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Old 12-07-2016, 08:52 AM
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1966 Ranchero Question

Did 1966 Ranchero's have an original firewall to shock tower brace?
I have seen them on '65's. Is it important to have one on a 66? Why not ?
Will an original 65 brace fit a 66, if it's a good idea to have one. I don't like the after market braces i have seen.
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Wow !! 119 views and no comments ? Was it that dumb of a question.
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Not dumb at all. No one knows.

I would guess it did. You should be able to see up on the firewall where it bolted to the firewall. The one piece and two piece braces bolt up the same I think.

Why is it important? Because it's part of a triangulation design that gives the whole front end enough strength to stay fairly close to it's designed shape.

Fairly.

These things--Ranchero, Mustang, Falcon etc, are pretty flexible and prone to getting whacked out of shape. "Weak" would be another way of putting it.
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No shock tower braces in 66

Though I wasn't really clear myself (even though I happen to be president of a FCA chapter) I did a little research and there were no shock tower braces in '66 Falcons - the foundation of the Ranchero for that year. Or, at least, I can not find a single image of one with shock-tower braces.

Though it was still a uni-body car, Ford must'a not thought it was needed, whereas the year before it was needed. The engine bay radically changed in that one year though - allowing for much larger motors than you could shoe-horn into the bay in '65.

Could it benefit from one is perhaps the question. That I can't say for sure, but I think the more torque your motor can make, the stiffer you want things t be.

Hope this helps.
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