CJ7 5 passenger seating options
I have a wife and three small children (ages 5, 2, and <1. I got the CJ7 from a friend and it obviously doesn't seat 5 people in it's standard configuration. I'm looking at options to convert it over to carry 3 kids in addition to my wife and I. I know it's not ideal, I know I should sell it and buy a bigger vehicle. Maybe in the future, but I like this thing and the wife approves of it so it'll be here for at least a little while.
Options I can think of:
Front bench seat. I have seen pictures, I've seen them for sale, and I'm assuming I can fit three across the front. I don't really want to get rid of the front buckets if I don't have to though. I've also read about adding the front bench seat out of a small pickup.
Just adding a third belt to the current back seat. I don't think all the kids will fit side by side back there due to current car seat laws. Also, current car seats pretty much require shoulder belts and the lap belts in the back are not sufficient. FWIW though, I asked the local PD about it and they said "I don't know, it's probably ok." Go figure.
Custom "limo" seating. I have seen this done in the back of CJ8s. Obviously CJ8s have a longer wheelbase and thus have more space back there, but I still think this is a viable option.
Seatbelts/roll cage stuff:
I'm willing to, and have the desire to run a full roll cage and harnesses in the back for the kids. I'd like to have harnesses up front too.
My ideal setup would be two small bench seats (or 4 jump seats) facing each other going along each side of the jeep. Full cage with harness points so that I can keep the kids in the vehicle from being bounced around too much back there. Junkyard bench seats, like half of a split folding front seat from a Ford Ranger or similar would be ideal, because finding seatcovers and such would be a lot easier, and the seats wouldn't have to be fabbed up saving some money. A full cage based on a later model YJ family cage would be installed, allowing me continued use of the soft top, bikini top, and hopefully hard top, and harnesses to be attached appropriately.
The goal is to allow temporary seating for 5 in case of an emergency or for short trips around town (small town, no highway driving). The two oldest ones would probably ride around dirt roads and such for fun, no extreme rock crawling in the immediate future. What do you guys think? Got any ideas? Pictures of how you installed car seats and such? Pictures of the above ideas?