8 Holes Of Glory
Dropping a Chevy 283-350 V-8 into your '82-'97 2WD 2.2L, 2.8L, or 4.3L S-10, S-15 Jimmy, or Blazer can be made much easier if you use the correct header and motor mount combination. Hedman Hedders manufactures American-made headers specifically for this project. The thick-wall 14-gauge mandrel-bent primary tubes of Hedman's shorty model bolt up to your V-8 head and exhaust system using stout 3/8-inch flanges. The ceramic-metallic thermal coating prevents corrosion and burn through and keeps the engine compartment cooler. To properly mount the V-8 engine, the header has been designed to work seamlessly with Trans-Dapt Performance Products' S-10 motor mount kit. The mounting bracket bolts to the V-8 block, allowing the engine to bolt up using the stock 2.2L, 2.8L, or 4.3L frame mount location.
For more information, contact: Hedman Hedders (562) 921-0404, www.hedman.com
We Like the Cars - the Cars That Go Boom
The new flagship model of the Alchemy series, the RX offers cool styling and great performance. A patent-pending motor structure with forced-air cooling effectively doubles the sub's power capacity. A pure copper shorting ring is used to cancel harmonic distortion, and rugged Santoprene surround allows for more excursion. The Alchemy RX subwoofer handles power capacities of 500 watts RMS (1,000 watts peak) and is available in a 12-inch model with either a single or dual 4-ohm voice coil.
For more information, contact: Alumapro (224) 569-3650, www.alumapro.com
The Ernst Cart Mount Socket System is a socket system designed to completely organize your 1/4-, 3/8-, and 1/2-inch drive sockets using the side of your mobile tool cart. It maximizes socket storage in minimal space by giving you a place for ratchets and extensions, and metric and standard sockets of all sizes. It features twin serrated edges, which provide for two-sided socket and accessory loading. Additional socket clips and other add-ons snap on both sides for maximum socket storage. Socket clips are easily repositionable and can be installed between previously placed clips.
For more information, contact: Ernst Manufacturing (503) 668-5597, www.ernstmfg.com
Truck With A Trunk
A raised center section that blends into a subtle rear spoiler highlights the SnugTop F2's distinctive design. And more importantly in this day and age, its aerodynamics serve to improve fuel economy. Other features include the SnugLift hinge mechanism, Rotary Slam Latch, OEM paint colors, and optional keyless remote that "pops" the lid open at the push of a button. And, as with all SnugLids, it's backed by a lifetime structural warranty.
For more information, contact: SnugTop (562) 432-5454 , www.snugtop.com
Keep an Eye on It
Knowledge is power and not knowing your transmission is running excessively hot is the number-one reason automatic transmissions fail. TCI's Electric Transmission Temperature Gauge helps signal problems before they turn into major transmission disasters. Featuring an easy-to-read illuminated face, the TCI Electric Transmission Temperature Gauge comes with all the necessary parts for easy installation. It's built for standard 2-inch gauge panels and uses a temperature range of 150 to 300 degrees F.
For more information, contact: TCI Auto (662) 224-8972, www.tciauto.com
K&N's 57-series FIPK replaces the restrictive SSR factory airbox, filter, and intake tube. In its place, a K&N High-Flow Air Filter, smooth-flowing composite intake tube, and heatshield team up to increase cooler airflow to the engine. The result is a denser charge, more power, and a much better-looking engine bay. Plus, your engine is more efficient at cruise rpm because it doesn't have to work as hard sucking air through a restrictive filter.
For more information, contact: K&N Engineering (800) 213-4182, www.knfilters.com
B&W Trailer Hitches introduces the B&W Tow & Stow Receiver Hitch. The Tow & Stow eliminates the need for multiple ball mounts and is available in 6-, 8-, or 10-inch models with a dual or tri ball configuration. It stows under the vehicle when not in use and has a 10,000-pound GVW/1,000-pound tongue weight capacity.
For more information, contact: B&W Trailer Hitches (800) 248-6564 , www.turnoverball.com
New from Chassis Tech are these tubular control arms that feature urethane bushings at the pivot points and a unique adjustment system. The arms are fully adjustable, offering 1 to 6 degrees of camber adjustment. If you have a problem getting your hammered truck back to factory alignment specs, these are the cure.
For more information, contact: chassis tech (800) 682-8789, www.truckn-store.com
Pi-Thon Design announces the availability of Pi-Thon kits that will rid your engine compartment of all those unattractive hose clamps and replace them with a high-performance locking device. Pi-Thon products are machined in the USA from 6061 billet aluminum using state-of-the-art CNC equipment. These HoseLocks are available in a brightly polished finish or anodized in a wide variety of colors.
For more information, contact: Pi-Thon Design (888) 474-8466, www.pi-thon.com