WIL­WOOD BRINGS TYPE III MIL­I­TARY-SPEC HARD AN­ODIZ­ING HOME

A look into the new in-house op­er­a­tion

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY JOHN MATA JR. PHOTOS PRO­VIDED BY WIL­WOOD

THERE IS NO SHORT­AGE OF HIGH-QUAL­ITY PROD­UCTS IN THE AU­TO­MO­TIVE AF­TER­MAR­KET. With many man­u­fac­tur­ers look­ing to get the up­per edge with con­sumers, many com­pa­nies have started rais­ing the bar on ma­te­ri­als and pro­cesses used to set their prod­ucts apart from the rest. Wil­wood, a name fa­mil­iar in the street per­for­mance cir­cuit and rac­ing world, has ad­dressed the quickly in­creas­ing stan­dard across the af­ter­mar­ket by of­fer­ing a premium Type III Mil-spec hard-an­odiz­ing fin­ish op­tion on brake calipers, not only of­fer­ing the nearly bul­let­proof fin­ish on its own calipers, but also mak­ing the fin­ish the com­pany’s new stan­dard, re­plac­ing Type II black an­odiz­ing on all base and pow­der-coat fin­ish caliper mod­els. To do the con­sumer one bet­ter, it has moved an­odiz­ing pro­duc­tion com­pletely in-house to its head­quar­ters in Ca­mar­illo, Cal­i­for­nia, so the com­pany could closely scru­ti­nize qual­ity con­trol. Type III Mil-spec hard an­odiz­ing isn’t a new process by any means, not even for Wil­wood, but by mov­ing the once-out­sourced process into its own in-house op­er­a­tion, Wil­wood has been able to fine-tune the process to its own strict spec­i­fi­ca­tions. Not only that, but not hav­ing to ship prod­uct back and forth to an out­side an­odiz­ing ven­dor saves an as­tro­nom­i­cal amount of time, which in turn, truly ben­e­fits the end user with a much higher qual­ity brake caliper at the same price (if not slightly lower in some cases) than the pre­vi­ous Type II method. In what has al­ready been con­sid­ered a suc­cess in the eyes of all those in­volved in the newly formed in-house an­odiz­ing process at the Wil­wood fa­cil­ity, we wanted to reach out to those di­rectly in­volved in the pro­duc­tion line to get a first­hand take on what has been go­ing on within Wil­wood’s ex­panded op­er­a­tion. We reached out to Wil­wood’s own Michael Ham­rick and Phil Dunne to fill us in on what Type III Mil-spec hard an­odiz­ing is all about and what the driv­ing forces were be­hind mov­ing the pro­duc­tion process in-house. Fol­low along as we take a be­hind-the-scenes tour of Wil­wood’s an­odiz­ing fa­cil­ity, get an in­side take on the sci­ence be­hind it all, and find out why and how this will ben­e­fit your truck project.

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