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Flathead fan belt

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by chiro, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. chiro
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    Okay, it's a lame question, but it will save me many trips back and forth to the only semi-close parts house that has a guy with a brain behind the counter trying to get it right.

    I have a 59AB flatty. Trimmed off the front sheave of the crank pulley to clear the cross-member of my AV8 and am going to run a generator mounted radiator fan and a single belt to drive the water pumps and generator.

    Anybody have the correct belt length or even a number who has done a similar set-up?

    Thanks,

    Andy
  2. hotrodderhaag
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    im sure you already know, but :
    just get some 1/2 nylon rope and string it around the all the pulleys, and measure the overall length. since i believe those accept a 5/8 belt it will be close.
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    ^^^Yeah, I've done that before and it always requires several trips back and forth to the parts house. Like I said in the original post, the only place near me with a guy that has a brain behind the counter really isn't all that close. In fact, he's an hour away. LOL
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    I've been dealing with the local NAPA for some time and they know that I'm a "hobbyist", not a paid mechanic. I do the rope thing and they'll give me several belts to try and then do the paperwork for the one that fits when I bring them back. I don't have to leave the wife there anymore as collateral either. (Or they don't want me to?)
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  5. model.A.keith
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    this might help, sorry for the poor pic, probably stolen from Ford Barn.......:rolleyes:


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  6. GreenMonster48
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    I've danced this dance before with my flathead. The replacement part fan belt wasn't even close to the original one. I just went to my local lawnmower place and grabbed every belt within a few inches of what I measured, then returned the ones I didn't need next time. The ol' lawnmower belt has held up now for hundreds of miles.

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