I used to lower the idle and turn off the lights and anything else drawing power until the belt caught on the pulley and then turn everything back on. I aften turned off the engine in gear and let the battery charge up without the ignition and fuel pump load with the engine still turning like going down hills etc until the belt caught then just turned the key on again. Was interesting seening the headlights get bright when the engine was off but still turning.
I have alwas been a Banana, it comes from a Don Hertzfeldt film, Rejected.
To convert over to cog belt, like a timing belt, would it dubble the cost of belts, and pullies? it wouldn't have to be as high of a quality of belt as a timing belt, and there are alot of used cog belt pullys out there, seems like $50 should be the most that would need to be spent to convert to cog belt, and even less if you can scroung stuff.
The cog belts (Gates) that I purchased were in the $30 range but the nice thing about them is you can run them loose and they still work great and I even lubricated them with some teflon grease to stop them from squeeking - on the water pump pulley you could probably run a toothless pulley and the V would probably work ok - just the crank and alternator need to be toothed.