What It Is: Schott Wheels' line of three-piece wheels
Why You Care: Having a three-piece wheel design means you can choose the exact offset that will allow you to fit the widest tires under your car. Schott Performance Wheels recently expanded its lineup to include new three-piece wheels. Three different center designs are available, with more on the way.
How Much: Not cheap.
We Say: No custom wheels are cheap.
Learn More: Schott Performance Wheels; Los Alamitos; CA; 562/598-4411; SchottWheels.com
Some Museum for Your Garage
What It Is: Custom tool chests
Why You Care: This Guy's Garage is a very popular section of the magazine. We all love reading about and seeing the cool stuff guys (and gals) have squirreled away in their workspaces. Wrenchers Tool Chest is a company started by a carpenter and contractor in Northern California selling several configurations of tool chests on his website, but the company can also custom-make tool chests to your specs. No crappy plywood and composite laminates are involved, either. He uses high-quality hardwoods that are finished with a durable acrylic urethane.
How Much: Pricing ranges from $1,400 to $2,700. That's on par with a lot of metal cabinets.
We Say: Check out the rocker arm drawer pulls.
Learn More: Wrenchers Tool Chest; San Jose, CA; WrenchersToolChest.com
New Pontiac Parts
What It Is: Edelbrock Performer heads for Pontiacs
Why You Care: We see fewer new parts for Pontiacs, and that's too bad. The brand may no longer exist at your local dealership, but the legacy lives on. We were happy to see Edelbrock has spent some dough developing a bolt-on head that works with factory manifolds or off-the-shelf headers. Edelbrock's previous heads used the Ram Air IV exhaust port design that required custom exhaust. The Performer heads work with the factory parts and are machined to fit factory accessories. You can buy them bare or fully assembled with CNC-ported chambers in either 72 or 87 cubic centimeters. An as-cast 65cc chamber version is available, too. The intake runners measure 195 cc, the exhausts are 145 cc, and the valves measure 2.11 and 1.66 inch.
How Much: Buy the assembled 72cc versions for $1,143.99 each from Summit Racing.
We Say: Looks like we need to build a Pontiac soon.
Learn More: Edelbrock; Torrance, CA; 310/781-2222; Edelbrock.com
Rear Suspension for Early Impalas
What It Is: Global West's rear suspension kit for '58 to '64 Impalas.
Why You Care: Don't let them all get turned into lowriders. Grab up one of these sweet cars and show that it can turn a corner. Global West's kit includes a brace to strengthen the attachment points, trailing arms with performance bushings, and your choice of single- or double-adjustable coilover shocks.
How Much: Prices start at $1,399.
We Say: Cornering is more fun that hopping.
Learn More: Global West Suspension; San Bernardino, CA; 877/873-2975; GlobalWest.com