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Re: Need Alternator Mount - 1989 200tq...

>Several purposes have been suggested for the shaft.  It is certainly
>used as the anchor point for tool #2084.  The best other purpose I've
>heard is that it's designed to lift the front of the engine in a heavy
>smash and help to guide it under the floor.

If it's the part I think it is, it's a snubber designed to limit the amount of
engine movement under acceleration ... I doubt it would have much effect on
controlling the engine's movement during a front-end crash.