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Okay, so I bought a '68 302 Cougar thirteen years ago. It had a bent push rod and the intake and head were already off. So I pulled the engine and then did nothing with it until this spring. I bought a '74 van for a donor engine, dropped it in, and got it running today. My question: The bolt holes for the power steering bracket are larger than those on the stock 302. Any suggestions on how to cobb it together? Eventually I'll rebuild and put the original engine back in but I want to drive it the way it is the rest of the summer. I'm not too fond of the armstrong steering though - haha.

 

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The holes you speak of are different because the heads are bored for air injection and the holes are some sort of plug/threaded insert as I recall. Off the top of my head the only way to deal with them is to drill the brackets so you can use the bolts that fit those holes. i am not aware of a "reducer" sleeve to get to the right (original) size, but maybe such a thing exists (don't hold your breath).

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Bob
 
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