I have had a charging problem on my mustang for a few months now (ever since I got it back on the road from a full restoration). The car is a 66 coupe with a 200 I6. I do have a header installed. It wouldnt wanna charge with anything turned on but the engine. After a while I discover that my alternator being so close to my header was causing it to overheat. With a longer belt installed the alternator charges correctly but the belt is loose and squeaks and I have run out of adjustment room.
I was wondering if a 289 came with a longer alternator bracket? Or if another mustang came with one? I would hate to just guess and buy one from summit without knowing if it would work. Any help would be greatly appriciated!
The V8 adjustment bracket is quite different. If it were mine, I'd weld an extension tab onto the arm you have, to make it, say, an inch longer. Might take a whole hour. Alternatively, a small sheetmetal shield between the header and alternator would cure the problem, too. Doesn't have to be a big box, I'll bet a flat piece 2x4" would do the job, attached to a nearby bolt on either the engine or the alternator.
Amateur restorer. (Well, once in a while I have been paid for it)
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