The concept and principle of the combustion engine is the same today as it was upon its inception a century ago. A fuel and air mixture is compressed by a piston and subsequently ignited by the detonation of the spark plug. When the piston is at top-dead-center, the chamber is at its smallest dimension; this is the time when the fuel/air mixture is at its most unstable condition and ready to be ignited. The better the combustion chamber is designed, the better the engine “breathes;” that is, the more efficient the overall flow of air through the engine. While the initial steam engines were actually fairly powerful, they couldn’t overcome the power and convenience of the combustion engines, which have remained the standard in automotive applications since the early 1900s. Today, the principle behind combustion engines is the same as it ever was, save for the obvious modern updates that have happened over time, thanks to technology and engineering which have only improved the concept in terms of efficiency and reliability.

Thanks to these modern technological advances, the concept of “low and slow” has been all but forgotten by the current generation of enthusiasts who seem to prefer an “all show, all go” mentality.” Regrettably, it’s been over ten years since our first engine/SEMA shot graced the cover of Lowrider Magazine, and in those days, very few of us were attempting to build these crossover-styled engines. Thankfully, we educated ourselves with this feature back in 1998 and we’ve never looked back, taking the bull by the horns to educate you guys in the essentials of engine building. We’ve done our best to showcase the finest and latest in engine builds and techniques, bringing our readers everything from the addition of the classic 235 to classic bombs to today’s LS engine transplants. General Motors has taken note to classic auto builder needs and introduced their E-rod engines; which are designed to give enthusiasts maximum performance while complying with the smog laws currently implemented in all of the states.

Other aftermarket manufacturers have also seen the importance and popularity of the LS family of engines and have been working around the clock to bring the consumer all of the product needs that come with these engines. Some of these needs include motor mounts, oil pans, intakes, bolt kits, and even the serpentine systems that are being incorporated into these engine builds. We used to think that dressing up your engine meant sacrificing performance, but thanks to these modern innovations, that isn’t the case. Beyond the conventional accessories that these engines require, builders can also add other tricks like valve train upgrades that feature rolling lifter, cam-and-rockers setups that push these engines to the extreme.

From the proper lube to the latest engine accessories available for your classic, this guide will be sure to touch upon every subject under your hood. Picking the right combination of accessories can really dress up your engine compartment, but should also provide bolt-on power and give your car a little extra go for your money. If you want to look good under the hood or just want to go fast with a few bolt-on performance products, this guide should help you to design the perfect set up for your dream machine.

1. The Tru-Ram design is the result of “Speedy” Bill Smith’s
years of hands-on experience, and dyno tests prove that it
produces as much horsepower as a conventional tube header.
Unlike steel tube headers, however, Tru-Rams do not generate
excessive heat or noise, making them ideal for street rods and
custom cars. To learn more about Tru-Ram manifolds visit them
online at:

2. Hooker Street Rod/Universal SUPER COMPETITION Headers are great for custom car, truck, or street rod where a special fit tuned SUPER COMPETITION header is not available. These Headers come available in chrome, high heat resistant black paint or Hookers Metallic Ceramic Thermal Barrier Coating. To learn more about this and other Hooker Headers log onto:

3. It’s all about
character at CFR
and that’s why
they are featuring the
complete pulley, bracket, and
pump kit for Chevy Small Blocks
out fitted for long water pumps.
Included within the kit are one
100 amp internal alternator, one
high volume long water pump, a
power steering pump, all three
pulleys and one crank pulley, and
finally, the necessary alternator
and power steering brackets.
The complete billet aluminum
kit is available in either a tough
machined finish, or a mirror-like
chrome coating. To learn more

4. CFR Performance direct fit
radiators are an exact replacement
for 1959-72 Chevy Impala
radiators and feature an allaluminum
construction with a
cross-flow cooling design. The
radiator is constructed with
an aluminum two-row furnace
brazed core with one-inch tubes,
comparable to a four-core radiator.
The Impala direct fit radiator
is also available in a polished
finish (HZ-5972-POL), or with
built-in automatic transmission
cooling lines (HZ-5972-AT). To
learn more about this and other
CFR radiators, log onto:

5. Proform Performance/ Lose
some weight and gain 40-50%
more cranking power with this
high-torque LS starter (#66273)
from Proform® Parts. Designed
to fit the LS1, LS2, LS6 and LS7
engines, this 100% new starter
is approved by all leading sanctioning
organizations for competition.
The high-output 12V,
1.4 KW motor spins over faster
than stock starters, providing
the dependability you need. The
starter features 3.75:1 sealed
gear-reduction drive and full ball
bearing construction. Shims to
set the pinion gear engagement
(when necessary) are
included. Proform Parts
has a comprehensive line of
internal and external engine
parts, dress up kits, engine building
tools and more! Preview all
their inexpensive products at:

6. Lokar’s Eliminator Floor Mount
Throttle Pedal is designed with
the Signature Lokar Quality
you have come to expect. The
pedal eliminates routing cables
through the firewall and comes
equipped with a billet aluminum
splined adjustable shaft and
stainless steel “under-the-floor”
cable-mounting bracket. Order
48-inch cable for LS1 Ramjet
and Vortec applications. To learn
more about this and other Lokar
products, visit them on the web

7. Every Lowrider knows that
when it comes to valve covers,
appearance is king. When it
came to design a custom valve
cover for the ultra-bad Edelbrock
crate motor, the Victor series
valve cover was born. Manufactured
of die-cast aluminum, the
Edelbrock Victor valve covers
are coated with a textured black
powder coating. Applications are
available for small-block Ford,
small-block Chevy (standard and
center-bolt), and big-block Chevy.
Complimentary black breathers
and air-cleaners are also available
(sold separately). Log onto: to learn more
about this and other Edelbrock

8. Lokar has partnered with
Williams Controls, the world
leader in heavy-duty electronic
throttle pedals to introduce the
first programmable electronic
throttle pedal (Drive- By- Wire)
for the automotive aftermarket.
These include a programmable
Non-Contact (Solid State) halle
fiect sensor for most GM, Ford,
and Mopar applications. With a
splined pedal arm for versatile
mounting, and all-metal construction
featuring aluminum
and stainless steel, these boast
3 times the performance over
standard OEM pedals. These are
sensor programmed on the pedal
to optimize electrical output for
quick throttle response (No pedal
lag). To learn more about this and
other Lokar products, visit them
on the web at:

[1] 1. The Tru-Ram design is the result of “Speedy” Bill Smith’s years of hands-on experience, and dyno tests prove that it produces as much horsepower as a conventional tube header. Unlike steel tube headers, however, Tru-Rams do not generate excessive heat or noise, making them ideal for street rods and custom cars. To learn more about Tru-Ram manifolds visit them online at:

9. Accessories Platinum Series
SuperCool Water Pumps feature
new, lightweight aluminum
castings that provide up to 50%
in weight savings over cast-iron
pumps and use a nickel plated,
non-corroding, low cavitation
impeller that provides 30% more
coolant flow resulting in temperature
drops of up to 20 degrees
Fahrenheit. The Platinum series
pumps feature heavy duty ball/
roller bearings, center shaft and
seals for maximum dependability,
and a spin-balanced fan hub
assembly to sustain high horsepower,
high RPM engines. Available
in chrome plated, polished
aluminum or as cast finishes,
these water pumps are perfect
for all custom vehicles including
street rods, street machines,
race cars, tow vehicles and boats.
For additional information or
to obtain a catalog, visit:

10. Derale Performance re-Introduces
their popular Transmission
Cooling Pans. Boasting new tooling,
and features such as a heatdissipating
black finish, 1/8-inch
NPT temperature sender port
and drain plug with a stronger
magnet and rubber/steel washer,
these pans fit a wide variety of
applications. These beauties are
available for many popular GM,
Ford and Chrysler transmissions.
To read more about Derale Performance
go to:

11. MJB Engineering manufactures
custom high flow billet aluminum oval
air cleaners. They feature lifetime
K&N filters and all stainless steel
hardware. These air cleaners fit any
size, from one to eight carbs or stacks,
depending on size allotment, and are
constructed from 6061T6 aluminum
plate. LB series models work with
Holley Dominators or with vacuum
secondaries, while the RB series
is optimum for use with Holleys,
Edelbrock (Carters) and Rochesters.
Custom series’ are also designed for
multiple carbs, Webers, Hilborns, and
many other possibilities! These are
very eye-catching with your choice of
polished or un-polished finish, and are
made in the U.S.A. by MJB Engineering,
in business since 1978. Contact:
MJB Engineering on the web at:

12. Lokar’s Billet Aluminum Throttle/
Kickdown Cable Mounting Bracket
for Edelbrock four-Barrel Carburetors
Features. CNC machined from 6061-T6
billet aluminum for strength and
style. These are bracket designed to
fit single or dual quad carbs to allow
for easy installation of Lokar Throttle
Cable and Kickdown kits. Recommended
by Edelbrock, these attach to both
rear carb bolts to eliminate bracket
movement. To learn more about this
and other Lokar products visit them
on the web at:

13. Holley/ GM’s popular LS engines
are finding their way into a large
variety of vehicles. Unfortunately,
the factory LS pans don’t always fit
or they hang too low for today’s hot
rods. Holley’s new LS Retro–fit Engine
Oil Pan is designed to help! It provides
maximum clearance to the chassis and
ground, plus provides an OEM fitment
for durability and proper sealing. To
learn more about this and other Holley

14. Proform/Specialty Auto Parts,
Inc. manufacturers many high quality
parts for GM Performance Parts. In
keeping with that superior quality
level, these extruded aluminum roller
pivot, roller tip rocker arms (#67097)
fit perfectly for your small-block
Chevrolet. They are available in 1.5
and 1.6 ratios for 3/8 and 7/16-inch
studs, and are designed to provide
rigidity and strength for street or strip
use. These Proform rockers reduce
internal friction and increase horsepower.
Each set contains 16 extruded
aluminum roller rockers and 16 poly
locks. Proform has an extensive line
of internal and external Chevy engine
parts, engine building tools, street
and race carburetors and engine dress
up kits. Visit:
to preview their complete line of
inexpensive quality parts.

[1] 1. The Tru-Ram design is the result of “Speedy” Bill Smith’s years of hands-on experience, and dyno tests prove that it produces as much horsepower as a conventional tube header. Unlike steel tube headers, however, Tru-Rams do not generate excessive heat or noise, making them ideal for street rods and custom cars. To learn more about Tru-Ram manifolds visit them online at:

15. Edelbrock’s LS conversion kits are
engineered to install an LS1 take out
or crate motor into 1968-72 GM A-body
applications. The #6754 conversion
kit includes motor-mount conversion
adapters, full-length headers,
and header-back exhaust system
with x-pipe. The motor-mounts are
manufactured from half-inch steel
and zinc coated for protection; grade
eight hardware is also included. The
true dual header-back exhaust is
manufactured of mandrel bent 409
stainless steel for unrestricted fiow
and includes an x-pipe. Two Edelbrock
SDT 2.5-inch muflers and two threeinch
polished 304 stainless steel tips
finish of this system, yielding sound,
style and performance. Log onto: to learn more about this
and other Edelbrock products.

16. Mark7 Radiators/ This radiator has
been specifically made for this application,
and features dual 1.25-inch cores,
capable of cooling up to 750-dynoed
horsepower in 100-degree weather.
All Mark 7 Radiators are custom made
for your specific application; they are
not of the shelf units. You supply the
specifications on your engine, transmission,
etc., and in approximately
three weeks, the big brown truck delivers
your aluminum jewelry. Custom
shrouds are also available. Visit: for more information.
Cool down your hot ride today!

17. Flex-A-Lite’s newest line of Low
Profile Dual S-Blade fan systems can
provide the maximum cooling you
need for a limited space. Each model
comes in its own shroud and features
dual 12-1/8-inch diameter fans featuring
Flex-A-Lite’s strong and eficient
S-Blade design. The dual fan systems
flow 2500 CFM of air and are available
in “push” or “pull” applications. The
Dual Low Profile S-Blade fan systems
measure 15-1/2” X 26-1/4” X 2-5/8” and
easily attach through your radiator’s
core. The Dual Low Profile S-Blade fan
models #410 and #420 are “pull” design,
while the #430 and #440 models
are “push” designs. Both the #410 and
#430 models come with an adjustable
thermostat, AC relay, and Flex-A-Lite’s
VSC Variable Speed Control, that
monitors coolant temperature and
adjusts the fan speed to match cooling
demand. For more information please
visit Flex-A-Lite at:

18. Mast Motorsports/ Swapping an
LS engine into your favorite hot rod or
muscle car just got a lot easier thanks
to the new revolutionary LS conversion
oil pan from Mast Motorsports.
Like the OEM LS oil pan, Mast’s LS
conversion oil pan is manufactured
from rugged cast aluminum and a
thick pan rail maintains the oil pan
steadying it for durability. The short
front pan depth and optimum sump
depth balances oil capacity while
fitting virtually any chassis. Log onto: to learn more
about this and other Mast Motorsport

19. Edelbrock’s new LS Series Coil
Covers are a great way to dress up the
LS1 in your Corvette, F-Body, street
rod, or muscle car. These Coil Covers
are a center bolt style design and will
fit 1999 and later LS1/LS6 center bolt
valve covers with GM coils #12558948
or aftermarket replacement equivalent.
Log onto:
to learn more about this and other
Edelbrock products

20. ARP Fasteners/ ARP stainless
steel cylinder head bolts will help to
give your engine those final details
without sacrificing the strength of the
bolts. To learn more about these and
other ARP products, surf the web at: