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Offline preaction

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Shock tower reinforcements
« on: November 09, 2015, 08:36:33 PM »
Does anyone know why 67 GT cougars got the CJ style shock tower braces and mustangs didn't ?
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Re: Shock tower reinforcements
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2015, 08:43:40 PM »
Believe your asking about the shock tower reinforcements

You sure?  Looked through my pictures and I don't see that they are the same in those


Later Cougars (like 69-70) all were suppose to be equipped with the big block style reinforcements - just what the engineers and Ford wanted and a way to save money on the cheaper Mustangs


67 GT big block Cougar example (they look the same as C code non-GT examples I have pictures of)




68 CJ Shock tower reinforcements
 
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Re: Shock tower reinforcements
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2015, 09:23:50 PM »
Jeff, I am sure I don't have pics today but will soon. The only model cougar I have seen with them were  GT"s  and I have seen 2 cars built this way and both are 67. when I first saw this I thought it was a fluke the only common denominator is that both cars are( early ) as both have bag windshield washer reservoir's.
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Re: Shock tower reinforcements
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2015, 12:15:28 AM »
Jeff, I am sure I don't have pics today but will soon. The only model cougar I have seen with them were  GT"s  and I have seen 2 cars built this way and both are 67. when I first saw this I thought it was a fluke the only common denominator is that both cars are( early ) as both have bag windshield washer reservoir's.

Will be spending the day with some of the Cougar experts later this week - will ask them

Not sure how shock towers that I would not expect to be in production for another 12 months would be available to use at Dearborn.

Picture of the GT engine compartment above was from a April built car

Were these small blocks or big block cars?
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Re: Shock tower reinforcements
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2015, 10:53:57 AM »
Both cars are S code GT models.
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Re: Shock tower reinforcements
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2015, 06:02:00 PM »
Sounds like a few owners may have replaced the shock towers with the current reproductions - with the additional reinforcements that look like the CJs

Apparently you've posted this question on a handful of sites and the unanimous response from the Cougar guys was no- they didn't come that way
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Re: Shock tower reinforcements
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2015, 10:44:22 AM »
I have never seen any Cougar with wrap around reinforcements before intro of the 68.5. Interesting would like to see this. I had a S code 67 GT 4 speed car so will look for the pics. We do know that R code 68 Cougars did not require the GT package nor the Mandatory extra cost option PDB like the Mustang brother. Some are 4 wheel drum non GT.

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Re: Shock tower reinforcements
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2015, 11:42:59 AM »
I believe that the only wrong question is the one that's not asked, but in the light of current information Im  learning to take more of these things with a grain of salt.
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Re: Shock tower reinforcements
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2017, 04:32:20 AM »
I realize this is an old topic but this needs to be said in case someone googles it years from now.

Even the '68 big block cars did not have the shock tower reinforcements until late March of '68. When the change happened, all big block cars started to get the reinforcements, including X codes and S codes and the rare late W code cars, along with the R codes. Again, didn't happen in '67 at all.


I believe that the only wrong question is the one that's not asked, but in the light of current information Im  learning to take more of these things with a grain of salt.