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My power steering pump and bracket was jimmy rigged onto my 64 1/2 mustang whenever I bought it and now the belt is almost always loose and I cant tighten it any further. Should I get the right kind of pump and bracket or should I add a tensioner to it and see if that helps?
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With no info, description, or photos it is hard to help you. How is the tension held in place? What kind of belt?
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If the belt is loose and you can't tighten it any further, you need a shorter belt. That being said, it is always a good idea to get the right parts. I wouldn't try to add a tensioner; it never had one to begin with, so trying to add one will only complicate things and be more jimmy rigging.
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Here some pictures of my power steering pump and bracket. You can see where the previous owner had put some washers behind the bracket.
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The washers behind the bracket is because that bolt goes into the water pump housing. It looks like you have at least 1/2" or more adjustment slot left in that bracket. It should tighten the belt. Is the pump hitting something to prevent more tension?

Loosen the main mount bolt, which should be at the pivot point. Loosen the bolt in the slot. Find a place you can put a lever and tighten the belt. Then tighten the slot bolt then the pivot bolt.
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