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Old 07-27-2020, 03:34 PM   #1
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Restoring OEM Seatbelts

I have been restoring our original seat belts for a short time now. It started with the set I did for myself. When I bought my truck about 6 years ago, the first thing I did was change the interior color, from Burgundy to Charcoal. It was extremely hard to find a decent set of seatbelts, so I opted for the aftermarket ones, until I could find some. Well about 4 years later, I finally found some. So here is the set that I found. I throughly cleaned them and then freshened them up with dye. Polished all the stainless steel buckles.
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Old 07-27-2020, 03:41 PM   #2
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Next set I found were in excellent shape! But they still needed a good cleaning and freshened up with dye for the small section of webbing that is faded. Steel wooled the stainless steel buckles and polished.
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Old 07-27-2020, 03:46 PM   #3
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And after Restoration. I sandblast the mounts also.
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Old 07-27-2020, 03:52 PM   #4
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Next set I did, were Burgundy. A lot more fading in the webbing. These got the typical hot bath and a good scrubbing. Sandblasting the mounting tabs and freshened up with dye.
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More before and after pics of the Burgundy belts
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Old 07-27-2020, 04:05 PM   #6
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Next up are CarmineRed seatbelts. I did these for a friend. I also restored a seat for him. These got the good bath, steel wooded the buckles, sandblasting of the mounts and freshened up with dye. I removed all the plastic sleeves, they were pretty broken and he didn’t want them on there anyways. So here are the before pics, and the seat I did for him.
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Old 07-27-2020, 04:13 PM   #7
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And now for the AFTER pics. I also added the before and after of the belts in his truck. He had Blue, but we found a CarmineRed set to restore.
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Old 07-27-2020, 04:20 PM   #8
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Another set of Black/Charcoal. Throughly cleaned, sandblasted the mounts.
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Old 07-27-2020, 04:26 PM   #9
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After pic. Freshened up with dye.
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Old 07-27-2020, 04:42 PM   #10
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These are probably the worst ones I have had so far.
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Old 07-27-2020, 04:49 PM   #11
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These pics are just after a good cleaning and prepping, before the dye process. These are also getting new upper anchor covers.
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And AFTER
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Old 07-27-2020, 04:58 PM   #13
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These are a set of 87 Black/Characters seatbelts that I restored for someone. Sandblasted the mounts. Had quite a bit of rust on the buckles. So those got a good deal of steel wool and polishing. Had some rivets missing too, so I replaced those.
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Old 07-27-2020, 05:04 PM   #14
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Next up is a set of 81-87 Blue. Some of these seatbelts I didnít get before pics, Iíve been so busy, and I just get started on them and forget to get pictures.
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Another set of Black/Charcoal seatbelts. Here are the before pics
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Old 07-27-2020, 05:31 PM   #16
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I did cut some of the broken parts off the sleeves. And the GM sticker on the buckles are getting replaced with new ones.
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Old 07-27-2020, 06:07 PM   #17
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These here are a set of 73 seatbelts, Charcoal.
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Old 07-27-2020, 06:10 PM   #18
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Same process. Throughly clean, sandblast the mounting tab. Freshen up with dye
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1977 Blue.
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Old 07-27-2020, 06:23 PM   #20
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1975 Blue. At one time, someone had attempted to spray one of the retractors black. So that one, I had to get all the old dye cleaned off.
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These also got new GM buckle stickers.
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This is a set of Mahogany seatbelts
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Burgundy. This is another one of those set of seatbelts I didnít get any before pics on. They really werenít in bad shape at all. Just needed a good cleaning and freshened up with dye.
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