We are always talking about what's next after you're done with your lowrider. The fact is that our cars take so long to build, mostly because of money situations, that by the time we're done, we already want to redo the vehicle. If we were to perpetually tear down our cars and redo them, constantly trying to keep up with the Joneses, our cars would never get done. Most of us opt to add or make some changes to our vehicles. Engine compartments have come a long way in the last 10 years as there are different parts that will allow you to dress up your engine to your liking without major downtime.
We caught up with this '61 Chevy Impala that had been dressed up with some chrome and billet parts under the hood. It had a decent compartment, but after enjoying the car, the owner wanted to change it up and get back into the game. We suggested changing out the old V-belt style pulleys and stock brackets. This simple upgrade is something that can be done in a few hours and it will dramatically change your engine compartment, giving you style, efficiency and performance at the same time. With so many different serpentine kits and brackets available, we went back to our friends at March Performance who told us to try their new mid-mount serpentine kit.
The March Performance mid-mount kit incorporates a combination bracket that provides a compact and strong mounting for the alternator and air conditioning unit. The addition of an idler provides excellent belt wrap around the alternator and A/C compressor pulleys for no slippage during operation. The unit replaces your low-performance V-belts, pulleys and brackets while retaining your standard rotation water pump. March Performance boasts that it's also simple to bolt on and it eliminates belt throwing.
These kits fit most mid- and full-size cars from the early 1950s and up. Before purchasing a serpentine kit you should look at your clearance issues; you should check the water pump nose to radiator clearance. Long water pumps extend out 8 inches from the engine block, not including the clearance for mechanical or electric fans. Now follow along as we make over the engine compartment in this classic Impala using March Performance's latest serpentine kit.