It’s a great day when we at Mopar Connection Magazine can welcome a new supporting advertiser to our family, but four is staggering. We kick off 2017 with the great news that we have partnered with Flowmaster, B&M Shifters, Hurst Performance Products and Hurst Driveline Conversions. All of these names you know, as they are some of the biggest, most well-established and most well-known in hot rodding bar none.
Flowmaster dates back to the late 1970s/early 1980s while addressing sound complaints at race tracks in California. Seeking to reduce noise while retaining performance, Flowmaster became and early pioneer in the science of exhaust resonance and performance. Today, Flowmaster has continued pursuing new technologies, while continuing to deliver outstanding sound and performance gains for a wide variety of muscle cars, race cars, daily drivers, trucks and more. Flowmaster even maintains a state-of-the-art Research and Development Center where new products are designed, tested and finalized, and are developed and manufactured exclusively in the USA. We even installed a complete American Thunder 3-inch mandrel-bent system in our “Brazen Charger” project car last year.
B&M is likely the shifter your dad had in his automatically-shifted hot rod. Reaching back as far as the very early 1950s, B&M has been leading the pack when it comes to racers and street performance enthusiasts, first developing a performance reinforced Hydramatic for racing, and then in the ’60s developing shifters to go along with it. After that came high stall torque converters, shift kits in the 1970’s, and well, you get the idea. Now, B&M continues to strike a new path in the world of performance automatic transmissions, being first to market with Trick Shift performance ATF, reverse pattern valve bodies, 1.80 gear sets and cool canisters. And it’s not just products, B&M is proud to help share its knowledge and experience worldwide.
Obviously, the most familiar of these (and the most historically tied to Mopar’s storied background) is Hurst. Now, a dual-branded company of Hurst Performance Products and Hurst Driveline Conversions, Hurst dates back to 1958, when innovator George Hurst first founded the company. Hurst catered specifically to the burgeoning hot rod community, developing motor mount kits, performance shifters for both manual and automatic transmissions, disc brakes, custom wheels, the first line lock, and even the “Jaws of Life.” Today, Hurst’s legacy is found in two very different companies with the same goal of preserving and perpetrating the love of hot rodding. Hurst Performance Products continues developing a wide array of shifter (both manual and automatic) for nearly every year and make of American muscle car, and it’s new Hurst Elite Series performance products can effectively create a whole new machine from a modern muscle car within a day’s time or so.
Hurst Driveline Conversions provides classic muscle car enthusiasts an avenue of modification that has been seen before, but not with the Hurst magic touch. As an Elite Level Tremec Distributor, Hurst Driveline Conversions develops conversion packages to swap in a modern Tremec overdrive transmission that is tailored to your specific vehicle. And while there’s plenty of competition in this market, Hurst shines by providing excellent service, top quality parts in their kits, and a staff that is heavily experienced and knowledgeable. Add to it an incredible 48 hour order-to-shipping turnaround and a massive extra 24-Month additional warranty (over Tremec’s original 6 month for a total of 2 1/2 years) and Hurst Driveline Conversions is a sure bet.