Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
June 2, 2010

Heidts Hot Rod & Muscle Car Parts
We're not exactly sure when the whole Mustang II front crossmember craze took off in the hot rod world, but at one point rodders were scouring junkyards all over for these frontends out of the second gen Mustang. Along came Heidts [; (800) 841-8188] and its version of the Mustang II suspension system for rodders more than 25 years ago. Today, Heidts has moved forward into the muscle car market and has designed plenty of suspension and chassis products for the classic Mustang. This year one of its first new Ford products is the Superide II for the popular '66-'67 Fairlane, allowing for the fitment of big-blocks and modulars while improving steering, braking, and suspension in one swipe of the credit card. We're also encouraged to hear a Ford version of its G-Machine suspension line currently used on Heidts' brand-X in-house project. A classic Mustang is in its shop now for fitment trials. Stay tuned for more on the G-Machine kit too.

When it comes to carburetion, the one name everyone knows, even your grandma, is Holley [; (800) HOLLEY1]. While its big splash at PRI was the new line of EFI systems (due any day now), Holley launched its latest line of carburetors at this year's Hotrod & Restoration show. Dubbed the Ultra carburetor (available as a Double Pumper or a vacuum secondary Street Avenger), they are touted as "Ultra cool, Ultra fast, and Ultra light." The carbs feature lightweight aluminum polished bodies, billet metering blocks, and baseplates available in red, blue, or black, and fast calibrations for right-out-of-the-box and ready-to-run use.

Long a supplier of steering columns, column-shift conversions, column mounts, and more to the street rod hobby, ididit [; (517) 424-0577] has recently entered the Ford market with its line of Retrofit Made to Fit Series steering columns. Already available for '65-'66, ididit now has '67-'68 columns ready for release with the '69 on the way. Hopefully it plans to get a '70-specific column done by the end of the year. The eight-way tilt columns feature Mustang-style billet knobs, direct plug-in Ford wiring (and adapters for aftermarket harnesses), plus Ford-splined column shafts to allow the owner to reuse desirable or original Ford steering wheels. They are available now in paintable steel, chrome, and powdercoat black.

Painless Performance
Many of our readers know Painless Performance [; (817) 244-6212] as "the wire harness company," but in reality Painless does a lot more than make wiring harnesses. From diesel-engine programmers to drag race control panels, Painless dabbles in a lot of things automotive. Its PERFECT line of EFI conversion kits has been steadily growing and is a great answer for the muscle car and street rod crowd looking to do an engine swap. Its latest offering for Ford engines is this new dual throttle body system for the Ford flathead. Designed to work with popular three-bolt "dual carb" manifolds, it includes throttle bodies, fuel rails, wiring, ECM, injectors, and everything you need to get EFI up and running on your classic flattie-powered project.

QA1 Motorsports
We can remember back in the '90s when Ford's MN12 chassis Thunderbird Super Coupe arrived with electronic ride control. Essentially a driver-adjustable electric shock and strut setup to adjust ride firmness, we loved how at the flick of a switch we could ride in comfort or carve corners. Now you can do the same thing in your classic Mustang or Ford using the wireless remote adjusting system from QA1 [; (800) 721-7761]. Compatible with any of QA1's adjustable shocks and struts, the new wireless kit allows up to 20,000 options to precisely adjust shock valving, including compression and rebound (depending upon shock), right from the driver seat.

There's something special about "riding on air," AirRide that is. The people at RideTech [; (812) 481-4787] have been mastering the art of air suspension in muscle cars, street rods, and hot rods for a long time now and their RidePro e3 air suspension control system is their latest all-inclusive control system for your air ride setup. The new RidePro e3 includes all of the great features the e2 version had, including three different ride height profiles, ride height on startup mode, and more, but now includes an automatic calibration process that calculates the weight and cross-load automatically. Finally, the new e3 system includes built-in diagnostics with error detection and troubleshooting menus to help find any faults quickly and easily.