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seat belt housing bolt

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 77Jimmy, Aug 25, 2003.

  1. 77Jimmy

    77Jimmy 1/2 ton status

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    Trying to take off the housings that the front seat belts retract into so I can remove the rear inside carboard panels that are shot. What do I need to get that bolt out that holds the housing??? Is it a torx???
    Thanks in advance! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Yes it is a torx, but i'm not sure on the size. If I remember when I get home, I'll look to see and post up again... /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    If my memory is correct... yes it is a torx and they can be a total PITA. Good luck /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    It's a T 50 torx ......anyauto parts will have it
     
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    Torx...T-55 IIRC. Get a good hardened one or it'll look like a piece of red liquorice after you twist it,break it off, bash your knukles then bleed all over it /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    twist it,break it off, bash your knukles then bleed all over it

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    /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif Wow, you got that right...you've just summed up all my experiences working on vehicles in 13 words. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Oh, and to answer the question, it's a torx bit. You'll be able to find that at an auto parts store like someone stated above or an Ace Hardware if one's closer than the parts house.
     
  7. 77Jimmy

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    Thanks to all for the info. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    Sounds like that bolt is a real pia to get off. Is it worth taking it off or should I just tear the paneling off around it and then fish out the rest of the paneling from behind it w/ some tools...picks, screwdrivers, hammers, etc??? /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Don't know what year they went to what sizes, but the '80's seat belts bolts are t-47's.

    People can disagree all they want, but I've cross-referenced the GM part number with one of their suppliers, and it's a t-47.

    You can probably force a T-50 in one with a hammer, or if it's rusty or stripped already, but it's a t-47 later on. That's why they MAKE a t-47.
     
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    I'm hearing 3 different sizes. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

    Dorian, it's a 77. Maybe I'm reading your post wrong...is the t-47 for 80 and up??? /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif Or are you saying you xrefed it and it is a t-47 for sure?
     
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    What I'm saying is that I know for a fact '81-up are t-47's.

    This is a typical problem though, as torx itself was probably an anti-tamper bolt, so earlier COULD have been a t-50, then when that got "popular" they came out with the odd t-47 that is more difficult to get. (usually)

    Do you not have an auto parts store that sells them in the single container that will let you check it to make sure it fits/works? Of course the "cheapy" ones can break, as the bolts are typically really rusted in there, but most of the time the chain auto store tools are "lifetime warranty".

    I'd just say buy whatever fits correctly in your case. Sorry I can't be more precise, I haven't checked on the earlier ones to see what size GM actually says they are.
     
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    Ok, gotcha, Dorian. Thanks for the info! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Guess I'll use ye old trial and error method, ie buy the t-50, t-55 and t-47 and return the two the don't work. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    PB blaster, soak the threads form underneath cab floor, you will be glad you do this first, for a day or so.
     

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