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Lennie_21
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posted 11-29-2002 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lennie_21   Click Here to Email Lennie_21     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone happen to have any specs on how far apart the fenders should be? I'd like to attempt to make my own export and monte carlo braces.

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mustangs68
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posted 11-30-2002 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Simon didn't we come up with some numbers awhile back for thr monte carlo bar..still have the numbers?

I know my brother has (had) on in the shed I drop him an e-mail and see if he will meas. it.Maybe awhile he doesn't check his e-mail at home often so it will be Mon. at work when he checks.

BTW why build them(?) they are at a reasonable price and the time and money plus labor will be more that just ordering them from a Vendor.
sam

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Lennie_21
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posted 12-01-2002 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lennie_21   Click Here to Email Lennie_21     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mostly because I like making stuff, I have more time than money and was also thinking of making them from HEX shaped tubing rather than round or square. Basically, just something else to do......my to do list isn't long enough already.

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Fastback68
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posted 12-01-2002 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We did come up with a number Sam, but I'm danged if I can find it. I'll try to remember to measure it tomorrow.
For what it's worth, I think a monte carlo bar is comparatively easy to make; mine is home made (I don't know who made it), and is better in design and strength than any of the ones I've seen on the market. But the export brace -- I don't think you can compete with the stuff on the market.
Simon

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mustangs68
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posted 12-01-2002 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Right Simon the Monte bar is eazy but that export bugger..LOL..stamped steel but I guess one could be made...Lennie I bet you'll sink a nice chunk of change into making that

Good luck my friend.

Hey if you want take some photos as you make them and write some instructions and I'll added them to the 68 How to page on my site..I like home grown projects
sam

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Lennie_21
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posted 12-01-2002 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lennie_21   Click Here to Email Lennie_21     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was thinking of making everything from Hex shaped tubing and using Heim Joints at the ends.

For the Export braces I could use a piece of angle and bolt that to the lip of the cowl panel inside then engine bay and then fabricate a set of angled plates to it to accept the heim joint. I've seen something similar in a magazine before but can't remember who make the darned things. If I could buy what I'm really looking for, I'd probably be better off going that direction. But like I said I'm wanting Hex shaped rod rather than round or square......why.....hell I don't know why.....just because I guess....

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Fastback68
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posted 12-01-2002 11:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK, got it. 39.75 inches between the inner fenders at the point of the upper bolts for the shock tower braces. I seem to recall that was exactly what Sam and I and maybe someone else had. The reason I became so obsessed with the measurement was 'cos I bought a Monte Carlo bar, and it was too long. I thought it the car, and spent a long time trying to stretch it, but eventually came to the conclusion that the bar was too long
As for my own home-made job, it's a beautiful piece of fat round tube that bends all the way from side to side. It's not been fabricated just to fit my Stang, that's for sure. The guy who made it must have pulled the tubing from some heavy-duty engineering application that required that exact curve.

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mustangs68
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posted 12-02-2002 06:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
......why.....hell I don't know why.....just because I guess....

Sounds like me..LOL...
Thanks Simon
sam

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