We all know using the correct tool for the job is half the battle when performing fabrication and/or repair work on our classic pickups. No one knows this better than Dan Holohan, the driving force behind Holohan’s Hot Rod Shop, who’s decided to manufacture and sell his own array of high-quality metal fabrication tools. Shown here is a selection of T-Dollies that make critical repairs and intricate fabrication a heck of a lot faster and easier than in the past. Holohan’s offers these dollies in two styles—a long-head and short-head designs. The stems (or handles) are laser cut to shape, which makes them easy to hang onto for remote use and perfect for use in a vice. The heads are made from 4130 steel, and the smoothly shaped heads have a radius on one end and are flat on the other—perfect for working flanges.
The T-Dollies are available in three finishes and price ranges. The finishes are polished chrome (premium), bead-blasted chromed (standard), and black oxide (economy). For more info on these high-quality tools or the complete Holohan’s offering, you can contact ’em at 704-450-0607 or check out their website at www.holohanshotrods.com.
New Vintage ’67-72 Chevy/GMC truck packages
The New Vintage packages for ’67-72 Chevy/GMC trucks offer unmatched style, performance, and quality. Features include their exclusive floating dial design with LED backlit mint green graphics and lit pointers. The stepper motor gauges can trigger the functions incorporated into the NVU exclusive Info Center with warnings for just about any function. Kits are available in basic gauges and brackets to install in your dash, or fully assembled and wired. Kits include all senders, detailed instructions and, as always, are made in Detroit with a five-year warranty. For more info, contact New Vintage at 248-850-5482 or on the web at www.newvintageusa.com.
PAGM Series Street Smart 4L80E Systems
Performance Automatic, in its never ending quest to stay on top of today’s need for modern-day transmission packages, has come up with an addition to its popular Street Smart Packages. The PAGM Series Street Smart Systems are exclusively designed to complement selected GMPP Crate Engines. These GMPP crate engines have been increasingly popular with classic truckers, street rodders, and muscle car enthusiasts alike. Performance Automatic has developed a customized 4L80E electronic overdrive transmission package for GMPP ZZ502, 502HO, ZZ454, and 454HO engines. The PAGM Series Packages have been designed for both performance and streetability. These kits also include all the necessary transmission components to complete the installation.
All of their electronic transmission packages come complete with their “Smart Shift” transmission controller and matching wiring harness for a “plug in and go, no laptop required” installation. Street Smart Converters are designed to give that “stop light to stop light” performance and to stretch that tank full of gas running down the highway in lockup. To find out more, visit www.performanceautomatic.com.
Free A/C and Heater Hose Crimping and Pressure Testing
Gotta Show Products, the premier manufacturer of stainless steel A/C and heater fittings, announces free crimping and 500-pound pressure testing on all fittings they manufacture (for rubber or braided hose). Turnaround time is usually one business day for hoses that are properly cut, assembled, and marked. Instructions for assembly come with every kit or may be downloaded at www.gottashow.com. They will return ship at cost through UPS (ground, three-day select, second day, or next day air) depending on the customer’s choosing. For more information or shipping addresses, contact Gotta Show at 602-237-4506 or on the web at www.gottashow.com.
Cool Kustom DVD
Kings of Kustoms is an in-depth look at the art, history, and wild culture of customizing. Each episode concentrates on one artist, genius, and pioneer in this glamorous, greasy world of custom cars, trucks, and four-wheeled movie stars. The first episode features the “king” of the Kings of Kustoms: Gene Winfield. The program begins with Winfield reminiscing with the “Century Toppers,” a group of guys who were at the forefront of the nascent car-customizing craze in the 1940s and 1950s, and moves on to Winfield’s Hollywood cars (including Blade Runner and Back to the Future), the Winfield fade paint technique, and great interviews with the king sharing his customizing philosophy. Plus, there’s a special feature with Winfield strapping into his own custom race car dubbed “The Thing” at El Mirage last summer to attempt another world land speed record... at age 83. The video is shot in 35mm HD digital with an original soundtrack by The Deadlies. For more, check out the trailer at www.kingsofkustoms.com.
Because No Ordinary Knob Will Do!
Ididit’s Retro Knobs are now included on selected Chevy Columns. Instead of the standard knob everybody has, ididit is now including their sleek and stylish Retro Knobs on selected Chevy Retrofit columns. Ididit’s Retro Knobs more closely resemble the vehicle’s original design, which adds even more style to your ride. Vehicles that now include the Retro Knobs are ’55-59 Chevy trucks, ’55-57 Chevy cars, ’58-60 Impalas, and ’58-62 Corvettes. For more information, visit their website at www.ididitinc.com or call 517-424-0577.
Beauty and Protection All in One
Smooth-painted running boards are probably one of the most popular trends in street rodding. Unfortunately to the general public, those boards that you spent so much time and money on to look that way are just a step to get into the car. To provide some protection and add a nice accent, the folks at McMillan Rod & Custom offer these solid Stainless Steel running board strips. They are available in both ½- and 3⁄8-inch half-round versions. Built from high-quality, type 304 stainless steel and polished to a mirror-like finish, they are sold by the foot so you only buy what you need. Options include studs, bullet, and rounded ends. View these and other innovative products at www.mcmillanrodandcustom.com or call them at 715-387-6847.
AME Rear Suspensions Now Available With “Johnny Joints”
The highly effective three-link, four-link, and four-bar rear suspensions manufactured by Art Morrison Enterprises are now available with the innovative Currie “Johnny Joint” rod ends. This enables enthusiasts to have a rear suspension with the articulation and “tightness” that comes with competition spherical rod ends, but with lubrication capabilities important for street use. Morrison’s three-link suspension is perfect for “track day” type vehicles where optimum handling is a primary concern. The three-links include a centered bar that attaches to the top of the rearend housing and two lower bars that locate on the rear crossmember; all can be equipped with “Johnny Joints.” Lateral stability comes from a Watt’s linkage that pivots on a specially modified 9-inch housing.
The four-link and four-bar suspensions are likewise offered with “Johnny Joint” rod ends, as well as spherical rod ends and Morrison’s polyurethane bushed stainless steel rod ends. To facilitate an easy installation, AME manufactures complete CAD-engineered rear clip assemblies custom made for the exact application. They are jig-welded to assure that all suspension components are properly aligned. The rear subframes include mandrel-formed ’rails, a 9-inch rearend housing with all necessary suspension mounts, coilover shocks, link bars, and options like a Panhard bar, Watt’s linkage, and sway bar. For additional information, call 800-929-7188, or visit www.artmorrison.com and request the latest catalog.
Eastwood’s New Internal Exhaust Coating
Those hot rodders at Eastwood have done it again. This time they’ve developed this exclusive exhaust-coating formula with thermal coating properties designed to cover the inside of exhaust system components and trap heat inside the tubing in both new and used exhaust systems. Use of the coating results in reduced radiated heat from headers and exhaust manifolds leading to overall lowered underhood temperatures and less heat absorption by nearby parts and surfaces. Eastwood’s new Internal Exhaust Coating also prevents rust and corrosion inside the exhaust manifolds or headers, thus extending the life of those components. The Internal Exhaust Coating features an exclusive 2-foot-long extension hose, with wide fan, and 360-degree aerosol extension nozzle that allows easy and complete application of the coating throughout the headers or manifolds. For more info on this and all of Eastwood’s awesome products, give ’em a call at 800-345-1178 or check out their website at www.eastwood.com.