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 Post subject: Source for lap belts?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:04 pm 
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I'm trying to find a set of lap belts for my '57. I want generic belts with chrome bucklers that adjust on both sides. Shouldn't be too difficult, right? So I bought a set from Seat Belts Plus that were supposed to fit the bill, but when I got them I found the only adjusted on one side. Their customer service is pretty much the telephone version of chlamydia; according to customer service, it's "tough luck" they only adjust on one side - and they don't offer belts that adjust on both sides. To add insult to injury, I get stuck with a 20% restocking fee for sending them back. Please: if I ever type http://seatbeltsplus.com into my browser again, you hereby have my express written consent to smash my 'gnads flat with a ball peen hammer.

So, does anyone have a source for simple belts that adjust on both sides? I used to get them from WolfsBurg West, but I went to the local VW place that carries WW, and the WW belts they had in-stock adjusted on one side. It appears that they only have belts now with a Wolfsburg crest on them, which I don't really want either; all of the belts I bought previously were plain.

I know these are out there - I've bought several sets in the past; I have them in my Unimog, single cab, and panel bus, as well as the Karmann Ghia I just sold. Unfortunately, there's no information on the belts I have to lead me to a vendor.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:59 pm 
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I got a set from Stoddard a while back that adjusts on both sides. http://www.stoddard.com/64480390105-nla.html Give them a call.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:19 pm 
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John Willhoit also sells sest belts that look period correct.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:58 pm 
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Pretty sure John's only adjust one side.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:12 pm 
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It does look that way from the pics on his website but maybe he'll confirm.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:29 pm 
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I have used Bill Rich at http://vintageseatbelts.com for a few of my cars, both for racing and regular lap belts.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:21 am 
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Peter Silten wrote:
I got a set from Stoddard a while back that adjusts on both sides. http://www.stoddard.com/64480390105-nla.html Give them a call.


I saw those, but they looked identical to the ones on the other site, so I didn't bother. I'll shoot them an email.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:37 pm 
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I had some made here about 20 years ago. They can make anykind you want
https://www.amsafe.com/restraints/aircraft-seatbelts/

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:02 pm 
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Thom You might look at Simpson or PEP or Andover Restraints. Curt

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:15 pm 
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Well, I ordered the belts from Stoddard, after confirming they adjust on both sides... and they only adjust on one side. /sadtrombone

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:44 am 
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The seat belts I got from Stoddard a while back are made by Beams. They are very long -- too long for me as I am on the slim side -- and adjustable on both sides. I did a Google search and discovered that JC Whitney sells Beams's seat belts for $20 each, which is a bargain. Here is a link:

http://www.jcwhitney.com/beams-universa ... terid=u0j1

I would give Beams a call (574.266.8330) to see if their non-retractable seat belts are the type you are looking for.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:55 am 
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No help, but the first thing I did when I got my 356 was install 3-point belts (from PEP???). On that issue, my take is forget about originality, protect yourself!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:43 am 
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Peter Silten wrote:
The seat belts I got from Stoddard a while back are made by Beams. They are very long -- too long for me as I am on the slim side -- and adjustable on both sides. I did a Google search and discovered that JC Whitney sells Beams's seat belts for $20 each, which is a bargain. Here is a link:

http://www.jcwhitney.com/beams-universa ... terid=u0j1

I would give Beams a call (574.266.8330) to see if their non-retractable seat belts are the type you are looking for.


The belts I've been using for years, which I currently have in all my VW's and my Unimog, are also Beam's. I had no luck finding them via the Google, which is why I asked here.

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Reading the name of the company and Oklahoma City right off of the belt pictured, I googled them. Their address is seatbelts.net/

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:49 am 
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Al Cole wrote:
Reading the name of the company and Oklahoma City right off of the belt pictured, I googled them. Their address is seatbelts.net/


Yeah, that's the easy part. The fun part has been finding someone who sells the exact part I'm looking for, as IIRC, they don't sell direct. Also, can't call them on a Sunday eve when I'm surfing, although I did send an email a while back but never got a response.

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