While attending the 2014 NSRA Nationals Plus you need to stop by and look at the new products section. If you find yourself at home and can't drop by the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville then this might be the next best thing.
While there are approaching 100 new products that will help you update and/or upgrade your current project, these products should give you ideas for what you might do with your next hot rod build. This special exhibit is open to the public Friday and Saturday, but you can have an "early look" at www.streetrodder.com.
Classic Instruments had a number of new products but we thought we would take a look at three. There is the new Corvette dash panel for 1963-67 Corvettes that can be outfitted with 16 different gauge combinations to make it ideal for your ride; it will work with any engine combination. Next up is the Zeus Speedometer Technology (ZST) speedo with the cutting edge in technology. Simply put: Use your smartphone, for instance, to register 30 mph on its GPS and push a button on your Classic Instruments speedo, and that's it. Your speedo and odometer are now set and accurate. Last, but certainly not least, is Classic Instruments' tube-style fuel sender. Ideal for tight-fit situations, it will work from depths of 6-36 inches, and is less susceptible to erratic fuel readings because of fuel slosh.
Now you can have modern turbocharging technology quickly and easily adapted to your Ford Flathead with the TorqStorm Vintage line of superchargers. It comes in V-belt drive, black, simulated cast, or polished finish, and can support up to 600-plus horsepower, and has a limited-lifetime warranty.
Something that has been long in coming is the inline hydraulic brake light switch from Engineered Components Inc. (ECI). Because there is no exposure to brake fluid the longevity of this product is significantly increased. Great safety item too!
Lokar Performance Products now offers a billet aluminum drive-by-wire electronic pedal control pedal assembly. Available in black or clear anodized finish, it is available for most GM, Ford, or Mopar applications.
Next up is the universal hose kit (E-Z Refrigerant Hose system) from Vintage Air that will allow the at-home builder to fabricate, route, and crimp in his own garage. Kit comes with adequate hose, nine of the most commonly used nickel-plated steel O-ring fittings, cages, clips, and O-rings themselves.
New from SO-CAL Speed Shop is their 48-inch-wide forged I-beam axle that comes in smooth or drilled and as-cast or polished finish. The narrow width is ideal for highboys or fendered cars with lots of wheel and rubber combo.
Rocket Racing Wheels is now offering an early Halibrand-looking wheel with an as-cast finish and windowless design. It is ideal for nostalgia rods.
Up next in the wheel category is the Daytona from Billet Specialties from their Pro Touring Series. This powdercoated wheel is made from 6061-T6 forged centers (two-piece wheel) that comes in 18-, 19-, and 20-inch diameters, making them ideally suited for the biggest of brake packages.
Fatman Fabrications is now offering two new IFS systems designed for hot rodders who want to use their rides in autocross competition or have a "heavyweight" ride. Check this product out at their website to see if one of these suits your needs.