How to: 3 point shoulder belts in 65-68 fastback
This is how I installed 3 point shoulder belts in my 65 fastback (also did it this way in my son's 67 Fastback).
** Warning: This is how I installed them. It is up to you how you install them in your car. I am not responsible for the decision of any one else of how they choose to install 3 point shoulder belts in their car even if they install them in a manner exactly like I describe here or any manner similar in any way to what I describe here. **
This is how I installed them to be the most comfortable, look as clean as possible, not be too high on the neck, not flap in the wind with the window down. Take this for what it's worth and don't waste posting replies about " too low, blah blah". Location is higher then the factory location on a Fox convertible.
When building cars I'm a "No new holes and no zip ties" guy. So the decision to cut the rear quarter trim panels was not taken lightly. Which by BTW is a cut it in the right spot the first time proposition. The hard one was the first one I cut on the son's 67 which got this install first. Made a template to use on the other side then used it on my 65. I'm the 2nd owner and have had the car as my daily driver for over 25 years and decided to switch from lap belts during the interior resto and the 6,000 mile road trip my wife and I just finished.
- Belts used are Retro Belt with aviation style buckles.
- Mounting bracket for pivot point is from a Mustang Fox body convertible and are modified. A bracket like this could be fabricated. Welded on a piece of flat bar as an extra brace that can be seen in the background of one of the pics.
- Bezel is a part for a 911 Porsche(Pelican Parts) and is modified and painted to match(they come black).
The pic are pretty self explanatory but here are some descriptions to go with them. Some of the pics will also be from the 67 install, black brackets are the 65. Both cars use brackets modified the same.
- Retro Belts are inertia reel so can be mounted in various positions unlike those that use a weight system.
- Plastic cover is felt off the pivot point loop.
- Factory location is used for mounting the front end on the inner rocker panel with original 65 hardware.
- The chrome loop at the pivot point comes with the belts and is mounted into the factory threaded lug on the Fox bracket.
- The 2 locations on the inner quarter metal with blobs of black paint are hardware mounting points.
- 2 bolts hold the upper brackets, 1 factory Fox Torx bolt and a grade 5 bolt. The bracket is wrapped around the back side
- Retractor box is mounted with plate with stud(Retro Belt hardware) plus 2 other bolts, through the body pinch weld area.
- Retractor box mounting plate was ground down a little on outboard side to clear outside bolt head to allow exact vertical mounting.
- Receptacle side of belt system mounts in factory location on driveshaft tunnel with original 65 hardware.
- There is 1 pic that shows a measurement for the location of the upper bracket.
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