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Help! Alternator Bracket
DRADIS Offline
Junior Member
Quick question,

the bolt that holds the alternator onto the engine was apparently over-tightened by the previous owner of my 87 TC, and the front mounting bracket is broken. The bolt is still holding strong in the rear bracket and obviously being held in place by the belt as well. My FIL suggested we bubba weld an aluminum piece to secure the bolt. I'm not so sure about that, i don't mind a little bit of ingenuity on my daily driver but i don't want to prove america right on being a Tennessean either Smile

i have been trying to find a good picture to show you, but i assume most of you know which part im speaking of. Any ideas on a good way to fix this? Is replacement of that entire aluminum piece required here?
1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe

turbospoolin23 Offline
Senior Member
I can't remember exactly what the bracket looks like. maybe you can find a piece of flat stock and drill a hole for the alt bolt, then line it up and drill a couple more holes through the plate and bracket to attach it. I would recommend replacing the bracket with a good one and save yourself the headaches. They are not hard to find and it's actually a very easy swap if you have a p/s pulley puller.
87 TC 5 spd... 17X9 Cobra R's, .60/.63 SVO T3 Turbo, Large NPR, Manual Boost Controller, AEM Wideband, BPV, K&N Cone, Walbro 255, Kirban AFPR, 3G Alternator Conversion, Short Throw Shifter, Stinger 3" Exhaust, Magnaflow Catalytic Converter & Muffler.

Sean Offline
If yours is like my 88 then bent tension and the back of the bracket will keep the alternator secure, it has no reason to move about.

I'm just leaving mine alone, I've had zero issues
1988 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
160 amp 3G and upgraded charge/power supply cables.

Tbird-fanatic Offline
Senior Member
if your talking about the upper bracket that bolts to the head I've actually got an extra one, if you wanna replace it.
1988 Tbird TC - in pieces - barn find - mods beginning while restoring
2000 F250SD XLT CCSB 7.3 Powerstoke - Daily Driver - AFE intake, Swamps tunes, straight piped

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