5.0 Serpentine Belt Setup
Ok, before I start, let me tell you guys what I'm working with. A 1987 Lincoln Continental. It has the 5.0 EFI in it. Nothing special, and most definitely not a Mustang, I know that, but I need a little help. My serpentine belt setup is a little hectic. I have the crank, water pump, A/C, P/S, Alternator, and what my diagram says is my Air pump (what I'm guessing is for the Air ride suspension). My problem is, that the previous owner of this car was trying to get it to be a lowrider and took everything out that controlled the Air springs. They drilled and tapped the air springs, and attatched what looks like vacuum brake lines with pretty much a tire valve on the ends of the line. This makes it so I can lift and lower the car at my whim. And yeah, I know thats not really what those are supposed to be doing, but douche previous owner did it for me, severing solenoids and the like making it a pretty mean task to fix and replace all those parts and lines. Ok, thats the situation, now Like I said, the diagram on my car that shows the serp layout says this is the Air pump as I stated above, and since I no longer have the lines or units to run the Air ride system like it's supposed to, I want to completely remove the Air Pump set up. Now my question is, doing this, would I need to do anything more than just, remove the unit, and get a smaller belt? Or would there be more to the process? I got this car almost a year ago, and I've been wanting to clean up the engine, I know its not very high output, and its a pretty heavy car (almost 5k lbs) but I want this thing to run like the day it left the lot. The exterior and interior of the car is almost flawless, minus some clear coat on the hood and trunk (small patches though) Headliner inside is perfect, all the bells and whistles on this baby works, and I want to keep driving this luxury machine around. But I need to start putting some love into the engine. Its a nice sounding engine. Purrs like a kitten (did at least till I put about a 6-7 inch hole in my muffler, lol) Anyone's insight would help me a lot. And I'd really appreciate it, especially since it isn't exactly a 5.0 stang. Also, I'm still trying to keep the P/S and A/C running still. Not trying to make it a race car, just a daily driver.