Like 10 pounds of fertilizer in a 5-pound sack, engine bays of early Fords offer little room to spare. Therefore, accuracy in belt sizing is an absolute necessity. If you don’t get your accessories tucked in tight, you won’t be closing your hood.

While this little trick may seem obvious to some, I’m certain that I never would have thought of it on my own. As suggested by my friend, Guardrail Willie Martin, I now keep a supply of used belts on hand so actual-size samples can be cut from the longer ones. While this makes belt sizing easier, they’re still a handful (it takes about three hands) to hold in place while measuring. Recently, while struggling with a cut-to-fit V-belt sample, a search for staples ensued: “Has anybody seen the T-50s? I know there’s some on this shelf somewhere! Let’s move all these zip-ties outta the way... OK, let’s move all this shrink-tube outta the way ... Shazam! Shrink-tube!”

SOURCE
Vintage Air
18865 Goll Street
San Antonio
TX  78266
800-862-6658
http://www.vintageair.com
Chevrolet Performance
800-450-4150
http://www.chevroletperformance.
com
Ed Martin Garage
951-686-6878
www.edmartingarage.com
Bill’s Hot Rod Company
www.billshotrodcompany.com