This month, we stopped at CFR Performance out of Ontario, CA., a place that has everything we need to dress up our small block. After talking to Harry and Don, they showed us the latest pulley system that they designed for the small block, and please take notice, as this is a complete kit for your engine. Our new system will include AC, which is perfect if you are also planning on keeping the original Ac system in your build. Another advantage of the kit is that the power steering pump sits low enough that it is tucked out of the way of the frame. CFR Performance made sure this kit came equipped with everything that you will need, from the pulleys and brackets, to the new chrome water pump, Ac compressor, power steering pump and alternator. With that said, we prepared to install our new Cfr engine bracket and pulley kit.

1. This freshly rebuilt and painted small block was ready to have its pulleys added on.

2. With such an elegant color, the chrome will really stand out as you can see from the few CFR parts that were already attached.

3. The CFR pulley system will have everything that you need to get the engine running.

4. The harmonic balancer needed to be pressed back onto the crank before anything was attached to the engine. This was going to serve as the starting point for all of the alignments that needed to be done.

5. The painted balancer received a touch of chrome, as a chrome balancer cover was slipped onto it.

6. To make sure that there were no leaks, the water pump received the gaskets before the pump was bolted on.

7. After the silicone on the gaskets dried, the water pump was bolted on.

8. The 3-groove chrome crank pulley was the first one to be bolted. This pulley will allow us to add AC and power steering to our vehicle.

9. To assure that the pulleys stayed in place, we used ARP bolts.

10. When the water pump pulley attaches to the water pump, you might have to shim it up so your pulleys line up. Every engine is different; so depending on your harmonic balancer and the amount of the water pump bearings that are pressed in, you can determine how many shims, if any, are needed.

11. In our case, the pulley lined up perfect and didn’t need any shims.

12. We added our billet pulley to the alternator.

13. We pre-assembled the alternator bracket.

14. Using an Allen wrench set, the bracket was bolted on to the head.

15. The CFR chrome alternator was attached.

16. We moved onto the AC bracket. This bracket will bolt onto the head and the water pump.

17. The new AC pump will line up as soon as the two bolts and nuts are lined up.

18. The AC compressor lined up with out any problems. The compressor also received a chrome cover.

19. This engine was quickly coming together but needed a few things to wrap it up.

20. With the pulley necessities bolted on, it was time to add power steering to allow the car to turn easily in tight situations.

21. We started by having the V-belt pulley pressed onto the power steering.

22. The power steering pump and bracket bolted on without an issue.

23. This CFR pulley kit allowed us a couple of options as the power steering pump can have a remote reservoir or in this case add a fluid reservoir to the pump. We also had to add a 1/2-inch spacer to the pump to make sure that the pulleys lined up.

24. With everything on, all we had left was to go to our local auto parts store and buy our belts that were going to be needed.

25. After a couple of trips, the belts were on and this CFR engine pulley kit was ready to be cranked over!

Tech Tip of the Month
Lucas Oil Tool Box Buddy

In this May Issue of Lowrider Garage, the Lucas Oil “Tip of the month” series introduces you to the Tool Box Buddy. This aerosol lubricant product can be used on nuts, bolts, hinges, bearings, guns, fishing reels, sliding doors, motorcycle chains and a thousand other shop and home uses where other products just aren’t quick to work or good enough to break loose some things up.

Key Benefits

  • Designed to dissolve corrosion and rust without drying
  • Provides a microscopic film that rust proofs for up to a year inside or out
  • Great protection against water, even salt water
  • Low odor
  • Fortified with anti-seize agents
  • Hand held can is easy to use. Sprays anywhere, even upside down
  • Contains no chlorine or fluorocarbons

We recently used it on a complete tear down of a restoration vehicle which had rusted bolts in all the hard angle places we needed to get to and everything came loose making our job easier and saving us a lot of time.

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