May the DynaForce be with you
MSD Performance's new DynaForce Starter is an all-new design, which eliminates the hot-start problem that is common on Pontiac engines. It features a 3.4hp motor, which spins through a 4.4:1 reduction gear set, and tackles compression ratios up to a whopping 18:1; a balanced armature guided by two ball bearings to ensure smooth engagement and thousands of starts; and a billet-mounting block, which allows you to rotate the starter into multiple mounting positions to clear headers, exhaust pipes, and oil pans. The price is $293.
MSD Performance; (800)-347-5700 or (915) 857-5200; www.msdperformance.com
Where's the Vacuum Switch?
Ames Performance Engineering now reproduces thermostatic vacuum switches, which are correct for all '68, '69 (automatic only), and '71 455 H.O. Pontiac V-8s. These five-port, molded-plastic switches are indistinguishable from the originals. The price is $65. (Note: Correct vacuum line harnesses are sold separately.)
Ames Performance; (800) 421-2637; www.amesperformance.com
Auto Metal Direct's new GM-licensed rear-frame crossmembers for '64-'72 GTOs, LeMans, and Tempests accurately replace the often damaged, rusted, or bent OE originals. They're constructed from 13-gauge pressed-steel and install just like factory parts. The price is $109.95. (Note: Please specify the model year of your A-body when ordering.)
Auto Metal Direct; (866) 591-8309; www.autometaldirect.com
Bend Me, Shape Me, Any Way You Want Me
Classic Tube's new stainless-steel tubing flares and bends with ease, making installation trouble-free. Its secret is a double- annealed process, which gives the tubing its unique pliability. The tubing is constructed from 304-stainess, with a 0.028-inch wall thickness and a 6,000-psi burst rate. Choose from from 1/8-, 3/16-, 1/4-. 5/16-, 3/8-, and 1/2-inch diameters, which are sold by the foot up to 8 linear feet, or coil lengths up to 20-feet long. Classic Tube also offers a variety of steel and stainless-steel fittings that are compatible with the tubing, and spring gravel-guard to protect coil tubing from debris.
Classic Tube; (800) 882-3711; www.classictube.com
Teach an old Drill New Tricks
Meguiar's new DA PowerSystem turns common household drills into easy-to-use dual-action polishers. Simply attach the kit to a regular 3/8-inch corded power drill, with a recommended speed range of 1,200 to 2,500 rpm, and machine polish and wax like a professional in no time. According to the company, the dual-action, oscillating/circular motion of the pad consistently and efficiently replicates hand application, quickly and safely applying compound, polish, and wax with little effort, and leaving behind an amazing show-car finish. The price is $59.95.
Meguiar's; (800) 347-5700; www.meguiars.com