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joer
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posted 04-23-2001 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for joer   Click Here to Email joer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got my new export brace from one of those catalog places. Ya know, from now on I think I'll go through NPD, I gave them a try and they had all my parts in stock and were very helpful on the phone. My dilema:

The aftermarket export brace is one piece as apposed to the stock 2 piece that bolts under the lip on the firewall. Well, the new unit is nice and this guage but looks like it bolts to the upper side of that lip? Do I need to grind off some of the old vertical seam on that lip?? Does this post make any sense? Thanks!

Joe

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steve'66
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posted 04-23-2001 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Joe,

I haven't installed one of these yet, but the lip will probably bend down as you torque down the bolts anyway.

SteveW

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Scott302
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posted 04-23-2001 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The export brace should mount without any modifications.
PS
Thanks for the kind words!

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Scott Halseth
National Parts Depot
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joer
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posted 04-23-2001 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for joer   Click Here to Email joer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cool, can't wait to get home and put it on the car.

Thanks for the great Parts House!

Joe

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ekbeanctr
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posted 04-23-2001 09:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ekbeanctr   Click Here to Email ekbeanctr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
But, It will look a lot cleaner if you remove the old pieces from the top of the shock towers before you put it on. I used a Spot Weld Drill from Eastwood and it took no time at all. Really makes it look a lot nicer.

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Gary
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posted 04-24-2001 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gary   Click Here to Email Gary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have fun installing it, and remember to jack the front-end off the ground to relax the towers. Mine was murder to install, hope you have better luck

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kid vishus
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posted 04-25-2001 08:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have 2 of 'em. The one for my 70 fits like dream, no problems to install at all. The one on my 69 racer is a b***h. Involves lots of sweat, cussing and prying to get it in place. I have even compared the braces side by side, they are identical. I think the fit depends alot on the car it is going on, and how badly it was abused or how much things have "moved around" over the years.

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joer
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posted 04-25-2001 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for joer   Click Here to Email joer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I got it in place. I cursed, stomped up and down like a six year old and pryed it, jacked it up here and there and had my buddy sit on one side of the fender then the other, then it went into place. I'm never ever taking it off there again! It's there for good now

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Joe Rush
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steve'66
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posted 04-25-2001 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Joe,

Hope you don't have to pull the engine soon.

SteveW

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joer
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posted 04-25-2001 12:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for joer   Click Here to Email joer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did the engine already. It was differant though. I expected the engine to be tuff. I though this brace would be pretty easy. Boy am I glad it's done.

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Joe Rush
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mvierow
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posted 04-25-2001 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mvierow   Click Here to Email mvierow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was the car ever in an accident? Mine went on in about 15 minutes from cracking the first bolt off the original to tightening the final bolt on the new.. do you have a monte carlo bar too? If so, how was that install?

Mike

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joer
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posted 04-25-2001 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for joer   Click Here to Email joer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the car had some sort of left side control arm damage and fender bang up. I have the monte carlo bar on the way, should be here anytime now. I bet that will be fun too right??

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Joe Rush
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mvierow
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posted 04-25-2001 08:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mvierow   Click Here to Email mvierow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The monte carlo bar was a real tight squeeze on my car, as I am assuming it should be. I would guess the shock tower brace was difficult to put in due to accident damage in the past. I guess it goes to show ya how helpful these braces can be.

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joer
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posted 04-26-2001 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for joer   Click Here to Email joer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You know, it also gets me worrying about the cars frame strength and straightness. I guess I can find someone one can look at the frame and tell me if it is straight and if not what can be done to comensate.

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sigtauenus
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posted 04-27-2001 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did any of you guys who put export braces on use the extra reinforcement that goes on the underside where it meets the cowl?

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Wicked-Toy
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posted 04-30-2001 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wicked-Toy   Click Here to Email Wicked-Toy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes I used the extra support piece. Didn't
buy it but made one from a piece of angle iron. Works great.

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sigtauenus
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posted 05-01-2001 02:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
does the side of that reinforcement bracket that goes against the cowl (ie, not the side with the bolt holes) get welded to the cowl? Or is just bolting it in underneath good enough?

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mellowyellow
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posted 05-01-2001 11:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The original reinforcement was welded to the top of the cowl and the brace bolted through it. I believe that the brace would go on the top of the cowl and bolt through it and the brace. The nuts and washer would be on the bottom. But maybe it would work on the bottom. I better stop before I'm sent to the Bawdy!! LOL!

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richard bohm
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posted 05-04-2001 05:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for richard bohm   Click Here to Email richard bohm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
in my reply to a different post re a monte carlo bar i said the mustangs are notorious for not being dimensionaly accurate. a part that fits one mustang perfectly will be a royal pain on the next one. one thing you can do is use a porta power to spread the shock towers apart to make the bar and brace fit. other times you may need to pull the towers together to make them fit. as far as the car being in an accident check the subframe rails, if they look straight they likely are if they have some rippling in them
then definately have the car checked out and repair any problems.

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Ryan Wilke
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posted 05-04-2001 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also installed a piece of angle iron on top of the cowl lip, under the brace in my '69. I didn't weld it in though, I simply bolted it in (vertical bolts) with the brace and to the firewall (horizonal bolts).

I figured it wasn't that big-a-deal in the hopes to get some additional strengthening. ..if Carol Shelby thought it was needed, it probably was....
Ryan

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