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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!!!
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!
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.
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....
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.
A friend will help you move...a GOOD friend will help you move a body.
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.
Last edited by brickyardboy; 15th-January-2008 at 10:24 AM.
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:
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.
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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