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Re: seat belts / balancing engines

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Subject: Re: seat belts / balancing engines
From: "Scott McKorkle" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 08:34:19 -0800

I replaced the belts last year on my 78B with ones intended for the back
seat of a Jag XJ6.  They were near identical replacements for the ones I
took out of the B--the only difference being that the recepticle was a
little thicker.  It was a slightly tighter fit for the recepticle between
the seat and the center console, but it still worked.  They have performed
flawlessly for over a year.

Mounting, etc., was the same.  Price was $150 for the pair.

Scott McKorkle
1978 MGB

> From: Jim Stuart <>
> To: MG list <>
> Subject: seat belts / balancing engines
> Date: Thursday, November 12, 1998 3:48 PM
> I am ready to replace the seat belts on both my cars, a '75 roadster, &
> a '74 GT. Forget the recall, I want to do it in this millinium.
> Requirements are that they be real type, fit the original mounting
> points, & for the GT, that they be long enough. The GT has a set from a
> late model roadster, & they are barely long enough, lots of retract
> pressure. It may be a bad set, I don't see why they should have to be
> longer, based upon the mount points.
> If you have aftermarket belts that you like/hate, let me know. If you
> are a vender on the list, please e-mail me off list, my first preference
> is to deal with one of you who contribute your time & expertise to those
> of us on the list.
> ***
> It is possible to add weight to balance an engine. A hole is drilled &
> filled with "mallory metal", a very heavy metal that will stay in place.
> I'm sorry I do not know the technique involved in placing the "mallory
> metal", but I do know that it is very expensive. The cheaper alternative
> is to lighten some other part. Some parts are routinely ground to
> lighten them, such as conn rods, but this is not a job for a rookie, as
> grinding the wrong spot may weaken the part. Can you say "hand grenade"
> ?
> Jim Stuart
> 2 V8's, no dollars or sense

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