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I have lap seat belts in my SSS. Have guys on here swapped over to the over the shoulder belt to improve safety ?! Is there a natural mounting point on the inside pillar to mount to .,

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Import vehicles were not required to have shoulder belts until the 1968 model year.  During the transition many vehicles were shipped with only lap belts but the structure had inserts for shoulder belts.  Don't understand why your 1971 doesn't have shoulder belts unless trucks had a later compliance date than cars.

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Hi mate. Mine is a SSS Coupé from South Africa, not a truck but it does have lap belts. It’s a 1971 registered car.

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You may have the mounting point .... I believe others have said it's high up in the b pillar.... I dont know If its covered or not.....

If it's not there you can add one of these plates....

 

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https://www.wescoperformance.com/retrofit-seat-belts-shoulder-mt-door.html

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I'm sure you have the mounting point.

 

 

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Just attop the b-pillar on a 2dr/coupe, a little farther back on a 4dr/wagon (actually - likely the same spot relative to the roof - the b-piller is just farther forward)

 

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Happy to take some measurements for you if you need.

 

As for kits - look at

 

https://www.retrobelt.com/

 

https://www.seatbeltplanet.com/

 

etc...

 

 

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Great would you mind taking some measurements please. Really appreciate this..was expecting it to be on the Pilar.

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Here is the anchor on my coupe - about 2" back from the B pillar.  You can feel it with your finger under the headliner.

 

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And here is the 4dr location - about 3 1/2" back from the B pillar.  Notice how much wider the B-pillar is in the 4dr!

 

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12 hours ago, MikeRL411 said:

Import vehicles were not required to have shoulder belts until the 1968 model year.  During the transition many vehicles were shipped with only lap belts but the structure had inserts for shoulder belts.  Don't understand why your 1971 doesn't have shoulder belts unless trucks had a later compliance date than cars.

 

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Lap belts became standard equipment in the driver's and some other seating positions of most automobiles in the U.S. after 1964, when a number of states passed laws requiring their installation.8 Under the mandate of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, the then National Traffic Safety Agency issued a standard in early 1967 requiring lap belts and shoulder harnesses in the front outboard seating positions, and lap belts in other seating positions, of all but a few excepted automobiles manufactured for sale in the U.S., effective January 1, 1968.8

 

Seems imports weren't required yet?  521 didn't get shoulder harnesses until 72 model year

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Perfect. Thanks. One other question.. the floor mounting points for the lap belts are way back behind the centre console which makes we wonder how practical  fitting the housing for the clip will be as it would appear rather than be beside the seat it will have to stretch much further back...thanks for taking the time to add photos sand measurements.

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I use the "euro" seatbelt from retrobelt

 

https://www.retrobelt.com/collections/shoulder-belts/products/european-style-shoulder-belt-with-hardware-included

 

The inside receiver is mounted on a stiff cable extension that puts it right where you would expect it to be.

I mount the retractor real and the other anchor on the same bolt (stock location) on the inside of the rocker/sill.

 

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carterb offered up great info!  FYI the captive nut should be on your car, under the headliner, but FYI that captive nut should be in the same place on the upper roof rail, whether 2dr or 4dr...........the B pillars were simply located differently.  What I don't like about the factory captive nut, is how HIGH UP it mounts the buckle where the belt passes through.  It kinda makes the belt ride up your neck!  We ditched that idea & welded captive nuts about 4 inches down the B pillar, which lowered the buckle mounting point, which in turn lowered the belt, which positioned the belt in a much more comfortable position.  Just like locating the upper captive nut WITHOUT cutting the headliner yet (as carterb suggested), you can run your finger down the CENTER of the B pillar until you feel a hole about 4 inches down.  We peeled the B pillar vinyl away (very carefully if in good condition!) & the thin foam padding, enlarged the hole to suit a FLANGED NUT & welded it in place.  We inserted the flanged nut in backwards, which stopped the nut from falling into the B pillar & dropping down & welded it.  If you are concerned about the strength of that area of the B pillar, you can weld the nut to a small piece of metal plate, then weld the metal plate to the B pillar.  Either way, replace the foam padding & vinyl and away you go!

 

We also used a similar aftermarket 3 pt retractable belt set, like carterb posted.  I KNOW you can find them in the UK at Moss Motors, as I was in the British parts industry here in the States for years & they offered a few different sets for the MG's & TR's...........sorry, can't remember part #'s etc, but the key is you will mount the retractor unit down on the inner rocker/sill panel, like the pic carterb posted, like our USA spec 72-73 510's, up to the belt buckle on the B pillar, then down to the second mounting point next to the seat, and the actual belt pulls UP, not horizontally like some!  Of course, the inner belt buckle assembly mounts to the trans tunnel.  Hope that helps!

 

TJ

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