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Old 07-03-2010, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Sorry for the dumb question. I'm putting in new seatbelts on a 65 mustang coupe. The install insructions say to put the short side of the belt (I'm assuming the male side) on the aisle side (which I'm assuming is the console side). However, currently it is installed the other way around. My manual doesn't help. thanks.
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u r incorrect-male goes outside,female in. if u think about the retractable side always is outside by the rocker panel if they have the retract mechaNISMS. wes

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Thanks, I wonder why the instructions state that.
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Sorry for the dumb question. I'm putting in new seatbelts on a 65 mustang coupe. The install insructions say to put the short side of the belt (I'm assuming the male side) on the aisle side (which I'm assuming is the console side). However, currently it is installed the other way around. My manual doesn't help. thanks.
Every seat belt I have ever seen the buckle was the short side.

And of course the buckle always goes in the center of the car.
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On normal modern seatbelts, I agree. However, the buckle in this case is on an adjustable strap that is almost twice as long as the male side so I wanted to make sure. Thanks.
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On normal modern seatbelts, I agree. However, the buckle in this case is on an adjustable strap that is almost twice as long as the male side so I wanted to make sure. Thanks.
Sounds weird. Where'd they come from? If I was getting new belts, I'd use these. Very similar to the 65-66 deluxe belts, and very inexpensive.

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22GT,
I have my original set from my 66 convt, in my hands right now. They just came back from a concourse refurb job, from Python. The male side is about 23" long and not adjustable. The Buckle side is about 30" if fully extended, and is adjustable.
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On normal modern seatbelts, I agree. However, the buckle in this case is on an adjustable strap that is almost twice as long as the male side so I wanted to make sure. Thanks.
This to me is logical: would I rather have the male end flopping outside or worse yet slam the door on it (ouch), or have some one slam the door on the buckle and have the long adjustment dragging in the street (this is if by chance someone doesn't use the belt or the passenger gets out and slams the door on the belt!

I have one of those little hump consoles, I put the buckles in the cup holders when the belts aren't in use.

Are you reading Ford instructions or the aftermarket belt instructions?
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I'd have to go and find the box, but I agree that the instructions sounded weird, especially when the buckle side is typically longer. I think I'd rather have excess strap inside rather than hanging outside the door. I put them in 22gt way (which is how the old ones installed) and they look good. Now the passenger can adjust the belt and keep it snug.

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