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1 piece unit, much sturdier than the stock bracing. Sometimes very easy to install other times not. Best suggestion is to place car on jackstands to let the front sag, then install. Also may need to force shock towers out.

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1966 White Pony Int.(289)A Code
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They had to brace the engine compartment because we all know how crazy those European drivers are!...*G*

Probably not far from the truth...

From my experiences in Europe, driving on those old cobblestone streets a pothole filled rural roads are murder on suspensions and chassis (and this was in the last 10 years)....

Mostly though, I believe the brace was installed to stiffen the front supports for the suspension and steering to help with cornering...

Pretty easy to install...sometimes you have to support the car on the frame rails and take the old braces out and let the shock towers settle a bit (get wider) before mounting the brace...

Actual install shouldn't take more than an hour....

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On my 66's none needed.

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None needed on my 64.5 D-coder either...

If you want the stock look, go black....if you've got lots of shiny stuff on the engine, go chrome...

IMO...*G*

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The hardest part about installing the export brace in mine was scraping out the old firewall to cowl seem sealer that had been applied more liberally than mascara on Tammy-Fae.

I did it while the car was on stands and would advise doing the same. It's scary how much the door/fender gap increases at the top when you do so! When puting the export brace in, I gooped a bunch of seam sealer between the metal to prevent any water from getting trapped in there. It's not really a trouble area but worth doing I think.

I'm a fan of black as well.

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We use the export brace and the Monte Carlo bar.
Really helps hold things together.

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Unless you car has ever had the front end "rearranged". My was when the car was just a year old. Consequently, I had to fabricate a tool to force the shock towers apart more than gravity was willing to help out with. Once I had spread the towers, the brace fell right into place. After that, getting the back holes to lign up required using a psuedo crow bar (big ass screwdriver). Lots of fun!

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I might add that on my export T-5 there is an L shaped brace welded to the cowl and the export brace is then bolted to this brace. This provide additional support. The export brace was required in order for Ford to export the car to Germany. Shelby's also incorperated the export brace as well.

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