Started up the car to go on another tuning run and the loud squeal announced that the alternator belt was slipping… huh, guess I’m not going anywhere. The bracket had cracked, but because it was fabricated from a cut-up piece of 1/8″ square tubing, it was a surprising that it had cracked along the corner – unexpected. It was welded back together, this time with a stiffener. Little stuff like this can cause drives out to the back country to come to a quick end. The water pump not turning isn’t a show-stopper because of the electric pump, but with no alternator, the little battery wouldn’t last long running the whole show.