RAM FILLS 302/351 FLYWHEEL VOID

Written by Moore Good Ink Columbia, SC: Fans of Ford Racing Performance Parts might lament the discontinuation of the billet steel flywheel (PN M-6375-A302) for the pre-1981 302/351 Windsor V8, but RAM has filled that void with an excellent upgrade (PN 1527). They have also replicated the product in aluminum (PN 2527). Both flywheel types are aimed directly at the street/strip and street rod market and both are SFI certified. To provide a proper friction surface and to ensure the flywheel is parallel to the crankshaft flange, it is Blanchard-ground (flat to 0.001-inch). The 157-tooth starter gear ring is machined for three button-head securing screws and heat-shrunk in place on both steel and aluminum types. Each Ram flywheel is individually balanced to ½ oz/in and is prepared with standard thread 5/16-inch attachment holes for 10½-inch Long-style as well as 10½-inch metric-thread holes for diaphragm pressure plates. Price point for the steel version (approx. $250) is competitive with the discontinued Ford item. The 2575 aluminum version is designed to be completely rebuilt featuring a ¼-inch thick mild steel friction insert to dissipate the heat faster, maintain a flat friction surface, and reduce the likelihood of distortion. Though replacement inserts can be renewed by the factory, RAM’s flywheels rarely require them. Typically they are resurfaced when wear exceeds 0.015-inch. Further, this resurfacing process could be applied many times over. The additional benefit is a 10-12-pound reduction in rotating mass and a moment of inertia (a measure of an object’s resistance to changes in its rotation rate) that improves engine response and vehicle acceleration. RAM is aware that all your questions about...

Now Available from Classic Dash: Popular G-body ABS Composite Dash Panel

Written by Moore Good Ink NOW AVAILABLE! Carson City, NV: Classic Dash has announced a new molded ABS composite dash panel in three finishes for GM G-body cars, rear-wheel drive iterations that were produced from late ’78 until early 1988. These cars include the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, El Camino, and Malibu. In keeping with all the company’s previous offerings, the G-Body panel is clean and stylish. Lightweight and exceedingly rigid ABS plastic sheets are vacuum-formed at 320 degrees Fahrenheit and the material is impregnated with a UV inhibiter that protects it from sun damage. Accuracy is the key. A Thermwood 5-axis CNC high-speed router consistently trims the dash panels to within 0.005-inch. The Classic Dash panel is available in carbon fiber, brushed aluminum, or black finishes. All panels are offered in two forms: with or without gauge openings, and with or without gauges. Gauge selection includes several variations from Auto Meter and Classic Instruments. Auto Meter kits include wiring harness from gauges to factory loom, LED turn signal indicators, and high-beam and emergency brake light indicators. Classic Dash was formed in 2002 and was the first company to create replacement ABS composite dash panels for vehicles of the muscle car era. Their new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is located in Carson City, Nevada. Its website has a new make-over with easy navigation and access to ordering. Staff members can easily answer any technical questions you may have and same-day shipping is available on orders received before 3PM, PST. Classic Dash instrument panels complete with gauges are priced from $999.95. For further information contact: Classic Dash, 5225 Grumman Drive, Suite 100,...

RAM KEVLAR PILOT BUSHINGS

Written by Moore Good Ink Columbia, SC: RAM is now introducing a better pilot bushing for popular Ford and GM applications.  It is made of Kevlar. Kevlar, with its long history for durability in industrial applications, is the ideal material. It is self-lubricating, offers low susceptibility to damage from heat, maintains dimensional stability, and reduces wear significantly when compared to bronze bushings and, especially, needle-roller bearings. These bushings are now available for small-block (including LS) and big-block Chevrolets using bronze bushings or needle-roller bearings. They also suit Ford applications using needle roller-bearings, such as late model 5.0L and 4.6L engines. Use Ram part number BU656K for Chevrolet engines and for Ford, part number BA50MK. For printable catalog fact sheet click here For further information contact: RAM Automotive Company 201 Business Park Blvd. Columbia, SC 29203 Telephone (803) 788-6034 or visit:...

Low-profile two-piece billet valve covers for Ford D3 cylinder heads

By Freddie Heaney: Mooresville, NC- Roush Yates Engines now offers two-piece valve covers for the Yates D3 cylinder heads. Designed with a lower profile and produced from billet aluminum, these assemblies, comprising a base and a cover, have several interesting advantages. First the two-piece design allows valve adjustments to be made without oil spill, as the covers can be removed while the bases remain attached to the heads. A flat gasket is used to seal the base to the cylinder head and a 0.135-inch O-ring is used to seal the valve cover to its base. Eight studs, which are common to both valve cover and base, are used to attach both items to the cylinder head. Each stud is equipped with double nuts. Because valve springs can become alarmingly hot, these valve cover bases are equipped with tiny ports from which pressurized oil is sprayed onto the springs and valve train to aid cooling. The tiny ports are linked to a long, gun-drilled oil galley terminating in NPT threaded ends, which accept AN fittings. A 37-degree AN-4 flared fitting is installed in the front port; an AN-4 plug in the rear. To monitor engine vacuum, threaded ports are offered as a convenient option. These can be added to each end of the valve covers, allowing the driver to monitor engine condition from the cockpit. Both base and cover are available in several anodized colors: black, gold, red, blue, or clear. And last but not least, these valve covers are available with the Roush Yates logo or in a plain finish without a logo, or with a laser-engraved logo of...