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SEMA & PRI Trade Show - The Big Two
Super Chevy Visits Two Of Industry's Biggest Shows
May 1, 2003
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SEMA & PRI Trade Show - The Big Two
SEMA '02Las Vegas, Nevada
Chevrolet Tuner CarsChevrolet makes a big showing at SEMA and brings out its "skunk works" tuner cars for the first time here. This modified Monte's flamed paint scheme made it stand out from the rest. Info: www.gm.com.
An Old Familiar FaceGoodmark hasn't given the Chevelle away yet. They were proud to display the car SUPER CHEVY helped them build in their booth at the SEMA show.
Keep CoolOil coolers aren't usually Top 10 Appearance award winners. However, this new auto trans cooler from Moroso is not only state-of-the-art, but it cools while looking cool. Easy installation and connections make it a snap to install. Info: www.moroso.com, (203) 453-6571.
Things That SuckThe Mr. Gasket Company is now offering three versions of vacuum pumps for the street and track. The electric pump is just right for street/strip cars that have limited space for hanging another belt-driven accessory off the crank. Then there are the Sportsman and Professional pumps which are good for all-out racing engines. Info: www.mrgasket.com, (216) 688-8300.
Under CoverCOMP Cams has been hard at work developing all sorts of trick, new products. This ultra-cool billet aluminum timing cover is just one of the new offerings. With a built-in timing pointer and removable cam "window" this piece features the best of both racing and street technology. Also check out COMP'S new shaft rockers, timing chains, and beltdrives online at: www.compcams.com, (901) 795-2400.
Edelbrock EFIIf you're into hot rodding, then Edelbrock is a name you'll know. Camee Edelbrock (middle) was proud to explain to a few of SUPER CHEVY's executive staff (that's Linn Remling Mills on the left and Big John Barkley on the right) how Edelbrock is upping its EFI ante big time in 2003. Camee showed us Edelbrock's new EFI Victor manifolds, fuel rails, and throttle bodies that'll work with most any aftermarket injectors and ECUs. Info: www.edelbrock.com, (310) 782-2900.
Bg Three-PeatAfter years of producing some really killer carbs, Barry Grant (BG) is getting into the manifold business. By casting its own intake manifold designs, BG is offering some very trick new products like this Tri-Power setup for the street. BG will also be complementing its manifold line with some matching valve covers and cast air cleaners. Info: www.barrygrant.com, (706) 864-8544.
Shiny, New BottlesThe old blue is out and the new blue is in at NOS. These trick spun-finish bottles were spied in the Holley booth at SEMA (Holley owns NOS). They're rumored to become the standard bottles for all future kits; we can't wait to see if that rumor is true. Info: www.holley.com, (270) 781-9741.
Crower PowerComing off their terrific finish in this year's Popular Hot Rodding magazine's Engine Master's Challenge (EMC), the folks at Crower Cams had a lot to talk about and display at PRI. One item of constant discussion was the fact that their high-torque EMC engine was one of the few top finishers using a solid cam; most competitors used a roller. Info: www.crower.com, (619) 422-1191.
PRI Cool BlueBlue seems to be the color of today with more new blue items spied at the PRI show. These Accel Cool Blue filters do more than look cool under your hood. They'll trap dirt while flowing plenty of air and are washable and reusable too. Check out the Mr. Gasket Web site (they own Accel) for more info: www.mrgasket.com, (216) 688-8300.
F.A.S.T. TechEFI is where it's at and the aftermarket is quickly surpassing the OEMs when it comes to high-tech EFI equipment. Fuel Air Spark Technology, better known as F.A.S.T., were on hand to help explain the intricacies of EFI to anyone who came wondering. For more info on their stuff check out: www.fuelairspark.com, (662) 224-8972.
Wires & SleevesTired of the seeing red? MSD was and decided that not all ignition wires had to be red. They now offer their performance 8.5mm wire sets in black to better blend in under the hood. Also new are the armor-clad boot sleeves made to protect your fragile wire ends under the harshest conditions. Info: www.msdignition.com, (915) 857-5200.
Big, Bad BaersThe new six-piston Baer/Alcon "MonoBlock 6R" calipers are virtually identical to current Trans Am brakes but come complete with road-going seals for proper street use. According to Baer, the Monoblock 6R is a super-light and super-strong caliper with monstrous pad volume designed for actual road use! Info: www.baer.com, (602) 233-1411.
Heavy BindersCan't bring that heavy street car to a halt? Wilwood feels your pain and has developed this dual-caliper rear brake kit for beefy musclecars that run skinny tires up front and fat rubber out back. Since all the traction is at the back of these cars, Wilwood added another caliper to double the clamping force. Info: www.wilwood.com, (805) 388-1188.
There's A Dyno In There!Superflow is all about dyno testing engines. And if you can't bring your engine to the dyno, they'll bring the dyno to you! Well, maybe not exactly, but if you don't have the knowledge or desire to build your own dyno cell, Superflow offers this all-in-one complete test cell that gets trucked to your shop so you can be testing engines in no time. Info: www.superflow.com, (719) 471-1746.
Block TalkGot serious questions about a block? The guys at World Products were on hand to discuss block-related items and display their newest products. Bill Mitchell, Jr., standing behind the block, is the largest distributor and engine builder using World Products blocks in the USA. Info: www.theengineshop.com, (631) 737-0372.
Get The ShaftAffordable shaft rockers are all the rage today, and every cam company is racing to produce its own. These new Crane shaft assemblies will be offered in street and Pro versions for both economy and no-expense-spared type of engines. One very trick aspect of these new rockers is that they use a Kevlar-based bushing, instead of needle bearings to pivot on the trunion-very trick indeed. Info: www.cranecams.com, (386) 258-6174.
Split ManifoldsThis gets our "why didn't someone think of this before" award. Ever tried porting the plenum area of an intake manifold? It's not easy. And porting the runner entry is just as hard. See those bolts on the sides of these new Brodix intake manifolds? They allow you to split the manifold in two for porting and then bolt it back together. This can really help on a flow bench when you want to add clay to the plenum to see its effects on runner flow. Info: www.brodix.com, (479) 394-1075.
Pistons For The Ls1JE Pistons' new-generation small-block flat-top pistons for the LS1 engine are compatible with nitrous, turbos, and superchargers. These slugs fit will accommodate big valves and high-lift cams and are available to fit oversized bores and stroker cranks while still utilizing the internal factory reluctor wheel for easy installation. Info: www.jepistons.com, (714) 898-9763.
Block HeadsThe folks at Dart Machinery are really turning it up next year and offering tons of new Chevy-related, high-performance hardware. Cylinder heads and block, aluminum and iron-all of Dart's stuff is hard-core. Check them out at: www.dartheads.com, (248) 362-1188.
ZZ572Want cubic power? The power junkies at GMPP and Scoggin-Dickey Performance Center (SDPC) have it for you with their new ZZ572. That's 572 inches of 720 hp (@ 6,250) and 685 lb-ft of torque (@ 4,500) with a snorting solid roller cam, to boot. Coming soon is a pump-gas-friendly, 9:1-compression version of this same engine, albeit a little less powerful, too. Info: www.sdpc2000.com, (800) 456-0211.
LS1 Shaft RockersWe've known for quite a while that the LS1 heads are killer performers, but there has been a lack of hard-core racing parts for them. Now, Jesel has added LS1 shaft rockers to its SS line of affordable rocker arms. There are also affordable versions of the same-style shaft rockers for our old favorite big- and small-block Chevys, too. Info: www.jesel.com, (732) 901-1800.
Watch Your LevelThe geniuses at Aeromotive have designed this data-logging fuel level system to monitor the fuel in your bowls. It works with an on-board data logger (the one used here is from Auto Meter) and can graphically display your fuel level during a run. This will be a new must-have for all Pro Stock racers and anyone else serious about winning next year. Info: www.aeromotiveinc.com, (816) 333-7300.
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