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Old 06-12-2005, 10:33 PM
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Seatbelts for my 1951 chevy car?

I need to add seatbelts to my 1951 chevy two door sedan. The car never had them and my family wants to go for a ride. We have stiff fines here in California when not wearing a seatbelt! Does anyone know of a site that talks about where is the best place to drill and install the belts? Does anyone have pictures of there own installs? Thanks in advance

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your best bet be to scavenge some juink yard lap belts..and if you want shoulder harness belts that starts to get rather difficult...the reason i say difficult is that you cant just mount those up to the pillar..you have to weld in a reinforcemnet plate and reinforce the whole pillar otherwise itll rip out in the event of a crash..you might want to look into a set of bucket seats that have the seat belt integrated into them..as for the lap belt mounting them to a frame well would work and be safe enough..the lap belts is beeter then no belts but if rearended hard enough theres a chance it can diembowl you...if it were my car id run two six point racing harnes in the front along with racing buckets..as for the rear id add some lap belts that attach to the frame rail...thats about the best advice i can think of right this moment might have more for you later,
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one more thing..you might check www.classictrucks.com this is a common thing with them,hope it helps,
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Don't know about California, but here, if you car was not equipped with belts from the factory, it doesn't need them....................However, once you put them in, you can't remove them.
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My advice is look for an aftermarket source and skip the wrecking yard.
Who knows what shape those lap belts could be in; anything from being stressed in an accident to dry/wet rot from years of sitting in the yard. If you want to be safe go with new and you won't have to worry if the belt will stand the test if it's needed.
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The reason i siad junk yard belts is thati was trying to say the cheaper route but if you have the money to spend i definently agree with hucster...since its a rod id say racing harness would be pretty sweet but it all depends on money and your own style,
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I know this thread is old now, but for anyone else looking to retrofit belts into a vehicle, I found a site that may help you out. Just go to your favorite search engine, and look for " andoauto ". I just purchased belts for my truck that retract and have the aviation style lift buckles, all for a very good price. I hope this helps!

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Don't know about California, but here, if you car was not equipped with belts from the factory, it doesn't need them....................However, once you put them in, you can't remove them.
That's the law I'm following here in NY, my '51 dosen't have them ( don't know of 1 that does ) never did, so I'm not putting any in ither, cheked with DMV they said that was the way it worked, and it only has to pass 1951 saftey standards ( ny did have a form of inspection back then too ), which is not very hard to pass because there isn't much they checked to fail.
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