Vintage SMB (1989) -- I need baby seat recommendations
This is my first post here. Found the group through Google. I've got a vintage 1989 Ford series Sportsmobile which has been a great vehicle throughout the years! But I recently had a baby and my wife sees the SMB as a baby death trap. I'm looking for help on how I can change that perception by turning it into a model of safe baby transportation. Baby is 8mo for clarification.
The ONLY out-of-the-box option, I can think of is to put the car seat in the front seat and use the shoulder belt to strap it in. Being an 89, I don't have any airbags, so that's not a concern. (The back seats of newer cars, of course, have the baby seat hooks that allow you to connect right into the frame.) The front seat option isn't the best option, because I'd much rather have my wife sitting next to me. And, more importantly, I'm not even sure it would pass muster from a legal point of view.
I was considering bolting a few hooks through the floor into the frame between the passenger and driver seats so that the little bambino could ride just behind us in the baby seat. That's been the spot that has traditionally been reserved for my dogs.
Does anyone have any suggestions here? Have you gotten creative on your child seat options on a vintage vehicle? Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated! The future of my SMB hangs in the balance!