578hp and 620lb-ft: the efficiencies of a modern centrifugal supercharger

578hp and 620lb-ft: the efficiencies of a modern centrifugal supercharger

TorqStorm’s supercharger featured in Classic Truck’s story: Chevrolet Super Fire V-8, April issue. Here’s the valve-in-head V-8 as only the leader can build it and here are some wonderful things it brings you: 578 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque, made possible by the employment of an extremely efficient centrifugal supercharger. Exceptionally high horsepower in a brilliant package yields GM’s most potent pound-for-pound power producer to date! Chevrolet’s “Super-Fire V-8” delivers phenomenal performance, surprisingly high gas mileage, and extra-long life. See the video and read more.    ...
Basics for building a custom steering column

Basics for building a custom steering column

By Archie Bosman: Hot rods create an environment that removes us far from the chaos of the real world. And their custom innovations are the luxuries they bring to our lives. For some production shops, developing a one-off design is not in the cards. Others, in contrast, interpret this as laziness or a lack of ingenuity or complacency or some combination of the three. They see it as ignoring an opportunity. Still, to succeed in custom designs you need access to an efficient team armed with specialist knowledge and swiftness—a team that is irrepressible in overcoming obstacles. This is often best illustrated in the completion time of projects and their cost. Before hot rodder Kevin Smith from Manvel, Texas appeared at the ididit booth during the 2015 NSRA Nationals in Louisville, he had already made inquiries at several shops without success. By combining some of his original parts with newly designed components, he was planning a custom-built steering column for a 1962 Ford Thunderbird that he and his son were building and needed specialist help. Here are Kevin’s requirements and how the Michigan firm, ididit, accomplished it. First, the 1962 Thunderbird was equipped with a Swing-away column arrangement. Original and novel technology that promoted easier vehicle entry and exit, naturally, its owner wished to retain it. In addition, the customer requested a column gear-shifting mechanism, featuring automatic shifting; four-way flashers, self-cancelling turn signals, not originally available; and column tilt. Today, 5-position tilt is in popular use, but Ididit has extended the articulation to eight positions, allowing the steering wheel to arc through a total travel of 35 degrees. The...
New belt-drive assemblies for big-block Ford engines

New belt-drive assemblies for big-block Ford engines

Innovators West has revealed details of its new belt-drive assembly for big-block Ford 385 series engines. The hallmarks of a competent belt-drive assembly are to generate less friction; effectively dampen adverse harmonics before they reach the valve train; maintain precise valve timing, particularly at high engine speeds; and demonstrate convenience in valve timing adjustments. The Innovators West new belt drive assembly distinguishes itself by not only accomplishing all these familiar requirements but also makes it available in two indispensable forms: one style is equipped with integral side brackets for serious track use, the other without. The side brackets are regarded as unique. Provided with big-block Chevrolet hole spacing, they accommodate motor plates, power steering pump, alternator, crank trigger as well as external oil pump or a vacuum pump or a belt-driven fuel pump, often a requirement for turbo or blower engines. External competition pumps are customarily mounted on the 1/4in thick aluminum engine mounting plate, but this is rarely satisfactory as the plate is apt to deflect, resulting in imperfect belt alignment. An adjustable drive-belt idler is included to allow for precise adjustment of drive belt tension. This is important when taking into account the production tolerances of new belts and the re-tensioning of used belts. The crankshaft pulley is made from heat-treated steel and the cam pulley hard-anodized billet aluminum. For concentricity, both pulleys are machined in one operation in a multi-axis lathe. Also, a cam retaining plate is provided with two encased roller bearings—one operates between camshaft and plate, the other between cam pulley and plate. Optional high-vacuum seals, alloy steel drive hub, and camshaft drive adapter...
Wilwood Named as a Series Sponsor with ChumpCar

Wilwood Named as a Series Sponsor with ChumpCar

Wilwood Disc Brakes has teamed up with ChumpCar International, Inc. as a Series Sponsor in 2016. Building on ChumpCar’s abundant racing success, Wilwood has announced a new partnership with the endurance racing specialists, supporting their enduro efforts at more than 40 events annually across four divisions (East, West, Central and Canada). In addition to being listed as a series sponsor, Wilwood will provide contingency ($100 product certificates) to competitors at every ChumpCar event. Each competitor will be required to run at least two Wilwood contingency decals on the sides of their competition vehicles. “ChumpCar’s approach is simple; it provides an affordable series for the ‘average Joe’ that loves driving fast and it operates without gimmicks and high price tags,” says Steve Cornelius, Director of Sales and Marketing at Wilwood Engineering. “Wilwood has been creating race- and championship-winning road racing products for decades. Partnering with a series like ChumpCar is a perfect fit for Wilwood. We look forward with enthusiasm to providing its competitors with support and guidance to choose the right brake application no matter experience level or budget.” Click here for the full 2016 schedule and to register for an upcoming event....
Phoenix Systems and Ford-Branded Brake Fluid Test Strips

Phoenix Systems and Ford-Branded Brake Fluid Test Strips

Probably the most implausible aspect of the Phoenix Systems test strips is why auto shops have taken so long to grasp the innovation. A brake strip check takes seconds to conduct. It confirms the health of the brake fluid, brings peace of mind to the motorist, and often introduces new business to the shop. But now Ford brings refreshing stimulus…   Phoenix Systems has just announced a licensing agreement to produce and market Ford-branded brake fluid test strips. The most interesting aspect of the test strips is the innovative thinking behind them. Though automobile brake lines are made of steel their bores are coated with copper, which eventually deteriorates and contaminates the fluid. The test strip alerts you to the degree of contamination, if any. A brake fluid test strip takes seconds to conduct, provides proof of a needed brake fluid service and often results in additional business for a shop. If, indeed, the fluid needs to be renewed there’s the added benefit that, during the process, evidence of frozen calipers, torn seals or seized ABS units might be detected and addressed. Brake fluid is regularly renewed in race cars, particularly road race cars though less so in passenger cars. However, the practice toward regular checks is gaining ground. Motivated by a simple color test that takes approximately 60 seconds to mature, it provides a visual indication of brake fluid health. Phoenix developed the Ford product with the understanding that the brake fluid test needed to show the exact condition of brake fluid—no more guessing. Changing brake fluid when appropriate halts corrosion, extends the life of brake parts and...
How two valves working in tandem prevent crisis

How two valves working in tandem prevent crisis

Nitrous Supply’s latest developments. By Alfie Bilk: The long 5/8in OD supply tube extends down into the nitrous oxide cylinder, its flared end reaching within 5/8in of the cylinder floor. Like a velocity stack the 45-degree flare is formed because fluids or air don’t react well to deviating more than 15 degrees says Nitrous Supply’s Mike Flynn. “If we left it squared-off, the flow in the tube would be adversely affected”. Their valve, he claims, has the highest flow of any valve you can put in a nitrous bottle, so forming the bell mouth at its entry helps smooth the flow and uses the full capacity of the tube. The supply tube is connected to the bottle valve which, in turn, is connected to the nitrous oxide bottle or cylinder via a number 8 fitting. The seal between the two components is aided by a white Teflon® O-ring. On one side of the bottle valve a pressure relief device is positioned. Sometimes known as the racers’ safety valve, it is an emergency mechanism that vents dangerously high-pressure gases into a tube through its nozzle end. Set to deploy should the cylinder pressure escalate to 2700psi, the vent tube, which is connected to the safety device by a -8AN fitting, is routed outside the vehicle. Recently, the nozzle of the safety device has evolved and now features four 3/32in holes rather than one large hole. The four holes act as an effective diffuser should pressure build and activate the emergency relief mechanism. In dire circumstances, one hole can be potentially dangerous suggests, Mike Flynn. What would cause the pressure relief device...
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