Sadly, the one bearing I had go out was the serp belt idler bearing in the 91S, in Nowhere, Wyoming, where it had been run hot for hours at speed. No chance to hear it start to shout at me. If I had stopped for a pee or anything else, I would have heard it, but no chance when running hot at ~4000 +/-1500 rpm on mountain roads for several hours. The pulley had been in the car for a few years, and the lube was evidently pretty bad/toasted. All I found were the two races, and of course, a tired but intact belt.
Now I take a quick listen every time I stop, and also carry a spare pulley and belt, plus the tools specific for changing it. Can be done in 1/2 hour or less, side of road. Better yet, change to a new one before any long trip, lol.
1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
1972 Morgan 27
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
Last edited by Del; 11-08-2018 at 04:50 PM.