The SEMA Show, 2019

David G. Fox

New Products

Marketing presentation to vendors of products (and/or services) by manufacturers and developers is the raison d'etre of the SEMA show. An important component of that is getting the word out on new stuff. Following are images of selected new products from SEMA 2019. Generally, only brief descriptions are provided. Presumably, if you found this site, you can find the websites of the makers of these products from the information given. I have observed over the years, especially with "new" products on display, that sometimes they are not in full production yet when presented at SEMA. And, sometimes a company's website will lag actual production. If a product referenced in anyone's SEMA Show coverage does not appear on the company's website, call the company to find out about the production schedule and other information.

Cobra intake manifold for small block Ford
Drake Automotive Group
MSRP: $399.99, Part # S2MS-9424-C

This aluminum high-performance manifold is said to be an exact replica of the manifolds used on Shelby cars in the 1960s. Officially licensed by Ford, it fits the short-deck, 260, 289, and 302ci, Ford engines. "Great way to improve performance & keep authentic period correct appearance."

Small block Ford electronic fuel injection system
MSRP: $2266.00 in black, Part # 1-148-015

Looking very much like a classic set of Weber carburetors, this system offers the "higher state of tune and engine performance versatility of EFI."

GM LS Tri-Power EFI
MSRP: $2595.00

Part number 70080 includes everything throttle bodies, fuel rails and injectors, sensors, etc. "The ECU provides sequential fuel and spark control as well as transmission controls." Yes, the three throttle bodies provide the look of vintage Tri-Power setups, but I'm not sure about that sheet metal manifold.

Early Cadillac V8 distributor
Top Street Performance
MSRP: $170, Part # JM7734

Ready-to-run, this high performance distributor fits Cadillac engines from 1949 to 1962. Featured are adjustable mechanical advance, digital tachometer output, and a CNC'd 6061-T6 billet aluminum housing. "This high-performance unit is a huge upgrade over the stock setup."

1955-1957 Ford Thunderbird distributor
Top Street Performance
MSRP: $300, Part # JM7741

Made for the Ford Y-Block, this distributor also provides the drive mechanism for a stock 1955-1957 Thunderbird mechanical tachometer. Ready to run, "It comes complete with a circuit-board module and adjustable mechanical and vacuum advances for precise timing."

GM LS cylinder head
COMP Performance Group
MSRP: $699.95

The RHS Pro Action aluminum part number 54240-05CS offers "a premium quality, bolt-on ready cylinder head for any high-performance or stock GM LS cathedral port engine build."

GM LS cylinder head
COMP Performance Group
MSRP: $449.95

Also from RHS Pro Action, aluminum part number 54530 with rectangular ports offers "a premium LS3 replacement head, ensuring great power on performance or stock builds."

GM LS front sump oil pan
Top Street Performance
MSRP: $360.00, Part # 81076

For those engine bays that can't accommodate the stock LS pan and require a front sump.

GM LS rear sump oil pan
Racing Power Company (RPC)
MSRP: $329.00, Part # R8460

For those engine bays that can't accommodate the stock LS pan and require a rear sump. Said to be ideal for LS swaps into 1955-1987 GM cars, this 5.5-quart pan comes with pickup, sump baffle, gasket, and hardware.

Ford Coyote "Cammer" style coil covers
Ford Motor Company
MSRP: $300, Part # M-6067-M50CAM

These parts fit 2011-2017 Mustangs with the five-liter, four-valve, Ti-VCT Coyote V8. Coyote powered F150s are served under part # M-6067B-F150.

409 valve cover style LS coil covers
Don Hardy Race Cars
MSRP: $1995.00, Part # DH409KIT

This kit includes machined aluminum adapters that bolt to GM LS heads, plus shortened versions of the classic, W-shaped valve covers, to serve as coil covers. Also included are plug wires and a coil harness.

LS Classic engine packages
Lokar Inc.
MSRP: Dependent on options

Lokar has carried the "LS Classic" theme to the extreme, offering "completely customizable packages from intake systems and valve covers to complete engines." The two photos are of the same display motor, one side 409 style, the other BBC style.

SP383 EFI Deluxe
Chevrolet Performance
Part # 19418640

Electronic fuel injection on your not-so-basic small block stroker defines this new offering from the general. Basic specs are 383ci, 450hp, and 436lb-ft of torque. A forged steel crank spins in four-bolt mains.

Pedal assembly for Coyote engine swap into 1964.5-1970 Mustang
Revology Cars
MRSP: $995.00, Part # REV-M56-67500

This assembly relocates the master cylinder/brake booster outboard to give the Coyote engine more room. It includes various reinforcements, pivots, and linkage, plus a new brake arm, pad, switch, and related hardware.

Classic Update wiring kit for 1980-1986 Ford truck and Bronco
American Autowire
MSRP: $1499.00, Part # 510724

American Autowire can always be counted on to display new, vehicle-specific, modernized wiring systems at SEMA. The kit shown here is for Ford trucks from the early 1980s. It includes a "modern style fuse panel, extra circuits for additional power accessories, ability to connect to stock or aftermarket components, vehicle-correct light sockets and switches, and full color instructions and schematics."

Aluminum-case top loader four-speed transmission
MSRP: $1850.00, Part # PCE646.1001

The brief description supplied never mentioned the name Ford. Not sure what to make of that. It is described as built from all-new components, including the case. The gear set is called wide-ratio, and the unit is designed for applications up to 500hp. When asked, the rep said there were no immediate plans for the shorter versions of the tail shaft and housing.

Center steering box
Ididit, LLC
MSRP: $1200.00, Part # 2990009900

Ididit is now manufacturing this center-gear steering box based on a 2018 acquisition from Schroeder Steering. Tooling, machinery, and castings all came from Schroeder. "Each steering box is assembled to customer's specifications and is available with various offsets and configurations."

Electra-Steer direct fit column kit for the 1969 Camaro
Unisteer Performance
MSRP: $1900.00, Part # 8053950

The column itself is Ididit's "unsurpassed retro-fit" drop-in column. Unisteer adds their electric motor for modern power steering. It all tucks up under the Camaro dash.

Roadster steering column
Flaming River Industries, Inc.
MSRP: $329.00, Part # FR3301

The Vintage Roadster series steering columns are CNC machined from aluminum billet and have no provisions for wiring a horn, etc. "This nostalgic design is perfect for the classic roadster look." Column drops and floor mounts are also available.

Variable angle steering column gear
Flaming River Industries, Inc.
MSRP: $699.00, Part # FR20303

After looking at the picture of the part and the accompanying illustration, let your imagination tell you how this VDOG Variable Angle Gear (second generation) might help get the turn of the steering wheel down to the steering rack in a tight situation. Or, could it help get the steering wheel into a more upright position relative to the driver?

Front suspension hair pins
Rapid Hot Rods
MSRP: $650.00, Part # RHR-1

Billet steel machined yokes and DOM tubes are used to create "traditional forged style hair pins." The yoke end has thread options, depending on your part for connecting to the frame.

1964-1972 GM A-body front suspension kit
Hotchkis Sport Suspension
MSRP: $2000.00, Part # 11024-CS

Hotchkis offers this beautiful new front suspension kit for 1964-1972 Chevelles, GTOs, etc. This one brings electronic coilover control to the mix. Damping parameters can be managed via Bluetooth from iPhone or Android devices.

Front coilover conversion kit for 1963-1987 Chevrolet C10
Aldan American Suspension
MSRP: $2228.85, Part # 300136

"Engineered as a full bolt-on conversion for your C10," this is one of several coilover conversions shown by Aldan in the new products display.

Front coilover conversion kit for 1962-1967 Chevrolet Nova
Aldan American Suspension
MSRP: $1144.55, Part # 300174

One of the simpler Aldan kits shown, this just does the conversion to fully adjustable coilover shocks, and "can be used with OEM or aftermarket control arms."

Front coilover conversion kit for F100/2003-2011 Ford Crown Victoria mashups
Aldan American Suspension
MSRP: $902.95, Part # 300183

This kit is aimed at rodders swapping Crown Vic front suspension systems into F100 pickups.

Complete off-road chassis for first-generation Broncos
Roadster Shop
MSRP: $36,495.00, Part # 0002

Engineering of their RS4 direct-fit chassis for 1966-1977 Broncos began with Roadster Shop's own laser rails and incorporates "the best components available in the industry." "Currie Dana 44 (front) and Dana 60 rear differentials are tied into the chassis through triangulated 4 links designed to optimize suspension articulation."

Air conditioning kit
Restomod Air
MSRP: $875.00

Restomod Air's Cyclone A/C kit is described as the most compact unit on the market.

Air conditioning kit
Restomod Air
MSRP: $995.00

Restomod Air's Bantam A/C kit is remote controlled wirelessly through Bluetooth, thus eliminating the need for controls on the dashboard.

"Retrotech" instrument cluster for 1967-1968 Mustang
Dakota Digital
MSRP: $1295.00, Part # RTX-67F-MUS-X

A direct fit using your stock or reproduction bezel, Dakota Digital made every effort to present all of the original Ford design elements while bringing modern technology and features to this instrument set.

Lithium-ion auto battery
Antigravity Lithium Batteries
MSRP: $649.95, Part # AG-H6-40-RS

This item from the Off-Road / 4-Wheel-Drive Product area is described as the first ever battery with built-in jump-starting capability. Perhaps more interesting properties are the light 14-pound weight, 8-10 year life cycle, and OEM group sizes.

Titanium Corvette lug nuts
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering
MSRP: $399.00, Part # TPM10001

Grade 5 titanium fasteners that are non-corrosive and 42% lighter than steel for the man who has everything.

The next few items were photographed at the manufacturer or marketer's booth, rather than in the SEMA new product display area. Most are new to market. The Smithy's? Not so much.

Ford 572 big block engine
Ford Motor Company

This 385 series engine sports 572ci, 655hp, and 710lb-ft of torque, all geared toward pump gas (premium unleaded) street performance. The parts are all new, with some from outside suppliers (e.g., the forged steel 4.500 inch crank is from SCAT).

Tilt steering column
Auto Pro USA
MSRP: $599.99

Steve at Lime Works retired to Hawaii. This tilting steering column, designed for hot rod applications, is one of the Lime Works parts now manufactured by Auto Pro USA. The "sleek and slender" column has a securely latched four-position joint at the top.

Front (and rear) coilover conversion kits for 1988-1998 Chevrolet C1500

Available from QA1 are the shiny black parts shown in the photos (e.g., upper and lower control arms, but no front spindles). In addition to coilover adjustability, the new front control arms in the kit provide more room for wider wheels/tires. Caster is increased for modern steering feel.

1970 Dodge Challenger coupe body shell
Dynacorn Classic Bodies

Quarter panels for 1964-1965 Ford Falcon
Dynacorn International, LLC

Left and right quarter panels for Falcon coupes and sedans are coming soon.

Smithy's mufflers
Patriot Exhaust Products

Not a new product, but yet they persist. "The original hot rod muffler since 1920" is available in 2", 2.25" and 2.5" diameters, 22", 26", and 30" lengths.


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As Only He Could Do It?

When the Jaguar E-Type (our XKE) was introduced in 1961, the story goes that it was called the most beautiful car ever made by none other than Enzo Ferrari. And, they were lauded for their cutting edge engineering as well as their appearance. Early cars seem to have made and continue to make everyone's list of most beautiful, best, top, or any other superlative that can be ascribed to a sports car.

Unfortunately, over the fifteen years of production, design changes in response to mandated safety regulations and the need to keep up with the rapidly increasing performance capabilities of competing cars in the era did not enhance the wonderful original design. Most obviously affected in the mid-1960s were lighting components and bumpers. Later came the larger grille opening of the V12 cars and their wider stance, necessitating flairs around the wheel openings. Then there were the large rubber bumper pads.

Who better than Chip Foose to fix all that and take the appearance of a 1974 E-Type back more nearly to the smooth operator first shown in 1961? By the way, the big V12 was scrapped in favor of modern LS power. One wonders how less weight and, perhaps, better weight distribution have affected the car's performance.


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