DIY trick fender braces

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  1. Matt T

    Matt T Veteran Member

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    They can't provide the same stiffness as factory with those joints. However, I never understood why camaros all got these and firebirds didn't. How important can they be? Was there something different in the firebirds that made them unnecessary?
     
  2. BondoSpecial

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    Firebirds had fender braces, at least my 1980 bird sure did.
     
  3. John Wright

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    Adjustability helps someone make lots of them to sell and assure that they will fit another car that is 40 years old and may or maynot have been tweaked a little....BTW, those cars weren't exactly alike when they rolled off the assembly line...:bowtie:
     
  4. Scatter

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    Great Idea!! Love it!
     
  5. tferg51

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    Just my luck! I had been thinking about replacing mine but couldn't think of any ideas and broke down and bought some billet pieces. I hate to buy something when I can make something. Anybody can buy something. I think it looks simple and clean. I am going to build me a set. Hot rodding at it's best. I think I will taper both ends back about an inch on the lathe on mine. Thanks for the idea.
     
  6. Matt T

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    I've never seen them on an early 70's bird, even high dollar restorations so I assumed they never had them. Maybe they added them later or maybe they all lost them along the way? I didn't start paying attention to cars until about the mid-80's. That's plenty of time for pieces to get lost.
     
  7. BondoSpecial

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    I have no idea, my interest in Firebirds starts in 1976, I have no idea what the early cars had on them. My 1980 was an original 3.8 v6 car and it had its fender braces. What previous years, if any, had them before 1980 I can't tell ya.
     
  8. John Wright

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    Found this when reading another site....makes sense.
     
  9. BondoSpecial

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    Edit. Brain fart.
     
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  10. John Wright

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    Just thought about something...I think they help in a front end collision as well...every camaro that I've seen hit in the front buckled the fenders right there at those braces....I expect it serves some purpose like that, to effect how the front end crumples up in a crash(energy absorbtion)...like the indentions in the support rails (underside of the hood)just ahead of the hood hinges..helps that long hood buckle up instead of decapitating the occupants. Anothe rreason to make sure your hood hinges are well lubed so you don't bend your hood when trying to close it.
     

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