Four Tips To Help With Easy Updates To Big Block Trucks

6 November 2015
 Categories: Automotive, Blog


If you are into classic cars and want an affordable project, you may want to consider looking for a truck to customize. There are many different models and makes of trucks to choose from and they are easy to find. A big block V8 can be a great project to get started with. You can get these in 1960s model tucks, all the way up to some more modern era models. Here are some tips to help you with the updates to your big block truck:

1. Updating The Timing With A Modern Distributor

The timing of your big block V8 is important and an outdated distributor can reduce the performance of your car. If you want your truck to perform more like a modern vehicle, consider installing an aftermarket distributor to get the timing of your engine perfect. When doing this, you can also update wiring and plugs for custom performance parts, as well as add insulated sleeves to prevent plug wires from burning.

2. Giving The Truck A Smooth Sound With Aftermarket Exhaust

The stock exhaust on your truck can also cause several problems. You may have a stock exhaust manifold that constricts airflow and it can also affect the sound of your truck. If you want your motor to have a smoother sound, consider updating the intake for headers and installing an aftermarket exhaust system, which can also help you gain a little horsepower.

3. Updating Old Carburetors With Modern Fuel Injection Systems  

If you have a late model truck, it probably has a carburetor for its fuel distribution system. You may want to consider replacing this for a modern high-performance fuel injection system. You can get big block fuel injection conversion kits from custom truck parts dealers. This will give your big block modern performance and reliability.

4. Updating Cooling System, Adding Vents And Installing Auxiliary Fans

Another update that you will want to do to your truck is to the cooling system. You can install a new radiator, as well as an auxiliary fan. The fan can be good if you plan on using your truck as a daily driver. On hot days, you can turn the fan on when stopped in traffic. It can also be set up to come on automatically when you are idling, so you do not forget to flip the switch on or off.

These are some tips to help you with the upgrades to your big V8. If you need parts for your project, contact a custom truck parts dealer, such as Pacesetter Truck Caps & Accessories Inc, to get everything from engine parts to drip-guards for square body styles.