I took zero pictures of the work so far, as it has been a tedious project so far. I started with what I thought would be the worst part, cleaning up a rusty pulley. I can not use the OEM drive pulley so located in my stock of parts a taper lock two groove A/B pulley about 1/2" bigger than stock that would fit the 13 hp Predator shaft perfectly and being an A or B compatible pulley it means that when using the 1/2" drive belt it has more groove to remain in when the clutch is pressed. Anyway, cleaning and painting the pulley took around 1.5 hours.
Then came the weird thing, I started the Caterpillar and drove it to its new parking space for repower, ya, seems strange to me that it started too. Lol
Pulling the engine took around 1/2 hour. At that point I set the Predator in place and stuck the pulley on the shaft to see what I could do with the belt.
This is where the next 3 hours went by as I ended up removing every pulley between the engine and transmission to determine how to run the belt like an old Sears. I ended with an hour of successful engineering and have a plan, but no shorter belts. I only have to make a half a dozen different spacers for things, but the clutch tensioning pulley is mounted to a box tube bolted over the tang of the clutch pedal shaft. I have about half a day to work on it tomorrow before I have to leave, so it may not be running tomorrow, but I will be calculating a new belt length and making a parts list.
How long is the older Sears drive belt?
Edited by wvbuzzmaster, April 18, 2015 - 07:47 PM.