alternate rear passenger bench seats for 80 series?

Submitted: Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 18:01
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Hi all,
I have 3 kids and want to do some travelling in my 80 series. At present the rear bench seat only has a lap belt in the middle and I want to find a bench seat that has a centre lap+sash like the 100 series. Does anyone know if there is a bolt in alternative to the existing seat?
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Reply By: Hairs & Fysh - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 18:29

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 18:29
Hi Simon,
How old are your kids?
I could be wrong, & sometimes I am, more than often I am
but I don't think you can.
Others may have knowledge of a way around this.
I have many times pointed 80 series owners to Lcool, These guys know their stuff.
I'm just going to ask, why?
I know our children's safety is paramount.
We have three kids in the back seat, 12, 9 & 8( Not the third row seat) and have traveled without incident, maybe we've just been lucky, I don't know, I can't see a problem.


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Follow Up By: Member - Simon W1 (NSW) - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 18:43

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 18:43
Thanks mate, I want to get a seat that has 3 lap sash seat belts because of the increased protection that the sash gives. In a front on collision the increased g-forces shoot the torso forwards placing that weight over the lower abdomen and back. This means that the incident of severe pelvic, spinal and internal organ injuries is much higher than when using a lap+sash belt. My main job is as an ambulance paramedic and I have attended lots of crashes - I just couldn't live with myself if one of my kids was badly injured or killed.
You can use a harness up til the wearer hits 36 kgs (about 12 years old) and after that things need to be looked at. Our kids are 12,10 and 8.
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Follow Up By: Hairs & Fysh - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 21:17

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 21:17
And they're fair enough points.
In your job your are right to believe that you can protect your Kids/wife, but without sounding to hash or cold, your driving an 18 year old vehicle, like I am.
Owning a vehicle is a compromise.
I wish I could afford all the safety features of a modern vehicle, but we can't, so I drive as best as I can to avoid the impossible, only time will time if I achieve this or not.
I also know that the price to have these installed is small compared to what your family is worth.
Please join Lcool, for these guys will be able to help you with fitting these belts.
Cheers, happy travels Simon and if you see us on the road gives a hoy.

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Follow Up By: Member - Simon W1 (NSW) - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 21:26

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 21:26
Thanks Jon, I have joined Lcool (and thanks very much for the tip too!), I'll see what I can find out from them for sure.
The cars age is an issue and it is was only an issue of finances stopping me from getting a 100 series. I have seen enough wrecks to keep me driving safely and I am glad that the 80 series doesn't go like a rocket. I am hoping to teach my kids to drive in the cruiser rather than our Falcon figuring that despite its safety features it can give a false sense of security driving a car like that rather than a bus like the cruiser.
Thanks again - happy travels :-)
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Reply By: Rhys - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 20:52

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 20:52
My Parents fixed this problem in a series 1 Range Rover many years ago by fitting a 4 point race style harness ( though it had a normal seat belt buckle ) in the middle seat position, you would need to make sure the shoulder belt mounting points are engineered, Rhys.
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Follow Up By: Member - Simon W1 (NSW) - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 21:02

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 21:02
Thanks for that, I really appreciate that! I can use the normal anchor point until the smallest gets to 12 years old but from there it gets tricky. I spoke to an engineer locally specifically about the seats and my options start to get really, really expensive from there.
Thanks again :-)
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Follow Up By: Rhys - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 21:24

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 21:24
I think I'e seen 60's with a bar across the cargo area just behind the back seats for child restraints, something similar but engineered for the load may do the job, I looked into this for a 1962 MGA that we own and Brown Davis were able to to do the job, Rhys.
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Follow Up By: Member - Simon W1 (NSW) - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 21:29

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 21:29
Thanks maaaaaate! I really appreciate that :-)
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Reply By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 18:13

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 18:13
Contact Polans Truck Refinishers of Dandanong VIC Phone 03 9794 0626 They can install a 3 seater bench seat with 3 lap/sash belts... Cost about $2500, a bit exy but very compy seat and very strong it can also be folded forward if necessary

Regards ................Jeff
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Follow Up By: Member - Simon W1 (NSW) - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 18:23

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 18:23
Champion! Thanks very much Jeff, I really appreciate that mate. It's an awfully long way to drive to Dandenong, but I guess I'll just have to tuff it out and spend a few weeks travelling down there :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Simon W1 (NSW) - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 18:24

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 18:24
Might have to get a camper trailer and take my time getting there ;-)
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