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Episode Transcript

(NARRATOR)>> MAC IS A COOL DUDE. HE'S GOT A COOL DOG, AND A REALLY COOL DAILY DRIVER EXCEPT WHEN IT'S NOT. TODAY ON ENGINE POWER WE HELP MAC TURN DOWN THE TEMPERATURE ON HIS CHARGER AND BRING HIM SOME MUCH NEEDED UPGRADES WHILE WE'RE AT IT. PLUS RACY PARTS FOR OUR TRIPLE THREAT RACE CAR.

(PAT)>> WELCOME TO ENGINE POWER. RECENTLY WE PUT OUT THE CALL TO ANYONE WHO NEEDS HELP GETTING THEIR PROJECT BACK ON TRACK. IT'S CALLED DRIVEWAY RESCUE, WHERE WE SPEND THE AFTERNOON AT YOUR GARAGE HELPING YOU GET YOUR PROJECT ONE STEP CLOSER TO COMPLETE.

(MIKE)>> WE'RE FANS OF VINTAGE MUSCLE AND WE LOVE SEEING THEM BEING USED AS DAILY DRIVERS. SO WHEN WE SAW MAC METCALF'S DODGE CHARGER WE HAD TO TAKE A LOOK.

(MAC)>> HI, I'M MAC METCALF AND THIS IS MY DOG HIGGINS, AND WE ARE LOOKING TO GET THIS 1972 DODGE CHARGER FIXED UP A LITTLE BIT. I HAVE A HUGE OVERHEATING PROBLEM. IT DOESN'T REALLY LIKE TO LEAVE MORE THAN THE DRIVEWAY. I CAN DRIVE IT MAYBE A MILE, AND I'M AT MY WITS END. I DEFINITELY NEED SOME ASSISTANCE WITH THIS.

(MIKE)>> AND BASED ON THE PHOTOS MAC SENT US THERE'S SOME OTHER AREAS WE'D LIKE TO ADDRESS ON THIS DODGE, ESPECIALLY A DRIED OUT, CRACKED UP DASH THAT HASN'T AGED WELL.

(TOM)>> OH YEAH, THAT'S SUPER NEW STUFF THERE.

(PAT)>> RECENTLY TOM TAYLOR PAID A VISIT TO THE SHOP. HE SHOWED US SOME OF THE ADVANCED FEATURES OF THE ROCK AUTO DOT COM WEBSITE. EVEN IF YOU ONLY HAVE A PARTIAL PART NUMBER YOU CAN USUALLY FIND THE PART YOU NEED.

(TOM)>> ONE OF THE TABS AT THE TOP OF THE CATALOG IS CALLED "PART NUMBER SEARCH", AND YOU JUST TAKE WHAT YOU HAVE. YOU CAN PUT AN ASTERISK BEFORE, AFTER, OR IN THE MIDDLE IF YOU CAN'T READ SOME DIGITS, AND IT'LL PULL UP THE OE PART.

(PAT)>> THERE'S EVEN AN OPTION WHICH ONLY DISPLAYS THE PARTS THAT FIT YOUR CARS. A REAL TIME SAVER.

(MIKE)>> AUTOMOTIVE FLUIDS, SUCH AS ENGINE OIL AND COOLANT, ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE SPECIALIZED. SINCE ROCK AUTO DOT COM REACHES CUSTOMERS ALL OVER THE WORLD THEY STOCK A DEEP INVENTORY OF THESE VEHICLE SPECIFIC FLUIDS TO HELP YOU GET THE RIGHT PRODUCT NO MATTER WHAT YOU DRIVE.

(TOM)>> ENGINE OIL DOES A LOT MORE JOBS ON NEW CARS THAT IT USED TO. IT'S MORE LIKE HYDRAULIC FLUID ON A LOT OF VEHICLES, AND YOU HAVE TO GET THE EXACT RIGHT WEIGHT. YOU HAVE TO GET WHAT THE OE, THE ORIGINAL MANUFACTURER SPECIFIED.

(MIKE)>> LATE MODEL OR VINTAGE, IT'S EASY TO FIND LOTS OF OPTIONS FOR BOTH.

(TOM)>> ISN'T THAT FUN? WE NOT ONLY HAVE THE PARTS BUT WE'LL HAVE A CHOICE OF BRANDS, AND THERE'S NOT THAT CLASSIC CAR SPECIAL ORDER MARK UP. YOU MAY FIND THE SHOCKS ARE THE SAME PRICE THEY WERE 25 YEARS AGO, AND YOU CAN GET THE PARTS FOR YOUR CLASSIC IN THE SAME BOX AS PARTS FOR YOUR DAILY DRIVER.

(MIKE)>> FOR MAC METCALF HIS CHARGER IS BOTH A CLASSIC AND A DAILY DRIVER. SINCE HE DRIVES IT BACK AND FORTH TO WORK, IT NEEDS TO BE SAFE AND RELIABLE. ARMED WITH SEVERAL BOXES FULL OF PARTS, WE HEADED OVER TO CHECK OUT HIS RIDE.

(PAT)>> THIS IS HIGH COLLARED CAR. THIS IS AWESOME!

(MIKE)>> THAT IS VERY COOL. MAC? MIKE GALLEY, HOW ARE YOU?

(PAT)>> PAT TOPOLINSKI.

(MAC)>> MAC, NICE TO MEET YOU GUYS.

(PAT)>> NICE TO MEET YOU. THIS IS AWESOME. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT IT.

(MAC)>> IT'S A 1972 DODGE CHARGER. IT'S THE OLD COKE BOTTLE STYLE. THE CAR ITSELF STRUCTURALLY IS IN REALLY NICE SHAPE. IT DOESN'T LIKE TO LEAVE THE DRIVEWAY VERY MUCH RIGHT NOW. SO IT'S GOT A FEW ISSUES THAT I'M EXCITED TO HAVE YOU GUYS OUT HERE AND WORK ON IT FOR ME. HELP ME FIGURE THIS OUT.

(PAT)>> WE HAVE A FEW PARTS THAT WE BROUGHT ALONG. SO I THINK YOU'RE GONNA BE REALLY HAPPY WITH THE RESULT AFTERWARDS.

(MAC)>> I CAN'T WAIT.

(PAT)>> COOL!

(MIKE)>> VERY COOL! WHEN WE WERE GOING THROUGH THE PHOTOS THAT MAC SENT IN WITH HIS APPLICATION WE SAW THAT HIS DASH WAS CRACKED AND HAD SOME REPAIR LOCATIONS. THEN WE GOT ON TO ROCK AUTO DOT COM TO SEE IF THEY HAD DASH COVERS FOR SALE, AND THEY DO FOR NEW AND OLD VEHICLES, ALL MAKES AND MODELS. SO THIS THING GOES ON WITH A LITTLE ADHESIVE. LET'S SEE HOW IT FITS.

(PAT)>> LOOK AT THAT SLICKNESS RIGHT HERE. THAT'S PRETTY NICE. ALL RIGHT, NOW THESE MAC ARE PRETTY EASY TO DO. THEY GIVE YOU SOME HIGH STRENGTH ADHESIVE TO GO WITH IT, AND WE'RE JUST GONNA GO AROUND THE PERIMETER WITH IT AND BASICALLY ON THE PREFIT IT LOOKED GREAT. SO WE'RE JUST GONNA GOOP IT UP AND WE'RE GONNA SLIDE HER IN THERE AND STICK HER DOWN.

(MAC)>> SOUNDS GOOD!

(PAT)>> I FEEL SO CONFIDENT ON THIS MAC I'M NOT EVEN WEARING MY GLASSES. IT'S IMPORTANT YOU JUST PUT IT AROUND THE PERIMETER, AND JUST NICE, EVEN BEADS. YOU DON'T HAVE TO GET TOO CRAZY WITH IT. ALL RIGHT, TRY TO KEEP IT OFF THE WALLS. KIND OF ROTATE IT AROUND A LITTLE BIT, AND NOW ON THE PREFIT THIS THING JUST SLID RIGHT IN, AND JUST KIND OF GET IT OUT AND GET IT, THAT'S PERFECT! THAT IS PERFECT. NOW THERE'S A LEDGE ON THE TOP THERE, AND BASICALLY THAT'S IT. ISN'T THAT CRAZY?

(MAC)>> NO KIDDING, LOOKS LIKE IT'S ALWAYS BEEN THERE.

(PAT)>> YEAH, THAT REALLY BRIGHTENS IT UP, AND BECAUSE RIGHT NOW WE'RE OUT IN THE SUN, IT'S SO HOT, IT'S GONNA CURE FAST, AND IT'S STUCK DOWN GOOD.

(MAC)>> I WISH EVERYTHING WAS THIS EASY.

(PAT)>> I'LL TELL YOU WHAT. IF THE REST OF THE CAR IS THIS EASY WE ARE IN THERE.

(MAC)>> THAT'S BE AWESOME.

(PAT)>> DUDE THAT'S AWESOME.

(NARRATOR)>> UP NEXT, WITH A TUNE UP AND SOME TIMING TWEAKS MAC'S CHARGER HITS THE ROAD JACK.

(MIKE)>> WE'RE BACK ON ENGINE POWER HELPING MAC METCALF SOLVE SOME NAGGING ISSUES WITH HIS '72 CHARGER.

(MAC)>> THERE, THAT'S BETTER.

(MIKE)>> WE HATE SCRAPING OFF OLD GASKETS AS MUCH AS ANYONE. SO WE HANDED THAT JOB OVER TO MAC. MAC WE'RE GONNA SPRAY BOTH SIDES OF THIS GASKET WITH A LITTLE BIT OF GASKET SEALANT GASKET TACK, AND IT JUST HELPS THE GASKET SEAL A LOT BETTER TO BOTH SURFACES, THE WATER PUMP AND THE TIMING COVER. THE WE'LL PUT THIS ON AND MAKE SURE THE WEEP HOLE'S AT THE BOTTOM.

(MAC)>> IS THIS LIKE A TIRE? IS THERE ANY ORDER?

(MIKE)>> IT'S GOOD TO GO OPPOSITE. ALWAYS KEEP THAT CROSS PATTERN GOING WHEN YOU'RE TIGHTENING STUFF DOWN.

(PAT)>> WELL WE'RE GONNA TAKE A QUICK MINUTE HERE MAC AND I'M GONNA SHOW YOU A QUICK TIP. A LOT OF TIMES THAT I'LL EVEN TOUCH ONE OF THESE THINGS, BEFORE I PUT IT IN I WILL ACTUALLY DRILL A WEEP HOLE IN IT. WHAT THAT WILL DO IS THAT WILL LET A LITTLE BIT OF WATER THROUGH IT, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY IT WILL ACTUALLY LET AIR THROUGH IT AND IT'LL ACTUALLY HELP BLEED THE SYSTEM SO YOU DON'T GET AIR LOCK. AND IT'S QUITE SIMPLY JUST TAKE THE ACTUAL THERMOSTAT ITSELF AND YOU'RE GONNA DRILL AN EIGHTH INCH HOLE IN IT. WITH THE THERMOSTAT IN WE'RE READY TO DROP IN THE BRAND NEW RADIATOR FROM ROCK AUTO DOT COM. IT'S A DIRECT FIT FOR THE DODGE, AND WE'VE ATTACHED A SHROUD TO HELP WITH COOLING. FRESH HOSES FINISH IT OFF.

(MIKE)>> MAC SAID THE CAR WAS RIDING A LITTLE ROUGH, SO WE'RE REPLACING THE WARN OUT AIR SHOCKS WITH A SET OF GAS FILLED KYB REPLACEMENTS THAT WILL GIVE HIM A WAY BETTER RIDE QUALITY.

(PAT)>> THE OLD ALTERNATOR WASN'T CHARGING AS IT SHOULD. SO WE'RE CHANGING IT UP WITH AN A/C DELCO OE REPLACEMENT FROM THE ROCK AUTO DOT COM ONLINE CATALOG.

(MIKE)>> IN ADDITION TO OE PARTS, THE CATALOG OFFERS PLENTY OF QUALITY AFTERMARKET CHOICES AS WELL, LIKE THIS EXCIDE EDGE AGM BATTERY.

(PAT)>> AFTER THE RADIATOR IS FILLED WITH 50/50 PREMIXED COOLANT WE'RE READY FOR THE FRONT SHOCKS. LIKE THE REAR, THESE ARE A SET OF KYB GAS SHOCKS DESIGNED FOR A COMFORTABLE RIDE.

[ drill spinning ]

(PAT)>> ALL RIGHT MAN, WE'VE GOT EVERYTHING IN. COOLING SYSTEM'S DONE, SHOCKS ARE DONE, BELTS, ALTERNATOR, A LOT OF COOL STUFF. NOW YOU SAID PERHAPS IT HEATED UP A LITTLE BIT. WHAT WE'RE GONNA DO IS WE'RE GONNA CHECK TIMING NOW BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE A FACTOR IF THE CAR'S OVERHEATING. IF EVERYTHING'S A GO FIRE IT UP AND WE'LL SHOOT SOME TIMING AND SEE WHAT IT IS.

(MAC)>> PERFECT! READY?

(PAT)>> GO AHEAD. [ engine starts and idles ]

(PAT)>> AT IDLE, WHICH IT'S IDLING NICE, BUT IT HAS ABOUT 17 DEGREES OF LEAD. NORMALLY THESE CARS HAVE BETWEEN LITERALLY FOUR AND EIGHT FOR THESE TYPE OF CARS. SO WE CAN BUMP THAT DOWN A LITTLE BIT. THIS DISTRIBUTOR HAS 24 DEGREES OF CENTRIFUGAL ADVANCE. SO WITH THE INITIAL TIMING SET AT SIX DEGREES AT IDLE WE'LL SEE A TOTAL OF 30 REVVED UP. THAT'S WAY BETTER. THAT'S ABOUT 30 AND A HALF FOR TIMING. NOW THAT IS GOING TO MAKE THE CAR RUN A LOT BETTER. IT WILL START EASIER WHEN IT'S HOT IS THE BIGGEST THING.

(MAC)>> YEAH, THAT'S KEY.

(PAT)>> AND IT WON'T RUN HOT.

(MIKE)>> ALL RIGHT BOYS. MAC TOOK US ALONG ON A SHORT SHAKEDOWN RUN, BUT HIS DOG HIGGINS HAD OTHER IDEAS.

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(NARRATOR)>> COMING UP, THE TRIPLE THREAT CAMARO RECEIVES HIGH PERFORMANCE STEERING AND FUEL SYSTEMS.

(PAT)>> HEY WELCOME BACK. WELL WE HAVE PARTS AND TOOLS STREWN EVERYWHERE BECAUSE WE'RE CONTINUING WORK ON OUR '73 TRIPLE THREAT CAMARO. NOW IT NEEDS TO BE FINISHED UP SOON AND WE STILL HAVE A TON OF WORK TO DO. SO WE'RE GONNA BE BOUNCING AROUND THE CAR A LITTLE BIT DOING THE STEERING, THE INTERIOR, THE COOLING, AND SOME OTHER THINGS. NOW IT HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE YOU'VE LAST SEEN IT, AND THE PAYOFF WILL BE WORTH EVERY MINUTE THAT WE'VE PUT INTO IT.

(MIKE)>> THIS CAMARO'S MAIN PURPOSE IS GOING TO BE CARVING CORNERS. NOW WITH THAT BEING SAID, A FUEL TANK OR CELL NEEDS TO HAVE PROPER BAFFLING. IF NOT THE FUEL WILL RUN AWAY FROM THE PICK UP AREA AND CAUSE A FUEL STARVATION ISSUE. NOW OUR CELL ACTUALLY HAS A PICK UP BUT THERE IS NO BAFFLING WHAT SO EVER INSIDE. THANKS TO HOLLEY PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS WE HAVE AN EASY SOLUTION.

(PAT)>> IT'S CALLED HYDRO MAT, AND IT'S HOLLEY'S PATENT PENDING DESIGN THAT SOLVES THE PROBLEM THAT'S TYPICALLY ASSOCIATED WITH TRADITIONAL FUEL PICK UPS IN STOCK TANKS AS WELL AS FUEL CELLS. THE SECRET IS SURFACE TENSION AND FLUID WICKING, WHICH GIVES THIS PIECE OF MATERIAL THE ABILITY TO DRAW FROM ANY AREA OF THE MAT THAT HAS CONTACT WITH THE FUEL, AND THEN STORES IT IN AN INTERNAL RESERVOIR. THE COOL THING ABOUT THIS SYSTEM IS THAT IT'S AVAILABLE IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT SIZES AND CONFIGURATIONS.

(MIKE)>> THE INSTALLATION OF THE HYDRO MAT IS PRETTY STRAIGHT FORWARD, BUT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO SEE MUCH OF IT BECAUSE EVERYTHING HAPPENS DOWN INSIDE THE CELL. HERE'S A LITTLE RUNDOWN OF HOW THE INSTALL WILL GO. I'M GONNA FOLD THE HYDRO MAT UP AND SHOVE IT THROUGH THE FILLER NECK HOLE OF THE CELL. THAT'S THE ONLY WAY TO GET IT IN. FROM THERE THIS HOSE AND FITTING WILL ATTACH TO THE HYDRO MAT. THE OTHER END WILL GO TO THE PICK UP ON THE TOP OF THE FUEL CELL. NOW THE PICK UP IS WHERE THE FUEL SUPPLIES THE PUMP AND THE ENGINE, AND TO KEEP THE MAT FROM SLOSHING AROUND INSIDE THE CELL DURING CORNERING HOLLEY SELLS THIS COOL LITTLE KIT TO HOLD IT IN PLACE. IT USES THREADED STUDS AND A SPECIAL EPOXY THAT LETS THE STUDS STICK TO THE BOTTOM OF THE TANK, AND THEY ARE FUEL SAFE.

(PAT)>> THE PICK UP LINE IS ATTACHED TO THE EARL'S DASH 10 SWIVEL SEAL FITTING. THIS CELL'S VENT, WHICH ALSO DOUBLES AS A ROLL OVER CHECK VALVE, GETS ITS DASH EIGHT LINE AND FITTING, WHICH WILL RUN THROUGH A GROMMETED HOLE IN THE TRUNK FLOOR TO OPEN ATMOSPHERE. NOW THE RETURN LINE FROM THE REGULATOR ATTACHES TO THE RETURN FITTING ON THE CELL. UP FRONT THE FINAL CONNECTION GOES TO THE REGULATOR'S BOTTOM PORT, WHICH IS THE RETURN.

(MIKE)>> IT'S IMPORTANT TO TAKE YOUR TIME WHEN BUILDING A FUEL SYSTEM. NOW YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE NONE OF THE LINES ARE AROUND HIGH HEAT SOURCES, AND THEY'RE NOT TOUCHING ANY SHARP OR ROUGH EDGES. ONE SCREW UP HERE AND YOU'LL SEE FLAMES DESTROYING YOUR INVESTMENT. NOW SOMETHING ELSE TO KEEP IN MIND IS MAKING SURE YOU USE QUALITY COMPONENTS. EVERYTHING WE USED IN THIS ENTIRE SETUP CAME FROM A HOLLEY PERFORMANCE BRAND. THAT GOES FOR THE FITTINGS, THE LINE, THE REGULATOR, PUMP, AND CARBURETOR.

(PAT)>> BECAUSE OF THE LOCATION OF OUR JONES DRIVE SYSTEM WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO RELOCATE THE WATER NECK DIFFERENT THAN WHEN WE RAN IT ON THE DYNO. NOW THIS BLOCK IS REVERSE COOLED LIKE AN LS. SO A SPECIAL SETUP HAS TO BE RUN. WATER EXITS THE BLOCK FROM THE CENTER FREEZE PLUG HOLE AND COMES UP THESE DASH 16 LINES TO THIS WATER NECK, WHICH WILL HOUSE OUR THERMOSTAT HOUSING. NOW WE'RE GONNA MOUNT IT TO THE CYLINDER HEAD VIA THIS MYSTERY ALTERNATOR BRACKET THAT WE FOUND AND MODIFIED.

ARP FASTENERS WILL SECURE IT TO ITS FINAL RESTING PLACE.

(MIKE)>> EDELBROCK IS MORE THAN A BRAND NAME. IT'S AN INDUSTRY STANDARD WHEN WE TALK ABOUT PERFORMANCE PARTS AND THE HISTORY OF MOTOR SPORTS. WHETHER IT'S MARINE OR TIRE FRYING PAVEMENT POUNDERS, EDELBROCK WILL HAVE A PART THAT FITS YOUR RIDE. YOU CAN BUILD COMPLETE FUEL SYSTEMS, BOLT ON AN INTAKE MANIFOLD, OR MAKE BIG POWER WITH ONE OF THEIR EFORCE SUPERCHARGER SYSTEMS. THEY'RE ALWAYS RELEASING NEW PARTS, AND IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT WHAT PARTS THEY OFFER FOR YOUR RIDE IT'S EASY. JUST LOG ON TO EDELBROCK DOT COM.

(NARRATOR)>> UP NEXT, EVEN CLASSIC AMERICAN MUSCLE CAN BENEFIT FROM A LITTLE ITALIAN LEATHER.

(MIKE)>> WE'RE MAKING GREAT PROGRESS ON OLD TRIPLE THREAT. THE ENTIRE FUEL SYSTEM IS WRAPPED UP, AND THE ENGINE'S REVERSE COLLING LINES ARE ATTACHED TO THE THERMOSTAT HOUSING PAT MOUNTED ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE CYLINDER HEAD. I'M HEADING UNDER THE DASH AND THIS GUY RIGHT HERE WILL TELL YOU WHY.

(PAT)>> IT'S PRETTY SIMPLE. WE'RE GONNA TAKE AND REPLACE THE STOCK CAMARO'S STEERING COLUMN WITH THIS FLAMING RIVER 33 INCH MUSCLE CAR FLOOR SHIFT COLUMN WITH TILT. NOW THIS IS A DIRECT FIT FROM '70 TO '78 CAMAROS AND FIREBIRDS, AND COMPLIMENTING THAT IS THIS 13.5 INCH "D" SHAPED STEERING WHEEL. IT'S DESIGNED FOR MAXIMUM CLEARANCE ON THE DRIVER, AND THE NICE THING IS IT'S WRAPPED IN GENUINE ITALIAN LEATHER. REMOVING THE STEERING COLUMN IS A NO BRAINER. IT WILL TAKE YOU ABOUT 30 MINUTES WITH THE PROPER TOOLS IN HAND.

BEING A DIRECT REPLACEMENT, THE NEW COLUMN WILL BOLT RIGHT IN. IT EVEN ACCEPTS THE FACTORY WIRING CONNECTOR FOR ALL THE FUNCTIONS IT TAKES CARE OF. TO MATE THE WATERFALL WHEEL TO THE COLUMN WE HAVE TO USE AN ADAPTER. NOW MAKE SURE WHEN ORDERING THAT THE SHAFT DIAMETER AND THE SPLINE COUNT ARE CORRECT. THE FIRST THING WE'RE GONNA DO HERE IS GET THE CANCELING CAM INSTALLED. NOW WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IT WORKS PROPERLY SO THE HORN DOES NOT BLOW WHEN YOU'RE TURNING THE WHEEL. FIRST THIS ALUMINUM SPACER WILL SLIDE ON THE COLUMN SHAFT. THEN THE CANCELING CAM SPRING GOES ON. NOW THE CANCELING CAM IS SLID OVER THE SHAFT SPRING AND SPACER. THE LAST PIECE BEFORE THE ADAPTER IS A SHORT ALUMINUM SPACER. FOR PROPER OPERATION FLAMING RIVER WANTS THE STEM OF THE CANCELING CAM BETWEEN THE 10 AND 11 O'CLOCK POSITION AS THE ADAPTER IS PUT ON THE SHAFT.

NOW WE'RE GONNA GO AHEAD AND PUT THE STEERING WHEEL ON JUST SO WE CAN TORQUE THE CENTER NUT ON THE STEERING SHAFT. WE'LL HAVE TO PULL THE WHEEL BACK OFF TO GET THE HORN BUTTON AND THE TRIM RING IN FOR GOOD.

(PAT)>> GOT THE GORILLA GRIP ON HER HERE? HERE WE GO!

THAT'S GOOD HUSTLE.

SINCE OUR NEW FUEL CELL TAKES UP THE MAJORITY OF THE REAL ESTATE IN THE TRUNK WE'RE GONNA BE MOUNTING THE BATTERY ON THE INSIDE OF THE CAR ON THE FLOOR BOARD OF THE PASSENGER SIDE REAR, AND WE'LL BE PUTTING IT IN A TAYLOR ALUMINUM BATTERY BOX. THIS IS A THREE PIECE DESIGN THAT'S MADE OUT OF 40 THOUSANDTHS THICK ALUMINUM, AND IT COMPLIES WITH ALL NHRA REGULATIONS. WE ALSO ORDERED A TWO GAUGE BATTERY CABLE KIT THAT COMES WITH THE HOLD DOWN AND THE HARDWARE NECESSARY FOR THE INSTALL. BECAUSE OUR BACK FLOOR IS UNEVEN I HAD MIKE WELD ON SOME ONE BY ONE ALUMINUM SO I CAN GET HER LEVEL.

GORGEOUS! FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANYTHING THAT YOU'VE SEEN ON TODAY'S SHOW LOG ON TO POWERNATION TV DOT COM.

US GEARHEADS AND HOT RODDERS ARE ALWAYS LOOKING TO IMPROVE THE PERFORMANCE OF OUR PROJECTS, AND ONE OF THE EASIEST UPGRADES TO PERFORM AND NOT BREAK THE BANK IS THE IGNITION SYSTEM. STOCK IGNITION SYSTEMS JUST DON'T CUT IT FOR PERFORMANCE USE, AND BAD SYSTEMS CAN EVEN CREATE PROBLEMS, LIKE HARD STARTING, HESITATION DURING ACCELERATION, POOR FUEL MILEAGE, FOWLED SPARK PLUGS. THE LIST GOES ON.

(MIKE)>> A HIGH QUALITY IGNITION SYSTEM CAN ELIMINATE ALL OF THOSE ISSUES. TODAY WE'RE GONNA GO OVER ONE THAT IS DESIGNED TO WORK TOGETHER AND SOLD AS A KIT. IT'S PERTRONIX'S DIGITAL HP BUNDLE THAT COMES WITH A FLAME THROWER BILLET DISTRIBUTOR WITH A MAGNETIC TRIGGER, AN HP FLAMETHROWER COIL THAT HAS 50,000 VOLTS, AND THEIR DIGITAL HP CDI IGNITION BOX.

(PAT)>> THE DISTRIBUTOR IS EASY TO CHANGE BUT THERE ARE A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF. FIRST THE ROTOR HAS TO BE IN THE RIGHT POSITION WHEN IT GOES BACK IN, AND AN EASY WAY TO DO THAT IS TO ROTATE THE ENGINE TO TDC ON NUMBER ONE CYLINDER ON A COMPRESSION STROKE. ALSO IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A FRESH GASKET BETWEEN THE DISTRIBUTOR BASE AND THE INTAKE MANIFOLD. NOT ONLY DOES IT KEEP IT FROM LEAKING OIL, IT HELPS SET THE DEPTH OF THE GEAR IN THE CAM SHAFT. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, MAKE SURE THAT THE DISTRIBUTOR GEAR IS WELL LUBRICATED. PERTRONIX FLAMETHROWER DISTRIBUTORS HAVE A POLISHED BILLET ALUMINUM HOUSING THAT CAN BE ORDERED WITH EITHER A RED OR BLACK DISTRIBUTOR CAP, AND THIS ONE HAS A VACUUM ADVANCE THAT IS EQUIPPED WITH A LOCKOUT PROVISION IF YOU WANT TO RUN IT IN THAT CONFIGURATION. WITH THE CAP OUT OF THE WAY YOU CAN SEE THEIR HIGH QUALITY ROTOR, PLUS THE PRECISION MAGNETIC PICK UP COIL AND RELUCTOR, WHICH ARE SUPER ACCURATE AT BOTH LOW AND HIGH RPM. AND THERE'S NO SPECIAL WIRING NEEDED FOR HOOK UP. IT HAS A STANDARD CDI CONNECTOR.

(MIKE)>> THE FLAMETHROWER COIL SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. THE HP STANDS FOR HIGH POWER, WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS COIL HAS. NOW IT ALSO MEETS THE DEMANDS OF HIGH RPM CD IGNITIONS WITH A LARGER EPOXY ENCAPSULATED COIL BODY, A MORE SUBSTANTIAL STEEL ECORE, AND A 60-63 TFIVE ALUMINUM HEAT SINK. THIS BOX IS A SMALL PACKAGE BUT IT PACKS A BIG PUNCH. WITH 187 MILLIJOULES OF SPARK OUTPUT, WHICH IS 30 PERCENT MORE THAN THE COMPETITION. IT HAS AN RPM ACTIVATED TRIGGER, THREE STEP DIGITAL REV LIMITER, AND MULTIPLE SPARK ALL THE WAY TO RED LINE. IT ALSO HAS AN ADJUSTABLE START RETARD AND SEVERAL OTHER FEATURES, WHICH YOU CAN FIND ON THEIR WEBSITE.

(PAT)>> THIS BUNDLE IS A GREAT VALUE WITH A RETAIL PRICE OF $371.99, AND THAT'S OVER $100 DOLLARS IN SAVINGS OVER BUYING THESE COMPONENTS INDIVIDUALLY.

(MIKE)>> THERE ARE ALSO ADD ONS LIKE THESE FLAMETHROWERS EIGHT MILLIMETER WIRES WITH CERAMIC BOOTS TO ROUND OUT THE ENTIRE SETUP. NOW WE HOPE THIS HELPS YOU DECIDE ON YOUR NEXT IGNITION PURCHASE.
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