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    Quote Originally Posted by mluder View Post
    Isn't there already an AC belt tensioner?
    The threads are stripped out of that hole on my car's engine.
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    Hey Farrar, can you put up links from McMaster?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farrar View Post
    You can make your own one of these from off-the-shelf parts. Matt Spittle has done so and the parts for mine will arrive tomorrow.

    Edit: Got a pic --

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    That's an elegant solution. I did the same for my clutch pedal adjustment, but too much force on it (and its size) caused failure. I think I will be adding this to my list of enhancements however. For the time being I just lever a long handled yard tool between the alternator and the block and tighten the bolt....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spittybug View Post
    That's an elegant solution. I did the same for my clutch pedal adjustment, but too much force on it (and its size) caused failure. I think I will be adding this to my list of enhancements however. For the time being I just lever a long handled yard tool between the alternator and the block and tighten the bolt....
    I agree that this looks like a great idea. It's also on my list of things to do on my car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitsyncmaster View Post
    I agree that this looks like a great idea. It's also on my list of things to do on my car.
    I installed it on mine yesterday and really like it. With two 5/16" wrenches (or in my case one 5/16" and one 1/2" because I couldn't find the other 5/16" wrench yesterday...) I can get the alternator belt nice and tight, and the Heim joints make up for the curve in the original bracket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farrar View Post
    I installed it on mine yesterday and really like it. With two 5/16" wrenches (or in my case one 5/16" and one 1/2" because I couldn't find the other 5/16" wrench yesterday...) I can get the alternator belt nice and tight, and the Heim joints make up for the curve in the original bracket.
    So is your parts list compete and you would not change anything if doing it again?

    I was wondering if that coupler had both CW and CCW threads.
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    It is the ball joint end that has the left handed threads.

    I received my ebay parts in the mail yesterday but haven't taken them out of the box yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitsyncmaster View Post
    I was wondering if that coupler had both CW and CCW threads.
    The end with left-hand threads is marked with a line.

    The parts list is complete, including the jam nuts with LH and RH threads. Everything is stainless except the coupler, which is only available in aluminum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farrar View Post
    The end with left-hand threads is marked with a line.

    The parts list is complete, including the jam nuts with LH and RH threads. Everything is stainless except the coupler, which is only available in aluminum.
    Thanks. I will place my order for the parts. Good job getting the right parts first time.
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