In preparation for installing the LS327 engine, I’m trying as hard as I can to get all my ducks in a row so it will be a simple matter of dropping the engine and transmission between the framerails and plugging the components in before the C10 is back up and running. So far, the induction and exhaust components are ready to rock and the engine is looking the part, but there are a few more things to tidy up before it’s time to bolt the powerhouse in place.

One thing that needs to be sorted out is the front drive. In LS jargon, that translates to the A/C compressor, alternator, and power steering brackets as well as the related pulleys, crank, and water pump notwithstanding. If we were using a junkyard rescue engine, those accessories would most likely be factory retained items, though there may be a clearance issue amongst some applications. Since our LS327 crate engine comes shipped as a long block, however, it’s devoid of the factory components. Therefore it’s necessary to either track down the factory items from a wrecking yard or install an aftermarket front drive kit.

We opted to go with the latter since it allowed us to use simple, off-the-shelf aftermarket components instead of trying to figure out what year/make/model each accessory, bracket, or pulley originated from. Going with an aftermarket kit ensured that everything would work together without the guessing game of combining different components meant for different applications.

At the end of the day, Eddie Motorsports’ S-Drive serpentine kit is what we decided would fit the project best, given its totality in which it covers all aspects of the front drive setup from crank hub to serpentine belt. Eddie Motorsports really set out to cover all aspects of mounting the accessories up to an LS engine, including every bracket, nut, bolt, stud, washer, spacer, and component necessary to get the engine up and running. I like that because it takes the guesswork out of the equation completely, and for someone like me, that’s a godsend. CCT

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888-813-1293
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