linderpat wrote: ↑Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:48 pm
OK then Dave I'll play. My current red 85 is my 5th 928...This red one though has a weird situation with the seat belt - the seat belt isn't as long as the seatbelts in all the other 928's I've had (or any other Porsches or other cars for that matter)..
Both front belts are "too short" or just one side? Your use of singular suggests just one belt.
... Did Porsche use different seat belt lengths? ...
Although I've never touched anything older than '82, I don't think the requirements for the front seat belt length changed from '78 to '95. Between the wheel wells it's all the same tub.
Note - I pulled the rear quarter speaker to examine the end of the seat belt behind the panel - it is fully functioning, not hung up inside. When I pull it out, it comes all the way out.
Ok. Let's assume that you observations are correct and the mechanism is allowing full travel of the belt.
There are two logical possibilities:
1) the belt was too short as it left the factory
2) the belt was 'shortened' after the factory.
In the first case, is it possible that Hans or Franz grabbed a belt mechanism from a 911? Or a 944? In those days parts where just stacked on shelves everywhere. Or perhaps it was a mis-manufactured part.
In the second case, the only reason for shortening after the fact is damage to the original.
(snide comments from Rick NOT appreciated
Since I wasn't excluded either:
Perhaps yours is a 'light weight' version. But referring to the required driver, not the car? :lol:
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