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Seat belt upper mount


We've sold rear seatbelts for the T3 for a good many years now, initially designed for retro fitting into the rear of a Westfalia T3 models but soon people were asking if we could adapt the kit to suit panel van conversions, naturally we obliged.
The way we got around the lack of factory mounting points was to use universal strengthening plates, it was a solution that worked but could have always been better.
We recently broke a knackered old T3 Caravelle and as some of you know that they had factory seat belt mountings (Models 251 and 252 don't have factory seatbelt mountings, basically Panel vans where models 253 to 256 Kombi/Caravelle have factory seat belt mountings) so we chopped out the panels and the strengthening, drew them up and sent them off to the machine shop for fabricating.
Naturally with most UK converted "campervans" starting life as basic panel vans they don't have the factory fitted seatbelt mountings these brackets should help a nice tidy seatbelt install for some customers.
The factory design as been ever so slightly adapted to allow retro fitment without welding and retains the strength that VW built in.

For some reason we've sold loads of seatbelts recently but we haven't been asked to fit any so when we had the opportunity to fit one for a customer the other day it seemed like a perfect opportunity to take a few pictures.

Van was a late Auto-sleeper, obviously we needed to strip out the rear panelling first.

Tools required.

  • Scissors [to cut out the drilling template]
  • Centre punch.
  • Drill
  • 5mm drill bit
  • 17mm drill/hole saw/cone cut.
  • Rivet gun.

T3 Seatbelt template First start by cutting the template out, there are 2 supplied, one for the left, one for the right. Align the circles on the template with the dimpled in the bodywork.

T3 seatbelt centrepunch. Centrepunch through the template to mark where to drill the hole for the seatbelt mounting. Yes, we know, there is no template in the picture! I centre punched it lightly and this was me going over the mark.

Drill Using the 5mm drill, drill out the rearmost dimple, this hole will be used to rivet the plate into place.

Drill drill drill. ....and then drill the centre popped mark.

Punch! Instead of drilling this hole we used a sheet metal punch that bolts together, the bolt in the middle is tightened and it punches a nice clean hole out. You could use a drill bit, a hole saw or a cone cutter/step drill to do this but please be careful not to mark the panel behind!

Prime and paint. Once the hole is punched through then prime and paint any bare metal edges.

image Once the paint is dry it's time to slide the mounting plate into place. You'll have to take the rear pillar vent out to do this. Align the plate using the rivet and dimple in the metalwork.

image View of the riveted plate in situ with the plastic vent removed.

image View of seatbelt loosly fitted inside the panel.

image All back together, trim panel fitted and the parcel shelf bracket trimmed for free movement of the belt.

Seatbelt mounting bracket
Seatbelt kit - Rear Left
Seatbelt kit - Rear Right
Seatbelt trim - T3 / T4
Seatbelt mounting bracket - Bulkhead
Outer mounting brackets - Left and Right