|Introduction. In 1995, Land Rover, the supplier of the Plus 8 engines, moved to serpentine pulleys. On a Land Rover, these belts were designed to drive a number of parts not found on a Morgan Plus 8 of the day, such as power steering and airconditioning. Without these extra items, the stock Land Rover belt become far too leng to be used on a Morgan as the extra puleys are not present. The Factory turned to the aftermarket, specifically a Gates belt # 7PK-1025. Since then there have been complaints of squealing belts and pulley scoring. Here is the owl's story and he is sticking to it!|
March 4, 2009
Greetings old chap,
The belt is a 6PK-1025. It is slightly narrower than the existing 7PK belts, and so slightly narrower than the pulleys.
The squeaking and shrieking used to drive me nuts, and everyone was an expert: 'add this shim, remove that shim, use this spray, do not use that spray' .. and so on, and so forth.
I remember a few years ago I spent forever with spanners
and sockets and rulers and what-have-you and finally, finally, got the
blasted thing perfectly lined up and quiet. It stayed quiet for some months,
the first months that it had EVER been quiet. I then took it to a well-known
Morgan establishment and when I picked it up some time later the boss smiled
at me warmly just before I drove it away and said, ''Oh! You'll be pleased
to hear .. one of our mechnics saw that your belt was out of line and adjusted
it for you". I drove away contemplating murder listening to the bl**dy
thing shrieking again.
I fitted a 6PK-1025 and now, at last, no more problems.
2003 Plus 8