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Seat Belts For Avanti

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    I will be driving my 1964 Avanti R-1 to South Bend. It does not have seat belts. Where can I source black original seat belts that must have been an option in 1964. My Avanti is the one with 4500 original mileage and is in totaly original unmolested condition.

    Michael

  • #2
    Studebaker International sells the closest reproduction.

    JDP/Maryland


    63 GT R2
    63 Avanti R1
    63 Daytona convert
    63 Lark 2 door
    62 Lark 2 door
    60 Lark HT-60Hawk
    59 3E truck
    58 Starlight
    52 & 53 Starliner
    51 Commander

    JDP Maryland

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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by zeissmike


      I will be driving my 1964 Avanti R-1 to South Bend. It does not have seat belts. Where can I source black original seat belts that must have been an option in 1964. My Avanti is the one with 4500 original mileage and is in totaly original unmolested condition.

      Michael
      Micheal, let me preface my comments first by saying that seat belts are always an excellent idea for safety's sake. I'm a firm believer in them when ever possible.

      As for driving the car to South Bend without them, you can legally do this as seat belts were not a federal requirement until January 1, 1965. All cars built before this date are exempt. Even cars built before this date that were built with seat belts are exempt. Just a FYI.

      Again, having said all this, belts are always a good idea. Standard 2-point belts will only keep you from being thrown from the car. They will not keep you from kissing the steering wheel or windshield like a 3-point harness will. As far as I know, all judging organizations are not allowed to deduct for seat belts or a fire extinguisher.

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      Tom - Valrico, FL

      1964 Studebaker Daytona

      Tom - Bradenton, FL

      1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
      1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD

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      • #4
        Didn't front seat belts come standard the Avanti?

        Jim Bradley
        '64 Daytona HT "Rerun"
        Jim Bradley
        Lake Monticello, VA
        '78 Avanti II
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        • #5
          My NYC ordered '63 came with maroon belts. (original option according to a brochure I have a scanned copy around here somewhere)

          I would NOT drive any car without a seat belt!!!
          Looking at the Studebaker International catalog and the Web page, at the resolution available, they look like exact duplicates.

          I have another seat belt question, which I will put up soon.[8D]


          Terry, North Texas
          1963 Avanti R2, 63SR1065
          (in stage 1 resto "Project A")
          http://sterkel.org/avanti
          1985 Kubota L2202(Diesel)
          2000 VW Jetta GLS
          1999 Toyota rice burner

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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by hotwheels63r2

            All '63 and '64 Studebaker cars I have ever seen here on the West Coast were ordered with optional front seat belts. (Governm't.?) Mandatory option, I believe.
            MIKE
            Agreed...mine has them (front only) listed on the build sheet.

            63 Avanti R1 2788
            1914 Stutz Bearcat
            (George Barris replica)

            Washington State
            63 Avanti R1 2788
            1914 Stutz Bearcat
            (George Barris replica)

            Washington State

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            • #7
              They are close, but not exact. the factory belts had a recessed area for the decal, the repro's do not.

              JDP/Maryland


              63 GT R2
              63 Avanti R1
              63 Daytona convert
              63 Lark 2 door
              62 Lark 2 door
              60 Lark HT-60Hawk
              59 3E truck
              58 Starlight
              52 & 53 Starliner
              51 Commander

              JDP Maryland

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              • #8
                I have a front set original black nice shape 8 out of 10 recessed stude logo as JDP explained pictue available $200.00

                gh

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                • #9
                  For those who need belts and have your original buckles, a company called Ssssnake Oyl Products can replace the webbing and rebuild your original buckles. Here's their website...

                  http://www.ssnake-oyl.com/

                  Just a note, these guys are not cheap. But they will allow you to reused the original buckle if you're looking for that 400 pt judging.

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                  Tom - Valrico, FL

                  1964 Studebaker Daytona

                  Tom - Bradenton, FL

                  1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
                  1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD

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                  • #10
                    They charged me $375 to do my 57 Golden Hawk belts and hardware. (front pair)

                    JDP/Maryland


                    63 GT R2
                    63 Avanti R1
                    63 Daytona convert
                    63 Lark 2 door
                    62 Lark 2 door
                    60 Lark HT-60Hawk
                    59 3E truck
                    58 Starlight
                    52 & 53 Starliner
                    51 Commander

                    JDP Maryland

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                    • #11
                      quote:Originally posted by JDP

                      They charged me $375 to do my 57 Golden Hawk belts and hardware. (front pair)
                      And the end result was.....[?]

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                      Tom - Valrico, FL

                      1964 Studebaker Daytona

                      Tom - Bradenton, FL

                      1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
                      1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD

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                      • #12
                        quite nice, as I recall.

                        nate

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                        • #13
                          quote:Originally posted by Swifster

                          For those who need belts and have your original buckles, a company called Ssssnake Oyl Products can replace the webbing and rebuild your original buckles. Here's their website...
                          Tom - Valrico, FL
                          They have good products.
                          I use their web tie-down straps for my trailer and have some of their seat belts (hidden) in the Bearcat.

                          63 Avanti R1 2788
                          1914 Stutz Bearcat
                          (George Barris replica)

                          Washington State
                          63 Avanti R1 2788
                          1914 Stutz Bearcat
                          (George Barris replica)

                          Washington State

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                          • #14
                            They show plated the buckles and hardware, and rewebbed the belts. They were way better then new, especially the chrome.

                            JDP/Maryland


                            63 GT R2
                            63 Avanti R1
                            63 Daytona convert
                            63 Lark 2 door
                            62 Lark 2 door
                            60 Lark HT-60Hawk
                            59 3E truck
                            58 Starlight
                            52 & 53 Starliner
                            51 Commander

                            JDP Maryland

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