Ye Olde Seat Belts
Posted 21 November 2020 - 03:05 PM
There aren't many pics out there of the old floor mounted seatbelt holder, the part fixed to the center of the floor that both seat belts clip into.
I'm hoping to repair it. At first the 'press' button kept falling out, but I was able to release it with a digit, but now it's not releasing the belt at all. Photo to follow....
Posted 21 November 2020 - 10:35 PM
You mean the Kangol one....
Too dark, damp, & far to check at the moment but i'm fairly sure mine looks more like this version....
(& yes it is the original 1975).
Edited by Itsaminithing, 21 November 2020 - 10:35 PM.
Posted 23 November 2020 - 08:51 PM
Although while I was trying to get the photo, I managed to release the stuck belt, so one step nearer
Posted 24 November 2020 - 11:08 AM
Check if the seat belt tongue is damaged, if it is then the seat belt needs replacing.
Hopefully it's only gummed up, take it out of the car & give it a damn good clean.
Will need lubricating afterwards - a lot of people recommend using silicone spray (with a Mk3 there is very little chance of getting it on the webbing).
If the tongue doesn't latch with a nice firm click after cleaning then you will need to replace the buckle (unfortunately finding a new one is about as likely as finding Puff the Magic Dragons baby teeth for sale!).
Posted 24 November 2020 - 11:45 PM
Thank you for the tip and inspiration.
Posted 25 November 2020 - 09:31 AM
Before 1971 seatbelts were fitted by the BLMC dealership you purchased the car from & could be Britax, Kangol, or others.
1971 on they were factory fitted Kangol (you had the option of static seatbelts or paying extra for inertia reel seatbelts).
Posted 25 November 2020 - 11:46 PM
Thank you for the info.
I've found a more modern type that I had in a box, in the shed, but need to check them over first and see if they fit without drilling holes. If ok, then I can try to fix the originals when out of the car at a more leisurely pace.
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