Affordable Style Track Serpentine Kit - March This Way

We Install March's New Affordable Style Track Serpentine Kit On A Hot Little Small-Block.

Dan Ryder Jul 1, 2008 0 Comment(s)

Once the supplied water pump (which is a reverse-rotation unit) is slid into place, the four threaded stainless spacers are installed using antiseize on the threads. The shorter 1.9-inch spacer goes in the lower passenger side position.

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We proceeded by installing the crankshaft pulley via the three provided fasteners followed by the reinstallation of the dampener bolt in the center. It was now time to mount the main bracket utilizing the four 3/8-16x1-inch fasteners. Besides the main bracket, Genovese installed this threaded bushing into the alternator support bracket, which is crucial for proper mounting/fitment of the alternator assembly.

Pictured is the alternator installed utilizing the threaded bushing and the spacer provided. Do not fully tighten the alternator at this time, as it will need to tbe moved for belt tension adjustment later. About one hour into the install we are looking good using basic hand tools and a set of Allen heads.

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It was now time to install the chrome Sanden A/C compressor. Once bolted into position (again, leaving it loose for adjustment), Genovese installed the water pump pulley by installing the four provided dab of Loctite on the threaded portions.

Coming down the home stretch, Genovese installed the hose extension into the water pump, which will be used to transfer coolant toward the heater core for the heating system. Next, Genovese slipped the six-rib, 62-inch serpentine belt (which is included and can be easily obtained at any local parts house when it's time for replacement) into place following the proper routing procedure. March provides this nifty belt tension adjustment tool to aid in proper adjustment and alignment.

According to the supplied instructions, the serpentine belt is tight when it can't be moved more then 1 inch at its longest span between pulleys. Once the proper adjustment is achieved and all the accessories are tightened, Store the adjuster in a safe place for future use. We also opted for the # 450 billet remote power steering reservoir to maintain fluids in style (available at additional cost). A stainless breaded power steering kit also available.

After a couple of hours of what we believe to be enjoyable labor, the March Style Track kit was installed and looking great. As far as the tedious task of continuously polishing this unit, forget it. The Style Track is powdercoated with clear for a long-lasting shine. With its rigid design, extremely good looks, and a price tag $500 less than a comparable system, we believe we've finally encountered a "deal."




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