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Installing Export Brace on 1966 Coupe

I have searched previous posts about this, but I want to be very sure before I go cutting and grinding stuff.

The best I can tell, when I install the new export brace, I'm supposed to cut or grind off the original mounts from the shock towers, right? What is the best way to do this leaving the least amount of damage?

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What bar are you trying to install? The one that goes from shock tower to shock tower?

I would hold off! Can you post pictures of the brackets you are thinking about cutting/grinding off? Is it the two part brace from the firewall with a portion welded on to the shock tower? If so why not just leave them in place?
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The export brace is the one that goes from the cowl to each shock tower.

I want to remove the brackets for the same reason I take off one pair of pants before putting on another pair. Just kidding!

I do think it will look better without the spare brackets hanging there. Does anyone have pictures of one with the brackets still in place?
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export brace brackets

here's a pic of mine with the brackets still in place. I wanted to remove mine too, but didn't want to mess the paint up. All in all, my new export brace covers up the original brackets. Does'nt look too bad
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There is no need to remove the original brackets. But if you want to, it's held on by several spot welds. These are recognizable by slight circular indentations in the surface of the metal. Or you could just cut off the part that's sticking out. Just don't cut into the shock tower.

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