As we prepare to endow our '68 Chevelle project car with a potent big-block powerplant in the coming months, it's painfully obvious that the safety provisions-primarily the seatbelts-are way below par. We initially mulled over the idea of a rollbar and five-point harnesses, but this would have rendered the rear seats completely unsafe, if not unusable. It's also come to pass that the NHRA has relaxed its general regulations to allow full-roof cars to run as fast as 11.50 without a rollbar and five-point harness. This threshold was previously 12 flat. Given the ultimate goal of a family-oriented mid-11-second street car, we came to the conclusion that a modern set of three-point seatbelts from Morris Classic Concepts was the best way to go.

Morris offers front three-point harness sets for most GM musclecars, including A-bodies (like our '68 Chevelle), Novas, and F-bodies (Camaro/Firebird). They feature modern safety retractors, and come in a variety of colors. Simple lapbelts are also available, and we ordered three sets of them for the rear seat of our Chevelle. You can buy direct from Morris like we did ($265 for the front set, and $20 each for lapbelts), or you can get them from Classic Industries, National Parts Depot, Original Parts Group, The Paddock, or Summit.

Installation was simple, and it only took an afternoon. In fact, my 11-year-old daughter, Tambre, did much of the wrenching while I shot photos. During the install, we found out just how rotten the original belts were. Two of the rear lapbelts were completely torn from their moorings, and only felt tight because they were caught on the seat cushion. Needless to say, we replaced them not a moment too soon.

Application Guide:*'66-'73 GM A-body
*'67-'73 Camaro and Firebird
*'66-'73 Nova

Available colors: black, tan, blue, burgundy, gray, charcoal
Special order colors: orange, red, military green
Cost: $265 ($270 for Nova)
Rear lapbelts: $20 per seat


Sources

Morris Classic Concepts
864-987-0032
www.morrisclassicconcepts.com