The time is here for our annual performance guide, which we hope will help you pick the right accessories for your engine. With money not being as available as it was in the past, builders have improvised and adapted to using different engine accessories, rather than going over the top with chrome. This year the look has evolved into the “murdered out” or blacked-out look, which focuses more on matte finish than shine. This finish can still give you the detail you asked for without wiping out your savings in chrome and paint.

The engine compartments are still getting all of the essentials in today’s builds as detail is still the name of the game; however, builders are going for more of a stock look with heavy accents. Reliability is key too, so we’re seeing an influx of modern engines being dropped into classic machines, as they are becoming more obtainable and who doesn’t want fuel injection and reliability from their classic car?

With that said, aftermarket manufacturers have also seen the importance of the LS family of engines and have been working around the clock to bring the consumer all the needs that come with these engines. Everything from motor mounts to oil pans, intakes, bolt kits, and serpentine systems are being incorporated into these engines, so manufacturers are scrambling to cover these needs. Thanks to these innovations, style can be achieved without sacrificing performance. Other tricks being preformed to engines include valve train upgrades that feature rolling lifters, and cam and rockers setups that push these engines to the extreme.

For those of you that have already invested so much into your small block and can’t just switch out your engine, manufacturers like MSD have stepped up to the plate and developed fuel injection for the carbureted market that is ready to convert classic small block set ups into fuel injected engines. This is a happy medium that will allow your car to run more efficiently without having to swap out the complete engine.

From the proper Lucas lube to the latest engine accessories available for your classic, this guide will be sure to touch upon every subject under your hood. Picking the right combination of accessories can really dress up your engine compartment, but should also provide bolt-on power and give your car a little extra go for your money. So if you want to look good under the hood or just want to go fast with a few bolt-on performance products, this guide should help you out.

1. Edelbrock’s new Black Performer Series Carburetors.These new carburetors have a black powdercoated body and gold iridited linkage and hardware. The durable powdercoat gives these carburetors a protective finish that will keep them looking great for years to come. Enthusiasts can match their carburetor with Edelbrock’s black powdercoated intake manifolds, water pumps, and accessories to get a true custom look.To learn more about Edlebrock or to find a dealer near you, visit us online at www.Edelbrock.com

2. The new EZ-EFI Kits allow anyone to easily run a GM LS Gen III/IV engine and transmission outside of its original vehicle and factory controller. The Fast kits are the perfect “no headache” and “no expert required” complete solution for transplanting late-model engines into customs, street rods, muscle cars or other projects. Everything is covered, from fuel to spark and from engine through electronic transmission. The optional package stages allow you to select the right level of kit based on your individual needs. The kits are available in four different options: Engine Kits; Engine Kits with Ez-Tcutm Transmission Controller; Engine & Manifold Kits; and Engine & Manifold Kits with EZ-TCUTM Transmission Controller. The Engine Kit combines the revolutionary self-tuning Ez-Efi with the bolt-on Ximtm coil-on plug ignition to give LS applications the easiest, self-tuning electronic fuel injection system available. To learn more about this product and other Fast products log onto www.fuelairspark.com

3. Stromberg Carburetor has launched the first of a new range of ready-to-fit, solid fuel line kits for the ever-popular Genuine Stromberg 97 carburetor. Designed and manufactured exclusively by Stromberg Carburetor, the TwoStep range combines clean, simple looks with leak-free construction and simple installation. The CNC-bent 1/4inch 304 stainless steel lines provide more than enough fuel flow, even on the 3x2 manifolds. The Ford Nut compression fittings retain a traditional look and feel. And the unique stainless tee-pieces (shaped to match Stromberg linkage parts) benefit from leak-free ‘invisible’ furnace brazed joints. If you would like to learn more about this and other Stromberg Carburetors log onto www.stromberg-97.com

4. OTB Gear in Walnut, California, introduces the perfect compliment to their other high quality engine dress up items, 16 lb. and 7 lb. radiator caps. Designed to compliment OTB Gear’s air cleaners and coolant overflow bottle, they are constructed of A-356 aircraft grade aluminum and finished to a show quality shine. Their “Aero” and “Fin” radiator caps can easily be assembled to align with any finned accessory already on your engine, giving them all that unified look. Their “Sprocket” design radiator cap also comes as a 3-3/8 inch diameter gas cap. Team these up with OTB Gear’s overflow tank, and you’ll be stylin’ and smilin’. For more information and ordering, contact OTB Gear via web at www.otbgear.com.

5. The ‘59-64 X-Frame Chevrolets have always been popular as cruisers and customer requests for an Impala-specific exhaust system have not gone unheard. Designed to offer a full range of options for Impala, Biscayne or Bel Air, Flowmaster’s all-409S stainless steel Header-back system features 2.5-inch mandrel bent tubing and can be used with any of Flowmaster’s offset/offset muffler choices, including the popular HP-2 and Delta 50 Series. The Dual Outlet X-Frame Header-Back system was engineered in the Flowmaster Exhaust R&D facility using SuperFlow engine dynamometers complete with E.C.A. (engine cycle analysis) equipment and chassis dynos. The bolt-on exhaust comes with all necessary installation hardware, and can be installed as a side exit or with the optional tailpipe kit, which extends the 2.5” mandrel bent tubing to the rear of the vehicle. The system provides a substantial performance gain, and with the detailed instructions, is easily installed at home, or by a professional and with a Limited Lifetime Warranty means you’ll never need to buy another exhaust for your full-size Chevy. www.flowmastermufflers.com

6. Holley’s GM LS Retrofit Engine Oil Pan lets you install an LS engine in a variety of GM muscle car and truck chassis. It’s the only LS retrofit oil pan with OEM fitment, oil filter mounting, oil cooler port provision, NVH suppression, flange gasket and sealing, and bellhousing attachments. The pans are manufactured from high-quality cast aluminum and include a sump baffle, oil pump pickup tube, sump plug, oil filter stud, and oil passage cover. This pan fits all 4.8L-6.0L GM LS-series engines in 1955-87 GM cars and trucks. To learn more about this and other Holley products visit them on line at www.holley.com

7. MSD’s Atomic EFI has been designed by Msd to replace outdated carburetors and to eliminate the hassle and frustration of tuning, gunked up bowls and jets, and rough running engines. Thanks to the great technology in the Atomic, you will never again need to worry about any of these. Instead, start the engine and go for an afternoon cruise like you wanted to. Unlike other Efi options, the Atomic makes installation easy enough that you can do it in your own garage. The Atomic is designed so that installation will take less than a weekend. The unit needs only two external sensors so there is barely any wiring required. The self-learning system adjusts the tune automatically to make the most of your engine. Take off your carb, put on the Atomic, enjoy your ride. Best of all, the Atomic walks a fine line in automotive beauty between modern technology and classic design so that it is sure to look great under your hood! To learn more about this system log onto www.msdignition.com

8. Trick Flow Specialties have developed a carbureted intake manifold for the small block Chevy. The Trick Flow StreetBurner Carbureted Intake Manifold for 1955-86 Chevy 265-400 Small Block. The precision Cnc-machined manifold is crafted from A319 aluminum and has integral bosses for nitrous nozzles and extra material for custom port work. The dual plane design has high-flow individual runners for increased torque, while the air space below the plenum works to keep the air/fuel mixture cooler for additional power. Perfect for all 4150-style carburetors. www.trickflow.com

9. Summit Starters. Need a starter for a 1969 Chevelle? How about one for a 1977 Wagoneer, a ’65 Studebaker Daytona, or mom’s late model minivan? Summit Racing has an affordable New Tech replacement starter that will fit your car so you’ll have more money for the fun parts. These new Tech Replacement Starters have cranking power for mild street performance and off-road engines. New Tech replacement starters are designed to fit in the factory location and install easily without any modifications. The starters are manufactured in the USA from high-quality materials that meet or exceed factory specifications. You Order online at www.summitracing.com or call Summit Racing at 1-800-230-3030