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Old 06-07-2019, 11:07 AM   #1
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Default Video walkthrough for shoulder seat belt installation in '29 coupe

Wanted to let folks know that I have posted a video that walks you through the complete process of installing 3-point seat belts in my '29 standard coupe. Warning, it is very long, about 30 minutes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_oUHmlxcFw

I don't have any special expertise in either the Model A or auto safety engineering, so I'm sure I've made mistakes. I tried to work from some basic premises:
  • Any seat belt is better than none
  • Shoulder belts are better than lap belts if key precautions are taken
  • The risk of the body separating from the frame in a survivable crash is negligible
I know there are disagreements on this forum about these premises, but I'm sticking to 'em.

I also decided to take an approach that required only basic investment in money, time, tools, and expertise, even though it meant that I was potentially attaching the belts to weaker points. I thought this could help other newbies take the plunge to get seat belts installed sooner rather than waiting, and potentially save someone from serious injury.

Anyway, I'll leave this post here for future reference, and if anyone wants to put questions or comments here or on YouTube, I will try to respond to them.
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Old 06-07-2019, 11:41 AM   #2
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Default Re: Video walkthrough for shoulder seat belt installation in '29 coupe

Nice job.
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Old 05-21-2020, 08:24 AM   #3
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Default Re: Video walkthrough for shoulder seat belt installation in '29 coupe

Very nice and well thought out. At first I was concerned about attaching the shoulder portions to sheet metal, but I am impressed that you added the extra clips to insure the lap belts were essentially separate from the shoulder belts when retaining a passenger. You state that you're not an engineer, but your design shows that you considered it would be installed with amateur car owners in mind. Thank you.
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