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Old 11-20-07, 05:00 PM   #1
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seat belt buckle

So I broke the front buckle on my messenger bag. Anyone know where I could find an old metal seat belt buckle? If I go to a junkyard, how does that work? Do you pay for whatever you find and take home?
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Old 11-20-07, 05:04 PM   #2
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So I broke the front buckle on my messenger bag. Anyone know where I could find an old metal seat belt buckle? If I go to a junkyard, how does that work? Do you pay for whatever you find and take home?
If they have to pull it off for you they will charge you. The best way is to just go in and get whatever you need, in this situation a seat belt buckle. You can either pay for it, or just bring a tool box and put it into your tool box because paying for a seatbelt is just funny.
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Old 11-20-07, 05:10 PM   #3
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don't steal it. they'll charge you like 5 bucks.
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Old 11-20-07, 05:21 PM   #4
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You can get a plastic 2" buckle at JoAnns for like $2. Would recommend an automotive or aeronautic buckle over a plastic one though.
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don't steal it. they'll charge you like 5 bucks.
Not really "stealing" in this case. All the yards Ive been to, and I have been to quite a few, have always had the unwritten rule of "whatever you can fit in your pockets you can keep." Ive even put a lot of little stuff, like body bolts and fuses, in my tool bag and when they checked it out before I left they just told me to keep it and go.

The real challenge will be to find a car with a belt set up that works well. You will more than likely have to use the ones from the rear seat since those are more likely to be attach to the shell floor by a belt rather than hard plastic or bracket like the front. If you find a car that does this in the rear then check the one for the middle passenger. Find one you like, cut it out from the floor/seat belt, and go home.
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Old 11-20-07, 05:29 PM   #6
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If you are just interested in the belt itself, just bring a razor blade or knife. Cut the straps attached to each side of the buckle and you are good to go. Above poster is right about the plastic bracket though.

yards usually say anything that small is a gimme, they aren't going to many much from it anyways.
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Old 11-21-07, 01:13 AM   #7
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there was a place that had that unwritten rule "whatever you can fit in your pockets is yours." my buddy ended up putting a '65 bmw 2002 stub axel down his pant leg and got it for free. otherwise they usually just pick an arbitrary price for whatever you want.
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Not really "stealing" in this case. All the yards Ive been to, and I have been to quite a few, have always had the unwritten rule of "whatever you can fit in your pockets you can keep." Ive even put a lot of little stuff, like body bolts and fuses, in my tool bag and when they checked it out before I left they just told me to keep it and go.
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Ive also been stopped while leaving an Oakland junkyard and asked to empty my pockets.
Dont steal **** from anywhere on Earth and you wont have problems.
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Old 11-21-07, 01:59 AM   #9
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^as you were probably acting like a little theif who just got away with something....or lying as your posts (past included) indicates.

Jesus, i never heard of a junkyard asking money for anything smaller than a clutch plate...this is just in my experience putting a 73 vette back together....i've been to about 20 and no one asked me to empty ****.
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Old 11-21-07, 02:09 AM   #10
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get a 2 inch plastic buckle from free from itw nexus, free shipping to
just do a sample order. if you want to be extra nice. order 15 pieces and send the spares to me

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Old 11-21-07, 05:21 AM   #11
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^as you were probably acting like a little theif who just got away with something....or lying as your posts (past included) indicates.

Jesus, i never heard of a junkyard asking money for anything smaller than a clutch plate...this is just in my experience putting a 73 vette back together....i've been to about 20 and no one asked me to empty ****.
Well, ive been to about 1000 junkyards and rebuilt a dozen cars and they def dont give 'anything smaller than a clutch plate away'. Thats ****ing stupid.
CA junkyards even have a price list in the front and i know for a fact they have prices for seatbelt buckles, dash switches and tons of **** that you think stealing would be ok.
As we all know, your past posts have vidicated stealing before but, honestly...its stupid and wrong.
Dont steal!!

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Old 11-21-07, 05:43 AM   #12
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Why not just walk out with the damn thing in your hand and casually ask if they charge for that ****? If yes, you're gonna have to fork out the grand sum of $2, so what?
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Old 11-21-07, 08:29 AM   #13
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Why not just walk out with the damn thing in your hand and casually ask if they charge for that ****? If yes, you're gonna have to fork out the grand sum of $2, so what?
What, and miss the opportunity for a forum pissing match/flame war about how it could have gone down?? I say you stuff the buckle in a balloon and swallow it.
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Old 11-21-07, 08:48 AM   #14
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find a "you pull it"
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Old 11-21-07, 08:55 AM   #15
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dig a tunnel and smuggle it out
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Old 11-21-07, 09:45 AM   #16
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Just remove the seatbelt buckle and replace it with a carabiner.
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Old 11-21-07, 11:02 AM   #17
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1.90 and it's metal
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I am going to assume that you have a Chrome bag. Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't they have a lifetime warranty on all of their bags? Shoot them and email and see what they say.
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I hate you, chungaroo! The main buckle on my mess bag broke today. Why did you have to spread your misery?
Anyway, I'll have to get a hold of Tamás/Bagaboo for a new one.
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Why not just walk out with the damn thing in your hand and casually ask if they charge for that ****? If yes, you're gonna have to fork out the grand sum of $2, so what?
Exactly.
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If I catch one of you thieves, I will deal with you accordingly.
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cut someones brake cables and then just follow them to the crash scene
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I am going to assume that you have a Chrome bag. Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't they have a lifetime warranty on all of their bags? Shoot them and email and see what they say.
I actually had my manhattan portage strap upgraded by a local seamstress/mess bag maker who used a cheap plastic buckle so this time I want to go with something a little sturdier and easier to use. I'll probably have her put the buckle on, but first I have to find one.

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Do you have a link for this?
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Old 11-22-07, 04:10 PM   #25
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If they have to pull it off for you they will charge you. The best way is to just go in and get whatever you need, in this situation a seat belt buckle. You can either pay for it, or just bring a tool box and put it into your tool box because paying for a seatbelt is just funny.
What the ****! Seems like we have a few piece of **** thieves hanging out here at the single speed & fixed gear! Tell you what russiankdi, why dont you put the peice he needs in a ballon, shove it deep into the bowels of you thieving *******, then send it to him in the mail? Screw this guy man, just go to the junk yard, pull a seat belt, ask the guy how much, Im sure he'll either give it to you or he'll charge you like $5.00, never steal **** (or make up reasons why stealing **** is OK) as no matter what you believe it will come back to you three times as bad.
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