I dont understand how to disconnect the seatbelts connected by the roof of the car on my 1984 firebird. Also, only on the passenger side, i think that lever is stuck because you can fold it all the way forward even when it remains untouched. Fixable? or do i just get a new seat?
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Re: how do i replace the seatbelts?
You will have to drop the rear section of the headliner. There are two 9/16's bolts that hold the assembly in place. The part that bolts to the floor of the car is held in place by a t-40 star bolt. There is an access panel on the back of the plastic boot that covers the seat belt. Open this, and you will see the bolt.
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pull the seatbelt pilar cover off from the door jamb. this runs vertically up the pilar between the front an back door (beside the front seats. Once opened loosen the belt by gently pulling the belt upward toward the roof. You'll have to do this sometimes in small increments. Once the seatbelt is pulled out all the way, spray small amount of lubricant into the joint where at the top of the belt spool. Also use a screw driver to push spool upward while pulling the belt. At first it's only going to release a little but eventually the lubricant will work its way into the seam at the top of the belt spool and loosen up the stuck inertia catch. Until it completely loosens you might have to remove the pilar cover again and work the seatbelt out (also use the screw driver technique described above) in order to use the seatbelt. When parking, I would relatch the seatbelt and pull the slack up around the back of the head rest. After a day or so it worked normally.
Got it sorted out. The Hawks' headliner was already ****, but only on one side, and I was looking at the other side. So, I **** the material where the plastic was ****, **** the other side, and cut out the holes for the plastic insert. I was able to put the entire interior back together today. Now, onto reupholstering the seats!!
Hi, sit in middle seat facing forward. If seatbelt is mounted in roof over your right shoulder, the clip on the end of the seatbelt clips in down by your right hip. Then the 'free' clip clips in by your left hip in to one of the two seatbelt clips. If you have done it right you should have a lap/sash configuration with the belt form the roof running over your right shoulder. The roof belt is also 'inertia reel' and behaves the same as all the other belts. To get out of the seat belt undo the 'free' or middle point clip only. When you have finished altogether, press key in to end clip lock and store back in the roof. If you have problems getting clips in to holders press the release tab on the holder. Hope that helps.