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5/19/10 8:24am - Original Message: 'Shopping for Seatbelts'
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Oklahoma City, OK - USA

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1972 LS5 Convertible,Auto.Targa Blue with Black Interior.

Joined: 4/1/2007
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I'm shopping around trying to find the best deal on Original Looking Seat Belts. I pulled in to 7-11 the other day and a officer of the law ask me why I wasn't wearing one. I had to explain that when I got the car it didn't have any but they were on order. He politely told me to hurry up and put them in. I would like original or at least original looking. My 72 had shoulder belts also so I'm looking at a pretty good amount of money probably. I need black if that helps.
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5/19/10 9:12am - Reply: 'Shopping for Seatbelts'
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Bloomfield Hills, MI - USA

Vette(s):
1975 Corvette coupe, 4 speed manual, 383 ci 9.5:1,Edelbrock dual plane Air Gap intake, Alum Heads,Comp Cam, roller Rockers, PS,PB,Tilt

Joined: 6/29/2008
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I have been thinking of getting new ones for my vehicle. I have not done much detailled analysis, but thought that the second row shoulder belts in the Chevy Tahoe would make good ones. You can get these with the end release buckles. Also 82 Camaro and Firebird seat belts are supposed to fit some C3's. You can google that and find articles on that.
 
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5/19/10 1:02pm - Reply: 'Shopping for Seatbelts'
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Duncanville, TX - USA

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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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Brian(redwingvette) has installed Fireturd belts in his car, and he really likes them. It's a feasible alternative to the mega-$$$$ for "original" or repros.
The cheapest I have seen repros was around $400-$500 for the set!!  

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5/19/10 1:05pm - Reply: 'Shopping for Seatbelts'
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sonoma, CA - USA

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72 LT-1 AC coupe,69 l-36 coupe

Joined: 8/9/2002
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corvette central offers both replacement and correct remanufactured belt assys. with retractors sold in pairs 68-75, price.."inquire" 

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5/19/10 7:22pm - Reply: 'Shopping for Seatbelts'
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If you have to inquire,ya better sit down so you dont keel over and hit your headConfusedLOL,there ought to be something we can do about the outragious prices we have to pay for our Vette parts,it's friggin rediculous,pardon my French,Maybe a Vette wal-mart or K-martClap

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5/19/10 8:03pm - Reply: 'Shopping for Seatbelts'
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sonoma, CA - USA

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72 LT-1 AC coupe,69 l-36 coupe

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its been a few years since I bought the pair of shoulder belts, they even came with the white date code patch sewn to the webbing, I think I paid close to 180.00 for the pair, what the HCensoredLL I think I'am worth it

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6/27/10 8:45pm - Reply: 'Shopping for Seatbelts'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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1981 Red Interior White exterior

Joined: 4/18/2007
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I was lucky I got mine when I did.  I had a set of non-matching blue/black set in the car when I bought it. I left it like that when I saw the prices of 1980 and 1982 vettes.  They didn't have any for the 81 model yr.  After my car was off the road for restoration i always managed to keep an eye out for those tough to get parts.  Ended up getting a set from a crash victim for $100.  Seems it's easier to get the deals when you don't "have " to have them.

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7/2/10 5:04pm - Reply: 'Shopping for Seatbelts'
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Germansville, PA - USA

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1974 Coupe 358ci 4 speed Black w/Medium Saddle interior w/79 custom leather seats. . 1999 Covertible, 6 speed, Atomic orange, Oak interior

Joined: 1/28/2010
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When I shopped around the best price for combo lap and shoulder with the 2 retractors was at RIK's,,,,$425, closest to original for my 74.

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7/2/10 6:40pm - Reply: 'Shopping for Seatbelts'
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COPPERAS COVE, TX - USA

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1972 corvette stingray convertible 2007 coupe

Joined: 7/6/2002
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I bought my shoulder belts from this company.
http://www.andoauto.com/retrofit.htm They were a good price and look great.
 
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7/2/10 7:13pm - Reply: 'Shopping for Seatbelts'
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1980 Coupe, Black exterior, oyster interior.

Joined: 11/14/2006
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I had my 80 seatbelts re-worked by this company, http://www.ssnake-oyl.com.  They also sell seat belt sets, new and re-furbished. might be worth a look.  They did a good job on my belts.
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7/2/10 10:37pm - Reply: 'Shopping for Seatbelts'
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Waterford, MI - USA

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1973 Red coupe

Joined: 9/13/2002
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As Joel said, I replaced mine with F-body belts. They do not disconnect at the buckle like the original ones but the retractor under the seat goes away. Thats where most of the issue comes from. They also are longer so my heavy friends have more room to buckle in with.

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10/11/10 4:14pm - Reply: 'Shopping for Seatbelts'
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New Albany, OH - USA

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1980 Coupe / Snowcrest White / L48, 350 / Comp Cam / Edelbrock Heads / Cyclone Intake / Holley Carb / Holley Fuel Pump / Patriot Headers / Dual Exhaust / Magnaflow Mufflers / 1964 Coupe / Riverside Red / L76, 327, 365hp

Joined: 8/17/2010
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Does anyone know how to clean seatbelts to appear new?  My belts are in good shape structurally ( no rips, etc) but they have some ground-in dirt that I would like to remove without damaging the belts.  I am aware of the http://www.ssnake-oyl.com website but I was under the impression that they are kind of pricey.
Thanks.

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10/11/10 8:11pm - Reply: 'Shopping for Seatbelts'
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York, PA - USA

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1969 daytona conv. all original 350 350 380 4 sp w/air..and hard top

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Hey chuck believe it or not I keep baby wipes in my car and in my box at work..they clean everything..and get the grease off my hands..I figured this out when I worked on the car at home and had some in the diaper bag..I was out of paper towels..it also works on that black goop that is on the steering wheel..when I got my car the belts would not move at all..I couldn't adjust them at all..I just have the lap belts..I worked at getting them loose then wiped the heck out of the belts and they work good now..if you have the retractor for the shoulder harness run one thru where the belt glides and it will clean that out also..the only thing you don't use them on is real leather..it works so good it went thru the die on my trucks steering wheel..oh well I got the die and redid it..other than that it hasn't damaged anything..and I have cleaned the car with them several times..if they are real bad you could soak just the belt in some soapy water overnight and wash the dirt out that way also..mine were not that dirty as I had some rust inside the buckle..
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10/11/10 10:35pm - Reply: 'Shopping for Seatbelts'
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New Albany, OH - USA

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1980 Coupe / Snowcrest White / L48, 350 / Comp Cam / Edelbrock Heads / Cyclone Intake / Holley Carb / Holley Fuel Pump / Patriot Headers / Dual Exhaust / Magnaflow Mufflers / 1964 Coupe / Riverside Red / L76, 327, 365hp

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Thanks, Rich, for the suggestions.  I think I will try scrubbing them with soap and water.  I am the original owner of my Vette and it has about 31 years of dirt worked into the belts.  I think they will require a little work.

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10/12/10 11:21am - Reply: 'Shopping for Seatbelts'
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Lakeland, FL - USA

Vette(s):
1974 C3 Convertible

Joined: 9/24/2010
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I've got a 74 conv and finding OEM belts for it was not fun at all. I managed to find some on ebay, but they weren't cheap. In the end it cost me $800 for the lap and shoulder harness. The upside? They look friggin great.
I got them from these folks.
http://shop.ebay.com/corvettepartsking/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=25
Good people, just not especially cheap.
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10/12/10 11:26am - Reply: 'Shopping for Seatbelts'
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Millstone Township, NJ - USA

Vette(s):
1978 Pace Car - L82 with a 4 Speed AM -FM CB radio

Joined: 2/6/2010
Posts: 71

I just purchased mine (still waiting for delivery) from Andover Restraints. They had a big selection and reasonable prices



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10/25/15 3:41pm - Reply: 'Re: Shopping for Seatbelts'
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, - United Kingdom

Vette(s):
1970 convertible in red 350

Joined: 10/6/2015
Posts: 82
For the UK folks I just fitted Securon lap belts to my 70 convertible, the belts that came with my car had Chevrolet buckles but were dated 1973 so clearly weren't original and as they were way too short probably not even for a Corvette!
I don't think my car ever had the under seat retractors as there's no sign of belt guides.
Ultimately I'd like to fit 3 point belts slotted through the seat back but will need to find the trim for the back of the seat, I'm guessing I can just cut the slot in the front trim?

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Graham
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10/25/15 7:07pm - Reply: 'Re: Shopping for Seatbelts'
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Milwaukie, OR - USA

Vette(s):
'78 Silver Anniversary T Top coupe,58k orig miles. THM350 auto, 350 L48, JBM headers,Oyster White interior,.as of Nov '15 in process of painting.

Joined: 10/19/2015
Posts: 71
Without removing the seat belts..this works pretty well for belts that are not damaged, pilled, frayed..

Pull the seatbelt out of the retractor as far as it'll go and cinch the buckle way back so the belt stays out.

Buy some quality carpet cleaner such as Hoover makes for their carpet cleaning machines.
Prepare a strong solution of the cleaner with hot water in a 2 gallon plastic pail..

Put a couple of towels on the seat..Put the bucket on the seat..Immerse the seat belt into the solution.
 Scrub both sides of the belt for ten minutes with a scrub brush, dipping it back into the solution frequently.IF the water-solution is noticeably dirty after scrubbing & dunking for 10 minutes, Change the water solution and reimmerse and  leave it over night.

Next day, take a look and see..IF they look clean, rinse them in a bucket of warm water  and let dry for several days BEFORE you retract them back into the retractor..Use a hair dryer IF you are in a hurry but make sure they are truly dry before retracting them.
If not clean yet, repeat the process..Took a few years to get dirty and worth the time to get them cleaned up .Jim


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11/6/15 4:45pm - Reply: 'Re: Shopping for Seatbelts'
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Richmond, VA - USA

Vette(s):
1975 T Top Coupe

Joined: 12/16/2012
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I ordered a set from SEATBELTSPLUS.COM for $240 for my '75.  I haven't installed them yet but they seem to be good quality.  It looks like the economy style with shoulder belts are $270 now.  The OE style is $340.  I don't remember how many places I looked before I bought but everything else was more expensive and I didn't want to trust my life to some unknown quality recovered set from ebay or something.

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