Batwing Air Cleaner
O’Brien Truckers now offers a two-piece aluminum version of the ever-popular Caddy/Olds “batwing” air cleaner that’s been a favorite for over a half a century. (This air cleaner was formerly produced by Bitchin Products, and having acquired the tooling, O’Brien will continue to produce it in the United States.)
It’s been downsized to complement your engine rather than cover it up, and features a cupped underside to allow plenty of room for rear-mounted distributors. It accepts a standard over-the-counter replacement air cleaner element, and you get your choice of three different tops in either as-cast or polished finish. If you don’t mind a little extra lead time, O’Brien will polish the air cleaner for you.
The tops are available smooth, finned, or with sculptured flames, and each air cleaner comes with a 1/4-20 stud and stainless steel knurled nut to hold everything together. Total height is 5 inches. The price is $200 each unpolished, or $350 fully polished.
Flip-Up Roadster Rear Glass
Sid Chavers, the innovator of the foldaway Bop Top has released an opening rear window for soft tops. The window, which measures 4x20 inches, has been labeled the Cool Slot because it provides flow-through ventilation to keep the occupants cool with the top up.
If you already own a Bop Top, the new window can be ordered and installed in your top by any competent trim shop, or you can send your top back to Sid Chavers and have one installed. The Cool Slot is a self-sealing design featuring chrome-plated CNC’d aluminum parts throughout.
It’s available on all new Bop Tops, and also to auto trim shops; price is $995 for the kit.
Sid Chavers Company
Classic Instruments now offers the Esquire series. These square gauges feature a custom-machined aluminum bezel, glass lens, chromed pointer, laser-etched numerals, a warm gray and cream on a spun aluminum dial face, and crisp LED lighting. Available individually or in a variety of set combinations, which include all necessary sending units.
Blue Oval Serpentine
Eddie Motorsports offers their S.drive serpentine pulley systems for small-block Fords. They’re American made and feature pulleys and mounting brackets that are CNC machined from 6061-T6 aluminum at Eddie Motorsports. The kits are available in configurations with or without power steering and/or air conditioning.
The S.drive system offers one part number that gets you a complete kit to accessorize the front of your engine; to ensure a perfect, trouble-free fit kit it comes complete with a one-piece, billet aluminum timing cover that incorporates all of the required accessory mounting bosses and all of the necessary billet aluminum pulleys and stainless steel fasteners as well as the highest quality, name-brand components, including an Edelbrock water pump, Powermaster alternator, Gates tensioner, and six-rib serpentine belt. Sanden A/C compressor and Maval P/S pump are also included where applicable.
Small-block Ford S.drive systems are priced with kits starting at $1,995; kits are also available for the 351 Cleveland.