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post #61 of 80 (permalink) Old May 18th, 17, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 1966 BB El Camino

The correct way to install the alternator is with the alternator in front of the bracket. This is shown in the Assembly Instruction Manual. I see you have the hard to find 3 row waterpump pulley for the a/c and smog pump. Looks like the a/c stuff in the firewall is gone. Has all the a/c equipment been removed? Cars without a/c have the negative battery cable connected to waterpump stud. A/C cars have it attached to a compressor bracket. When the bracket is removed some people attach it to the head, like yours.

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Ok thanks for the info , I had a look and see where I went wrong, I used one of those bolt/stud combo at the water pump which pushes the bracket out past the alternator, yes it used to have aircon and smog , I made some plates and covered the holes and installed a heater box from a non-AC car , it's running and driving now but I still have a few things to finish up on it , I still have all the a/c parts except for the condensor and the pump and hoses , don't really need it over here,




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post #63 of 80 (permalink) Old May 19th, 17, 9:54 PM Thread Starter
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There should be a stud in that waterpump location with a nut to hold the bracket. The lower alternator mount should be all the way forward against the bracket.








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Bruce looks like the frame is done just waiting for the body to be installed.

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Hi Philip,
I still need to pressurize the oiling system and verify oil at the rockers, then I can install the valvecover gaskets. I want to finish installing everything around the engine; starter, ignition system and fuel system.

I sold my Camaro couple of weeks ago (it went to Colorado) so I now have garage space for the chassis while I complete the body and paint in the workshop. I will move the chassis there as soon as I have everything installed that I possibly can.

I am still working on my son's Corvair. We completed the sub-frame and I am working on relocating the rear wheelwells. Moving them back 2.5 inches and out 3.5 inches per side.
also taking care of previous collision and rust issues.


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Bruce, when do you sleep? Impressive stuff!
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Thanks, Bill. Actually I get plenty of sleep, but I have been slowing down the past few weeks. I slow down when the temperature starts rising around here. I think I am about done for the summer. I will look for indoor projects until September.

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Just put a heat pump on your shop like I did. A/C all summer long, heat all winter long (both weeks, LOL).
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There's A LOT OF REALLY GOOD STUFF here in this thread for those (including myself) to use as a reference point and guide. The pictures are fantastic.
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AZCamino thanks for the pictures , very helpful, Larry
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Bruce, would you please look at this thread, see if you can help?

https://www.chevelles.com/forums/16-b...ml#post9831257

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I also have a 1966 396 El Camino and have been watching this build,love the great attention to detail! I am still not sure about your power steering high pressure hose,is it correct for the 1966,or from something else? I ordered one from OPG and it looks nothing like yours.Are hoses like yours still available?Thanks,Doug
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I also have a 1966 396 El Camino and have been watching this build,love the great attention to detail! I am still not sure about your power steering high pressure hose,is it correct for the 1966,or from something else? I ordered one from OPG and it looks nothing like yours.Are hoses like yours still available?Thanks,Doug
Hi Doug,

Thanks!

The high pressure hose that I used came from OPGI and I am fairly certain that it is part number PSH1002, even though I couldn't find my receipt to verify. Not sure how exact it is but it fit perfectly with the proper loop for the 66. It is supposed to be an "authentic reproduction" for the 66 and 67 BB Chevelles: not from something else. It is still listed online. I am very happy with it.

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Thanks for the quick response! I should have mentioned I purchased my hose from OPGI several years ago from their catalog,it went in fine but looks odd.I just now went to their web site and looked it up,by the picture it does look like yours.I guess I'll order another one and try again.The Elco is pretty much original and I'd like to keep it looking that way.Thanks again.
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Bruce, how's the Elco project coming along? You haven't posted an update,lately.

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