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Claflin inventor changed future of car design

Jim Vance of Claflin stands in front of the plaques he has received for his inventions, as well as for his graduation from the U.S. Air Force Acadmey.

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CLAFLIN —Prior to 1980, vehicle repair involved changing four v-belts to run each engine accessory, including air conditioning, alternator, water pump and air pump. Jim Vance, currently of Claflin, knew there could be a better way.
“Cars were evolving,” he said. New accessories were being added. Jim made a chart with what he knew and what he didn’t know about the process and put it in a drawer. He had a light bulb moment by the next morning, and started to work.
He invented the serpentine belt which drove all accessories in 1974 and received a patent  for his ...

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