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Removing export braces
#1
Hi,

I would like to remove the braces from firewall to shocktower to replace it.

What is the right way? Any precautions? What happens when removing the bolts over shocktowers? Do i need to jack up the car?

Thank you for your answer! ( i'm afraid to make a mistake... ).
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#2
You should be fine removing them while the car is on the ground. The bolts for the shock tower mount are captured bolts in grooves on the top of the shock tower. They only hold the shock so nothing will come flying off. The cowl bolts can be a bit tricky if you car has had some body damage or rust. Sometimes putting a jack under the floor support brace (with a 2x4 to avoid denting it) will relieve any strain or bind on the bolts mounting to the cowl.

My wife is over in Paris right now. If you need help, I can send her your way. JUST Kidding.

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72 Mach 1 H-Code (Concourse driven restoration)
67 S-Code Factory GT with 4-Spd

68 Mercury Cyclone (Pro-Street project)
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#3
(07-24-2018, 09:31 AM)bkdunha Wrote: You should be fine removing them while the car is on the ground.  The bolts for the shock tower mount are captured bolts in grooves on the top of the shock tower. They only hold the shock so nothing will come flying off.  The cowl bolts can be a bit tricky if you car has had some body damage or rust.  Sometimes putting a jack under the floor support brace (with a 2x4 to avoid denting it) will relieve any strain or bind on the bolts mounting to the cowl.

My wife is over in Paris right now. If you need help, I can send her your way. JUST Kidding.

Thank you for your answer!

Just to be sure: what you call " cowl bolts" are the three bolts at the top of the shock absorber?
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#4
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Just to be sure: what you call " cowl bolts" are the three bolts at the top of the shock absorber?

No the braces have 2 bolts each at the other end that bolt to the cowl of the car

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BKDunha
72 Mach 1 H-Code (Concourse driven restoration)
67 S-Code Factory GT with 4-Spd

68 Mercury Cyclone (Pro-Street project)
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(07-24-2018, 10:49 AM)bkdunha Wrote:
(07-24-2018, 10:25 AM)Régis Wrote: Just to be sure: what you call " cowl bolts" are the three bolts at the top of the shock absorber?

No the braces have 2 bolts each at the other end that bolt to the cowl of the car

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They're 9/16th AF wrenches or for 3/8th NC bolts. Not sure what you have. British 'spanners' are different.
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#6
OK SORRY...  Angel

I understand now.

Thank you!! thumb
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#7
As stated above you may have to slightly raise the car behind the front wheels and let the shock towers relax a little. I know mine won't come off without that procedure.

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#8
OK luxstang, no problem. I will do that!!

Thank you!
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#9
Typically, removing the braces are not the problem; it is installing them. I'd first try simply removing them with the car sitting on its tires. You might be surprised...

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#10
Mine came off and went back on no issues,.

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

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