Project SC300 Road Racer: Part 28 – Getting Safer with Sabelt
gloss black mounting bracket attached to frame rail with red tow strap hanging down
Here’s the picture of the front bracket installed.

See how the mounting tab will cause the strap to pull straight against its bracket? This is exactly what you want. I already had a slot in the front bumper for the old tow hook (which was a piece of garbage that would get bent out of shape any time it was pulled on). The strap would just pull through the slot after the bumper was installed. Easy!


air saw being used to cut a slot in between blue masking tape on the rear bumper
Barry drilled two pilot holes and then cuts a slot into the bumper to allow the tow strap to pass through.


gloss black bracket with four shiny bolt heads attached underneath car with tow strap going off frame to right
Here is the painted and shaped bracket installed.

As you can see, this bracket also keeps the strap pulling in the direction of its mounting plate. While we could have just mounted the strap to the holes, the edge of the chassis was in the way, and cleaning it up probably would’ve taken just as long as cutting this bracket out.


red tow strap peeking through slot in bumper with yellow sabelt logo clearly visible
Here’s the final product.

Now I have a fully legal car, with properly installed and certified seats, new belts, and a tow strap both in the front and in the rear.

What’s next? Some well-deserved track time, I hope!


  1. As usual, a very well written article. Thanks, Erik! There is a lot of good information here and I hope that your next update IS about that well-deserved track time. I do have a question, though. At the bottom of page 2, you mention that “The factory seat brackets had been cut and channeled to accommodate flat bar which then had threaded holes installed onto which the seat mount was attached.” So, was the newly installed seat and bracket attached to the old flat bar setup? If so, why didn’t you have Robinson remove the flat bar and do a full install by not using any previously fabricated components? Not to detract from the work done (which is awesome), just a curiosity. Thanks.

    1. @BANSFTC
      Yes, if you look at the last picture on page 2, those are the “original” mounts that were fabricated by the cage builder (different shop). It’s basically flat bar fabbed into the OEM seat mounts. On the middle of page 6 you can see that Barry ground the paint away to expose bare metal, and then welded his new square frame directly to the flat bar that was already there. So, the OEM seat mounts have flat bar welded to them, and then a square frame welded to that.

      Barry felt that the existing flat pieces were welded well enough into the chassis that they would be a suitable mounting point for the new frame. It would’ve been extra hours to chop all that stuff out.

      The other thing is that the OEM mounts are usually (!) safe enough for rollover and serious crashes in terms of being welded into the car. So, using them as a starting point can sometimes be easier because they are often flat in relation to a floor that is far from flat.

      If I was starting over from a bare tub today, Barry probably would’ve opted to make two bars going from the side rail to the tunnel all nice and welded in and then build the seat frame on top of that, but that’s quite a bit of extra work. You can see from the picture on the middle of page 6 that the floor of the driver side is not flat. So to make it work you end up having to start cutting things out of the floor pan and that gets ugly quick.

      I hope that clears it up!

  2. Fat-fingered my own name. I miss the previous format where we would log in.

    Yes, your reply does clear it up. I was thinking about the cross bars that you mentioned (side rail to tunnel), but your explanation makes it clear why it was done with the existing flat stock. Thanks for clarifying. Keep these articles coming! They’re great.

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