We check out some cool new gear on the market for your street machine
1. Haltech's new terminated engine harness
Here's an exciting new product for those looking to convert a good old-fashioned V8 to an aftermarket EFI set-up. Haltech’s brand new terminated engine harness suits big- and small-block Ford, Chevy and Chrysler V8s. It features a simple plug-and-play design with an integrated Haltech six-circuit fuse and relay block. Featuring a two-wire connection to a distributor ignition module, it can be easily converted to an eight-channel individual coil ignition by using Haltech high-output ignition coils with a plug-and-play terminated ignition coil harness kit. It’s compatible with both Hall Effect and VR-type crank and cam sensors, and also plugs directly into commonly used MSD flying magnet crank sensor set-ups. There are plug-in connections for sensors such as manifold pressure, fuel pressure, oil pressure, air temp and coolant temperature, as well as several user-definable inputs for things like nitrous pressure or wastegate pressure. For more information, head to haltech.com.au.
2. Castlemaine Rod Shop's high-torque starter motors
Priced from just $245, Castlemaine Rod Shop now offers a range of high-torque starter motors to suit popular engines such as small-block and big-block Chev, Ford V8s and six-cylinders, Chrysler V8s and six-cylinders and Holden V8s. Offering 1.9hp and full adjustability, they are physically smaller and crank faster than OEM starter motors. Visit rodshop.com.au for more information.
3. World Products's Motown II LS block
Keen to LS the world but not yet ready to turn your back on a traditional small-block Chevy? You may be able to have the best of both worlds! World Products’s Motown II LS block allows fitment of LS-style cylinder heads to a Gen 1 short block, with provisions for both LS and small-block style engine mounts, meaning they can be fitted to cars configured for either style engine. The block accepts small-block water pumps, distributors and oil pans. Summit Racing offers a 427ci Best of Both Worlds short motor combo based on this block, which is good for 641hp. Head to summitracing.com for more info.
4. Chevrolet Performance's LSA accessory drive kit
If you're retrofitting one of GM’s enormously popular LSA engines into an older car and you’re not planning on running air-conditioning, you need a revised drive system. This accessory drive kit from Chevrolet Performance is based on the hardware from a Cadillac GTS-V, but tweaked to do away with the air-conditioning compressor. The kits include all brackets, bolts, tensioners, pulleys and belts, plus an alternator, power steering pump, and an instruction sheet for the installation process. For more information, hit up eagleautoparts.com.au.
5. DeWalt 9M laser distance measurer
The DeWalt 9M Laser Distance Measurer is a beaut little pocket-sized measuring tool. DeWalt reckons this pint-sized gadget is likely to be the smallest laser distance measurer in the world, and it’s the perfect substitute for a tape measure. The unit features an internal Lithium-ion battery and a USB charger, so you can charge it in the shed, the home or in the car. Head to dewalt.com.au for more information.
6. Fireball premium automotive detailing products
After experiencing success in the European market, Fireball premium automotive detailing products are now available in Australia. Fireball Premium Active Snow Foam and Fireball Premium and Ultimate Shampoo range are super concentrated, delivering great value for money. Pictured we have the Premium Active Snow Foam, Premium Car Shampoo, Hydrophobic Active Snow Foam and Drying Towel, available through Zero Tolerance Motorsport. Head to zerotolerancemotorsport.com.au for more information.
7. Pro Billet blower pulley hub
This Pro Billet blower pulley hub is made in Australia by BG Engines, and it’s everything you need to adapt a bottom blower pulley to a Powerbond harmonic balancer for an LS engine. It has a six-bolt configuration and accepts the factory-style harmonic balancer bolt. The blower pulley hub is available on its own, as part of a comprehensive blower kit, or anywhere in between. Head to bgengines.com.au for more information.