Shop tip to anyone rebuilding a 60s-70s engine: try not to mix pulleys, water pump, and harmonic balancer from different years. Yes they will all fit, but the pulleys may not line up.


Asked by Feb 28, 2014 at 12:10 PM about the Pontiac GTO

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Pontiac changed pulley design nearly every year, for many different models and applications. The water pump changed from 8 bolt to 11 bolt in 69 but there are also short snout and long snout variations. The harmonic damper changed from 3 bolt to 4 bolt in 68. My point is, try to keep the front of the engine consistent, If you're rebuilding a mid-70's 400 and want it to look like a mid 60's, take the time to match everything. Timing cover, pump, pulleys, harmonic damper, air conditioning. There are combos that will work, but many that don't.

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Been there, huge hassle - added power steering to my '68 - Thanks to my friend Steve Snyder (RIP Steve...) we found a combination that worked but it took several tries!

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Sometimes you have to try full-size combos when adding PS or AC. Why Pontiac made them different I have no idea. Glad you were able to make it work!

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