Product Spotlight… Nine Cool Parts We Think you’d Like
This product spotlight was originally published in the Goodguys Goodtimes Gazette
1949-1951 Ford Power Steering Conversion Kit
Borgeson and Fatman Fabrication have announced the release of a new power steering conversion kit for 1949-1951 Ford cars. This kit allows the user to add power steering to these factory Fords. Features of the new power steering conversion kit include a special reverse rotation box, a unique frame bracket, a pitman arm, and hardware. The kit allows it to fit stock or with Fatman’s Improved Steering Linkage Kit. Also available is an optional Column Saver Kit, which helps to preserve the original column. This kit is not recommended for use with the Flathead engine, due to the tight exhaust clearance.
Fatman Fabrication / (704) 545-0369 / fatmanfab.com
Three-Piece Muscle Car Wheel
The new FL500 Heritage Series Wheel from Forgeline Motorsports is a three-piece wheel that pays homage to the classic Magnum 500 wheel, while also maintaining modern qualities. Made from forged 6061-T6 aluminum, the FL500 features a traditional five-spoke design with inverted tapered spokes. Other features include true forged aluminum centers, aircraft-quality ARP stainless steel hidden fasteners, and heat-treated rim sections. The wheel is designed with a flat lip reverse outer that’s offered in 18-, 19- and 20-inch fitments. It comes with a standard powdercoated and high-tech machined center, combined with a polished outer rim. Forgeline can also customize the FL500 wheel in terms of finish options and fitments.
Forgeline Motorsports / (800) 886-0093 / forgeline.com
The new Centerforce I Clutch Kit is designed to replace the stock clutch of 1963-1995 small-block- and big-block-powered Chevy cars and trucks. This entry-level performance clutch is available for engines with either a 10-spline input shaft or a 26-spline input shaft. The pressure plate features the company’s Centrifugal Weight System to provide better clamp load over stock. The disc also includes high-quality friction materials, which makes for better drivability and longevity. The Centerforce I Clutch Kit is designed to provide better-than-stock pedal feel while complementing stock engines or engines with slight power increases from minor bolt-on modifications. The kit includes a new throw-out bearing and clutch alignment tool.
Centerforce / (928) 771-8422 / centerforce.com
Lightweight Steering Column
The new Pro-Lite from ididit, inc. is a lightweight steering column that can be used on the track, off-road or streets. Designed in collaboration with Detroit Speed, the Pro-Lite weighs just under six pounds, which is half the weight of a standard ididit steering column and much lighter than the typical OE column. The column can collapse a full five inches for enhanced driver safety, and it will install using the original dash mount and ididit’s plug-in wiring connectors. The Pro-Lite will work with most quick-release steering wheel hubs. (Steering wheel adaptors are sold separately.) The column features a standard matte black finish and includes self-cancelling turn signals, horn wiring, and four-way flashers. The company offers this column for the 1962-1966 Nova; the 1965-1966 Mustang; the 1967-1968 Camaro; the 1969 Camaro; and the 1970-1975 Camaro.
ididit, inc. / (517) 424-0577 / ididitinc.com
Clean Five-Spoke Wheel
The new Classic wheel from Boze is a stylish, five-spoke wheel that features a clean smooth spoke and accent fluting on each spoke. This fluting helps to highlight the detailing of the wheel. The Classic wheel is offered in several finishes, including high luster polish, brushed satin texture, and a variety of powdercoated colors. Manufactured from forged aluminum, the Classic wheel comes in sizes ranging from 17 inches to 22 inches, and widths from 7-15. Boze builds the wheels for each application, so they will be able to accommodate big brakes, staggered stance, and custom offsets.
Boze Alloys / (866) 634-4626 / bozeforged.com
Six-Piece Special Edition Gauge Set
American Speed Company is now offering a Special Edition Gauge Set that’s designed for use with its Speed33 or any custom hot rod build. The new gauges were created in coordination with Classic Instruments, and are offered as a six-piece set. The set has a traditional look with the American Speed insignia and can blend in with the company’s gauge cluster. A 3-3/8-inch speedometer and tachometer, as well as a 2-1/8-inch temp gauge, oil pressure gauge, fuel gauge and volt gauge, are included in the new set.
American Speed Company / (734) 451-1141 / americanspeedcompany.com
Adjustable Dual-Flow Rate PCV Valve
The DF-17 is a new adjustable dual-flow rate PCV valve from M/E Wagner Performance. The CNC-machined valve is made from 6061-T6 billet aluminum and can be easily tuned to meet the ventilation requirements of most collector car engines. It’s designed to help solve common street rod engine problems caused by improper crankcase ventilation, including idle concerns, fuel-diluted oil, chronic oil leaks, in-car oil smell, non-adjusting carburetors and other issues. According to the company, these problems are often the result of a PCV valve with the wrong flow rate and transition for a modified or stock engine. The DF-17 is made in the USA.
M/E Wagner Performance / (570) 899-4544 / mewagner.com
The new EFI-2-Carb Regulator from Aeromotive enables any car or truck that was originally equipped with a return-style EFI-powered engine, to convert to a standard carburetor while retaining the full, stock EFI fuel system components. The new regulator does not require any changes to be made to the original fuel system and allows for the use of the stock EFI pump in the tank, stock fuel filter, as well as the stock EFI supply and return lines. It provides control of the bypass pressure to keep the EFI fuel pump working efficiently while also keeping the output pressure low enough to feed any off-the-shelf carb. Bypass pressure is adjustable from 8-16 psi, while regulated pressure to the carburetor is adjustable from 5-9 psi. Other features include a universal 3/8-inch NPT inlet, outlet and return ports, and two 1/8-inch NPT gauge ports that allow both line pressure and carbureted pressure to be adjusted and monitored. Regular 3/8-inch NPT to AN or 3/8-inch NPT to barb fittings can also be used to making plumbing easier.
Aeromotive,/ (913) 647-7300,/ aeromotiveinc.com
Hot Rod Chassis Book
Brent VanDervort has announced the release of his second book, Hot Rod Chassis, a 144-page paperback that covers buying and installing suspension components and building a hot rod chassis. The book, which contains 11 chapters, is specifically written for owners of 1928-1964 vehicles, including those with Model A’s, Shoebox Fords, Tri-Five Chevys and early muscle cars. The book tackles real-world issues, including how to build a frame, and how to pick and install front and rear suspension. Brent, who is the owner of Fatman Fabrication, also covers topics such Arc Theory and fasteners. Hot Rod Chassis contains over 300 helpful photos and is designed to answer the common questions Brent is frequently asked about these parts.
Brent VanDervort / fatmanfab.com/building-hot-rods-book