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Old 09-09-2007, 05:26 PM
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Seat Belts 56 Chevy Sedan (Post)

Has anyone installed shoulder belts (seat belts) in a 1956 Chevy 2 door sedan (post). I am nearing the end of this frame off rebuild (two years) and am finding myself running out of steam. I don't feel like doing my homework on this and would like to copy the research that someone else has done. What seat belt / shoulder harness worked with the stock seat and where would I find them.

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Old 09-09-2007, 05:58 PM
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May I suggest that whatever you choose, you not (as in don't) mount the shoulder belts to the floor behind the seat. In a sudden stoppage (a term we use when the helicopter hits ground and bends blades) situation the belts attached to the floor will tend to compress your upper torso and cause internal and back injuries.

The belts must be mounted slightlyabove and directly behind the pilot so the forward force keeps your body secure in a more direct line of impact... this is most likely to be at or near the road surface.

An easy solution is to attack the shoulder belts to a horizontal bar which would be part of a roll cage. I think you can find suggestions in a NHRA (No Harley Rules Anticipated) rule book or maybe a SCCA rule book.

Standard car shoulder belts are mount above the average (?) shoulder height. You can do better if you're willing to built a roll cage.

I've seen where some well meaning rodder mounted the shoulder belts into the rear window package rack area with a length of chain for the needed additional reach. I suggested he might want to reinforce the package tray because if the mounting bolt ripped out in a crash, it would be the last thing to go through his mind.
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