My custom export brace - Vintage Mustang Forums
 13Likes
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-09-2019, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Wildhorse65's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 53
My custom export brace

I finally got around to getting my export brace with shock mounts drawn up, and cut out. I’ve got probably a good 8hrs of fabrication and welding work to get it finished up, but here is a little teaser.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 23BF1068-7BBB-4493-A805-AEA3423EA0B6_1557415631811.jpg (544.7 KB, 42 views)
File Type: jpg 1A7388AF-82AD-4FF4-AE37-DE2F4C9DDA03_1557415660042.jpg (416.2 KB, 41 views)

“I find peace at the bottom of a real tall cold drink”
Wildhorse65 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-09-2019, 11:30 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Posts: 1,674
I think unless you put a bead down the center or put a lip on the edges, it will wind up flexing and not perform as expected.

Dan
Chapel Hill, NC
***PM me if you're close by and can lend a hand with my 65 Fastback project***
Dan Babb is offline  
Old 05-09-2019, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Wildhorse65's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 53
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan Babb View Post
I think unless you put a bead down the center or put a lip on the edges, it will wind up flexing and not perform as expected.
Not to worry... it’s not even close to being done... there will be no flex when it’s complete, and 10x stronger and better looking than the stamped steel junk.

“I find peace at the bottom of a real tall cold drink”

Last edited by Wildhorse65; 05-09-2019 at 05:16 PM.
Wildhorse65 is offline  
 
Old 05-09-2019, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Wildhorse65's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 53
Got a chance to work on it a bit this afternoon.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 1D098654-479E-44EC-AE81-9F35DB943996_1557436492291.jpg (503.5 KB, 50 views)
File Type: jpg C2223063-E835-4591-B421-A3E83CC11129_1557436520727.jpg (445.3 KB, 49 views)
rusty1161, Dan Babb and Grimbrand like this.

“I find peace at the bottom of a real tall cold drink”
Wildhorse65 is offline  
Old 05-09-2019, 05:37 PM
Dimples
 
BlakeTX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 3,289
Garage
Dimples look cool.

The anvil of reality.
BlakeTX is offline  
Old 05-09-2019, 06:08 PM
Senior Member
 
myfirstcar66's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Auburn University, Alabama
Posts: 1,084
Garage
That's pretty cool. Powder coating it?

'66 Tahoe Turquoise/ Aqua coupe
•289 / 4100 •C4 Auto •Disc Brakes
•Dual Exhaust •Quick Manual Steering
•Rally Pac •Console •Deluxe Belts
•LOTS of Rotunda accessories
...my first car

'66 Emberglo / Parchment deluxe coupe
•289 / 2100 •C4 Auto •Disc Brakes
•Dual Exhaust •Power Steering
•Dealer Air Conditioning •Console

'66 Nightmist / Blue & white deluxe coupe
•289 / 2100 •C4 Auto
•Factory Air Conditioning •Console
WAITING FOR RESTORATION

myfirstcar66 is offline  
Old 05-09-2019, 06:30 PM
Senior Member
 
2nd 66's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: New York
Posts: 9,449
Garage
Looks cool vintage aircraft'ish maybe ,strength wise
rpm likes this.


Brad
2nd 66 is online now  
Old 05-09-2019, 08:39 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Montgomery, Texas
Posts: 22
I like the work for sure. I am not being critical as I cannot put my hands on it but it just seems like it will flex where the "I-beam" ends near the shock tower and at the firewall.....better than stock none-the-less.
Tom65 is offline  
Old 05-09-2019, 09:04 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,333
Very creative, I like the look more than the run of the mill tubular stiff with rod ends.

65 coupe 5.0L/5 speed
2001 Lightning #1757
Lightning is offline  
Old 05-09-2019, 10:25 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: I bounce between The Texas Hill Country & far North Idaho
Posts: 408
Looks good but as already mentioned I really question its rigidity.
Boxhead is offline  
Old 05-10-2019, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Wildhorse65's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 53
This is being made from 1/8” chromoly plate. The 6-1” dimpled holes will create an amazing amount of structural integrity, along with the plating around the edges. The shock tower areas will have 3/16” fabricated, welded on upper shock mounts, which will also add rigidity. I come from a background of building off-road race cars for the past 18 years, so this is on the easier side of what I am used to designing to stand up to stress.
Lightning, rusty1161 and Tom65 like this.

“I find peace at the bottom of a real tall cold drink”
Wildhorse65 is offline  
Old 05-10-2019, 12:15 AM
Senior Member
 
Mustmatt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 2,163
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wildhorse65 View Post
This is being made from 1/8” chromoly plate. The 6-1” dimpled holes will create an amazing amount of structural integrity, along with the plating around the edges. The shock tower areas will have 3/16” fabricated, welded on upper shock mounts, which will also add rigidity. I come from a background of building off-road race cars for the past 18 years, so this is on the easier side of what I am used to designing to stand up to stress.
It looks great so far!

Matt
Brea, CA

1965 Mustang Coupe 289 a/t Build Thread
1967 Firebird 400 4sp
1967 GTO 400 a/t
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe
Mustmatt is offline  
Old 05-10-2019, 07:21 AM
Senior Member
 
Russstang's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 3,055
Garage
No tech here

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wildhorse65 View Post
This is being made from 1/8” chromoly plate. The 6-1” dimpled holes will create an amazing amount of structural integrity, along with the plating around the edges. The shock tower areas will have 3/16” fabricated, welded on upper shock mounts, which will also add rigidity. I come from a background of building off-road race cars for the past 18 years, so this is on the easier side of what I am used to designing to stand up to stress.
Looks good. Although the strength you mentioned is no doubt there, it would be more aesthetically pleasing to my eye if the plating on the edges continued and wrapped onto the tower plates, even if it decreased gradually to keep from messing with the plates lying flat on the towers. That would also add a bit more strength to the place that keeps drawing folks' eyes the place where they think it will flex. Of course, MY opinion is just that. You have the knowledge and the skills to get it thus far.
rpm likes this.

Get off my back, get out of my pocket....

1965 2+2 painted (66) Vintage Burgundy, 1998 roller 5.0 with GT40P heads, plans are for Sniper, T5 and 3:55 rear.
Russstang is offline  
Old 05-10-2019, 09:59 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Denmark
Posts: 516
Don't underestimate the original export brace design. It was designed by the Ford engineers that had all info available about strenght and flex in the body. The guy that once did all that flex testing/measuring on a Mustang coupe in his garage saw the proof. The orignal export brace alone removed 30% of all torsional movement i the body, front to rear.
Westmus is offline  
Old 05-10-2019, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Wildhorse65's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 53
Quote:
Originally Posted by Westmus View Post
Don't underestimate the original export brace design. It was designed by the Ford engineers that had all info available about strenght and flex in the body. The guy that once did all that flex testing/measuring on a Mustang coupe in his garage saw the proof. The orignal export brace alone removed 30% of all torsional movement i the body, front to rear.
I do agree with you. However, there is always room for improvement, in looks and functionality.

“I find peace at the bottom of a real tall cold drink”
Wildhorse65 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
 

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Vintage Mustang Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Thread Tools



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Export brace Russstang Vintage Mustang Forum 42 04-23-2019 01:06 PM
Custom Export Brace project - now Cowl Rust... dobrostang Mod and Custom Forum 22 04-22-2019 09:47 PM
Zray's export brace ophthos Vintage Mustang Forum 12 04-22-2019 08:45 AM
What to do with left over export brace tang? arbys Vintage Mustang Forum 19 01-07-2019 02:58 PM
Billet Export Brace & Monte Carlo Bar - Free shipping deal Shaun Street or Track LLC 0 12-10-2018 09:38 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome