Re: Alternator doesn't fit bracket?
I am not only confused but starting to think I am learning that claims that aftermarket parts 'will fit your car' are, at best, to be taken with a grain of salt.
The alternator mounting point on the 'will fit 72 small block' Edelbrock aftermarket water pump is a good 1/2 inch further to the rear than the mounting point on the stock water pump. Perhaps this is why they included a 1/2 inch spacer (but not the needed longer bolt). In theory, the spacer should make things right by moving the mounting point 1/2 inch forward.
Except for the fact that using the spacer means the alternator bracket (which is a 69 only if the bracket on my 72 was also a 69 bracket) will no longer line up with the thermostat housing on the new 'will fit 72 small block' intake manifold (also by Edelbrock), it is now off by, wait for it, 1/2 inch, the length of the spacer. It seems that the thermostat housing on the new manifold is a good 1/2 inch or so further to the back than thermostat housing on the stock intake manifold. I guess 'fit' is a loose term.
If I don't use the spacer, the alternator bracket fits the water pump and manifold but not the alternator. If I use the spacer the bracket will fit the water pump and the alternator bracket but not the intake manifold.
In theory, I can open up the thermostat mounting hole on the bracket and just wedge the bracket under the bolt... but that seems not only too odd but not that sturdy and reliable.
So my choices seem to be
Jury-rig the alternator bracket to the new manifold. For the reasons above, I would prefer to not do that.
Scrap the brand new manifold (throwing away another $160) and get one that actually DOES fit a 72 small block, with 'fit' being defined as not only fit to the head but to the brackets as well. Suggestions would be appreciated.
Some kind soul provides me a link to one of the special brackets that will make everything right. I didn't see any references to other 72 alternator mounting brackets when I searched the archives. I did find some references to Edelbrock EPS manifolds not being an exact fit. Terrific. Should I not be surprised that the Edelbrock technical helpline didn't mention this when I called for advice?