We’ve been touting the LS as the next big thing for the past few years and this month’s Tech focus is further proof that this platform isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. We are going to show you how to install MSD’s Atomic fuel management system for the LS marketplace. This kit was designed to be a plug–and–play system that eliminates the OEM harness and computer that operates the engine!

When we stopped off at Ultimate Restorations of Norco, California, we took advantage of the opportunity to watch them wire up a ’60 Impala for one of their customers. This shop has several installs under their belt and they have been the LS authority within the lowriding community. With LS style engines being the core focus of the company’s services, the team at Ultimate made the install look that much easier. Much like the MSD videos, the install was done within a few hours, and was actually a pretty straightforward project. I was pleasantly surprised and it made me want to see an average car builder try their hand at handling one of these installs.

For the future, MSD is working on a system that will also be able to control any electronic computer. Keep their name in mind and keep checking with them, or wait to see us install the system in a future issue of LRM for more info. For now, follow along as Ultimate Restorations installs this kit onto an LS1.

<strong>1</strong>. This '60 Impala was ready to be worked on.<strong>2</strong>. The MSD LS Atomic came in one package.<strong>3</strong>. This is the core of the system, which included the fuel rails, computer, and controller.<strong>4</strong>. This system has all the wiring that you might possibly need.<strong>5</strong>. As you can see from the MSD fuel rail, it is pre-wired and all you will need to do is plug into the part of the wiring that is left on the engine.<strong>6</strong>. The fuel rail was dropped into place.<strong>7</strong>. While installing the fuel rail, you will also need to plug in the coils to the harness attached to the fuel rail.<strong>8</strong>. With the fuel rail in place, the coil covers were added to the vehicle.<strong>9</strong>. MSD's kit comes with a black hose but we opted to install a crimped steel braided fuel hose.<strong>10</strong>. After hand tightening the fuel hose, we followed up by tightening the fitting with a wrench.<strong>11</strong>. The slick MSD fuel rail covers were added to the car.<strong>12</strong>. The throttle body had sensors, which needed to be connected to the MSD system.<strong>13</strong>. The cables are labeled, so it makes it easy to plug into the system.<strong>14</strong>. In seconds, we had the throttle body wired.<strong>15</strong>. The same process was repeated with the bottom sensor.<strong>16</strong>. You will need to install an oxygen sensor that came with the kit.<strong>17</strong>. The power supply and wiring comes with plugs on both sides. This allows you to run the wiring through the firewall and just plug it into both sides.<strong>18</strong>. The MSD computer was mounted and plugged in.<strong>19</strong>. Once you power the system, it will take a moment to answer a few questions through the controller.<strong>20</strong>. This system was now ready to crank over.<strong>21</strong>. So with a few hours of work, this Impala was updated to the platform's modern technology.<strong>22</strong>. We were ready to roll.

Lucas Oil’s “Very Cool” Tech Tip of the Month

Super Coolant

In this month’s Lowrider Garage “Tech Tip of the month” series we reveal the significance of Lucas’ High Performance Super Coolant. The Lucas Super Coolant has been scientifically formulated to provide the ultimate protection in automotive and racing cooling systems. It protects the entire system from rust, corrosion and electrolysis including aluminum.

Their unique formula prevents deposits that can cause overheating, and has been proven to reduce coolant temperatures up to 20°F. Lower cylinder head temperatures means advanced ignition and more horsepower.


Lower cylinder head temps.
Allow advanced ignition, timing and more horsepower.
Reduce operating temperatures by up to 20°.
Prevents corrosion, electrolytes and deposits that cause leaks, overheating, and cooling system failures.


For street vehicles requiring freeze protection, add one bottle to their 50/50 mix. For racing and high performance applications, add two bottles to straight water coolant for maximum temperature reduction.

One bottle treats 12-20 quarts of a 50/50 water antifreeze mix. Two bottles are required for straight water coolant. For passenger cars, light trucks and SUV’s use every 30,000 miles. For racing applications use every race as needed.

To learn more about this and other Lucas Oil Products and their features, please log onto www.lucasoil.com.

Special thanks to Ultimate Restorations