<VV> Fan Belt Milage Report

Dennis & Debbie Pleau ddpleau at earthlink.net
Thu Oct 20 20:59:13 EDT 2005

I like to relate my story, when I was in high school driving a Corvair well 
before I ever heard of CORSA or any other Corvair clubs, I used to toss a 
few belts.  Every time a belt came off I tried to put the nest one on 
tighter.  Once I tightened a belt so tight I broke the generator mount.  I 
was using a pry bar on the idler pulley at the time.  I was commuting 
between the peoples republic of Davis and Sacramento (20 miles) 5 days a 
week and was using at least a belt a week.  I wasn't until I got back into 
Corvairs in the mid 80's that I learned the way to keep a belt on a Corvair 
was to put it on loose enough so you can turn the generator or alternator 
fan with on finger.  The way I put them on in high school you could have 
put a wrench on the nut which holds the fan to the generator and turned the 
engine over.  Live and learn.


At 09:23 AM 10/19/2005, Brown, David wrote:
>I went through 3 belts the 1st 2 weeks I had my Corvair, attended my 1st
>club meeting, found out how to not over-tighten them, and now have over
>25,000 miles (& 6 years) on the last belt (Clarks- standard wrapped).  I
>also, early on, cleaned the rusty areas in the grooves which can greatly
>help a belt's lifespan.
>Corvair Houston
>69 Monza cp, #3287, 140/4, 3.27 posi

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