I have a 1965 Mopar 383 Big Block with factory air conditioning. I would like to remove the air conditioning from the engine, including the A/C pump. Unfortunately, the belts for the accessories are not laid out in such a way that I can simply remove the pump and reroute the belts.
In the A/C configuration, the alternator and A/C pump are on the same double belt. Then the water pump is on its own belt with a tensioner pulley, and the power steering pump is on its own belt with no tensioner.
In the non-A/C configuration, the water pump and the alternator are on the same belt with no tensioner, and the power steering pump remains on its own, also with no tensioner.
The problem with converting is that, obviously, the alternator and water pump pulleys are not on the same plane! I am not sure what needs to change to get them to line up. I suspect that I need some combination of the following:
- Alternator bracket
- Water pump housing
- Water pump pulley
But I'm not sure. Could someone who is familiar with the two engine configurations please help me understand what I need to change to get the alternator and water pump to be on the same belt?