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Cloth Reproduction fan belts

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When I first put my L79 together I spent the extra money for reproduction belts. The alternator needed some shimming and the first time I wound it up both the AC and alternator belt flipped upside down. I hate the look of saw tooth belts but wondering if any body else has had an issue. The other day I took her through the gears and when I got home the AC belt was upside down. I noticed the cloth was worn on one side exposing the rubber beneath it. I did correct the alignment issue but the belt did still flip. Can I assume the belt is no longer usable and I should just buy a new one or the belts do not work well and I should just by a better belt. I really like the look of the repro's. Thanks

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I was led to believe that once a belt flip's its no good. Some of the nylon threads on one side of the belt have given up. Nothing you can do except get another.. Don't try aligning the pulleys if they all look straight because the issue is in the belts not the pulleys. Unless your pulleys are worn out. These new aluminum pulleys don't last too long.. Also make sure the belt goes inside the pulley grove just a little. The sides of the belt and pulleys are what's doing all the work here... I look for those Gates belts with the green writing on them. There are a few other belt manufactures that are just as good though..
What ever you do don't get one of those complicated serpentine belt systems..
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