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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-07-2014, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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Seat Belts

I have a 67 4D stock 283 powerglide dual bench seat. One this above all else is I have been wanting to do is make the car safer. But I heard that some models of the hardtop came with factory shoulder belts and I see kits for the conversion but no images or indication on where they were mounted. Anyone have knowledge on the subject?
This is my first post and my first classic car (I am 19 so I am rather inexperienced in the field)
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-07-2014, 09:06 PM
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Welcome to the Team Jon!

Shoulder belts were only offered as a dealer installed option in 1972 and didn't become required equipment until 1973. In fact in 1967 seat belts were being used as standard equipment for the first time. Rear seat lap belts were not offered as an option until 1968, so there are no mounting point at all in the back for seat belts of any kind from the factory. There will be no shoulder belt provision for your year car from the factory; so you will need to go to the aftermarket for both belts and the mounting hardware (inertia reels and anchor eyes with floor board reinforcements; to keep the anchor from pulling through the sheet metal it is attached to upon impact.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-08-2014, 08:02 AM
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Although these cars had seat belts, they were not designed for shoulder belts. A good alternative would be to install seats from a newer vehicle with the shoulder belts installed in them.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-11-2014, 03:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the warm welcome.
I will end up installing lap belts in the back. I'd feel awful getting into a wreck and throwing my friends in the back through the windshield. Unfortunately I absolutely love my double bench set up. I am gonna try to get an original look to the interior and have some subtle upgrades which will be including brakes and suspension the best way to survive an accident is to avoid it all together... But that is the theory anyway.
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