New street machine gear: Ford electric crate motor + bead roller + LS blower lid + more

We check out some new gear on the market for your street machine


A new array of innovative goodies for your streeter:

1. Ford Eluminator electric crate engine from Eagle Auto Parts

Even though many still turn up their noses at the thought of EV-powered hot rods, the reality is that they’re coming. Even the OEs are recognising that and have begun adding fridge motors to their range of crate engines. At SEMA last year, Ford debuted its Eluminator electric crate motor, shoved into a 1978 F100. After initially selling out Stateside, the Eluminator has now made its way onto our shores with the crew at Eagle Auto Parts in Melbourne. Created by Ford Performance, the EV motor packs 281hp and 317ft-lb of torque, and weighs in at just 93kg. Those are just baseline figures though, as that Eluminator-powered F100 was quoted at 480hp and 634ft-lb, so with the right combo of batteries and EV jazz, these motors can be a pretty potent thing. They’re in stock at Eagle right now for just AU$6750 a piece, which is a fraction of the price of plenty of internal combustion crate motors. If you’re not scared of the future and want to know more, give Eagle a call on (03) 8710 3000 or visit

2. Electric bead roller

Rolling beads onto piping requires a fair bit of elbow grease using a manual machine, so the team at Hare & Forbes Machineryhouse also offer electric versions, including this 450mm deep-throat electric bead roller. Being electric makes it a super-simple one-man operation, with a high-torque reversible motor operated by foot pedals to control the forward and backward motion, meaning you can keep both hands on the job. Suitable for up to 1.2mm in mild steel and 1.5mm in aluminium, it’s fitted with 25mm drive axles and comes with seven dies as standard. It also includes a stand that stores the seven sets of the most common rolls you’d usually need. It plugs into 240-volt power, so there’s no need for three-phase. You can find out more and grab one now by visiting Hare & Forbes at

3. Turbosmart Platinum Series

Turbosmart has been a leader in the go-fast game both in Australia and the world for 25 years now, so to celebrate that milestone, the company has just released its limited-edition Platinum Series. The series encompasses Turbosmart’s extensive range of external wastegates, fuel pressure regulators and blow-off valves, and with 1000 parts in the catalogue, there’s plenty to choose from. The Platinum Series is in stock now and ready to ship, so to secure your piece of Australian performance parts history, head to your local Turbosmart stockist or visit

4. Harrop blower lid

Harrop is a master of blower tech, so it’s no real surprise the company has devised a super-easy way to improve the factory LSA blower found in HSV VF Commodores. The company’s LSA blower lid is specifically designed for both the 1900 and H2650i LSA superchargers, and improves airflow to the rear cylinders for better efficiency and power. It can even be supplied with a larger intercooler core. They bolt onto the factory blowers and fit under VF bonnets with ease, so it’s a ripper upgrade for any blown VF owner. You can find out more and order yours now from

5. Proflow pod filter

Pod filters can improve performance, make your engine bay look nicer and give your mill better induction noise. Because of this, Proflow offers a huge range of pod filters to suit any engine, car and build you can think of. Available in different lengths, colours and sizes, they have great filtering capabilities thanks to 304 stainless-steel mesh with woven fabric, so you’ll still get awesome air flow but without any junk entering your turbo or engine. They’re fully washable and reusable, meaning you’ll get a lot more life out of them than a standard paper filter in a conventional airbox, so there’s really no reason not to get yourself one. You can do that right now at

6. Showwheels wheel & aluminium cleaner

The wheel wizards at Showwheels have stepped into the car care world with a whole new range of cleaning products. Given the company’s roots creating killer custom spinners, it’s no surprise that one of the new products is Showwheels’ Car Care Wheels & Aluminium Cleaner, perfect for keeping your car’s wheels and metal surfaces looking mint. Simply spray onto any metal trim or wheel, wipe with a microfibre cloth, buff it off with a second cloth and you’re done! It can be used as often as needed, and because Showwheels has formulated it for use on its own custom-made wheels, you know it’s a professional-standard product. A 500ml bottle costs just AU$22.95, and you can grab one now at

7. LS dip sticks

No matter how long your dipstick is, if it reaches the oil, it’s a job well done. This stainless-steel braided dipstick by Australian Rod & Custom Components is designed for use with LS-swapped rear-hump oil pans and stock LS models with a factory rear oil pan. The body is machined from billet aluminium with an O-ring seal and is available in silver or a black anodised finish to suit any build. Find them at

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