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If It's not one thing. . . - Jul 30, 2013

I picked up the '37 Plymouth coupe from it's parking garage to drive to the shop today and it threw a belt.

No big deal, thinks I. The parts store is only a 1/4 mile from my shop and I can walk that.

The front pulley system on the '94 LT-1 Corvette engine is from Street and Performance and since the belt was so worn I could not read the part number from it, I called them and they were very helpful.

I needed to remove the upper and lower radiator hoses, the heater hoses, that small hose that runs to the throttle body and the wires to the A/C compressor -- all in the way, but no big deal.

However . . . it seems the P/S pump has come lose which is why the belt let go. Because of its location I need to get the car on a lift -- it's not a driveway job (I've worked on it before).

The new problem? The Desoto is on the lift and is not running until I get the fuel pump re-built.. So I found a helper and pushed it out of the way. The coupe will run well enough to drive it to the lift, so now I'm good, but I'll be here all afternoon fixing it so I can drive it home. Once the fuel pump is repaired on the Desoto, it can be driven out.

Dammit, I thought this would be easier. The part number S&P gave me was wrong -- by about 6 inches. The correct part (after two 1-mile-each-way walks to the parts store) is 5060785. So now the belt is on and tensioned properly. It only remains to re-connect the coolant hoses, heater hoses (and the A/C wires) and I'll be driving home.

That accomplished, a strange noise emanated from the engine bay. It seems the rear bearing on the alternator is going bad. I'll have to fix that tomorrow. Otherwise, that 'Vette engine is now running great.

Always something to fix, dammit, but always fun.
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