Just listed at 1967beetle.com, these seat belt clips are hard to find. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen them before today. Info from the seller. A photo of one of the clips installed in a ’67 is below.
“Our ’67 Seat Belt Clip is fabricated with two part epoxy. It is duplicated from the original ’67 seat belt clip with the part number and VW logo.”
Status: For Sale
Location: Caddo Mills, TX
Price: $15 each. $30 a set + shipping
Contact: R & D Engineering Co., Inc.
It looks cool… but I don’t really know what that thing is. It would help to see a picture of it in situation.
I’ve put a smoke signal out with the vintage VW community. We’ll have an answer soon that helps explain this better.
Good morning, Tom. I will try to resurrect a photo of the 1967 Seatbelt Clip installed into a Beetle. Until then, let me say that the Clip affixes with a small screw to the “B” Pillar (the “lock pillar”). When the seatbelt is retracted into the housing (the sheath), it is swiveled into an upright position against the “B” pillar. Look at your seatbelt housing (sheath) and you will see a notched part on the backside. This fits perfectly over the Clip which is fastened to the “B” pillar. That holds the seatbelt housing firmly against the “B” pillar when the seatbelt is not in use. It takes a slight pulling outward to engage or to dis-engage the sheath from the clip. There should be a screw hole in the “B” pillar from the factory. It may take a bit of probing but eventually you should be able to locate it. Use the sheath in its upright position to help to locate the hole. Let me know if you have further questions. It has been so long since these clips have been available that people today don’t recognize that there ever was such a puppy! jay
Wow! I did not even know there was such a part. Is this a one year only item?
Nice reproduction piece! I just snapped a pic of the clips in my car and sent it to Eric.
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Article updated with the photo Jody sent over. Thanks for this! 11 people emailed me this AM asking the same question.
That’s a super photo, Jody! Couldn’t be a better explanation than the Real Deal. jay
Oh that’s where is goes. Mine is long gone. Thanks for the update. -Louie
Thanks, Jay! This solves TWO riddles: the first one, about this clip, and the second one, which is “why does the seat belt housing have that protruding bump-out on the back side?”
I’ll need to move on to some of Life’s other riddles, like “why is the avocado seed so big?”
The avocado seed is big because…..
I just received two of these new repop clips from this vendor. One cracked in half while barely snugging it down, the other was fine (and looks/works great). I’ve reached out to them to ask for a replacement so hopefully that’s a non-issue. I will admit, it was fun locating the screw hole with a pick through my new B-pillar windlace. Had to feel around a bit for it.
Interesting! I’d love to see some photos of your process. I have these units as well, but have yet to find the holes. One day…
When I get the replacement clip, I’ll snap some photos. Would be nice to add some reference measurements for other folks when they go to do the same thing following a new headliner installation.
I will also say that I actually sandblasted (lightly, albeit) my original seat belts (the outside plastic) which brought them right back to the original color, disposing of years of orange sun damage. I then painted them with Lotus White, which is a fantastic color match. Just an FYI!
I feel certain that R & D Engineering will gladly replace the faulty Seat Belt Clip.
Doug Smith (Co-Owner of R & D) is a very sensitive person and tries hard to please his customers.
Regarding finding that tiny screw hole…sounds as though you used the tried and true method. The best way, of course, is before the B pillar covering is in place. But, I bet that a person can swing the seat belt to “parked’ position, fit the clip behind it as it would be when it is affixed to the pillar, move the seat belt, and the hole should be within range. jay
Agreed, that’s more or less what I did but still had to fish around more than I would have thought.
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