If you're hankerin' for some Ford big-block based cubes under the hood of your next build you should take a look at Barry Rabotnick's Survival Motorsports [www.survivalmotorsports.com; (248) 931-0358]. Barry has been in the business for a long time and knows how to screw together the Ford FE engine. From his competitive entries in Popular Hot Rodding's Engine Masters Challenge, to more sane levels of street performance, Barry has built 'em all. When we stopped by to chat with Barry we spied an odd-looking camshaft, but it didn't take us long to notice the chain gear on the end and realize it was an SOHC cam (the SOHC sitting on the floor in the middle of the booth didn't hurt either). While Barry's popular 4.25-inch FE stroker kit is still a hot seller-that's the crank sitting next to the SOHC cam-the big news is all of the SOHC parts coming to market. While it won't be cheap, if you've ever dreamed of a 427 "Cammer" in your classic Mustang, Ford, street rod, or kit car, Barry's one of the best to help your dreams come true.
Performance Automatic [www.performance automatic.com; (301) 963-8078] has been building street and racing transmissions for more than 25 years and has not shied away from current technology and electronically controlled transmissions. Offering several electronically controlled Ford overdrive transmissions with stand-alone shift controls, perfect for classic Mustangs and Fords, PA had this early example of its new steering-column-mounted paddle shifter assembly. Fingertip controlled up and down shifts are just a click away and the extra buttons on the housing can be used for different transmission control strategies, or anything else you want to control with a momentary switch. Contact PA for more details on this new technology.
It's going to be one...
It's going to be one heck of a birthday cake, but MSD Ignition [www.msdignition.com; (915) 857-5200] is turning 40 years old in 2010. For the last four decades, MSD has been at the forefront of automotive ignition solutions and has provided the spark for untold thousands of engines from street cars to mega-horsepower NHRA race cars. To celebrate this milestone MSD is going to be offering a special 40th anniversary MSD 6AL ignition with a replica housing of its original ignition system. Limited to 4,000 units, each one will be engraved with its unit number as well. Happy birthday MSD!
One of the problems we've run into running big horsepower packages is that they aren't always controlled by street-friendly hardware. Take in point the typical fuel system needed to run 400 or more horsepower. These big thirsty fuel pumps run great at wide open throttle, but at part throttle cruise or idle they're just pumping away, shortening their life and making a lot of noise. One way to combat this issue, whether you are carbureted or fuel injected, is to slow down the fuel pump during off-peak demand. Professional Products' [www.professional-products.com; (323) 779-2020] new FuelOnDemand module is just the ticket. Wire this unit up, install the fuel pressure sensor and map sensor and let the FuelOnDemand module control your fuel pressure. Non-liner targeted fuel pressure control means you can program the module to increase fuel pressure at certain engine vacuum or boost levels, perfect for getting more fuel without maxing out your injector size.