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I have a customer with a 1955 MG TF that would like to add shoulder harness to the seat belts. Is there any kind of kit or factory upgrade available that you know of?

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Hi Matt.  There were no provisions for seat belts on a 1955 TF.  The bodywork consists of a flimsy wooden frame with thin sheet metal wrapped around it.  This is not strong enough to take the stresses from a shoulder harness, so you will need some extra brackets attached to the chassis to take the strain.  

There is a company in the UK that sells seat belt kits for pre-1972 cars.  They are called Quick Fit Seat Belts.  

See:   http://www.quickfitsbs.com/classic_cars_seatbelts.php  

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Barrie Jones

Expertise

MG Sports Cars from 1949 to 1980 - Including MGB, MGBGT V8, TF1500, TF, TD and modern Midgets. I also specialise in SU carburettors, Lucas wiring, suspension, steering & brakes.

Experience

I have owned my 1955 TF1500 since 1966. Technical specialist for the TD and TF with the MG Car Club T Register. Also owned 20 MGBs and currently own an MGBGT V8. Written 3 books on MGs and produced a DVD on how to strip and rebuild the TD/TF gearbox.

Organizations
MG Car Club.

Publications
Barrie's Notes on the 1953-55 MG TF (author). /=====/ Barrie's Notes on the MGB (author). /=====/ Barrie's Notes on the MGB GT V8 (author). /=====/ The Essential Buyer's Guide to the MG TD, TF and TF1500. (author)

Education/Credentials
M Phil, C Eng, BSc (Eng).

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