Installing a B&B Serpentine Belt System and a U.S. Radiator Aluminum Radiator

February 4th, 2011

Text and Photos by Matt Emery

It’s been said that it’s better to look good than to feel good, but what if you want to have both? That analogy especially works with your engine. Everyone wants to have a mill that looks good, but it has to work well, too. And as if that weren’t enough, nobody wants to spend all weekend bolting on new parts when they could be out cruisin’. That’s why for our first installment of “Weekend Update,” we are featuring the installation of a B&B Street Rods serpentine belt system and an aluminum radiator from U.S. Radiator.

We wanted to showcase items that are easy to install and have a big impact. There may be no better place to start than with the engine. The highly polished B&B Street Rods serpentine belt system is a thing of beauty. It is fully CAD designed and CAD machined, and is simple to install. If you have the mechanical ability to bolt on a water pump, then you can install this unit. The system incorporates an A/C pump, one-wire alternator, power steering pump, water pump and belt tensioner into one complete package. Though it appears to be one-piece, the A/C pump and alternator are housed in the main frame; while the water pump, P/S pump and tensioner are separate. That makes it easy for those not intending to use the P/S pump, as was the case with this engine. The design keeps everything close together and tidy, and thanks to the polished finish, it looks great. And the best part is that Ken Biggs builds every one of them in the USA.

The other piece of this puzzle is the U.S. Radiator Desert Cooler Correct Fit aluminum radiator  (P/N AL010790). We’ve known USR owner Don Armstrong for a long time, and we know that he builds a quality product, every one of which is built in the USA using die stamps and tools. This unit features a highly polished finish, a polished aluminum shroud and an electric SPAL fan, and since it is a direct replacement for the stock unit, it drops right into place and bolts in using the stock holes and hardware.

While these are installs that you at home can easily do in a few hours, it’s a little tough for us to shoot the story and do the install all at the same time. That’s why we went to The 401K Club in Anaheim, California, to photograph while the crew did the work. Being a full-service hot rod shop, 401K was able to quickly install the units onto the engine, with only a few hiccups caused by unforeseen circumstances, such as the need to replace the fixed water neck with a pivoting unit.

Adding these types of parts to your ride is what this pastime is all about. We love to work on our own cars and love to have them looking and running good, while not killing ourselves doing it. Anytime we can add style and substance in only a few hours, we’re there. We have a few more “FLOW Updates” in the pipeline, so keep tuned in.


B&B Street Rods

Dept. MCP

1640 W. Acoma Blvd. Ste A-106

Lake Havasu, AZ 86403


U.S. Radiator

Dept. MCP

4423 District Blvd.

Vernon, CA 90058


The 401K Club

Dept. MCP

4392 East La Palma Avenue

Anaheim, CA 92807


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