All buttoned up

The conversion of the front engine accessories is complete. This included relocation the alternator, and going with a older Delco style power steering pump, also relocated. You can read about what was required here. I was even lucky enough to be able to use the alternator harness in the new location, only moving the lead from the under hood relay panel, to the main battery post on the starter. You may notice the alternator does not have a typical wiring harness, it is a one wire setup, designed to self-excite (no not like that lol).

All that was required to finish it was a 43.5″ belt for the power steering pump, and a 44″ belt for the alternator. There were no leaks once the power steering reservoir was filled and the air was bled. using the stock Dakota pump ensures there are no issues with incorrect pump pressure or volume, as some GM pumps use lower pressure and volume than some other systems. This can cause slow or heavy steering response. None of which is present on the truck. Steering wheel feels just like it did with the stock engine. I couldn’t be happier.

The only issue I encountered was the alternator got excessively hot with the engine running for about 5-10 minutes. I’m not sure if this was caused by the low state of charge in the battery (had to jump it after cranking it for a bit after running it out of gas), or because I do not have sufficient engine to chassis to battery grounds. I may try running a secondary ground from the back of the alternator and see if this fixes the issue. Either way, the annoying belt alignment issues are gone and no more squealing belt!