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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 9th, 04, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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I have this problem. I have an electric water pump that I'd like to use, and also have a power steering pump with a lower driver's side mounting. My heads are older camel hump, with no accesory holes. The upper alternator options seem to be out, since there is no longer a pulley on the water pump, and a diagonal to the crank would seemingly tangle with the H2O pump. The only possible solution that I can think of (that keeps the power steering pump where it is)would be to try to work off of a smog pump bracket (perhaps altered) and locate the alternator low on the passenger side. Is this unheard of, and does it sound like a practical possibility? I would think that the main problems would be 1-clearing the low radiator hose, 2-getting the right setback for the pulley, and 3- clearing the fuel pump (maybe an electric conversion would be necessary there, too?). I'd appreciate feedback from anybody in the know on this! Kinda stuck!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 10th, 04, 05:27 AM
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Take a look at They have a low mount alternator setup that may be what you are looking for. You'll probably have to remove the mechanical fuel pump and install an electric one. I've never seen this done on a Camaro so I don't know if it will work or not.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 11th, 04, 09:21 AM
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There low mount alternator bracket will not work on a 67/69 camaro. You will have to notch the frame to get it to work. They do have a mid mount bracket that works nice. I have it on my car. It is for a small block long water pump setup.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 12th, 04, 01:25 PM
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How about adding a belt tensioner like the ones used with a serpentine system to get you around the electric water pump? You could put it up above the power steering pump, to get you past the water pump.

Not sure, but I bet you could remove the smooth flat pulley on the tensioner and add a regular v-belt pulley to the tensioner.. A little fabrication work, and you will be golden!

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