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I use the term front frame connectors for lack of knowledge of what the part is called. I removed my rack and pinion today and in order for it to drop down and out of the car, there were two tubular shaped braces running from the front under the radiator to about the mid point of the car. This piece is "v" or "u" shaped and has two bolts holding it on and is tied to two more braces running to the back on each side of the car.

My problem is when I unbolted it, someone had tried to connect one leg back together since it had broken. When I removed it one leg broke into. This is on an 87 GT convertible and I need to know where to find one that is in good. So anyone out there knows what this is called, let me know so I try to find one by asking for the right piece.

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Sounds like you are talking about a sway bar. I'm not sure what piece you broke but it might just be a broken sway bar link.
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Sounds like some chasis stiffening braces that was part of a kit offered by Ford. My 1988 convertible has it as well and they run from the front sub frame connectors up to the radiator and they are x or us shaped an d are bolted on.
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AudioBob,

I think you have the correct answer to what this part is. The question now is where to find a replacement? I doubt if the aftermarket sells these and if so do, I need to look in the salvage yards. If I go to the salvage yards do all 1987's have this same part or is model specific.

Maybe some one in the forum may know where to look or have the part.

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I found the part number on the kit it is Ford Motorsport/FRPP M-5024-A Stiffening Kit. It had the two bars and reinforcement plates. It may have been standard at some point on fox body convertibles. I don't really know how much difference that it makes, if much. Do you have sub frame connectors installed? If not, that is what I would recommend as I have not seen a kit like the one Ford offered. I would also get a strut tower brace as well if you don't have one as I noticed a big improvement in eliminating any cowl shake. There is more you can do like a tubular K-member, rear shock tower brace and more, but I would start with sub frame connectors and a strut tower brace and see how that does for you.
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