PARTS THAT APPEAL
Two-pot intake manifold, old-look ignition wires, and radiator upgrades.
John Freeman’s New England– based Burns Racing Equipment is reproducing some of the popular speed parts that Dave Burns first produced back in the 1940s. The new single and dual downdraft manifolds shown here are cast from 356 T6 aluminum and then shot-peened to relieve metal stress and ease cleaning. The single-carb manifold is a 1949-style intake that mounts a V8 carburetor and incorporates a heat plate for fast warm-up. It requires no fuel pump on a Model A. The dual manifold mounts two V8 carburetors for those engines that could use extra air and fuel.
Burns Racing Equipment 866/OLD-FORD (653-3673) burnsracingequipment.com
Copper and Brass Are Cool
Modern aluminum radiators just don’t look right on an old-school hot rod. So if your rig needs to improve its cooling, check out the Walker Cobra radiators sold by Summit Racing Equipment. Walker Radiator has been building traditional copper-brass radiators since 1932, and each one comes with a 10-year limited warranty. Walker’s Cobra radiators have a thin design for extra fan clearance and have top tanks stamped from 0.040-inch deep draw brass, heavy-gauge steel side brackets, a pre-drawn, 12-gauge steel rod holder with threaded holes for a variety of attachments, and a brass drain cock. Running a flathead? Look for the Cobra Z-series radiator, as they were designed for the challenges that come from cooling a flattie (or a big-block).
Summit Racing Equipment 800/230-3030 summitracing.com
Vintage (Look) Wires
The old-timey look is supposed to fool you. These aren’t vintage wires but rather Vintage Wires, part of the ididit family of hot rod components. The lacquer-covered cotton braid (available in a variety of colors and patterns) wraps around 7.8mm spark plug wires that are EPDM silicone insulated and have a spiral-wound suppression core. Boots, terminals, dielectric grease, and installation instructions are included with each ignition cable kit.
Vintage Wires 517/424-0577 vintagewires.com