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The Eastwood Company announced that it is the exclusive distributor of Fairmount hammer and dolly sets for metal shaping and autobody professionals and DIY hobbyists. Fairmount body hammers are designed for precision metal shaping as performed by skilled craftsmen for more than 100 years. With a rich heritage of quality and innovation, these tools continue that tradition. Fairmount hammers and dollies are all constructed from the highest quality raw materials to ensure lasting durability. Each tool is designed with the proper contour, balance, and head configuration needed by professional metal shapers. The hammers are available with fiberglass or genuine hickory handles, and feature heat-treated, hand-ground and polished heads. Eastwood offers 17 different Fairmount hammers and dollies, available individually or in kit form. Included in the line are an anvil dolly and dome dolly, not commonly found in other sets. “Eastwood’s research and development team tested these new body shaping tools in-house, on real-life projects, to ensure the balance, feel, and quality,” says John “JR” Robinson, Eastwood product manager. “These are hammers and dollies that you will have in your toolbox for years to come.” As the exclusive distributor of Fairmount hammers and dollies, Eastwood is proud to offer tools that metal shapers can depend on at an economical price. For more info contact The Eastwood Company at 800-345-1178, or check out all of Eastwood’s restoration tools and supplies at www.www.eastwood.com.
Vintage Air Maximum Flow Proline Series Louvers
Vintage Air’s engineering team has created an all-new series of A/C vents specifically designed for superior airflow in a compact 2.625-inch size, and they look great too. These new louvers were designed, flow tested, and manufactured in-house by Vintage Air, to reduce the airflow restrictions common on many other aftermarket designs. They’re machined from 6160 billet aluminum and available in clear or black anodized finish. Designs clockwise: Spyder, Planar, Tridant, Penta. See the entire line at www.www.vintageair.com, or call Vintage Air at 800-862-6658 for more information.
Tremec Shifter Levers for T5, T45, T56, TKO 500, TKO 600 and Magnum
Lokar introduces their billet aluminum Tremec shifter levers for the TKO 500 and TKO 600. These are direct bolt-on billet aluminum shifter levers. These levers will fit the Tremec TKO manual transmissions with the standard two-bolt flange and give you that clean, smooth appearance. The shifter levers are constructed of billet aluminum in a very unique style and they’re machine grooved for boot attachment as well. The levers are threaded 3⁄8-16 for shifter knobs and all mounting hardware is included with the product. The levers are available in 6- and 8-inch straight and also in 6-, 8-, and 10-inch single bend. Available in choice of Midnight Series Black finish or brushed. As with all Lokar products, the shifter levers are manufactured and assembled in the USA. Call toll free 877-469-7440 or visit www.www.lokar.com for more information.
Ron Francis Wiring Makes Alternator Upgrading Easy
Thanks to Ron Francis Wiring’s new alternator wiring kits, now the only thing limiting your choice of alternator is the mount. Do you love the clean, internal fan look of a Ford 3G alternator, but have earlier Ford 2G wiring? Or perhaps your power-hungry accessories are more than your Chevy 10si can handle. Or maybe you just need to rewire the alternator circuit only. Ron Francis Wiring makes alternator upgrades easy. These alternator wiring kits are available for all popular GM and Ford alternators, including 2G through 6G units. They come complete for easy plug-and-play installation including 6- or 8-gauge charge wire (depending on unit style), any adapters needed, and quality GXL insulation for added heat protection and peace of mind. For additional information please visit www.www.ronfrancis.com or give ’em a call at 610-485-1981.
PerTronix Ignitor III Billet Distributors
PerTronix’s new plug-and-play billet distributor for popular V-8 applications is designed to provide maximum ignition performance and easy installation all at a price you can afford. Think of the new Ignitor III-equipped distributor as the first ignition box that is completely inside the distributor. It features multiple sparks throughout the entire rpm range as well as a high-resolution rev limiter that is set by the end user. The Ignitor III is compatible with any inductive ignition system coil, but high-rpm performance can be improved when used with their low-resistance (0.32 ohm) Flame-Thrower III coil or new HC coil. Available with or without vacuum advance, the vacuum advance version is legal in all 50 states and Canada (CARB EO # 5D-57-23). Additional features include a tempered shaft with low-torsion displacement; an upper ball bearing and lower self-lubricating oil-impregnated copper powder metal bushing and a durable machined heat-treated gear. Distributors come with a factory-set performance curve, a mechanical advance limiting adjustment, and high dielectric strength cap and rotor. These distributors are available for most popular AMC, Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, Olds, and Pontiac V-8 engines. Ignition box performance without the box! For more information, contact your local performance retailer or PerTronix at 909-599-5955 or www.www.pertronix.com.
Flat Collector Tight-Tuck Headers For Small-Block Fords
Patriot Exhaust Products has recently introduced a tight-tuck header designed to fit 221-351W Ford engines in most street rod applications utilizing a flat collector design. Part number H8482 is constructed from 16-gauge tubing and 5⁄16-inch thick flanges and utilizes large 15⁄8-inch primary tubes and 2½-inch collectors for improved flow and more horsepower. Patriot claims that their tight-tuck design solves many of the problems associated with engine swaps, especially in modified vehicles and street rods. This header is designed to fit in the tightest of engine compartments, clear all stock motor mounts, and can be used with any oil filter system or transmission and starter combination. The flat collector allows for more steering and frame clearance than conventional collector designs. Ford tight tucks are available in a raw finish for individual customizing, part number H8482, or with Patriot’s very popular metallic ceramic coating for increased resistance to corrosion and thermal fatigue, part number H8482-1. They come complete with Patriot Headers gaskets, header bolts, and special angled reducers. For info, contact Patriot Exhaust Products at 909-599-5955 for a catalog and name of your local dealer or check out www.www.pertronix.com.
Stainless Roadster Tilt Steering Column
Flaming River is excited to announce a new addition to their line of steering column products. They’ve taken their popular roadster-style steering column and added the modern convenience of five-position tilt. This new column is ideal for classic trucks, roadsters, and the early 1953-62 Corvette. With only 5½ inches from the bottom of the dish to the top of the column’s shroud, this compact space-saving design has a nostalgic look and full-tilt functionality. This new roadster-style tilt column fits snug against the dash, and compared to a standard tilt column, allows for an additional 2 inches of clearance in the driver seat. Each column is CNC-machined from high-grade 304 stainless steel. These columns come with a sleek 1¾-inch tube diameter and are available in a variety of lengths and finishes including paintable mill, polished, or custom powdercoat. Each column comes standard with a GM 4¼-inch wiring connector, horn functionality, canceling cam, turn signal arm, tilt lever, and hazard knob. All Flaming River steering columns are proudly made in the USA. For more information, call 800-648-8022 or visit ’em at www.www.flamingriver.com.
V-Band Clamps Now Available in 2-1/4-inch
V-Band Clamp Kit by Deeds Engineering has become available for 2¼-inch exhaust components. It’s a great size for tight-fit situations such as classic pickups, modern street rods, or mild engine applications. No gaskets, no leaks, quick removal, and simplified looks are the reasons top professional builders continue using Deeds Engineering V-Bands to connect their exhaust. For more info, contact Deeds Engineering at 818-842-2500 or check ’em out at www.www.deedsengineering.com.
GearWrench Introduces the 120XP Flex Head Ratchet
GearWrench, a premier handtool brand from Apex Tool Group, known for tools that deliver speed, strength, and access, announced the new 120XP Flex Head Ratchet. The new ratchet includes all the features of the standard 120XP Ratchet plus an adjustable flex head with six positions, giving the end user additional clearance and improved access. The 120XP Flex Head Ratchet has a longer-reach handle than the standard 120XP, providing unprecedented access for hard-to-reach fasteners. Like the original 120XP Ratchet, the Flex Head has a 60-tooth gear that alternately engages double-stacked pawls to produce 120 positions and a 3-degree swing arc. The new ratchet is available in both full polish and cushion grip in ¼- and 3⁄8-inch drives, allowing for greater comfort and ease of use for technicians. The ratchet’s teardrop-shaped head has a low-profile, flush-mounted on/off switch, which also improves access in tight spaces. The enclosed-head design resists dirt infiltration. The product exceeds the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) strength requirements. Additional information about GearWrench is available at www.www.gearwrench.com.
Speedway Motors Bolt-Together Chassis Components for ’47-54 Chevy Pickups
Put down your welder and build a rock solid foundation for your classic truck with Speedway Motors’ exclusive new line of bolt-together 1947-54 Chevy pickup chassis components. Speedway Motors’ innovative new chassis components allow do-it-yourself rodders to assemble a complete frame using little more than handtools and a drill. The full line of bolt-on parts includes framerails (part number 916-04754) built from laser-cut 7-gauge steel plate, IFS crossmember (part number 910-44754) with interlocking boxing plates for extra strength and adjustable upper spring seats to fine tune final ride height, triangulated four-bar rear suspension kit (part number 910-04754), including 9-inch rearend housing, center frame support (part number 910-64754) to reinforce the frame, radiator support (part number 910-14754), fuel tank support brace (part number 910-84754), and engine mounts (part number 910-54754) for small-block Chevy and LS V-8s. Speedway Motors’ bolt-together chassis components are engineered to work together, but will also fit the stock frame of your 1947-54 Chevy ½-ton pickup. When used in unison, these affordable parts allow the average enthusiast to assemble a complete chassis in about a weekend, without requiring any welding or specialized skills. Speedway Motors also offers a full complement of suspension and brake components to make your frame a rolling chassis, as shown here. Call 800-979-0122 for more info, or visit ’em online at www.www.speedwaymotors.com.
Heidts Superide II IFS for ’57-64 Ford Trucks
Heidts Automotive Group announced the availability of their Superide II IFS suspension systems for ’57-64 Ford pickups. This new product essentially extends Heidts Superide II design to cover an even wider range of vehicles, with applications for Ford trucks now spanning 1948 to 1964 model years. Heidts also has a Superide II IFS application for 1953 to 1959 Chevrolet trucks. Along with their famous Mustang II-style drop spindles, the innovative Heidts Superide II design uses a front steer mounted rack-and-pinion unit and employs a steering geometry very similar to the Mustang II, which has been proven to work very well on classic trucks. The heavy-duty upper control arms use threaded adjusters for precise wheel alignment. Regardless of how large of road bump the suspension is subjected to, unlike others’ eccentric adjusters, the threaded adjuster will never slip or lose alignment. The geometry of the suspension provides a low, smooth, and highly steerable ride with no bumpsteer and a moderate level of anti-dive already incorporated into the design. A large, robust single-piece main crossmember makes the suspension system installation a breeze and eases engine installation. Combined with a full complement of mounting hardware and thoroughly detailed instructions, the installation will be as smooth as the ride you’ll get with the Heidts Superide II suspension system. For more information on this or other Heidts products, contact your local dealer, or call Heidts directly at 800-841-8188 or visit www.www.heidts.com.
40-Series Delta Force Race Mufflers
For hardcore truckers looking for an even more durable muffler than Flowmaster’s aluminized steel offerings, Flowmaster has introduced the Delta Force 40-Series mufflers in 409S stainless steel. Manufactured entirely in the US from 16-gauge material, these popular race mufflers will fit a variety of drag, street, and autocross trucks, and will be the last mufflers you need to buy for your pickup. For info call their technical assistance line at 800-544-4761 for more information regarding specific decibel requirements and applications, or check out the full Flowmaster line at www.www.flowmastermufflers.com