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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 02, 04:25 AM Thread Starter
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Im installing a 400 in my 69 ss/rs Iwas told that Iwould have to shim the motor mount between the mount and the block to keep the balancer clear of the sway bar , is this true? also does anyone make a rear a/c bracket that will clear the tall style valve covers? who makes a single plane intake that will allow the stock alt. brkt.to work (it mounts to the therm. housing I currently have a team -G intake and it is nowhere close ) maybe a TORKER? thanks
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 02, 05:18 AM
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I have a 383 with a 400 balancer and it's very close. I would think about shimming the sway bar for clearence before shimming the motor mount. Can't help with the rest...

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 11th, 02, 08:20 AM
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I have a 400 in my 69 Z clone. The motor mounts are not shimmed. I have approximately 1/2 to 3/4 inch clearance from the counter balancer to the sway bar. A little over a fingers width from balancer to sway bar. The sway bar does have a slight downward dip in the center area. My car was originally a 6 cylinder but I don't know if that would make any difference or not. P

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 11th, 02, 04:23 PM
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I had to shim the sway bar mounts down 1/2" so the 400 balancer will clear on my car. I also am running a single plane intake and had to modify the stock alternator bracket. I cut off the piece of the bracket that extends out to the thermostat housing and fabbed a short steel strap to make the connection and welded it to the bracket. I've seen it done this way several times before.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 13th, 02, 11:44 AM
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Kevin, the Edelbrock Torker II is a single plane and will work with the stock alternator bracket. I have one in my 69.

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I had the balancer/sway bar problem too... used the frame brakets as templates,and cut what I needed out of 1/2" plate. Also I run a Torker intake with no problems as far as the Alt. braket; but due to a flat hood; run a drop base air filter.

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