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Author Topic:   Did the 68 convertible have front retractable seat belts?
Ralph Rebandt
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posted 06-20-2002 07:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ralph Rebandt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are there retractable seat belts for the ocnvertible in the front or just flat belts which attach to the outer rocker panel? As always, Thanks!

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mellowyellow
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posted 06-20-2002 07:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No retractors. I;m using 66 in belt windup retractors. Dont know if they repo them or not. They attach to the belt and windup the side closest to the door.

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Jeff
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posted 06-20-2002 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Retractors were available as a dealer option. These did not work or look like todays retracting belts. A roller attached to a standard lap belt was spring tensioned to wind up the belt anytime it was not in use. There was no inertia lock hence the wearer had to be sure to fully extend the belt anytime it was worn.

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Fastback68
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posted 06-20-2002 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm curious why Osborn's would show convertibles as having those retractors if they were just a "dealer option". Hmmm.

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mustangboy
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posted 06-20-2002 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My 68 coupe has retractable belts but they are very short to force you to adjust the other side of the belt so it fits you snugly.

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mellowyellow
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posted 06-20-2002 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Curiousity killed the cat! LOL!

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Ralph Rebandt
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posted 06-20-2002 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ralph Rebandt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fellas, the reason why I ask is that I have as someone described it - "a sock" retractible. It is out of a 68, but it is way too fat to fit on the wider rocker panel. It appears that the seat could slide by it. I think I will just put the adjustible ones until I find the correct one as you all describe. NPD only had an after market one that isn't anything like the original.

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mellowyellow
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posted 06-20-2002 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just looked in the NPD catalog and saw their retractor. It is a "dead on" copy of the original. They work, if installed correctly.

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Ralph Rebandt
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posted 06-20-2002 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ralph Rebandt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What page and what is the part number? I was there today and the guy at the counter told me that they only had two seat belt options...

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mellowyellow
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posted 06-20-2002 10:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
page 7 of the 2002 catalog. It is listed as new!

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mellowyellow
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posted 06-20-2002 10:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is listed as a part for 65-7. Will still work.

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Ralph Rebandt
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posted 06-21-2002 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ralph Rebandt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got the belts that are 14.95. They look fine though they are not the black FoMoCo ones...

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