Dressing up your engine compartment can make any dream project more stylish. We took this Impala and decided to give it some cool character by adding a CFR A/C pump and brackets to the already chromed-out engine. This classic Impala’s firewall had been shaved and the factory A/C system had been eliminated; leaving the car ready for an under-dash setup that will do the same work in half of the space the original required.

With summer around the corner, we were ready to add an A/C system to our vehicle. The under-dash systems all usually work well, and carry similar price points. If you are on a budget, like we were on this build, this A/C system is the way to go. We had already purchased the chrome setup and decided to add the compressor and brackets. This install will save you several hundred dollars in engine components, as most front-runner style systems start off at two-thousand dollars and work their way up in price from there.

In the future, we will add an under-dash kit that will modernize the A/C system. For now, let us show you how to add the A/C brackets to your engine and get it that much closer to a full A/C system in your lowrider!

<strong>1</strong>.We were ready to upgrade our pulley system. Depending on your engine, its needs and available space will dictate what you can run for accessories.<strong>2</strong>. We lucked out, as this new small block crate engine had modern heads, which will allow us to bolt on our CFR Performance A/C bracket to the head, ensuring a good mount.<strong>3</strong>. The A/C pump and brackets were ready to be bolted on.<strong>4</strong>. We started off by bolting on our belt tensioner.<strong>5</strong>. The assembled CFR pump and bracket was bolted onto the head and water pump.<strong>6</strong>. Our new V-belt was routed onto the compressor and pulleys.<strong>7</strong>. The tensioners were bolted onto the compressor and will be adjusted, giving the belt the right tension.<strong>8</strong>. We finished up in a couple of hours.<strong>9</strong>. As you can see, adding the A/C compressor dressed up our small block engine and engine compartment.

Tech Tip of the Month

U-Turns made easy right here

When it’s time to check your engine compartment fluids, or even when you here a noise when you steer your car for a turn, then is when you realize that you need power steering fluid poured into your reservoir. Make sure to use one of the many products Lucas’ Oil has to offer, especially when it comes to power steering fluid.

In this month’s Lowrider Garage “Tip of the month” we introduce the Lucas power steering fluid with added conditioners that are formulated with the finest base oils and special Lucas additives that out performs all others, providing you with a smooth, quiet operation while conditioning your power steering pumps seals to prevent leaks.

Key Benefits

  • Improves steering response and feel

  • Extends life of pumps, rack and pinion gears, seals, cylinders and valves

  • Compatible with tall power steering systems and fluids, petroleum or synthetic

  • Stops fading and foaming in high performance situations

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