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  • Shoulder belts install?

    Does anyone have any ideas on how to install shoulder-seat belts in a 48 Champion 2DR. Sedan?

  • #2
    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
    Dan White
    64 R1 GT
    64 R2 GT
    58 C Cab
    57 Broadmoor (Marvin)

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    • #3
      Don't forget your fiche plates in the floor!


      Lotsa Larks!
      K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
      Ron Smith
      Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?
      Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
      K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
      Ron Smith
      Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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      • #4
        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.

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        • #5
          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.

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          • #6
            Thanks ST2DE5, Looks like it is time to talk to my welder-fitter friend.

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            • #7
              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

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              • #8
                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.

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                • #9
                  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.[)]
                  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]

                  Miscreant adrift in
                  the BerStuda Triangle


                  1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                  1960 Larkvertible V8
                  1958 Provincial wagon
                  1953 Commander coupe

                  No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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