Performance and Style

All American Billet’s LS Drive System Turns Ordinary into Extraordinary

By Nick Licata   –   Photography by ACP Staff

Aftermarket LS accessory drive systems are nothing new, but they play an important role in making our engines look better and perform better, especially when increased horsepower is part of the equation. No doubt we all want our engines to look as good as possible and the fine folks at All American Billet offer front drive system kits for a variety of engines, but for this article we’ll be focusing on their billet serpentine system for LS Gen III- and Gen IV-style engines. While All American Billet offers machined, black anodized, and Silverline Series, this particular system is the polished kit for those wanting to liven up the front end of their LS engine with a little pizazz.

- Advertisement -
002 remove all old gaskets and be sure to clean the entire mating surface with a gasket scraper serpentine system
Prior to getting started, remove all old gaskets and be sure to clean the entire mating surface with a gasket scraper and brake cleaner to ensure the new gasket will seal properly.

While it looks 100 percent more attractive than the stock GM system, the six-rib Gates belt system offers the ability to handle that extra horsepower you’ve added without belt slippage that is common with high-performance engines.

As mentioned, American Billet offers systems for Chevy small- and big-block as well as systems for Ford and Chrysler engines. With a variety of finishes, there’s sure to be something to fit the style you are after for your ride.

003 chasing all forward facing mounting holes with a thread chaser serpentine system
It’s a good idea to chase all forward-facing mounting holes with a thread chaser to clean out any old sealant or debris.

Control Freak: Upgrading a ’66 Chevy II with CPP’s MINI Sub-Frame and Control Arm Kit

- Advertisement -

The All American Billet LS Serpentine Kit comes with all the necessary hardware and detailed instructions for a drama-free installation. All you need is some basic mechanical skills, a decent set of tools, a free afternoon, and good buddy to lend a hand when needed.

004 installing the new supplied damper on the crank snout serpentine system
To get started, install the new supplied damper on the crank snout as far as possible and make sure it’s square to the front cover of the engine.

For visual clarity, we’ll be performing the install with our LS on an engine stand, but this can be done with your engine bolted in your engine bay, too. Follow along as we illustrate how to bump up the looks and performance of your LS engine in just a few hours. Remember to follow the included highly detailed instructions to make sure your installation goes exactly as planned.

005 fully seating the balancer onto the crankshaft snout serpentine system
Next up is to fully seat the balancer onto the crankshaft snout using the proper installation tool. Install the old balancer bolt and tighten to 240 lb-ft.
006 We then installed the new crankshaft pulley serpentine system
We then installed the new crankshaft pulley using a 5/16-inch Allen wrench, supplied socket head, capscrews, and washers.
007 Prior to installing the new water pump we cleaned the surface with a scraper and brake cleaner serpentine system
Prior to installing the new water pump, we cleaned the surface with a scraper and brake cleaner.
008 Mounting the water pump using the supplied bolts serpentine system
Mount the water pump using the supplied bolts through two of the driver side water pump mounting holes. At this point, you’ll finger tighten only. Trust us on this, we’ve done it the wrong way before … once.
009 installing the rear AC bracket to the water pump serpentine system
Use the supplied Allen bolts to install the rear A/C bracket to the water pump. Once again, these will be just finger tightened for now. Then mount the passenger side main bracket using the supplied 2.25-inch spacer and bolts through the water pump. Use a little antiseize on all the threads and tighten just enough to hold in place.

010 mounting the passenger side main bracket serpentine system

011 Removing the two temporary bolts from the driver side serpentine system
Remove the two temporary bolts from the driver side of the water pump, then use two of the 2.25-inch spacers and bolts through the driver side bracket and water pump. Once again, use some antiseize on the threads and tighten enough to hold in place.

012 mounting the driver side bracket serpentine system

- Advertisement -
013 Next the alternator bracket and 1 6 inch spacer and suppled bolt goes through the driver side bracket serpentine system
Next the alternator bracket and 1.6-inch spacer and suppled bolt goes through the driver side bracket. Repeat the process of using a little antiseize on the threads and hand-tighten only.
014 the AC compressor goes on the top passenger side of the main bracket serpentine system
With that completed, the A/C compressor goes on the top passenger side of the main bracket as shown. Use a dab of blue Loctite on the threads.
015 Side view AC compressor serpentine system
Here’s a side view of how it should look.
016 bolting on the alternator pulley and fan attachment serpentine system
Next, bolt on the alternator and All American Billet pulley and fan attachment. After that, it’s time to tighten the main bracket/water pump, alternator, and A/C bolt what were only finger tightened earlier. Tighten to spec per the instructions.
017 installing the Type II power steering pump serpentine system
From there, install the Type II power steering pump. Be sure to use a dab of blue Loctite on the threads.
018 the tensioner goes on next serpentine system
Using the supplied hex head bolts and a small amount of blue Loctite, the tensioner goes on next.
019 Follow up by installing the serpentine pulley on the steering pump serpentine system
Follow up by installing the serpentine pulley on the steering pump.
020 progress serpentine system
It’s starting to look pretty sweet.
021 Now install the water pump pulley serpentine system
Now install the water pump pulley …
022 installing the billet AC pump pulley cover serpentine system
… and the billet A/C pump pulley cover.
023 Next up is to install the provided serpentine belt serpentine system
Next up is to install the provided serpentine belt. Use a ½-inch drive ratchet or breaker bar to preload the tensioner. Loosely route the belt around the pulleys except the power steering pump. Insert the square boss in the front of the tensioner and pull upward, routing the tensioner downward in a clockwise direction until it stops.
024 Finish that up by installing the billet tensioner cover serpentine system
Finish that up by installing the billet tensioner cover
025 Installing the AC manifold serpentine system
Install the A/C manifold. Be careful and make sure the gaskets are properly seated. Install the hose fittings, making sure the smaller diameter fitting goes on the back.
026 Here’s the LS looking good and ready serpentine system
Here’s the LS looking good and ready to bring your engine bay to life. The appropriate power steering and high- and low-pressure lines and fittings will need to be assembled by a shop that specializes in high-pressure lines and hydraulic hoses. Remember to follow All American Billet’s detailed instructions regarding your connections and fluid filling instructions.
027 billet remote reservoir serpentine system
All American Billet offers two types of power steering reservoirs: an onboard reservoir and a billet remote reservoir (shown). It will need to be located somewhere higher than the power steering pump and sit upright for proper operation; illustrated in this photo shows where we installed ours.

Source
All American Billet
(844) 245-5381
allamericanbillet.com

- Advertisement -

Related Articles

Search Our Site

More Chevy Performance

Installing a Holley Terminator X in an LS-swapped third-gen Camaro

By Joe Rode  -   Photography by Joel Rode When Chevrolet...

Day Two Restored 1967 Chevy Camaro

By Fuelish Media   -   Photography by the Author In the...

Installing a Flaming River Steering Column in a TKX-Swapped 1969 Nova

By Taylor Kempkes   -   Photography by the Author Have you...

Gasser Style 1957 Chevy Bel Air

By Nick Licata   -   Photography by Chris Shelton Every hot...

Blown Vintage Muscle Cars are Attention Getters

By Nick Licata   -   Photography by Scotty Lachenauer So,...

The Ongoing Evolution of Drag Racing Tires

By Tommy Lee Byrd   -   Photography by the Author Although...
More Chevy Performance

Chevy Concepts — 1963 Chevrolet Corvette

Vehicle Owner: BJ Bjerke Artwork by Tavis Highlander Instagram @tavishighlander TavisHighlander.com There’s a...

Thump in the Night

Dan Miller’s Pro Street ’71 Camaro By Scotty Lachenauer   - ...

A Better Sniper

Holley’s Upgraded Sniper 2 Throttle Body EFI By Jeff Smith ...

Ambition

Ryan and Angel Cashman’s Pro Touring ’69 Camaro By Nick...

Street Shaker Revisited

Michael Fitzgerald Injects New Life Into This ’70 Nova...

Make it Cool

Johnson’s Radiator Works Builds an Efficient Copper and Brass...