"3 Point Seat Belts"
"You Want Automatic, or the Stick Shift? (8-)"
An Joint Article by Larry Paulick & Steve Laifman
3 Point Seat Belts, a Choice
The lower outboard mounting point is next mounted, and finally the inner fender mounting point, with the retractor is mounted.
For this mounting, all that is necessary is to remove the plug. You may have to drill it out as I did, and punch thorough the interior vinyl. You are then ready to mount the retracting mechanism, for the shoulder strap.
(Note from Steve: Fortunately, my plastic plugs unscrewed easily. I had a very disagreeable battle with a similar job on the rear "seat" belts on the Porsche. Plastic plugs were also provided, but the would not budge, and the screwdriver slot was mangled. in trying to remove it. A jole was drilled, and a reverse- twist tapered 'easy-out' broke off , an then the "fun" began. Be CAREFUL.)
Next, the retractor mechanism has a horizontal adjuster, so that the belt can move forward under normal operation, but is cinched, when the car decelerates.
Rear Retractor Mechanism (Larry)
A note of caution. If you have a Mk I, with the hard convertible top metal covers, this will not allow the covers to swing forward all the way. I have a Mk I, and I just use 3 knurled bolts, which I remove, and take the metal cover out of the car before erecting the top. A little incontinent, but I like the safety of the 3 point seat belts.
Rear Belt Mount, length adjust strap and supplied Swivel Bolt (Steve)
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Convertible top covers for the Mk I will pass the mount with sufficient clearance to alllow passage of the top cover door and erection of the top, but you do have to have the rear mount in about the position shown. There IS a hook on the bottom of the swivel for belt stowage, as the Factory model had, but the belt does not fit on it, as there is no slot for the hook. Wonder what they had in mind?
Larry & Steve:
These are both quality products, easy to install, and provides a further degree of safety for the driver and passenger. The choice of features the owners prerogative, balancing his personal needs. Either does the job.
Larry Paulick and Steve Laifman