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Old 06-24-2011, 06:09 PM
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Anybody install shoulder belts in older cars? ('59 Chevy in this case)

Picked up a '59 Chevy wagon and it needs seatbelts. I've seen a kit for a set with shoulder belts, just wondering if anybody has done that..and has some pics?
I'de like to see how it looks, and what was done to make a solid mount for the shoulder harness. Any vehicles remotely close would be good to look at, if it's a 59 chevy..all the better. Thanks for any info...

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Looks like I'm answering my own questions...
Here's some installs on somewhat similiar cars that I just found-

55 Chevy install-- http://www.julianos.com/how2_55chev.html

56 Ford wagon install-- http://www.julianos.com/how2_3point56ford.html

55 Ford wagon in rear-- http://www.julianos.com/how2_3pt55ford.html
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I put a set of three-point belts in my '33 coupe, fiberglass body with a solid 1" square tube internal bracing system. Juliano's instructions are first rate, as is their kit. Check out their How To section - http://www.julianos.com/how2.html
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Let's put this in General Rodding Tech.

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I put a set of three-point belts in my '33 coupe, fiberglass body with a solid 1" square tube internal bracing system. Juliano's instructions are first rate, as is their kit. Check out their How To section - http://www.julianos.com/how2.html
So you are happy with the kit and function?
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Here's another source for seat/shoulder belts: http://www.gotbelts.com/

(Not a lover of Juliano's and their products, but that's another story)

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Here's another source for seat/shoulder belts: http://www.gotbelts.com/

(Not a lover of Juliano's and their products, but that's another story)

Dave W
Wow..those guys have alot of color choices!
What is it you don't like about Juliano's products?
I first saw the shoulder belts at Impalas.com, but they are always backordered there. Started considering them on my LAST 59, but just ended up with lap belts on that one. I plan to keep this car for a good while..so I want a nice shoulder belt system.
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What is it you don't like about Juliano's products?
It's a personal thing that dates back a few years and an NSRA show. His products are on my car regardless - steering wheel, door safety locks and insulation
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We installed a set of Juliano's 3 point belts in my son's '56 Chevy wagon. They work well, but because of the bulky belt retractor, like most of these add ons, it doesn't look like it belongs in the car. You may want to check out Morris Concepts or some of the other quality belt providers for some different choices.
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what has been done is to cut the B pillar mount out of a donor and weld it to the B pillar on yours and do the same for the floor mounts of the seat belt then use the readily available replacement belts for a later GM car. This way looks factory to at least the casual observer.. Grab the factory Torx fasteners while you are at it..

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So you are happy with the kit and function?
Sorry, did not see your question/response. Yes, I was happy with the seat belt kit and instructions. As I pull out the belt retractor to latch the belt it will engage the inertia lock if I pull too quickly, but that's not an unusual thing, and I just needed to get used to their sensitivity.
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This may or may not work, but look at 3rd generation camaros and firebirds (83-91. They use a different mounting system. Its been awhile since I looked but I seem to remember the retractor mount is on the floor as normal and then the 2nd mount is actually behind the seat in the ceiling and the belt is held in a 'keeper' attached to the side of the seat.
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