Q: Seat Belt Replacement in a 1968
I am having a problem finding 1968 seat belts for my Firebird, but I came across an almost complete set of belts for a 69. Will these belts fit properly? And also the firebird I purchased has new floors in it, is there a way of telling what seat belts go where? If you have any information I would greatly appreciate it..Thank you
A: The seat belt are the same for 1968 and 1969 except for the date stamp at the end on the belt. There is a white manufacture label at the end of each belt that shows the year is was made. Not a big deal unless your trying for 100% originality. 1969 coupes used shoulder belts with extra buckles mounted on the tunnel side.
As far as the location, look under the car in the drive shaft tunnel. You should see seat belt attachment nut (welded to a large oval plate). use a small nail and push it through the carpet from underneath. Now you have a reference at the top. DON’T USE A DRILL THROUGH YOUR CARPET. You may snag a loop and unravel your carpet. The door jam side attachment can be found by removing the sill plate and rolling the carpet back. All this is assuming that whoever replaced the floor pan didn’t do something stupid like removing or covering these holes. Good luck.
A: Sometime in 1968, the seat belt buckles switched from plastic to metal. It was once thought that the plastic were used on standard cars while the metal ones were used on the custom trim cars.
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