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Post Post subject: Alt belt replacement
Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 05:05 PM
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Hi all,

New guy here...new to bugs although that's what I learned to drive on....a few years ago. I bought a '72 baja that supposedly has had the engine and trans redone.

Because my wrench is bigger than my brain, I stripped the threads out of the nut on the rear of the alternator; a trip to the hardware store and I got a nut and washer that will work until I get another fancy chrome job.

What's the best way to get that damn belt back on the pulleys? Guess at the number of shims (I think I have three), tighten the nut, then put the belt over the alternator, and lever it onto the crankshaft pulley? Other way around? The belt seems awful damn tight.

Thanks in advance.

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Post Post subject: Re: Alt belt replacement
Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 07:48 PM
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The rear as in the 36mm nut that holds the cooling fan on or the front where the belt pulley is. If it is the front you'll need to roll the belt on. I would start with 8 shims between the plley halves and four on the out side.

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It's where the pulley is.

Twelve shims total! Guess I better get some more...three or four came with the car.

edit: Put the belt on the crankshaft pulley first, thenthe alternator?


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You add or substract shims to tighten the belt. Leave the front pulley half off put the belt on and then install the outer hal;f. I thought you did not want to take the nut off again.

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Post Post subject: Re: Alt belt replacement
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OK, so as the pulley comes together it'll force the belt up to the edge. Makes sense.

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