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Engine Tech / Re: Front Accessory Drive Modifications
Just got back from a vacation and working on buttoning things back up.  Just need to clean up the 3G wiring and attach the fan shroud ... it's just loosely sitting there in the photo and that's why it's right against the tensioner.  Decided on putting in a "Contour" electric fan (actually pulled one from a Cougar ... because why not?).  Putting the regular fan set up back in for the time being while I acquire the fan controller/relays/misc. and clean up the actual fan assembly itself.
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Engine Tech / Re: Front Accessory Drive Modifications
So ... question for those that have done the 3G upgrade ... hoping you can help me.  I unplugged the two connectors from the stock alternator and then per the instructions, out of these two connectors, I cut off the black rectangular one.  I was going to clean up the wiring a little and upon removing some wire loom and electrical tape, I found that the two black/orange wires from this connector go back into a single black/orange wire.  The instructions want you to put ring terminals on each of these wires and then connect them to the back of the alternator.  I have enough length in the harness, so my question is ... can I just cut this wire before it splits into two and then put a single ring terminal to the back of the alternator?  I don't see how this would hurt anything, but figured I would ask in the event anyone has experience with this or has wired their 3G up the same way.

I don't see why you can't cut the two wires off where they merge into one and just put a ring terminal on that one wire. I did that when I swapped to a 3G without issue.

Thanks.  That's what I ended up doing ... just wanted to see if anyone else had done the same without issue.  I don't see how it could cause an issue, but I get a little nervous when dealing with the charging system and making modifications.  I still haven't finished the wiring, hoping to wrap that up this weekend and start her back up.
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Engine Tech / Re: Front Accessory Drive Modifications
When I did my 3g I did wire mine up this way, but along with another 6 gauge charge cable and a 175 amp factory style fuse.

You do not only want to use that single 10 gauge wire as the charge wire for a 3g alt. It will easily melt the wire or possibly burn up the car.

Yeah, I have the stand alone 4 ga fused power wire ... just looking to see if anyone else took these two black/orange wires down to one.  I ended up cutting before the "Y" to take it down to a single wire but I haven't finished the wiring up just yet.
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Engine Tech / Re: Front Accessory Drive Modifications
So ... question for those that have done the 3G upgrade ... hoping you can help me.  I unplugged the two connectors from the stock alternator and then per the instructions, out of these two connectors, I cut off the black rectangular one.  I was going to clean up the wiring a little and upon removing some wire loom and electrical tape, I found that the two black/orange wires from this connector go back into a single black/orange wire.  The instructions want you to put ring terminals on each of these wires and then connect them to the back of the alternator.  I have enough length in the harness, so my question is ... can I just cut this wire before it splits into two and then put a single ring terminal to the back of the alternator?  I don't see how this would hurt anything, but figured I would ask in the event anyone has experience with this or has wired their 3G up the same way.
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Engine Tech / Re: Front Accessory Drive Modifications
Not a ton of progress, but moving along.  Got the alternator bracket assembly all put back together and in the car.  Removed all the smog equipment and blocked the back of the heads ... working on the 3G wiring.
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Engine Tech / Re: Front Accessory Drive Modifications
Since a lot of stuff is out of the way at the moment, took the opportunity to replace my exhaust header gaskets.  I had the paper style ones in there from when we built the motor ... hind sight being 20/20 ... bad decision.  Several of the ports had developed leaks where the gasket had either split or burned out.  I don't put a ton of miles on the car, but it has had an annoying exhaust tick for quite some time.  Put in a set of nice copper gaskets last night, hopefully that corrects the problem going forward.  
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Engine Tech / Re: Front Accessory Drive Modifications
Looks good! I had the accessory brackets on my 5.0L engine powder coated in aluminum color about 10 years ago when I did the engine swap. The aluminum powder coat still looks new and is super easy to clean. Wish I would have powder coated the engine and trans mounts while I was at it...oh well  :nonchalance:

Thanks.  I was heavily considering going with an aluminum color this go round, but am going to do black for all the brackets and then polished aluminum for all the pulleys.  I try to keep clean, but the black should help hide some dirt in the hard to reach places.  I hi-temp rattle can painted most of the stuff red years ago when I built the motor and put it in the car ... problem is ... most of the red on the engine has turned orange over the years due to the heat.  The accessory brackets have stayed red but the heads, block, timing cover, and water pump have all gone orange.
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Engine Tech / Re: Front Accessory Drive Modifications
Nice project.

I went with a 95 amp 3G since I still have a clutch fan. Kept me from having to modify the alternator bracket, as the 95 amp has a smaller case.

The modification to the bracket is pretty minor ... just had to use a cut off wheel to take a small triangle shaped piece out of it, then tried to clean it up and blend it as nicely as I could.  Filed everything smooth and did some light sanding.  It's not really in a visible spot once it's on the car and any remaining imperfections will disappear when it's powder coated.