April 2012 Parts Bin

New Gen Wheels

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Many of today’s wheels look like they would be more at home on a late-model Mercedes than a classic car. Finally, there is an alternative! New Gen Wheels brings back classic styling using modern manufacturing techniques. These designs are 3D-milled out of 6061-T6 forged billet, which differentiate them from any “flat spoke,” two-dimensional wheel, and are far superior to any similarly designed cast wheels. A three-piece constructed wheel means availability from 18x7.5 to 18x15, in 0.50-inch increments. And for a custom-built chassis, these can be ordered to fit the most common modern upgrades, such as aftermarket big-brakes, mini-tubbed muscle cars, and all other chassis upgrades. Finish options include powdercoat, brushed, clearcoat, and custom. For more information, call New Gen Wheels at 866.694.5940 or click on over to newgenwheels.com.

Stealth AntiRoll bar

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The newest innovation in rear suspension control is Chassisworks’ ball-end antiroll bar with integrated framerail mounts. The unique design provides maximum exhaust clearance by placing the antiroll bar close against the vehicle’s underbody with no bulky mounts placed along the framerail. The key to the tucked-away installation is the threaded weld-in mounting sleeves installed directly through each framerail. Billet bushing housings screw in from the outside of each framerail to capture the ball ends of the bar with low-friction polymer bearings. The antiroll bar assembly includes a 7⁄8-inch road-handling or 1¼-inch drag race, heat-treated torsion bar with splined ends and billet aluminum arms. Complete kits start at $459 and are available for purchase through cachassisworks.com or call them direct at 888.388.0205.

Spring Locators

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COMP Cams introduces two new valvespring locators for LS valvesprings with 0.520-inch guides. Older standard shims will not hold up to the extreme spring pressures and high rpm found in today’s engines. COMP Cams offers a simple but effective solution to this problem: a thin, hardened steel alloy seat that will not only protect the head and shim but will also locate and hold the spring in place. Adding to an already extensive line of locators, COMP engineers have created two new ones specifically for LS applications: The first set of locators (PN 4872-16) are designed for COMP Beehive Springs with 0.520-inch guides (PN 26918). The second set (PN 4873-16) fit COMP Dual LS Valve Springs with 0.520-inch guides (PN 26925). Designed with an inner diameter locating shoulder, these new spring seats will keep your LS springs seated perfectly for a more stable valvetrain. Get more information at compcams.com or call 800.999.0853.

Charge it all!

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Optima Batteries adds an all-new product to their roster with the Optima Chargers Digital 1200 Battery Charger. This battery charger enhances the performance of Optima and other AGM batteries, recovers deeply discharged batteries, and extends battery life. It also features a tri-color LCD display for charging and offers one of the best user interfaces on the market. Other innovative features include an integrated LED work light with ergonomically designed DC charging clamps, quick-set selections that prompt users with a quick and easy selection of charge profiles by battery type, of battery maintainer, by connection type, and USB charging for iPads, iPhones, and other devices such as cameras and phones. “This is our brand’s first truly new product in years, and the Optima Chargers Digital 1200 Battery Charger is something the market has been asking for and is something enthusiasts need,” said Cam Douglass, director of product development and marketing for Optima Batteries. For more information, call Optima at 888.867.8462, or visit them on the Internet at optimabatteries.com.

Performance Catalog

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Totally redesigned and reformatted, Classic Performance Products’ newest product catalog (#17) is now available. CPP’s brand-new catalog features full-color images, technical information, invaluable reference materials, and hundreds of new parts and accessories for classic GM, Ford, and Mopar cars and trucks. CPP, a leader in the steering, brake, and suspension industry for many decades, is proud to offer one of the most complete parts and accessory reference guides available on the market. This catalog is overflowing with all the up-to-date parts you’ll need to improve the ride, handling, and performance of your classic vehicle. All of CPP’s parts are guaranteed for life. The catalog is $5, or free with purchase. Get your CPP catalog today by calling 800.823.1299.

Electro-Wizard

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Flaming River is proud to introduce its all-new Electro-Wizard Automatic Battery Disconnect Switch. This heavy-duty 12-volt battery switch ties into your vehicle’s ignition to control and operate the vehicle’s battery system. When the ignition is turned to the “off” position, the battery is automatically disengaged and becomes non-operational. This system uses Passive Magnetic Solenoid Operation, so as long as your vehicle is turned off, the battery system is automatically turned off as well. Kits come available with or without a three-minute time delay relay. For more information, call Flaming River at 866.798.8058 or visit them online at flamingriver.com.

Family Tradition

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The technology of the LS pushrod engine can now be mated with the impressive multi-carb look and performance of the muscle car era. The Holley GM LS1/LS2/LS6 2x4V dual-plane manifold was designed in the tradition of the great dual Holley 4160 induction systems that competed on dragstrips, in Trans-Am, and at Le Mans in the ’60s. The dual-plane, equal-distribution layout produces great mid-range torque without compromising top-end power. The LS engine architecture does not use an intake-mounted water neck or distributor so it’s perfect for two Holley carburetors or throttle bodies, and this intake manifold design takes full advantage of that opportunity. Carbureted (PN 300-120) and EFI (PN 300-121) versions support a 1,500 to 7,000-rpm powerband, making it appropriate for any street/performance, muscle car, or street rod enthusiast. For more information, contact Holley at 270.781.9741 or visit them on the web at holley.com.

Powerful Steering

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Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) now offers a heavy-duty direct replacement power steering pump for the ’10-12 Camaro SS that has been dyno- and track-proven to withstand the additional loads generated by driving the supercharger with the primary accessory drivebelt. The LPE Camaro SS Power Steering Pump is a direct replacement for the stock pump—mounting in the stock location, using the stock mounting hardware, and the stock power steering fluid hoses. The LPE heavy-duty power steering pump features a roller bearing-supported shaft with an internal shaft-retaining clip for added durability. Lingenfelter designed their pump to solve an issue with the factory Camaro power steering pump, which can fail prematurely with the higher accessory drive loads caused by adding a supercharger. To order, call 260.724.2552 or visit lingenfelter.com and click on “Camaro Parts” in the toolbar.

Out of Sight

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Now you can eliminate the unsightly wiper motor from your Camaro’s firewall and place it out of sight, inside the air plenum. Pacific Western Design’s new state-of-the-art Raingear Systems for ’67-69 Camaros will do just that. You can fill the wiper motor hole in the firewall or use the supplied block-off plate. Finish that engine compartment the way you want while keeping your Camaro safe and legal. An optional two-speed variable delay switch is also available. For more information on Pacific Western Design’s first-generation Camaro wiper motor, call 800.686.1955 or visit them online at pacificwesterndesign.com.

Quick Shifter

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TCI engineers have developed the new Fast-Gate Shifter that is universal in design, allowing it to be used in virtually any three- or four-speed application, either street or race. The Fast-Gate Shifter also includes a stylish and durable injection-molded cover, cable, and all required hardware for a simple installation. The shifter’s sturdy construction is capable of withstanding the demands of racing, yet looks classy in most street applications. The precision, laser-cut components ensure smooth, accurate movements when shifting, and the reverse lockout mechanism eliminates the chance of transmission damage from accidentally shifting into reverse. For more information on the TCI Fast-Gate Shifter, call 888.776.9824 or visit them online at tciauto.com

Drag Struts

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Strange double (independent) externally adjustable coilover steel struts for ’82 -92 Camaros are designed and valved to satisfy the adjustment needs of the most competitive drag racer. Competitive drag racing is won or lost by narrow margins, making suspension tuning and consistency critical to winning races. Strange double externally adjustable coilover struts easily permit independent control of both extension and compression—maximizing your car’s performance. The doube-adjustable Strange struts are a valuable tool to adapt to changing track conditions, control weight transfer, reduce e.t.’s, improve down-track stability, and allow for consistent runs. Strange also offers a full line of single and double externally adjustable aluminum Camaro rear shocks. For more information, call Strange Engineering 847.663.1701 or visit them online at strangeeng.net.

It’s All in the Details

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Summit Racing Equipment, the world’s largest direct mail and Internet supplier of high-performance automotive parts, now offers a complete line of detailing products to complete the perfect paintjob. From aggressive compounds to mild polishes, Summit Racing’s line of body shop-safe detailing products is designed to give new paintjobs a scratch-free, high-gloss finish. For more product information, or to place an order, visit summitracing.com, or call Summit Racing at 800.230.3030. You can also visit one of Summit Racing’s three retail stores in Tallmadge, Ohio; Sparks, Nevada; or McDonough, Georgia.

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