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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-02-2019, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Shock Tower Measurement

Can anyone provide the factory measurement between the shock towers on a 65-66 and the points where the measurements are taken?

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Try this link from a post a few years back. It has some good info and should provide what you are asking.

https://www.google.com/amp/forums.vi...s.html%3famp=1

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Here you go. Btw I also measured the center to center of my Scott Drake export brace and it looks like that measurement is 34-3/4" approx. at the large holes.





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Thanks Caper50!

Exactly what I needed. Looks like I and dead on. Was thinking about adding an export brace and a Monte Carlo bar, but wasnít sure how far off the dimensions were.

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You're welcome. Btw I doubled checked that measurement on my friend's 66 this afternoon, it measured 40" also.
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Thank you. It is a relief to see that my shock towers have not moved much.
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Just got to looking at this thread and decided to take a measurement on my 66. From inner fender to inner fender, like Brian showed I'm getting 40 and 3/8" My other measurements bolt to bolt on the export brace come in at 30.5" and center large hole is 33.75". The inner fenders are dynacorn one piece replacements, and they almost look like they slightly angle out. Wondering if that's why I'm getting a different measurement there than everybody else, or If I screwed something up? Been a year and a half since I worked on this part of the car, and now I'm freaking out that I messed up.

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My original 66 measures exactly as pictured by Casper. Good to know its the same! My SD export brace does not fit up real well but it does go together if I have all 10 bolts loose then tighten them all up gradually.
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Just took the same measurement on my '66. Caper50's photo could have been shot in my engine bay. My measurement was identical . . . . a tick over 40".


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Good info, thanks!

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Saw this thread so I decided to go measure my '65.... I'm right at the 40" mark too.... made me feel good lol
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@FRC928 I wouldn't panic yet. If you can bolt up the export brace you will have lots of movement on the fender and hood adjustments to make everything look good. Try putting the export brace on to see exactly where you are at.
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@FRC928 I wouldn't panic yet. If you can bolt up the export brace you will have lots of movement on the fender and hood adjustments to make everything look good. Try putting the export brace on to see exactly where you are at.

Thanks Brian.



The export brace is currently bolted up, and fits good. The outside edges, at the shock tower, have about a quarter inch, maybe less, clearance from the inner fenders. Since the brace fit, this is why I thought it was strange that when I measured like you did, It's wider. Like I did say both inner fenders are replacement one piece units.



I took some other measurements to double check things, and I'm at least happy everything is square up front.
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FRC928, My towers are also 40 3/8, but mine are both replacements. Everything else lines up fine
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I thought that I would go measure mine, since I had to shorten the Scott Drake bar by about 3/8".
Mine measured 40" exactly. Whew!
It's funny how consistent this measurement is with the tolerances on these cars.
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