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Export Brace

When adding a new export brace, will it affect fender/door/hood alignment? My 66 still has the factory braces installed, but my alignment and gaps are good all around. Just wondering if I should expect that when I do get one installed. Also, what is the easiest way to remove the braces from the shock tower? I've seen some say air chisel, spot weld bit..

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Yes- potentially it could as it spreads out the shock towers. If they've sagged inwards as they all do, and yours gaps were set after that move, then yes- they'll change when pushed back out. I'd drill out the spot welds, then grind the tops smooth. an air chisel might work, but might also bend things up a little. In my experience it helps to jack up the car from the center and let the wheels hang when installing the brace.
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"......I'd drill out the spot welds, then grind the tops smooth. an air chisel might work, but might also bend things up a little......" .
^^^^^^^^^. Yes. This is the clean and safest way to proceed. Also, be sure to install the reinforcement plate at the firewall Otherwise the cowl holes will oval out over time. Welding is the best way to install the plate.

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I slipped on export brace on my 67 mustang with almost no problem. I heard stories that there could be be movement but I lucked out. BTW it really did make a difference along with the monte carlo bar.
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I slipped on export brace on my 67 mustang with almost no problem. I heard stories that there could be be movement but I lucked out. BTW it really did make a difference along with the monte carlo bar.

Same here. The one on my 65 literally almost slipped right into place. I did have it on jack stands for a few days for some suspension work, which supposedly helps the towers spread back out a bit?

And buy the more expensive one. The cheaper one looks like crap and is a lot thinner, the good one looks really close to the original and very thick.

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I guess I was lucky my export brace went in with very little effort. That's one thing I want to do, remove the remnants of the old brace mounts on the towers.

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+1 on the reinforcement plate zray . Not doing that is a big mistake. Ford ( not Shelby) did it for a reason.

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Same here. The one on my 65 literally almost slipped right into place. I did have it on jack stands for a few days for some suspension work, which supposedly helps the towers spread back out a bit?

And buy the more expensive one. The cheaper one looks like crap and is a lot thinner, the good one looks really close to the original and very thick.
Did you have any problems with your fender/door/hood gaps afterwards?


I do have a Monte Carlo bar installed by the previous owner, but it is the curved one! (yeah yeah I know its curved, but better than nothing!) I was expecting the export brace not to fit easily. The shock tower braces I currently have look as though they have never been out of the car, I just do not want to have to align gaps, never done them don't want to have to do them either! I don't see any evidence of a crash or anything like that, but that doesn't really mean the shock towers haven't moved over time. I guess the only way to find out is to just do it

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+1 on the heavier version of the export brace. The cheaper one is more for appearance only, IMHO.
Here's a question --- did Shelby install the reinforcement plate under the export brace for '67 GT350/500's?

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+1 on the heavier version of the export brace. The cheaper one is more for appearance only, IMHO.
Here's a question --- did Shelby install the reinforcement plate under the export brace for '67 GT350/500's?
Shelby never installed any of the export brace / reinforcement plates. They were already installed (@ the Ford factory) when the cars showed up at the Shelby airport facility for the other Shelby modifications.

I'm not well acquainted with the '67's. regarding the reinforcement plate. But if I had a '67, I'd want the reinforcement securely welded in place, regardless of how they were delivered to Shelby 50 years ago.

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I believe I have read good things about the Scott Drake export brace being of good quality. This still true?

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Did you have any problems with your fender/door/hood gaps afterwards?
Nope, it fell right into place, therefore nothing moved.

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