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Old 09-26-2021, 10:32 PM   #251
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Restored a set of 87 Burgundy Belts for someone. These werenít working correctly, so a through cleaning of the mechanisms was in order, now they work. They had a lot of gunk buildup which was keeping the counter balance weights from swinging. Rust & debris removal from the buckles. Emblems and covers were cleaned and polished.
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Old 09-26-2021, 10:35 PM   #252
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Old 10-16-2021, 09:43 AM   #253
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I have several Charcoal Black Seatbelts that are beyond my help. The webbing is frayed, so those just have to be re-webbed. So I finally made myself get a set out and send off to the professionals, that know more about re-webbing seatbelts.
Once they come back, then Iíll work my magic on removing the rust on the mounts, lubricating the retractor mechanisms and then restoring the retractor casings. Canít wait to see them.
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Old 10-16-2021, 06:42 PM   #254
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Just completed a set of Charcoal Black belts for someone. Full restoration of rust removal, buckles disassembled for debris removal and then a through cleaning & dye. Retractor mechanisms cleaned & lubed for better retracting.
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Old 10-16-2021, 06:59 PM   #255
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The 81-87 Saddle Tan interior did have all light saddle tan, but the dash was dark Saddle. They did that because of the glare from the windshield.
You won't have any light saddle 81-87 retractors for sale by chance. I want to retrofit them into a 72 blazer for the shoulder belts. Plan is to anchor the top point to the roll bar. I would have them rewebbed with parchment and the correct buckle so it looks somewhat period correct. I just want something light close to 72 parchment, I will paint them but wanted something light in case they get scratched.
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Old 10-16-2021, 08:27 PM   #256
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You won't have any light saddle 81-87 retractors for sale by chance. I want to retrofit them into a 72 blazer for the shoulder belts. Plan is to anchor the top point to the roll bar. I would have them rewebbed with parchment and the correct buckle so it looks somewhat period correct. I just want something light close to 72 parchment, I will paint them but wanted something light in case they get scratched.
I have quite a stash of belts, Iím sure I have something.
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I have quite a stash of belts, I’m sure I have something.
Awesome, if you take some pictures of the lightest you have that would be great.
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Old 10-17-2021, 10:01 AM   #258
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Awesome, if you take some pictures of the lightest you have that would be great.
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Old 10-17-2021, 11:10 AM   #259
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I have several Charcoal Black Seatbelts that are beyond my help. The webbing is frayed, so those just have to be re-webbed. So I finally made myself get a set out and send off to the professionals, that know more about re-webbing seatbelts.
Once they come back, then Iíll work my magic on removing the rust on the mounts, lubricating the retractor mechanisms and then restoring the retractor casings. Canít wait to see them.
Just like anything else there's likely to be good and bad outfits re-webbing belts.
Plenty of leg work to find a good one.
I'm interested to see what kind of results you get.
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Old 10-17-2021, 02:28 PM   #260
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Just like anything else there's likely to be good and bad outfits re-webbing belts.
Plenty of leg work to find a good one.
I'm interested to see what kind of results you get.
Me too.
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:11 PM   #261
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Have you ever attempted a color change on a set of belts? I have a nice set of burgundy I would like to change to mahogany.
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Old 10-18-2021, 10:25 PM   #262
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Have you ever attempted a color change on a set of belts? I have a nice set of burgundy I would like to change to mahogany.
No they donít turn out. No use ruining a good set of belts. I could do a set of Mahogany for you, I have a few sets. They just need the restoration done on them. They would look like these.
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Old 10-19-2021, 01:54 PM   #263
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No they donít turn out. No use ruining a good set of belts. I could do a set of Mahogany for you, I have a few sets. They just need the restoration done on them. They would look like these.
That's great! I'm also looking at the seats you have done. Very nice work. I'll be in touch.
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Old 10-20-2021, 07:00 PM   #264
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I have several Charcoal Black Seatbelts that are beyond my help. The webbing is frayed, so those just have to be re-webbed. So I finally made myself get a set out and send off to the professionals, that know more about re-webbing seatbelts.
Once they come back, then Iíll work my magic on removing the rust on the mounts, lubricating the retractor mechanisms and then restoring the retractor casings. Canít wait to see them.
Well I got them back already, today! And I am more than happy with the new webbing.
Now itís time for me to do my magic. Rust removal of the mounts. Through cleaning of the mechanisms & re-lube.
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They turned out nice!
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Old 10-21-2021, 09:46 AM   #266
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They turned out nice!
Yep the webbing did, but I still need to restore the casings. Then they will really look NICE!
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Old 10-21-2021, 07:02 PM   #267
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Well here they are! I got them finished up today. Restored the casings. Rust removed from the mounts. Cleaned & lubed the mechanisms. These are paired with a NOS set of center buckles & lap belt, and new upper anchor covers.
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So I also have been working on a set of Charcoal Black retractors. These are someoneís belts from Canada. This is all they had, was the retractors. And they needed some mechanism help. They were rusty and had a lot of dust/hair debris, so that was the major part of the restoration.
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And then some of during restoration. Rust removal, cleaning and dye.
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And then the After. Since he didn’t have center belts, I put a set of NOS center buckles with this set. And also new Upper Anchor Covers.
These will be heading back home to Canada
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If you're not careful, you could make the whole rest of a guy's truck look bad in comparison to those seat belts, haha.
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Old 10-26-2021, 10:59 AM   #272
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If you're not careful, you could make the whole rest of a guy's truck look bad in comparison to those seat belts, haha.
When I was packing those belts to go to their new home in Texas, I had to stop on last time and stare at how nice they were. They were like new! Almost wanted to keep them for my truck, even though my belts are pretty darn nice too. This particular set, a guy is getting these for his brothers truck, which has been completely restored. The only thing he didnít like, was the aftermarket belts, which I fully understand that one. So he was getting these for a Christmas Gift for his brother. He knew this would make his brother very happy to have stock belts back in his truck.
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Old 10-27-2021, 10:06 PM   #273
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Hereís a set of 1987 Blue retractors to weíre restored for someone. They didnít have centers, so I had a set of NOS Buckles & Lap belt, to make it a complete set.
Completely restored. Throughly cleaned and dyed. Mechanisms cleaned and lubed for better retracting. Rust removed from the mounts. The extra mounting tabs were also restored.
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Old 11-07-2021, 08:45 AM   #275
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Been working on a set of 1976 Blue seatbelts for someone. He is in the process of restoring a Spirit of 76. So he sent me his belts in hopes of being able to do something with them. At first, I was pretty skeptical. These were in pretty bad shape. Faded, and DIRTY is putting it nicely. Some rust on the mounts, the inner buckles and the upper anchor, since these were chrome. You don’t see too many of these.
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