Keeping your battery terminals corrosion free has become more important with modern advancements in automobile technology. Vehicles with PCMs and memory systems can put a constant drain on battery loads. Corrosion, however slight, can lead to system shut down or memory loss. Fluid Film, a lanolin-based corrosion preventive, can help alleviate problem corrosion on battery connections. Fluid Film is solvent free, ecofriendly, and will not evaporate from the surface. Fluid Film is non-conductive so connections should be tight before applying. One application will create an air-tight barrier of protection that will last a minimum of one year. Contact Fluid Film at 888-387-3522 or www.fluid-film.com.
The Dakota Digital GPS-50-1
GPS technology offers many benefits in today’s world: accurate speed information, precise location tracking, repeatable information, and so much more. The GPS-50-1 was completely designed and built in the USA; specifically made for the custom automotive market and the unique challenges that exist. Highly advanced electronics and software designs allow the GPS-50-1 to work unlike anything else, with accelerometers and predictive software to compensate for times when GPS inherently struggles: overpasses, mountains, tunnels, heavy tree cover, large buildings, passing large vehicles, etc. Unique electronic architecture provides for only minor current usage when off, yet lightning-fast start-up and signal acquisition. Updating the speed information 10 times per second provides tremendous accuracy, while the integrated omni-directional antenna provides for a wide range of installation flexibility and simplicity of a single, smart unit. In fact, the GPS-50-1 does a tremendous job of rendering the correct speed information. It can be used to feed an aftermarket cruise-control system. While not an easy task for a GPS speed sensor, the GPS-50-1 was intelligently created to handle this from the beginning. When used in conjunction with a Dakota Digital VFD3 or VHX Instrument system, a single data connection cable adds accurate speed information, compass positioning, altimeter data, and automatic clock syncing, all with fully automatic calibration! No DIP switches, no guessing, no inaccuracies. The GPS-50-1 is also fully compatible with other electronic speedometers on the market. Offering a user-selectable output of 4k, 8k, or 16k PPM signals and a selectable signal type of a sine wave or square wave, the flexibility is endless. The GPS-50-1 is also capable of a 54,400 or 128k PPM signal to allow an ECM to ease some of those unique transmission swap situations! The GPS-50-1 measures 4¾x2¾x1 inch, completely covered by a two-year warranty. For more info, call 800-852-3228 or visit www.dakotadigital.com.
Viking Launches Coil Spring Line
Viking Performance is proud to unveil its new line of ultra-lightweight, high-travel, high-performance coil springs. Viking springs are manufactured in the USA to precision tolerances from high-tensile spring steel. All Viking springs are engineered to provide the ultimate in consistent performance and are lifetime guaranteed to remain within 2 percent of the original free height and rate. Viking springs are very competitively priced since they are priced based on actual material used. Visit www.vi-king.com or call 800-236-6001 for more information.
Optima Battery Box From O’Brien Truckers
O’Brien Truckers has just acquired the tooling for the Optima aluminum battery box, formerly produced by Bitchin Products, featuring a finned top and smooth, soft lines. It’s the only cast-aluminum battery box on the market, and it’s so beautifully styled that you’ll want to leave your trunk open to show it off. The box is designed for use with the Optima side-post battery; dimensions are 115⁄8x85⁄8x95⁄8 high, and it’s made in the USA. It can be mounted in a variety of ways, with mounting bosses provided on the sides and bottom. The cast-aluminum box comes “as cast.” You can paint or powdercoat it, or you can order it fully polished as a special option. It ships out with a complete installation kit that consists of an inside crush pad, the electrical connectors with rubber color-coded battery boots, and installation instructions. The price is $200 each unpolished, or $350 polished. Check it out on www.obrientruckers.com along with all their other period-correct nostalgic products, or give them a call at 508-248-1555.
Hot Rods by Boyd: S.O.B. (Spirit Of Boyd)
In 1978, a man named Boyd forever changed the automotive landscape by pioneering the art of creating custom billet wheels, one at a time, in his small shop in Southern California. Thirty-four years later, Chris Coddington continues his father’s legacy in that very same shop where it all started, creating the most innovative billet wheels on the market, whether it be for classic truck, hot rod, pro touring, or classic car enthusiasts. The latest addition to the 2012 line of Hot Rods by Boyd wheels is the S.O.B., built in an affordable cast configuration. Available in sizes ranging from 17x7 to 20x15 with a wide range of backspacing, and featuring an A-356 center and 6061 spun aluminum outer, each S.O.B. wheel incorporates the same attention to detail as the billet line, but at a lower price. These are simply the highest quality multi-piece cast wheels on the market today, but the clean lines of the new S.O.B. speak for themselves. For more information on this or any Hot Rods by Boyd product, contact Hot Rods by Boyd at 866-612-2693; www.hotrodsbyboyd.com.
New Disposable Car Cover
Inline Tube has begun manufacturing another great new product for all automotive enthusiasts, the Plastic Universal / Temporary / Disposable, Car Cover with Elastic Band (part number INL12515.) This clear, 3mm plastic car cover with elastic band is a temporary cover that will not scratch the surface of your car. It has a patented elastic band on the bottom and will fit to cover any car 12x22 feet. This product is great because it is universal and will fit just about every car on the market. You can keep one in the trunk of your car for when you’re out for a drive or at a show and the weather turns sour. Instead of heading home, you can cover up and wait out the rain. The cover is like a car raincoat; even in heavy rain or wind the elastic band prevents it from being blown off. This is also an excellent new product that can be used under an existing cloth cover to protect it from dust and dirt. Cloth covers can get dust and dirt in them and scratch the surface of your car’s finish. Don’t put that dirty cover on your expensive paintjob! Body shops can even use these covers to keep dust and shop debris off the cars parked in their shop and, unlike a sheet of plastic, this will not blow or slide off and end up on the floor. It’s simple enough to towel dry or drape it over your everyday car to dry and use again. You can even buy a few at a time and throw them away if you don’t want to worry about drying at all. Inline Tube offers this product at a reduced rate if bought in quantities. For more info on these covers and the complete Inline Tube selection of high-quality products contact them at 586-532-1338 or on the web at www.inlinetube.com.
Rotabroach Kits For The Ultimate Holemaking Package
Blair Equipment Co., Inc., producers of precision sheetmetal hole-making tools and spot-weld cutters used in automotive body repair, fabrication, and restoration introduces two new Rotabroach Master Kits. Each of the new kits are an all-in-one set containing 16 different sizes of Rotabroach Cutters for drilling holes in materials up to ¼-inch thick. The fractional kit includes cutters from ¼ to ¾-inch and the metric kit includes sizes from 6 to 20mm. Rotabroach annular cutters are ideal for use in metal fabrication, restoration, maintenance and electrical applications, spot-weld removal, plug holes for welding, and automotive aftermarket installations. Each kit is packaged in a sturdy plastic storage case and includes an arbor assembly, extra pilots, center punch, washers and instructions. Rotabroach Cutters can be used in handheld electric drills with 3⁄8-inch chucks and in drill presses. Rotabroach Cutters are made of M2 H.S.S., hardened and precision ground. The annular or hollow design cuts only at the periphery of the hole, leaving the center as a solid slug of material. Because there is no center point or “dead zone” as with conventional hole-making tools, the annular cutter configuration has demonstrated the ability to drill holes up to three times faster and last 10 times longer than twist drills or hole saws. The cutters cut holes that are virtually burr-free and do not deform the surrounding material, even thin sheetmetal. Rotabroach Cutters are made in the USA. For additional information regarding Blair products, visit www.blairequipment.com.
Black is Beautiful
Looking for something a little different? Performance Coatings “Stealth Black” ceramic coating makes a great statement on intake manifolds, exhaust manifolds, or any suspension parts you’d like to enhance with a highly durable, heatproof satin-black finish. The aerospace technology behind the ceramic coatings from Performance Coatings creates decorative, easily maintained finishes that can withstand heat up to 1,400 degrees, which far surpasses heatproof paints and other types of coatings. Unlike ceramic coaters who later learned there’s an automotive market out there, Performance Coatings started out serving the automotive restoration and high-performance markets, and they’re a major supplier of ceramic coatings for all types of racing and show car applications. The company also operates a full-service automotive powdercoating facility, all under one roof, so when you ship those engine and suspension parts, you can include any pieces you want powdercoated, too. Performance Coatings also offers a natural cast-iron ceramic coating that simulates the bare OEM cast finish for restorations, as well as Performachrome, the company’s signature ceramic process recognized for its chrome-like appearance. For more information, call 770-478-2775 to get a free color brochure that shows you what they do. Check out the Performance Coatings website at www.headercoatings.com.
ididit Introduces the Touch-N-Go Start Keyless System
Get the most advanced keyless ignition technology at your fingertips with the Touch-N-Go Start keyless ignition system for your ididit tilt steering column. This is the industry’s first touch-sensitive start system and features a 22mm aluminum button with multi-color LED lights that will always let you know what mode it’s in. There are no moving components to wear out, ensuring years of outstanding performance. The Touch-N-Go start system will automatically start your car with the simple touch of a button. It comes complete with two key fobs with up to four programmable channels, a control box small enough to fit just about anywhere, a proximity range of 2 to 15 feet, and has the capability of automatically unlocking your door as you get close and locks as you leave. For more information, visit their website at www.ididitinc.com or call 517-424-0577. As always, ididit products are 100-percent American made!