness at the left kick panel location and their longer leads allow for stock or custom routing of the wires. Rear body wiring includes backup light lead wires and connectors along with stop and taillight lead wires and connectors to mate into the stock Ford tail and back up lamp pigtail assemblies. A license plate lamp lead connection, as well as a fuel tank sender wire with tank unit connection is also included.
Engine wiring includes feeds for coil, tach, water temperature, oil pressure, electric choke, and electric speedometer (if needed). A heavy-gauge alternator feed and fusible link are also included for any typical high output one-wire or internally regulated alternator. Connectors supplied for power and tach leads for GM style H.E.I. distributors along with various oil and temp senders. A Ford Gen III series alternator adapter is available separately. Front lighting includes extra-long leads that can be routed for stock or optional appearances. All headlight, parking light, and directional light leads, along with a switched trigger wire for an electric fan relay (usually recommended with A/C) are provided. Mating terminals and connectors are also provided for you to complete your custom installation. For even more info on this wiring kit (or the complete American Autowire offering) contact American Autowire at 856-933-0801 or on the web at www.americanautowire.com.