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Author Topic: '67 Shelby "Y" Shoulder seat belts (Can anyone help figure these out?)  (Read 3247 times)
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« on: November 21, 2010, 09:52:07 AM »

Does anyone know if there were any differences in the "Y" belt shoulder harnesses used throughout '67 Shelby production?  Were there any other manufactures used besides Hamill?  Did Jim Robbins Seat Belt Co. ever produce any belts for Shelby American?  Thanks.

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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2010, 02:37:25 PM »

Hamill made all of the Shelby belts from 67-69. The '65 and '66 used impact belts, a 3" wide material. All 67-69 were 2" like most cars of the day.

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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2010, 08:04:56 PM »

Hamill made all of the Shelby belts from 67-69. The '65 and '66 used impact belts, a 3" wide material. All 67-69 were 2" like most cars of the day.

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Craig ,you are forgeting the "Ray Brown" lap belts in 65. Bob

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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2010, 10:39:36 PM »

Well, the reason I ask about Jim Robbins Seat Belt Co. is because I have a set of what appear to be 1967 Shelby "Y" shoulder harness seat belts with a FoMoCo i.d. label that reads "mfg. Jim Robbins Seat Belt Co." and what appears to be a possible date code.  I thought I knew '67 Shelby "Y" belts until I saw these.  I thought they could be reproductions, but they are old and aged like they have been around for 40+ years.  The FoMoCo label throws me off also.   I did some research on the Jim Robbins company and found they were incorporated in April 1966 and located in Mount Clemens, MI.  They did produce belts for Ford.  Jim Robbins was also the owner of an Indy car or cars.

Could these be reproductions, early prototypes or maybe for something other than a Shelby?  I'm not sure and I was hoping someone would have a little more info on these belts.



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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2010, 04:19:57 PM »

Any ideas on the "Y" belts?  Maybe they're just some old copies.  I was hoping someone might know something about these.

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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2010, 09:27:50 AM »

These are odd belts.  I've never seen a label like this.  They look like a '67 date code.  Any ideas?

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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2017, 05:03:04 PM »

Was there any resolution to the source of these belts?

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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2017, 09:13:03 PM »

Where they in a car or just parts acquired some other way?

if the were/are in a car - which car?



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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2017, 07:32:12 PM »

There was never any explanation or resolution.  The belts are still a mystery. 

I received them with a bunch of Shelby parts and I do not know what car they may have come out of.  I thought if they did come out of a '67, it would have to be a very early pre-production car since all production '67 Shelby's were equipped with belts supplied by Hamill.  Is it possible Shelby went to a few different vendors to experiment with the "Y" belts and ultimately favored going with Hamill over Jim Robbins Co. for production cars.  Maybe they were prototypes or service replacements.  I firmly believe they are not any type of reproduction belt.

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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2017, 09:14:13 PM »

All of the service replacement belts I have ever seen or heard of were the Hamill. More likely preproduction or along those lines IMO. Early repros had no labels. That reminds me I saw Carl Repki (previously of sunwest belts) walking around at MCA grand nation. He was one of the first if not the first to redo 67 Shelby belts 30 years ago.

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« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2017, 09:22:54 PM »

All of the service replacement belts I have ever seen or heard of were the Hamill. More likely preproduction or along those lines IMO. Early repros had no labels. That reminds me I saw Carl Repki (previously of sunwest belts) walking around at MCA grand nation. He was one of the first if not the first to redo 67 Shelby belts 30 years ago.
I would suggest the same about being reproductions, but then how does one explain the labels?

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