As PK probably thought, but thought to spare my sensitive ego, I got the T5 belt I ordered and the belt is one tooth too small, and I can't adjust it in that direction to make it work!!
Ok, after some crass language, the answer is simple: remake the stepper motor brackets and make sure the new ones have slotted holes to allow for suitable adjustment. Then order a new belt, at the princely sum of $6. Problem is the supplier only has belts with 10 tooth increments, so slotted brackets will be crucial.
Simple right? Nearly got my finger taken off by a chuck spun bracket and decided its time to end the child's play... Need a mill, now.
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Will probably have to CNC this next, but let's first get the lathe right!
More to follow...