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Reproduction Generator/Fan belts vs/Original Comparison, and a compliment to Paul Hatfield

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:46 pm
by Benjamin Abraham
First,
My compliments to Paul Hatfield for being part of our hobby and 356 Community.

Below is one of Paul's reproduction (and entirely usable) generator/fan belt. I currently have one of his belts in my 1959 356A Coupe with the original engine.

Photo Showing the New production (top) vs. the original (bottom):
Comparison of Original vs. New 356A Belt production
Comparison of Original vs. New 356A Belt production
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The information is 100% as the original. The color of the label is a bit brighter than the original, but then again it is newer. The size of the label is larger than the original, but I have seen an original belt with a larger label (did not have one handy when I took this photo).

What I like about Paul's belts is that they can fill the void in your tool kit, or be used in your car. I have bought several Generator/Fan Belts from him, he ships super-fast and I am 100% satisfied with the entire experience in dealing with Paul.

I will definitely buy from him in the future, and this is a great resource for all those who would like to get something that is both reproduction and usable.

Thank you Paul for your attention to detail and being an invaluable part of our hobby. I look forward to dealing with you in the future.

-Ben

Re: Reproduction Generator/Fan belts vs/Original Comparison, and a compliment to Paul Hatfield

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:05 pm
by Mike Wilson
+1 on Paul's belts. I've purchased two and I'm very pleased with them.

Thanks to Paul and the rest of you that continue to reproduce parts for our 356's.

Mike

Re: Reproduction Generator/Fan belts vs/Original Comparison, and a compliment to Paul Hatfield

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:11 pm
by Alex Mestas
+1 for Paul Hatfield’s reproduction Fan Belts. I’ve also purchased his early 911 version. Great attention to detail.

Re: Reproduction Generator/Fan belts vs/Original Comparison, and a compliment to Paul Hatfield

Posted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:21 am
by MarioManzo
+2 for Paul’s fan belts, pulled the whole motor together (along with the other details by Deluxe Customs). And thank you Paul for the tip to use nail polish to change the date code from “3/06” to “3/01” for our car built in March of ‘63.

Re: Reproduction Generator/Fan belts vs/Original Comparison, and a compliment to Paul Hatfield

Posted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:54 pm
by Paul Hatfield
Thank you all for the nice compliments. I now have quite a few artwork designs available, including two different 2-piece Pre-A belts, one design for late Pre-A 3 piece engines through 356 A, one for 356 B, one for 356 C, and 2 for early 911. All are made from brand new belts, and good for engine or tool kit. Glad to hear they are being used.

Re: Reproduction Generator/Fan belts vs/Original Comparison, and a compliment to Paul Hatfield

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:13 am
by Benjamin Abraham
MarioManzo wrote: Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:21 am +2 for Paul’s fan belts, pulled the whole motor together (along with the other details by Deluxe Customs). And thank you Paul for the tip to use nail polish to change the date code from “3/06” to “3/01” for our car built in March of ‘63.
How great does that look?...to see the "PORSCHE" name on the belt! Fantastic photos.

I would love to see more photos of Paul's belts in the engine compartments. I will post mine when it comes back from a rebuild ;)

-Ben

Re: Reproduction Generator/Fan belts vs/Original Comparison, and a compliment to Paul Hatfield

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:30 pm
by victor miles
Paul has done a great job with these belts
I bought ten or so, and they are all great
Thanks Paul

Re: Reproduction Generator/Fan belts vs/Original Comparison, and a compliment to Paul Hatfield

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:24 am
by James Davies
The manufacturer changed the "art" on these belts pretty regularly. Great to have at least one version of the art on these belts reproduced. Clearly there were other versions. Thanks for the comparison.

Re: Reproduction Generator/Fan belts vs/Original Comparison, and a compliment to Paul Hatfield

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:21 am
by Thomas Sottile
Any increase in. HP

Re: Reproduction Generator/Fan belts vs/Original Comparison, and a compliment to Paul Hatfield

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:33 pm
by Richard Emerson
I like them too!

Re: Reproduction Generator/Fan belts vs/Original Comparison, and a compliment to Paul Hatfield

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:55 pm
by Benjamin Abraham
Thomas Sottile wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:21 am Any increase in. HP
I have not seen the official dyno results yet, but I have heard that it adds 10hp :D

Re: Reproduction Generator/Fan belts vs/Original Comparison, and a compliment to Paul Hatfield

Posted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:53 pm
by Jules Dielen
added Paul's bling to the convertible D. Looks awesome, thank you Paul!

Re: Reproduction Generator/Fan belts vs/Original Comparison, and a compliment to Paul Hatfield

Posted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:51 pm
by Benjamin Abraham
Here are photos of Paul's 356 B "Phoenix" belt in situ, in the tool bag:
in 355B bag
in 355B bag
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in 355B bag
in 355B bag
paul's belt in situ.2.jpg (2.06 MiB) Viewed 2047 times
-Ben

Re: Reproduction Generator/Fan belts vs/Original Comparison, and a compliment to Paul Hatfield

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:53 pm
by Jim Liberty
I have Paul's fan belts on all my restorations. Mostly Pre-A cars. Get them now, as this kind of detailed "Stuff" will soon disappear. All of my gang is on the low end of the candle. The cars however will never go out of favor. ………………………...Jim.

Re: Reproduction Generator/Fan belts vs/Original Comparison, and a compliment to Paul Hatfield

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:16 pm
by Tim Herman
I bought 3 different varieties of the fan belts from Paul.
Excellent!
Thanks for your efforts on this Paul Hatfield!