Celebrating 25 Years of Wiping
Bob and Linda Galbraith, their family, and the staff at New Port Engineering are celebrating their 25th year manufacturing electric windshield wiper conversions by thanking the loyal customers and dealers who have made their company a success. When the company began in 1989, it offered three vehicle applications. Today, the product line has expanded to include more than 180 hot rods, muscle cars, classic cars, and light truck applications. The original product, the Clean Wipe Wiper Drive, is a vehicle-specific bolt-in drive motor that attaches to the OEM linkage. The second generation of products, the Clean Wipe System, was designed to provide selected vehicles with dual wipers, upgraded from their OEM single-wiper configuration. After more than 20 years in the windshield wiper business, New Port Engineering introduced a line of polished stainless steel wiper arms and blades. None of this would have been possible without the support of the enthusiasts in this hobby. Check out newportwipers.com to learn more.
Mistaken Identity Dept.
The gremlins were busy recently, breaking into the STREET RODDER offices and messing with the photos and captions in the November issue. Unless they strike again, these cars are now correctly identified. We apologize for the errors.
Another sweet Chevy from the L.A. Roadsters Show was Bob Babcock’s ’39 coupe, with Sunset
Chuck Crawford’s 1950 Chevy was described, but not shown, in our story on the L.A. Roadste
Our coverage of the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green included Butch Sample’s 1956 Ply
Sharp Speed Equipment Lives
Al Sharp was a machinist, pattern maker, and hot rod pioneer. After he got out of the Navy in 1945, Sharp became a pattern maker in L.A. and soon started Sharp Speed and Power Equipment. Over the decades, Sharp parts have been found on many high-profile cars, including the Chrisman Coupe, and Sharp made many parts for various engines, including aluminum Hemi heads. Though Al Sharp died in September 2004, his name continues to live on, as Sharp Speed Equipment has found a new home with H&H Flatheads, in La Crescenta, California. H&H acquired the rights and patterns to continue Sharp's legacy, including the Sharp 59A heads, 3x2 intakes, 2x2 intakes, fuel blocks, finned generator brackets, and foot gas pedals. H&H Flatheads also plans to reintroduce many of the old intakes that have been out of production for more than 20 years. It's all available through flatheads-forever.com or by calling (818) 248-2371.
Hot Rod Hauler
The guys at Laid-Back USA, manufacturers of hot rod–friendly vintage-style T-shirts and apparel, were on the Hot Rod Power Tour this past June when they spotted this Ford car hauler. Laid-Back is all about appreciating everything old school, so of course they had to stop and find out if it was for sale. It turns out that it was. Now the hauler is up in Idaho, in the works to be ready to hit the road with next year's tour. For more Laid-Back information and to check out their products, visit their website at laidbackusa.com.