Seatbelt retrofit

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Richard

Guest
A tragedy only a few miles from my home involving a classic vehicle


newspaper article link:
http://www.detnews.com/2005/metro/0508/01/B01-265648.htm


combined with a comment and suggestion made to me by Greg Z. during
Celina, prompts me to ask:

* How many Amphicar owners have installed seatbelts in their
vehicles?

* Is there a known kit or easiest-to-retrofit recommended set of
seatbelts?

* Any other Amphicar / seatbelt comments?


Regards,
Richard
1967 Green
 
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Mike Israel

Guest
Absolutely makes sense to install them. Many shops
will not do so because of the liability risks so you
may have to do all or some of the work yourself.

I purchased some heavy belts in the correct color at a
car show. These are the same as sold by places like
eastwood with the commercial aircraft style buckles.

In my case there were some welded rings on the floor
frame that I was able to secure the belts to to using
heavy D-Rings and Grade 8 hardware. It would not be
very difficult to weld some attachment points if
needed.

My kids are small so usually I will not travel any
distance with them in Amphi. My wife follows behind
in the mini-van and we meet at the launch. Not that
Amphi is inherently unsafe, reality is simply that
cars of this era were not designed with the safety
features we take for granted today. Remember, this
was a time when Lee Iacocca was protesting the
government against seat belts because it might make
people think cars were unsafe and thus impact sales.


Mike I.

--- Richard <amphipilot@yahoo.com> wrote:

> A tragedy only a few miles from my home involving a
> classic vehicle
>
>
> newspaper article link:
>
http://www.detnews.com/2005/metro/0508/01/B01-265648.htm
>
>
>
> combined with a comment and suggestion made to me by
> Greg Z. during
> Celina, prompts me to ask:
>
> * How many Amphicar owners have installed seatbelts
> in their
> vehicles?
>
> * Is there a known kit or easiest-to-retrofit
> recommended set of
> seatbelts?
>
> * Any other Amphicar / seatbelt comments?
>
>
> Regards,
> Richard
> 1967 Green
>
>
 
G

Greg

Guest
saw that story too- family of 5 like mine just out for
evening drive hit home. One of the first things I did
was put the seat belts in. I'd take the chance myself
driving without them but not my kids. Lap belts won't
prevent injury as good as shoulder belts but key is
not getting thrown from car as all 5 did in story you
reference. They were just on a surface street too, not
highway.
Front's are easy since you have late model with
attachment points. Backs are more of challenge but I
came up with fairly easy solution that will be easier
to show you to explain. I can help you do it and/or
give you a picture and explain what I did.
Greg Z.

--- Richard <amphipilot@yahoo.com> wrote:

> A tragedy only a few miles from my home involving a
> classic vehicle
>
>
> newspaper article link:
>
http://www.detnews.com/2005/metro/0508/01/B01-265648.htm
>
>
>
> combined with a comment and suggestion made to me by
> Greg Z. during
> Celina, prompts me to ask:
>
> * How many Amphicar owners have installed seatbelts
> in their
> vehicles?
>
> * Is there a known kit or easiest-to-retrofit
> recommended set of
> seatbelts?
>
> * Any other Amphicar / seatbelt comments?
>
>
> Regards,
> Richard
> 1967 Green
>
>
>
>
>


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David Chapman

Guest
<table bgColor="#ffffff">
<font face="Arial" size="2">Lap and diagonal seatbelts are mandatory in the UK on all cars used after January 1965. Amphicar dealers over here fitted the carswith a mounting points on the bulkhead behind the front seat. For each front seat there was one in the corner and one in the middle the top mount just in front of the rear window winder. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">Rear seat belts weren't mandatory until about 1980 so none in Amphicar as standard but quite a few have been retro fitted, there are some pictures here of how I did it: </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">http://www.amphicars.com/actbelts.htm</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">David C</font>
 
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Bill Connelly

Guest
Just a quick reference: David Chapman's excellent website has nice
photospread and instructions for seatbelt installation in the rear, where
it's tricky, at http://www.amphicars.com/actbelts.htm . There's lots of
other great stuff and links on the rest of his website, too.

~Bilgey~

----- Original Message -----
From: Greg
To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2005 8:45 AM
Subject: Re: [amphicar-lovers] Seatbelt retrofit


saw that story too- family of 5 like mine just out for
evening drive hit home. One of the first things I did
was put the seat belts in. I'd take the chance myself
driving without them but not my kids. Lap belts won't
prevent injury as good as shoulder belts but key is
not getting thrown from car as all 5 did in story you
reference. They were just on a surface street too, not
highway.
Front's are easy since you have late model with
attachment points. Backs are more of challenge but I
came up with fairly easy solution that will be easier
to show you to explain. I can help you do it and/or
give you a picture and explain what I did.
Greg Z.

--- Richard <amphipilot@yahoo.com> wrote:

> A tragedy only a few miles from my home involving a
> classic vehicle
>
>
> newspaper article link:
>
http://www.detnews.com/2005/metro/0508/01/B01-265648.htm
>
>
>
> combined with a comment and suggestion made to me by
> Greg Z. during
> Celina, prompts me to ask:
>
> * How many Amphicar owners have installed seatbelts
> in their
> vehicles?
>
> * Is there a known kit or easiest-to-retrofit
> recommended set of
> seatbelts?
>
> * Any other Amphicar / seatbelt comments?
>
>
> Regards,
> Richard
> 1967 Green
>
>
>
>
>


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