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  1. Stardust71

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    I am doing a 250 to 302 swap with a ATK crate engine. I thought getting a crate engine would make things easier and all I would need to do is put on the final touches and drop it in. But, man, I am stuck at the accessories. I have factory A/C and power steering, plus alternator to mount. The A/C compressor is the square York style. None of the L6 brackets fit, which isn't surprising, but what is suprising are the number of different bracket styles on ebay for 70's era 302's. My two main goals are cost and ease of assembly. I dont want to start a snowball of part changes just to get the accessories on.

    This ebay listing seems the most obvious as it says it actually came from a 71 Comet:
    70-77 MAVERICK COMET 302 V8 ALTERNATOR POWER STEERING MOUNT BRACKETS OEM SET | eBay
    but it is also missing the A/C bracket and I am also not really sure how these brackets mount up.

    Then there are these:
    1970-1973 Mustang 302 351W 351C A/C Air Conditioning Compressor Bracket | eBay
    1971 Ford Mustang Cougar Torino AC Conditioning Compressor Bracket D1AA-2882-BA | eBay
    1971 1972 1973 Mustang Maverick Torino Mercury ORIG 302 P/S PUMP w A/C BRACKET | eBay1971 1972 1973 Mustang Mach 1 Boss Torino Cougar ORIG 302 351C P/S PUMP BRACKET | eBay

    Then, of course there, are all the aftermarket options, most of which don't seem to support the factory A/C compressor and are usually more expensive.

    I am just overloaded and need some help finguring out what I need and how to assemble them.

    My accessories:
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    The Engine:
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    Ummm, bad news... Your engine is setup for passenger side inlet water pump, those are pre 1970. Also use a different timing pointer and harmonic balancer(aftermarket probably OK) Brackets you're picturing will not fit that setup. I'd look for the '68/'69 brackets.

    Here's my Comet setup showing driver side lower hose. Bracket pictured will not fit the '69 water pump.

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    I tried the newer bracket when I inst P/S on my Fairlane, nada gonna fit.

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    Krazy, in the lower picture, it looks like you did not install the spacer behind the pump bracket? 1/2"-5/8" spacer was used to take up the space where the A/C pedestal would mount.
     
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    Also, I was planning on reusing the PS pump from the 250, but eyeballing things up it looks like the male connection for the pressure hose is going to hit the head. I know the v8 version uses a female connector. Im guessing that is why.
     
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    Yes, there's a spacer.

    AFAIK that bracket was used on all V8 engines '67-'69, same one on my 428. The '70 Shelbys used same but were left over '69 that were retitled as 1970.

    I dunno, what I do know, '72 all swapped to female outlet.
     
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    Yeah, that was pretty dumb having two different models for no reason. I guess Ford finally figured that out.
     
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