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Shoulder belts in a ranchero

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Shoulder belts in a ranchero

Post #1 by 63RancheroGuy » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:01 pm

Hey guys,

Have any of you installed retractable shoulder belts in a 60-63 ranchero? Was hoping for advice on parts cars to pull from and installation advice. I'm thinking of bolting the shoulder retractor to the little shelf right under the rear window.

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Re: Shoulder belts in a ranchero

Post #2 by kukm66 » Thu Dec 03, 2009 5:07 pm

I am looking for options also
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Post #3 by cruzingratiot » Fri Dec 04, 2009 9:49 am

3rd post down nice pic of package tray with 3 point seat belts in ranchero
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seat belt info for ideas
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Post #4 by jamyers » Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:45 pm

Here's the setup I like:

Wouldn't require cutting a slot in the shelf. Could be bolted to the shelf or the pillar. I used this setup in my old MGB and it worked very well.
http://www.wescoperformance.com/welr-n- ... stall.html

Info on the retractor is here as well: http://wescoperformance.stores.yahoo.ne ... belts.html
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Post #5 by mustang6 » Sat Dec 05, 2009 3:04 am

I don't think bolting the anchor to the shelf is such a good idea, that shelf is a single piece of fairly thin gauge sheet metal. Anchoring in the floor or cab pillar at least allows you to anchor through multiple layers of metal.
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Post #6 by jamyers » Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:15 pm

Yeah, I don't think just the shelf would be a good anchor. I'm just not sure about the pillar, as far as I know you'd have to weld in something there.

Hmm...how about bolting/welding a brace to the bottom of the shelf and the back wall of the cab? I'll have to look at that area, since there's that ridge sticking out across the back of the cab into the front of the bed - it might be in the way of a bolt, which would mean welding...

Edit: how about bolting/welding in a long bar (like roll-bar material) across the entire cab, under the rear shelf, and mounting the retractors on it? It'd be out of sight when not in use...
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Post #7 by Falconman62 » Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:05 pm

I actually installed those wes-co shoulder belts in my 1964 Futura 4-door. We put the upper anchor in the pillar (kit comes with a rivet-in bracket for mounting bolt) and the lower one on the floor right behind the seat. Works great fairly easy to install.

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Post #8 by Falconstein » Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:53 pm

I retofit belts from about a 1980 ford of some kind many years ago into my 64 wagon. both the top anchor and the "box" mounted on the pillar. I welded a plate onto the pillar in both locations.

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Post #9 by cobraguy » Thu Feb 25, 2010 5:47 pm

I put some in my 63 Ranchero. The donor was a 90 Probe. The retractor I bolted to a piece of angle iron bolted through the floor and rear cab wall. I slotted and rienforced the package tray.
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