Good catch Bob. I saw it on craigslist this morning. I got new seatbelts for Christmas and wanted to put them in correctly.No, they're backwards. Buckles should be in the center. I think this is the same eBay '64 SS with the driver side parking light extension on backwards, too.
I would have guessed just the opposite. I thought it was to prevent the belt from falling out and being closed in the door. Thanks though. I also got those to go with my new belts.To add another "tidbit" of information, the optional or dealer accessory retractors go on the buckle belt and have to be on the outside of the seat for clearance and proper operation.
Neat seat belt pictures. Before seat belts became standard, they were available as both a factory or dealer option. Also could be purchased in the after market. In the early cars I've seen, the factory and dealer belts weren't the same. These pics appear to show 'Custom Feature' dealer installed belts. Don't see these very often.
My car was special ordered by the original owner as a graduation gift from her grandparents in May of '63. The car was built 3rd week of May and sold to the owner on May 28th. The grandparents required the car to have seat belts. The front were dealer installed Chevy belts and the rears are Allstate's from Sears. I was able to find a new pair of Allstate'View attachment 403590 View attachment 403591 Here are the restored belts in my 62. The buckle side is in fact crisscrossed. I think the reason was the inside mounting points on the 62 are almost in the center behind each so if they weren't crossed, they would have to wrap around the seat. I've tried it both ways and it just seems to fit better when routed as instructions show. In use, i've had no issues with or without a passenger as far as the snugness of either belt. With the tall boots installed their isn't enough excess belt to use a retractor so the clip side just lays on the floor between the seat and sill plate.