Budget Trans Kit
If you've got a street rod or muscle car with a mild V-8 making 400 hp or less, you may not need the most bulletproof (read: expensive) transmission on earth. And with money being tight like it is, why throw it away unnecessarily when you might not need to? This GearStar Street Performance trans and torque converter package might be the answer. It's designed to provide firm, positive shifts that aren't abusive. And while this Turbo 350 Level 2 package is not intended as a racing application, it will live nicely behind a pretty snotty street piece.
Each Turbo 350 comes with all-new steel plates, Raybestos frictions, a new performance band, a TransGo shift kit, new low/reverse roller assembly, new chrome pan with drain plug, a high-capacity pump with new gears and bushings, a high-capacity heavy-duty third-gear clutch drum with custom-matching piston and HD hardened race, a 2,000-stall torque converter (computer welded and balanced), and a new speedometer drive gear. Finally, all Turbo 350 transmission and converter packages are extensively dyno tested, and shipped with 7 quarts of 100 percent synthetic ATF and a 20,000 GVW Hayden cooler. GearStar gives it a three-year warranty, and ships it out the door for the unheard-of price of $795. How's that for a recession buster?
Gearstar Performance Transmissions
Cylinder head technology has come a long way since the '60s, and many of today's raised-port big-block heads have a hard time living under the hood of first-gen Camaros due to a lack of headers designed for raised-port heads. Answering the need is Doug's Headers, which has announced PN D321, a tuned, long-tube header, that is specifically designed to fit tall-deck big-block Chevrolet V-8 engines (like the 572) when installed in '67-69 Camaros and '68-72 Novas.
These headers are built with 3/8-inch-thick flanges at the cylinder head, and have three-bolt outlet flanges. The four-tube, round-port, under-chassis exit design is made from 16-gauge tubing for durability, with large 2 1/8-inch primaries and 3 1/2-inch collectors for increased horsepower and torque at higher rpm. They're also designed for maximum allowable ground clearance. These come standard with a metallic ceramic coating for a rich appearance and long life. Street price for the tall-deck header is $791.95, but they're also available in natural finish for $648.95.