When many of our classic cars were fresh off the showroom floor, dress up kits consisted of a chrome air cleaner and chrome valve covers. As people began customizing the looks of their engines we started seeing nicer components, but one area that was left untouched for many years was the front drive system. The choices were simple: paint, or chrome plating.
No matter how much you detailed your engine, the pulleys were lame, at best, and chrome plating your pulleys almost made your engine look cheap – paint wasn’t a whole lot better. Thanks to companies like Concept One, pulley systems got a whole lot cooler, and with options of a serpentine system the choices for how we dressed up our front drive system increase immensely.
With a choice of a finishes that include machined, polished, anodized black, or anodized clear, and the optional A/C and/or power steering, Concept One has you covered with a kit that not only looks great but can match or complement your engine. The all inclusive kits provide the high-amp alternator, a modern billet power steering pump with your choice in pressures and styles, and a new compressor for A/C applications.
Concept One’s Kevin Redd continues his Shop Talk series above with the full installation on a small-block Ford, providing all of the tips and tricks to install your front drive system. While the instructions are very precise and detailed, there’s nothing like following along with one of the owners of the company as he shows you how it’s done.
When it’s time to dress up that Ford, be sure to give Concept One a call, or visit the website for all Ford or Chevrolet front drive kits. As Redd shows in the video above, the installation can easily be done in an afternoon.