Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
2/10/21 1:47 p.m.
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Building a Mustang race car takes parts and Curt Vogt, owner of Cobra Automotive, promised us that he knew what we needed. And, somewhere in one of his six warehouses filled with Mustang parts, he had the new and used stuff that we needed for our ’65 Mustang.

In Curt’s world, wealthy g…

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Tom1200
Tom1200 SuperDork
2/10/21 3:20 p.m.

Do you have a dollar total for the project thus far?

350z247
350z247 New Reader
2/10/21 8:36 p.m.

In reply to Tom1200 :

I've always found adding up the totals a bit depressing ha

Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/10/21 8:49 p.m.

I'm curious what an escort brace and monte carlo bar are...

Flynlow (FS)
Flynlow (FS) HalfDork
2/10/21 9:18 p.m.
Robbie (Forum Supporter) said:

I'm curious what an escort brace and monte carlo bar are...

rcutclif

Surrounding the aircleaner (I think they meant "export brace"):

stukndapast
stukndapast Reader
2/10/21 9:23 p.m.

In reply to Robbie (Forum Supporter) :

Actually the proper term is "export brace" and it is a replacement for the factory struts that run from the cowl to the shock towers.  The OEM stuff is two separate flimsy stampings that bolt to the cowl flange and to a welded-on tab at the shock tower.  The export brace is a single piece heavyweight stamping that attaches to the same points on the cowl but extend to the top of the shock tower, under the top shock mount.  Much stiffer than stock and usually one of the first things that early Mustang people do to improve the front end stiffness.  The Monte-carlo bar is a strut rod that runs across the engine bay from shock tower to shock tower.  The two pieces work together to form a triangular stiffener for the front end of an otherwise very flexible structure.

Tom1200
Tom1200 SuperDork
2/10/21 10:38 p.m.

In reply to 350z247 :

I calculate every penny. When non racers ask about what it costs I want to be able to give them an accurate number.

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
2/11/21 9:28 a.m.

In reply to Tom1200 :

I haven't totalled everything so far, but I think we will be able to build this car for about $40,000. While not cheap, it will be worth half again as much, or more, if we don;t damage it.  While we are not building it to sell, so many race car projects costs can never be recouped, so this is a bit of good news.

 

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
2/11/21 9:32 a.m.

In reply to Robbie (Forum Supporter) :

The export brace (named for the fact they used it on Mustangs for export, is the brace that connects the firewall to teh shock towers. A Monte Carlo bar (probably naked because they used them on Falcons that ran that event, goes between the two shock towers. All early Shelbys had these two pieces and regular Mustangs had braces that were not connected in the middle at the firewall and no Montecarlo bar.

 

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
2/12/21 10:34 p.m.

Better not let the Wholesome Poonah find you using naked Monte Carlo bars. 

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