Can you bypass ac compressor on a 97 f150 4.6 by getting a belt for a non ac one?

Having the same problem with my f150...same year...same size.

I went to O'Reilly's and asked for a non a/c belt and when the salesman was pulling up the info on his computer, he came across the belt track diagram for both the a/c and the non a/c belts.

He told me that judging by the sketches, it showed the pulleys to be in different locations on the belt route. He said by what he could see, a non a/c belt wouldn't work.

I don't know why, and I never got a second opinion. I never tried it myself though...just took his word for it.