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Attached is a pic of the spreader tool I fab'd up to spread the shock towers on my 66' to install the export brace and M/C bar. Worked so well I can hardly believe it!

http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1571656&a=12306790&p=44952858&Sequence=0.jpg

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66' Vintage Burgundy C-code coupe
http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1571656&a=11943851&p=42935059&Sequence=2.jpg<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by ShanMan on 03/27/01 01:29 PM (server time).</FONT></P>
 

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That looks great! But once you become a millionaire from the sales, don't forget your little buddies here on the forum *LOL*.

If you always do what you've always done,
You'll always get what you've always got

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Thats really awesome....i think i found a new little side project. Thanks man.
 
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I can figure out the all-thread and turnbuckle easy enough, but where did you pirate those "feet" from? I assume they are able to rotate freely from the all-thread. Please let me know your list of parts, I'm soon to be installing a MC bar on a '68 Coupe daily driver that will probably need some convincing. Thanks!

Red '67 Coupe / 289 bored-stroked to 306 / toploader 4spd / 8" Currie Ent. 3.80:1 rear / lowered front A arms / 620 lb springs / etc..
Used for drive-in nights and open track days!
 

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A few comments about how this works: I had the luxury of having the intake/carb and the valve covers off the motor when I used the tool. I would think that taking the valve covers off would be mandatory in order for the feet to get the proper "footprint" on the shock towers (in order to prevent potential damage).

As far as parts go, it was all ordered from McMaster-Carr. The feet are standard swiveling leveling feet. The all-thread is 1"-8, and the turnbuckle is standard issue. I welded in the left end of the all-thread to the turnbuckle after grinding down a portion of the threads on the all-thread because the turbuckle is left-hand threads on that side. I then bought a threaded coupler (really wide nut) and welded it to the other piece of all-thread to serve as the jacking bolt. The hex size is 1-1/4", so i used two 10" Crecent wrenches. One to hold the turbuckle, and one to turn the screw. It took about six full rotations, and the export brace literally fell onto the shock tower bolts. I intend to revise the feet to better match the contour of the shock towers.

I probably should market this damn thing, because I think I could sell a few, but right now my priority is to get my car squared away, and help anyone out who can use it.

That's it. Good luck!

Shannon

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66' Vintage Burgundy C-code coupe
http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1571656&a=11943851&p=42935059&Sequence=2.jpg
 
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"And how much would you pay for this ingenious tool? 79.95 .... 59.95.....if you act now you'll receive your own shock tower spreader thingy for only 2 easy payments of 19.95!...."

You'll make millions!


1967 Fastback, 289, C-code, AT, PS,
dark moss green, parchment interior,
GT rear valance and tips
 

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Anyone got Ron Popiel's (Po-Peel?) phone number????

Shannon a.k.a. The ShanMan! /forums/images/icons/cool.gif
66' Vintage Burgundy C-code coupe
http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1571656&a=12306481&p=42935059&Sequence=2.jpg
 

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One other thing you could try if your like me is the 'sweating, heaving, hammering, jacking, swearing tool'. It worked for me!!

Shanman, you could replace BA in the A-Team with your welding abilities!!

Thanks

Shaun
 

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Good job on the spreader. It looks well made. I'm sure seeing your design will help fellow VMFer's in the future. I know it will help me.
Thanks,
Bob
 

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Wish I could take the credit, but I had one of my welders do it for me. those guys could weld wax to windows!

Shannon a.k.a. The ShanMan! /forums/images/icons/cool.gif
66' Vintage Burgundy C-code coupe
http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1571656&a=12306481&p=42935059&Sequence=2.jpg
 
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I pity the fool who don't buy my spreader!!! hehehe

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How about posting a website and/or phone number for McMaster-Carr? And while you're
at it :) if you still have the part numbers you ordered from them, you would be helping
those of us who want to follow in your footsteps.

First law of engineering: never re-invent what you can steal outright!


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Thats a good one, My Grandfather was machinest way back in the war and worked on mustangs too but they had wings, Anyway his buddy was the best welder in the Royal Navy and They say he was so good he could weld Wood!!!!

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