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Thanks, John. I think he has enough room to get to the nut and loosen it. I will let him know what you said. He is not greatly into using a computer much, so I do a lot of the posting for him...
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61 and later Thunderbirds with AC had a PS reservoir on the inner fender. Perhaps these parts could be used?
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Thanks, Joe! I passed that on to Rob and the pic. John ~ jopizz, would this work on Rob's 430MEL engine, or is the PS reservoir for the 430 different? Here is what Joe said and the pic...

"Picture shows the remote reservoir and stock 63 AC compressor. May be a possibility for Rob as Ford used similar PS pumps for many years."
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It would definitely work as the pump is the same. The parts shouldn't be too hard to find used. However it's probably a lot of extra work considering how seldom the fluid would need to be checked.

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Default Rob's 1960 non AC 430 to AC Install

Thanks, John! I passed that onto Rob, and he was already thinking about how he was going to handle that situation. I suggested that he try taking that nut off, and see if he can check his fluid level. If so, without it taking to much, he will probably just leave it a lone. If it is a problem, then he has something to really think through about it. As you said, it is probably not going to be to often that he will need to check it, and he is considering that also. Thanks for confirming that this looks like it would work if he wanted to go that route....
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He can't use lid from post #16 of this thread?
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Henry, he said there is about an inch or slightly less between the top of the reservoir and the bottom of the mounting bracket. It MIGHT fit in that gap right to the left of the bracket where you can see the top of the cover, but he would have to try it... I will send him the pic, and see if he wants to give it a shot... Here is that pic from post 16.
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Rob took some pix of the space between the top of his PS reservoir and the AC mounting bracket. Here is what he had to say.

Hello Ray, Poor photos but I do have about one inch of space to take off the top so I think I am in good shape but I need to make sure that I can open, fill and shut it. Will do that this weekend. Best wishes, Rob."

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That looks tight. Why not move the compressor bracket closer to the center of the block, or make the bracket higher, providing there's space in between the hood. I believe mine is the same set up, or very similar, but I have loads of space. You can see pictures on Our Rides with mine.

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Hi Chris, thanks for that information. I took a look at that pic and I can see what you are saying. I am not sure if your AC is OEM or a CAA "Perfect Fit". In any case, his being a non-AC Tbird, I gather that by having to use that adapter mounting bracket I found for him, to mount to the CAA mounting bracket, that moved the whole system out further than what yours is. Or it might be because Rob has a 430MEL in the engine bay and you have a 352? I will send that picture to Rob, though and post it here also. What is your installation, OEM, or aftermarket, and if aftermarket, which company? Here is what Chris is speaking of...
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