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Help me choose a serpentine kit

I have a GMPP 350. I am running power steering, no A/C. I am considering the Billet Specialties kit and also the March kit they are both around $500.
I have heard the March can be a PITA. I have a clean slate and can go with anything I want so that may make it a little easier than trying to make existing parts work.
Two questions, what is the advantage/disadvantage to mid mount VS top mount alternator? Also what do they mean when they refer to keyed shaft vs press on?

This is the kit I'm leaning towards.
http://www.billetspecialties.com/ite...id=142&pid=742
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Apr 10th, 11, 04:36 PM
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Re: help me choose a sepentine kit

I had no problem with the March kit. I think it look less "billety".


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Sean Love your thermo, gasket, keeps the hot radiator air from the carb,
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I have heard the March can be a PITA.

Two questions, what is the advantage/disadvantage to mid mount VS top mount alternator? Also what do they mean when they refer to keyed shaft vs press on?
The only issue that comes up with the March setup is getting the PS Pump aligned perfectly. It may fit the first time or you may have to remove it and shim it with washers. I had the March black power coat on my BBC and just recoated them argent silver.

Clearances will dictate mid mount vs top mount. Either should fit on your small block. Mid mount will make it tougher to get to the fp fittings and lower wp hose - but no big deal.

Look at your PS pump shaft - does it have a "key" on the shaft or is it smooth (press on)?
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Re: Help me choose a serpentine kit

Gr8 68, do you know which kit that is? I like that. What about the water pump and alternator?


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Re: Help me choose a serpentine kit

If you are looking for another option that is more "business" oriented and looks a little less blingy (is that a word... ) check out these guys and the kits they sell http://www.krcpower.com/products.html Check out their "Serpentine" or "Crate engine" kits.
On my new motor I need to go with all new brackets and pulleys but want a more business look and something that will work well also, I like the KRC or CV products stuff. A bit more $$ but not a lot more, and quality stuff too. Just an option to consider.

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Since March did away with those PITA O-rings, I would recommend them now.

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Gr8 68, do you know which kit that is? I like that. What about the water pump and alternator?
This is the kit I installed. http://www.marchperf.com/pg61.html

I used a Powermaster 105amp Alternater. But to be honest, the first one burned up and the second one was DOA. I went to the local Pick-A-Part and got one off of an Olds for $15.

The water pump is a Weiand. http://www.holley.com/9240P.asp

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Re: Help me choose a serpentine kit

I have the March system and love it, of note, I have manual steering so I didn't have to deal with that.

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March Serpentine components on my BBC......no issues with install.

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Concept One makes very nice stuff too. My Concept One kit bolted up perfectly.

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Re: Help me choose a serpentine kit

GMPP makes a nice kit - not flashy though. For about the same dough, and includes WP, PS pump and alt. http://www.jegs.com/i/GM-Performance...oductId=752514


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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 6th, 11, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Help me choose a serpentine kit

Thanks for the input. I ended up going with the March and it was an easy install.


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