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Changing the game in lightweight performance steering
IDIDIT Performance introduces the Pro-Lite Builder Column & Billet Column Drops.
TECUMSEH, MICHIGAN: Calling all chassis builders! IDIDIT Performance has launched two new products for the street performance, off-road, rock crawling and racing industries that make it simple to improve steering and shed weight at the same time, all while maintaining street legality.
The Pro-Lite Builder steering column is lightweight (6.1 pounds), has 5 inches of collapsibility and is equipped with a self-canceling electronic turn signal switch and four-way hazards. It comes standard with a six-bolt IDIDIT Performance quick-release steering hub that is certified to SFI specification 42.1.
And, even though it’s lightweight, the stylish Pro-Lite column doesn’t skimp on safety—it comes equipped with a two-piece collapsible shaft.
“The secret to this column is that most of the steering shaft is a hard-anodized aluminum top-shaft with a GM-style spline and turn signal switch,” reveals Trever Cornwell of IDIDIT Performance. “A ball bearing top bearing and Delrin bushing at the bottom of the column assure long life and smooth steering.”
IDIDIT also offers an optional upgrade for the column that includes a momentary switch on the turn signal stalk. This upgrade can be used for horn, nitrous purge, trans brake, or high beams/flash to pass.
Complementing the Builder Column are IDIDIT Performance Billet Column Drop Kits. Machined from a single piece of 6061 aluminum billet and anodized black, they come equipped with stainless steel hardware and a machined Delrin spacer to work with 1-3/4- or 1-5/8-inch under-dash mounts.
Billet Column Drops are available in 3-, 5.5- and 8-inch lengths. Like all IDIDIT Performance products, the Pro-Lite Builder Column and Billet Column Drops are proudly made in the USA.
The Builder Column is particularly suited for drag race, autocross, road course and off-road applications, as well as tube-chassis vehicles. The Motorsport Drops are great for vehicles with roll cages or where factory mounting has been removed or modified.
Pair the Pro-Lite Builder Column and Billet Column Drops with a quick-release steering hub, steering wheel adaptor and/or momentary pushbutton option for package sale opportunities.
Visit www.ididit.com for more information
Beautiful Vehicles Help Send Summer Off in Style
The annual IDIDIT Car Show & Open House welcomed 367 registered participants for a day of fun in the sun.
TECUMSEH, MICHIGAN: With bright sunlight glinting off deeply waxed finishes and families enjoying beautiful vehicles and a trip down memory lane, the 2019 IDIDIT Car Show & Open House lived up to its sterling reputation as Michigan’s premier end-of-summer celebration of the hot-rodding lifestyle.
The event welcomed 367 registered vehicles—and dozens more that didn’t register—to IDIDIT’s Tecumseh headquarters for a day of classic car appreciation that included facility tours, vendor displays, food trucks and a live DJ. Celebrity guests, a charity raffle and, of course, plenty of awards made the 28th edition of the event one to remember.
“We want to thank everyone who joined us for the 2019 IDIDIT Car Show & Open House,” said Trever Cornwell of IDIDIT. “From the weather, to the atmosphere, to the amazing cars and trucks, this annual party is a perfect example of why we all love this industry.”
Last year was the first time the car show was open to all makes, models and years, including the classics of yesterday and today. New this year was an appearance by TV celebrity Brother JD from Wrench Wars, who was on hand to present the inaugural Best Garage Build trophy to an exceptional 1950 Ford Coupe owned by Jim Brewer of Pinckney, Michigan.
Other award winners included:
Street Rod 1948-older – 1936 Plymouth Coupe / Owner – Dave Mason
Car 1949-’64 – 1950 Ford Convertible / Owner – Bob Sharp, Britton, Michigan
Car 1965-’79 – 1969 Ford Mustang / Owner – Douglas Britton, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Car 1980-Newer – 2010 Chevrolet Camaro / Owner – Max Donner, Holland, Michigan
Truck 1948-’66 – 1953 Chevy Pickup / Owner – Sherri Kapp, Manchester, Michigan
Truck 1967-’87 – 1971 GMC 4x4 Super Custom / Owner – Larry Hauser, Blissfield, Michigan
Truck 1988-Newer – 2001 Chevrolet S-10 / Owner – Byron Crone Jr., Onsted, Michigan
Founders Choice – 1958 Jaguar XK150 / Owner – Keith Rider, Millbury, Ohio (Chosen by IDIDIT founders Ken & Jane Callison
And the winning wasn’t limited to the car show. Michele Buku of Adrian, Michigan, won a customized golf cart featuring an IDIDIT steering column as part of a charity raffle to benefit the Lenawee Humane Society. Second-place winner Kyla Scott, also of Adrian, won $500 in the raffle.
This year’s pre-show T-Shirt Design Contest was won by Payton Melton of Lenawee Christian High School in Adrian, Michigan. Her 1950s automotive style-influenced design could be found on event signage as well as the T-shirts.
IDIDIT began holding its annual Open House & Car Show in 1991 as a way to celebrate the hot-rodding lifestyle and allow owners to get their vehicles to one last show before winter arrived.
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Winning Car Show T-Shirt Design Inspired by the 1950s
Payton Melton’s artwork will serve as the official logo of IDIDIT’s annual Open House.
Payton Melton may have just recently graduated from Lenawee Christian High School in Adrian, Michigan, but she’s always been influenced by 1950s automotive style. A talented artist, Payton was able to capture that nostalgic feel in the winning entry of the 2019 IDIDIT Car Show & Open House T-Shirt Design Contest.
An end-of-summer tradition dating back to 1991, the 2019 IDIDIT Car Show & Open House is set for Sept 14 at the company’s Tecumseh headquarters. The event includes an all-vehicles-welcome car show, as well as facility tours, vendor displays, food trucks and more.
“I was really inspired by ’50s-style cars and retro design,” Payton said of her entry, featuring a finned coupe parked beneath a classic IDIDIT sign. “That gave me the inspiration for my design. I have always loved the ’50s and the style that came with it, so this was an opportunity to create something with that style.”
Payton lives in Adrian with her parents, Todd and Noelle, and five siblings. She will be attending Huntington University in the fall, studying Children’s Ministry and minoring in Studio Art. Her winning submission earned her a $1,500 scholarship to help with college expenses.
Meanwhile, Open House attendees will be greeted by her artwork on signage and T-shirts while they take in the car show and other festivities. Open to any show-worthy vehicle regardless of year, make or model, the popular gathering celebrates car culture in all its forms, offering a family atmosphere in which to enjoy classic vehicles of yesterday and today.
“It’s our pleasure to host some of the most beautiful cars and trucks from throughout the Great Lakes region at our annual Car Show & Open House, and Payton’s beautiful design just adds to the excitement” said Trever Cornwell of IDIDIT. “This industry is something to celebrate, and we invite all of our neighbors and friends to come share in the fun.”
The daylong event includes facility tours, a vendor tent, food trucks and a live DJ. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods for the food drive, and the Lenawee Humane Society will raffle a custom golf cart featuring an IDIDIT steering column.
In the display area, car owners will compete for one-of-a-kind trophies made in-house by IDIDIT craftspeople in nine categories:
- 1948-Older Street Rod
- 1949-’64 Car
- 1965-’79 Car
- 1980-Newer Car
- 1948-’66 Truck
- 1967-’87 Truck
- 1988-Newer Truck
- Founder’s Choice
- Best Garage Build
Best Garage Build is a new category designed to celebrate car owners who performed restoration and rebuild work on their own. TV celebrity Brother JD from Wrench Wars will be on hand to present the inaugural Best Garage Build trophy, and vehicles can be entered in the Founder’s Choice and/or Best Garage Build categories, as well as their appropriate vehicle year category. Additionally, Founder’s Choice has been added as a category, which replaces the Best Restoration category from previous years. IDIDIT founders Ken and Jane Callison will award the winner of Founder’s Choice during this year’s Car Show.
STEERING FAST CIVICS TO WEIGHT SAVINGS
Presenting competition Pro-Fab Lightweight Column for 1988-’91 Honda Civic & CRX applications.
Fast Civics need steering dynamics that can keep pace with their nimble performance on the track. Introducing the IDIDIT Performance Pro-Fab Lightweight Steering Column for 1988-’91 Honda Civic (EF) and CRX applications.
The ultra-lightweight race column weighs as little as 3 pounds, a significant weight savings over the factory column when equipped with a lightweight, quick-release steering hub and steering wheel. The Pro-Fab slides directly in place of the factory column and bolts directly to the factory mounting points and factory steering shaft.
“The IDIDIT Performance Pro-Fab Lightweight Steering Column is ideal for Honda drag race, autocross, road course and off-road racing applications, offering the safety and performance drivers need to get the most from their 1989-’91 Civic or CRX,” said Trever Cornwell of IDIDIT. “Offering previously untapped weight savings in an extremely rigid steering shaft, it is proudly made in the USA using precision laser cut and CNC machined components.”
The column comes equipped with an extended shaft that lets the installer trim to length and pair with an IDIDIT Performance quick-release steering hub and aftermarket steering wheel of their choosing, to tailor-fit the column to their needs.
Additional features include:
- Precision laser-cut tubing & brackets for superior fit & finish
- Sealed upper ball bearing and Delrin lower bushing for smooth operation after years of abuse
- Ultra-light aluminum tubing & brackets
- Customizable for driver fit
- Available in brushed aluminum finish
The Performance Pro-Fab Lightweight Steering Column is designed to work with IDIDIT Performance 3/4-inch Smooth quick-release steering hubs:
- 5-bolt 3/4-inch Smooth Kit P/N: 5010000015
- 6-bolt 3/4-inch Smooth Kit P/N: 5010000018
IDIDIT Performance also makes aluminum mounts for aftermarket dashes from Racepak, AEM, FuelTech USA, Holley Performance Products, AiM Tech and others.
A Competition Column for Mazda Miatas
IDIDIT Performance’s newest addition to its Pro-Fab line for 1990-2005 Miata (NA & NB) applications gives racers a new way to save weight.
Highly popular in road racing and autocross, the Miata has proven to be a light, yet tough, option for builders and racers. The new IDIDIT Pro-Fab Miata column shaves an additional 16-pounds off an already-light vehicle, which provides an advantage on the track and an opportunity to install other aftermarket products that builders may have been weary about due to weight worries.
Suitable for drag, autocross, road and off-road racing, the ultra-lightweight column weighs just 2.65 pounds. When paired with an IDIDIT Performance Quick-Release Steering Hub and aftermarket lightweight steering wheel, the 4.05-pound combination offers a 16-pound weight savings over the 20-pound factory column.
The Pro-Fab slides directly in place of the factory column and bolts to the OEM mounting points and steering shaft. It comes equipped with an extended shaft that allows the installer to trim the column to best fit the driver. Pairing with an IDIDIT Performance Quick-Release Steering Hub adds further adaption to the race car.
"The Pro-Fab Column for the 1990-2005 Mazda Miata is the lightest column we've ever made,” Trever Cornwell of IDIDIT said. “With laser-cut tubing and brackets, TiG welds and a brushed aluminum finish – it’s a true testament to the level of research, development and design we put in to new products. The Pro-Fab columns are purpose-built to provide drivers with a new, rigid, steering solution for race applications. And it since it bolts in using factory mounts and no other modifications are needed, installation is simpler than most think.”
Proudly made in the USA with precision laser-cut tubing and brackets, the column features sealed upper ball bearings and Delrin lower bushings for years of smooth operation, and comes with a brushed aluminum finish.
Included in the box are options to retain the factory keyed ignition switch, factory self-canceling turn signals and multifunction switch on the column, as well as to retain the column shroud to keep a stock appearance.
IDIDIT Performance also makes aluminum mounts for aftermarket dashes offered by Racepak, AEM, FuelTech, AIM, Holley Performance Products and others that work with the IDIDIT Pro-Fab column. Visit www.IDIDIT.com for more information.
Last year, the “I Did It With ididit Tour” stopped at the largest car show on the east coast: The Syracuse Nationals earlier this year. On the first morning, we strolled right to an impressive 1956 Chevy wagon. Certainly, there was an ididit steering column in it. IDIDIT was surely impressed by the car, but more so the story of the father/daughter team that built it. “These are the type of customers that we are on this tour to meet.We want to showcase amazing grassroots builders and the stories behind the incredible cars they spend their evenings and weekends restoring and building.” The father-daugher duo were awarded the limited edition I Did It With ididit Tour Allstar “Keep Building” hat after hearing the story behind the ’56 Wagon. And it is a story worth telling. We followed up with Dad; Chris and Daughter; Jerica to get the scoop behind the build. At 13 years old, Chris Hepler was building a really neat mini-bike. It’s just something boys in his neighborhood did. He sold that mini-bike to buy his first car, a 1968 Chevelle. His brother had a ’56 Chevy Bel Air and although he liked the car, he didn’t want to copy his brother. A neighbor had a ’56 Chevy wagon that looked like the right project for him. He asked for years if he could buy it to the same negative answer. The neighbor then wrecked the car on the driver’s side and still wouldn’t sell it. Then one-day, a buddy of his showed up with the car. WHAT? How did you get it? I have tried for years to buy it! His buddy said it took 4 cases of beer and 3 hours to pry it from the neighbor’s hands. After offering $500 more than he paid, his buddy finally sold it to Chris. The car was a beater. The intention was to fix the rocker and the quarter panel and drive it like it is. The front of the roof was caved in as if a car was parked on top of it. Fast-forward a couple or more dozen years, and now a family man; Chris is working in the garage on the beater he struggled for years to buy. His daughter Jerica comes in the garage asking all kinds of questions on what he is doing with the car. Ever the patient man, Chris teaches her the difference between standard and phillips head screwdrivers, socket sizing and all the important techniques of wrenching. One thing led to another and the car was getting a full makeover. The ever-inquisitive Jerica keeps asking more questions and before you know it the now 13 year old is helping him finish up this 6 year build on a beauty of a long-roof. Chris is just pleased that after having two girls, that one was interested in wrenching as much as he is. The younger daughter and mom come to the car shows with them, and Chris admits, it’s not their thing, they like to do things together when Chris and Jerica are at car shows, swap meets and other fuel fed fun. Dad finds it fascinating that she is the same age he was when he started wrenching. Now that the car is complete, Jerica is itching to get back in the garage. She points to dad’s ’66 Ford F100, saying that she could drive that soon with a bit more wrenching that is. With that she is proud to say: “I did it.” We are proud to see younger generations interested in this crazy hobby of ours.
Lightweight Mustang Race Column Now Available
Gain a weight-saving advantage with IDIDIT’s new Pro-Fab model for fast Fords.
Mustang racers can gain a weight-saving advantage with the new Pro-Fab Lightweight Steering Column for 2005-’14 Ford Mustang applications from IDIDIT Performance.
The ultra-lightweight race columns weigh as little as 3.85 pounds. When paired with an IDIDIT Performance quick-release steering hub and aftermarket lightweight steering wheel the 6.8 pound combination offers a 15.2 pound weight savings over the 22 pound factory column.
With the addition of this latest Pro Fab Mustang column, the line now includes columns for Mustangs from 79’-86’, 87’-93’ and 94’-04’.
Designed for drag, autocross, road course and off-road racing, the columns are direct factory replacements and bolt directly to the factory mounting points and factory steering shaft.
“The Pro-Fab column for 2005-’14 Mustangs is super-light and saves weight that has previously been untapped without the use of unattractive race-only options,” said Trever Cornwell of IDIDIT. “It bolts directly in place of the factory column using factory mounts, resulting in an extremely rigid steering shaft. The IDIDIT Performance Pro-Fab column has options that allow a stock appearance, as well as nearly a 20-pound weight reduction.”
Proudly made in America, the columns come equipped with an extended shaft that allows the installer to trim to fit and then pair the column with an IDIDIT Performance quick-release steering hub to adapt the column to the race car.
Features & benefits include:
• Direct bolt-in fitment requiring no modifications to the interior
• Precision laser-cut tubing and brackets for superior fit and finish
• Sealed upper ball bearing and Delrin lower bushing mean the column will operate smoothly after many years of abuse
• Ultra-lightweight aluminum tubing and brackets
• Customizable for driver fit
• Available in brushed aluminum finish
• Works well with any IDIDIT Performance quick-release steering hub with 3/4-inch smooth center (5-bolt 3/4" Smooth Kit P/N: 5010000015, 6-bolt 3/4" Smooth Kit P/N: 5010000018)
• Other accessories available include Ignition Clamp (P/N 2650000010) and Trim Clamp Ring (P/N 2650000110)
Options are also available to retain the factory keyed ignition switch on the column, as well as retain the column shroud to keep a stock appearance. IDIDIT Performance also makes aluminum mounts for aftermarket dashes from Racepak, AEM, FuelTech USA, Holley Performance Products and others.
For more information visit www.ididitinc.com.
Lightweight Dash Mounts for Pro-Fab Columns Now Available
Racers can quickly & easily install their favorite digital dashes.
Digital dashes have brought an element of personalization to many forms of racing, permitting drivers to completely customize their information displays. New lightweight dash mounts from IDIDIT Performance allow racers to use their favorite digital dash with the company’s Pro-Fab line of competition steering columns.
The ultra-lightweight aluminum dash mounts are precision laser-cut and CNC-machined, and come in a brushed finish. They slide over the steering tube, clamp on and adjust with ease for use in drag, autocross, off-road, import tuner and related racing applications. The dash mounts also mount onto 1 ¾“ or 2” tubing for those who choose to mount them directly to a roll cage or existing steering column.
Once installed the units provide a rigid mounting surface for most digital dashes, including popular offerings from Racepak, Holley Performance Products, AEM and others.
“The Pro-Fab digital dash mounts are super-light and save weight,” notes Trever Cornwell of IDIDIT. “They offer a rigid mounting surface and can be adjusted to fit the driver, then locked into place. Just like all other IDIDIT products, the Pro-Fab dash mounts are proudly made in the USA.”
Retailers can utilize the versatility of the mounts when presenting upsell opportunities such as steering wheels, quick-release steering hubs, ignition and shroud retention brackets and related products to racers.
For more information, visit www.ididitinc.com.
Our T Shirt Contest is back again by popular demand!
Back for a second year is the T-shirt design contest involving students from the graphic imaging classes at LISD Tech Center in Adrian, Michigan. Last year’s grand prize winner was Lexi Davis, who received a $1,500 scholarship and got to see her rearview mirror & fuzzy dice design used as the official logo of the event and printed on T-shirts.
Scroll through the 2019 Designs and Vote for your Favorite Below!
THIS YEAR'S DESIGNS:
IDIDIT Steers Modern Technology Into 1968 Chevy Nova
The new 1968 Chevy Nova Tilt Floor Shift Steering Column from IDIDIT is a blast from the past, built with the best of modern technology.
Tecumseh, Michigan: The Chevrolet Nova hit the streets in 1968 after a monumental redesign that featured a longer wheelbase, shorter chassis, and more shoulder and leg room inside. Fifty years later, IDIDIT, LLC offers an additional creature comfort for the legendary model with its new Tilt Floor Shift Steering Column.
The Tilt Floor Shift Steering Column for the ’68 Nova is a cleaner, sleeker version of the factory column, like many products in IDIDIT’s expansive product catalog. For additional safety, this column also is fully collapsible, in case of an impact or accident.
The column works with the Nova’s original manual gearbox, aftermarket power box, as well as new rack and pinion systems. All ‘68 Nova IDIDIT steering columns come standard with a floor mount, self-canceling turn signals, four-way flashers, wiring adapter for stock harness, and a 3⁄4-inch 36 spline lower shaft. The product is custom designed to seamlessly fit into the vehicle dash without gaps and holes.
The’68 Chevy Nova column by IDIDIT is available for purchase in three finishes, including Paintable Steel (P/N 1300680010), Chrome (P/N 1300680020), and Black Powder Coat (P/N 1300680051).
Installers will need to use a rag joint to connect to a stock box (P/N 3000053434).
For more information about the Tilt Floor Shift Steering Column line or any IDIDIT product, call the company at 517-424-0577.
IDIDIT Finds Solution for Age-Old Steering Problem
Sidestep annoying and awkward u-joint angles with IDIDIT’s versatile new product.
Tecumseh, Michigan: The research & development team at IDIDIT, LLC has formulated a modern solution for an age-old steering problem.
The awkward angles and tight spacing around the steering shaft and on both sides of the firewall no longer has to be a nuisance. IDIDIT’s Sidestep is now available to relocate the position of the shaft. The extra space created can be repurposed under the hood for added horsepower, or in the cab for more leg room.
The IDIDIT Sidestep is an all-billet piece constructed out of aircraft grade aluminum and is ideal for custom hot rods, race cars and restoration jobs. The Sidestep measures 3-inches wide and 2-inches deep (not including splines), with 3⁄4-36 spline output shafts and the choice between 8-, 10-, 12, or 16-inch lengths, and is available in raw machined or polished finishes.
The IDIDIT Sidestep also features a double roller chain and withstands 10X OEM failure load for safety, based on IDIDIT’s in-house engineering testing. The IDIDIT Sidestep is now available in raw machined or polished finish.
For further information, call IDIDIT at 517-424-0577 or email email@example.com.
IDIDIT, LLC Purchases Schroeder Steering
Tecumseh, Michigan: IDIDIT, LLC, a company celebrating more than 30 years manufacturing aftermarket steering solutions, has purchased Schroeder Steering as it positions itself for another record-breaking sales year in 2019.
Schroeder Steering is a California-based manufacturer of quick release steering hubs and steering boxes. The early 2018 acquisition included all inventory, machines, castings, molds, prints, specifications, and original tooling owned by Schroeder – along with 75 years of manufacturing knowledge to be implemented at IDIDIT, LLC’s Tecumseh, Michigan facility. IDIDIT was also given immediate full and exclusive authorization to continue the production of the quick release and steering box products by Gary Schroeder, founder of Schroeder Steering.
New SFI-certified IDIDIT Performance Quick Release Steering Hubs are already in production and available through IDIDIT. The company is now beginning production of the new IDIDIT Performance Steering Box – based on the proven engineering of Schroeder’s original design. They are expected to be available for purchase in Q2 of 2019. Customers who have already purchased the Schroeder Steering box can contact IDIDIT for technical questions and assistance.
“Since we have the inventory and tooling in-house, we are able to tear down, inspect and repair any original Schroeder steering box.” Trever Cornwell of IDIDIT said.
If a customer owns a Schroeder steering box that has been involved in a collision, or is suspected of having damage, they can send the steering box to IDIDIT for inspection. For an inspection fee of $100, the IDIDIT team will tear it down and check for damage. If a repair is needed an estimate will be provided. If the customer authorizes the repair, the inspection fee will be applied to those repair costs. If no repairs are necessary, the fee will cover costs of reassembly and shipping back to the customer.
For more information on the IDIDIT Performance Quick Release Steering Hubs, IDIDIT Performance Steering Boxes, or the repair of the Schroeder Steering Box, please contact the IDIDIT Sales Staff at 517-424-0577, or to view information on all IDIDIT products to meet your steering needs visit the IDIDIT website at www.ididit.com.
ididit’s annual car show and open house sends summer off in style
More than 400 vehicles on display at its annual event
After a summer on the road searching for the top builds and builders across the country with the I Did It with ididit Tour, the company celebrated the best in its own backyard Sept. 15 at the annual ididit Car Show & Open House.
An end-of-season tradition since 1991, the event featured facility tours, free NSRA safety checks, music, food and fun, capped off by a car show packed with more than 400 registered vehicles gleaming in the late summer sun. This year’s car show was the first to be open to any year vehicle, adding two new categories for 1988 and newer trucks and 1980 and newer cars.
“We want to thank everyone who came out to this year’s ididit Car Show & Open House,” said Stacey Discher of ididit. “Builders use our products every day in some of the coolest classics and customs around, and we love having the chance to welcome customers and enthusiasts to our facility to share in the fun.”
While impressive cars and trucks could be found at every turn, some shone brighter than the rest as judges handed out Best of Show awards in eight categories:
BEST RESTORATION Bob Glaspie Saline, Michigan 1969 Plymouth Road Runner
BEST STREET ROD 1948 & OLDER Brent Mitchell Findlay, Ohio 1938 Chevrolet Pickup
BEST TRUCK 1948-’66 Tim Sandys Maumee, Ohio 1960 Chevrolet El Camino
BEST TRUCK 1967-’87 Greg Griewahn Adrian, Michigan 1970 Chevrolet C10
BEST TRUCK 1988 & NEWER Brad Murray Adrian, Michigan 1990 Chevrolet Blazer
BEST CAR – 1949-’64 Skip Nagypaul Riga, Michigan 1953 Buick Super
BEST CAR 1965-’79 Bill Marterstich Adrian, Michigan 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
BEST CAR 1980 & NEWER Russell Weid Chelsea, Michigan 2013 Black Chevrolet Corvette
New this year was a T-shirt design contest among graphic imaging students at LISD Tech Center in Adrian, Michigan. Grand prize winner Lexi Davis was there to collect a $1,500 scholarship and see her rearview mirror & fuzzy dice design used as the official logo of the event.
A way to thank customers for their support and allow owners one last opportunity to drive and display their hot rods before winter, the ididit Car Show & Open House is held annually rain or shine, and now open to all vehicle makes, models and years.
BREAK IT DOWN
Quality, innovation on display in ididit’s updated line of collapsible columns.
TECUMSEH, MICHIGAN: When quality meets innovation, hot rodders and racers are the winners. Such is the case with steering company ididit’s newly updated line of collapsible columns. Quality comes with the use of Delrin® shear pins that offer improved resistance to fatigue and wear.
Often used in bushings and other components, acetal plastic—commonly known by the brand name Delrin®—is a thermoplastic polymer manufactured by the polymerization of formaldehyde. Innovation comes from a new inner-workings design developed by ididit engineers that features shift tube improvements and additional perforations for double the amount of column collapsibility over previous models.
For drivers of custom cars and racers, it simply means a safer steering column in case of an accident. “ididit is constantly researching ways to improve our products,” according to Peter Hathaway, company engineer.
“The recent upgrades to our collapsible columns mean greater peace of mind for hot rodders and racers should they ever experience a front-end impact.” Hathaway explains that rigorous testing of sample shafts showed the Delrin® pins provided dimensional stability, high toughness and fatigue resistance across a wide temperature range, and withstood exposure to solvents, water, oils and other petroleum products.
After researching, developing and building prototypes using Delrin® pins to replace the steel “roll-pin” style shear pin being used in ididit collapsible columns, the engineering team sent the newly-designed columns to third-party testing company Elements to be evaluated for collapsibility under compression in a displacement versus load scenario.
After testing, the shafts built with Delrin® pins showed no discernible loss due to fatigue cycling, and the shafts built with double Delrin® pins were ultimately selected to replace the current design, as the peak loads required for collapse were deemed safe while still maintaining structural integrity and robustness to withstand the rigors of shipping and installation.
After completing testing, ididit’s engineering team conducted an impact test simulating the testing standards used by the United States (and many other countries around the world). A 75-pound weight was dropped from a height of 15 feet to simulate a torso impacting the steering wheel at 15 miles-per-hour.
After implementing a new double-tube shaft design featuring additional perforations, the column collapsed over 7 inches, a significant difference that increases driver safety, both on the track and on the street.
“We’re excited to immediately offer this upgraded design on our complete line of retrofit collapsible columns, including the Pro-Lite line, as well as tilt shift and floor shift models,” Hathaway added. “Any vehicle that came with a collapsible column from the factory—we build a collapsible column for that application, and now one that’s safer than ever.”
All ididit collapsible columns are now manufactured with Delrin® pins and they utilize the new double-shaft design. ididit’s continued efforts to innovate and design new and better-performing products has again resulted in a superior and safer steering solution for drivers and racers.
ididit announces SEMA 2018 surprise
Custom Chevelle to be in ididit booth – the first-ever SEMA vehicle for the 31-year-old company
Mitch Kelly and the team at Kelly and Son are hard at work on a project to remember—one that’s a prime example of the great work grassroots builders produce every day that deserves to be celebrated. This particular 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle is slated to be the first-ever vehicle to appear in ididit’s Hot Rod Alley booth at the 2018 SEMA Show. And, although it’s only the fourth project the Bellflower, California shop has tackled, Kelly knows it needs to be special.
“I’ve been to SEMA a couple of times and to have a car right there down the middle of the show—I know how prestigious it is,” Kelly says. “We’re pretty excited."
Such enthusiasm is typical of passionate builders across the country who turn wrenches not for a paycheck, but because it’s what they love to do. Recognizing their talent and dedication is the idea behind steering company ididit’s inaugural I Did It With ididit Tour, which has been stopping at grassroots races and car events across the country this summer in search of not only the best vehicles, but the up-and-coming builders that are the backbone of the aftermarket industry.
The company’s message is clear: Keep Building.
“The tour is part of our dedication to showcasing grassroots builders who continue to keep building in the face of challenges,” says Ted Keating of ididit. Kelly is the perfect representative of the type of builder the I Did It With ididit Tour was created to celebrate. Having made a name for himself and his shop painting semi-trucks, he’s now adding project cars to his resume. More than halfway through the ididit build, Kelly reveals the Chevelle won’t necessarily reflect the shop’s signature style, forgoing lots of chrome and shine for a more subdued black-and-painted appearance. “The paint job will be flashy,” he reveals, “but we’re not doing any bling on this one.”
That doesn’t mean it won’t make a bold statement, however. The Chevelle has already undergone more than 500 hours of sheet metal work and boasts subtle styling enhancements including 1970 Impala headlight buckets and a custom grille. The goal is for a traditional-yet-enhanced Chevelle look—piloted via a tilt steering column from ididit, of course.
“The car’s been dropped, lowered and tucked,” Kelly notes. “Everything from the back to the front is all flowing. We really like the direction it’s going.”
A plug-and-play Pace Performance 525-ci engine approaching 600 hp, powered by a FiTech induction system, will drive the TREMEC transmission and Currie Enterprises rear end. The Chevelle will roll on American Racing wheels and Toyo Tires. Along with the ididit tilt column, other upgrades will include: Wilwood brakes with hidden master cylinder, Eddie Motorsports hinges, KICKER stereo system, Ron Francis Wiring harness, a custom interior, and bedliner material in place of undercoating. Approaching the Oct. 30 opening of the SEMA Show, Kelly says the build is progressing as planned—if he can keep from messing with it, that is.
“We’re ahead of schedule, but every time I turn around, I’m making something new and hard on myself.” Still, Kelly and the crew recently bolted on the wheels and tires and rolled the base metal car out into the sunshine for an inspection. “We sat there for probably an hour saying, ‘I think I like it,’” he says with a smile.
The hope is that show-goers will, too, when they visit ididit’s SEMA booth #22989.
“We invite everyone at the show to stop by and see the finished product,” Keating says. “We have never had a project car in our booth before, but I know that the team at Kelly and Son are hard at work building a project to remember. You won’t want to miss this one.”
Meanwhile, builders and fans are encouraged to follow the I Did It With ididit tour at @ididitsteering on Instagram and track the #ididitwithididit hashtag on social media for updates, photos and videos. Builders and enthusiasts who make it out to a tour stop should be sure to tag the company, as fans at each event will receive an I Did It With ididit Tour takeaway.
It’s Car Show Time!
Downtown Tecumseh is the place to be again this summer to see the area’s coolest classic vehicles. ididit returns as a sponsor of the 2018 Tecumseh Classic Car & Bike Show Series.
Held the third Thursday of each month from May to September, the event features hot rods, classics and customs on display at the Old National Bank, 205 E. Chicago Blvd., and adjacent downtown parking lot.
“We are proud to once again support our hometown’s Classic Car & Bike Show Series,” said Stacey Discher of ididit. “We have been sponsoring this show since its inception, and we love it! It’s a great way to bring the community together while showing off some sweet rides.”
Special recognition plaques will be awarded each month, and Michigan International Speedway will have its pace car to the May, June and July events. Registration is free, but organizers request participants bring canned goods and non-perishable food items to be distributed by local service clubs.
Show dates are May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16 and Sept. 20. Check-in is 5:30-7 p.m. at Gregory’s Barber Shop, 201 E. Chicago Blvd., and display times are 6-8 p.m. Sponsors include: ididit, Old National Bank, Avery Oil and Basil Boys Restaurant. For more information, please call (517) 424-6555.
New date, still great! The highly anticipated annual ididit Car Show & Open House will be here before we know it, September 16th! Featuring the best hot rods, street rods, sports cars and custom trucks from Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Now open to any vehicle 1985 & older. We are accepting Pre-Registration now! Head on over to the Car Show & Open House page for more information about this years show (we have lots of great new stuff in store) and download the registration form. We'll see you all on September 16th!
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The hot rods, street rods, muscle cars, sports cars and trucks that line up for the highly-anticipated annual ididit Car Show & Open House never disappoint. The 30-year old company’s car show is a favorite event for enthusiasts from throughout Michigan and the Great Lakes Region.
Michigan weather isn’t always as consistent as the quality of vehicles on display. Slated for the first week in October, ididit’s Car Show & Open House has weathered snow, rain and cold temperatures in recent years. In order to dodge the weather, the company decided to move this year’s car show to September 16th, 2017.
“The date for the 2017 car show may have changed,” Megan Lunsford from ididit said. “But we will continue to showcase the best custom cars from the region, as well as provide our neighbors a chance to tour our manufacturing facility and win great prizes. We are proud to be an integral part of the Tecumseh community and our annual car show and open house is a way for us to show our gratitude to the place we all call home.”
ididit’s 2017 Car Show & Open House is free for all, and will feature the car show, vendor exhibits, giveaways and more.
Registration for the 2017 ididit Car Show & Open House opens in May.
For Immediate Release: Only with ididit: New ignition systems allow drivers to customize more than ever
ididit has released their new id. IGNITION SYSTEMS package which allows customers to create a truly unique driving experience.
The id.CLASSIC, id.PUSH, id.PUSH+ and id.TOUCH ignition systems are the result of ididit’s continued dedication to providing innovative and dependable products to all car enthusiasts, from the sportsman racer to the restorer.
Choose id.CLASSIC keyed ignition to add style and function to your tilt steering column. Or add id.PUSH for a modern twist.
id.PUSH is perfect for the sportsman racer who just needs to hop in the cockpit, push and go. This system is as easy as it gets, one simple push and you’re on your way. Or upgrade to the id.PUSH+ system, which features the same technology of the id.PUSH system with the added security of a key FOB and a system status indicator.
But for those looking for the most elite keyless system on the market, ididit offers the id.TOUCH system, which features a touch-sensitive button start as well as key FOB with four programmable channels. Additionally, multi-color interactive LED lights signal what mode is in use.
To learn more about ididit’s new game-changing id.IGNITION SYSTEMS, go to ididitinc.com/idIgnitionSystems or call 517-424-0577.
We took home the gold! We won the 2016 SEMA Show's Best New Street Rod/Custom Car Product with our new 40 Ford special edition steering column. We are so excited and honored to win this prestigious award. Thank you!!
Sponsored by ididit, the Shootout will be contested at the 18th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals Saturday, Oct. 1
Santa Ana, Calif. (Sept. 21, 2016) — NMRA officials are proud to announce one of the wildest street car shootouts in decades! The ididit Outlaw True Street Shootout is coming to the Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals in Bowling Green, KY on Oct. 1. Running exclusively during the famous NMRA Grudge Night and sponsored by ididit, the steering column specialists, the Outlaw True Street Shootout will be a stand-alone event in addition to the grudge match-ups. The concept is simple and it will bring out some of the quickest, off-the-hook street Fords, with all types of power plants including LS-powered Mustangs. If they're legal under the Grudge Night rules, they can run in the Outlaw True Street Shootout.
“ididit is making a big splash in the drag market with our new Pro Lite steering column for the sportsman racers that require column accessory features. It’s very exciting to sponsor this new specialty class and be involved with ProMedia Events,” said Bud Keating, General Manager at ididit. “The NMRA World Finals is the biggest Ford race of the year and we are looking forward to being a part of the Blue Oval action!”
The rules are simple — any Ford body or Ford-powered racecar can jump into the action and must roll on a pair of 275/28x10.5-wide DOT tires. Yes, you read that correctly…LS-powered Mustangs are more than acceptable, as Grudge Night has allowed those types of cars all season long.
Like QA1 True Street racers, ididit Outlaw True Street Shootout competitors will perform a 30-mile cruise on the street to prove they are legit street rides, but that's where the similarities stop! Once back at the track, all shootout competitors will draw names from a hat for elimination-round pairings. The format is 1/8-mile and No Time will be in effect, though competitors will get their half of the time slip. The rear suspension rules are stock-style setups or ladder bars, while the front requires the typical bolt-in style K-members and a stock firewall.
“We’ve watched similar classes like this go down at other events and the types of cars showing up are certainly what we want to attract to NMRA Grudge Night,” said Rollie Miller, general manager of the NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Drag Racing Series. "The winner will walk away with $2,500 while the runner-up will pocket a cool $750 and both semifinalists receive $100, making it a very lucrative one-night affair."
Any racer who competes in QA1 True Street and completes that challenge doesn’t have to perform a second 30-mile cruise and can jump into the action for the cost of the ididit Outlaw True Street entry fee.
Miller continued, “We’re excited to bring this new category to NMRA and help enhance the Grudge Night. Our goal is to get as many Mustang and Ford enthusiasts participating at our events and this is one more reason for them to make the trip to Beech Bend Raceway September 29 to October 2.”
Here is a complete breakdown of the rules: http://www.nmradigital.com/dl/rules/ots.pdf
Presented by Keystone Automotive, the NMRA All-Ford World Finals features insane heads-up Street Outlaws, Renegades, Coyote Modifieds and much more as champions are crowned in Bowling Green! Stay late on Saturday for the special after-hours NMRA Grudge Night where the fastest street racers, including Boosted GT and Mike Murillo, will take each other on… street race style… for big money and bragging rights! The NMRA World Finals also features the largest manufacturers midway of the year, the huge UPR Products All-Ford car show, and special race classes including Outlaw True Street and the Terminator/GT500, EcoBoost, Turbo Coyote and Stick Shift Shootouts.
The NMRA All-Ford World Finals is the must attend event for any Ford fan or racer and it takes place at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, September 29 - October 2. For more information visit www.NMRAdigital.com/KY or call 714-444-2426.
ididit won big at the 2016 NSRA Street Rod Nationals! We took home the Best New Product in the $201-1,000 category for our new ’40 Ford Special Edition steering column (be on the look out for the official release soon.) Thanks to the entire crew at ididit for all their hard work and creativity.