The "Rock"

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  1. handy_andy_cv64

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    I don't know about California and the laws concerning vehicles, but your vehicle is classed as a truck, since it has only three seats, same as single-cab pickups.
     
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    The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1968.
     
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    Thanks! I'll Google it tonight.

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    Playing devil's advocate here (which my wife hates), but a Crew-Cab Pickup is still classified as a commercial vehicle in California. Darn that truck bed!

    So, where does the definition of a "commercial vehicle" end? Why is a pickup automatically classified as a commercial vehicle, even when it isn't? And why are passenger vehicles not, even when they are used for commercial purposes?

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    It's only the basics that are considered, and one is how many occupants can sit in the car. And right off the bat, the car-based pickup and sedan delivery qualify as commercial vehicles. Then, once you get past that, the mud puddle cannot be seen into, because the car makers always keep it stirred.
     
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    its Holiday time again and finances are tight.....(wifes Hood Snake for her cobra completed, and repop TRX wheels in 16 inch size procured) and seatbelt replacement was in the future for the Rock but not soon HOWEVER a coworker brought me a Summit $20 off $100 coupon he couldn't use and I found these seatbelts called retro belts.. available and not wanting to waste a good coupon ( wife trained) I bought 2 sets $50 a set. I like them VERY MUCH...still 4 point. Seem of much higher quality than my previous set and claim to be DOT approved!. On top of that the look of the buckles is like something right out of a 60's 70's vehicle. Come with some nice hardware also for ease of installation. I'll let y'all decide.



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    Very nice. I bought a set from Seat Belt Planet with the aviation-style buckles for my '64. They look great, but the belt itself slowly slides out from the buckle, so I'm constantly tightening the belt again. These look like the adjustment must be elsewhere. I hope you never have to learn the hard way, but it looks like these aren't letting the driver/passenger go anywhere!

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    yeah my previous belts do that slow slide out of adjustment thing and its irritating. Im hoping these are better at holding adjustment. I'll report back later.
     
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    Those bucles are pretty darned close; my question would be if they confirm to the 1975 buckle standards? And, can the buckles be purchased in Ford's original buckle design (updated, of course), with the round release button?
     
  10. HuevosRanchero

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    the only other type of buckle I saw was they aviation style....they have 2 and 3 point retractables as well

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    Darn. I was hoping they might've put the old-style button, on the new-style buckle.
     
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    I'd like to preface this with the fact that I'm very grateful when a vendor repops something for our vehicles since we are but the few and the proud...(and mostly lucky that there were a lot of Torinos and other mid sizes based on the platform) HOWEVER....if you are going to repop something at least make it reasonably close or explain that some adjustment may be required...(in case the piece in question is based on a 72 and the kickpanels for the early cars are different than later in the run. I really don't know.)

    In this case Im speaking of the repop kick panels for the 72 and newer. I recommend y'all spend as long as it takes to find a decent original set in your color of need. ( Repops only come in shiny black unless I'm mistaken). to wit the following....my originals were pretty faded and somehow a previous owner managed to melt a portion of the passenger side panel with a cigarette?? not sure. Years ago i bought a pair from a guy that said they were original black (turned out they were the green and painted black which annoyed me later when they started to chip here and there.

    SO....I bought some repops at $80.

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    not exactly a match...expect to do quite a bit of trimming on the upper portion along the edge. Moreover near the tall skinny part you will be hacking an approx 4 x 1.5 inch section to get your hood release handle remounted.


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    repop graining

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    original grain...not really something that would put me off since my car is far from original...but others Im sure would dislike the more sand papery grain
    of the repop.

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    repop is noticeably thinner material Also of note it is a different type of plastic which is not very flexible and much more prone to cracking due to pressure of
    impacts or over tightening of mounting screws.

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    I would rather not have to hack portions of my $80 pieces of thin plastic but I had to as you can see compared to the following

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    no pre drilled hole on the upper portion...only a small quibble.


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    because of the angle on the upper portion of the new piece...I had to cut a slit in it to fit properly.


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    amazingly the passenger side is pretty close and fits without issue or modification.

    for $80 I was hoping for better.,...no I would not recommend these but as a last Himalayan Hilton type of resort.
     
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    rest of the door trim, ...because of my bad experience with repops lately (not including the excellent weatherstripping from Dan Carpenter) I elected to just
    polish up my original gouged and scratched scuff plates....they turned out not half bad.

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    Those actually came out quite clean. Did you have to touch up the Ford logos after polishing?
     
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    The logo portion was the only part I didn't polish...just waxed. Was afraid Mother's might break through the blue.
     
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    addendum.....also make note that the predrilled hole you see on the right ...roughly the same on both new panels....about 1/2 inch off from where they need to be....you'll be adding a hole or obrounding...your choice.
     
  17. HuevosRanchero

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    just for fun...spent some time restoring this fabric decal on the drivers sunshade. Did as much as I dare...more gray/white than white and more readable in person than the picture shows. Its a warning about my all new for '76 catalytic convertor system!!!! It just might catch fire if I park it on the grass....ya don't say?

    and i don't know why it insists on loading the pic sideways....

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    When are you going to be finished with that damn thing?!?!?!?!
     
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    Never!!!!!!!!!! just high dollar stuff left...was looking at repro door panels but after these latest experiences I think I'll wait for some good originals. Going to put most of my old stuff back in the interior and save up for 72 loop pile carpet ( I hate the cut pile) and some better seats and console. Going to put a new radio in and finish it up hopefully in time for a few car shows so I can enjoy a little fruits of the labors.....
     
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  20. HuevosRanchero

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    NOS is nice when you can find it and or afford it.....

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