Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
August 26, 2015
Photos By: Summit Racing Equipment

Cal Custom is a name deeply rooted in hot rodding and the performance aftermarket. From valve covers to air cleaners and many other chrome-plated enhancements, Cal Custom has been “bringing the bling” since the 1960s. Heck, if you hit any cruise-in or car show this weekend we’re certain you’ll see some Cal Custom goodies on several vehicles there; that’s just how prolific Cal Custom is. Our friends at Summit Racing offer the full Cal Custom line and we decided to take a stroll down memory lane with some of Cal Custom’s products for small-block Fords.

One of Cal Custom’s staples are valve covers; made in cast aluminum and stamped steel with plain or etched flame accents or its classic finned look. These valve covers are direct replacements for your stock Ford valve covers and make dressing up your engine a breeze. The steel covers are chrome plated, while the aluminum come fully polished or in black powdercoat, and matching breather assemblies are available from Cal Custom too. Finned oil pans are available for 289/302 small-block engines in polished or black powdercoat to compliment the valve covers and breathers. The oil pans are direct replacements for the stock tin pan and hold a standard five quarts of oil.

To top it all off, Cal Custom offers dozens of various air cleaner designs in chrome plated stamped steel, polished finned aluminum, black powdercoat finned aluminum, round or oval, and even teardrop shaped to give your Mustang’s engine compartment just the look you’re after. Each air cleaner assembly includes a red cotton gauze or standard paper air filter element depending upon the part number.

One of Cal Custom’s most prolific design, the cast and polished finned aluminum valve cover, is just as popular today as when it was released nearly 50 years ago.
The matching oil pan, available in cast polished or cast black powdercoat, features a center-mounted drain plug with gasket and reinforced bolt holes. It will fit 289/302 small-blocks.
A small part, but none-the-less important if you’re running retro-style EFI or an electric fuel pump for your carb, is this matching finned fuel pump block-off plate.
Air cleaners are very much a personal taste decision, but fear not, Summit Racing’s lineup of Cal Custom air cleaners means you’ll find something you like. Round, oval, flames, fins, polished, chrome, black powdercoat—the options are nearly endless.