When modern engines are transplanted into vintage vehicles, the task often presents difficulties, especially in the cramped engine compartments of pre-WWII Fords and Chevrolets. The most common installation problems often concern the length and height of the engine and transmission at the firewall and the precious little space left between the engine and radiator for pulleys, fans and belts. A combination of belts is needed to operate the water pump, alternator and A/C compressor and turn the cooling fan, which draws air through the radiator.
New serpentine belt systems are now found on a number of modern engines. Serpentine belt systems offer several advantages over two-belt systems, but the greatest is space savings in front of the engine. With the obvious advantages of a serpentine system in mind, Vintage Air has designed and produced a compact and attractive aftermarket system for Ford and Chevrolet engines that looks good and performs well.
The most important element of the Vintage Air Front Runner System is the CNC-machined aluminum front plate, which is the foundation for mounting all the accessory components found on the front of a modern V-8 engine. All the hardware, including the nuts, bolts, seals and gaskets, is included in the kit. Important assembly tips include using antiseize on all the stainless steel bolts.