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.