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Title: Power steering bracket not fitting... anyone else have to do this?
Post by: 28chevyguy on February 08, 2019, 10:20:57 AM
(edit ***  I am working on a 68 camaro )

So I have a power steering pump and bracket from the 68 camaro,  the motor is a little newer and balancer is bigger (not sure exactly what the engine came from ) . anyway the PS bracket wont bolt up next to the balancer because of this.


has anyone just hogged out the PS  to fit around a bigger Balancer?   I think it should work but I feel bad mutilating an original bracket... I guess its better than not have power steering at all .   Not sure what style bracket was on this motor to begin with , i believe its a 74 small block 350 .


Im tackling multiple issues on this car at the moment.  not even going get into the "right stuff" Prop vavle im trying to get to reset !!!
Title: Re: Power steering bracket not fitting... anyone else have to do this?
Post by: madmike3434 on February 08, 2019, 10:30:20 AM
your putting power steering on a 28 chevy ?  Is it a bus or a 3 ton truck model .

mike
Title: Re: Power steering bracket not fitting... anyone else have to do this?
Post by: chopper526 on February 08, 2019, 11:29:54 AM
28chevyguy, I don't think cutting to fit is wrong, as long as you don't compromise the integrity or strength of the bracket.

madmike, your just wrong....hehehe ;)
Title: Re: Power steering bracket not fitting... anyone else have to do this?
Post by: sixball on February 08, 2019, 11:43:02 AM
Your are putting a 350 in an old Chevy but you feel bad about cutting the power steering bracket?  :o
My '70 Blazer didn't have power steering but needed it. I had trouble finding the right bracket. There are several styles. When I recently put power steering on the 350 of unknown year in my '68 flatbed I lucked out and the first one I got fit. I even found the right pulleys.  :)
Title: Re: Power steering bracket not fitting... anyone else have to do this?
Post by: 28chevyguy on February 08, 2019, 12:05:15 PM
sorry I confused everyone LOL    the car is a 68 camaro Im trying to finish up .    I didn't want to cut the bracket but have no choice, I guess I screwed up by putting a '74 engine in classic industries shows a similar bracket labeled 65-68 so apparently they wont work with motors with bigger balancers .
Title: Re: Power steering bracket not fitting... anyone else have to do this?
Post by: sammons on February 08, 2019, 12:57:37 PM
I don't know which bracket you have. My brother is at work right now, we put power steering on his '67 Camaro (factory 350 RS/SS).  I'm not sure but I think we just used Corvette P.S. bracket on it. If so here is my coupe with factory '69 Vette 350 bracket.  It's on my 301(283), my balancer on this os 6 3/4" and there is 3/4" between balancer and bracket. If I remember maybe Chev used 6"(early) & 8" (later) 350's ?

Sorry, damn phone crashed on up load. My bracket I believe was used many years and on others like Impalas etc. No harm in modifiying!
Title: Re: Power steering bracket not fitting... anyone else have to do this?
Post by: madmike3434 on February 08, 2019, 01:32:54 PM
sounds like he has a HI-PO 350 LT1 with 8" balancer.  That's most likely causing the problem so he needs correct matching bracket for his PS pump.

I bet street and performance in MENA ark has the right brackets.

mike lynch
Title: Re: Power steering bracket not fitting... anyone else have to do this?
Post by: 28chevyguy on February 08, 2019, 05:18:53 PM
Yes  8" balancer . pretty sure i need the one like sammons posted ,  it doesnt have any excess between the bolts and balancer

here is the useless bracket i have currently
Title: Re: Power steering bracket not fitting... anyone else have to do this?
Post by: sammons on February 08, 2019, 06:14:31 PM
I'll bet you could just cut the passenger side off flush with the edge of the bolt area, and weld a support from the inner(rear) to outer(front) between block bolt holes. Would be welded on top of the front lower access hole. I've modified a lot of different brackets thru the years, wouldn't bother me ;)

I think the first time I was in search of the type I use, was back in the 70s. Popped the hood on one of our junkers, a '66 Caprice and  it was same as Vette. That set up seems to clear all the different balancers.

Add: Brother just called, he had originaly ordered the Camaro bracket, but it didn't fit his balancer either. Did use the Vette set-up.
**Chevron has the best fix below**
Title: Re: Power steering bracket not fitting... anyone else have to do this?
Post by: ChevRon on February 08, 2019, 07:29:28 PM
  My two cents worth.. Weld a thick wall tube on the bottom hole from the back to front flange. Slice off the existing bracket up to the tube. Use a long grade eight bolt.  Ron 


  You could do the same to the top bolt and tie them together as sammons said but between the tubes...
Title: Re: Power steering bracket not fitting... anyone else have to do this?
Post by: 28chevyguy on February 10, 2019, 09:00:33 AM
I think my little problem is solved.   I could cut and weld it no doubt, but for 29 bucks shipped i'll just buy the dam thing and it even comes chrome for that price.    I appreciate everyones comments.   
Title: Re: Power steering bracket not fitting... anyone else have to do this?
Post by: ChevRon on February 10, 2019, 10:02:57 AM
28Chevyguy.. That's the best solution.... Good luck  Ron
Title: Re: Power steering bracket not fitting... anyone else have to do this?
Post by: 62131 on February 10, 2019, 10:38:06 AM
Well another problem solved   an easy solution :)