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Old 08-22-2008, 10:59 PM   #1
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Pictures may tell the story better, but basically, I am tapping pan for a 1/2NPT bung, for a slip on drain. There wasn't a lot of room to work with and I had to get real macguyver to get the various drill bits and the tap in there around PS lines, etc. When I finally got done I found that I was just a little bit to high - the bung is going to screw in, but the top of the barb is in full contact with the power steering pump. Options, so far as I can see:

1. Take the bracket off and cut the offending piece of the bracket off
2. grind a groove into the bracket so that the drain line can slip on
3. source a manual steering rack, delete the power steering and the bracket along with it
4. forget the slip on drain and see if I can get a 1/2 NPT to AN angled adapter, and go stainless on the drain...if that would fit

there is always the possibility that if I screw it in all the way, there will be more clearance, but I can't be sure.
thoughts?
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Old 08-22-2008, 11:08 PM   #2
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Grind the bracket. It's over designed as far as I can see (just put P/S on my car).
Just don't cut all the way through it.

Angled fitting might be easier if you can find one.


Edit: isn't that the A/C pump? I thought the P/S pump was on top.
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Old 08-22-2008, 11:13 PM   #3
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I dunno dude,options 1 & 2 seem about the same.

It seems like the only way to angle it would be down but I don't think you want to do that. You need gravity to drain your oil. If you angle it down,oil may pool up in your drain and cause problems.

#3 depends on how much you would miss your power steering.

I would just grind enough of a radius in the bracket to clear a hose and clamp. But thats just me. Mabey somebody will chime in with a better idea.

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Old 08-22-2008, 11:20 PM   #4
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I'm pretty sure that is not PS related?
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Yea,that should be the a/c. What was I thinking?

By the way,if you put it any deeper you might hit the oil pump pickup. That could be bad.
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remove the ac. problem solved.
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yeah, you guys are right, that is the ac pump - I have no problem deleting that. Never use it. Do I need an idler pully in order to retain PS though?

As to depth, if I stick my finger in there i can feel the pickup, I didn't damage it (phew) and there is a decent amount of distance to it, though I should probably lop off half my threads with a cutoff wheel to be sure.
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Cool! I've heard of people drilling right into them.
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answered my own question - you can get a typical PS, no ac belt from mazda/advance/whoever and it works. Sweet. minus 35lbs and no more worries. Phew! Thanks guys!
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I can't live without my a/c...I'm too old for that crap. I need cold air blowing on my old man nuts!
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I had a similar issue. I removed the a/c compressor bracket, attached installed the oil drain line, then reinstalled the bracket.

The difference was I have a pipe fitting then a barbed fitting then the hose. I couldn't tighten the barbed fitting onto the pipe fitting because the corner of the "nut" would strike the comp bracket.
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yeah, you guys are right, that is the ac pump - I have no problem deleting that. Never use it. Do I need an idler pully in order to retain PS though?

I'd just grind the bracket away. I was really close to not being able to fit the hose on mine as well.

if you do delete it, the p/s has the tensioner so it's all you need.
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