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Lap Belts

My 140 DHC is nearing the end of the retrimming process and I am keen to install some decent looking (preferably quite plain) lap belts. As yet, I haven't found any I like. Does anyone have any suggestions/sources? Many thanks - Brian Pel

I am also interested in seat belts (as mine are pretty old now). I asked many months ago if you guys in the US could get coloured seat belts (other than light brown and black, we seem to hav nothing). I fitted red years ago to go with the trim, but they are NLA. - Regards, John Elmgreen

So am I. I had in my XK 150 one red belt (unfortunately the boxes in which I got my car 10 years ago didn´t have the other one), and I suppose it was original, because it seems very much like the belt in the picture in Porter´s "Original XK" in the page 81. The car was registered in the USA early 1961 - did they have then belts as an original equipment? I would like to have a pair of new red seat belts. If someone knows a place to enquire them, please let me know. - Tomi Järvelin

Re the query about original equipment here, I have never seen it suggested that any sort of seat belts were original equipment. I just wanted to replace mine with an unworn material that matches the (red) interior. - Regards, John Elmgreen

Hi John and All, re: red seat belts... a suggestion. I had a pair of webbing life lines sewn up by a sail-maker last year so that my good lady wife and I could recline stylishly against them when in the cockpit of our small sailboat which has a lots of red trim. The webbing I used was a fairly bright red seat belt webbing from a wrecked late 80's Ford Taurus. The webbing was in good shape, particularly at the lower end that was always concealed when retracted but the donor car's rear seat belts provided an extra source of un-blemished material for future lap seat belts to my XK, just need to do some careful sewing to fit XK/MKII era buckles. Used XJ sedan anchor point hardware is easy to find now and has a nice chromed bolt that looks "XK" style if you use the one from a Ser.II XJ, this is the bolt that you can find on each side of the shelf behind the rear seat. As Jaguar is now part-owned by Ford, I'm comfortable with the "originality" of the Taurus webbing. Many other car manufacturers must have similar shades of red in their seat belts though. - Regards, John Morgan

This is the seat belt business I saw at Iola. Not an endorsement, and I haven't dealt with them, but their booth looked good and they took 5 spaces. P. E. Tie-Down Straps 803 Petersburg Road Carlisle, PA 17013

Toll Free 1-800-843-3696 Ph: 1-717-258-3126 Fax 1-717-258-1348

I called them and they said they have vintage style buckles and several shades of red, and they're sending me a brochure. - Rob Reilly

I just called this seat belt vendor to request pricing and literature. He said he now only has one shade of red belts in stock. - Bob Oates

I purchased some of the plain "old fashioned belts from Moss Motors. For colored belts, you may want to look at a JC Whitney Catalog - XK120 @aol.com

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