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I know that many will frown, but I want to add roll bars to my 65 convertible. Has anyone done it and will they share their finds, problems, etc...

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66 Red Convertible, 289(dad's car)
 

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I did on my 70 convertible and used the padded Shelby roll bar available from Branda Performance in PA.....

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randy



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Tell us what you have in mind....you said "roll bars"

And what the car will be used for...

I have experience with these systems in racing vehicles...some of the technology will translate to stockers but not all...

For example, this is what a Shelby R model bar looked like for your year car (fastback)...there's a reason for the crossbar and down bars....

Pat
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65 convertible. i want it for the added safety - add 3 point seat belts, etc. this will be a street application.

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do they have a web site?

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Yeah, the R-model bar from my other response to you is from Branda's site...

Remember, your car is a good deal narrower than a '69...

Depending on how the bar is constructed, it might be possible to section it without damaging the padding...

Ask Randy how the padding was attached on his bar...

As far as chassis attachment, it's kinda tough with a single bar...most attach to the floor/rocker inner sill with a plate and bolts....with no bracing, that's a lot of stress to put on the thin unitbody material.....usually I prefer a subframe connector and lateral bar out to the attachment point...that opens the possibility of a lateral diagonal brace running inward along the seatback from about 18" up on the roll bar down through the floor to the lateral bar below the floor. This inscreases the side rigidity of the roll bar and also serves to strengthen it minimally to absorb forward and back stresses..

Since I'm familiar mostly with racing stuff, roll bars and cages are designed in that venue for safety first with convenience taking a back seat, so to speak *G*. We need that bar to protect you if you do go upside down....

How much intrustion can you tolerate in the back seat area...?

I guess, on the bright side, installation is a breeze *G* on a ragtop compared to a closed car...

Pat
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I sent Branda a question about fitting their r model to my 65 convertible.... maybe they have some examples or tips....

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I've got one that I think I got from Branda (it was about 10 years ago). It mounts to the stiffened side rails on the convertible just behind the rear of the door opening. Also has a diagonal bar on each side back to the rear wheel well. You have to cut holes in the rear quarter trim panels to mount it. It's clearly not a racing bar, but it's also a lot better than nothing. It leaves the rear seat usable, at the expense of the added strength. It also makes a great place to mount 3-point seat belts. That's worth it to me...

I'll keep your address and let you know when I get pictures- probably this weekend.

Gene Zierdt
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302/roller cam/valves/ported
T-5 w/3.55
negative roll, progressive front, 4 1/2 rear springs
Front & rear anti-sway bars
 
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thanks! the pictures will be appreciated too!

did you paint yours and add padding?

randy

65 pony from ground up, inline 6 (son's car),
66 Red Convertible, 289(dad's car)
 
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