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Bandanagirl - Vampire Red
Okay, who here is old enough, or sufficiently enamored of pre-1975 cars (pixel, I'm looking at you) to remember the separate shoulder belts that were stored in clips above the doors?

Has anyone here ever USED one, or remembers a parent using them?

HOW THE HELL DID THE BUCKLE WORK?

I know my grandmother's 1969 Plymouth Satellite had them, and I even drove that car a few times (it was the Family Spare until her death in the early 1990s) but, even though there were mandatory seat belt laws from the time I got my driver's license, I'm pretty sure I only ever used the lap belts in that car. Same with someone else's early 70s Plymouth Scamp. And when I was quite small we had a brown Buick that had those things, and I can't remember my parents ever using the shoulder belt part. That was back in the days when we totally thought the fold-down armrest in the front seat was an awesome child seat, and it was a special treat to ride there (just like it was a special treat to ride in the way-back of a station wagon, or the cargo bed of a pickup truck).

Googling only tells me how to rip out the headliner and install a real 3-point belt on the door pillar so that driving a car like that won't be a death trap. It doesn't really help with the buckle mechanism on the originals.

Anyone?

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