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    Default Plastic sleeves for seatbelts?

    Hey all,

    The seatbelt buckles (that bolt to the transmission tunnel) on my car have broken and disintegrating plastic sleeves. I found that Late Model Restoration (the 5.0 Mustang place) has replacements for Mustangs, even come in a lot of factory colors.

    Anyone know if they might interchange? I'll be checking into it sooner or later myself.
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    I *think* that they won't work. If I remember correctly Eric tried 'em a while back and found the Mustang ones aren't big enough or something. You have a red interior don't you? That's the worst for having those things break. My 19 year old smoke gray ones are still perfect (when I go out to the car tomorrow they will be cracked just to spite me................ ).
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    Some vendor guy is working on new ones. Oh wait, maybe I should go work on that...

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    I hope this "vendor guy" can come up with the cups that fit around the inner door handle on base models as well.Those are wicked hard to find.
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    A tempo/topaz and another Fords will fit?......


    IMHO,

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    T-Bird/Cougar belt buckles bolt to the seat frame. Mustang ones bolt to the floor. Dunno 'bout Tempazes...
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    They will work. I have them on the convertible now. Last year I was fortunate enough to find a set of 1985-86 Mustang Regatta Blue belts for my car (I have to use Mustang seatbelts...long story) but of course, those sleeves were cracked. My buddy had a pair of brand new ones from LMMR (www.50resto.com) and gave them to me to try out. They fit great. The only part that is different is the little tang on the T-Bird-style receptacle (1985ish-88), where it bolts to the seat frame. Mustangs don't have those, but otherwise the actual belt is the same size, and the sleeve is pretty much the same length as well. You have to crank down the seat belt bolt (T-50) really tight to keep it from flopping around. Otherwise it's perfectly usable.

    BTW, I also got the matching Regatta Blue interior spray paint from LMMR to paint those covers. Wow, does that paint ever work incredibly well. A bit expensive @ $18 US to have a can shipped to my door...but the results were outstanding. Highly recommended if you have to paint. Mustangs used about 60% of the colors that we had for our interiors so matching should be perfect for most of us.

    EDIT: I found the photos I took before of the comparison...

    L-R: SN95 belt receptacle; Fox Mustang belt receptacle; Fox Cougar/T-Bird receptacle (c. 1985)
    I'm happy to note that the new replacement Fox Mustang covers are longer than the one pictured. They're just about as long as the Cougar/T-Bird style covers.
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    So I should stop on the TBird ones then? I didn't know you had Mustanger ones in there!
    Michael Pinto

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    01 CV Police Interceptor; 4.6 SOHC V8/4R70W, Dk Blue/Grey; K&N FIPK/RP Oil/Optima/Superchips/Flowmaster 40's/2.5" cat-back - 14.854@92.37
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    NO! Don't stop...a technically-correct cover for restoration is still needed. In fact I'll be your first customer.

    For now, though, in a pinch the Mustang sleeves WILL work.

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    Roger that boss!
    Michael Pinto

    83 RX-7 GSL; 12A/5-Speed, Red/Red; 100% Stock - 16.344@83.34
    01 CV Police Interceptor; 4.6 SOHC V8/4R70W, Dk Blue/Grey; K&N FIPK/RP Oil/Optima/Superchips/Flowmaster 40's/2.5" cat-back - 14.854@92.37
    84 TBird Turbo Coupe (John's); MY 5.0/T5, Rescued from the crusher, we're building it for the $2009 GRM Challenge.

    http://www.rotarycarclub.com/

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