455 into 67 Skylark. Power steering brackets?

Discussion in 'Street/strip 400/430/455' started by Jmj3783, Oct 15, 2017.

  1. Jmj3783

    Jmj3783 Member

    Hello everybody! I'm happy to be part of such a great community of Buick people!
    I put a 455 into my 67 skylark, one issue I'm having is the power steering pump sits so high, the belt is rubbing. I've read conflicting info on diff aluminum mount and a diff year metal bracket but can't find anyone verifying if it worked.
    Anyone know what brackets (cars/years) I can use to help lower the power steering pump? Thank you, and I'm sure by the time it's finished I might have another question for anyone who's done this swap into a 67 as well. Thank you!
     
  2. No Lift

    No Lift Platinum Level Contributor

    I'm not 100% that they will fit the '67 PS if you have something other than the standard looking pump. If you have a roundish pump then you need the '68-70(?) BBB assembly. Otherwise you need the steel BBB power steering pump mounts that go on the front and rear of the pump itself. The pump and aluminum bracket are the same. They drop the pump just enough to clear the water pump. I believe somebody was selling just the mounts. I'm not sure who. Somebody might be able to chime in on who sell them. Picture of what you have would help.
     
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  3. No Lift

    No Lift Platinum Level Contributor

    A picture I found:

    http://www.buickperformanceclub.com/ps4.jpg

    Yours may look like this but the steel brackets are subtly longer, especially looking at the top part of the bracket, on this setup pushing the pump farther out for the belt to clear the pump.
     
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  4. Jmj3783

    Jmj3783 Member

    Here are some pictures, you can see the belt rubbing..barely..
     

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  5. Ant Legrand

    Ant Legrand Well-Known Member

    It looks you might have the correct brackets, but possibly they are not on correctly? I think I have the same brackets but the 2 steel brackets that bolt to the front & back of the pump are more horizontal. Yours look angled up very high. Is it possible you are using the wrong holes in the pump?
     

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  6. Jmj3783

    Jmj3783 Member

    Looks similar, but the way mine is mounted is the only way it bolts up. Any other way and the holes don't line up. Do you know what year and car your brackets are from? Thanks!
     
  7. 79BlueShark

    79BlueShark Well-Known Member

    Looks like you are using the original small block brackets,,, you will need the metal brackets from a 67-70 GS.
     
  8. Chi-Town67

    Chi-Town67 Gold Level Contributor

    Clyde is right, Yours should look like this..............

    IMG_1401.JPG

    Pic of Joe's (Mr Sunset) '67 GS project.
     
  9. Jmj3783

    Jmj3783 Member

    Ok, thanks for the help I think you are correct! Now, any idea where to find those brackets? Sorry, I'm new to the Buick world but I love my skylark!
     
  10. LOLO

    LOLO Well-Known Member

    upload_2017-10-16_20-59-48.png upload_2017-10-16_20-59-48.png The Parts Place looks like they have the brackets
     
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  11. Ant Legrand

    Ant Legrand Well-Known Member

    The brackets I have are 67 GS 400.
     
  12. Jmj3783

    Jmj3783 Member

    Ahh ok, I think I might have gotten ones from a small block. Now I just need to find brackets like yours and I should be all set!
     
  13. Nicholas Sloop

    Nicholas Sloop '08 GS Nats BSA runner up

    Just to clarify. The triangular aluminum part is "universal." The two steel plates for a small block "slope up." those for a big block "slope down." The Parts Place brackets are what you need.
     
  14. Jmj3783

    Jmj3783 Member

    Thank you for the great information I really appreciate it. Next thing to tackle is the engine height itself. I used the mounts/pads from TA that they said would only raise it 1/8" but the hood hits the air cleaner. It has the edelbrock intake and carb on it from previous owner.
     
  15. StagedCat

    StagedCat Platinum Level Contributor

    Do you have a dropped air cleaner...?
     
  16. Jmj3783

    Jmj3783 Member

    No, I have read about probably needing one of those. Any in particular that might work but isn't a rare find?
     
  17. StagedCat

    StagedCat Platinum Level Contributor

  18. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

  19. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    Just a thought, If you get a slightly longer belt you could raise the pump just enough for the belt to clear the bolt. Another idea I had was a round alan head bolt.
     
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