I ordered a leather fan belt and it arrived in the mail this morning. I opened the box and it seems pretty 'stiff'... am I supposed to soften the leather before I install it? Or just install it as is and it'll soften over time...
Thanks in advance...
Just install. It will soften and stretch on its own.
Robert, make sure antifeeze doesn't get on it! Don't ask how I know! Dave
David, it would be most helpful if you would elaborate on the effect antifreeze had on your leather belt. You could let us know that without having to reveal "state secrets" ;- )
I've never been able to get one to stay on. I use those new Gates belts from Langs. They are the best.
Rich, it made it hard as a rock and as soon as I started the engine, it broke. Dave
Have run two of them for 3 years - no issues.
Ran one on my 1912 for 8 years. Still on there now that John owns the car. Mine was made by Russ Furstnow.
David, thanks for the reply, that's what I wanted to know. Some kind of a reaction with tanning agents no doubt. Leather belts went out before ethylene glycol started to be used as antifreeze.
You can always order a small serpentine belt and flip it inside out. Works wonderfully just doesn't have that right "look"
Of course it would make a nice piece to carry as a spare . . .