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BELTS

Post by JMZ421 » Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:04 am

I found those belts in pile of extras given to me in the original box. They are Dayco 5-2297 for the M38/M38A1/M170. Pretty cool the warning not to break the ties, matched set I assume this is because of the dual pulley and to be exact when tightning. I think I will keep them and not use them. Just thought I would share. John
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Re: BELTS

Post by Ben Dover » Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:19 am

You will discover that some 50's-60's surplus M-38/M-38A1 Belt Sets fit way too tight. Best to buy the Gates belts. They are not in matched sets as the Gates belts are so precise that they have done away with most matched sets..
GATES 7455 is the correct belt for the M-38/M-38A1, Buy two.
I also have GI Surplus M-38A1 belts as souveniers.
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Re: BELTS

Post by Jeeps4Brains » Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:10 am

Years ago the belt manufactures used to sell matched sets of V belts. When they made the belts they would lay the rubber down on these long cylinders and then cut them to width when they came off. So the belts that were next to each other would be close to the same size. Those would be collected and named as matched belts you would pay more for.

Back in the late 90’s the RMA – (Rubber Manufactures of America), a Government agency reduced the tolerances of the V belts. So to comply the companies that make belts had to improve their process.

So today most belts are really close to the size they are supposed to be. So don’t be surprised when you go to the auto parts store and ask for matched belts and you get the crazy stare.
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