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Old 31st-May-2006, 12:59 PM   #1
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Bench Seats and shoulder belts

I recently bought a 1970 Nova that has some unknown buckets in it from who knows what car. I am also one of the weirdos that wants to put a bench back in the car; something kinda sinister about a bench and a 4-speed.

Is anyone using a bench seat with shoulder seat belts? If so, how is it set up? I'm thinking about a 6-point cage, would it be easier to just set them up on the cage? Thanks, this is a great site!!!
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Old 1st-June-2006, 01:43 PM   #2
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hey Tex, thought I would chime in to say that I, like you, prefer a bench. Guess I'm a weirdo too. I'm not gonna get rid of my buckets just yet, figured I'd try the bench for a while. Actually I picked up a nice one yesterday. Hope my original lap and shoulder belts work with it. good luck with yours!
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Old 1st-June-2006, 06:35 PM   #3
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Thanks Jay, bench seat weirdos of the world unite!!! I"m also one of those who likes to have Momma sittin' next to me when we're riding...

I know I don't have the correct seats in my Nova and the only belts I have are the lap belts. I've been trying to research how a 3-point aftermarket shoulder belt set up would work with a bench, because I'm not sure where they would mount to for the shoulder part. I may end up just mounting them to the roll bar once I get it welded in.

I'm still looking for a front bench in Texas. Its too dam@ expensive to ship 'em, so I'm looking around the hill country with no luck so far.
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Old 1st-June-2006, 06:46 PM   #4
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Another weird one here..When we built the 71 Nova for my daughter I wanted a little more protection instead of just the lap belts. I ordered these from Classic Industries....To me they work real well....

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Old 6th-June-2006, 05:48 PM   #5
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My 74 4-door had a front bench and retractable sholder belts. It just had a place to mount up top. Im not sure about other years. Im THINKIN earlier models didnt have them stock, in which case youd probably hafta do a lil "engineering" to mount the top part.
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Old 6th-June-2006, 07:38 PM   #6
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The photo is of my '69 stock shoulder belt anchor, which, I assume, has a boss welded to the roof panel under the headliner for the belt anchor. I have seen a 3rd gen. Nova with aftermarket Juliano 3 pt. belts, and the anchor point was on the door piller.
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Old 6th-June-2006, 08:50 PM   #7
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I am the same way in my 66. I wanted to convert to buckets but, I was missing the center piece to make it work. I found a front bench seat for a decent price and installed it. I am thinking about going this route for my belts:

http://www.julianos.com/3_point_belt_bench.html

And for the price, it is not too bad. Just an idea...

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Old 6th-June-2006, 08:50 PM   #8
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Free bech seat for the taking...Just can't through it away. As for the anchores in the roof, I could take a pic of them if you want. They are exposed .
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Anyone have any ideas on installing a 3 or more point seat belt system on a '66 coupe?
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Old 7th-June-2006, 08:05 AM   #10
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Free bech seat for the taking...Just can't through it away. As for the anchores in the roof, I could take a pic of them if you want. They are exposed .
If you can post a photo of the roof anchor, that would be great.
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Old 26th-May-2007, 04:24 PM   #11
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I would like to see the anchor point also.
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Old 26th-May-2007, 05:55 PM   #12
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Here are a couple of pics that you guys are requesting. The total install time was arround an hr. and used the standard garage tools.









As for the top anchor point, I used the spot where the the original shoulder harness had a metal clip that held it out of the way. And that is a perfect anchor point. Hope this helps


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Old 26th-May-2007, 06:18 PM   #13
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Hi, I have a set I got from Summit made for the Nova. Morris Classic Concepts 3-point retractable seat belts summit # MRS-MCSB-5-Bk. They were $289.95 They look nice. I'll be putting them in with a bench seat soon.

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Old 26th-May-2007, 06:20 PM   #14
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im a weirdo too, i had unknown buckets in my 74' that looked factory. i got a bench off e-bay for $450 like new out of a 70' and then sold my buckets to a guy to replace his bench in his 74' for $200 so it ended up costing $250 and i also have a factory 4 speed look'in auto shifter. something about a nova and a bench, the two go together like PBJ!
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Old 26th-May-2007, 07:40 PM   #15
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Yet another nut case willing to get rid of his hi back buckets in favor of a bench. Must be a Nova/sleeper thing.
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