Volume I, Issue 2, Page 39

Parking your ride because a coolant leak led to the engine overheating is one of those things that fits appropriately into the “Why did this have to happen to me now” category.  Of course, sitting on the side of the road waiting for the tow truck to show up is the added aggravation you’ll have to endure as a result of that corroded water neck housing or worn out heater hose nipple.  The thing is, who ever checks those things, anyway?

The truth is we’re all aware that these things happen and that we should do regular inspections on those parts that can wear out.  And we also know all too well what occurs when we don’t, and it usually isn’t conveniently in the driveway or at our best friend’s house.  No, most often it is when we’re just a measly two miles beyond our AAA free-tow zone.  Go figure.

But, like keeping yourself in good health, a little preventative maintenance is often the best remedy for avoiding these problems.  That’s where Jeff Theobold saw a need for better fittings and nipples and in 2002 created his company, Performance Stainless Steel. 

Jeff’s firm specializes in cool fittings made from highly corrosive-resistant type 304 stainless steel.  But not only do these components do a stellar job in reducing corrosion, they also offer updated designs and look way cool, to boot.


I first saw these little stainless steel baubles a couple of years ago when I got a sample from Jeff to write a press release on.  Needless to say, I was genuinely impressed by the part and wondered why it had taken so long for someone to recognize its need in the market and make it happen.

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