[Vwdiesel] 82 VW Rabbit with no lap belt

Dave Cook davevw at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 25 12:43:06 PST 2009

I would be willing to bet that underneath carpet and/or headliners, you will find the mountings for 3-point belts.  You might have to dig for them, but they're there.  It does seem like the connector on the inside of the seat was attached to the seat itself (as opposed to the tunnel) but I wouldn't be surprised if there are even mounts on the tunnel.  

They just stamped all those bodies out the same, it isn't like they said, "Well, this car is going to have the funny door seatbelts, so don't put the mounting point on it's B-pillar."  Even bodies that were destined for different countries had stuff like that stamped on.  (For example, my Corrado was a US car and had motorized belts.  But, it had all the mounting points for the Euro style manual belts, everything went right in.)

At the most, you might have to weld a nut to attach the inboard connector (for an aftermarket belt kit) to the tunnel if it won't plug into a VW seat-mounted one.

Dave Cook

--- On Wed, 2/25/09, Justin Bennett <lug1970 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: Justin Bennett <lug1970 at yahoo.com>
> Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] 82 VW Rabbit with no lap belt
> To: vwdiesel at vwfans.com
> Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 4:43 PM
> Dave,
> I found it easier to swap out the seats and seatbelts on my
> 79 for a set of 3 point seat and seatbelts from a later
> model rabbit.  I am not sure but I think that the 3 point
> set I used had a single reel mounted on the seat which ran
> up to the anchor point on the door frame.  
> Justin
>   I am beginning to work on a 1982 VW Rabbit diesel that
> has been just sitting
> in my garage for about 5 years. I quit driving it back then
> because of engine
> problems and last Fall before the cold hit I put a diesel
> engine from a running
> diesel Rabbit in it. I am working to get it ready to give
> to my son for his 16th
> birthday. 
>   Here's the question. It has a shoulder belt that goes
> across and clicks
> into the door, but there is no lap belt. My wife wants me
> to put some sort of
> lap belt in it before my son gets it. Do any you know how I
> would do that or
> where I would get the belts? 
>  Thanks
> Dave
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