I'm certain this is a problem many in this forum will experience so I thought it would be good to start a new thread.
While on a Sunday drive, my fan belt broke. After getting a tow home, I proceeded to replace the belt (I always keep a spare) with a non-cogged style belt.
I didn't use a cogged belt because I'm trying to maintain originality and I believe they are noisier when running.
As most experienced TR3 owners know, the replacement belt will be VERY tight.
After loosening the bolts on the generator, I worked the new belt around the fan blade, etc.
I then tried prying the new belt onto the generator pulley.....without destroying the belt, the pulley, or scratching the engine bay.
Moss Motors offers a nice instruction on installing a cogged belt...but not for a standard-style belt. I'll attach that instruction to this post.
After about an hour, I decided the easiest solution would be to remove the generator completely, put the belt on the generator pulley, and then reinstall the generator.
This solution worked well with the only problem being that the tight/stiff new belt blocked the lower front bolt hole of the generator mount.
After struggling with that bolt for at least an hour, I finally got it lined up and threads started, tightened all of the bolts, adjusted the belt, and did a final tightening.
So, did I miss an easier way to get all of this accomplished? Any tips to pry a standard, non-cogged belt onto the generator pulley?
If I had to do it again, I would immediately remove the generator rather than trying to pry the belt on but surely there has to be a better way.
TR3 Fan Belt Replacement
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