Serpentine belt change - BMW crash update

So, back in '96 or so, I changed my S-Belt in my 91 Firebird. It was easy enough, only had to buy a 1/2 or 3/4(?) inch socket wrench and the belt and I was good. Last night, on a rare drive in the '95 C4, I heard
a strange noise under the hood. When I opened her up, I noticed that part of the upper layer of that belt came apart. But the belt is still intact. Need a new one (obviously). How hard is this to replace? Of course, with a 'Vette, everyone who ever waxed a car wants to help. But I need to know what I'm trying to do is not over my head. Is it 'that' different from my old 'Bird?
Any and all advice is needed !
As far as my run in with the BMW, I drove the car the day after (because I not a wuss :^)), but didn't drive it again for over a month. What a crime. Such a great car just sittin' on it's tires. Shame, shame, damn shame. Anyway, that's the way it is... I can't sell it, just can't, she's mine, but driving it is very strange now. Oddly, I spent a good 2 hours getting the mark the BMW left with some wierd clay that Mother's sells. Pretty good crap!
If anyone wants before and after pics, just ask. It's pretty amazing.
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-For anyone that replies, thanks, I know I only post when I need something... sorry... I don't really do chat groups besides my pinball group.
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Assuming that the LT1 is similar to the L98, it's not a difficult job once you find or make a tool to release the tensioner. The ususal breaker bar that might have worked on the Firebird probably has too much offset go fit between the frame crossmember and the socket drive hole in the tensioner.
I put a short piece of square steel stock in the tensioner and used an open end wrench with a piece of pipe instead of my breaker bar. Yeah Dave, I know that leaving pipe marks on a wrench voids the warranty.
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I don't really understand what your saying... Not your fault. Thanks! It will make sense when the work is being done.
Oldschool - Phil
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I'll trade you that information for a pinball machine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No biggie, it can be done with a 1/2 ratchet. Put the belt around all of the pulleys and pull it into the idler, if you have belt left over put it around the next obvious pulley.
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Dad...You like pinball? If you're serious, drop me a line and request of your favorite machines. I'll get them and I'll make you a sweet deal! It's what I do.
Anyway, thanks. I'm gonna spend some time just looking at the situation (oh poor me, I have to stare at my 'Vette's engine) tomorrow. I mean, it's a belt around some metal wheels... C'MON!!! This is straight forward stuff here... Still, it's seems kinda tricky. And I want that 'I did it myself' as opposed to that 'I'm glad I know people' feeling. I mean, I can make a phone call and have it fixed. I want to do this myself. I'm not a total idiot... I just need some tips to avoid hassles, ya know?
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Yep, I'm a pinball nut, but they think they are made of gold and I'm not.
It's like I said, it can be done with a 1/2 ratchet. Put the belt around all of the pulleys and pull it into the idler, if you have belt left over put it around the next obvious pulley. Really simple if you just look at it and it all makes sense.
If that's your email addy I'll send you my desires. ;-0
Right now I just replaced my 20" monitor for an old 15 and I'm going to get a new flat panel tomorrow, this looks like my first laptop. Thought I smelled something funny besides me, it just burnt out. Could have been worse and burnt up while I wasn't home.
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I used to love PinBall and was pretty good at it as a kid. I was a hold flipper style player, keeping them down most of the time (let ball hit pressed flipper half way down it to bank the ball back up the rail to get a better aim when it rolled back to flipper) and did a lot of flipper passing back and forth to aim. And there was a lot of satisfaction in being able to learn the machine for the right amount of "body english" without tilting... hehehehehehe
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For me, I'm a 1 ball player. My (not limited) success is really from one ball on every game. But being (kinda' almost) in the 'biz, I have met some great players. Players that do things I never thought possible. Guys who can go up to a game they have never played and not only get free games, but get 'house high scores'. It's kinda sick. I thought *I* could play pretty well...
On the other hand, I have met Celebs who have pins in their gamerooms, but can't play very well at all. Sure, they can beat 'guests', but the better than average player will wipe them... I was at an NBA stars (season) home not too long ago. He had a sweet collection of pins. And actualy, during his post-game radio interview, the interviewer mentioned how much he was looking forward to going over to his house and playing him again in some pinball. Thought it was funny. Obviously, I shouldn't mention the guy's name. Although he would never see it. A 'Vette just doesn't work for him :^)
BTW, the Corvette game is very sweet. Play it? Then again, you said "When you were a kid". The Bally Corvette machine didn't come out 'til the mid 90's.
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I used to love PinBall and was pretty good at it as a kid. I was a hold flipper style player, keeping them down most of the time (let ball hit pressed flipper half way down it to bank the ball back up the rail to get a better aim when it rolled back to flipper) and did a lot of flipper passing back and forth to aim. And there was a lot of satisfaction in being able to learn the machine for the right amount of "body english" without tilting... hehehehehehe
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not a big deal, just make youself a drawing of the belt routing before you take it off, most cars have a drawing under the hood some where, but sometimes the are wrong. it can be a real pain to figure out how it goes back on if you have nothing to go by
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