03-14-2004, 07:48 PM
My seat belts have caused me quite a problem since i have owned my el camino. They are the factory seat belts and they have cause a lot of blackness on the nice new seats that are in my el when i bought it... The seat is a bench seat... two tone white on red seats... Does anyone have any idea on the length of the seat belts? I was thinking about replacing them with some side button belts from jc whitney and then replacing the actuators since they are a little unreliable now... also, what would be the best bet if i wanted to take off the blackness that has built up on my seat?
03-15-2004, 10:22 AM
A good fabric spot remover would possibly work for the places on the seats. As for the belts you could just take them out and wash them. Pull them to their length and use a can like maybe a trash can or something like that. Some laundry detergent and some "Shout" then soak them over night, rince them off and let then dry. That shold take care of the crap that has built up on them and use some 3-in-one oil on the mechnisim and the actuators or buy new door actuators/locks or remove those and clean and oil them.
If they are cleaned and oiled they should work alright again and your not going to be out the cash for new belts. Just a thought.
03-16-2004, 08:47 AM
Thanks for the suggestion, i will definitely try that out.
03-18-2004, 09:16 AM
I even changed the color of the belts on my 76 from a tan-ish color to Carmine Red after I had cleaned them and they look good. I used a fabric dye you can get at the local autoparts store.
My passenger side belt was really stained up and greasy looking but after cleaning it up it looked really good and the "stain" didn't stay it went away with the rest of the crud. I think you could also use the white Lithium grease insted of 3-in-one or with the 3-in-one.
I've gotten them wet since then and the dye didn't come off on anyones cloths so it is pretty color fast. I think the Hot Texas Sun baked it in really really good. :D