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Fan belt 1941 180
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OK, I thought I could do this without asking how, but nothing is easy. I am trying to get the fan belt off the pulleys on the '41 180 so I can replace the water pump. The fan blade is off and the generator has been slid as close to the block as it will go. The belt is definitely loose, but not loose enough to flop off the generator or water pump pulley. I am not looking to replace the fan belt, just get it off the pulleys. From what I have read in other posts, I realize I may have to raise the engine somewhat when I get to unbolting the water pump, but I don't think that is necessary for this step of getting the belt off. Is there any suggestion anyone can offer? When I do this on my '74 Chevy V8, loosening up the alternator gives more than enough slack to just flop the belt out with no problem. Please don't tell me I need to remove the generator.

Posted on: 10/5 5:16
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Re: Fan belt 1941 180
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Chances are the belt on your car is one size too short. Try slipping the fan pulley off of the waterpump shaft.

Posted on: 10/5 6:17
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Re: Fan belt 1941 180
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So in that case, should I normally be expecting something akin to the Chevy belt referenced earlier, and that the fan belt should easily slide over one of the pulleys without having to try removing the water pump pulley or the generator?

Posted on: 10/8 5:31
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Re: Fan belt 1941 180
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The stiff wide v-belt and deep pulley groves together provide a challenge when installing or removing the belt. It will come off/on, but it can be a struggle. One way might be removing the generator which will allow the belt to be removed. Getting it back with the belt in the pulley will require some effort to line up the bolts on the bracket. I would not recommend using a narrower belt.

Posted on: 10/8 11:49
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Re: Fan belt 1941 180
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When engine mounts are worn, you have to Jack up the engine to restore the spacing that allows you to get that big fan belt out. Some who knows what they are doing can tell you what the precautions are, what has to be loosened, etc. but that is usually the problem. Not enough clearance.

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Posted on: 10/13 15:39
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Re: Fan belt 1941 180
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The fan belt is in good shape so I won't be needing to take it off this time although I am sure this engine mount repair looms somewhere down the road. I did have to call in reinforcements in the form of a friend who is much more experienced and much more fearless about doing all things mechanical. With his aid we got the belt off the pulleys and the water pump out. Hopefully it will all be going back together after I get back from vacation.

Posted on: 10/14 5:45
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