[T3] FW: retractable seat belts

Jim Adney jadney at vwtype3.org
Fri Jan 20 15:30:27 PST 2012

On 20 Jan 2012 at 10:53, fred Simmons wrote:

> the seat belts on my '70 sqbk have got to go!

In my opinion, the non-retractabble belts used in '70 & '71 were the 
best VW ever used. The lack of a retractor means that the belt can be 
adjusted correctly and yet will not chafe on long drives, whereas the 
constant tension of a retractable belt becomes uncomfortable after 

ALL of these belts have a common problem that has a simple solution. 
They get DIRTY, so dirty that they become hard to adjust. If this is 
your problem, remove them and spend a couple hours with a bucket of 
soapy water and a few rinses and you'll be amazed at the result.

Note also that the '70-1 buckle has a bar on the back that you need 
to press while you adjust it. If the belt is clean and you depress 
that bar, they adjust easily.

> has anyone had any experience with any of the retractable seat belts i see on the web?
> does the rear heater vent melt the retracting spool just in front of it?
> any advice appreciated.

I may have a set of front Type 3 retractable belts that I could sell 
you if that's what you really want, but my recommendation would be to 
wash your OE belts first and discover how nice they can be.

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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