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      Prestolite Performance has announced the release of the Mallory FireStorm, a new ignition control system designed to give the user precision and control through customizable software. The Mallory Firestorm has a comprehensive system that includes one of three types of ignition boxes: a multi-channel capacitive discharge (CD) box, a single-channel CD box and an LS box. The multi-channel CD box will fire up to eight coils and runs both modular and Hemi motors. It will also convert a conventional V-8 into a multi-coil application to allow individual cylinder timing.

      The single-channel CD box is designed for conventional single coil on a conventional four-, six- or eight-cylinder engine. The LS box will run any LS platform, including the LS1, LS2, LS3, LS6, LS7 and LS9. It offers the option to change engine types and is designed to work with OEM or aftermarket smart coils. The three boxes deliver the same capabilities and power and offer 13 different applications based on configurations and accessories, as well as hundreds of custom options, said the company.
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      by Published on 01-12-2012 04:18 PM
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      The new X-Factor Stretch crossmember from American Powertrain was designed to make the job of fitting a crossmember to a transmission easier. The Strech crossmember spans 26–32 inches inside the frame rails and can be bolted or welded in place to provide a wide range of fitment possibilities that have clearance for large diameter exhaust tubes.

      The X-Factor Stretch crossmember is made from hot-pressed T-6061 aluminum to ensure that it’s light and strong, said the company. It can be used for a variety of street or track applications and features unique end supports made from low carbon steel.

      All stock parts are powdercoated in metallic aluminum and come with an aluminum center section, steel end supports and grade-8 hardware. Applications include classic four-speeds, modern five- and six-speeds, and all vintage and late-model applications.
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      The new Road Race Power Race-and-Pinion from Flaming River features a quick ratio design to allow for a rack gain of 2.27 inches per revolution of the pinion. It has an adjustable positive-lock rack gear that will maintain a positive mesh between the rack gear and the pinion gear during vibration, making it ideal for racing applications, said the company.

      The rack-and-pinion’s travel, pivot points, length and inner end dimensions are all customizable to suit a variety of vehicle applications. It comes with low-profile braided stainless pressure lines for added clearance and is made of all new components.

      The 1-inch diameter rack gear is made of hardened and precision-ground 1040 steel for extra strength and longevity. The product has been fluid- and pressure-tested and certified, according to Flaming River. The unit weighs about 15 pounds, without the inner ends.
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      by Published on 01-12-2012 04:11 PM
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      Fuel cell users can now upgrade their cells from the troublesome flip-style filler to the Easy Turn Fill Cap Assembly from Pro-Werks. The assembly features positive grip finger notches, quick-starting coarse threads and a radial squeeze O-ring.

      The assembly is precision-machined of lightweight billet aluminum to exacting tolerances, according to the company, and is available in a large selection of Pro-Werks Brilliance Anodize Finish colors or micro-polished aluminum.
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      Trick Tools has announced that metal shaping expert Ron Covell will host two metal shaping seminars at its Pella, Iowa, facility in late February. The two “Extreme Metal Shaping” seminars will be held on Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26. Attendees have the option to attend both seminars, or only one. For both workshops, Covell will be building a piece that is similar to a 1936 Ford rear fender, as well as a flush-fitting fender skirt.

      During the Saturday class, Covell will demonstrate how to cut out and shape each piece and will start to weld the panels together. The Sunday class will cover the rest of the welding process, as well as how to smooth the fender. He will also demonstrate how to do edge work and build the flush-fit skirt for the fender.
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