Your systems do look really trick. It looks like you've done a lot of really great work detailing your engine bay and you should be proud of that. But you've got to remember that everyone in this hobby is in it for many different reasons looking for different results.
However I'm going to have to say while I admire the rodders craftsmanship, most of these applications are designed to resolve a particular installation when modifying a street rod due to the non-factory/trick setups many of these guys have to overcome. Accessories are placed extremely far away from each other resulting in runs of belts that most performance enthusiasts would ever consider using unless it was the only way to fit everything under his hood. It ends up looking very cluttered to me, but I know many would argue that they love it. I have no doubt it resolves an installation problem for a particular application. I prefer to keep everything as short a run as possible and deep groove the pulleys. I run 302s way beyond 8,000 and I'd never do it with the run length of belts in that system, but I don't doubt it'll do it, I just wouldn't try it myself.
I'm not knockin the street rod guys, when it comes to solving problems and overcoming obstacles they're the tops for ingenuity and usually their craftmanship is second to none. It's just not my style of the hobby. They do put out some beautiful machinery though. However when the fella posted on here asking what billet or chrome pulleys to use on his totally original car, I hate to send him down that road. I understand his wanting to make the car stand out a little more. There are just a lot of better ways of doing it with a car as nice as his. Those cars are best left as they are due to their rarity today. But again to each his own. I'm sure the rodder crowd would scratch their heads as they wonder what in the world I was thinking when they look at some of my projects too.
Just a difference of opinion. I feel there are many different groups within our hobby and all of them have different needs or values of what they feel a car should be. Doesn't make any of them right or wrong, just different. That is what makes going to shows and race tracks so much fun, if we were all the same it'd be boring!
[This message has been edited by SY1 (edited 09-02-2002).]