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Old 02-05-2006, 08:59 PM
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Ok just wondering if anyone has any seatbelts. MUST be Original NO REPO"S.
Tom Young is working on a set for me, but they wont be ready for a while, wondering if anyone has any now they want to sell,. I can use BLACK but have no problem with other colors and i can have them dyed.
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Old 02-05-2006, 10:11 PM
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Default RE: NEED SEATBELTS--MUST be Orignals...NO REPOS'S

I know you said no repos, but Andover makes great seatbelts that work in Squarebirds. I bought a set and they are exactly like the setup that originally came in the Squarebirds including the eyebolts in the floor and the sister hooks to attach them. http://www.andoauto.com/seat_belts1.htm

I have the original seatbelt installation instructions here: http://www.squarebirds.org/seatbelt_installation.htm

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Old 02-06-2006, 08:21 PM
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>I know you said no repos, but Andover makes great seatbelts
>that work in Squarebirds. I bought a set and they are
>exactly like the setup that originally came in the
>Squarebirds including the eyebolts in the floor and the
>sister hooks to attach them.
>http://www.andoauto.com/seat_belts1.htm
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>I have the original seatbelt installation instructions here:
>http://www.squarebirds.org/seatbelt_installation.htm
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But let me ask you this....How do they stand up in judging??That is why i was looking at getting originals..Let me take a quick look Alexander..
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Old 02-06-2006, 08:25 PM
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>I know you said no repos, but Andover makes great seatbelts
>that work in Squarebirds. I bought a set and they are
>exactly like the setup that originally came in the
>Squarebirds including the eyebolts in the floor and the
>sister hooks to attach them.
>http://www.andoauto.com/seat_belts1.htm
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>I have the original seatbelt installation instructions here:
>http://www.squarebirds.org/seatbelt_installation.htm
ok they do look good. However i was Under the impression that the 60 bird belts did NOT have a snap buckle... rather a buckle that LIFTED and the bels was fed into it and clamped down on it..Correct me if i am wrong here..and were they shinny chrome or the satin finish??
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You are correct, that the original style had a cloth to metal junction, not metal to metal. I have not seen the original style in person. I think they are very rare.

Neither the VTCI or the ITC takes points off for non-original seatbelts.

These Andover seatbelts are as close as you can get now. They definitely look period and not out of place. I chose the shiny chrome finish ones with the sister hooks and loop anchors for my 1960 . They are way better than the ones that are directly bolted to the floor that many of the T-Bird dealers sell.

Even if you do get original seeatbelts, you might want to use Andover for fresh hardware such as the anchor bolts and reinforcements.

If you do get an original set of seatbelts I would like to see pictures of them.

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on that site they list an underbody reinforcement for cars that have never had seatbelts before. Are these necessary for our 'birds, and if so, do the weld in or ?? I need seat belts!
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Yeah . . . All good questions. Biggest one is . . . Do they work? Are they safe?? I guess any is better than none. My 60 never had em. I just have one for our 3 yr old's car seat @ the pass side rear. I do have a set of repro's from a TB supplier. From Snake Oil Prod or something?? They look "close". Those dog-ugly eyebolts though?? I guess that's what they used. As far as reinf from the underside, it looks like it's just a fat washer.

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Yes, you need reinforcement underneath the floor. Most of the repros come with what looks like a heavy duty washer. Andover sells a reinforcement that is similar to what was originally used. It is pictured on the left below:

http://www.andoauto.com/Belt68.jpg

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I think the reason they used eyebolts and detachable sister hooks on the seatbelts back then is that the car industry at the time used suppliers that made seatbelts for the airlines. If you have a commercial airliner, a detachable belt is an advantage, since you can easily remove a belt for cleaning or replacement.

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I was thinking, since the early automobile seatbelts were adopted from the airline industry, possibly a source of an original cloth to metal seatbelt might be an antique airplane restoration company. This company actually rewebs seatbelts: http://www.cmaviationservices.com/

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