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Vintage Air launches new front runner for GM V8 engines

Company says Cast Front Runner is compact but rigid solution

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General Motors LT1 and LS V8 engines are popular choices with those building hot rods and doing resto-mods, and Vintage Air has produced new front runners for those engines that, it says, provide “a compact and rigid solution for front accessory drive mounting,” 

The new Cast Front Runner is available in several finish combinations, the company adds.

The Cast Front Runner systems for LT1 and LS engines are made in the USA from precision-cast A356-T6 alloy aluminum with passages engineered for optimal coolant flow,” Vintage Air notes. “The billet-aluminum cartridge-type water pump features OEM bearings, seals, and impeller. This system is the shortest and most compact front-drive system available, which provides more package space for electric fan modules and accessories. 

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Cast Front Runner in black anodized finish

“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.”

The kit includes a 6061-T6 billet aluminum water pump, crankshaft and power steering pulleys, ATI balancer, Mechman 170-amp hairpin-style alternator, Detroit Speed aluminum-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. 

Setups are available for power steering or non-power steering configurations. 

For details, visit the Vintage Air website.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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