Thanks guys. I installed the water pump without lock washers and used thread sealer. I've been cleaning, blasting and repainting the accessory brackets and installing them on the engine. and I have been installing the power steering.
I seem to have an issue with the top brace on the power steering, here is what is going on. I will start at the beginning. I am adding the power steering to this EC, so I didn't have this stuff, originally. I bought a setup out of a pickup truck, and bought a correct remote reservoir and cap for a 66 BB Chevelle. Only later after doing research did I realize that most of the pickup stuff was not good enough. The pump housing has the return pipe going in the wrong direction and the high pressure hose was not correct at all. So I bought a reproduction housing and high pressure hose that look good.
I wanted a correct pulley so I found one on Ebay. Turned out to be a good move because the pickup pulley groove is located .150 inch closer to the pump and looks very different.
I don't like the pickup return hose either so I am replacing that, but that is not an issue right now. The lower mounting bracket that came with the pump seems to be correct. I appear to have excellent pulley alignment with the pump installed on the lower bracket.
First let me admit that I am not using a correct 1966 upper bracket (49 state version). I am using what I think is correct for 67 and 68, and 66 A.I.R. application. This brace came with the pickup stuff. The problem is that the upper brace interferes with the alternator bracket and doesn't seem to allow enough adjustment travel of the pump. The pump housing hits the alternator bracket at mid travel. There is clearance when the pump is all the way out, but seems like there should be more. Is this correct, is only the last half of the slot usable on this bracket? And the bracket still contacts the alternator bracket. Here are a few photos showing how it is installed.
Here are a couple of photos of the brace itself.
What do you think? Is this the correct brace, or is the fit and travel I have the best that is expected with this configuration?
I have another question that I couldn't find an answer to in the AIM concerning the routing of the high pressure line. Does the high pressure line pass inboard of the remote reservoir hose or on the outside?