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I came to the point of installing the old seatbelts in 6997 and I was surprised to find an innovative new weight saving measure not yet previously mentioned on this forum to date - lightweight shaved head bolts!

Pure innovation ! Not quite sure how they will go under impact loading though.

seat belts

Now while some may call me picky ,I  therefore decided to ask the forum for the current recommended current best belt selection for the rebuild.

I was thinking three point but am open to  all suggestions.

It has to be better than two point ! I have those already.

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Stock or modified belts? 3- point (stock lightweight belts with a stock 2" lightweight diagonal shoulder harness) arguably makes less difference safety-wise than new aircraft quality 3" wide vs stock 50-yr-old 2" wide seat belts.

If you add 3" wide heavy duty belts, the stock diagonal shoulder harness (either early or late) cannot fit so must also be replaced. Removing the now-useless stock 2 or 3 retractors will be your only weight savings.

Crow, Simpson or a few other systems with a SEMA approval tag have been successfully used in Panteras for street or autocross competition up to LeMans. Beware of cheap far-east counterfeits!

I have installed two sets of the seat belts below into two Panteras.  They work well and I feel safe with them with the caveat that we are in Pantera cars.  The only thing I have against them is the "red" release button.  It is only cosmetic but black or white would be better.  There is another thread on our site recommending these should you care to search for it.

https://www.coolcruisers.com/77to84pairof.html

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I have installed two sets of the seat belts below into two Panteras.  They work well and I feel safe with them with the caveat that we are in Pantera cars.  The only thing I have against them is the "red" release button.  It is only cosmetic but black or white would be better.  There is another thread on our site recommending these should you care to search for it.

https://www.coolcruisers.com/77to84pairof.html

Steve...Could You post a Photo or two showing how the belts mount. Is the Retractor mounted in the side rocker like the stock 73s or the bottom of the fire wall like the 74s. Thanks

Thanks Steve On the 73 the retracker is in the rocker sile. So where do ya attach the third point? Curt

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