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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old May 24th, 20, 3:16 PM Thread Starter
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66 & 67 rear frame reinforcement braces

Are they the same for both years? Are convertible and d 2 dr cp the same?

How do reproductions fit? Do you have to remove mufflers to install them?


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Re: 66 & 67 rear frame reinforcement braces

Not sure about 66 vs 67, but coupe/convertible and El Camino are the 'same". My '66 was built in late April (04D), and I knew a guy that bought and parted out an 04C car (both Fremont cars), and while the braces looked basically the same, there were a few minor differences. Nothing functional, but some extra holes were round in one and oval on the other... I don't recall looking that closely at some other braces I had...


As for the R&R with mufflers, I couldn't say what works with factory mufflers… But I have never had a problem. They just need to fit over the end of the control arm bolts, so not like they need a lot of clearance...

I know the aftermarket tubular braces can require quite a bit more room to install...

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Re: 66 & 67 rear frame reinforcement braces

I looked over and examined my 66SS with original braces and Gardner exhaust system. My Malibu vert is the same except the exhaust system has been replaced by a cut an weld job. The mounting hangers are different and the mufflers sit a bit higher. I think the braces will fit; but might be tight. Fortunately I have a spare set of original hangers from my 66SS that should be usable and drop the current mufflers a bit to give me more room. Thanks


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I think there is plenty of clearance unless the mufflers are too high and too far to the outside. The stock hangers seem to do a good job of locating the mufflers. Here are a couple of photos of my 66 El Camino.
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Re: 66 & 67 rear frame reinforcement braces

FYI, for anyone looking to add a set to their ride, do not buy the ones that Midway Musclecar sells. They are manufactured incorrectly & are unable to be bolted up. The angles of the ends are stamped wrong & won't slide into place. When I contacted them to address the issue, they told me to kick rocks.
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I think there is plenty of clearance unless the mufflers are too high and too far to the outside. The stock hangers seem to do a good job of locating the mufflers. Here are a couple of photos of my 66 El Camino.
Thanks for the Photo's Bruce. Now all I have to do is find my old hangers.


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Thanks for the Photo's Bruce. Now all I have to do is find my old hangers.
the ones sold at auto parts store made by walker are almost a dead match for original ones. and as they should be as walker supplied them in the first place

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