1275 GT thread

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surfblue63 wrote: Wed Sep 15, 2021 3:32 pm This is the Kangol seat belt anchor normally seen on early GTs/Clubmans and Mk3s. I have seen them with dayglo orange buttons and grey buttons as well as the black seen here.


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Yes - quite rare as the buttons often break and come loose. Very neat too. I think 69 and very early 1970 built cars had Kangol Magnet type static belts (like earlier cars) with BL logos on the buckles - that is certainly the case for TFR (built late March / early April) and I've seen it on a few earlier cars. So I think the twin floor mounted buckle with the Kangol arrow belts must have come in in mid - late 1970. Not a good photo of TFR - but the belt just visible hanging up is a standard Kangol Magnet 3 point - I'll look for a better one.
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Here is the later buckle in a 73 car with inertia belts - there is also a static version (the Kangol arrow) using the same buckle that came between Kangol Magnet belts and this inertia type
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The buttons were black on my 1971 Mk3 Mini originally but when the floor mounted buckle section broke many years ago, I replaced it with the floor buckle from a later Mini which had the bright orange press stickers on the buttons, now faded by the sun in my current Mini above. The later Kangol inertia belts used with floor mounted stalks also had the same buckle fixing, so I now have the static floor mounted sockets but with Kangol inertia belts, a combination which works well with my Recaro seats.
The static belts parked on the side pillar mounting in a black plastic moulding, the original mouldings on mine broke and the BL Dealer replacements had the plastic moulding 'beefed up' in the broken area, so I guess it was a common failure point. I always thought this single handed system was better than the later stalks fitted, especially if you had low aftermarket bucket style seats.
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Wadham & Stringer who supplied my GT in 1970...
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The previously mentioned Plus Pac
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And where you could buy one and get it fitted!
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