Alternator bracket: PI intake on NPI car

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  1. delling3

    delling3 Active Member

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    Started tearing things down to do a cam and intake swap, and ran into a head scratcher. My car is a '96. I had understood that the alternator bracket is not a direct swap to a PI intake, due to variations in bolt spacing. So, I just took my bracket and matched it up with the FRPP PI Intake and the bolt holes match up perfectly. Having a difficult time understanding what I am seeing here. Can anyone help?
     
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    If they match up perfectly.....roll with it!
    But i have to ask about your curiosity. Are you thinking this new intake isnt correct or the old intake wasnt correct?
     
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    Naw, clearly the intake on the car is an NPI type, and the new one is just as clearly PI. Just everything I saw said that the brackets wouldn’t transfer. My bracket looks different from OEM though.
     
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    lwarrior1016 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    I’m pretty sure that’s going to be a difference between intakes with the plastic crossover vs the aluminum crossover. My 98 had an aluminum crossover and the bracket swapped to the pi intake just fine.
     
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    I have to assume that my car had a broken manifold that was replaced at some point - it clearly is an NPI intake but has the aluminum crossover. I have heard reports of some late NPI cars already having the aluminum crossover, but mines a 96. Here is a picture of the bracket - as you can see it has a "fin" which extends back from the alternator mount.

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    You can see the bracket in this shot. It covers some of the lines that cross over from side to side between the alternator and the throttle body/plenum. I have never seen a Mustang with this type bracket, but based on the part number, I think it's a Dorman part number - probably came with the replacement intake.

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    Thanks.
     

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    My stock bracket from my 1998 fit the manifold, but the alternator back upper bolt boss had to be clearanced to fit.
     
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    As in it was hitting the aluminum crossover. I just filed the boss until I had 1/8" clearance.
     
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    FYI if ya do do that, cover those little holes in the alt with some tape