Shoulder belt issue on 68 Barracuda

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    Something like the in pull nut would work. But they only ship from Japan and they sell in quantities of 500.
     
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    I need a solution without welding as the headliner and new carpet and seats are in it. Or else that would work.
     
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    Just throwing some thought out there. Maybe you could make your own out of flat stock? Figure a length, drill, tap, tack a strip on. Grind it in a football shape to ease the fit? Some work but?
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      If you can get the headliner out of the way cut a slot using die grinder then make a plate to slide in behind with a threaded hole. As mentioned earlier.
      Better idea than using a nut like I suggested earlier... it would not spin and spread the load once secured.
       
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      I need to look at mine. It would be nice to have shoulder belts.
       
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      I could not locate my homemade anchor plates ( I'm sure they are still here somewhere ).
      Aftermarket seat belt vendors offer anchors similar to what I made. Good luck to all.
       
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        I have had two 69s with those belts. I did not like them and never used them. My 68 has the proper anchors, but since it was not mandatory in 68 to have or use them, I said good riddance to them. Just my opinion.
        If I had your problem and really wanted those belts, I would pull the seats and carpet, throw on a welders blanket and get busy.
        I have seen some nice solutions here. I could add mine,but I really like Daves69 in post #28. Perhaps you don't understand how easy that would be. You might need to elongate the existing hole in a vertical direction, and perhaps also a tad in the horizontal; but perhaps a bit of prying would get you in. You can secure Dave's strap in position with any of several methods. The securement does not need to be strong. I would orient the strap in the horizontal direction.
        If you distort the sheet metal to get the strap in. it is easy to straighten out afterwards, by using the strap as a base-plate for a clamping tool.
         
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          Thanks for all the good ideas. I'm going to visit family for a week or so and then I'll get back on it. I'll let everyone know how it works out.
           
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          If I didn't already buy new belts with the double buckles on the front bucket seat belts, I would leave them off. I'll never use them. I have them in my 69 Dart and never use them.
           
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          Your the winner of the chicken dinner. I did something like you suggested. I cut two pieces of 1/4" plate, .750 wide x 1 1/2". Use a 25/64" drill bit and tapped the hole with a 7/16" x 20 UNF. I then cut the hole to the rear of the existing hole about 1/2" and a little wider than .0750, I slid the assembly in the larger hole, rotated it 90 degrees and drilled a 1/8" hole to rivet the threaded blank into position. I used a flat washer between the belt hardware and the threaded hole behind the headliner just to add some strength to the whole set up. Turned out good. Thanks for everyone's input on this issue' as usual you all came thru.

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            I know this is a older thread, but to be clear, can anyone verify that the coat hook hole on a 67 is the proper place for the shoulder strap mount modification? It looks like it is a few inches in front of it in a couple of pictures. 4 inches? Id like to be sure.
             
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            Yes the shoulder belt mount position is in front of the coat hook hole.
             
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              Do you have any idea how far?
              Thanks for the reply SGB
               
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              You can feel it thru the thin headliner. 68s had 'em
              67s IDK . I stripped one out that didn't