Search "seat belt" on this board for my post of 8/7/06. I have several times adapted good-working seatbelts from the junkyard to other vehicles than what they came out of. I am sure it is not always the case, but in general I have found that the mounting points have a good deal in common across vehicle lines and can be installed with minor modification. I have had a low success rate at trying to patch up glitchy retractors. The mechanisms are tricky and not intended to be repaired. Modern retractors are designed to lock on sudden deceleration. A failed one, especially as old as a vintage SAAB, may well be failed in more than one respect. A unit from a more current vehicle may have a better safety factor.
In regard to the lock-on-decel feature, if you go with units from a different vehicle, the retractors should be mounted in the same relation as on the donor because the feature is directional, ie if mounted backwards the feature may not work.
An option is to change to old-style manual-adjust belts that have no retractors.
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- @#$*#! seat belts..., David Brodbeck, Thu, 4 Dec 2008 12:00:00
- Re: @#$*#! seat belts..., kansas, Sat, 6 Dec 2008 11:48:04
- Re: @#$*#! seat belts..., tio barry, Sat, 6 Dec 2008 05:48:25
- Re: @#$*#! seat belts..., Kemosobe, Fri, 5 Dec 2008 19:26:12
- Forgot to mention this is on a 1972 Saab 95. (n/m), David Brodbeck, Thu, 4 Dec 2008 12:01:00
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