You’ve heard us talk about how manufacturers are beginning to produce more and more parts for the LS market, and the SEMA show this year was further proof. At the convention, we got to experience it firsthand, as different manufacturers brought out all new parts for the popular series of LS V-8 engines from GM. One look and it is easy to see why these are rapidly becoming one of the auto market’s favorite modification tools as they fit into to most platforms.

While at the show, we stopped off at the Restomod Air booth and got to check out some of their cool accessories for their A/C systems. Once there, we quickly realized that their billet drive kit was a must-have item for us, and we decided to use it for one of our LS conversions. Restomod Air uses the best materials, which yields both a perfect finish and an easy install. Restomod’s systems are the only truly custom aftermarket car A/C systems that provide both ultimate style and killer performance.

With everyone focusing on the LS1 platform, we wanted to make sure we didn’t have to modify much. At the end of the day, this kit was one of the kits that didn’t need many adjustments or modifications to get it to work properly on our truck engine. Once we are done, no one will ever know if this engine is a real LS or a clone. Now, let us show you how we test-fitted a restomod billet drive pulley kit on our 5.3 engine.

<strong>1</strong>. This restomod air drive belt kit was designed with some of the industry's best components.<strong>2</strong>. This low-mileage 5.3 engine block had been tested and was ready for us to mock up the restomod pulley system.<strong>3</strong>. We added a little lube to the harmonic balancer base and slipped it onto the crankshaft.<strong>4</strong>. The two-piece ATI harmonic balancer was the first part to be added onto our engine.<strong>5</strong>. This kit was ready to go onto our engine.<strong>6</strong>. Make sure to use an anti-seize on the water pump studs. This will keep the studs from locking up on the engine block.<strong>7</strong>. The anti-seize worked as a lube and the water pump studs screwed right on.<strong>8</strong>. The Edelbrock high flow water pump serves as one of the main components to the pulley system.<strong>9</strong>. The studs were tightened down. They also work as mounting brackets to the custom plates which hold the accessories to the engine.<strong>10</strong>. This bracket holds the rear A/C pump in place.<strong>11</strong>. The A/C compressor plate went on loosely and will be tightened once it is all reassembled.<strong>12</strong>. The Sanden compressor bolted on with ease.<strong>13</strong>. The compressor needed to be dressed up. We used a billet cover that will tie in all the billet pulleys.<strong>14</strong>. The alternator bracket was bolted on. When adding it to the engine, leave it snug until the alternator is on.<strong>15</strong>. With both brackets on, we were ready to move onto the water pump pulley.<strong>16</strong>. The water pump pulley went on smoothly.<strong>17</strong>. The crankshaft pulley bolted right up and was held in place with the ARP harmonic balancer bolt.<strong>18</strong>.The last bracket to go onto the block was the power steering bracket.<strong>19</strong>. Depending on the block you're using, you might have to build a bracket-to-adaptor as we did for our engine. This was why we did a mock up of the system before continuing.<strong>20</strong>. The billet power steering pump bolted up to the base plate.<strong>21</strong>. With all of the components in place, it was time to add the Gates serpentine belt.<strong>22</strong>. The tensioner was secure and ready for its custom cover.<strong>23</strong>. As you can see, even the tensioner looked good.<strong>24</strong>. After a couple of hours of bolting on the Restomod kit, it was ready to be torqued down to our specs.

Tech Tip of the Month

Lucas Dot 3 Brake Fluid

In this issue of Lowrider Garage, we decided to bring you a tip involving Lucas’ DOT 3 Brake Fluid. This Lucas brake fluid is a high quality blend of polyethylene glycol ethers and additives, which meet or exceed the industry minimum dry boiling point of 401. It meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 116 and SAE J1703 specifications. Lucas DOT 3 Brake Fluid is recommended for use in both disc and drum brake systems, as well as clutch systems which call for this type of product.

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