Holley’s line of products for LS swaps has just gotten longer. This time the problem of accessory mounting is addressed, as is adding a newer transmission to an older car during a swap. Just introduced are the Holley Mid-Mount Race Accessory System and the Holley Premium Mid-Mount Race Accessory System. For those looking to use a new manual transmission with a hydraulic clutch is the Hays Hydraulic Release Bearing Kit.
Holley Introduces Bracket-Less Accessory Installation
Accessory brackets are the bane of performance enthusiasts, and trying to mate up “old school” accessories and brackets with a “newfangled” LS/LT can make even a teenager go grey prematurely. Belts line up, but the accessories are too high or wide and they don’t fit in the engine bay. Available in black, brushed aluminum and chrome, the Holley Mid-Mount Race Accessory Systems come with everything you’ll need to complete the installation ,including the alternator, bolts, belt, pulleys and, if you ordered them, the power steering pump and AC compressor. They even have power steering conversion adapters if required. The “Premium” kits come with a few extra goodies, like a special billet dampener.
Toss all those hassles in the garbage. These mid-mount systems are billet units with brackets and openings that allow you to install the alternator (and p/s pump and A/C compressor if so desired) inside the water pump housing, which is set up with a replaceable cartridge water pump, LS steam vent ports and bottom- and side-mounted heater hose ports. No more worrying about the drive pulleys lining up properly and having to shim accessories to line it up.
Hays Simplifies Converting to a Manual Transmission with a Hydraulic Clutch
The go-to manual transmissions for LS swaps are the T-56 and TR6060 Tremec six-speed manual transmissions, both of which use hydraulic release (throwout) bearings instead of the manual systems found on early model vehicles. The Hays Hydraulic Release Bearing Kit for T-56 Transmission allows you to install one of these new transmissions on your older vehicle. They are adjustable for pedal height and travel and are rated for use with single or dual disc clutches. Mounting hardware, shims, and a -3AN feed line are included with the kit.