Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year


2010 is nearly over. It's hard to believe, but true. With this in mind, we at CPP want to wish all our customers, vendors and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. In every way possible, we plan to make next year bigger and better.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Behind-the-Scenes: SEMA 2010

Check out our latest video. You'll get a brief, up close and personal look at what it takes to put together our presence at SEMA, held annually at the Las Vegas Convention.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

SEMA 2010 Video Coverage

It was another great year for CPP at SEMA. Our booth was packed with parts, and jumping with visitors and buyers. And, once again, we attracted the attention of Performance Business Magazine, which shot a very cool video with Jeff Norton, one of CPP's fine sales reps. Check it out and get an up front and personal look at CPP at SEMA.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Leaving Las Vegas Once Again...

The SEMA show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. The annual show draws the industry's brightest minds and hottest products to one place for four jam-packed days in Vegas. While the event is not open to the general public, the show attracts over 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries. This year, the overwhelming attitude from the attendees was positive and favorable. CPP's booth was overflowing with traffic each day, with lots of interest generated with our up and coming products as well as our new catalogs. While the show is very labor-intensive for us, we left the city knowing we had made some new friendships as well as renewed some old ones.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

OFF To SEMA

The CPP display for SEMA looked great after the test setup here at our showroom. It has now been created and shipped to Las Vegas. The guys are finishing up all the last minute details before heading to Vegas on Friday. Our new 2011 catalogs are at the printers and will arrive just in time for SEMA, so be sure to stop by pick up our latest catalog. Don't forget; booth #22878 in Hot Rod Alley.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

GETTING READY FOR SEMA

Well it’s that time of the year. The weather starts to cool, the leaves change colors and at CPP we’re gearing up for SEMA. The display booth is out and dusted off, making sure it survived storage. Our new products are getting placed. All the electronics are being tested to ensure a great show. For those of you attending SEMA be sure to stop by and say “Hi”, we’ll be at booth #22878 in Hot Rod Alley. Hope to see you there!!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fun for Everyone!

On Sunday, July 18, 2010, CPP held its First Annual Company Picnic. Celebrating the hard work of CPP’s great team, the event was held at Neff Park located in La Mirada*. It was a full house with 96 adults and 25 kids in attendance.

Once everyone arrived it was time to eat. Young and old feasted on a mouth-watering meal, served-up by Summit Events, which included everything from BBQ chicken and spare ribs to a variety of drinks and ice cream.

After savoring lunch, children of all ages were treated to an assortment of games, including a hula-hoop contest, a tug-o-war, water-balloon tossing, and team trudging. Plus, a huge bounce-house and slide provided additional entertainment for the wee ones. In addition, the athletic members of CPP engaged in a spirited game of volleyball. James Events was coordinator and master-of-ceremonies for all the silliness.


Despite predictions of temperatures over 90°, the weather was ideal—hot, but not too hot—perfect for water pistol fights, misting bottles and dumping ice cold water on friends—and that included the owner! (Wow, and we still have our jobs. Go figure.)

Finally, after over 5 hours of fun, everyone packed-up and headed home. Tired, but happy!

* History buffs take note: Neff Park is named after the Neff family. Nannie Neff was the daughter of Andrew McNally, founder and president of Rand McNally Publishing Company. In 1888, he purchased almost 2,300 acres of rangeland and named the area La Mirada, which in Spanish means "The View".

Neff Park covers ten acres and includes three historic buildings, a gazebo, basketball court, tennis court, horseshoes pits, a playground, and picnic areas. The historic buildings include: Neff Home, George House, and Neff Barn. If you are in the area, you got to check it out.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Gone to be with Jesus!

It is with great sadness that we must report that Rod Bosshard has died!

Rod was one of the owners of Prestige Thunderbird located in Santa Fe Springs, California, and a good customer of CPP. But Rod was more than a customer; he was a close friend—and most of all an amazing person, loved by everyone.

In the summer of 2009, Rod was diagnosed with colon cancer. In August 2009 he under went surgery and began a rigorous treatment of Chemo Therapy.

Unfortunately, Rod passed away suddenly, but peacefully at about 8:00 PM on Wednesday, July 7 2010. He is survived by his wife, Cindy and their children.

If you would like to read more about Rod’s brave battle against colon cancer, please click here.

We Will miss you Rod. May the LORD bless and watch over your family in your absence.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Feast Your Eyes on This!

Visitors to CPP will be treated to some hot new eye-candy when they walk into our showroom now. Our new 1957 Chevy Belair display was unveiled last week to rave reviews. Painted Sunset Pearl Orange, a Foose original color, this tri-five features CPP products throughout. To help customers with their tech and install questions, the display has both stock as well as upgrade parts. The driver side sports CPP's front and rear Big Brakes, drop spindle, Totally Tubular upper and lower control arms, chrome 8" dual booster with chrome master cylinder, and 500 Series Power Steering Box, while the passenger side has CPP's SOS front Brake Kit on a stock spindle with Minimum Offset Rotor, and 11" Standard Rear Brake Kit. Other cool features include CPP's 25 gallon aluminum fuel tank, engine mounts, Totally Tubular Transmission Mounts and our new original-style Automatic Steering Column. When you are in our area, come check out this beauty!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

CPP's Expanding Universe


While many businesses in today's economy are minimizing, contracting and down-sizing, CPP continues to expand. This sure and steady growth has been made possible by listening to our customers and their needs, and by seeking and developing more efficient methods to provide those needs.


Our new procurement office is an example of that commitment. By demolishing three small offices (Engineering, Art and Photo departments — see earlier blogs), and converting them into one large office, the Procurement office is now conveniently located next to the shipping and receiving departments. This will allow those departments to interact more efficiently with one another in the process speed-up the ordering, receiving and shipping of products.

CPP's ultimate goal in its on-going commitment to constantly reassess and improve what we do and how we do it, is to provide you — the customer — with the very best products at the lowest possible prices.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Virtual Reality: 3-D Scanner


It’s out with the old, and in with the new.

Add ImageIn the past, when we wanted reproduce an existing OEM part and/or design an improved part to work with an OEM part, we would have to measure the OEM part by hand, reproduce it as an illustration, from which a hand-tooled prototype would be produced. Then the prototype would be used to test fit the new part(s) designed to work with it. Labor intensive and time consuming, it often required weeks, if not months, to produce. Those days are gone.

Now, CPP has Multi-Stripe Laser Triangulation (MLT) technology This Star Trek like tool uses lasers to scan any part to produce a virtual 3-D reproduction. The accuracy of the reproduction is unparalleled with 360,000 dots measure per sq inch.

Next, using our computer assisted design (CAD) system the 3-D reproduction can be virtually integrated and tested with any part we desire to create. This means we can quickly and easily work out the kinks for a better fit with in hours instead of weeks or months. With a shorter turn-around time from concept to production, products are much improved and costs are minimized.

Monday, March 22, 2010

More Novas, More Fun!

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To see an HD version, go to our YouTube Channel

If you love Novas and Chuck Berry, we think you'll enjoy watching CPP's latest video: "Nova Shop Tour: 2010 - Preview. (The complete video will be available online within a few days).

The event, held Saturday, March 20th was CPP's 2nd Annual Nova Shop Tour.

Thanks to RK Smith, members of SoCal Novas and Steve's Nova Site gathered at 7 AM, near the corner of Brookhurst and Orangethorpe. From there, they cruised a winding route through Fullerton and Anaheim to CPP.

Once all the cars were parked at CPP, everyone had a great time checking out the various Novas, taking photos and video, talking with each other, and getting tech assistance from the CPP crew.

Also, friends and families enjoyed the toured our facility, including our recently expanded CNC shop, and the new and expanded offices for the Engineering, Art and Photo department.

Rounding out the event, goody bags and raffle prizes where handed out, including a 4-Link Coil-Over Kit, an $1,100 value.

At noon, with tires squealing and the smell of rubber in the air, everyone cruised to Nick's Burgers for lunch, compliments of CPP.

It was another great day with a wonderful group of people, and we are already planning ahead for next years event. Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

We're Too Cool, To Be Hot

In with the new!

Out with the old!

Maintaining a pleasant work environment is key to helping our employees be productive. Part of that productivity is providing you with the very best service we can.

That is why this week we removed an old, inefficient heating and air conditioning system, and replaced it with a top-of-the-line model.

Now as summer and business heats-up, we'll have the coolest employees in the industry. Oh yes, they are the friendliest and most knowledgable, too.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Magic Carpet Ride


At CPP we get thing done ASAP. Once the Engineering, Art and Photo departments were relocated to more spacious digs next door, their combined space was demolished (see blog: "Size Does Matter") to make way for a new work area. That job was completed within a week.

The final step to complete the project was to lay new carpet. So the floor was cleared of dirt and debris, and a layer of carpet glue was lathered onto the bare floor. Next the carpet was laid on the floor and made snug against the wall. Finally, black baseboards were glue along the edge of the carpet and wall. After that, it only needed to be vacuumed and the job was complete, and what was once three small offices is now one large space ready to be occupied by the Procurement Department

As you can see, CPP isn't standing still. We're growing at a sure and steady pace, which means we can offer you more and better service and at a greater value.

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Rapid Prototype Now Online

Add ImageIf you want to make the best and be the best, you must have the best. That's why CPP is constantly looking for innovative, time saving, and cost effective methods of producing its award winning products. Our new Rapid Prototype machine, known as a 3D printer, which is up and running is an example of what we mean.


After a brief training session, Chief Engineer, Danny Nix, was ready to go. Right from his desk he can design a new product using CAD (computer assisted design), then with the touch of a button he can render in ABS plastic a full-scale prototype using our new RP machine.

Add ImageCPP is the industry leader in Steering, Brake and Suspension parts, and using cutting-edging technology is one of the ways we stay ahead of the pack.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Future is Here



CPP is now the proud owner of a Dimension bst 1200es 3D printer. What's that you say? Well it's a rapid prototype machine that uses ABS plastic powder to produce one-off versions of a product.

It's not exactly Star Trek, but with the push of a button, we can transform a virtual 3D rendering of one of our new products into a solid 3D prototype.

Solid 3D prototypes are instrumental in working out the bugs in the design of a new product, but they are costly and time consuming to make. Now, using our rapid prototype machine, we can create in a matter of hours what in the past would take days, weeks, even months to do. This saves time and money, which means we can produce better and more reliable products, and offer them to you at a substantial savings.

Training for Excellence



Manufacturing the best quality products requires highly skilled technicians that are dedicated to excellence, and that’s what we have here at CPP. Maintaining this level of skill requires constant training in new and more efficient methods of production.

For example, CPP recently purchased one of Haas’ top-of-the-line CNC machines. In short order, an instructor from Haas was on-site teaching our crew how to maximize the machine’s power and versatility.

This is another way CPP works for you to provide the finest parts at the best possible price. You can be confident you are getting the best when you purchase from CPP because we design it; we test it; we manufacture it.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Size Does Matter!



Stable, steady and sustained growth: that’s our goal at CPP. To that end, we have expanded yet again. This time our Engineering, Art and Photo departments are on the move. Five years ago all three departments were crammed into three tiny offices next to each other. No one complained; hey, it was a step up from the cubicles in the old building. But as CPP has grown, so have the demands on each department.

Last week in one mighty move over night all three departments were relocated next door in our second building, which was acquired two years ago.

Wow, what a difference! Each department virtually doubled its floor space. Finally, the Engineering department is in the same building as our huge CNC manufacturing department, the Art Department has four work stations instead of two, and the photo room no longer doubles as a storage area.

Then, wham, bam, thank you ma’am: in one day the old Engineering, Art and Photo departments were demolished making way for our new Procurement department.

What’s next? You’ll just have to wait and see, there’s always more to come from CPP.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

2nd Annual Jeff's Fun Run Stops By

Classic Performance Products was once again the first poker run stop for the 2nd Annual Jeff's Fun Run. The event, hosted by Pickups Limited of Orange County, honors one of their members Jeff Hornsby who passed away last year. All event proceeds went to benefit cancer research. Over 150 vehicles participated in the festivities which began at Ken Grody Ford and made stops at Danchuk, Crevier Classic Cars, TruSpeed Motor Cars, Parts Pro Proformance Warehouse. CPP helped with the grand prize of a Craftsman roll-a-way tool box which the driver with the best poker hand walked away with. The weather was beautiful, the smiles were abundant, and we never tire of seeing all those awesome classics cruising by our shop!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

American Beauty in England

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Here's something you don't see everyday in jolly ol' England: a cool American pick-up that has been revamped and customized.

Owned by Jimmy Hibbeard, this 1967 Chevy truck has come a long way in time, distance and appearance since it first arrived at Valley Gas Speed Shop, located in Berkshire, England.

For starters the original taillights were eliminated and replaced with a custom design, which were fabricated into the rear panels.

Next this little gem was given a two-tone coat of paint at House of Kolor, and finished off with silver pin-striping to separate the colors.

To improve the ride and handling, Classic Performance Product's famous suspension and brake parts were installed. This included a Full Tubular Suspension Package, (trailing arms, crossmember, C-notches, shock relocation kit, deluxe trac bar, lowering blocks, lowered shocks, axle perches, U-bolts, coil springs, and spring retainers) and a Front and Rear Disc Brake Kit. Plus, a CPP fuel tank was added.

For the interior, a Dakota digital dash was installed into a custom made dash, which wraps round into the doors. The changes didn't stop there. "We added engine-turned aluminum in the dash along with So-Cal switches," commented Jimmy. "Plus, we also installed an air conditioning system by Vintage Air."

All of this was complimented by Bespoke Car Interiors, which trimmed the cab in black with hints of silver.

Finally, Intro Custom Wheels were installed, "Which is rare in this part of the world," Jimmy declared. "Indeed, we don't think anyone else has these types of wheels over here."

This American beauty will be debuted April 2nd at Wheels Day, held in Aldershot, England.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Pros Come to CPP!


Whenever the pros want to upgrade their cars or trucks they turn to CPP, and John Barkley of "Street Rodder" magazine is no exception. John wanted a complete power steering overhaul for his 2-door '66 Chevy Bel Air, and he got it.

We began by installing our new CP50004 power steering gear box, which is a modern unit that provides a 14:1 ratio unit and a rag joint (RJC730R). Like all of CPP's 500 Series™ steering boxes, it is engineered with recirculation ball gears for low friction and increased steering response.

Next, we installed our new CPP bottle neck Power Steering Pump (PSP6151) along with the Power Steering Bracket (PS301), Pulley (CP38809) and Hose kit (CPUHK).

For improved stability, we installed CPP's new Double Adjustable Rear Trac Bar kit and replaced the worn out coil spring and shocks with a new set of CPP coil springs and shocks.

Rounding out the job, we installed our CPP Shift Linkage kit (CPTSL-L), plus cleaned up the rear brake lines with our Rear Brake Hose Tab kit (RBHT).

Now John's Bel Air handles better than ever, and the smile on his face and his testimony below proves it.

"Guys, I have to tell you I love your new steering box that was recently installed in my 66 Bel Air. Anyone who has and drives a 60’s or 70’s GM product with power steering knows how wishy washy the steering feel is. No road feed back at all and, even worse, it’s so touchy that you can’t relax driving at highway speed, the car will wander. The new technology box you have designed and built is awesome! The road feel is back and you can comfortably cruise at today’s highway speeds (80 mph or get out of the way!) I am looking forward to upgrading the suspension now to keep up with the steering.

Thank you

John Barkley

P.S. While we were at it, we bought your power steering pump mounting kit. My car has headers so the original factory mount that includes the cast iron exhaust had been modified to work. Your mount is simple and clean, easy to install and adjust and the pump assembly now looks better."

Monday, January 25, 2010

Have You Checked Your Hoses Lately?

One of our salesmen, Jeff Norton, got an email from a customer the other day regarding a brake conversion he was in the middle of. He had purchased a complete front and rear Big Brake system from us as well as our MCPV-1 master cylinder. He was having trouble bleeding the brakes and had tried just about everything in the book before asking for help. This is one of our more common tech questions from customers, some figuring it out quite easily and some having major issues with it. After trading emails back and forth for a day or two trying to solve the problem, we received this photo from him:



Yep, that is the brake hose cut open and it was completely plugged. Moral of the story? Replace all your hoses! As Jeff says, "sometimes old hoses are like a clogged artery in a person. If this hose was in a human body, they would've had a massive heart attack!" The gunk that clogged that brake hose was already in the brake system even though the brakes were working. The bleeding process only moved the gunk to the hose were it became blocked. Our engineer, Danny Nix also recommends these guidelines to maintain brake fluid: DOT 3 fluid should be flushed every 2 years; DOT 4 fluid should be flushed every year. Silicone and DOT 5 fluid are race-oriented and will absorb little to no moisture.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Ring in the New Year with a New Phone System

CPP continues to grow; this means more internet usage and calls from great customers like you.

To meet this demand CPP has just finished a complete overhaul of its phone and server systems.

Now with network bandwidth at 100 Megabit per second and data capacity that is virtually unlimited, data access and page output will be faster than ever before. This coupled with our new phone system, which includes more lines, means we can server you better.

So check-out our web site: www.classicperform.com, or give us a call, and let us serve you.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Blue is New

It's new! It's Blue! It's for you!

Check it out! The first shipment of CPP Steering Columns in their newly designed packaging arrived just days ago. This new look will eventually be carried over into all of CPP's packaging.

So look for our Steering Columns on the shelf of your local retailer the next time you shop for your car, and if you don't see it, ask that they be stocked!