In my personal quest to build the complete pulley system for my 302 build, I have come to find out that things aren’t as easy as picking out what you need and pressing the “Order” button. There are a lot of factors that can determine bracketry and pulleys. For example, In my own personal experience, I made the mistake of ordering random alternator brackets off of eBay because they said they fit a 302. Upon arrival, they were mis-machined and did not include the correct hardware. I also ordered a power steering pump bracket in billet and upon arrival, it was not for my new Saginaw style pump….
After much frustration, I was lucky enough to stumble upon CVF Racing’s website. Their site is well put together and has tons of useful photos that assist with the proper parts selection. Additionally, their customer support is super friendly and their response time for me was less than 10 minutes from my first email to them. They informed me that some of the parts that I had ordered (I was rushing) might not fit and they wanted additional details. I provided photos and info and they got my order right!
Here are a few problems I ran into while building my system:
- When using a Saginaw style pump, make sure you order a pulley that is for a keyway and not press-fit. Most aftermarket Saginaw’s will be keywayed.
- Make sure you pay close attention to the lower radiator host location on your water pump. This makes a difference when it comes to proper pulley selection.
- Notes from CVF:
The lower radiator hose tells us whether your water pump is 5.7″ tall or 5.42″ tall and that makes a big difference in the pulleys (see attached). It also makes a difference in the brackets because it tells me how long the spacers need to be.
- When running a V-Belt system like mine, you need to make sure that the water pump is clockwise rotation. V-Systems will only work with clockwise rotation pumps.
Here is what I ordered:
Water Pump Pulley 3V
Alternator Pulley 1V
3 Piece Pulley Kit Here SBFL33KIT-3HF
Alternator Bracket 302-ALTBRKT-D
Power Steering Bracket (Saginaw Style) 302-PSBRKT-S
Power Steering Pulley SCR2PS