New Restoration Products

SEMA News—August 2012

NEW PRODUCTS

New Restoration Products

New Restoration ProductsPreserving, Protecting and Improving Classic Cars

From Model Ts to musclecars and beyond, the restoration of classic automobiles has been a thriving segment of the automotive specialty-equipment industry for decades. Dozens of new restoration products were introduced to warehouse distributors, jobbers and retailers at the 2011 SEMA Show, and the following pages contain a brief look at all of them, complete with contact information and, where applicable, part numbers.

We’ve also gathered comments about trends within the marketplace from some of the top-flight businesses that help restoration enthusiasts create their rolling works of art. They provide insights about where the segment has been and where it is headed, touching on everything from 100-point purity to the still-flourishing restomod movement. The products and commentaries make for a thought-provoking review of this vibrant part of the industry.

View more than 150 Restoration Products and expert testimonials debuted at the 2011 SEMA Show.

 

 

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

Legendary Auto Interiors Ltd.
Firebird Door Panels
800-363-8804
www.legendaryautointeriors.com
PN: DO78GFD0010

Authentic reproduction door panels for ’78–’81 Firebirds and Trans Ams.

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration ProductsThe Right Stuff Detailing
Signature-Series Big Brake Kit
800-405-2000
www.getdiscbrakes.com
PN: AFXWK31CS

Bold looks and big performance define the signature line of brake kits. The front wheel kit, as seen, retails for $745. Four-wheel conversions from $1,345 retail.

 

 

 

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Del City
AT-Series Connector Kit
800-654-4757
www.delcity.net
PN: 14114020

Harsh-environment connectors. Del City proudly announces its AT-series kit, which includes an assortment of receptacles, plugs, wedges and terminals.

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

Newark Auto Products
Custom Protector Mat
800-275-4695

www.newark-auto.com
PN: FP100247

Custom Protector Mat is manufactured to fit specific vehicles using a variety of carpets, with non-skid back coating and an embossed vinyl heel pad (150–2,000 pieces).

 

 

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration ProductsOld Air Products Inc.
Pro6TEN Compressor Kits
817-531-2665
www.oldairproducts.com

Pro6TEN compressor kit includes Pro6TEN compressor (new lightweight direct bolt-in replacement, the original GM A6), receiver/drier, POA update, expansion valve, O-rings and refrigerant oil.

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

Custom Autosound Manufacturing Inc.
Secretaudio RMS
800-888-8637
www.custom-autosound.com
PN: SECRETAUDIO RMS

A new wireless (RF) remote hideaway audio system. Includes iPod interface, a USB flash-drive player, a satellite radio interface and a CD changer control. All functions controlled and visible on the remote LCD screen.

 

 

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration ProductsLloyd Mats
Signature Rubber Corvette C6 Mats
818-768-6001
www.lloydmats.com
PN: SR01-SR02

The only all-weather, full-color logo mat for all C6 models. Lloyd’s C6 mats are a blend of natural and synthetic rubber to provide
a heavy, soft, abrasion-resistant product.

 

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Lloyd Mats
Licensed Logo Mats For Performance Cars
818-768-6001
www.lloydmats.com

Lloyd Mats has created the largest selection of trademark logo mats in the auto industry, offering hundreds of logos on custom-fit mats for Porsches, Corvettes, Camaros, Cadillac CTS-Vs, Challengers, Chargers, Mustangs and many more.

 

 

 

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Goodmark Industries Inc.
’64–’70 Widened Inner Wheel Housing for Mustang/Cougar
770-339-8557
www.goodmarkindustries.com PN: 3020-670-64

Crafted from OEM specifications with an additional 2 in. of steel. The widened inner housing allows for up to a 2-in.-wider back tire displacement for the mini tub. This aftermarket product is the first of its kind and is available only for ’64–’70 Mustangs/Cougars.

 

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American Autowire
Highway 22 Series Wiring Kit
856-933-0801

www.americanautowire.com

American Autowire’s most powerful and versatile wiring system in a modular panel system. Designed to handle power demands of upgrades, such as electric fans, A/C, any gauge combination, any aftermarket steering column, updated powertrain combinations, etc.

 

 

 

 

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Lloyd Mats
Classic Loop Custom-Fit Floor Mats
818-768-6001
www.lloydmats.com
PN: not a SKU based product

At $79.90 retail for two front-emblem mats, this new custom-fit carpet mat line continues Lloyd’s high standard for appearance and quality. Customers can choose their embroidered emblem from more than 1,000 automotive trademarks, lifestyle and personalized designs.

 

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Classic Tube
Chevy Truck Replacement Brake and Fuel Lines
716-759-1800
www.classictube.com

Chevy truck replacement brake and fuel lines are pre-formed to OEM specifications. Made from stainless-steel tubing. A corrosion-resistant, permanent solution. Applications from ’40s to ’08.

 

 

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration ProductsRunner-Up Best New Mobile-Electronics

Product Del City
Sealed Window Crimp Connector
800-654-4757
www.delcity.net
PN: 942005

Seeing is believing. Del City proudly announces its newest line of harsh-
environment connectors. Clear-View
connectors provide visual assurance, quick identification and a waterproof seal.

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

Eastwood Co.
Evolution HVLP Paint Gun
800-345-1178
www.eastwood.com
PN: 12776

The Eastwood Evolution paint gun is designed to be a uniquely versatile gun that performs and feels like no other. Its high-tech composite ergonomic body is comfortable and lightweight, allowing the user to paint for long periods without fatigue.

 

 

 

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

There is a trend toward “bolt-on” restoration components. For instance, restorers are opting for preassembled complete seats and door panels as opposed to just new upholstery. These types of parts are more expensive but require much less work.

Many manufacturers have incorporated computer-aided manufacturing and modern machinery to both decrease costs and increase quality. Manufacturers once had no choice but to use the same technologies that were used to make the original parts. Now they often have multiple parts for the same application—parts that fit and work well for the restorer on a budget, but also include a more expensive option for the professional restorer who demands exacting originality.

Still, the most significant hurdle we need to address is the graying of our industry. The Automotive Restoration Market Organization [(ARMO) council] has taken the lead with its “Take a Kid to a Car Show” program to help get youth involved in our hobby. Many young people are entering and getting started with G-body cars due to their price and availability, and I see this as very encouraging for the future of our industry.

—Alex Tainsh
Executive Vice President
Parts Unlimited Inc. (PUI)

 

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The industry is growing, with more people becoming involved. That is partially due to the growing interest in musclecars and the increased availability of replacement parts and upgrade products, such as smoothly operating electronic controls and A/C systems for classic cars. The ability to produce precise 3-D drawings, which can be used for manufacturing perfect-fitting products, is one of the most significant developments in that trend.

Maintaining quality and supply of imported parts are the greatest hurdles as U.S. companies compete on price, but I have heard of several companies that are bringing their manufacturing back to the States for these reasons. The greatest opportunities lay in cross-selling related products that enhance your product line, especially if they can be drop-shipped by a reliable vendor.

We have tracked monthly sales since 1989 and have seen a decline in sales percentages four of the past five election years. We allow for a 10% decrease for the four-month period between November and February, though, December has tended to hold okay. Rally your employees from the front door all the way through shipping to go the extra mile. This will bring repeat customers and referrals from the rest of the industry.

—Darrow Cowart
President
Old Air Products

 

 

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

Eastwood Co.
Electronic Torque Angle Wrench 800-345-1178
www.eastwood.com
PN: 13622

Eastwood says that its highly accurate 3/8- and 1/2-in.-drive digital electronic torque angle wrenches are built tough enough to
continue functioning accurately even after being dropped. Accurately measures torque up to 150 lb.-ft. Features visual and audible indicators and five preset memory settings.

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

Old Air Products Inc.
R-4 Compressor Kits
817-531-2665
www.oldairproducts.com

R4 compressor kit includes new R4 compressor, accumulator, orifice tube, O-rings and refrigerant oil. Made in the USA.

 

 

 

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration ProductsOld Air Products Inc.
Drier Tube Kit
817-531-2665
www.oldairproducts.com
PN: 49-0212

Custom pre-formed jumper tube and mounting bracket. Mounts 21/2-in.-diameter receiver drier with O-ring fittings on Old Air Products SuperKool-series condenser.

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

Eastwood Co.
Aerosol-Injected Cleaner
800-345-1178
www.eastwood.com
PN: 12846Z

Eastwood’s aerosol-injected cleaner directs a focused blast of cleaner that penetrates deep into hard-to-reach places. Designed to be ideal for cleaning paint guns, brake lines, transmission lines, fuel lines, fuel rails, air intake systems, carburetors and much more.

 

 

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

Old Air Products Inc.
Electric Fan and Shroud for ’67–’68 Mustangs With 20-in. Radiators
817-531-2665
www.oldairproducts.com
PN: 50-5068A

A custom fan assembly for ’67–’68 Mustangs with 20" radiators. Features a 16-in. (2,070 cfm) electric fan and brushed-aluminum shroud with high-speed ram air bypass flaps that open at highway speeds to allow excess air flow to pass through, and close at lower speeds to maximize overall cooling efficiency.

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

Old Air Products Inc.
A/C Hose Set for
’71–’72 Oldsmobile Cutlasses
817-531-2665
www.oldairproducts.com
PN: 50-0415

An A/C hose set for ’71–’72 Oldsmobile Cutlasses. Set includes suction, discharge and liquid lines.

 

 

 

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

Old Air Products Inc.
Electric Fan and Shroud
for ’48–’54 Chevrolet Trucks
817-531-2665
www.oldairproducts.com
PN: 50-20501850A-16SHP

Custom fan assembly for ’48–’54 Chevrolet trucks. Features 16-in. (2,070-cfm) electric fan and brushed-aluminum shroud with high-speed ram air bypass flaps that open at highway speeds to allow excess air flow to pass through and close at lower speeds to maximize overall cooling efficiency.

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

Badger Air-Brush Co.
KROME
847-678-3104
www.badgerairbrush.com
PN: RK-1

Badger says that its Krome Gravity airbrush outshines other detail airbrushes. Features a glide-coat finished trigger and rocker lever for friction-free triggering and professional ultra-fine results.

 

 

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

The cost of manufacturing is continually increasing, even for overseas manufacturers, making it more difficult for many collectors to restore their cars.

Also, legislation and zoning laws are making it more difficult for individuals to restore and/or own their classic cars or hot rods.

Products for later models (’80s through ’90s) have come into play. These parts are more difficult to make, because many require two or three different compounds and cores, including extrusions with metal cores, partially plastic coating and rubber sealing edges. The more complex the piece, the more it will cost.

Retailers should add value for consumers and manufacturers. Otherwise, manufacturers will be encouraged to sell direct and trim their sales to retailers.

I’ve seen many retailers commoditize restoration parts to the point where there is barely any margin for anyone in the distribution system.

Many consumers lack the knowledge to repair their cars, so parts have to be easy to install and include clear directions. Today’s buyers are also unfamiliar with the terminology for auto parts, so education has become one of our biggest value-added offerings.

—Matt Agosta
President
Steele Rubber Products

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

Classic cars and early Mustangs have a lower profile than most modern cars. Make sure your customer’s car is noticed when it changes lanes with these new LED turn-signal indicating mirrors. They look like original Ford stock deluxe remote mirrors until the turn signals are activated. Simple one-wire hookup.

The re-emergence of mid-’60s musclecars and cars from the ’60s and ’70s in general seems to be the biggest new trend in the restoration industry. These are the cars that the Baby Boomers remember and are now restoring or using to create restomods. This has become a huge part of the automotive restoration business and has caused many manufacturers to step up production and create new product for more profit.

The most significant new-product development that I have seen is the recreation of factory-correct, steel-body musclecars. Mustangs, Camaros and more have been created, making it possible to build an entire car from new parts. Exact duplicate sheetmetal parts for all makes and models are also being manufactured, making it easier for the restorer to easily restore a vehicle with new parts rather than rusted-out pieces. Tooling and automation processes have helped to speed up parts development and duplicate just about any part needed.

As the economy recovers, retailers will see more products become available. With more manufacturers making the same products, pricing will become more competitive, but retailers must also be aware of quality, requiring more research on the retailers’ part to ensure that they are purchasing quality products.

—Harry Weimann
Director of Education, Wyotech

 

 

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

Legendary Auto Interiors Ltd.
GM ’64–’72 A-Body Levant Grain Vinyl Top
800-363-8804

www.legendaryautointeriors.com
PN: VTC30GHK

A ’64–’72 GM A-body Levant grain vinyl top.

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

Real Deal Steel LLC
’56–’57 Chevy Four-Door Hardtop Center Floor Brace 407-585-1957
www.realdealsteel.com
PN: HT4B-67

Steel reproduction under-floor center support brace. This item is unique to the ’56–’57 Chevy four-door hardtop body style. Necessary for proper support of the B-pillars.

 

 

 

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

Mustang Project
’64.5–’66 Mustang LED Turn-Signal Mirrors
512-828-6417
www.mustangproject.com
PN: MP-8001-RED

Mustang Deluxe Remote Mirror Kit with LED indicators! Modern cars have LED indicators built into both mirrors.

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

American Autowire
’61–’66 Ford Truck Classic Update Wiring Kit
856-933-0801
www.americanautowire.com
PN: 510260

This new kit is designed specifically for modified and upgraded ’61–’66 Ford F-100 and F-350 trucks. It will handle an increased number of upgrades, such as electric fans, aftermarket A/C, gauges, updated powertrain combinations, etc.

 

 

 

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

American Autowire
’69 Camaro Factory-Fit Dash Harness
856-933-0801
www.americanautowire.com

OEM-replacement dash harness for console-gauge-equipped auto trans applications. All factory-fit harnesses are the restoration standard. Original GM tooling and parts are utilized throughout. Correct fuse boxes, bulkheads, lamp sockets, connectors, terminals, clips and clamps are incorporated into each harness for a true plug-and-play installation.

 

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Classic Industries/OER
’78–’81 Camaro Z28 Taillamps Lens Set
714-847-6887

www.classicindustries.com
PN: 5930259/5930260

Reproduction black-accented taillamp lens set for ’78–’81 Camaro Z28 models. Manufactured to exact OE specifications with authentic markings and in correct original colors.

 

 

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

American Autowire
’70–’74 Cuda/Challenger Classic Update Wiring Kit
856-933-0801
www.americanautowire.com
PN: 510289

This new kit is designed specifically for modified- and Pro-Touring-styled ’70–’74 Cudas and Challengers. It will handle upgrades such as electric fans, aftermarket A/C, gauges, power train combinations, etc.

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

Eastwood Co.
Aerosol-Injected Cleaner
800-345-1178
www.eastwood.com
PN: 12846Z

Eastwood’s aerosol-injected cleaner directs a focused blast of cleaner that penetrates deep into hard-to-reach places. Designed to be ideal for cleaning paint guns, brake lines, transmission lines, fuel lines, fuel rails, air intake systems, carburetors and much more.

 

 

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

Real Deal Steel LLC
’55–’57 Chevy Convertible
Windshield Frame
407-585-1957
www.realdealsteel.com
PN: CVWF-1

Reproduction of the original convertible windshield frame allows conversion of any original cowl assembly of any body style to convertible. Also fits other GM models.

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

American Autowire
’70 Mustang Wiring Kit
856-933-0801

www.americanautowire.com

This new kit is designed specifically for modified- and Pro-Touring-styled ’70 Mustangs. It will handle upgrades such as electric fans, aftermarket A/C, gauges, powertrain combinations, etc.

 

 

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

Proforged Chassis Parts CamberTech ’67–’69 Camaro Tubular Control Arms
973-404-0086
www.proforged.com
PN: GEN1UPPERS

Proforged says that the top of the tire leans inward around a turn in modern performance cars to ensure maximum contact with the road. Classic musclecars are the opposite—the top of the tire actually leans outward, yielding a small tire contact patch. CamberTech arms use a 0.90-in.-taller upper ball joint to correct this problem and deliver incredible handling. Adjustable caster slugs and Delrin bushings finish out the optimal performance solution.

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

ECS Automotive Concepts RPM-Rust Prevention Magic 855-532-7846 www.ecsautomotive.com
PN: RPM8

Rust Prevention Magic is a patented, revolutionary, moisture-resistant compound that is designed to protect bare metal components against corrosion, rust and damaging oxidation.

 

 

 

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration Products

The current trend is back to driving the car you restore. Faithful, 100% correct restorations still happen, but more enthusiasts are building top-notch cars to drive and not trailer, so more attention is being paid to reliability, fuel economy, safety and handling.

The manufacture of new chassis and body parts means significant improvements and the ability to repair that once-forgotten hulk or replace it entirely with a new body.

Modern design and manufacturing techniques have made possible what was impossible just a few short years ago. Easy access to water-jet machines, computer-controlled plasma and laser cutting has allowed the restoration and hot-rod guy to expand his creativity, and waterborne paints have the potential of opening up a whole new world of home restoration.

We must keep a close eye on the trends that young rodders are developing to see what catches on. Just 10 years ago, the whole industry seemed to be trying to invent the next billet widget.

Who would have imagined that billet would now be nearly dead and retro would take over? Many forgotten cars are becoming or will soon become sought after, and unique parts for those vehicles will need to be manufactured and sold as well.

—Joe Whitaker
Managing Partner
Real Deal Steel LLC

 

2011 SEMA Show Restoration ProductsAcoustiSHield thermal acoustic automotive insulation kits are year-, make- and model-specific, pre-cut and ready to install for 1,100 vehicles. Each kit includes Dynamat Xtreme sound damper material, HeatShield barrier insulation material and illustrated instructions.

People are holding off on high-dollar builds, at least in my business. Instead, people are buying cars that were done previously but aren’t necessarily perfect and are doing the brakes and suspension, keeping the project price down. There are a lot of 20- and 30-year-old restorations out there that were done right to begin with but need to
be freshened.

Fuel injection is getting tweaked a lot more for easily installed applications, and some of the more sensible brake upgrades are also significant. I like the trend where brake companies are coming out with direct replacements–– both conversions and disc upgrades—that will actually fit under a 15- or a 17-in. rim.

The other thing I like seeing is the retrofit harnesses that upgrade the fuse box to make it easier for us to wire cars and feed in some of the options or leave a standing point for us to build off at a later date––kind of a drive-and-build-as-you-go program. There are harnesses now that have fuel-injection circuits, extra lighting circuits, extra stereo power circuits and so on. That has been a
great addition.

— Lenny Schaeffer
President
Chop-Shop Customs Inc.