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Paul Mossberg


Hi Chuck,

Beautiful car. Good luck!

You have a Classic Roadsters Duchess. The give-away is the small bump in the rear fenders where they meet the running boards.

You asked about the seats and seat belts.

My very off the record suggestion…get over it. 🙂

The best way to attach three point belts is in cars with a roll bar. If you have a roll bar, the shoulder belt would anchor to a mounting point on one of the cross bars.

Without a roll bar, there really is no place to attach the shoulder belt. My lap belts anchor to the VW floor pan. Without a roll bar, the only place to attach the shouldr belts is to the fiberglass over the rear wheel wells. That is no tstron genough for shoulder belts. So…I’ve been on the street since 1983 without shoulder belts and have surviedd. I fugure I’m no worse off than I am when I am in my 1965 Plymouth Satellite convertible. I just accept the risk.

Re your brakes. You are correct the best is to have discs front and rear. But if you cannot do that, it is a significant improvement to have front discs, with stock rear drums. Part of the conversion will include a proportioning vale to balance the front discs with the rear drums.


Paul Mossberg
Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

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