Upgrading your engine’s look and components will always be a key aspect of any great build, so for this month’s Tech column, we will be discussing the mock up process of our Chevrolet small-block engine. This is a process that does not go smoothly without a little planning, so we highly recommend test-fitting your components before installing them. This is something that we usually do to an extent, but for this EFI build-up, we took it step-by-step to show you what we did in order to upgrade our fuelie small block.
We started off by contacting Summit Racing and ordering our Holley Stealth Ram Fuel Injection kit. Once the parts arrived, we sent a few pieces out to the chrome shop before we started the mock up. This allowed us to get a jump-start on the chroming process; especially with all of the details we are going to be adding to the engine. Now follow along, as we mock up our small-block 350.

Tech Project

1. Getting ready to wrench.

2. We used our Summit Racing engine hoist plate.

3. The first thing to do was get our engine on an engine stand to allow us to work on it more freely.

4. Before getting started, we degreased the engine block using Armor All’s heavy duty cleaner and degreaser.

5. When taking an engine apart, you might have to use pry bars to break the parts loose.

6. The harmonic balancer was removed to allow us to check the engine’s internals.

7. We are not using the stock heads as we are upgrading the engine with Holley aluminum heads.

8. The pistons on this engine were good, so we can now send the engine to the machine shop.

9. The heads needed to be bolted on to allow the rest of the parts to be fitted.

10. With both of the Holley heads on the engine block, the rest of the accessories are going to be bolted on.

11. The Proform timing chain was going to be the first chrome piece that will be added onto the small block.

12. To make sure that the engine was going to be getting enough oil, we added a 6-quart Milodon oil pan.

13. When adding different oil pans, you need to make sure that you add one that will clear the oil pan.

14. For reliability, we added Energy Suspension chrome motor mounts.

15. The Holley Stealth Ram intake was added to the engine.

16. The air box was added to the intake.

17. The mock up was done, so now we can make our list of parts that we are going to need.

18. You are going to need an adjustable or swivel water neck.

19. We are going to need a throttle body.

20. The injectors used should be based off of the horsepower that the engine is going to produce. In our case, we are building a reliable cruiser; so regular injectors will be used.

21. You are going to need a 3/8 fuel lines to feed the injection system.

22. We are going to be using a MSD distributor; we are also going to need fittings for the vacuums.

23. This Holley engine was ready to be sent out to the machine shop.

Tech Tip Of The Month

Long Live The Transmission

In this month’s Lowrider Garage “Tip of the month” series we discuss longevity within our Transmissions. Lucas Oil produces an Automatic Transmission Fluid Conditioner for your car. It’s really simple as all you need to do is add one bottle at the time of your regular Trans fluid change. If you own a car with a larger transmission size besides the norm, you might need to use two bottles.

Formulated with the finest base oils and special Lucas additives package, Lucas Oil’s Automatic Transmission Fluid Conditioner is designed to Prevent slipping and leaks that provide a smooth, quiet operation while conditioning your inner seals to extend the life of the transmission.

Key Benefits

  • Improves shifting
  • Reduces noise and shudder
  • Compatible with all ATF fluids, conventional and synthetic
  • Extends fluid life
  • Applicable use in new and older transmission
  • Usage will not void new car warranty
  • Extends automatic transmission life

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