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BB Negative battery cable question

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I did a search and found that on my 68 BB car the negative battery cable is to be attached to a stud on the upper portion of the water pump, passenger side. This leads to another question. All of the resto shops such as NPD sell the water pump bolts that come with 3 bolts and 1 stud. My assembly manual also shows that the alternator bracket is attached to a stud on the upper portion of the water pump, driver side. Wouldn't that require two studs?

I don't get it?? Am I supposed to buy 2 water pump bolt kits to get the two studs or are these being sold with incorrect parts? Am I incorrect in beleiving two studs are required on the water pump, 1 for the alternator bracket and the other for the negative battery cable?

Any input you have to clear this up would be appreciated.

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Re: BB Negative battery cable question

I'd love to know, as well. I've seen some "nuts and bolts" restored cars with the cable under the bolt on that side of the water pump. I have a few very fuzzy pictures of what looks like the stud/nut arrangement. But I am just going by the color (not painted). My ground has always been bolted to the end of the head. And there isn't any specific BB info in the AIM...


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Re: BB Negative battery cable question

UPC 12 A5, has neg cable to w/pump top double-ended bolt.
So, maybe the bolt kits are incorrect?

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Re: BB Negative battery cable question

Yah, in both the '67 and '68 AIMs, it only states V8. In the L-34/35/78 sections, there isn't anything specific. Though, in the L-78 section, there are a couple pictures that have a bolt head in about the right area. C-60 shows bolts. But the cable is moved to the A/C compressor...


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Re: BB Negative battery cable question

OK. I went over to CRG and posted the question there.

A gentleman with an original '67 396/350 (L35) says it is mounted to the water pump via stud/bolt and nut with a star washer in-between. Ed also said this is true for '68. He aslo verified that both the alt. bracket and ground cable use the stud and nut on the right and left upper water pump mounting holes. Plus, he said it is yet another place the repros got it wrong.

Now, one person did say that he believed his 396/375 (L78) was original and his was mounted "on the bottom front of the block." That was from memory and he was going to check...

So, it looks like I (and others here?) will be purchasing another stud, washer, and nut... I was looking around and noticed they are at least $4 for the stud! And the kit is $9!!!! Almost worth just buying another whole kit to get the washer and nut. Though, those are pretty cheap at the hardware store...


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