I made a half inch thick ally bracket mounted on the front of the case as per the pics in this thread (PLUS support from the rear...)
Only problem is... You can line it up so that the belt rubs on the bracket or line it up so that the alternator pulley rubs on the front engine cover.. I notice on the thisoldtractor there are no pics of Kurt's bracket WITH the cover on. grrrrrrrrr
Kurt thomas if you're out there tell me how you did it!!!!!!
I think he mentioned chopping “ears” off cover in his spiel
But remember the cover is just aesthetic, doesn’t actually seal anything
At best is a guard against stones getting to belt
Before you attack cover I’d be tempted to test run with no cover at all, like almost every car
You can also space cover out to get a bit of clearance