Power steering bracket mod?

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  1. mgalvez

    mgalvez Farmall Cub

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    This weekend I am going to change the valve cover gaskets on my 1974 Scout II (345ci). The car was equipped with a smog pump, but it has been de-smogged. I read somewhere (I cannot find where I read this after searching again) that a good mod is to cut the part of the power steering bracket off that hangs over the valve cover. Is that a good or bad idea? What else can this portion be used for (on board air?) And finally, does this mod make it easier to remove the valve covers?
     
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    gillis51 Binder Driver

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    Did it to mine with no I'll effect. Cut it with an angle grinder with wafer blade the rounded the edges with grinder and carberundum blade. Sand blasted then black powder coat. Looks nice and makes it a lot easier to get the valve cover on / off.
     
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    Do I need to remove the bracket to remove the valve cover?
     
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    I didnt need to. Having the top of the bracket off makes removal and installation a lot easier though
     
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    I've seen a few people that have done that. But your only talking a few bolts. Good time to remove the pump and clean anyways.

    I used that bracket to mount a Ford G1 alternator that I used to weld with.
    No mod to the alt, just hook up 12 volts to ignite the alt and connect up some leads. I can post pics of the bracket if you want

    I've since added some nice welding leads, and wear gloves.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bez0gqBOQA


    I have a power steering pump bracket that does not have the smog part if you want to trade.
     
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    On the power steering, I silver solder a washer to the part that holds the pump in place.

    Makes it easy to get the pump off and not bust the bracket.

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    tdc Dreams of Cub Cadets

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    you mean like this.?
     

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    tdc, that is exactly what I want to do. The idea of a welding alternator sounds like a good use as well. Don Hamis, I would not get rid of power steering, just the part of the bracket that holds the air pump for smog. Well, Saturday I will put in the new gaskets and I will look at it. Thanks for the input guys, very useful.
     
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    rubiconundrum Farmall Cub

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    I have my daughters '75 Scout II while she's deployed, and I'm giving it some TLC. I'm replacing a leaking PS pump, and I can't figure out how to remove the bracket from the pump. In a previous reply, R290 posted a picture of my problem - the "sleeve". Any magic tricks I need to know about? What am I missing?

    Sid in N TX
     
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    Tom Mandera Dreams of Cub Cadets

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    Small pry bar to work that annoying sleeve out.
     
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    You need to get that sleeve out and the rest just falls apart.
    Gently use a screw driver to pry it out. Careful not to bust the casting
     
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    rubiconundrum Farmall Cub

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    You got the annoying part right! If my patience holds out, I'll work on it bit longer. Thanks.
     

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