In this month’s engine tech, we stopped by Dave’s Golden West, of Westminster, CA., and picked up a used 5.3 engine. This engine originally came in a fuel injected version from the manufacturer and is now widely being considered “the next small block 350” by the aftermarket community. This is mostly due to the reliability, performance, and availability of the engine.

With all that said, you still have Chevy enthusiasts who refuse to embrace the LS family for one simple reason; they were brought up on carburetors and electronic fuel injection is simply too complicated. Today’s tech will help bridge the gap between both worlds as we take a newer engine and retro fit it with a more common carb application as manufacturers like Holley lead the way in this form of LS technology.

Holley has created intakes that will mount traditional carburetors on them, making it easier to work on your engine. Now follow along, as we take our junkyard jewel and outfit it with a Holley carb system that will help connect the gap between old and new.
Dave’s Golden West

1. Holley carburetion ready to be installed.

2. The stock fuel injection intake was removed as we prepared to have a new intake replace it.

3. The new dual quad Holley intake was installed with ease.

4. With the new gasket and clean surface, the Holley intake was ready to be bolted down.

5. Much like traditional small block intakes, this intake was torqued down using a cross pattern that started from the inside out.

6. The intake received a set of stainless carb studs from ARP.

7. The new gasket will help prevent any air leaks when the carb is bolted on. A good tip is to always replace the gasket when you remove the carb as sometimes you can create a leak by using the same gasket.

8. The carbs went on and were ready to be plumbed.

9. When you see dual carbs, you probably think that they might not be efficient, but the truth of the matter is that they are jetted so low that together they will give you the same performance as a single carb but even run much more efficiently.

10. We used Energy Suspension motor mounts on the Holley LS motor mount brackets.

11. For spark, we added these MSD coils. The coils are controlled by a control module that will disperse spark evenly.

12. To allow the engine to breathe, we used a set of Hooker exhaust manifolds that allowed the carbs to run more efficiently.

Protecting your tool investments

In this month’s Lowrider Garage “Tip of the month” sponsored by Lucas Oil Products, we suggest some advise on lubrication to protect your air tools from the damages of water caused by air compressors. Most air tool manufacturers will tell you that you should regularly lube your air tools.

Condensation in the airline and water contamination in your air tools can have terrible effects on the performance and life of the tool. The good news is that it doesn’t take much time or effort to keep your air tools lubricated, and with regular maintenance you will be amazed at how much more efficient the tool can be with a little proper T-L-C.

We know that water inside air tools does not mix very well and is usually the common problem that occurs shortening the lifespan of your favorite tools. Oil manufactures like Lucas Oil have developed air tool lubricants that are long lasting and super slick to allow your tools to run easier and much longer.

Lucas Air Tool Lubricant is a unique formula that was developed for the working professional who demands top performance. It combats rust, varnish and coats the working parts with a cushion of waterproof lubricants that resist blowout. That means it lubes the tool and not the floor. Effective maintenance of your air tools can prevent lockup and stalling, significantly increasing tool life and maintaining peak performance over the life of your tool.

1. Install and maintain an in-line combination Air Filter/ Lubricator / Regulator system. This system will efficiently clean and lubricate the air traveling through your air delivery system.

2. Some manufacturers recommend that you lube your air tools regularly. Once in the morning, afternoon and once more before your done with your work. This helps prevent condensation, which causes rust.

3. It is also extremely important that you don’t over-oil your tools. Over-oiling can cause nearly as much damage as under-oiling, rendering the tool’s innards sludgy and under-performing. So remember, despite the need to oil your air tools often (every day or with every use) they never require more than a few tiny drops to stay lubed.

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