Basic tune-ups on classic cars have not changed much over the years. As the technology gets better, we do find that certain aspects of the tune-up don’t have to happen as often as they did in the past. Regardless, a tune-up should not be overlooked, as other than changing your oil, a tune-up is the most important thing you can do for your vehicle. This will help to keep your Lowrider running as smoothly as possible and will allow you to get the most life out of your engine.

The old rule on plugs was that they needed to be replaced about every 7,000 miles, but with today’s technologies; you can go up to 100,000 miles before having to replace them. Performing a basic tune-up to your ride is not rocket science either ― you can do it with minimal effort and a dedicated afternoon of sweat.

Here are the items you should focus on when performing a basic tune-up: spark plugs and plug wires, distributer cap and rotor, air filter and fuel filter, and an oxygen sensor, depending on whether your engine is a carbureted or an Efi system. Once you have completed everything on your basic tune-up checklist and topped all of your fluids off, your vehicle should be running as good as new. Now follow along, as we tackle this basic tune and get our Lowrider ready to hit boulevard!

1. The tune-up line up.

2. Our engine was ready to be tuned up.

3. After breaking our engine in with Lucas oil, we changed out the oil on the engine and topped it off using the same Lucas brand synthetic oil.

4. You should always check your fluids and make sure that you’re topped off. Doing so will help you to know if your engine is leaking, or in some cases, burning excessive oil.

5. Engine coolant is key for any engine to function properly. To make sure that your car is not running without coolant, check the coolant level only when the engine is cooled and the radiator has no pressure from the heat, as it can cause major burns!

6. The AC Delco plugs were removed.

7. As you can see, this car was running a bit rich and needed to have these spark plugs replaced.

8. After gapping the E3 plugs, they were ready to be installed. With a double spark, these plugs will help the engine run well. To find out the right plug gap, you can ask your local parts store.

9. With most sparkplug changes, it’s recommended to change out the cap and rotor on the distributor.

10. After painting the distributor cap to match, we bolted it back on the HEI distributor.

11. When the cap is back on, you take one plug wire off at a time, so you do not cross them and get a misfire.

12. After running your spark plug wire, make sure that your spark plug wire clips on to assure that the car is getting the full spark.

13. A clean element will keep the carb running well. After inspecting this air cleaner, it was ready to be bolted back on.

14. Tightening down the air cleaner will keep unwanted dirt from getting sucked into the carburetor.

15. After a couple of hours of work, this engine was ready to hit the boulevard!

Lucas Octane Booster

In this month’s Lowrider Garage “Tip of the month” series we talk about Lucas’ Lucas Octane Booster. Octane boost is an easy way to help your engine run better. The higher the octane number, the more compression the fuel can withstand before detonating. In broad terms, fuels with a higher octane rating are used in high-compression engines that generally have higher performance. Use of gasoline with low octane numbers may lead to the problem of engine knocking. The Lucas octane booster in a bottle will help get rid of the unwanted knocking.

The Lucas Octane Booster has been tested and proven to deliver three times more boost than most other brands. Lucas Octane Booster is a Genuine Performance Enhancer! Tested and proven to deliver three times more boost than most other brands. It’s safe for turbos, oxygen sensors and catalytic converters. Stops knocks, and raises Mpg in high compression engines.

One 15 oz. bottle treats up to 25 gallons of fuel. Not street legal. Safe for any gasoline engine.

Key Benefits

1. Safe for turbos, oxygen sensors and catalytic converters.

2. Suitable for use in fuel injected and carbureted engines.

3. Provides more boost than most other brands.

4. Promotes clean fuel burn for fewer emissions.

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