Each month in “From the Hood” we bring you one of the sport’s hottest-looking engine compartments. The section will highlight an engine that has been customized and hooked up with performance parts as well as cosmetic components. From The Hood will be broken down to include performance parts, pulleys and brackets, engine compartments, induction and ignition systems.

This month, we feature Oscar Nunez’ ’56 Chevy Bel Air, cruising out of Paramount, California, with SouthSide C.C. Well, Oscar is back at it again. This time, he built a Bel Air convertible that has been catching the attention of both hot-rodders and lowriders alike with its mix of both styles. Whatever style, it’s a magnificent showpiece.

Oscar has built cars with all types of engine setups, from stock to custom. In fact, Oscar built one of the first lowriders with a dual-quad carburetor. This setup was featured in his ’64 Chevy Impala dubbed “Orange Nightmare.” This time, Oscar stepped up his game with this LS engine that was transplanted into this tri-five vehicle.

The Bel Air convertible was completely gone through like most of the cars that Oscar builds. The car was hooked up with a new engine from Street and Performance that was dressed with all of the “bells and whistles.” The oxygen sensors and throttle body were tuned for the smog-exempt vehicle. The engine also came with the correct motor mounts that would be needed to bolt the engine into the car. Once everything was test fit, the engine was painted candy orange to match the exterior of the vehicle.

The Lowrider Man tips his hat to Oscar for putting out another clean ride. We look forward to seeing what he cooks up next. If you feel that you have an engine that might meet the From The Hood standard, or if you have a question, feel free to submit an image or your question to saul.vargas@primedia.com.