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Drilling and Installing New Seat Belt Bolts?

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Topic: Drilling and Installing New Seat Belt Bolts?
Posted By: r9b2
Subject: Drilling and Installing New Seat Belt Bolts?
Date Posted: 04-February-2022 at 3:53AM
Hi all,

I'm currently restoring my Torino, and a part of that involved removing both sides of the floorpans.  As a consequence of that, the transmission tunnel was cut into and I no longer have the spot where the seat belt bolts were located.  I do plan on re-installing brand new seat belts (my 1973 Torino has the shoulder belts up top, so it should be very simple to install), but my question is this:

Would it be okay to take a 1/4" thick or so square sheet of steel, weld it to the original bolt locations, re-drilling and putting new bolts in place?

Thanks in advance.


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1973 Ford Torino Base 2D 351CJ Project
1973 Ford F100 429
1966 Ford Mustang I6
2013 Subaru Forester



Replies:
Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 04-February-2022 at 10:19AM
a drivers license size piece of 1/4" wound be sufficient to spread the load for the belt attachment points. i'd weld it to the pan or rockerWink


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: 72 RS 351
Date Posted: 04-February-2022 at 12:27PM
I really like the T50 seat belt bolts, but when they seize up and don't come out, they are hell to remove. I've only had one not come out, and a couple or three that I barely got out. Anti-seize is the key to helping them survive, but you have to remove them for some reason first.


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Don
73 Ranchero "Sport 72 front end", floor shift/console, planning EFI 7000+ rpm 351-4V &4R70W
73 Ranchero GT 351C-4V &4R70W for sale later.
92 Lincoln Mark VII SE GTC, OBDII 347/4R70W



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