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:, 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!