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1996 Mustang (SN95) ---> 2.3t swap

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I've got about a dozen different-size serpentine alternator pulleys, Michael (I always remove the pullies before returning rebuilt-alternator cores, lol). As measured across the front face, they range in diameter from about 2.25-ish to 2.75-ish. Obviously, I don't know what size your pulley is, but - if you'd like to slow your alternator slightly and my large one is bigger than yours - I'd be happy to send it to ya'.  Smile
Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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I appreciate the offer, Ray, and will let you know if the mount and tensioner remains problematic.

Have a great day!
Michael
1996 Ford Mustang
2.5t Folvo w/ HE351VE, MS3X, & TKO500

1958 Plymouth Savoy
Flathead 6 and 3-on-the-tree

2018 Audi RS3
2.5t, AWD
11.23 @ 121 mph
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This is the completed alternator bracket. Where the two tabs hang down and bolt to the alternator, I clearanced it so the alternator would pivot more.
   

This photo's angle is from the bottom of the engine bay looking up. You can see the bracket mounted to the motor plate at an angle. The heim joint rod that's hanging down was used on the previous alternator mount to tension the belt. It will be reused with this alternator. I had to swap out the heim joints for some high-angle heim and studded joints. 
   

This is a different angle of the same setup. 
   

The alternator mounts well and, while tight, has clearance everywhere it needs it. It has about 1.5" of swing to tighten the belt. 
   

I'll go buy a slightly longer alternator belt and see if the alternator wiring reaches the new hookups on the alternator. If not, I'll need to lengthen the wires a few inches. The power feed wire goes from the alternator to the fuse panel in the engine bay. If that wire needs lengthened, I'll just replace the 24" (or whatever it is) of wire. 

Have a great day!
Michael
1996 Ford Mustang
2.5t Folvo w/ HE351VE, MS3X, & TKO500

1958 Plymouth Savoy
Flathead 6 and 3-on-the-tree

2018 Audi RS3
2.5t, AWD
11.23 @ 121 mph
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Looks good, Michael. 👍  Soooo........remind me ~ you can't use a "conventional"/Ford low-mount alt brkt because your (solid-mounted) front motor plate is in the way, right?  <shrug>
Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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(01-10-2021, 08:30 PM)TurboRay Wrote:  .
Looks good, Michael. 👍  Soooo........remind me ~ you can't use a "conventional"/Ford low-mount alt brkt because your (solid-mounted) front motor plate is in the way, right?  <shrug>

it’s been a few years so I could be wrong about some of this, but here are the reasons why I ‘think’ not:

- The motor plate is in the way. 
- The DIY intake manifold is in the way
- I’m unsure if the 2.5 block has provisions for that bracket setup. 

I previously ran a BBF in this car with a motor plate. At that time (2003 or so), I installed a tubular k-member without motor stands. When I went the 2.3 route, instead of swapping out the k-member, I just set the 2.3/2.5 up on a motor plate. In hindsight, I should have swapped out the k-member and ran conventional motor mounts. While I do appreciate having the engine mounted low and back in the engine bay, I’m unsure how much that actually helps me (weight transfer/distribution, etc). 

Have a great day!
Michael
1996 Ford Mustang
2.5t Folvo w/ HE351VE, MS3X, & TKO500

1958 Plymouth Savoy
Flathead 6 and 3-on-the-tree

2018 Audi RS3
2.5t, AWD
11.23 @ 121 mph
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