Old 08-20-2020, 07:44 PM
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Default Fender Braces

Hi All,
Has anyone put non original fender braces onto their car?
I don't like the original braces on my '73 so wondered if anyone had done something different.

Any thoughts?

Old 08-20-2020, 07:50 PM
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I've seen all types of custom braces. Some people make them look stock, but made with aluminum. I've also seen them made with tubing and heim joints.

Basically whatever you can think of, it'll work.

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Old 08-20-2020, 08:05 PM
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Aluminum. Blocker's Performance did those for a bit. Not any more. Larry N. here made them as well.

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Old 08-20-2020, 11:45 PM
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You are not required to have any.
70-72 didn't have them.

Could require use of a 70-72 style overflow assy.

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Old 08-23-2020, 01:44 AM
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I have completely changed my overflow bottle anyway so no problem there. I just want something that isn't as bulky and looks more streamlined but is still practical.

Old 08-23-2020, 10:33 AM
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I have mixed emotions on those braces... Good for support but in a front end collision they transfer the energy farther back creating more damage farther back.

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Old 08-28-2020, 08:02 AM
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Custom works has them for 77-81. Not sure if they could work for a 73: http://www.customworksperformance.ne...ut-panels.html

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Old 09-01-2020, 02:27 PM
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I've got plenty of the aluminum barstock braces.
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Old 09-01-2020, 03:18 PM
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I agree that the 73-76(?) braces look bulky, but as I recall that was done to pass increased crash standards;
The braces did get smaller for '77 (maybe earlier, I'm not an expert on this), so you could always use a '77 style brace, and overflow tank.

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