Gents! Been a while since I updated this thread (or even thought about the compressor lol). Long story short, it hit me one day last week when I decided to try it to blast some boat parts and it worked perfectly for 2 hours. Then I used it next day and it sputtered again.
So I make a drink and get to looking and pondering...THE GD BELT IS SLIPPING!!! So I proceed to move the motor back and cinch it down tight. Ran it for about 10 cycles and it ran flawlessly. This brings me to today.
I order a NOS belt off of ebay for $15. Made in the USA like the old one and half the price of the chineseium out there, thank you very much. Same part number, brand etc as the old one. I am trying to install the new belt and it will not go over the motor pulley with all the bolts in and at it's furthest point towards the compressor. I do the reverse and take all the bolts out and put the belt over the pulley and the bolt holes wont line up without binding.
My question to the braintrust is...how/can I stretch out this v-belt just a titty bit? I realize sitting on a shelf for 40 years in the same position isn't helping my situation. lol I am trying not to open another can of worms and re-drill the motor holes.