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mellowyellow
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posted 04-19-2001 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Getting the parts rounded up for the EFI in my 68. I have been planning on using the original V-belt set up because I can keep the orig. AC brackets, timing cover, ps pump,sanden compressor, radiator. There's also quite a savings. Talking to Mustangs Unlimited,am told it's not a problem. Windsor-Fox says the same but reccomends the serpentine. One guy jokingly said the serpentine gives better bragging rights at cruise nite! Seriously, would like an opinion from people who know more than I! An easy task!!

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mellowyellow
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posted 04-19-2001 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pardon! I meant Mustangs Plus in Stockton, Ca not Mustangs Unlimited

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66 coupe
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posted 04-19-2001 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 66 coupe   Click Here to Email 66 coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, owning three late models with serpentines and two older cars with belts, I cna tell you that servicing the serpentine is a 5 minute job, but changing the PS belt alone on one of the older cars can take all afternoon!

The serpentine systems on the newer cars I have all have a spring loaded tensioner that keeps the belt adjusted. I can say that I have never had a belt slip or squeal on any of them. And If you lokk at them, there's probably more surface contact area on the serpentine pulleys than on the V-belt, so there's likely to be better performance in that regard.

That said, if I had all the v-belt brackets and pulleys, I'm not sure I'd make the change.

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Jack Collins
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