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CHAMP
01-21-2007, 05:44 PM
Does anyone have any ideas on how to install shoulder-seat belts in a 48 Champion 2DR. Sedan?

Dan White
01-21-2007, 05:54 PM
Gary, one way would be to put in modern seats that incorporate the shoulder portion into the seat. Many of the newer GM cars do this. However, if you want to stay stock you might try:
http://www.julianos.com/retract_3point.html

Dan White
64 R1 GT
64 R2 GT

studeclunker
01-21-2007, 06:34 PM
Don't forget your fiche plates in the floor!:D

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CHAMP
01-21-2007, 08:17 PM
Thanks!!! I was looking in my Stude. Body Parts manual because I wanted to attach the belt to the where the assist grips are but the bolt size is 1/4"-20X 1 & 1/4. I was wondering if anyone had enlarged and how. I haven't taken one of the assist grips off yet to see if I could drill and tap it? If anyone knows please inform.

GARY H 2DR.SEDAN 48 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION NORTHEAST MD.

ST2DE5
01-21-2007, 11:10 PM
I went about a 1/2 inch below the strap hole and drilled a 7/16 hole. Cut a piece of 1/8 thick metal that would fit down in there drilled a 15/32 hole welded a 7/16 fine thread nut to the plate and tacked a wire to it and slid it down to the hole and put the bolt with a jam nut on it. I took a long 7/16 bolt and cut the head off of it which made it an all thread. Thats the way I did it I know you will proably find better ways.

CHAMP
01-22-2007, 06:03 AM
Thanks ST2DE5, Looks like it is time to talk to my welder-fitter friend.:)

dennyscars
01-22-2007, 10:23 PM
I can second Dan White's recommendation to go the the Juliano's website. They have on-line instuctions showing installations on various vehicles. I recommend spending a few more $$ and buy Juliano's belts, their floor reinforcements are better than most and they give good customer service if you have problems. I paid a restoration/body shop to do 3-point belts on my ' 49 and ' 51 Champions, unless you're a good welder you might consider this since your safety is worth it.

Dennis Napier

CHAMP
01-23-2007, 11:15 AM
Thanks Dan and Dennyscars I have been looking at the Julianos belts in Street-Scene magazine!!!

GARY H 2DR.SEDAN 48 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION NORTHEAST MD.

Roscomacaw
01-23-2007, 01:43 PM
I've done several just like ST2DE5 has. In fact, on the wagon of mine, cheap-o that I am, I scavenged pedal arms from a 2R16 that I parted out to serve as the nut plate/reinforcement inside the pillar. I suppose, subconciously, I was trying to keep the car ALL Studebaker.[:o)]
Only because I happen to have some lying around - I'm using some channel iron under the floorboards - rounding all corners that might be pulled against the floor in the event of an event! Don't want the reinforcement to serve as a shear![:0]:(

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