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    Has anyone taken apart one of the old stock type belt tensioners with the "hat" in the middle of the pulley? The Continental uses that sort of setup and the tensioner is a little sloppy. I can't find one so it looks like repair is the option. Its just bearings but I need to know what is under the hat so I can get it apart for a rebuild. No idea if thats just a cap over a bolt, or if its a big-ass rivet holding the whole thing together. I can deal with either situation but knowing what I'm up against first would be stellar.

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    This is the kind that I think it is. I didn't pull it but the pulley side looks just like this. And unfortunately no, its not the same back bracket even though its pretty close.Click image for larger version. 

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    86 Lincoln Town Car (Galactica).
    5.0 HO, CompCams XE258,Scorpion 1.72 roller rockers, 3.55 K code rear, tow package, BHPerformance ported E7 heads, Tmoss Explorer intake, 65mm throttle body, Hedman 1 5/8" headers, 2.5" dual exhaust, ASP underdrive pulley

    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

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    I tore apart the one on the Mad Marquis once. Used a punch to poke a hole in the hat so I could pry it off... then there's a snap ring holding the pulley on. The replacement pulley to use with a bolt-on style will work perfectly in place of that pulley, or you can replace the bearing... but you kinda have to destroy the cap to get it off.

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    Don't care about the cap, I just needed to know what was under it. Snap ring I can deal with. I was hoping for a snap ring or a bolt, a peened over end would be a pain in the ass to deal with but not completely impossible.

    Awesome, I'll pop that thing off sometime and see if I can get a whole pulley. If not I'm not above installing bearings.

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    Like to know what happens as I DID PURCHASE a replacement one and set it back. IT WAS sheet metal pulley a different dia and sharp edges worried me about cutting a belt.
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    The pulley I got was plastic (glass fiber reinforced) with small guide walls and a slightly different size bearing (larger OD, same ID).

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