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Sorry - my car is a 1973 450 SLC and I live in central Indiana.
I realize that replacing a belt is not a big deal to many on this forum - and really isn't for me either if I had the motivation and time to dig into it myself - but one of my concerns is that I order / install the correct belts. This car is a very early '73 and I believe that some common parts for this car do not even have the same part numbers as some later cars of the same model year (I found that out when I had to replace the fuel gauge sender).
For such a simple job I'd rather have my local, independent M-B shop, who knows what parts to use from the beginning, get the job done right the first time than discover I bought and mounted the wrong belts and have to redo the job.
For what it's worth, my mechanic said a 4-mile drive from a stone cold engine start probably would not hurt the engine, plus the water pump belt is a dual design and there is still one remaining belt driving the pump. The other belt on the dual pulley is slipping / burning badly and making a hell of a noise so I was just going to cut it off to drive it into the shop.