Vintage Air, a leading manufacturer of complete performance air conditioning systems for classic cars, trucks, hot rods, and street rods, has released its all-new cast front runner drive system for GM LT1 and LS engines. The company said the systems provides a simple and more compact solution for mounting front drive accessories to LT1 and LS engine-equipped vehicles.
According to Vintage Air, the systems for LT1 and LS engines are made in the USA from precision-cast A356-T6 alloy aluminium with passages engineered for optimal coolant flow. The billet-aluminium cartridge-type water pump features OEM bearings, seals, and impeller. Vintage Air said this system is the shortest and most compact front-drive system available, which provides more package space for electric fan modules and accessories. Additionally, the low-profile casting clears OEM and most aftermarket throttle bodies without a wedge spacer. The front runner drive system improves the aesthetics of the engine and reduces its overall package envelope.
All castings are pressure-checked to ensure zero porosity, and no modifications are required to install the OEM timing solenoid or OEM temperature sending unit. Cast housing incorporates both side and bottom exit NPT-tapped heater hose outlets, providing multiple options for increased suspension and frame clearance.
The kit includes a 6061-T6 billet aluminium water pump, crankshaft and power steering pulleys, ATI balancer, Mechman 170-amp hairpin-style alternator, Detroit Speed aluminium-body power steering pump, and a genuine Sanden A/C compressor. Compressor clutch and tensioner covers are also included, along with ARP 12-point stainless steel bolts and hardware.
The Vintage Air cast front runner systems for GM LT1 and LS engines are available in power steering or non-power steering configurations and several finish options: polished accessories with chrome pulleys, chrome accessories and pulleys, natural-finish accessories with black hard coat pulleys, or chrome accessories with black hard coat pulleys.
Vintage Air front runners are made in the USA, come with all parts necessary for a complete installation, and include a three-year warranty against manufacturer defects.