Front bench seatbelt - Impala Tech
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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-12-2020, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Front bench seatbelt

I’m having trouble putting them in because the holes are covered by carpet, is there any way I can fix the issue, or find a video to help me?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-12-2020, 12:58 PM
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What year, which car? Is the carpet New? Did it have belts before?

You can cut carpet.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-12-2020, 01:54 PM
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Razor Blade!

Use the blade to cut and X in the carpet directly over the hole about three quarters of an inch across. Then insert the bolt in the hole and draw it tight. The carpet acts like a thread sealer holding the bolt firm.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-12-2020, 01:58 PM
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Take the carpet out. Put the bolts in. Put the carpet in. Feel the bolts, cut the carpet. Be careful when tightening the bolts, loop carpet can get caught in the threads and pull a big run.

Two doors, four doors, wagons, and ragtops.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-13-2020, 06:13 AM
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Depending on the year of the impala, not all of them have the seat belt plates and holes in their stock floor. My 63 Impala convertible does not have seat belt plates or holes. My 63 Sport Sedan has fronts, but nothing in the rear. My 63 Sport coupe has too much of the floor gone to know what was up front, but in back it looks like it has make shift seat belt attachments. The new full replacement floor pans have all the attachment points on them.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-13-2020, 09:39 AM
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In 1963 front seat belts were an option (first year offered, though Volvo had them as standard equipment back in 1958). They didn't become standard with GM until 1966 (mandated by federal law in 1967).. Rear seat belts were optional in 1966 but didn't become standard until 1972 or '74 (can't recall off the top of my head).

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-14-2020, 11:54 PM
 
 
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Go underneath the car and insert new longer bolts, thread them up into the car, with the long bolts sticking up you will be able to determine where to cut the carpet. Remove long bolts once the carpet is cut and secure you seat belt mounts.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-16-2020, 10:46 AM
 
 
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Here is the cleanest way to make a hole in a carpet ...

https://sites.google.com/site/chevvy...e-cutting-hint
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