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My '67 (as I'm sure most others out there do also) has holes blown in the shock towers to access the UCA grease fittings. Do most people just live with these for a non-concourse restor? I'm considering just rounding the torch-holes with my dremel and putting rubber body plugs in for a "factory" look.

Thanks for the input.
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Hey that's not a bad idea! BTW, I have them too and I don't plan on fixing them soon since mine are really small. However, I do want it fixed sometime. Maybe when I get a new crate engine!

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If you're not looking for a show car, then I'd say don't wory about them. Wouldn't it be easier to drill the hole out vs. grinding it though? On my '66, only one tower had been drilled, and it had already been welded up by the P.O. (although rather sloppily). Basically, it's just a matter of choice. If you've got things apart one day, and have access to a welder, I'd say to fill them in, but otherwise, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.


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I know what you mean . I saw one car with holes big enough to put your fist through. I really dont know what the guy with the torch was thinking.
 

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I had mine fixed. I have a buddy who is an artist of a welder who did them. Another friend bought a Turbo Coupe parts car and had him weld the roof and sun roof from it to his Super Coupe. It was a beautiful job. He really knows heat and the glow of the metal. It makes him sort of like the "Blacksmith of Old" in his craftsmanship.

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Had the same idea about body plugs - which I think is a good idea.(too bad Ford didnt do it)But while the fenders were off I did weld them in
 

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A PO on the convert torched holes in the towers you could put a fist through for header clearance.

Choices are new towers or patch the holes somehow. Neither choice will be easy.

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In one of the mustang mags a few months back they covered repairing these common PO improvements. They welded a large washer of the same basic dimesions as the hole into the shock tower, using a screw through the center hole to hold it while welding the edges. Once the edges were done, they welded the center hole shut. Ground the welds, a little bondo and paint and you could not see the repair. Dickson

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