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we are now flirting with spring finally in north jersey. im looking forward to cruising top down with the family soon. i have a 3 and 5 yr old and need to get them in the rear seats. the 5yr old is in a full booster, but the 3yr old is stil on a full strap in seat. how can i make this work with the lap belts in the back seats? i remember the days when we just sat back there with the lap belts on and thats it , but now i would get thrown in prison :mad:
 

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thanks. problem with putting a three point is there are only interior trim pannels to put it to. dont know if thats even worth cutting for. i will see what my wife is willing to accept !
 

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Happy wife = Happy life! Good luck sir :thumbsup:
 

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Domer, I just had to remove my rear seats to install new rear speakers. All you've got, as I recall, is those low lap belt mounting bolts to the frame. 3-4 of them. Just pop the lower cushion out by releasing the springs underneath and you can see it all well. The bolts are long enough to add at least one more seat belt mounting plate (whatever you call it). I'm not a dad though, so I don't know how carseats work.
 

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If there is a rear shelf you can mount top to those. You use a wide backing plate. Not ideal but can be easier than hacking into the sides and figuring out how to mount. Probably could find a newer car with center 3 point setup and adapt. They are very common now so may be something will work.
 

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No shelf on the convertibles. Behind the seat there's a kind of bag-thing that gathers the top when it goes down.
 

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Well that limits his options then. Sounds like time to take a side panel off and see what can fit. I would suggest a non auto adjust shoulder belt that could have a simple mount that sticks up above the seat but with kids and seats and imagine it would be the best option.
 

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I was thinking he might be able to cut a slit in that convertible-top bag and run a belt up from the lap mount over the rear seat to secure to the car seat from the top. Not ideal, but could help. I'll take a look at the the rear sides when I get up the will to deal with my battery drain issue again…

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This might be the dumbest idea ever, but what about a ratcheting tie down from the forwardmost part of the trunk opening, with a heavy steel mount that would fit in and let the trunk close, like for a ski rack?
 

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not bad suggestions... gives me some more insights. thanks. the one seat that has straps im wondering if i can just secure the seat itself with the lap belt and the child will have her own harness to keep her in the seat. i have to get back there to replace th e 4 x 10 speakers that are shot , so i will get a good idea of what im up against.
 

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