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Shock tower braces
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Okay, Got shock tower braces cleaned blasted primed and painted( when i bought car it did not have them on it, bought a set used ) and before i unbolted the top of the shock tower's I just placed on to see how fit would be. Passenger side sits down perfect everything lines up fine.Drivers side is almost a 1/4 inch off and bolt hole's won't line up.I know there is a little give once undone.Been a long day didn't really feel like working on it and mind is elsewhere, just wanted to ask to be sure that a test fit like this would be right or notshrug2

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Yea,Tho i cruise through the valley of the shadow of rice,I will fear no Turbo,For Torque art with me.Thy rods and crankshaft,they comfort me. Big Grin Robert
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thundertc64;13846 Wrote:Okay, Got shock tower braces cleaned blasted primed and painted( when i bought car it did not have them on it, bought a set used ) and before i unbolted the top of the shock tower's I just placed on to see how fit would be. Passenger side sits down perfect everything lines up fine.Drivers side is almost a 1/4 inch off and bolt hole's won't line up.I know there is a little give once undone.Been a long day didn't really feel like working on it and mind is elsewhere, just wanted to ask to be sure that a test fit like this would be right or notshrug2

May be ok or not..Is the 1/4" off foreward to back or width wise? Your shock tower may have sagged easy to fix..or it may have been hit in the front or side at some point in it's life...Plus it's not a good idea to drive the car for any lenght of time without the braces..The shock towers can & will move over time if these parts are not installed..The best way is to measure from a known good point to one of the shock tower bolts. You should not have to force it on at all..Let us know & I can get a measurment for you if needed.

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Qcode351mach;13851 Wrote:
thundertc64;13846 Wrote:Okay, Got shock tower braces cleaned blasted primed and painted( when i bought car it did not have them on it, bought a set used ) and before i unbolted the top of the shock tower's I just placed on to see how fit would be. Passenger side sits down perfect everything lines up fine.Drivers side is almost a 1/4 inch off and bolt hole's won't line up.I know there is a little give once undone.Been a long day didn't really feel like working on it and mind is elsewhere, just wanted to ask to be sure that a test fit like this would be right or notshrug2

May be ok or not..Is the 1/4" off foreward to back or width wise? Your shock tower may have sagged easy to fix..or it may have been hit in the front or side at some point in it's life...Plus it's not a good idea to drive the car for any lenght of time without the braces..The shock towers can & will move over time if these parts are not installed..The best way is to measure from a known good point to one of the shock tower bolts. You should not have to force it on at all..Let us know & I can get a measurment for you if needed.

Off forward to back, brace bolt hole's come past shock tower bolts with back in place,I was looking to see if i could see ant damage to frame or other parts ( aprons seem nice and straight and body panels line up great )But i did notice that with hood raised and looking down in front of radiator the front Valance is slightly closer to the radiator support than the passenger side,maybe an 1/8 inch closer. guess i am going to have to measure to be sure

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Yea,Tho i cruise through the valley of the shadow of rice,I will fear no Turbo,For Torque art with me.Thy rods and crankshaft,they comfort me. Big Grin Robert
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thundertc64;13852 Wrote:
Qcode351mach;13851 Wrote:
thundertc64;13846 Wrote:Okay, Got shock tower braces cleaned blasted primed and painted( when i bought car it did not have them on it, bought a set used ) and before i unbolted the top of the shock tower's I just placed on to see how fit would be. Passenger side sits down perfect everything lines up fine.Drivers side is almost a 1/4 inch off and bolt hole's won't line up.I know there is a little give once undone.Been a long day didn't really feel like working on it and mind is elsewhere, just wanted to ask to be sure that a test fit like this would be right or notshrug2

May be ok or not..Is the 1/4" off foreward to back or width wise? Your shock tower may have sagged easy to fix..or it may have been hit in the front or side at some point in it's life...Plus it's not a good idea to drive the car for any lenght of time without the braces..The shock towers can & will move over time if these parts are not installed..The best way is to measure from a known good point to one of the shock tower bolts. You should not have to force it on at all..Let us know & I can get a measurment for you if needed.

Off forward to back, brace bolt hole's come past shock tower bolts with back in place,I was looking to see if i could see ant damage to frame or other parts ( aprons seem nice and straight and body panels line up great )But i did notice that with hood raised and looking down in front of radiator the front Valance is slightly closer to the radiator support than the passenger side,maybe an 1/8 inch closer. guess i am going to have to measure to be sure
Thunder...you have a small sag...Try this..install the pass side brace...put a jack under the car on the left side front rocker panel at the factory jacking point on the rocker lip (be carfeul not to bend the lip..I use a hockey puck but you can use a small block of wood between the jack & lip)
Slowly jack untill the lf wheel comes about an inch off the ground..See if the brace fits then..If it's close or getting better, jack some more till it fits..You may have to push down at the lf bumper corner a few times...Install the brace tight...remove jack..


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#5
Got to thinking about that last night but wasn't 100% sure on it,will give it a try tonight

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Yea,Tho i cruise through the valley of the shadow of rice,I will fear no Turbo,For Torque art with me.Thy rods and crankshaft,they comfort me. Big Grin Robert
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Qcode351mach;13882 Wrote:
thundertc64;13852 Wrote:
Qcode351mach;13851 Wrote:May be ok or not..Is the 1/4" off foreward to back or width wise? Your shock tower may have sagged easy to fix..or it may have been hit in the front or side at some point in it's life...Plus it's not a good idea to drive the car for any lenght of time without the braces..The shock towers can & will move over time if these parts are not installed..The best way is to measure from a known good point to one of the shock tower bolts. You should not have to force it on at all..Let us know & I can get a measurment for you if needed.

Off forward to back, brace bolt hole's come past shock tower bolts with back in place,I was looking to see if i could see ant damage to frame or other parts ( aprons seem nice and straight and body panels line up great )But i did notice that with hood raised and looking down in front of radiator the front Valance is slightly closer to the radiator support than the passenger side,maybe an 1/8 inch closer. guess i am going to have to measure to be sure
Thunder...you have a small sag...Try this..install the pass side brace...put a jack under the car on the left side front rocker panel at the factory jacking point on the rocker lip (be carfeul not to bend the lip..I use a hockey puck but you can use a small block of wood between the jack & lip)
Slowly jack untill the lf wheel comes about an inch off the ground..See if the brace fits then..If it's close or getting better, jack some more till it fits..You may have to push down at the lf bumper corner a few times...Install the brace tight...remove jack..
+1 I might even suggest using a floor jack under the left sub frame towards the back of it.I bet you will be able to make it work with out much.
Good reason why you should keep the braces in place!


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set floor jack under sub frame raised tire one inch off ground Bingo went right on Big Grin now the hood is a little off rofl nothing a little adjustment shouldn't take care of i hope

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Yea,Tho i cruise through the valley of the shadow of rice,I will fear no Turbo,For Torque art with me.Thy rods and crankshaft,they comfort me. Big Grin Robert
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thundertc64;13920 Wrote:set floor jack under sub frame raised tire one inch off ground Bingo went right on Big Grin now the hood is a little off rofl nothing a little adjustment shouldn't take care of i hope
whistling The Bill is in the mail..

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Qcode351mach;13922 Wrote:
thundertc64;13920 Wrote:set floor jack under sub frame raised tire one inch off ground Bingo went right on Big Grin now the hood is a little off rofl nothing a little adjustment shouldn't take care of i hope
whistling The Bill is in the mail..

you will take a check right???? rofl

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Yea,Tho i cruise through the valley of the shadow of rice,I will fear no Turbo,For Torque art with me.Thy rods and crankshaft,they comfort me. Big Grin Robert
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#10
Great, mine are missing...one more thing to purchase.

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