Seat belt restoration - Pontiac GTO Forum
User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-10-2017, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 581
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 126 Post(s)
Seat belt restoration

I have the original seat belts (1965) and need to have the webbing replaced (easy), but I would like to restore the actual buckles - any advice on vendors that offer this service or should I do it myself ? Visually the buckles are not bad, but mechanically they are not working. Thanks

Chris

1965 GTO Convertible 3 speed tri-power drum brakes originally

Current setup:
400 cu in with tri-power
4 speed Muncie
cij911 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-10-2017, 08:40 AM
 
GTOJUNIOR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: VIRGINIA
Posts: 580
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 64 Post(s)
Garage
The oldest set I have are 20+ years now and still in outstanding condition.
S.O. did a full restoration of these, There are others out there but for me it's these guys first.
Ssnake Oyl Products

GTO Jr. - A.K.A. SPRINT 6
GTOJUNIOR is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-10-2017, 10:15 AM
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 28
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Ssnake Oyl Products... I have a set there right now. They have probably done a dozen for me.
Bertmac is offline  
 
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-10-2017, 07:12 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Injun Territory, 'Merica!
Posts: 1,611
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 121 Post(s)
Have had several customers that have used Ssnake Oil over the years. Have also done rewebbing trade outs with a vendor in OH.

One of my keeper cars, the rear dlx belts (3 pair) were missing when it first came up from DFW area. It took a while but I eventually replaced the rears with 3 pairs of very clean '71 dlx belts. I had considered having Ssnske Oyl make me all 3 rear pairs as I pulled Dix buckles for many years & have mtg plates.

On another '71, my GT-37, when I bought the car, it had its very dingy black std belts to go with torn front fabric & vinyl bench seat.. Fortunately, this car had been off the road since '78, stored under a lean-to for many years, then indoors, since I've owned it. Relatively low mile car, & fortunately, the original std seatbelts cleaned up extremely well. I did have to replace two of the black std buckle covers as they were scuffed. Around the time I began cleaning up the belts from the GT-37, an old friend had what amounted to basically the exact same set as my GT-37's standard belt set, except it lacked one pair up front as his car was a bucket seat car. His belts included:

-2 pairs in front, retractors on each side, retractors were not all scuffed up.
-1 pair of female buckle belts for shoulder belts (in front)
-1 pair of male end belts (shoulder belts)
-3 rear pair for rear seat passengers.
- All seat belt anchor plates were fine (these were not rusted, & they arent chrome plated).

Will get to the chase... @ Ssnake Oyl, to disassemble, replate the backs of 7 female std buckles, replate 7 male ends, buff & plastic polish 7 female std covers, reassemble buckles, clean & lube 2 retractor assembly's, & reweb all 7 pair of standard belts, the cost was within a few dollars of a $1000. Before I forget, that was a late 90's bill on the most common style standard GM buckle seat belts out there for the '68-71 era.

So for those of you that are willing to share, what is the price range today, to have the same process as above replicated, ie, replate back of buckles, male ends, & reweb 6 or 7 pairs of belts?

- Standard seat belt set for a '68-71 Pontiac Or Chevy 2door A-body?
- Deluxe (brushed buckle) seat belt set for the same?
- Did your seat belt restoration require replacement of buckles, male ends, retractor assemblys?
- What did you think of accuracy of the pattern of the loomed weave of the belt material, compared to the pattern of the original belt?

Have two other Pontiac projects going, that all belts will have to be restored in the next two years. Fortunately, I have pulled many many seatbelt cores over the years, & have a good supply of '68-71 dlx buckles, as well as quite a few std buckles that the rear chrome is nice. If anything, am short on anchor plates, but can get more. Am really interested in what a ship 'em out & have 'em shipped back full resto would cost.




,
Pinion head is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-12-2017, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 581
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 126 Post(s)
THANKS GUYS! My project is coming along nicely so far .

1965 GTO Convertible 3 speed tri-power drum brakes originally

Current setup:
400 cu in with tri-power
4 speed Muncie
cij911 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Pontiac GTO Forum > The 1964-1974 Pontiac Tempest, Lemans & GTO > 1964-1974 Tempest, Lemans & GTO Convertible Top, Interior, Glass and Trunk

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Pontiac GTO Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Seat belt question on a 65 injn37 1964-1974 Tempest, Lemans & GTO Convertible Top, Interior, Glass and Trunk 15 01-24-2010 06:10 PM
seat belt problem oldgoat651967 Service, Maintenance and Technical Discussion 1 07-24-2008 10:34 AM
Seat Belt Installation ALTGOAT Service, Maintenance and Technical Discussion 0 01-14-2005 01:25 PM
seat belt q badtmpdgoat Service, Maintenance and Technical Discussion 2 12-15-2004 07:39 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome