My drive belts were looking pretty shot and my AC compressor belt squealed occasionally at start up. We had a 300 mile trip to make, so I thought it would be good to replace the belts before the trip -- better to fight with it at home rather than the side of the road . The dealership (and most shops) charge around $150 for the job; being up for a little engine work, I decided to tackle the belt replacement job myself. I had ordered belts (the matched pair and AC belts) from CDan a while ago, so I had them on hand. Prior to this, the only other time I'd ever replaced a drive belt was when I replaced the AC belt on my wife's 80...that was a 1 job, so I didn't think replacing all 3 belts would be too tough. I started by reviewing all the threads I could find on belt replacement in the 80s forum -- some great information there guys, thank you all for the posts. Based on the posts, I learned that the alternator could be a problem...I didn't necessarily look forward to dealing with that. After reading the various belt replacement posts, I reviewed the process in the FSM. I wish the steps for belt replacement was included in the maintenance section - it would've been nice to have all the information on one page instead of having to review the AC section and the EG sections...but I marked the pages for easy reference later and went outside to get started. It was a nice warm Saturday morning in the CA central valley...at 10AM it was already 80 degrees...on its way to around 100...”but it's a dry heat.” I had the 80 parked in the driveway. I laid out all the tools that I thought I'd need; socket set, torque wrench; ratcheting wrenches; and the standard assortment of open/close ended wrenches. The first thing I noticed is that with my lift (2.5 OME) and larger than OEM tires (315 GY MTRs), I'm not quite tall enough to reach down into the engine compartment where I need to be to work on the belts. It didn't help that I parked in such a way that the front of my truck was right at the point where my driveway sloped downhill . Easy solution ...get the little stool that we keep in the downstairs bathroom that the girls use to reach the sink. Perfect height! I set the stool aside and start by removing the skid plate that's right under the AC belt. I found that removing this plate makes work a lot easier than trying to work around/through it. It's held on by 4 screws, so it only takes a minute or two to get it out of the way. I started by loosening the bolt on the tensioner pulley and loosening the tensioner. As I recalled with my previous AC belt replacement, this was pretty simple. Now, back onto the stool so I can work from above. The FSM called for loosening the lock bolt on the alternator, loosening the pivot bolt, and loosening the adjustment screw. I had a difficult time breaking the lock bolt loose. The head of the bolt appears to be sloped a bit and the belts are in the way so it's not easy to get a socket or a wrench to stay on there. I had to use an extension with my socket and given the force I had to exert, the socket kept slipping off. What I didn't need is a stripped bolt head! I managed, somehow to fit a closed-end 12mm wrench on the bolt, but couldn't get enough leverage to break it free. I climbed down off the stool and found a short length of pipe that I could use to push against the end of the wrench (I couldn't fit the open end of the pipe onto the wrench to use it as a cheater bar). My gloved hand, pushing against the end of the pipe...nothing. I checked the positioning of the wrench on the bolt. It looked good, so I tried again -- one hand holding the lower end of the pipe against the wrench head, the other hand on the end of the pipe...pushing hard. More force this time...finally, the bolt breaks free too bad the screws and dowels in the stool do the same at the same time With my arms still inside the engine compartment, the stool collapses under me. I was somehow able to yank my arms out before my feet hit he ground -- that could've been very painful. The combination of the downhill slope of the driveway, my pushing against lock bolt, and my not-so-petite self bouncing on the stool proved too much for it. Note to self...get something much sturdier to stand on next time and get some longer tools and/or some real cheater bars. I found a sturdy step ladder to replace the stool so I could complete the job. Pivot bolt...where's that pivot bolt? I found it...I think; it was easy to loosen. Next I loosen the tensioner screw. Based on the various posts I read, I knew to loosen this guy until it's almost completely out. What a major pain in the ass it is to get to the end of this tensioner screw!!! I tried reaching in from the top and from below. There’s no good way to get to this thing. It's just in a very crappy location. Maybe I'll remove the battery box next time. The best I could do was twist the screw with my index and middle fingers when reaching up from below. Finally, I was able to figure out a way to squeeze past the PS fluid reservoir, twisting awkwardly, scraping the hell out of my forearms to reach the screw with my thumb and index finger. Obviously, my arms were not designed to work on this truck. Got the sucker loose enough, finally. Why isn't the alternator moving? It's supposed to move. Loosen the lock bolt, loosen the tensioner, loosen the pivot bolt. Alternator was not budging. Force it? That's my natural inclination...but rather than break something, I cleaned myself up a bit and went inside to review the posts again. No new information was gleaned from rereading -- I now really appreciate the aggravation expressed by those who have also fought with the alternator. Back outside. Reviewed the FSM. HOLD ON! The pivot bolt is UP THERE??? I didn't notice the location of the alternator pivot bolt when I first read the steps in the FSM – I didn’t see it marked in the diagram when I first read it. Climbing back up the step ladder, I located the actual pivot bolt, it broke free fairly easily. The alternator moved easily. Somewhere along the way while struggling with the alternator, I placed my hand on the fan shroud and broke a chunk off the top. I suspect it was cracked already -- I really didn't push very hard on it when it broke. I'll glue that chunk back on later – the edge where it broke off makes a nice sharp point that I can see myself impaling something on later. The upside to having this portion of the shroud broken off was that it made it easier to get the old belt off the fan and the new ones back on over/around the fan. I got the belts back onto the pulleys without any excitement. I shoved my arm back into the incredibly awkward and tight squeeze to access the tensioner screw on the alternator to tighten it up enough get some slack out. Then, I found that I could fit a socket on the tensioner screw easiest from underneath; I tightened up the belts. I wasn't sure how I'd be able to fit the torque wrench into position to torque the lock bolt and pivot bolt (and the other bolt that I incorrectly loosened), but everything went back together without any problems at all. The AC compressor belt went on easily too. I did have to fight with the skid plate a little to get it into position again…but it was nothing compared to everything else. Total time from start to finish was 3 hours. Given the lessons learned I think I could easily do it in half the time next time around. Good thing the belts last a while...this is not something that I'd like to do very often. I started the engine and it's SO quiet now My drive belts didn't seem to be very noisy before I replaced them, but they must've produced some noise -- there's a marked difference with the new belts. It's probably my imagination or maybe it’s my brain trying to justify the pain in my forearms, but the truck seems to run much better now than it did before. IMO, it’s a 3 job for first-timers, not reading the FSM correctly and with large forearms; a 1 job for experienced wrenches or those with little girly arms who can read.