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I am about to order this bracket and a similar one on the passenger side for an a/c compressor. But I worry they may not clear the sides of the engine bay. The engine is a Vortec 350. The car is a '77 280Z. If not these brackets, which?

 

  I have finally cut away and patched up the rust that grew under the batter tray, welded up excess holes in the engine compartment and have a JTR kit. Following the JTR book, I am now "dressing the engine," as the author puts it. So I want to attach stuff like these brackets and adjust belts before setting the engine in place.

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Maybe I missed it, but did you actually specify which bracket you're considering in your post??  A picture by itself will not suffice.

 

You may prefer to install all the accessories before installing the motor; but I personally have found that it's easier to get the motor into the engine bay without all the peripherals attached.  Personal choice.  

 

I don't know what bracket that is that you're considering, but you may want to check out Alan Grove Brackets.  They produce a great selection of high and low mount brackets for all requirements for multiple engines.  Good luck with it.

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Thanks, JHM.

 

These are ICT Billet brackets, and I went ahead and ordered them. I was assured by the vendor they would attach to the Vortec engine okay, so the fit in the engine bay will be the next unknown. For the pair, I'll save almost $50 if they work.

 

I did find drawings with dimensions of both these and the Alan Grove brackets, and in comparison with the Grove equivalents, these appear to be within a half inch different in both side and height. So, we'll see. I'll post the results.

 

I agree that an engine without all the stuff hanging from it will be easier to get in, but I want to test fit all the stuff while it is still accessible. That includes ensuring the pulley alignment is spot on and the belt sizes are determined. Just a lot easier with the engine at a nice working height.

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Gotcha'.

 

I don't know if this will be of any use to you, but I measured the space between the base of my valve cover and the inner fender, and it was approx 6.5".  (Engine is an iron-head SBC, mounted halfway between JTR setup and Scarab mounting position.)

 

If you have the ability to mount a small-body alternator, I'm sure that would give you more clearance to play with, no?

 

Good luck with it, and be sure to post an update with your final results!

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One other thing, on the subject of alternators....

 

Forgot to mention this in my previous post, but db electrical is a great vendor for starters and alternators.  They offer standard and mini-size components for most engines, and it's really high-quality stuff.  Have been using their units for years, without any issues.  You may want to look at using one of their mini alternators if space is tight using that bracket.

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Nice, nullbound.  I really I could find a good quality high-mount bracket for use with a short water pump, but haven't had any luck with it.  May just have to make one myself.

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19 minutes ago, jhm said:

Nice, nullbound.  I really I could find a good quality high-mount bracket for use with a short water pump, but haven't had any luck with it.  May just have to make one myself.

 

Thanks! I looked into that at one point, too, with the swp but they all seemed to mount too far out and would either hit the inner fender well or not clear the hood. This bracket kit for the lwp is pretty simple, looks clean, and worked well with my mostly stock wiring.

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