Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2006 19:25:33 GMT
From: "Al" <>
Subject: Re: C900 Rear seat belt bolt.

"Paul Halliday" <> wrote in message > in article, Al at > wrote on 30/08/2006 15:09: > >> I recently removed the C-pillar trims to re-cover them. A fine job I >> did too, even if I do say so myself! (Photos of the whole job will >> follow...) However when replacing the seatbelt guide the threads >> stripped and I cant torque the bolt up to the required 33ftlb, no-where >> near. > > I'd be interested to see a walkthrough - I have mine to do soon. Did you > re-do the speaker mounts and parcel shelf as well? I intend to follow on > from the parcel shelf, through the speaker mounts, C pillars and then > headliner. > >> Now the bolt screws into a captive nut, which is welded into the >> chassis/body, and its this nut which has stripped out. WHY was the >> bolt designed with a stronger thread that the captive nut, and has >> anyone got any experience/ideas of how to fix this problem. My rear >> off-side seatbelt is currently U.S. > > Sorry ... I've not this far yet :) > > I know PDA (on UKSAABs, etc) has undertaken the same job ... Maybe he can > shed a little light if no-one here can help. I'm sure there's someone here > though. Paul, it's PDA's sticky that encouraged me to have a go! I thought I'd start with the C pillars first as it would give me a fair indication as to how difficult/easy working with the materials is. Turns out to be fairly simple, but you need to have your wits about you. As for the parcel shelf and speaker mounts, I'm doing them in carpet again but not right now, that's a future project with new leather to cover the door cards. Certainly Woolies seem to have a good selection of trims and the empire grey I'm using for the c-pillars and headlining is only 6.50 a metre. A local Saab specialist to us warned me off headlining kits from a certain internet company who specialise in bits for Swedish autos other than Volvos, as in their opinion the material wasn't up to much. There is a guy locally in Clekheaton who will do headliners, but I'm going to go for it myself, though I have some fairly serious repairs to do to the shell itself first. hopefully if I can pull it off, it'll make a good reference project for other C900 owners. Replacement liners aren't made by SAAB any more and there are quite a few variations, 4 door, 5 door, 3 door, 2 door with/without grab handles, centre roof light or not etc etc(hey I don't need to tell Paul Halliday about C900 variations eh?!?) so getting a good matching one from a scrappy is increasingly difficult. Any road up, my main problem is this stripped captive nut, its more of a problem than I first thought, as simply using a longer bolt with a loose nut behind isn't possible due to the C-pillar getting in the way.... Any ideas would be most welcome. Al

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