jgregg13 wrote:I share your concern for the clearance to the belt running close to the tensioner, especially if the belt is worn and stretched a bit. Respect to FTF Greg that the water pump drive is better his way, but either way there is good wrap on the WP and it's not unusual to have it after the tensioner.
Agreed, I think it will be okay either way and I can certainly report back after I cross that bridge.
jgregg13 wrote:In my case i'll be using an electric fan, so that reduces the load on the WP pulley. It's probably a moot point (I'm often moot) but a better location for the tensioner would be after the alternator or if the AIR pump is used after it.
I also plan on using an electric fan as I may need to mount the fan forward of the radiator due to space constraints. The Ford 300 CI I6 is a bit longer than I had anticipated over the originally installed International 214 CI I6.
jgregg13 wrote:Mine is in pieces at the moment, so I can't tell you what the clearance would be for FTF's layout. I've also milled about 1.25" off the mounting bosses of the PS/AC bracket to tuck it in for engine compartment clearance in my old Chevy.
Can you share more about the steps you took to mill down the bracket? On the serpentine bracket the top-most through-hole mount has hardly 1.25" thickness to begin with - where did you take out the material? This may be of interest to me considering my space constraints.
jgregg13 wrote:You also might note the Saginaw PS pump from a Ford van (with the van mounting bracket) just so I don't go deaf listening to that Ford pump.
Are you suggesting using a Saginaw PS pump instead of the stock PS pump? Does the "van mounting bracket" replace the entire bracket assembly on the Ford 300 EFI engine or is it an added piece similar to the small AC bracket hanger? If it fully replaces the stock bracket, does it move the position of the PS pump significantly and if so in which relative direction(s)?