Simplify the Swap
Hooker Headers now offers complete mount and exhaust solutions for swapping the extremely popular GM LS engines into Second-Generation Trans Ams and Firebirds. Choose from full-length stainless-steel headers (’75-’81 currently, ’70-’74 later this year) or mid-length mild-steel headers (available for all years, in black paint, silver ceramic, or black ceramic coatings). All provide maximum component clearance, ground clearance, and room for large-diameter exhaust tubing. Also included are Hooker F-body–specific engine mounts and a transmission crossmember, which is compatible with a myriad of modern automatic and manual transmissions. Prices start at $675 per set.
Hooker Headers; (270) 782-2900; www.hookerheaders.com
Metal Rescue is a non-corrosive, non-flammable, non-toxic, and biodegradable solution that removes rust without damaging paint, chrome, plastic, rubber, or you. Just fill a plastic container with Metal Rescue and drop in the rusty part(s). According to the manufacturer, “No scrubbing or brushing is required,” and depending on the extent of the corrosion, the de-rusting process is complete in 1-24 hours. Metal Rescue is safe on painted, anodized, and powdercoated parts, as well as oxidized chrome, aluminum, copper, brass, nickel, and silver. It’s available in quart, gallon, and 5-gallon containers. Check Summit’s website for pricing.
Summit Racing Equipment; (800) 230-3030; www.summitracing.com
Pour and Protect
The ethanol blended into the gasoline you buy at the pump these days can corrode your carburetor from the inside out! In fact, SEMA just launched a campaign to end ethanol-blended pump fuel due to the damage it causes classic vehicles. Driven Racing Oil’s Carb Defender Fuel Additive is formulated with special inhibitors to protect your Pontiac against ethanol corrosion and induction deposits. According to the manufacturer, “It’s designed for the unique needs of classic vehicles that spend much of their lives in storage between cruises and special events.” One 8-ounce bottle treats up to 25 gallons of ethanol-blended gas, and stabilizes your fuel during storage, too. The price is $9.95.
Driven Racing Oil; (866) 611-1820; www.drivenracingoil.com
Grime Be Gone
Tub O’Towels—”the world’s toughest wipes”—are quickly becoming performance enthusiasts’ choice for knocking out tough grime and grease at the garage or track. Each extra-large Tub O’Towels scrubbing wipe includes nine powerful cleaning ingredients, durable fiber-weave technology, and twice the cleaning surface of comparable wipes. They’re made in the USA. The price is $14.99.
Tub O’Towels; www.tubotowels.com