LS conversion kits hit new peaks

By Alfie Bilk, October 27, 2014 Sugar Hill, GA: Southern Performance Systems (SPS) radiates a singular identification: LS conversions. The conversions are usually applied to older hot rods and at their heart lies the eminent LS3 engine transmitting through a Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed manual transmission via a Force 10.5 dual-disc Ram clutch. But company policy differed this year when they released their signature LS hardware in kit form. Comprehensive, the new conversion kit includes an engine-transmission installation kit, cooling system, exhaust headers, and a fuel system. The cooling system contains a direct bolt-in radiator with electric fans. The fuel system kit incorporates a tank with in-tank pump system, regulator, fuel-sending unit and all the lines and fittings from the intake manifold to the tank. Of special note is a unique fuel vent arrangement that eradicates any hint of fuel fumes from hot rods running in pre-emissions condition. The complete kit sells for $3,295. Founded by John Tucker in 1994, SPS’s new LS installation kit has proved to be the most important kit of parts in the company’s recent history. “Since its release enthusiasts who wish to perform the conversions themselves have eagerly embraced it,” admits Tucker. Predictably Tucker’s passion for the construction of glorious hot rods extends to other admirable pieces. For those who cherish fine valve covers he has introduced the finest. Refreshingly, a sense of economy was not the objective. Not for him were cast aluminum off-shore cheap-and-cheerful coil concealers. Instead he created captivating examples of the way good engineering should be and enlivened the design with a much more adventurous approach in billet, often incorporating...

For race cars, trucks and hot rods a new, tuneable power steering pump competing for best steering feel

Written by Fergus Ogilvy: How is it that KRC Power has been unable to sell power steering pumps to NASCAR teams since 1999, despite steering three 24-hour Le Mans winners? But sometimes you have to wait to be discovered; other times you have to wait for your competitors to gently slide into mediocrity. Whatever the reason, KRC’s new power steering pump is now hitting the sweet spot in Mooresville. Why? Kennesaw, Georgia: Weighing 2.58lbs and with a range of changeable flow options, each of which provide a slightly different feel, KRC’s Pro Series III displays a performance that differs from any of their previous pumps. There can be subtle power-savings as well, depending on the pump displacement. Originally available with only 9.6cc displacement, the Pro Series III range includes two additional smaller-volume pumps: 5.9cc and 7.2cc. Suffice to say the smaller the pump, the greater the horsepower saving. Further, to accommodate race cars with quick high-geared steering racks or, alternatively, steering racks that operate at lower pressures, the new pump offers three pressure relief options: 1,200psi, 1,450psi or 1,600psi. Allied to this the Pro Series III features nine changeable flow fittings to custom-tailor driver feel—for race drivers, the quality that out-ranks all others. In addition, three different shafts styles are announced. The most common facilitates the conventional pulley and retaining nut. Conveniently KRC uses traditional pulley offsets with standard 80mm bolt pattern on the case. More importantly the splined pulleys are an easy hand-fit as the pump-maker intelligently avoids the more out-dated press-on variety. The remaining two shaft styles adapt the pump for 3/8in hex drive and 17-spline drive. A...
BrakeShot further improves on standard formula

BrakeShot further improves on standard formula

Written by Ben Mozart, October 14, 2014 Phoenix Systems, the brake specialists tells us studies show that one of every two road-going vehicles suffers from depleted brake fluid. Like many households we own two cars; one has traveled 80,000 miles, the other 180,000 miles. Brakes on both seem fine but since a brake fluid check takes seconds we decided to test them. The results surprised: one of them was indeed fine, the other less so.   St. George, UT: Phoenix Systems’ spokesperson Larry McReynolds has announced a new BrakeShot kit. Composed of a 1oz bottle of BrakeShot™ and a test strip, the kit allows you to ascertain the condition of your brake fluid in seconds and, if necessary, restore its state to pristine for a fraction of the cost of a brake flush. Most of us know engine oils degrade and need to be replenished regularly. To a lesser degree so, too, do transmission and brake fluids. In 2001 Phoenix Systems introduced the BrakeStrip™. The BrakeStrip test determines if BrakeShot is needed or if the brake fluid should be replaced prior to adding BrakeShot. By dipping one end of the strip in the brake fluid reservoir, the fluid’s condition is revealed in about a minute. Light colors on the test strip indicate all is well; darker colors mean deterioration and its time to add BrakeShot or flush the system. Rated on a color chart from 0 to 300, simply add the contents of a one-ounce bottle of BrakeShot to the master cylinder if the test strip color code indicates between 50 and 175. Tests show it takes one week...
Stef’s two-piece dry-sump oil tank

Stef’s two-piece dry-sump oil tank

Includes integral flush-mounted ventilation system By Ben Mozart, October 27, 2014 Years ago when drag racing oil pan designs were in their infancy, engines would blow-up from damage introduced during the burn-out stage. Under full acceleration on the track they operated as intended. But when the high-revving engine moved the race car slowly across the burn-out area and without high G-force sending the oil to the rear of the pan, the engine bearings were often starved of oil. Baffles and other paraphernalia eventually remedied the difficulty. As the evolution continues we bring you news of the latest developments in competition oil tanks from Stef’s. –Two-piece arrangement allows internal access for inspection and cleaning –Clock-able design enables outlet fitting to be positioned at 45° increments –Flush-mounted breather chamber increases hood clearance & breather volume   Lakewood, NJ: Stef’s, the oil pan and oiling systems specialists, has released details of striking, new two-piece competition oil tanks with collective qualities that may be unique. These include a removable and clock-able base and a flush-mounted integrated ventilation system. They are designed for most drag racing, oval track and road racing applications. The chief advantage of the removable base is that it offers easy inspection and cleaning of the internals, a useful feature not present in Stef’s previous oil tanks. In addition, the conical base features an acceleration baffle that deters oil from running up the tank side. Beyond this the base can be clocked in increments of 45 degrees, which proves useful in most situations. The 8-bolt base is attached to the lower flange of the oil tank body by 10-32tpi stainless steel...
Barber’s 10th Vintage Festival: the pearl of anniversaries all

Barber’s 10th Vintage Festival: the pearl of anniversaries all

By Fergus Ogilvy, October 13, 2014 The interesting thing about racing car people is that thousands of us hold an enduring affection for motorcycles and many, particularly our more mature gents, cherish the machines of yesteryear. And why not, for vintage racing extravaganzas are a marvelous concept—a prospect where no narrative is necessary: we already have vaults of fond memories stored from our youth and as we grow older we relish the opportunities to relive the moments—but for some, these moments can take a rather bizarre course. Perhaps three decades ago a young motorcycle sidecar racing team, man and wife, entered the Isle of Man TT, which was televised. At first we didn’t know what to make of them. The prospect of a passenger endowed with shapely slender buttocks clad in black leather and maneuvering with remarkable adeptness was far from conventional. Fascinated, we found we didn’t really care who won the race but instead keenly awaited the next televised event where momentarily we would lose the gift of speech! For such ancient stalwarts, Barber’s annual Vintage Festival is a highlight of our year. For the 2014 event, their 10th anniversary and presented by the Triumph dealers of North America, Barber Motorsports Park was expecting crowds of around 50,000 and though mixed weather conditions were forecast, nothing seemed to dampen the enthusiasm or attendance. In the end the sun shone as tens of thousands arrived at the parkland from virtually every state in the nation. Click on any image to enlarge. Click here to view the full gallery of images. Readied for racing about a decade ago and costing...
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