One of the great events of the year in the automotive universe is the annual SEMA show. The Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show is held in Las Vegas during the first week of every November. The activity fills the 3.2-million-square-foot convention center from one end to the other.
SEMA is the gathering of trade and talent we look forward to most each year. It's the place to be for the latest developments in the automotive industry. There are exhibits of new products from every segment of the aftermarket as well as displays by many major automakers, including Ford. The size of the show grows every year, and there never seems to be a shortage of cool, new stuff that would work for us on our classic Ford cars.
Unfortunately, there isn't enough space to include everything of interest that we saw, although many of the best things from SEMA are here. From replacement door panels to all-aluminum engines, there was definitely something for everybody at this year's gigantic convention.
Accessible Technologies/ATI ProCharger
Blow-Through Carburetor Bonnet
The boost fanatics at ATI ProCharger [www.procharger.com; (913) 338-2886] make it easier to utilize custom blower installations on carbureted applications with this new carburetor bonnet (PN AM010A-001) that allows for improved airflow and higher power. It is designed with less vertical height for improved underhood fitment as well. The list price is $299.
Auto Meter Products GS Gauge...
Auto Meter Products
GS Gauge Series
Auto Meter [www.autometer.com; (815) 899-0800] is a name most people think of when it comes to quality instrumentation. Its new GS Series of instruments offers high-definition visibility, green through-the-dial illumination, and an OE-compatible look. Auto Meter instruments offer excellent precision and reliability. Prices for the GS Series begin at $55 per instrument.
Beam's Seatbelts Seatbelt...
Replace those trashed seatbelt buckles with a new set from Beam's Seatbelts [www.seatbelts.net; (405) 793-0505]. Mix and match webbing with any of the eight new lift-latch colors. Beam's has been in business for more than 50 years, and it does seatbelts right. The new seatbelts cost $29.95 each.
Billet Specialties Serpentine...
Serpentine Front Dress for the Ford 429-460
This Billet Specialties [www.billetspecialties.com; (800) 245-5382] Tru Trac Serpentine System (PN BSP-BLK-1460) installs easily and aligns perfectly without the need for extra brackets or support bars. The Tru Trac system is CNC-machined and polished to a mirror finish. The system gets the most from accessory systems by eliminating belt slippage. We found the big-block Ford Tru Trac system for use with air conditioning for $2,410.69.
Eagle Specialty Products ...
Eagle Specialty Products
Ford 460 4340 Steel Crankshaft
This cast-steel crankshaft from Eagle Specialty Products [www.eaglerod.com; (662) 796-7373] has an internal-balance design and is available in 4.300- and 4.500-inch strokes. This high-performance crank (PN 1046043000 and 10460500) is fully nitrided and multistage heat-treated. The crank has also been prepared with a 0.125-inch radius on all journals for increased strength. The cost of the crankshaft for either stroke length is $366.67.
Edelbrock E-Boss 302 Intake...
E-Boss 302 Intake Manifold
This casting is a new item for Edelbrock [www.edelbrock.com; (310) 781-2222], and it allows the use of 351 Cleveland cylinder heads on Windsor-style blocks to create a mock Boss 302. It has been a long time coming. We found the new Edelbrock E-Boss 302 (PN 7129) intake manifold for $318.39.
Flaming River Industries ...
Flaming River Industries
Keyless Ignition System
Flaming River Industries [www.flamingriver.com; (440) 826-4488] is famous for classic-vehicle steering solutions. It now offers this remote keyless ignition system (PN FR60001) that allows the user to simply carry a RF-based security card to start the vehicle with a push of a button, similar to many new foreign and domestic ignition systems. The remote keyless ignition system has a retail price of $559.
Fun Lines '67 Shelby GT 500E...
'67 Shelby GT 500E Die-Cast
This good-looking miniature (PN DC500E04) is a 1/18-scale GT-500E "Eleanor" from the movie Gone in 60 Seconds. Offered by Fun Lines [www.funlines.net; (800) 925-2883], it's an exclusive, limited-edition Carroll Shelby signature car, with each one signed and numbered. Get them while they last at $60 each.
Global West Coilover Frontend...
Coilover Frontend Kit '64-'66 Mustang
Just released from Global West Suspension [www.globalwest.net; (877) 470-2975] is this front coilover kit (PN COMNR-6466D) for '64-'66 Mustangs. The kit replaces the stock suspension with no welding or frame modifications other than drilling a few mounting holes. This adjustable-height coilover kit has a lower control arm design that allows the car to be lowered without loss of shock travel. A total of 9 inches of suspension travel is available. The new design system is available with negative-roll geometry or G-plus design. Negative roll is used for street or road-racing applications, while the G-Plus is used for street/drag applications. The furnished part number is for the road-racing kit with double adjustable shocks. It has a list price of $3,599.