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    Seat Belt Replacements

    Has anyone had success replacing seat belts, particularly on a two-door? The mechanisms for mine work fine but the webbing are a bit frayed/faded/ugly and I'd like to change the color as well. Haven't yet found any aftermarket options that look like they will bolt right in. I did find a place (seatbeltplanet.com) that says they can put new webbing in old mechanisms. Would appreciate hearing your experiences on this. It just doesn't seem like a DIY job to me.

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    Rewebbing seat belts is definitely NOT a DIY project.

    Ssnake-Oyl does rewebbing and seat belt restoration. No first hand experience (yet) but I've never heard anything bad said about their work.

    I need to get mine rewebbed,,,,,,,,,, just in case. They look fine and hope I never need to test their effectiveness but don't really trust 35+ year old webbing.
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    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
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    I got a set of nice working pulls from Jim since someone stole every bit of my rear belts.

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    If you dont restore your current set make sure the belts you get are from the correct year.
    76-77 coupe has two retractors on each front belt. One in the roof, like all of the coupes, and one in the floor where the outer belt anchors.
    76-77 coupes interchange.
    78-80 coupes interchange.
    Some 78+ will have the door-open ratchet release switch/button in the jamb.
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    Thanks Jim! I was wondering what that round black switch in the jamb was. I found it with an orange wire running up to the retractor but had no idea. Is there any consequence if I disconnect that? Seems to get in the way of the door closing properly.

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    I always thought those black door jamb buttons were "door poppers". My late build '79 (June 15th) has always had them since I bought the car 29 years ago. There's no evidence anything was ever attached to the back side, either wire or cable.

    This is one of them, although the end broke off a long time ago. It used to stick a little farther.
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    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    Resurrecting this thread. What are the obstacles (if any) to interchanging the front 76-77 belts (with retractors on both floor and ceiling) and the 78-80 belts (retractor in ceiling only)? Are there floorpan differences that get in the way?
    Last edited by SpeedBanana1977; 10-24-2017 at 12:48 PM. Reason: typo

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    Good question,I was planning on doing that on my 77 R/T,I will test fit them tommorow and get some pics.

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    Watching! I also wondered this, I'm putting 77 seat belts in a 79 but not had the chance to check for difference

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    It won't work,78-80 belts won't fit on the top due to the retractors ,not enough room toward the outside of the car,76-77 lower dosn't fit on a 78-80 due to the notched V shape on the floorpan were the retractor goes,78-80 floor pan does not have the notch

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