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Ok. So my 64 el camino was a 230 inline 6 car when new. At some point in its life it received a 1967 327 from an impala. The engine has headers with a welded bracket to the header flange to mount the lower alternator and upper P/S (power steering) bracket. I want to put new headers on, which will omit this mount for the lower alternator and upper P/S bracket. I have the L-79 P/S bracket kit. Upper test fitting with the shorter lower P/S bracket the pump interferes with the steering gear box. What do I do? Can I use the L-79 upper (slider) bracket with the longer lower P/S bracket? Do I replace the P/S pump? Do I replace the power steering gear box? Iam really frustrated and lost right now. Any help, advice, guidance would be greatly appreciated. 馃檹
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If I was in your position, I would just take a look through summit racing and find some new brackets. Reuse your pulleys. No need for new pump or steering gear.
 

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If I was in your position, I would just take a look through summit racing and find some new brackets. Reuse your pulleys. No need for new pump or steering gear.
After a few minutes on summit I found a set. Sadly I had a set that I didn't know could be installed two ways. Sold the set with another car. Hard lesson learned. New one has the lower bracket raising the P/S pump higher and closer to the engine block and the adjustment bracket mounts to the water pump. Should be here on Tuesday 馃榾
 

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After a few minutes on summit I found a set. Sadly I had a set that I didn't know could be installed two ways. Sold the set with another car. Hard lesson learned. New one has the lower bracket raising the P/S pump higher and closer to the engine block and the adjustment bracket mounts to the water pump. Should be here on Tuesday 馃榾
Awesome! Easy day then.
 

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On one of my small blocks that had headers on it, to mount one of the brackets I had to remove the header bolt make an aluminum spacer to put between the header flange and bracket and then use a longer bolt to secure both the bracket and header flange to the head.
 

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On one of my small blocks that had headers on it, to mount one of the brackets I had to remove the header bolt make an aluminum spacer to put between the header flange and bracket and then use a longer bolt to secure both the bracket and header flange to the head.
Was that for the Power Steering adjustment bracket? Or lower alternator bracket?
 

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There are basically two types of power steering brackets. One for the standard 327 and one for the L79 325. The main reason for the difference is the size of the harmonic balancer which is 8 inches versing 6 for the normal 327. I believe the top bracket is the same but the bottom is different however with headers I do not know. Also notice the pump neck is notched near the top to clear the top bracket. Here is a couple picks of my L79. Also we just had a recent post discussing this in great detail that you can search.
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Sorry, I was just reading Billdini's post and didn't realize you were dealing with a 327. I was wondering why you asked if it was the lower alternator bracket. My Camaro had a 350 in it and my alternator was on the passenger side. One thing I see between your reservoir and Billdini's is the way the filler part is. Yours isn't cut away which may cause you to hit the alternator bracket.
 

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Sorry, I was just reading Billdini's post and didn't realize you were dealing with a 327. I was wondering why you asked if it was the lower alternator bracket. My Camaro had a 350 in it and my alternator was on the passenger side. One thing I see between your reservoir and Billdini's is the way the filler part is. Yours isn't cut away which may cause you to hit the alternator bracket.
The thing is, a previous owner Frankensteined the lower alternator and both power steering brackets together. My first time dealing with this I found two ford slider adjustment brackets were used as the upper powersteering and lower alternator brackets. I replaced those with correct gm brackets for the 1964 model year. Now wanting to put new headers on, the lower alternator bracket and upper power steering bracket mount will be omitted. So I need to mount the upper Power Steering bracket somewhere else. I found a kit that mounts to the water pump. Kit comes this week. A big factor iam learning to is these heads and power steering pump are the early (old) style. And most products available are for the widely popular new style power steering pumps. But this old one still works well. Until it totally dies, yes I will replaced it with a new style. 馃槄
 

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I have a '66 El Camino with a 350 ci engine. It has the a/c compressor mounted on the passenger side and the alternator is mounted on the driver side. I am wanting to install power steering. Does anyone know where I can get a power steering conversion kit? I've checked Summit, Ausleys, and a few others and they don't have a conversion kit for the sbc with a/c compressor. I would also be interested in finding someone who is able to do this procedure. I live in Smithville, Mo.
 

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I have a '66 El Camino with a 350 ci engine. It has the a/c compressor mounted on the passenger side and the alternator is mounted on the driver side. I am wanting to install power steering. Does anyone know where I can get a power steering conversion kit? I've checked Summit, Ausleys, and a few others and they don't have a conversion kit for the sbc with a/c compressor. I would also be interested in finding someone who is able to do this procedure. I live in Smithville, Mo.
 
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