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(Quality) Sub frame connectors really made a difference. Both in handling and in general body flex.
That's very true and I was going to add that .. but I felt it would have been the straw that broke the camel's back. Without connecting the front "mini-frame" (that's what I call them) and the rear mini-frame, these two frame halves are mostly hanging on to each other thru the top's micro-frame and it's body skin and the doorway thresholds.

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Forgive my naivety- I read your post and enjoyed the information you presented, but I am unfamiliar with the term "factory lower cross support bar". Do you mean the front crossmember? Or the radiator support/crossmember?
Better yet, I'll just include its picture. This one is CJ's, but there are many other manufactures (ie: Zray makes a very good one) of this bar. Sorry about my miss-naming - I tend to use my own terns describing things at times. Front Crossmember would have been better.
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Better yet, I'll just include its picture. This one is CJ's, but there are many other manufactures (ie: Zray makes a very good one) of this bar. Sorry about my miss-naming - I tend to use my own terns describing things at times. Front Crossmember would have been better.


Oh okay awesome, no worries. It seems we were talking about the same thing after all! One day i hope to be able to afford Zrays, but for right now my factory one will do. There is one on my car, i thought you were referring to a different support of some sort however. Disregard!

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I want to add a Monte Carlo bar to my 68 but I heard even the curved bar does not fit with an A/C equipped car? Any truth to that?

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I want to add a Monte Carlo bar to my 68 but I heard even the curved bar does not fit with an A/C equipped car? Any truth to that?
I don't know if the type of a/c compressor makes a difference, but with the rotary Sanden type compressors, a straight M/C bar fits OK on my '65 / '66's


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I want to add a Monte Carlo bar to my 68 but I heard even the curved bar does not fit with an A/C equipped car? Any truth to that?

Might depend on the compressor, but check out the pictures @66KevinC-code posted. He has an A/C installed with a curved Monte Carlo bar and it fits.



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I want to add a Monte Carlo bar to my 68 but I heard even the curved bar does not fit with an A/C equipped car? Any truth to that?
No. I have a straight bar right now, but when I was using an oval air cleaner, I had a curved bar. Both fit right over my Tecumseh cast-iron AC pump.
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Clickable thumbnails from 2006, 3 years before the engine was pulled for a rebuild, so it should be very close to original configuration:

With respect to the original post, it just felt more solid and stable after installing the export brace. The MC bar was later.
Wow - what kind of words would we hear why you are trying to change spark plugs?
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Wow - what kind of words would we hear why you are trying to change spark plugs?
I don't have the original style air cleaner, AC,PS,PB,Emission stuff,Ect but the I do have a Monte Carlo bar and Export brace neither of which affect spark plug removal/install in any way
Doing plugs on my 05 Escape 3.0 and my Daughters 05 Mariner 3.0 requires removing the upper air plenum but even they aren't the worst to do


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Wow - what kind of words would we hear why you are trying to change spark plugs?
Wasn't that bad; easier than changing them on a '68 Cougar with a 390...

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Nothing. When I bought my car it had one already installed so I don't really have anything to compare it to. The car handles quite well though.
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