Lowrider http://www.lowrider.com Ultimate Source of Lowrider Cars, Bikes & Arte Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:00:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 LSX Concepts A/C Bracket System Install – Coolin’ Out http://www.lowrider.com/uncategorized/lsx-concepts-ac-bracket-system-install-coolin-out/ http://www.lowrider.com/uncategorized/lsx-concepts-ac-bracket-system-install-coolin-out/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:00:47 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=185225 While there’s plenty of room an LS, the stock mounting location for an A/C compressor will most likely interfere with your frame. To answer this problem, LSX Concepts has an easy-to-install, high-mount A/C bracket system.

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If you perform an LS swap in an older classic it may look like you’ve got plenty of room, but dig a little deeper and you just may encounter problems-especially if you’re planning on running air conditioning. While there’s plenty of room all around the motor, the stock mounting location for an A/C compressor (which is on the bottom) will most likely interfere with your frame.

To address and answer that problem, LSX Concepts has engineered an easy-to-install, high-mount A/C bracket system.

This simple, clean, and cost-effective solution delivers correct belt alignment, factory stability, and great custom styling. Each of their brackets are water-jet profiled and CNC milled and drilled for a precision fit. Designed by a staff of racers, their brackets are made from 6061-T6 aluminum, and their kits are compatible with your junkyard LS1 or your high-dollar LS.

They are designed and engineered to fit Gen III and Gen IV small-block Chevrolet engines, including: LS1, LS2, LS3, L99, LS4, LS6, LS7, LSA, LS9, LSX, and custom-built engines using aftermarket blocks (4.8-, 5.3-, 5.7-, 6.0-, 6.2-, 7.0-liter), including standard deck and tall deck blocks (9.200 deck height up to 9.740 deck height).

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For project “Helldorado” we purchased the LSX bracket, PN 10005LSA. The kit comes pretty much complete, with the exception of your A/C compressor, as well as an eight-rib serpentine belt. The instructions included in this kit are both extensive as well easy to follow, so we suggest following their recommended steps.

For this particular tech piece, we will go over the basic steps for this install, but following the supplied instructions is really easy and highly recommended. While the installation can be done with some mechanical prowess and tools, we opted to have Jessie at Custom Dimensions install the unit.

Before we begin here’s a few tips:

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1. Before removing anything, snap some pictures with your phone to note the original hose and belt routing. This may come in handy if you decided to remove the kit.

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2. Do not install the pulley onto the tensioner until instructed to do so.

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3. You can install the tensioner puck four different ways but use the one recommended in your instructions.

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4. Test-fit all parts before applying Loctite to the tensioner bolt.

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5. Do NOT remove the tensioner without removing the idler pulley.

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6. Have a torque wrench handy to make sure that you have all the bolts correctly tightened.

Special Note:
If you are installing this unit on a lowrider, and find that the A/C compressor runs close to the hydraulic cylinders, be sure to cycle your cylinders to make sure that they do not rub on the A/C compressor when fully lifted or laid. As for us, our install did NOT require the shaving of the A/C bolt tabs. This was a complete bolt-on unit.

With that done and out of the way, here are the basic steps required to install this kit:

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1. For starters, begin by removing the intake or any other engine components that may interfere with access to your pulleys and belts. For this particular install we began by removing the engine cover as well as the AIRAID intake system.

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2. Begin by pulling back the spring-loaded tensioner pulley to remove pressure from the belt.

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3. From there remove the belt and the remove the two tensioners and the idler. Once those have been taken off, remove the idler bracket.

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4. Assemble the LSX front and rear brackets as shown in the diagram and keep all the bolts loose. For this step you will also be using the pulley from the Corvette tensioner.

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5. Once complete, attach the bracket assembly to the passenger side cylinder head.

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6. Attach the A/C compressor.

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7. Torque all 10mm bolts to 25 lb-ft

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8. Install serpentine belt.

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9. Attach all necessary lines, charge the system, and enjoy the chilled air.

Monthly Tech Tip

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This month’s Axalta Paint Tip is for all you painters who don’t have the convenience of a spray booth heater or are just plain impatient to get to the final paint finish results. Axalta LE 5600 productive “air dry” clearcoat is a special clearcoat that you can use without needing heat from a spray booth. There are a lot of painters out there who don’t have the comfort of baking capabilities and if you do happen to have those comforts this is something that will help you save on your gas bill over a longevity of time. Other benefits from this clearcoat product is that the dry time is amazing as well as being dust free in just 10 minutes. You can also sand and polish your finished product in just two hours. It’s pretty simple to cover too as you spray it out of a 1.2 to 1.4 spray gun tip size. Spray two medium wet coats continuously without flash time on multiple panels. This will help you prevent less dirt trapping between coats. This clear can be used especially for collision repair shops or custom shops. Right after two hours of clearcoat applications on multiple laid-out patterns of color, you can smooth down the hard lines with 800- to 1,500-grit sand paper. To get the job done quality quick, get your hands on Axalta LE 5600 Clearcoat.

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For more technical advice please feel free to contact Axalta’s product specialist Steven Chaparro at steven.c.chaparro@axaltacs.com.

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Battery Reviews – The Shocking Truth http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/aftermarket-parts/1603-battery-reviews/ http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/aftermarket-parts/1603-battery-reviews/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:00:23 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=185069 Take a look and see if there’s room for one (or more) of these batteries in your car or truck.

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Lowriders practically have to become battery experts by default. Most of us aren’t running single batteries in our cars or trucks. With the amount of power required to run hydraulics, airbags, big stereos, and the rest of our setup, usually one battery just won’t do the trick. So, aside from finding room in our cars to stuff all those components, we also have the tricky task of stashing several batteries somewhere cleanly and accessible enough to charge and route the cabling out of. Most of the time our engine bays aren’t conducive to more than one battery, so we have to find new ways to mount multiple batteries, and anyone who has worked with typical lead acid batteries knows that this is a tough proposition.

For one, lead acid batteries leak, even when they’re right-side up. After spending thousands on paint, upholstery, and everything else, we don’t want to take chances on corrosion occurring in areas our friends and judges will see. So what’s the best course of action? Here we’ve selected an assortment of batteries to help you make the right decision for your project. The good folks at Optima make batteries we tend to think are some of the best on the market and decided to stack up two of their top sellers next to a lead acid battery. We also threw in a charger since our cars often have to sit idle for indefinite amounts of time and need some help to come back to life.

Take a look and see if there’s room for one (or more) of these in your car or truck. Also, it’s recommended you disconnect batteries prior to testing them to see if they are OK or not. Vehicles that have been modified with fuel injection, high-output radios, amps, and various other accessories can hold voltage in small capacitors that can trick the battery test device.

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Make/Model
Optima Yellow Top

URL
www.optimabatteries.com

Overview
Thinking of running a variety of accessories on your car? Optima’s Yellow Top batteries deliver plenty of power for long periods of time, whether you’re out in California or in a colder state. They are conducive to repeated recharging after deep power drains. With lower internal resistance, Optima Yellow Top batteries provide consistent power and can fully recharge in one hour and continue working after 350 full discharges. Optima batteries are filled with AGM (absorbed glass mat) and are sealed, so it won’t leak and you can get creative with mounting, even doing it upside down. If your car is loaded with electronics, such as a big stereo, a hydraulic system, fuel injection, air conditioning, and so on, this is truly the battery for you. Prices and dimensions vary. You can visit www.optimabatteries.com to see which model is best for your car or call (888) 867-8462 to speak with one of their technicians about the setup you plan to use.

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Make/Model
Optima Red Top

URL
www.optimabatteries.com

Overview
If your car or truck is more of a stock configuration and may sit for long periods of time, the Optima Red Top will deliver plenty of cold cranking amps time after time. Although not intended for accessory-loaded vehicles, the Optima Red Top is leak proof, which, like the Yellow Top, gives you the opportunity to mount it in a variety of locations. It also has amazing high-power delivery and is resistant to the most common causes of battery failure. They can sit for a long time without dying, unlike conventional batteries. This maintenance-free battery also has plenty of vibration resistance and works well on motorcycles. Prices and dimensions vary. You can visit www.optimabatteries.com to see which model is best for your car or call (888) 867-8462 to speak with one of their technicians about the setup you plan to use.

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Make/Model
Optima Digital 1200 Charger

Features
Constant-on/momentary tailcap push-button switch, mode select side switch

URL
www.optimabatteries.com

Overview
Sometimes AGM batteries have gotten a bad rap because people have returned them after unsuccessfully trying to recharge them with a standard charger. This is usually because they’re using the wrong tool for the job. Not all AGM batteries like Optimas can be charged by standard chargers, so it makes sense to have a charger that can recharge AGM and wet cell batteries like the Digital 1200. Unlike standard off-the-shelf chargers, it analyzes what is needed to get a complete charge in the least amount of time. It alters how much amperage and voltage is applied to bring the battery back to a full charge. With an LCD menu and gauge, it’s simple to use. Just select the battery type by pressing the picture on the menu. Although it doesn’t provide engine start capability, it makes sense to have one of these if you buy an Optima battery since it will charge other batteries down to 1.25 V. The grips also have integrated LED work lights and it features a nifty USB charging port. At $200, it’s not cheap, but is one of the best user-interface chargers on the market.

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Make/Model
AC Delco Battery

URL
www.acdelco.com

Overview
AC Delco has been making batteries for a long time. They are standard lead acid-type batteries and very reliable if you want to go with something more traditional. Their terminal design is leak resistant and envelope separators are designed to help eliminate shorting and “corrode-through” to improve reliability and car battery life. The large reservoirs above the plates provide ample electrolyte reserve for maintenance-free performance. Both positive and negative grids are lead/calcium alloy to maximize corrosion resistance, increase cycle life, and reduce water consumption to improve battery durability. Prices vary by size. Visit www.acdelco.com for more information.

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1937 Buick Special – The Wish http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-1937-buick-special/ http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-1937-buick-special/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:00:32 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=184985 Who knew that a touring sedan could have such a special connection to a Louis Vuitton handbag?

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In 1937, Buicks and Louis Vuitton bags were special. That same year Louis’ son, Georges, died and with his death concluded the golden age of this now infamous-named brand.

No one could have imagined how a ’37 Buick Special and a handbag would cross paths decades later. You see, Noah Hipolito of Azusa, California, owned one of these four-door Touring Sedans before, but with an expectant wife he had to sell it to purchase a bigger home for his growing family. Never regretting the sale, but definitely wishing he would come across another Buick, he patiently waited for the right one.

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Years passed and Noah found himself the proud owner of L. Duran Auto Body Works in Azusa. He finally found the perfect ’37 Buick to restore and the project was a breeze to complete because the majority of the work would be done at his own shop. From the Midnight Black paintjob and multiple coats of PPG urethane clear, to the charcoal gray cloth with stitching mimicking that of its original factory specs and additional wood grain accents, it was all in the palm of his hands. Noah and crew also installed a custom Helix airbag suspension kit and complemented the look with 16-inch artilleries and Firestone whitewall tires.

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This ’37 was completed just in time for his wedding day, where he gave it to his wife, Carmen, as a wedding gift. Knowing the sacrifices her husband had made for them over the years she told him he could keep the Buick in exchange for a vintage Louis Vuitton bag. Without hesitation, Noah was off to the nearest LV store to seal the deal. “I got my Louis and still have my car,” Carmen says with a smile.

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1937 Buick Special

Vehicle Nickname
The Wish

Owner
Noah Hipolito

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Car Club
Antiques Car Club

City
Azusa, CA

Interior
L. Duran in Azusa installed a charcoal gray cloth with stitching mimicking that of its original factory specs and additional woodgrain accents.

This sports sedan featured a new creased roofline that proved to be a favorite amongst lowrider enthusiasts.

Engine
Original ’37 Buick with three-speed transmission

Body/Paint
Noah and team at L. Duran put down the Midnight Black paintjob.

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Suspension
L. Duran installed the custom Helix Airbag Suspension kit

Wheels/Tires
Painted 16-inch artilleries with Firestone wide whitewalls

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The Year In 1937

  • Safety glass in vehicle windscreens becomes mandatory in Great Britain.
  • San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opens.
  • First NFL game in Washington, D.C.; Redskins beat New York Giants 13-3.
  • Mexico nationalizes oil.
  • 1937 Buick Special comes off assembly line and represents the Antiques Car Club 78 years later.
This sports sedan featured a new creased roofline that proved to be a favorite amongst lowrider enthusiasts.
This sports sedan featured a new creased roofline that proved to be a favorite...

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Impalas Car Club San Jose Chapter Anniversary http://www.lowrider.com/lifestyle/1603-impalas-car-club-anniversary/ http://www.lowrider.com/lifestyle/1603-impalas-car-club-anniversary/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:00:27 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=184880 We’d like to thank and congratulate the Impalas Car Club and their chapters for the continued support and we wish them continued success with their family tradition.

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Robbie, Kiki, Sonny, and Bubba were high school friends who started the club in 1990. “We all had Impala cars and decided to start a club called Impalas. We used to only allow ’58-’70s but we have now opened it up to all years and styles,” Robbie explains. By 1995, Impalas had opened up a Central Coast and Sacramento chapter. Since then the club has opened a chapter in almost every city in Northern California as well as expanding out in Nevada, SoCal, Arizona, Kentucky, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oregon, and other states.

Bombs, traditionals, and even originals like this '56 Bel Air showed up to support the cause.
Bombs, traditionals, and even originals like this ’56 Bel Air showed up to...

On September 5, 2015, the Impalas San Jose chapter (aka the mother chapter) celebrated their silver anniversary at the S.E.S. Hall in Santa Clara, California. Wearing Impalas Car Club traditional black and red colors, guest from 20 other chapters began arriving at 5 p.m. Following the chicken and tri-tip dinner was the award ceremony. Doug Manville, David Rodriguez, Ed Cevedia, Matt Dearcos, Felipe Pacheco, and Sal Herrera were all recognized for their 20 years of dedication to the club. A set of Zenith Wire Wheels and a two-pump chrome setup was raffled off before everyone hit the dance floor with the live band.

We’d like to thank and congratulate the Impalas Car Club and their chapters for the continued support and we wish them continued success with their family tradition.

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1953 Chevrolet 235 Pickup – Truck of the Month http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-1953-chevrolet-235/ http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-1953-chevrolet-235/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:00:43 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=184802 While most were still riding the school bus, Richard Villanueva already had a car of his own.

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While most were stuck riding the big yellow school bus throughout high school, a few lucky students were fortunate enough to have their own set of wheels. For Richard Villanueva of El Paso, Texas, he had a car before he was even old enough to drive. At 10 years of age, Richard’s father bought him a ’53 Chevy pickup with the intentions of one day completing the build together. Driving it all through high school it was put away shortly after Richard’s enlistment into the USAF. “With my son protecting our country, I felt it was my duty to complete the project and have the truck waiting for him when he returned from his military duties,” Richard’s father says.

Old memories in a Texas '53.
Old memories in a Texas ’53.

This was no solo project though; the intention was to have the truck completed by them both and with constant updates, so with approval from Richard this project was off and running. With a rebuilt ’56 Chevy 235 with open drive and straight pipes installed it was then in the hands of Guero who would cover the interior’s original bench seat with a cream-cloth accented with original stitching. From there, a custom Helix airbag suspension was installed by longtime friend Enrique in El Paso, giving the truck complete front, back, and side-to-side action. Nacho of Car Port, also in El Paso, layered the truck with a two-stage Midnight Blue pearl paint smothered with layer after layer of PPG clearcoat, along with Raul Ortiz laying down some pinstripe lines, giving this classic its finishing touches. With the project nearing completion, some of the final items included matching 15-inch artilleries mounted onto 205/75-15 Coker Classic radial whitewall tires, along with newly chromed and polished metalwork, as well as the mandatory accessories usually found with a Chevy truck of this era, like a Fulton visor, view finder, bullet swamp cooler, and Fulton antenna topper.

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With a military career that has taken him to the Middle East and Afghanistan, Richard presently finds himself serving in Korea. In the meantime, Richard’s family will continue to honor his service by displaying the truck at local car shows and Old Memories events. Richard’s father would like to thank all the family and friends who helped along the way, but more importantly we’d like to thank you Richard for your self sacrifice and service in the military.

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1953 Chevy 235

Owner
Richard A. Villanueva

City
El Paso, Texas

We salute you and thank you for your service.
We salute you and thank you for your service.

Car Club
Old Memories Car Club in El Paso, Texas

Engine
Rebuilt ’56 Chevy 235 with open drive and straight pipes

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Upholstery
Guero covered the original bench seat with cream-colored cloth, accented with original stitching

Body/Paint
Car Port in El Paso covered the truck in a two-stage Midnight Blue pearl paint with Raul Ortiz laying down some accenting pinstripe lines

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Suspension
Custom Helix airbag suspension installed by longtime friend Enrique in El Paso

Wheels/Tires
Matching 15-inch artilleries mounted onto 205/75-15 Coker Classic radial whitewall tires

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Lowrider is Coming to the 2016 Kansas City AutoRama http://www.lowrider.com/news/1602-lowrider-is-coming-to-the-kansas-city-autorama/ http://www.lowrider.com/news/1602-lowrider-is-coming-to-the-kansas-city-autorama/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:50:06 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=184955 Lowrider Magazine is coming to Kansas City and we're bringing with us some of our best cars to show off.

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February 12-14, 2016, Lowrider Magazine is coming to the Kansas City Convention Center for the 2016 Kansas City AutoRama and we’re bringing with us the Lowrider Roadshow Truck and some of our best show vehicles which we’ll be displaying alongside some of the finest hot rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles in America.

Check out the special live concert by Count’s 77 featuring Danny “The Count” Koker from History Channel’s Counting Cars and the Summit Racing Chop Shop demonstrations.
Come on out and meet Lowrider Editor-in-Chief, Joe Ray and see his world famous Las Vegas car. They’ll be there alongside special guests: WWE superstar, Daniel Bryan, Olivia Holt of Disney’s I Didn’t Do It, and Catherine Bach of TV’s Dukes of Hazard.

Tickets at the gate are $18.00 for general admission, children 6-12 are $6.00, and children 5 and under are free. Discount tickets are available at O’reilly Auto Parts stores.

For more information on the Kansas City Autorama please visit their website here.

 

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Questions & Misconceptions About Automatic Transmissions http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/transmission-drivetrain/1603-questions-misconceptions-about-automatic-transmissions/ http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/transmission-drivetrain/1603-questions-misconceptions-about-automatic-transmissions/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:00:23 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=184736 Forget things like nuclear power, lasers, and freeze-dried ice cream. When it comes to back-engineered alien technology, the automatic transmission is a marvel of seemingly otherworldly intelligence.

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Forget things like nuclear power, lasers, and freeze-dried ice cream. When it comes to back-engineered alien technology, the automatic transmission is a marvel of seemingly otherworldly intelligence. General Motors introduced the first Hydramatic transmission in the 40 Oldsmobile. That was seven years before the Roswell incident, but who knows? Maybe flying saucers had been buzzing around Detroit the previous decade and the one that supposedly crashed in New Mexico simply burned up a couple of clutch bands in its intergalactic slushbox.

Amazingly, the basic design of the modern automatic transmission hasn’t changed much from the early Hydramatics introduced 75 years ago-and they’re still the source of confusion and apprehension among enthusiasts who view their workings and performance nuances as a black art.

There’s not enough room here to explain everything about the design, operation, and performance capabilities of automatic transmissions, but in this series of explanatory features, we answer some of the most common questions and explain the more misunderstood aspects of GM automatic transmissions and related performance features.

Don’t worry. There are no alien probes involved.

1. IS THERE A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TURBO 350 AND TURBO 400-AND WHICH ONE DO I WANT?

The Turbo 350 (top) and the Turbo 400 (bottom) are the quintessential GM automatic transmissions. Both are three-speeds, but the Turbo 400 is physically larger and designed more for the torque capacity of big-block engines.
The Turbo 350 (top) and the Turbo 400 (bottom) are the quintessential GM automatic...

They are completely different transmissions. The Turbo 400 is larger, longer, and heavier than the Turbo 350 and was designed to live behind higher-torque applications such as big-blocks. That doesn’t mean the Turbo 350 is weak in comparison. In fact, with all of the enhancements from companies such as TCI Automotive, Performance Automatic, and Hughes Performance, both transmissions can be built to match very high power levels. When it comes to picking one for your vehicle, we’ll always side with lighter and smaller whenever possible. You’ll also want to consider what type came originally equipped in the car. Changing to a Turbo 400 in an original Turbo 350 car will require mounting/crossmember modifications and likely a shorter driveshaft. If you’re worried about the ultimate strength of the transmission, consult one of the transmission specialists for upgrades.

2. WHY IS THE POWERGLIDE TRANSMISSION SO POPULAR IN DRAG RACING?

A mainstay of drag racers decades after it went out of production, the simple, durable two-speed Powerglide continues to send drag racers down the strip.
A mainstay of drag racers decades after it went out of production, the simple,...

In the high-tech 21st century, it seems antithetical that racers would rely on an archaic, two-speed automatic gearbox, but there are several good reasons: simplicity, low inertia, and versatility. The simplicity of the Powerglide makes it easier and faster to work on, while contributing to lower weight than three- and four-speed transmissions. Only two gears means less inertia is required to spin it, too, which translates into more power getting to the pavement. As for versatility, there are tons of available First gear ratios that make it easy to tailor the trans to the rest of the engine and drivetrain elements-and a big-torque engine doesn’t need numerically high gear ratios to get the car launched, so the simple Low and High gears are ideal for a quick blast down the strip.

3. WHICH IS BETTER: THE 200-4R OR THE 700-R4?

The Hydramatic 200-4R (shown) is a good swap choice, but isn't as easy to find as a 700-R4.
The Hydramatic 200-4R (shown) is a good swap choice, but isn’t as easy to find...

This is one of those questions akin to asking who in your town makes the best pizza. Everybody has an opinion and they’re not necessarily wrong. The 200-4R was introduced in 1981 and its design roots lie in the Turbo 350. In fact, its overall size and length are comparable to the TH350, which makes swapping one comparatively easy into a vehicle originally equipped with the Turbo 350. The rear crossmember has to be relocated, but the original driveshaft can be retained. The 700-R4 debuted in 1982 and was renamed 4L60 in 1990. It offers comparable performance characteristics to the 200-4R, but it’s a longer transmission and a swap into an older vehicle requires a new crossmember and a shorter driveshaft. In the 700-R4/4L60’s favor is economy of scale. They were made in the millions and for much longer than the 200-4R, so used examples are plentiful and cheap. The 200-4R is getting a little harder to find these days.

4. WHAT ABOUT THE 4L60 SERIES OVERDRIVE TRANSMISSIONS? ARE THEY BETTER THAN A 700-R4?

See #3 above. The 4L60 and the 700-R4 are the same transmission. General Motors changed the name in 1990 to 4L60 as part of a new naming convention that continues today. The 4 stands for four-speed, the L stands for longitudinal (i.e., the north/south orientation of the powertrain in a rear-drive vehicle), and 60 stands for the relative torque capacity. Some suggest pre-87 700-R4 transmissions are more problematic than later editions, but that’s not a universal belief. Higher-torque versions of the family include the 4L65E and 4L70E, which have five-pinion gearsets versus the 4L60’s four-pinion design, for enhanced strength.

5. WHAT ABOUT THE 4L80 SERIES?

Just as the 200-4R was an extension of the Turbo 350, the 4L80, which was introduced in 1991, was developed on the Turbo 400 architecture. That means it has a different case design and dimensions and is not simply a high-torque extension of the 4L60-although the families are surprisingly close in overall length and width. And like the Turbo 400, the 4L80 was designed for higher-torque applications. Consequently, it is heavier than the 4L60.

6. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 4L60 AND 4L60E-AND 4L80 AND 4L80E?

The 4L60 series is the 350 small-block of overdrive transmissions-it fits everything and is durable and economical.
The 4L60 series is the 350 small-block of overdrive transmissions-it fits everything...
The 4L80 family is the choice for big-block engines and has its roots in the Turbo 400.
The 4L80 family is the choice for big-block engines and has its roots in the Turbo...

The “E” versions of the 4L60 and 4L80 series transmissions are electronically controlled, meaning a powertrain control module directs solenoids inside the valvebody to activate the valves, compared to the completely mechanical operation of the non-E versions. Using the E versions in an older car requires a complementing controller. The E versions also use an electronic speed sensor to relay information to the speedometer. Signal converters are available to adapt the electronic output for use with conventional mechanical speedometers.

7. WHAT IS THE TRANSMISSION’S VALVEBODY?

The maze of channels in a valvebody directs fluid that controls the valve actuation for each gear change.

It is the nerve center of an automatic transmission. It’s basically a maze of channels and passages that funnel hydraulic fluid to various valves that, in turn, activate the appropriate clutch pack or band servo. Each valve has a specific job, such as activating the upshift from Second gear to Third gear, while another valve controls the downshift from Third to Second. With a computer-controlled transmission such as the 4L60E, electronically activated solenoids are mounted in the valvebody and direct fluid to the clutch packs or bands.

GM's electronically controlled transmissions take their gear-change commands from a stand-alone controller and require a separate, aftermarket converter to work with mechanical speedometers.
GM’s electronically controlled transmissions take their gear-change commands...
Shift kits basically reduce the mushy feeling built into a production transmission for smoothness, adding snap to the gear changes for a firmer, more positive feel. Reducing slippage can also prolong the transmission's life.
Shift kits basically reduce the mushy feeling built into a production transmission...
When clicking through the gears with manual control, a reverse-pattern valvebody can be more intuitive and prevent inadvertently shifting into Neutral.
When clicking through the gears with manual control, a reverse-pattern valvebody can...
A manual-control valvebody eliminates the automatic gear changes in an automatic trans-designed for the strip.
A manual-control valvebody eliminates the automatic gear changes in an automatic...

E3 Spark Plugs Monthly Tech Tip

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Replacing Old, Worn-Out Spark Plugs

For this month’s Tech Tip, the folks at E3 Spark Plugs want you to make sure that when you are changing out your plugs you use proper tools to install your spark plugs, a 5/8- or 13/16-inch spark plug socket. Also be sure that the socket is sitting correctly on the plug before applying torque. Incorrect tools or crooked tools could crack the spark plug.

Always be sure your hands are clean of grease and grime before handling your new plugs. Grease or dirt on the top of the spark can result in carbon track or flashover. What does this mean? Misfires, rough engine operation, and headaches!

When you’re done replacing your old worn-out plugs with E3 Spark Plugs, inspect all parts of the ignition system for wear or damage (spark plug wires, ignition coil, distributor cap, rotor button). If any of these components are damaged be sure to replace them or they may cause problems for your new plugs.
For any or more info on how E3 Spark Plugs DiamondFire Technology can increase performance and reduce engine emissions for your special ride, log onto www.e3sparkplugs.com.

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Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show http://www.lowrider.com/events/1603-pomona-swap-meet-classic-car-show/ http://www.lowrider.com/events/1603-pomona-swap-meet-classic-car-show/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:00:38 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=184661 Check out the largest antique auto, Corvette, Porsche, street rod, and VW swap meet on the West Coast.

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Held seven times a year at the Fairplex in Pomona, the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show is the largest antique auto, Corvette, Porsche, street rod, and Volkswagen swap meet on the West Coast. With over 15 miles worth of hard-to-find car parts, accessories, and vehicles spread out over 2,000 vendor spots, each event attracts thousands of people from all over the world to buy, sell, and trade their wares.

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More interested in the cars than finding a deal? If so, the classic car show portion of the swap meet won’t disappoint. Divided into six specialized sections: pre-’85 Classics, any-year Corvettes, any-year Porsches, pre-’59 street rods, pre-’85 Volkswagens, and pre-1985 imports the car corral area is a sea of automotive history with thousands of vehicles on display (many of which are for sale) for both bargain hunters and treasure seekers alike.

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So if you’re looking for parts and accessories, inspiration for your project car, or even your next build, chances are you can find whatever it is you’re looking for at the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show. Just make sure to bring a wagon, comfortable walking shoes, and your wallet if you plan on going because you will need them.

For more information on the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show, including the date of their next event, check out www.pomonaswapmeet.com.

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2005 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy – Heritage With Style http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-2005-harley-davidson-fat-boy/ http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-2005-harley-davidson-fat-boy/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:00:44 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=184340 A build dedicated to Brown Pride, to Latino heritage, and style

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“I remember wanting a lowrider after going through my cousin’s LOWRIDER magazine collection. This was back in the early ’80s when I was just a kid,” Gerardo Jimenez, of Modesto, California, explains. It wasn’t until the ’90s that he got his first lowrider, an ’87 Monte Carlo. “I was still a young buck back then and didn’t have enough money to invest and go all-out on it.”

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Gerardo bought this ’05 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy brand new at the Modesto Harley dealership. This time around he was grown and was financially stabled enough to go all out it. “I got the lowrider bug and I knew it was now or never,” Gerardo says. It wasn’t until 2009 that he decided to go all-out on it. “I wanted to build it with a classy flavor that makes a point but without overdoing it.” He began by tearing it down to the bare frame to have Mass Bros. powdercoat it. Kreative Koncepts in Modesto then used Axalta candy beer bottle brown to paint the bike. 4Zero8 Customs then airbrushed an eagle and snake on the fairing to represent the Mexican flag and Latina women with skulls in the ‘bags. Carlos Salas Engraving put their touch on almost every possible chrome piece on the bike. Parts were then sent out to West Coast Chrome before Modesto Customs reassembled the motor. Fine Line Upholstery in Manteca, California, stitched the seat.

“This build is dedicated to our Brown Pride, our Latino heritage, and style,” Gerardo says.

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2005 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

Owner
Gerardo Jimenez

City/State
Modesto, CA

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Nickname
Brown Pride

Engine
Harley-Davidson TC/95ci with Thunder Headers exhaust and Performance Machine air cleaner

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Body/Paint
Axalta candy beer bottle brown

Suspension
Shotgun Air Ride airbags, Performance Machine brakes

Interior
Suede and vinyl

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Sound System
Alpine deck/amplifier/front speakers and Hertz rear speakers

Wheels/Tires
21-inch Sinister Fat Daddy 50-spoke rims in the front and 16-inch in the rear with Metzler whitewall tires

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1962 Chevrolet Impala – Stylistics ’62 http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-1962-chevrolet-impala/ http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-1962-chevrolet-impala/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:00:59 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=184214 Giving a historic piece of Americana some of that lowrider flair.

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It’s 1962 and Chevrolet just released its iconic Impala, offering a newly redesigned and stylish sport coupe model. With an astonishing total production amount of 704,900, it’s no wonder they have become such treasured collector vehicles. For the Chavez family, that is exactly what this ’62 Chevrolet Impala has become.

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It had been in the family for over 13 years before being passed down to Salvador Chavez. With a lowrider history that began at the age of 16, he knew exactly how to bring this cherished family jewel back to life.

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As with most builds, first on the list was the paintjob. “There’s only one guy who I would trust with my car,” Salvador says. So after a custom Black Cherry pearl basecoat was applied, Pete of Krazy’s Kustom in Palmdale, California, laid down the intricate line work. It followed the car’s sleek body lines as well as graphics on the roof depicting the traditional Stylistic’s ribbon. From there, the task of completing the interior fell onto Ben Medina in Inglewood, California, who would blend a Midnight Black vinyl together with a two-toned combination of Crimson Red & Smoke Gray suede materials. Gangsters Kustom Trunks would carry the interior scheme into the trunk, encasing the custom two-pump chrome Hoppos hydraulic setup complete with polished hard lines and six Grey series batteries installed by Big Man Hydros in Lancaster, California. With accenting detailed engraving by Edgar Barba in place and triple gold OG wire wheels bolted on, this historic piece of America was finally ready to take a cruise … only this time with a bit of that lowrider flair.

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1962 Chevy Impala

Owner
Salvador Chavez

Nickname
Stylistics 62

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City/State
Palmdale, CA

Club
Stylistics Car Club South L.A.

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Engine
’79 Chevy small-block

Body/Paint
Pete of Krazy’s Kustom laid down intricate line work graphics depicting the traditional Stylistic’s ribbon over a Black Cherry pearl basecoat.

Interior
Ben Medina in Inglewood, California, combined a Midnight Black vinyl joined together with a two-toned combination of Crimson Red and Smoke Gray suede materials.

Ready for takeoff, the '62 Impala had some sharp body lines and style.
Ready for takeoff, the ’62 Impala had some sharp body lines and style.

Suspension
Big Man Hydros in Lancaster, California, installed custom two-pump chrome Hoppos hydraulic setup complete with polished hard lines and six Grey series batteries.

Wheels/Tires
13×7 triple gold OG wire wheels mounted onto Uniroyal whitewall radials.

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