Join Date: Sep 1999
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Re: More lessons learned... York on an older CJ (long)
[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] I can tell you Deano, that they figured it close to the engine. There is only a tiny space remaining between the compressor and the head/intake/block, but it's a nice arramgement. Two of the bolts are 7/16" N.C. the rest are 3/8" N.C. We had to fab up a hangar to catch the front end of the alternator hangar bolt. Our brackets were for the other alternator. There is a spacer for the upper RH water pump bolt, but the rest is flush with the block. Luckily, we have abandoned the heater water inlet on the side of the water pump, so we don't have the problem of the hose interferring with the alternator. Our new setup uses the thermostat outlet to feed the heaters, and the top outlet on the water pump as the heater return. We have NOT tried this yet, so I cannot positively guarantee it works, but I think it will be a superior system in various ways. We are going to have to thread down and trim to get exactly the right bolts for some of the spots because we want no less than full thread engagement....about 3/4" in most cases....And as I mentioned we will be making double-enders for the water pump in at least two places to use a nut...then the accessory...then washer...then nut. I'm from the diesel school so I use a lot more studs than most would....like our exhaust manifolds are all studs and double nuts....one oversize, one regular.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]There IS one little glitch, however, and that is the top RH bolt that attaches the bracket to the head.....a bolt which is 7/16"....and that same bolt suspends the alternator so it can swing....and the alternator is bored 3/8" as they usually are[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] SOOOO......we have a choice between making a double-ended threaded spacer with 7/16" internal thread on one end, and 3/8" internal thread on the other, OR...boring out the alternator[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img] The spacer would thread onto a 7/16" stud out of the head, and will act as a nut(we will make it from HEX stock)to hold the cast bracket against the block, and then the 3/8" bolt will go through the alternator hangar...the alternator itself...and then thread into the special spacer. If I bore the alternator, it will be "special" and a few years from now when the Klintunoidgorinskyrenoites are chasing down Jeep owners it would not be possible to just jump a fence and steal an alternator from some unsuspecting member of the cowered, controlled, commie-American population at large.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
Quadra-Trac modified by the crack moonguy[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img] transfer case team.