Jim Smart
June 24, 2011

By the very nature of their unitized construction, classic Mustang bodies are pretty solid as grocery getters and weekend cruisers. However, when we put them to the test with hard driving, vintage Mustangs struggle with design weaknesses. The shock towers need all the structural support they can get, which is why Ford installed export braces on Mustangs headed for rough roads outside the United States. Carroll Shelby understood the benefits of export braces and installed them on his GT350s and GT500s as an important factory mod.

While a factory export brace serves to firm up Mustang front ends, it doesn't always fit today's vintage Mustangs, especially those that have been wrecked. That's one reason companies like Total Control Products started making fully adjustable 6061-T6 aluminum export braces for classic Mustangs and other Fords.

TCP offers a couple of options depending upon budget. The Tower Export Brace, an adjustable brace that ties shock towers and firewall, is quite affordable at $198 suggested retail plus shipping. Take it a step further with the Monte Carlo Bar for $149. You can tie it all together with the Truss Brace kit for $139. On Project Reclaim from Mustangs Plus and The Restomod Shop, we're installing all of these components as the Assembled System for $459. With the Assembled System, you get the complete package for unequalled front-end strength.

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