We all know that guy with $10K in the paintjob—and $400 in the motor. He’s the guy who spends everything in the looks department; all the while scraping change to invest in whatever parts will keep it running.

Well, sorry to break it to you, but there’s no joy in owning any vehicle that looks good but can’t hold its own. I’m not even talking about going fast, I’m simply talking about making sure that it holds idle and can make it down the boulevard and back. That said, we’re pleased to announce a recent collaboration with BluePrint Engines, and we’ve released a motor that can hold its own when it comes performance and looks.

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Why Did We Team Up With Blueprint Engines?

We teamed up with BluePrint Engines to create a motor that will suit the needs of our core customers. A reliable, heavy breathing performance engine and this new collaboration comes in two formats, which are both based on the legendary GM350 platform.

At LOWRIDER, much like the art of lowriding itself, we hold loyal to tradition and history, and that’s exactly what BluePrint Engines brings to the table. The company was started 20 years ago in a small garage in Central Nebraska. What started as a passion for speed turned into a hobby, then a job, and finally a career. In short, the founder built one engine at a time for his friends and neighbors, and bit by bit his business and reputation grew. Drag racers, circle track racers, and street rodders all got some of the first engines produced by BluePrint Engines.

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What happened next I’m sure we can all relate to.

Babies, mortgages, and a need for financial security drove the founder to expand and his track record and business acumen created an entity, which is now known as BluePrint Engines. Today, that same company has produced over 200,000 factory replacement engines for cars and light trucks, but don’t get it twisted because they produce some of the best high-performance motors for off-road vehicles, kit cars all the way to boast, lowriders, and cruisers. In short, BluePrint Engines is large enough to build engines by the thousands, but small enough to build one just for you, and that’s exactly why we teamed up with them.

LOWRIDER x BluePrint Engines’ Collaboration Engine:

The lineup of Turnkey Crate Engines that will replace your stock engine with more power and better looks can come equipped with aluminum heads (producing 400 hp) or the other sports iron heads (producing 365 hp). The engines also vary when it comes to fuel delivery as one comes equipped with EFI (FI System) and the other is carbureted. The LOWRIDER licensed series engines come with billet engraved “Lowrider” script lettering on the valve covers, Edelbrock intake, and if you want a serpentine drive belt system then March Performance comes exclusive for your order. Please see below for the breakdown of each motor:

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GM350, Aluminum Heads
400 hp, 410 lb-ft, EFI Series
LOWRIDER Signature series valve covers
Optional March Performance Serpentine Kit

GM350, Iron Heads
365 hp, 400 lb-ft, Carb
LOWRIDER Signature series valve covers
Optional March Performance Serpentine Kit

The upcoming issues of LOWRIDER will feature exclusive tech articles on the engine swap of a 1965 Chevrolet Impala. We will show you how easily you can replace your old, worn-out engine and how these crate engine truly are compatible to your existing engine mounts, transmission, manifold exhaust, and starter.

These engine lines will provide the looks you want and the reliability you demand!

BluePrint/LOWRIDER engines are dyno-tested and shipped with the results. All you have to do is turn the key.

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Axalta Coating Systems Paint Tip of the Month

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The Perfect Match

For all of you collision and custom car painters out there, when all is said and done, a real good painter is the one who can color match. For instance, even though Axalta has state-of-the-art color tools to help their customers like the EFX camera, color chips, and the Axalta speed light, it always comes down to the color theory of having a good eye for it yourself. After all, your eyes make the decision in the final finish of knowing when to and how much to tint a color. When you go outside to gauge a color in the sunlight, for instance, the best time of the day to match a color outside is around 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is when the sun illuminates any color on the color wheel. This will give the painter the ability to see the whole spectrum. A painter must do a spray out with the right air pressure and distance to get the correct visual color application for the naked eye. Once the painter has achieved the final and last step he should clear the spray out panel and let it dry with Axalta’s speed clears to keep the process moving along. From there the painter can take the spray out card and place it inside the Axalta color chip magnet, which will allow him to walk around the vehicle and look at all the angles so he can be completely satisfied with the color match he is about to spray on the vehicle. These Axalta tips should help all painters become more successful in their daily endeavors of painting.