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Re: Belt or Chain?

To: Mike MacLean <macleans@earthlink.net>, spridgets@autox.team.net
Subject: Re: Belt or Chain?
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 13:52:33 -0700 (PDT)
 Personally I would trust the chain much more that the belt.  Ford used a belt 
on their 4 cyls, (Pinto, Mustang II) and I could not count how many of thise I 
towed in off the highway that had slipped time, or broke and needed a new belt 
after around 35 an 45 thousand miles.  Use a double row chain and get the best 
timng chain tensioner you can find.  A chain will stretch some, but will not 
usually break before some other component in the timing system. Now I am sure 
it would be easier to change out a timing belt on a Spridget than a Pintero, I 
still dislike the job of doing it.
My $0.02 FWIW,  Lon /RedMidget
  Mike MacLean <macleans@earthlink.net> wrote: I am having a discussion with 
Gerard about whether we should use an
adjustable double row timing chain or convert to belt drive on the 1275
he is building for me. Gerard says that the belt stays spot-on for
timing through it's life and a chain stretches after some 4000 miles and
timing jumps around a bit after that. I am trying to justify the cost
of the belt kit ($200+) the the cost of a stainless steel double row
lightened, adjustable timing chain from APT. I'd like to hear from
those of you that have had experience with both and which you would use
on your next engine rebuild.
Mike MacLean-60 Sprite
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