<VV> Shoulder belts kits

Cliff tibbitts at qx.net
Sun Aug 17 23:52:10 EDT 2008

At least one member in our club has used the Andover Company to install a 3
point safety harness in his 67.  Beginning in late 66 or early 67, Chevy
began installing an anchor point in the ceiling of coupes and sedans.  The
anchor point is about 4" behind the coat hanger.  I have the headliner out
in my 66 (production date 11/65) and I do not have the welded nut.  My 71
Nova had the ceiling mounted shoulder strap and while I seldom used it, I
think I am leaning toward this configuration.  You can buy an anchoring
point from Andover and weld it in the aforementioned spot.


Cliff Tibbitts
Lexington, KY
66 Monza

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Subject: <VV> Shoulder belts kits

At 21:05 8/17/2008 -0400, Bruce Schug wrote:

>Now there's a product for a Corvair vendor - a shoulder belt kit,
>complete with roof anchor, etc.

With all due respect, I do not think that this will happen--for liability 
reasons.  A vendor would have a very difficult, if not remote chance of 
defending himself in court in the case of litigation regarding an installed 
kit.  At the minimum, the design of any kit would have to be subjected to 
an engineering analysis (simulation of crash forces) and very likely crash 
testing with instrumented dummies.  Even then, there would be room for a 
jury to rule that there was some deficiency in the engineering of the kit.

Even if the kits were priced at $1000 I do not think there would be a way 
to recover the design and testing costs for such a small market, let alone 
the insurance policy.


Dale Dewald
Hancock, MI

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