Engine work…

Worked for a week on the engine front accessories. I’m running a 1-wire alternator, standard rotation Ford Racing water pump and power steering. After lots of research and looking, I decided on a setup from Jones Machine Racing Products. They make everything in house, including their power steering pumps and alternators. ¬†After buying their kit for a small block Ford, of course I ran up against a few potholes. First, the power steering pump with integrated reservoir would not install… hits the steering shaft hard. So had to trade in for a slightly different pump with a remote reservoir. This means I also had to buy the material to make a -10AN supply hose.

Installing the crankshaft and water pump pullies was no issue. But did find that since the small block Ford kit is designed for a 302 and not a 351 based engine, ahem, the deck height is different and required a new, longer belt. Jones got me the right belt (with a spare!) and accepted the trade of my kit belts.

Now to install the alternator… looks like the kit is setup for a different standard rotation waterpump as some of the standoffs are not right. Quick call to Jones and they got the proper parts coming to me right away. One more quick hacksaw adjustment to the standoff behind the alternator to line up the pullies and voila… we have accessories!

Tomorrow I’ll finish up the heavy electrical and see if the car accepts power. Heard my custom gauge set from Speedhut is on its way…

Here’s another gratuitous picture of my girl because, hey, it’s my blog!

and the perfect way to finish up the day.