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Need photo of Seatbelt mounting locations (1965 Catalina Station Wagon)
Need photo of Seatbelt mounting locations (1965 Catalina Station Wagon)

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Do I need to install seatbelts? (1965 Pontiac Catalina Station Wagon.)

I received a 1965 Pontiac Catalina Station Wagon from my Grandfather. He bought it back in 1965 as the families car. He never had seat belts in it, and says it came that way from the factory. Please do not respond about what is sensible and safe, not interested in a lecture, just if the station wagon would come from factory without seat belts and anchorages...

I have looked, and can not see the anchorages, and checked with the rest of my family, and they say it never had seat belts.

Texas state law is:
Texas Occupant Restraint Laws
Texas Seat belt Laws
Sec. 545.413. Safety Belts; Offense. A passenger vehicle or a seat in a passenger vehicle is considered to be equipped with a safety belt if the vehicle is required under Section 547.601 to be equipped with safety belts.
ยง 547.601. SAFETY BELTS REQUIRED. A motor vehicle required by Chapter 548 to be inspected shall be equipped with front safety belts if safety belt anchorages were part of the manufacturer's original equipment on the vehicle.

So the question is, do I need to have the seat belts installed or not?

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posted: May 16, 2011
 
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As for if you need seatbelts or not: That is up to your state and state-laws, check with your DMV.

Very few early Pontiac's (66 and older) came from the factory with seat-belts! That was an option the new car buyer would have had to check off the Option list. Most Pontiac's I have seen had Dealer Installed seat belts. It was common practice for a dealership to sell and install the seatbelts since then they could make money from the deal rather than the factory. The salesmen would get the buyer to order a base vehicle (not a lot of options) then the dealer would sell and install the aftermarket-options.

I have seen original patterns and dimension sheets for installing belts which a dealership would use. I think I may have a 1961 or 1962 chart, most likely wouldnt be the same as a 65 though...
posted:  May 16, 2011
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