How-To Articles

Bleeding Air From Power Steering Systems

October 16th, 2014

INSTRUCTIONS BLEEDING AIR FROM POWER STEERING SYSTEMS BEFORE BLEEDING: Inspect steering system. Check, and correct as needed: *Hoses must not touch any other part of the vehicle. Steering system noise could be caused by hose touching frame, body or engine. *All hose connections must be tight. Loose connections might not leak but could allow air more…

“Altitude Adjustment” in Classic Trucks Aug. 2012

August 21st, 2012

This is a portion of “Altitude Adjustment” featured in Classic Trucks Magazine Aug, 2012 issue. The whole article is available at CustomClassicTrucks.com Performance Online Via their website, Performance Online offers a complete line of suspension components for ’47-87 Chevy trucks and ’48-64 Fords. Drop spindle kits are available for ’63-70 and ’71-72 trucks. 1963-70 kits more…

1956 Ford Monoleaf and Disc Brake Conversion Installation

July 11th, 2012

“The wallet friendly monoleaf front suspension can enhance the stance of your vehicle by lowering it 3 to 4½ inches, depending on the drop chosen.” Wes Drelleshak from Classic Trucks Magazine walks through an entire Monoleaf and Disc Brake Conversion kit installation. Before he started the project, Wes gave Performance Online a call to discuss more…

How to Remove ‘Shipping Bends’

November 16th, 2011

Due to size restrictions set by the carrier, some of our longer front to rear fuel and brake lines must be temporarily altered for shipping. Whenever necessary, these large radius “shipping bends” are added to a straight section of the line, near the middle. This facilitates easily returning your fine lines reproduction to its proper more…

HOW TO: BLEED YOUR BRAKES

August 10th, 2011

Manufacturers recommend replacing your brake fluid every three years or so because most fluid deteriorates with use. Also, its affinity for water reduces the fluid’s heat resistance and can cause brake-system corrosion. An essential part of replacing brake fluid is bleeding the system. While bleeding sounds as if leeches and a medieval barber might be more…

Chevelle Brakes – Installing a Hard-Stopping, Hydroboosted Four-Wheel Disc Brake System

August 18th, 2010

When it comes to performance upgrades, we all want to make the number; if we’re talking stopping distances, we want that number to be small. But it’s too easy to focus on the end product rather than the nature of the improvement. For example, we often evaluate braking prowess in terms of simple stopping distance–how more…

Tri-Five Fuel Tank Install

March 18th, 2009

                   In this day and age, hot rods get driven all over. From rod run to rod run, or poker runs, or simply for a cruise on a nice day. There’s even several cross-country cruises. For those reasons, nothing is worse than stopping to fill up the more…

Chevy Truck, 4-Wheel Disc Conversion

March 17th, 2009

              So far, things are going pretty quick and smooth on Project Get Shorty. The frame is down to its rightful length, and the Air Ride Technologies suspension, sans electric work, is installed. It only seems logical to keep things moving in the forward direction. Without missing a beat, more…

Traction Bar System Installation

March 16th, 2009

Here are the basic components from Performance Online minus the rear mount/spring plates that I already installed when the car got the new rearend. It comes with all the necessary hardware and the steel parts are powdercoated black.  Traction bars, slapper bars, traction masters. All of these names conjure up images of bulky and obtrusive more…

How to Measure a Steering Column

February 26th, 2009

Overall Length – From the top of the upper sleeve of the column to the bottom shaft. Tech Tip Steering Wheel and adaptor: Most aftermarket steering wheels will need 2-4″ from the gripping surface of the wheel to the top of the outer housing of the steering column. Measure and mark the dowel. This is more…

Master Cylinder Bench Bleeding

February 24th, 2009

THE PICTORIAL ILLUSTRATIONS IN THIS INSTRUCTION SHEET ARE FOR DEMONSTRATION PURPOSES. YOUR MASTER CYLINDER MAY VARY IN SIZE AND SHAPE. IF THERE IS ANY CONFUSION AND/OR LACK OF UNDERSTANDING PER THESE INSTRUCTIONS, CONSULT THE SERVICE MANUAL FOR YOUR MAKE, MODEL AND YEAR. WARNING: Do not attempt to install this master cylinder without bench bleeding it more…

Bleeding Air from power steering systems

January 29th, 2009

FAILURE TO FLUSH THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY When flushing the system pour some of the oil from the system through a napkin or coffee filter. If metal particles are found, the pump must be replaced. Proof that the procedure was followed must be noted on the repair order for the warranty more…

1963-72 Tubular Upper Control Arms camber correction

January 15th, 2009

Ever wonder why those trucks you see sitting flat on their framerails have front wheels that lean inward at a 45-degree angle? The answer is camber. Camber is the measurement of tire lean in degrees. If the top of the tire tilts inward, the vehicle has negative camber. Typically, a truck at stock height is more…

Air Springs, Tubular Control Arms and 13″ Big Brakes for ‘58-64 Chevys

January 15th, 2009

You’ve got to give General Motors credit for seeing this lowrider trend coming decades in advance. How else can you explain the optional air suspensions–complete with catchy names like “New-Matic”–available from nearly every GM division back in 1958? Not only that, but since The General’s systems were prone to failure, sooner or later your car more…

Firm up your rearend, Camaro Rear Diff And Suspension Upgrade

January 15th, 2009

It seems as time goes on, we don’t have to make as many hard decisions, in day-to-day stuff that is. We can have things “our way,” as one place likes to say. Oftentimes, we can get the best of both worlds without much of a compromise. This goes beyond fast food and runs rampant in more…

Drop Box, Part 2, Lowering a ‘75 Chevy Shorty truck

January 15th, 2009

Last month, we gave you the “advanced-level” part of our ’75 Chevy lowering/suspension rebuild. From hub to hub, Performance Online not only completely went through the pickup’s front suspension–replacing pretty much every imaginable part with Spicer/Raybestos components–but also added a 4-inch Belltech drop kit (spindles and coils). Being that the Cheyenne was at stock height more…

Drop Box, Part 1, Lowering a ‘75 Chevy Shorty truck

January 15th, 2009

How many times have you bought car or truck and told yourself, “I’m just going to leave this one as is and drive it?” So you do drive it for a couple weeks, maybe a month, and then something needs to be repaired or replaced. Well, that little fix, it gets you to thinking, “Man, more…

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