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I am installing a new suspension in my '66 V-8 coupe and noticed upon disassembly that there is almost an inch of shims between the upper control arm shaft and the frame. What is the correct measurement between the shock towers and what would be the reference point? Also, would a "monte carlo" bar or export brace be my only fix?
 
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the shims are there to align the front end. im afraid ur stuck with them. as far as i know anyways. mines the same way so i wouldnt worry about it.

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An inch of spacer? Really? I just rebuilt my from suspension and had the front end aligned. The alignment shop was able to bring the car into spec without any spacers. I can only conclude by that the an inch of spacer would mean a horrible out of wack front end. Good Luck

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Actually, a "Monte Carlo" bar could potentially cause a need for more shims. And it sounds like you don't have room for any more.

Just my humble mis-informed opinion.....

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Hi, the monte carlo bar might help because when installed it pushes the shock towers apart thus less shims. John

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so im not supposed to have a bunch of shims either. crap!!! its always something.

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If you've got a 67 or newer, you shouldn't have any spacers. In 67 they went to the concentric on the lower control arm instead of spacing out the upper control arm.

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67's have an alignment cam on the lower control arm. The 65-66 MUST use shims at the upper A-arm. 67-68 would only use spacers up there to adjust caster, where camber and caster are adjusted on a 65-66 at the upper A-arm. When I pulled my upper A-arms to do the Shelby mod, I had about 5/8 inch of spacers. I would recommend though that you get a monte carlo bar. If you are serious about perfromance (read as roadrace) get the export brace also.



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Shims on a 65/66 are used to move the upper control arm mounting points away from the vehicle. If the engine compartment is caving in, more shims would be required to compensate.

Is there evidence that your Mustang has been in an accident? You might want to have a competent body shop check the straightness of the frame. You can take some rudimentary measurements yourself, criss-crossing the undercarriage. Maybe someone can take some measurements of their Mustang and you can compare notes.

Inspect the engine compartment sheetmetal for stress cracks. Give her a good wash down and get a very bright light, maybe a small halogen work light.

A Monte Carlo bar might help, but an inch sounds excessive.

What about the gap between the fender and hood? Should be about 3/16". Does it close and latch properly?

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