Seat Belts?

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Seat Belts?

Post by skaggs » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:06 am

So I ordered a set of seat belts for my '56 from Larry's. I got an order confirmation almost 2 weeks ago. My car is in the shop for a couple of things and I was going to have the belts installed. Still no seat belts have arrived. I called Larry's and they said the belts are back ordered and it would be another 3 weeks. Grrr. It would have been nice to have been notified of the back order. But anyway.... I'm looking for an alternative source for seat belts that would work for a '56 T-Bird. Any suggestions? Are lap belts what most folks use or can 3-point belts work? Thanks for any advice!!


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Re: Seat Belts?

Post by 1957Birdman » Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:02 pm

Lap belts are the way to go. Three point belts don't work because of the way the convertible top is stowed behind the seat. The lap belts work fine and were available on the car originally.
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Re: Seat Belts?

Post by paul2748 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:48 pm

Try the other suppliers - CASCO, Hills, Concours Parts
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Re: Seat Belts?

Post by CSPIDY » Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:20 pm

I am sure CASCO has them in stock
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Re: Seat Belts?

Post by aveator » Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:28 am

Lap belts will cut you in half in a crash. Try to find a 3=point alternative.

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Re: Seat Belts?

Post by 1957Birdman » Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:04 pm

The lap belts were part of the safety package for the '56 T-Bird and were not inherently dangerous. The car is just not setup for 3 point belts. If a person wants that then they should be looking at a 2002-2005 T-Bird that has 3 point seatbelts, air bags, crumple zones, etc. The point is that you are driving old technology that will never be as safe as a new car and should be driven accordingly.
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Re: Seat Belts?

Post by DynoDan’55 » Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:54 pm

3-point belts CAN be installed. A T-Bird owner who suffered severe facial injuries after kissing the steering wheel in a crash once posted detailed installation instructions & parts sources, but I unfortunately lost track of the link over the years. Might still be online somewhere (?).

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Re: Seat Belts?

Post by Joe Johnston » Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:08 pm

I feel obligated to add something here.

Yes, 3 point belts can be installed, but they may also contribute to spinal compression unless the top anchor or supporting loop is near or at about ear level. Look at the arrangement of your "modern" vehicle and see how the shoulder belt will hold you back and not push you down - then compare your shoulder height above your Little Bird's backrest. Anyone considering doing this needs to do it safely and correctly, as there is no support that is high enough for this upper mounting loop or fixture unless a roll bar is installed. Please do some googling and even search some Mustang forms for spinal compression from adding 3 point seat belts.

Info is available, both pro and con, so make an informed decision that suits you.

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