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Randy Have you thought about boring out the bracket and then freezing a solid brass insert that will slip into the bored hole and when it cools, expand for a tight fit. Bore out the brass rod first of course to fit the bushing. drill a hole thru the bracket and brass insert for a grease fitting so you can keep it greased. This should last forever.
Tom,Thats pretty much what I have in mind.
But steel,instead of brass,unless I find a deal on brass!
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The busing on my engine bracket is not that badly worn out but is does have some wear. I believe that your proposed fix will work. Please keep us informed on the progress of your bracket mods.

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Hish,I will keep all of you informed on the repair,my buddy will be home sunday,and I'll be at his shop on monday.
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Hello All

I would like to update ever one on the A/C compressor bracket. After removing the complete assembly off the engine, I found the bushing was cut .030" under sized to the brackets. and the hole for the bolt was .030" oversized. I measured the bracket hole dia. and found that all are the same size and are not egg shaped.
I had a machinist cut a new bushing of 4130 steel, .004" smaller than dia. of the bracket holes. He drilled a new hole for the bolt, .004" larger than the 1/2" bolt. I visited our friendly Fastenal store and bought 2- 1/2" id by 1 3/4" od washers 3/16" thick. I reassembled the system and installed the belts and tensioned them. Next I tightened the bushing bolt as tight as specified by the SAE torque manual. To my surprise the belts alignment was perfect.
Hopefully this info will help others on this site with the same issue.
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Randy,

How did your fellow do?
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So who's got some cost figures for installing a larger sleeve for the stock bushing? The first place I called was talking $150!
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I am not sure what the labor cost per hour in your area, it should not exceed $75.00 and the total time to do what I did was less than one hour. The bushing material was $30.00 the labor to do the job was free. We made a new bushing out of 4130 tool steel, cut the bushing .004" smaller the the hole on the brackets, and drilled a .505" hole in the bushing for the bolt. Also I used thick 3/16" washers to eliminate any possible play. Bolt should be torqued after the belts are tensioned.
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i just picked up my rebuilt bracket tonight,i'll get some pics in the morning,My buddy will do the work,no idea yet on cost.
we bored the egg shaped holes out and pressed a sleave in,then we made a sleave to go in the first sleave,so theres full contact on the sleaves,this will prevent the wear we have seen on my bracket,which seems to be worst than some of the others.
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Randy

You did alot more work on your brackets than I had to. I like the way you did yours. Looking forward to see the pictures. Do you have drawing of the mods?
Great job.
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Since I'm being told $150-200 to sleeve mine, I'm definitely interested in cost and turn around time.
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My buddy says $250 and the bushings are tool steel,he can do it as soon as he gets the brackets.
I got mine back on today and it works fine.
Pics tomorrow.
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