Emergency Drive Belt Better Than Pantyhose

The Age

Friday October 27, 1995

IF YOUR vehicle has ever been sidelined with a broken fan (drive) belt and, despite your partner's embarassment, you have discovered that the almost mythical ``use a pair of pantyhose" trick doesn't work all that well - if at all - you probably wouldn't begrudge spending $49.95 on an emergency belt.

This is not a run-of-the-mill replacement belt. Called the Uni-Belt, it is a universal fan (drive) belt that is claimed to fit all cars, 4WDs and trucks and, unlike your standard fan or drive belt, it is not necessary to make pulley adjustments, as the Uni-Belt simply rolls onto the pulley.

No tools or cutting implements are required as the patented design features a unique snap off and on construction that provides for instant adjustment to the size needed.

Made from high strength polyurethane elastomer, and resistant to oil, water and temperature, the belt has been road tested for endurance to over 30,000 kilometres.

As a special pre-Christmas offer, you can purchase two of these belts for $79.95 rather than just the one for $49.95.

Direct your order/inquiry to Uni-Belt Pty Ltd, PO Box 393, Marleston Business Centre 5033 or telephone (08) 293 7791 or fax (08) 371 0976.

Magazine readers' trip.

THE MAGAZINE 4x4 Australia regularly conducts special trips for its readers and they are invariably over-subscribed. The next is to be held from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 December and, to allow for a larger number of participants, the magazine will conduct two different journeys from the same base camp.

Both groups will enjoy the steep rocky trails, river crossings and scenery of this mountainous area of Victoria, which is just 120 kilometres east of Melbourne.

The Aberfeldy River, Donnelly Creek, Thomson River dam, Mount Selma, Mount Useful and Walhalla are all on the agenda and there will be a ``hard core" option for those who deliberately seek the greatest 4WD challenge. All vehicles in this group will require good ground clearance and the drivers will be expected to have a fair degree of experience.

Offered as an alternative for the ``family" four-wheel driver will be a considerably more gentle option for those drivers with less experience, more standard vehicles or greater concern over maintenance costs and the possibility of incurring body or mechanical damage. No special recovery gear or other equipment is required for this latter group but a CB and snatch- strap are essential.

The magazine expects that most applications will be from readers wishing to join the ``gentle" option.

The rendezvous and base camp will be located in the forest a short distance from Erica and it is accessible to camper trailers and small caravans. However, it is expected that most people will sleep under canvas or in swags.

The camp will be attended by several of the magazine's staff and catering helpers throughout the weekend and camper, tents, etc may remain erected during that time.

The weekend is fully catered, from a casual barbecue on Friday evening until lunch on the Sunday. Saturday will see a traditional campfire roast with all the trimmings.

Charges for the weekend are $110 per adult, $40 per child (8-15 years) with under-eights free.

Applications will be accepted only on the form contained in the current November (#142) issue of 4x4 Australia and, as the trip is limited to 18 readers' families, you will need to be quick in applying and lucky in the selection process.

© 1995 The Age

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