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Well, after waiting for my Monte Carlo bar from RestoremustangSomedayNotToday.com for 2 1/2 MONTHS, I cancelled the order. I think I was patient enough with them. So now I'm going to order it from NPD which is what I should have done in the first place (Maybe Scott will give me a discount for saying that?).

I am going to get a stainless one. I'd rather get the straight one if it will fit. See below for a pic of my engine. Will the straight one fit? That's a 14" aircleaner on a highrise intake, and the big FMS distributor cap on a stock distributor.

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If not, I'll get the curved one.

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The straight one will fit. however, I foind that the curved one gives a little more clearance right around the ditributor. I know that is not why the curve is there (it is to clear the COBRA air cleaner). But that is why I got the curved one. Stainless will look real nice in there.



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Hell, a bent, twisted, dirty, rusted, chartruse one would look good with that engine under it!

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I have that exact setup on my car, and the straight bar does work. As autoxsteve says, it interferes with the distributor a little, but with the stock unit I can get the cap off easily. A straight bar is stronger than the curved bar, which is why I used one. Now whether or not the strength difference is noticeable is another story...

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Go for the curved one for two reasons: 1) After waiting this long, can you imagine the disappointment if it didn't fit right? 2) It looks cooler!

Side note: Jim is right about the straight one being stronger. However, if you get the SST version, you should be in good shape. Reason being that 304SST work hardens when formed, which produced a stronger, more rigid part than regular steel.

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Excellent points. So, I called NPD and the curved one is out of stock and discontinued (in stainless). So I ordered the straight one. Thanks everyone for your responses. It warmed up today, so tonight all be "hard at it" again. Last night I bent myself a stainless vacuum advance line. Today I stopped at the local sheet metal shop and bought a 1" X 36" of thin stainless to fab heater hose brackets with. Now there's the sign of of a guy with too much time on his hands. /forums/images/icons/wink.gif

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The curved bar will not really do much of anything for you except look the part. The straight bar has a stiffnes that is off the scale compared to the curved.

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If I did not have the holes already drilled for the monte carlo bar I would have gone the TCP route. I've got the curved because it's the only one that would clear my MSD Billet Distributor. I actually went with the black bar because it hides the wires I have zip tied to it better /forums/images/icons/wink.gif

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