Re: IML: seat belts 1958
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Re: IML: seat belts 1958



Keith,
 
My 58 has lap only belts installed.  It was that way when I got it.  As the cars lack a B pillar above the door line I just can't think how you could possibly install a three point system.  The lap belt is good as far as it goes but I have visions of getting my teeth bashed in by the steering wheel should the worst happen.  Probably better than being thrown out of the car but a three point system would obviously be preferable.
 
Hugh
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2007 9:51 PM
Subject: IML: seat belts 1958

Does anyone know if seat belts were available as an option in 1958?  I know they were in '60 and I read somewhere that belts were also an available dealer installed option in 1959, but I'm not certain about that.  I recently bought a '58 Crown Southampton that has never had seat belts installed.  The car is in great shape and has an immaculate, recently restored interior.  But, fact is I feel uncomfortable driving w/o seat belts.  Purely a safety issue.
 
I've made the decision to install seat belts, but cannot decide what is most appropriate.  Does anyone out there have an opinion?  I did locate a set of NOS belts for 1960, but they are gray which I don't think would look good with the jade/emerald green upholstery.  I am leaning towards ordering green belts in a shade that will coordinate with the upholstery, and plain "retro" buckles.  Several companies I found on the 'net sell them.  How do I know what length to order for the front and back?  I am also unsure how to determine the proper installation points.
 
Keith


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