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Old 07-09-2004, 01:24 PM
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in seat seatbelt

I am going to be reupholstering my seats and want to put 3-point seatbelts in it but I want the retracting unit to be contained in the seat. Can I do this? I can't put it on the center post because it is a flattop and I don't think it would look good.

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Old 07-09-2004, 05:43 PM
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i've seen cars that have belts like you describe, although i can't remember which model it was that had them.

anyway, the only thing i'd be worried about is you could mount the belt return thingy up at the shoulder of the seat but you would have to have some kind of seat back lock to keep the seat from flying forward, IYKWIM (if you know what i mean)

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You can get seats with the belts already like this it would be better to get a used seat and recover, Sebring convertable has a great seat package and is easy to cover. Just make sure you mount the seat in the correct angle, needs to match original cushion angle for the inertia lock to work correctly and make really good strong floor plates because you carry the load of a body and the belt loads to the floor mounts.

If you want to try to attempt to try to make one, not a recommendation I worked on the original OEM designs for the dodge ram pickup, the back frame takes a pretty good lick and you need to really beef up the outboard vertical tube.

But again if you want to have a go this make sure you beef up the frame and have dual sided rotary recliners. BMW, Contour/Mystique 96 I think or even Recaro. A single sided, inboard has a pivot bolt, swing lock recliner is not a good idea. Your just asking for a "face smacker"
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Old 07-10-2004, 12:18 PM
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The seat is rigid, it's in a 4 door so the back doesn't move any
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check late model 90's GM cars & trucks, some have the seat belt made into the seat.. I do know that the 02 Buick LaSabre & Park Ave has them...... good luck....joe
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Old 07-10-2004, 07:35 PM
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As said I would not attempt to do this on stock seats, they were never made to take the impact load. The back will bend forward on impact, what will then happen is you back will be inline with the force and your spinal column will compress more than likely paralizing you. This is one of the reasons racing belts are so specific about where and how you mount them.
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Question what about these?

I'm looking to put shoulder belts in my 66 Skylark, and saw these seats (with a built-in seat belt) out of a 03 Avalanche.

Is it possible to install something like this and REALLY make it safe? Since I don't intend on crash testing my Skylark to find out...

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