1970 Shoulder Belt Snap Button
by Jeff Finley
Safety first, right? If you're like me, when you
drive your 1970 BOSS 302 you wear your safety belt, including the shoulder belt. Imagine
my surprise when I went to snap the shoulder belt into the lap harness and, POP, the
little plastic ring that goes around the stem of the snap button, splits into two and
lands in my lap. Darn! Now the shoulder belt won't snap into the lap belt. What to do?
Well, if you have a concours perfect car and participate in judged shows, you might have
to go out and find a new shoulder belt. If you don't, then here's a quick fix that works
and isn't noticeable when the belt is hung up along the headliner.
Run down to your local hardware store (you know, the
one that has EVERYthing) and find their O-rings. That's right. Little rubber O-rings. Find
some with the inner diameter just a little smaller than the diameter of the shoulder belt
snap stem but not too thick. Depending on the thickness, you might get away with one, but
I used two. Stretch and roll the O-ring(s) over the button. Now test. Your shoulder
harness should stay snapped into the lap belt. That's it. An under $1.00 solution.