Hanging the alternator, power-steering pump, and other drive accessories to your Chevy project engine in the past could prove challenging. Not anymore. These days, the aftermarket offers a wide array of quality accessory-drive systems that'll meet anything you can throw at them.
After finalizing the necessary accessories, you need to choose the standard V-grove versus a serpentine-belt setup, the material, and the finish. Then the additional drive accessories must be carefully mapped out in the engine compartment for any clearance issues.
For the project at hand, we were looking for a modern-style belt system with a highly polished finish, one that placed the accessory components as close to the factory positioning as possible, vital to providing adequate hood clearance. The answer: Redd Machining & Manufacturing, which produces a complete line of pulley systems under the Concept One brand. From its vast assortment of products, the Wide Kit unit for air conditioning and power steering provided the perfect solution. The system specifically calls for the use of an Edelbrock Victor series Corvette-style water pump and a Sanden air-conditioning compressor (not included) for a perfect fit and trouble-free installation.
Yes, loyal CHP readers, we performed the installation process shown here as an out-of-body engine experience-done for clarity of the install-and the process followed here can apply to most common pulley-system installations. Conventional mechanic's hand tools and a torque wrench are all that is needed, so follow along as we belt this powerplant in high style.
Installing Concept One's Wide...
Installing Concept One's Wide Kit System
Our starting point is a 383...
Our starting point is a 383 stroker destined for an upcoming Chevelle project.
After removing the water pump...
After removing the water pump and crank pulley, we decided to give the block a fresh finish prior to installation. We enlisted Audrey, one of our helpers on the project, who did a superb job of spraying the semi-flat black finish.