You just completed your chopped top 1930 Ford Model A hot rod. The once busted jalopy is now equipped with a small block Chevy 350, Turbo 350, 4-barrel carb, custom-fit headers, and a bright shiny air cleaner. This ensemble looks especially intriguing after taking out the entire hood and just leaving the grille shell on its own. While it looks mighty handsome, you still want to add a few more personal touches on the engine bay. What's left for you to do is be playful with what you have there. You can have pinstripes brushed on the firewall and valve covers, or maybe paint the engine block with an outrageous color. But there is a much simpler modification that you can add for that extra personal touch: a custom air cleaner nut. American Shifter Company offers a couple of designs that you might fancy for your hot rod. We brought our own '55 Chevy Bel Air to test fit some of the American Shifter Company air cleaner nut designs. Here's what we think:
- Works as an air cleaner nut and shift knob
- Hand painted
- Variety of designs
- Limited lifetime warranty
- There's a very big selection to choose from. It took us a long time going through the different looks. It ranged from simple skulls to pirates, voodoo man, and clowns. We give the designers props for these hand-painted designs.
- These designs will suit off-beat hot rod themes. When we say off-beat, this ranges from sleeper rat rods to eccentric trailer queens.
- It's easy to install. You just have to attach it to the air cleaner thread, turn it clockwise, and you're good to go.
- We are still partial over chrome wing nuts for air filters. It gives our hot rod that classic greaser vibe that goes well with air force insignias and pinstripes already applied on its flat body paint. It's really a matter of preference. And for us, nothing comes at par with it.
- We think that in order for the American Shifter Company air cleaner nut to work as part of your engine bay ensemble, you really have to think about your concept well. If you don't, that piece might end up as just an oddball and make your hot rod look cheesy. We wouldn't want that kind of issue happening on ours. It will just mess the chrome accents and overall theme.
Hot rodding is all about creativity, ingenuity, and self-expression. While we would rather stick to a classic piece, using an elaborate accessory on your engine bay can give your car more character.