Back in the 70’s I had a buddy that worked as a mechanic at a Cadillac
dealer. They got paid "book rate" even if they got the job done quicker.
They had a remote starting device that they clipped to the battery and
starter so they could start the cars without climbing in and out. Changing
a fan belt was done by cutting the old belt off, slipping the new on one
pulley, holding the belt against the other pulley with a finger and
"jogging" the engine to pop it on. Book rate was something like 20 minutes
to loosen the alternator, change the belt, check the tension, etc. so it
was worth money to do it using the shortcut.
He changed hundreds of fan belts the quick way right up until the time he
caught his finger between the belt and the pulley. When he lost the tip of
his index finger, they outlawed the shortcut.
The method is frowned opon by safety officials but is still in common
use to this day. There are also small wedges & blocks, either purchased
or fabricated, designed to force the belt on or off the pulley as it
turns. They are also frowned on as occasionally they can damage something
or be dangerous, but a flat-rate environment inspires all kinds of
creativity & risk taking. :)
When the game is over, the pawn and the king are returned to the same box.
Larry W. - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar.org
Serpentine or V-belt?
For either, pantyhose - really! - may work. For a V-belt, they make
emergency multi-link belts; they used to be leather, now I think they
are flexible plastic. Noisy, but better than no water pump for sure.
this is what I'm thinking of although I have no experience with that
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