Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
May 1, 2009
The look of a Monte Carlo bar means business and easily complements this '68's engine compartment, which already wears a chrome export brace. You can have the same adjustable bar for around a hundred dollars, or try one of Drake's fixed bars, which costs $20-$50, depending upon finish.

Sometimes it's hard to improve on an original design-whether it's a TV show or movie remake, or even a wheel design. Sometimes the original simply does its job and does it well. The original Monte Carlo bar that Shelby installed in its Mustangs was designed to reinforce the shock towers during hard cornering and braking, effectively tying the towers together for strength and to prevent shock tower stress cracking. The Monte Carlo bar was a simple design that was easy for the Shelby assembly line to install, and it just plain worked. But this is one of those instances where modern materials, design, and assembly techniques actually improve the product.

Scott Drake is a name known by all in the Mustang hobby. From classics to the latest Shelby Mustangs, Drake has parts for the Mustang you own or are restoring. Scott Drake's line of Monte Carlo bars is vast. From standard powdercoat black and satin silver models to chrome and now stainless steel, there's a finish that'll complement your underhood landscape. The Drake bars are made from 1-inch OD tubing that features a 0.075-inch-thick wall design, 25 percent thicker than most on the market. The Monte Carlo bars are available straight or curved (mainly to clear the long oval air cleaners Shelby used in some applications) and now there's an adjustable version with fully bushed Heim joint ends that you can use to preload the inner fenders, which, believe it or not, can even affect your alignment. The adjustable ones are easier to install if your inner fenders aren't the exact dimensions they should be for the fixed bars, and they can be easily removed with just two bolts for major engine servicing. Watch as we make quick work of this install on a '68 hardtop using Drake's new stainless steel curved adjustable Monte Carlo bar.

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