<VV> Seat Belts (3 point) Installation (LM sedan)
dkdewald at pasty.net
Mon Dec 3 23:07:02 EST 2007
At 14:59 12/3/07 -0500, Mark Clarke wrote:
>"I am going to put 3 point seat belts in my 65 Sedan, but I have spent
>several hours trying to decide how I'm going to mount a bracket since there
>is no door post in the center.
It helps to study other vehicles that do not have substantial or properly
placed pillars to get ideas for mounting methods and accessory hardware. I
did this installation in our '65 sedan back in 1987 using an aftermarket
universal fit retractor system (the same type system available today from
JCW). It became evident that the upper mount would have to attach to the
roof just aft of the front seat, but this would be too close and high to
allow for proper belt placement on the passengers' shoulder. The solution
is to use an upper mounting point extension--often found in passenger
vans. (I obtained a set from a 1980 4-door Chevette and had an upholstery
shop modify the belts to fit them in. I would suggest looking at Chrysler
or GM Astro minivans for the hardware--Chevettes are not too common at
salvage yards any more)
> My question would be: Are there any web
>sites where anyone might have pictures showing how they did this to the roof
>of 1) a sedan,
To my knowledge, no. I did take pictures of my original installation. I
have the B&W prints. It will be a few weeks before I can scan and send
them to you.
> and 2) a coupe.
I believe these pictures are available somewhere.
> As you know, there is a double area of metal
>that I might weld the bracket to - probably just to the rear of the light
>wire since the seat back will be slightly to the rear of the 'half' door
>post, and the belt needs to be behind that. It shouldn't hinder the rear
I mounted the retractor at the base of the "B" door post (check for
clearance with the seat) and ran the belt up along the seat to the upper
mount extension which hangs about in line with the weatherstrip between the
door windows. When done, it is a neat and unobtrusive installation.
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