Factory or Aftermarket Option?

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  1. Eric

    Eric Founders Club Member

    20210721_112309.jpg My friend just bought a 71 Skylark convertible with some rear seat belts that I've never seen before in all my 68 years of life around Buicks. See enclosed pictures and chime in if you have ever seen these or know anything about these seat belts...
    NOTICE the receiver clip on the lower part of the armrest below the rear courtesy light to store the seat belt buckle release when the seat belt is not in use.
    Thanks,
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  2. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    I just bought a pair of those clips & had no idea where they went or how they worked. Now I do! Thanks! It may have been a dealer installed option. Hopefully others will chime in. I was wondering why I even bought them but now glad I did.

    Looks like it has the (rare?) J5 option: "Color Coordinated Custom front and rear seat belts with front and rear shoulder belts." I believe @TimR has this option in his '72 GS convertible and IIRC the front shoulder belts on convertibles attached in some strange manner.
     

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  3. Daves69

    Daves69 Too many cars too work on

    That belt is part of the front shoulder belt for a convertible.

    Look how the belt is attached behind the rear panel.


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  4. 1972 Stage 1

    1972 Stage 1 Well-Known Member

    Factory option. They came on the 71 Stage 1 convertible Zone Demonstrator cars. You can see them in these pics on my car.

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  5. Eric

    Eric Founders Club Member

    Ok...now we're getting somewhere!
    My brother had a 71 Stage1 vert zone car too and now I kind of remember those belt clips now. I will find a picture of it and post it soon. Thanks for jogging my brain cells.
     
  6. black70buick

    black70buick Well-Known Member

    Receiver holder is interesting, but the idea that the shoulder belt in the beck seat of a convertible would even function is boggling and looks goofy. Like an after thought.
     
  7. 2manybuicks

    2manybuicks Founders Club Member

    I have those in my 69. They are ungainly but they can keep you or your passenger from eating the wheel or the dash in the event of an accident. I am VERY happy to have them.
     
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  8. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    Were the clips shown by the OP factory as well & used to hold the shoulder harness for the front?
     
  9. Nailhead in a 1967

    Nailhead in a 1967 Kell-Mnown Wember

    Seat belt options + codes for the small 1971 Buicks:

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  10. Duane

    Duane Member

    The receiver clips are factory, and yes were there to "hold" the front harnesss when not in use.
    Duane
     
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  11. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    Thanks!

    Since my car didn't have this option, I have a pair of the clips that I don't need in case anyone does.
     
  12. Duane

    Duane Member

    In 71 some of the deluxe interior cars came with them. My 71 GSX has them.
    Duane
     
  13. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    Oh, misunderstood then. I thought they were just for the convertible w/the shoulder belts option. Are they to hold the rear shoulder belts in both hardtop & convertible?
     
  14. Duane

    Duane Member

    Dano,
    The only 71 convertible I had came with the optional shoulder harnesses, so I cannot speak for them. They are the belts that went to James Weinman’s car in his pics.

    As far as 71 Coupes, both my 71 SB GSX & my Stage 1 GSX came with deluxe front bench seat interiors and both had those “plastic receivers” for the belts. Both cars had the traditional set-up for seat belts.

    That is all I know about this.
    Duane
     
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  15. 2manybuicks

    2manybuicks Founders Club Member

    Interested...
     
  16. cjp69

    cjp69 Platinum Level Contributor

    I had them in a 69 Stage 1 convertible I had. Still have the belts somewhere.
     
  17. 2manybuicks

    2manybuicks Founders Club Member

    My clips are toast / disintegrated, and I have some others somewhere but I wouldn't mind another set.
     
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  18. cjp69

    cjp69 Platinum Level Contributor

    I have to imagine those are hard to find. IIRC I just have the belts, no clips or anything else were left. The belts had been pushed back behind the seat and I found them when the seat was removed.
     
  19. Duane

    Duane Member

    Yeah when you have the shoulder harness option for a convertible the entire back seat is basically “covered” in seat belts. It can be a real PITA.

    Also I never remember ever seeing those receivers in a 70 car, just 71’s. They may also have been in the 72 cars, but I never had any to look at.
    Duane
     
  20. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    Thanks!
     

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