Unusual Products Of Interest To Engine Builders Found At SEMA 2015

Honestly, you can find practically anything at SEMA. Whether or not it belongs on an engine or in a garage is up to the customer.

EngineLabs found three out-of-the-ordinary products while walking the miles of aisles at the show that were clever, unconventional and just downright bizarre. We’ll let you decide which is which.

2nd Amendment ignition

Organize those spark plug wires with these .50-caliber ammo style wire separators from VMS Racing. They’re made from ABS plastic and chrome plated and will work with 8 or 9 mm wires. These are basically universal fit and will cover most V6 and V8 engines.

For engine builders in Mensa

Got a little spare time waiting for the paint to dry on that cylinder block? Get out this custom granite chess board with all the pieces machined from engine valves. This set comes from Ceiba Racing and even though it retails for over $3,500 it has been very popular in Japan. One side is stainless steel and the other is black nitride coated. The valve tips are either hand milled or CNC machined to resemble the familiar chess pieces. Ceiba also offers hand-blown champagne flutes with a valve as the base.

Turn that Chevy into a Ford

Webb Motorworks has “Webb Flatty” kits that will give a small-block Chevy the appearance of a Ford V8 or V12 flathead. It’s basically a cocoon for the Chevy with cast parts surrounding the top half of the engine. The kits come with water pumps and distributorless ignition. The exhaust plate even allows for a Flathead T-style exhaust manifold. On display was a V12 model. The intake manifold is designed so that working carbs are mounted on top and flow to a 3×2 intake mounted on the Chevy. There’s also a crankshaft extension to drive the accessories.

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Mike Magda

Mike Magda is a veteran automotive writer with credits in publications such as Racecar Engineering, Hot Rod, Engine Technology International, Motor Trend, Automobile, Automotive Testing Technology and Professional Motorsport World.
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