Another Day in the Life of Kerrdog!
To begin with, we have had very little fallout from Isaac. Only a bit of rain that has made it humid beyond imagination here. Wish it would rain for real!
Montana has called and wants to set up a phone interview!!! YIKES! What do I do about this?
And the stuff I got done so far today...
As you know, Clay's stock power steering pump bracket would not allow the newer style exhaust manifold. The right side of the bracket hit the manifold so that it (bracket) could not be mounted. My '85 7 was sitting there with a curved bracket that DID allow the later model manifold (Thank You, Paul). HOWEVER, once I disassembled my pump bracket and installed it on Clay's pump, I discovered that the center section of the pump bracket also needed to be notched. YOU CAN'T TIGHTEN THE BELT OTHERWISE! So, this morning, I bit the bullet and just DID it! Here are the pics of the process for anyone scratching their head, wondering what to do, like I was. Now I have a bald spot.
I have already removed the steel bracket from the right side of the pump. It was hitting the manifold. You can see the two center pieces of the pump mount in the pic. I will have to remove the right half and modify it too.
For the life of me, I could NOT pull this return line off. I had to cut it. Have a cup handy. The line is crumbly and should be replaced. One of the FUTURE things to do.
Here I am removing the right half of the center mount. I had to bend out the pressure line a little to get it off.
Minus the entire right half of the mounting bracket.
Showing how long the nipple is for the return line.
I am holding my curved bracket against Clay's straight for reference, and I marked it with a piece of soapstone.
I will notch Clay's bracket along this line.
Chucked it in the vise and used my die-grinder.
I am showing the center portion of Clay's bracket against the bracket in my 7. Notice the notch in the corner. Without this notch, you cannot tighten the belt.
I used a tape to measure everything, and I transferred the lines to Clay's piece. Measure twice, cut once. Measure twice, cut once. Measure twice, cut once. Maybe I DID measure three times.
IT'S ALUMINUM!! No wonder my Jeep wheelies so easy! Cut slow, where a mask.
A little closer view. It's hard to see, but the curved bracket now clears the manifold, and I am able to tighten the belt. SUCCESS!!
I painted the steel bracket, but I didn't paint the aluminum part. It should have soaked in some parts cleaner. It was caked with crud, but I just scraped off as much as I could. I am so OVER the "pretty" part of this build!