Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Introducing Flaming River Tech School...Filed under Tech Tips
We've created a section on our website called Flaming River Tech School, which houses all of the FAQs, technical product sheets, specifications sheets, videos, and other information designed to help you learn about and better understand our products.
Our hope is that this information will help you make an informed decision on the part(s) that are most suitable for your vehicle. Or if you're a distributor, we hope this helps you learn more about our products, so that you can better assist your customers and sell more parts.
We're always looking for customer feedback. If there's product information that you are looking for that you can't find, contact us, and we'll do our best to help guide you in the right direction, or put something together that will help you better understand our product lines.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
NHRA Champ Tony Pedregon to Appear in Flaming River's Booth at 2015 NSRA NationalsFiled under Events
Tony will be in the Flaming River booth (#1033-1037) on Friday, August 7th starting at 1:00pm to meet fans and sign autographs. Also, make sure that you stop by Flaming River’s booth throughout the weekend to see the 1972 Dodge Duster Nostalgia Funny Car that Tony built in tribute to drag racing legend “TV” Tommy Ivo.
For more information on Tony Pedregon and the 46th Annual NSRA Nationals, please visit:
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Things to Keep in Mind When Designing Your Steering SystemFiled under Tech Tips
We receive a lot of the same questions and hear from customers who are experiencing the same problems when designing and installing their steering system. To help identify and answer some of these issues, we've compiled a list with the proper solutions regarding column installation, column electric and wiring issues, clocking and installing the canceling cam and horn functionality, and universal joint installation.
Steering Column Installation
- Incorrect Column Angle - When the angle of the column going through the firewall or floorboard is not taken into consideration, it can affect the entire steering system. The biggest effect will be in your steering linkage (universal joints and intermediate shafts). With a column at an incorrect angle, it can cause binding due to extreme angles, which can turn a relatively simple two u-joint system into a three or four u-joint setup. Inside the vehicle, an incorrect column angle can affect driver comfort by having to constantly adjust the tilt position of the column. In extreme cases, the column can be out of position and alignment with the dash, causing the driver to have to "short arm" or fully extend their arms to drive.
- Incorrect Column Length - Ordering the correct length steering column can make or break the way a car feels. Having a column that is too long inside the car can affect driver comfort and make them feel cramped or crowded while driving. If it's too long and goes through the firewall too far, it can cause extreme angles and cause binding in the universal joint system. Along the same line, a column that is too short and does not extend far enough through the firewall will interfere with the ability to properly connect and engage the steering linkage.
- Connecting the Wire Harness - One of the most common errors happens when someone is replacing a stock OEM steering column. They will remove the factory original column without verifying the wire colors and what they relate to in their vehicle's electrical system. Customers sometimes incorrectly assume that their car is original and the previous owner did not modify the wiring or electrical system. Taking a couple of minutes to verify what color wire operates front and rear turn signals, brake lights, horn function, etc. will save you a lot of headaches when you install and wire in a Flaming River column. All of our columns come with a 4-1/4" GM wiring connector and a wiring diagram. We also sell a female wiring connector kit to adapt any existing wiring harness to the wiring plug on a Flaming River column.
- Erratic Electrical Problems - An improperly grounded column can cause the horn and turn signals to work erratically or not at all—especially in fiberglass bodied vehicles. Checking to make sure the column is grounded, or attaching a ground strap from the column to the vehicle chassis will often eliminate this issue.
- LED Lighting - When using a LED style lighting for your turn signals and brake lights, a standard flasher can not be used. LED style lights do not pull enough to cause the flasher to open and close the circuit. A special LED flasher must be used for correct turn signal operation.
Clocking the Canceling Cam
- Properly Clocking or Timing the Canceling Cam - The canceling cam has two functions: First, it acts as contact for the horn and second, cancels or turns off the turn signals as the steering wheel comes back to the straight-ahead position after a turn. When the canceling cam is not clocked or timed properly, the turn signals will not cancel (turn off), or they will cancel too quickly. To properly clock or time the canceling cam, look at the top of the column as if it were the face of a clock. On the canceling cam itself, there is a stem that sticks up approximately 1.5" - imagine this stem as the hour hand on a clock and place it approximately at the 10:30 position (between 10 and 11). This will ensure that the turn signals cancel every time.
Universal Joint Installation
- Dimpling the Steering Shaft - The most common error made when installing a universal joint is not dimpling the steering shaft. The ends of the set screws provided with the universal joints have a cupped point and do not sit flush on a flat surface. If the shaft is not dimpled, the set screw may feel tight, but will eventually loosen itself with use and will result in play in your steering system. By dimpling the shaft, you increase the clamping force of the set screw, allowing it to "bite" into the surface and creating a tight fit between the universal joint and steering shaft.
- Installing the Universal Joint - One of the most common errors made when installing a universal joint is putting too much shafting into the yoke. On any universal joint, you only want about 7/8" of shaft in each end of the yoke—this will place the shaft flush with the yoke itself. Too much of the shaft through the yoke can cause interference with the bearing cross in the center of the joint, which will make it feel like the joint is binding up. Note: Always use red thread locker on the set screws to ensure that they do not loosen from road vibration.
Monday, September 19, 2011
2011 Street Rodder Road Tour VisitFiled under Vehicles
On the morning of Wednesday September 14th, 30 classic vehicles participating in the Amsoil/Street Rodder Road Tour stopped by the Flaming River HQ for coffee, pastries, and a tour of our facility.
We invited the Road Tour participants in to our shop where we gave them a tour of our Car Corral and showroom and then took them into the shop to meet our team, show them our products, and give them a look at the manufacturing processes that happen right here in Berea, OH.
We're honored to be the official steering sponsor of the Road Tour Car each year and we're always excited when it makes its way through our part of town. We really enjoy meeting the friendly folks on the tour and showing off our facility and products, but we especially love taking a look at all of their killer cars before they pack up and continue on to the next stop on their trip!
Check out some of the pictures from their visit, and visit our Facebook page for a full photo gallery with over 60 pictures from that day. Jerry Dixey, of Street Rodder Magazine, also posted his own recap and video on their website detailing the time they spent at Flaming River.
Road Tour Cars in our Parking Lot:
The Road Tour Group Touring our Facility:
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Showcase Your Vehicle in Our Customer Rides Photo GalleryFiled under Vehicles
We know the restoration of a classic vehicle takes a lot of time, money, and effort. That's why we've created our Customer Rides photo gallery to give our customers a place to show off their vehicles.
If you've got a vehicle with Flaming River parts in it, post a picture of it to our Facebook page and include your full name, where you're from, the make/model/year of your vehicle and what Flaming River parts you have installed in it. From there, we'll add it to our photo gallery and write up a brief description for all of our website visitors to see!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Installation Made Easy: Adding a Column Shift Tilt Column to an F-100Filed under How-To Articles
Check out this article that recently ran in Classic Trucks Magazine on how to install a Flaming River Column Shift Tilt Column using a Column Drop, and Universal Joints and Shafting in a modified Ford F-100.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Flaming River FR-2 "Blackbird" Peterbilt SpecsFiled under Vehicles
Here's a look at our custom FR-2 Blackbird Peterbilt - Completely customized and modified by the Flaming River team!
Vehicle: 1987 Peterbilt 379 EXHD Extended Hood
Powertrain/Drivetrain Type and Mofifications:
- Engine: Cummins 400
- Turbocharged/Intercooled: Holset Turbo - Model NT3B; 24 PSI boost
- Cummins Intercooler: Air to water
- Injector Pump: Cummins - Modified for higher flow
- Fuel Injection Nozzles: Cummins
- Engine soda blasted and painted to match body
- Air induction tubing removed, powercoated electric purple with a new K&N external mount air filter system
- Exhaust manifold stripped, bead blasted, treated with high temperature Jet Coat
- Transmission: Manufacturer - Eaton "Road Ranger" 15 speed with overdrive
- Rear Axles - Dual; Manufacturer - Eaton
Chassis Type and Modifications:
- Peterbilt 287" Wheel Base
- Factory Air Ride Suspension
- Complete frame off rebuild
- Cab, sleeper and hood stripped and repainted Jet Black from Hot Hues by DuPont
- Frame, transmission, final drive soda blasted and painted to match body
- Fuel tanks, steps, trim molding, mirrors, and brackets removed, cleaned, and black powdercoated
- Custom integrated fuel tank/exhaust brackets - Polished stainless steel / Chrome billet aluminum
- Exhaust system tubes chrome plated and rerouted to side dump ("Lakester Style")
- Battery boxes - Black powdercoated with polished stainless steel cover, and custom emblems by Flaming River
- New Bumper - 22" deep (4" lower than stock)
- New windshield visor - 14" deep (6" deeper than stock), black powdercoated
- Original aluminum wheels bead blasted, black powdercoated with chrome hub/center covers and lug caps
- Removed original real fenders, replaced with flamed fiberglass fenders painted black with purple/blue/white flames
- New black, bucket-style headlights with integral top mounted turn signals - halogen bulbs
- Orange LED sidemarker and clearance lights on truck and trailer
- Removed fifth wheel pin and converted to gooseneck ball hitch
- Installed polished stainless steel deck on frame between rear of sleeper and rear of truck
- Replaced original Peterbilt logos with billet aluminum ovals - "Pete 379" engraved into oval, mounted on backlit LED housings
- Trailer painted to match with Flaming River identification graphics on sides and rear tailgate
- Cab and sleeper completely stripped and refurbished
- New Design Engineering sound deadening installed in cab and sleeper
- New carpeting installed
- New headliner, interior door panels, side/rear interior treatment (sleeper)
- New dash cover
- Four new Air Ride seats for cab and sleeper
- New wood cabinetry in sleeper
- New sound system in cab/sleeper - Satellite radio, Radio?CD/Cassette/MP3 player, speaker system, flat screen television, DVD player, tuner, Playstation 3 video game/Blu-Ray system
- Dual air conditioning/heat temperature control for cab and sleeper
- GPS navigation system
- Aftermarket steering wheel
Our FR-2 "Blackbird" Peterbilt is brought to you by the following sponsors:
- Hot Hues by DuPont Finishes
- Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
- Exide Technologies
- Design Engineering Inc.
- United Pacific Industries
- Southern Air, Pure Power Lubricants
For more information on our Pete, take a look at this vehicle profile in Custom Rigs Magazine