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seat belts
« on: May 05, 2012, 07:14:14 PM »
Has anyone had seat belts do the non retract thing ? Is it a fixable thing? Like a spring replace or? My seat belts a the originals for my squire is hate to replace if I didn't have to.   Thx. Don
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Re: seat belts
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2012, 08:08:37 PM »
You can take the retractor out and carefully pry up the black plastic cover, and twist it tight again while holding it in place. Do it slow and be careful or the spring and cap will fly out and hit you, or completely unwind itself. I just finished rewebbing the belts on my 78 sedan. It really isn't "hard" to do, just annoying and tedious, kind of nerve wracking hoping that the spring doesn't fly out and take out your eye!
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Re: seat belts
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2012, 01:15:37 PM »
Hey dave1987 where did you find a place that sells the webbing for seat belts ? I need to redo the drivers side on my Pinto asap. And would you be able to post a clear how to,since replacements are not universal.

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Re: seat belts
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2012, 04:38:54 PM »
I got my webbing locally from a friend at a upholstery shop, but ssnake-oyl.com carries automotive seatbelt grade webbing as well, a bit expensive, however.

For stitching, I used nylon upholstery grade thread that I got from a local fabric store.

You will need a heavy duty, or a up to snuff older sewing machine, with a reverse stitch feature to sew the webbing together at the latch(s). I used my vintage Bernina 830 Record and it worked beautifully. I bouht my machine at a local thrift store for $94, which was a steal for this swiss made embroidering machine which has a more than powerful enough motor assembly to handle heavy duty and thick fabrics.
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Re: seat belts
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2012, 07:18:38 PM »
Thanks for the info, it looks like I might be better off buying one 3 point seat belt and call it a day.

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Re: seat belts
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2012, 09:32:17 PM »
Yeah it would probably be cheaper to do it that way, I considered it but I'm a DIY extremist and very confident (maybe over confident?) in my work, so I went and did mine myself. No shops locally would touch them, as they don't dare do any work on retracting belts due to the fact that IF they were not to work correctly after the work, they don't get sued over any injury. I can understand, but if something goes wrong, I only have myself to blame. The retrators are not very complicated though, I cannot fully understand why they may think something may go wrong...
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Re: seat belts
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2012, 02:06:41 PM »
I bought a set of 3 point aftermarket seat belts for my 74 and they work really well.


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