My experience installing


Shoulder Belts into a 1967 Mustang Coupe

By Brian B Feb 2000

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Here's the final product. I think it looks great.....and it should be a lot safer. It turned out better than what I had imagined! The Hyundai belts turned out to be EXACTLY the same color as my original Parchment belts!


Another shot of the final package. I don't normally keep the belts clasped together, but thought it would help you see the fit better with them connected as you'd be using them. They retract out of the way very nicely allowing for easy access to the rear seat.

The Drivers seat setup.


Original Text: As with any improvised project, there is usually something that's not exactly right. You'll note that in the left picture above, the belt clip is sitting on top of the sill plate. If the door were to close with it there it would surely dent the sill plate. With this setup you will have to;  1) consciously remember to tuck the clip away into the retractor as shown in the picture at right. I'm still trying to figure out a solution to this, 2) when the seat is is it's normal position, the chrome seat trim just barely touches the top of the retractors plastic housing. Not a big deal, but I'm trying to solve this as well. Perhaps I'll enlarge the retractor's mounting hole just a bit to allow it to sit lower?

UPDATE: Regarding point 1 above - This has become a non-issue. I discovered that when the retractor is sitting as in the picture at left, it is thin enough that it just slips between the bottom of the door and the sill plate. Close the door and no damage! Who would have guessed? I didn't!  I still tuck it in to the plastic housing just to be safe.

Here's a shot of the Drivers side shoulder belt mount. This uses the "stock" '67 Mustang mounting location.



Here's a shot of the same location on a '68 coupe (NOT my car...I have a '67..but virtually the same).  The '68 comes with a threaded nut already welded into place from the factory.  My '67 looked the same except it did not have the nut welded in had an open hole which is why I had to use a J-Nut.

Update: I've had several inquiries as to what a J-Nut is.  While I don't have a picture of the J-Nut I used for my project, I do have pictures of similar J-Nuts.  By looking at its design you can see how it wraps around the sheet metal and holds the nut in place:


Same view but with the cover removed. I don't think the covers are from the Hyundai - they could be but I don't recall. I may have picked them up during an earlier boneyard search. Come to think of it, they may be from a Chrysler minivan?! They fit great though!

Here's a shot of the center connectors. I got the black covers from some other car during one of my many boneyard searches. I think it may have been a 90's Mustang.

Here's a shot of the rear seat setup. Notice how the belt mounts to the original lower positions, but up top it goes into the trunk through the package tray.

Here's a shot of the rear package tray showing how I routed the belt through the tray and into the trunk. The plastic fittings are from the Hyundai as Hyundai does the same thing in the Excel. I was VERY careful in cutting the holes for the fittings in order to get an EXACT fit.

Here's the passenger side rear retractor, which is mounted to the inner wheel well in the trunk. What you don't see is a 3"x3" plate on the other side of the wheels well intended to keep the unit from pulling out should it come under the stress of an accident. Look close and you'll see the underside of the plastic fittings that allow the belt to enter the trunk area.

Same retractor, but with the cover removed.


Here's how the trunk mounted retractors look from eye level. Not too noticeable, but they can be seen.

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