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  • Race Cage Question

    I'm thinking of upgrading my roll bar to a full cage this winter. Between not wanting to twist up the car with the wheelie's and my new engine finally coming together, I think it's time. How are you guys running your bars to the front? Any pics?
    1965 Poppy Red Three Peddle - Built Not Bought!
    347 Stock Block Pump Gas Street /Strip 1.45 60' 10.49 @ 125.35

    2005 Torch Red Topless Three Peddle - 12 valve Monster
    244 Stock Block Pump Gas Street /Street Much Slower

    Current CI Count - 95

  • #2
    Do you mean out thru the firewall into the front frame rails or just the front down tubes by the dash?
    Mine goes out thru the firewall, but we did it a little differently than most other people do. My car had been "cut up" a little in the front, so we had a little more room to play with up by the radiator area.
    Mine is a little different than most, but here's what we did.
    We were going to go thru the firewall from the front down tubes and tie a bar in to the back of the shock tower, then off the front of the shock tower run another bar to the front (and down) to tie it back into the frame rail. But since all the factory sheet metal in front of the shock towers had been removed on my car, including the factory radiator support, we went with a single solid bar on the outside of the shock towers and welded a side of it to the big thick piece that bolts there and contains the spring, and then made a big heavy piece to go across the front to tie it all together. We figured as long as the shock towers had some bracing (the bar welded to the outside support plus the monte carlo bar), the big solid bar up front would prevent any twisting with any power levels I would be able to throw at it.
    Rob Hetzler
    M&M member since Oct 2000, #773
    Roxboro Dragway 2011 Top ET champion

    My Photo Page

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    • #3
      Yes Rob, I was wondering about going thru the firewall. Thanks for the explanation. Did you go under the dash or thru the dash?
      1965 Poppy Red Three Peddle - Built Not Bought!
      347 Stock Block Pump Gas Street /Strip 1.45 60' 10.49 @ 125.35

      2005 Torch Red Topless Three Peddle - 12 valve Monster
      244 Stock Block Pump Gas Street /Street Much Slower

      Current CI Count - 95

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      • #4
        I have an aluminum dash so it's not as big as a factory unit. We actually notched the bottom of it and went thru there.
        Rob Hetzler
        M&M member since Oct 2000, #773
        Roxboro Dragway 2011 Top ET champion

        My Photo Page

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        • #5
          On my 68 I went through where the vents for factory A/C would have been. Then just took a hole saw to the firewall and tied the bar into the shock tower.
          Rick Stevens
          Billet Fluid Line Clamps: www.lsbilletworks.com

          - FFR Mark III Cobra Replica (aka Rayne)
          - 68 Mustang Coupe - drag car under construction
          - 2012 F250 Powerstroke

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lonewolf View Post
            On my 68 I went through where the vents for factory A/C would have been. Then just took a hole saw to the firewall and tied the bar into the shock tower.
            That's where I plan on going thru with my '05. I wish the '65 had holes there.
            1965 Poppy Red Three Peddle - Built Not Bought!
            347 Stock Block Pump Gas Street /Strip 1.45 60' 10.49 @ 125.35

            2005 Torch Red Topless Three Peddle - 12 valve Monster
            244 Stock Block Pump Gas Street /Street Much Slower

            Current CI Count - 95

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            • #7
              I have seen where guys follow the A pillar down the windshield, cut a hole in the dash and then tie in the front bars under the dash. I thought I had pictures of one that Rusty did like that but can't seem to find them.
              Rick Stevens
              Billet Fluid Line Clamps: www.lsbilletworks.com

              - FFR Mark III Cobra Replica (aka Rayne)
              - 68 Mustang Coupe - drag car under construction
              - 2012 F250 Powerstroke

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              • #8
                Did he post them on here? If so I'll try to do some digging.
                1965 Poppy Red Three Peddle - Built Not Bought!
                347 Stock Block Pump Gas Street /Strip 1.45 60' 10.49 @ 125.35

                2005 Torch Red Topless Three Peddle - 12 valve Monster
                244 Stock Block Pump Gas Street /Street Much Slower

                Current CI Count - 95

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                • #9
                  If my car had a stock dash, I'm pretty sure the dash bar would be behind it, or at the minimum under it.
                  Just for kicks I'll get the car uncovered this weekend and take a couple of pics.
                  Rob Hetzler
                  M&M member since Oct 2000, #773
                  Roxboro Dragway 2011 Top ET champion

                  My Photo Page

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                  • #10
                    Cool, that'd be great Rob. Thanks!
                    1965 Poppy Red Three Peddle - Built Not Bought!
                    347 Stock Block Pump Gas Street /Strip 1.45 60' 10.49 @ 125.35

                    2005 Torch Red Topless Three Peddle - 12 valve Monster
                    244 Stock Block Pump Gas Street /Street Much Slower

                    Current CI Count - 95

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