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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-06-2017, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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New rear frame brace bar

Took about 30 mins to make this new bar. I found a old rusty one at a local pick and pull for $5 off a 92 Roadmaster to copy the measurements.
I made mine just a tad heavier.
These things are super easy to make. All I used was a press and a drill press machine with a special bit.
Does any company make these yet?
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-06-2017, 07:47 PM
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Actually welding a cross bar in between the frame rails is much studier than most any bolt on setup.

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Did the same with some 1" EMT but didn't slot the holes so less chance of moving/slipping. Probably 20 years ago.
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There are several companies that make them. Here's one. ChevGMCBraces Another company makes them and powder coats them red or black. But I think what Fuzzcar said would be better. Look at this post and what scot says here. https://www.impalassforum.com/vBullet...brace-bar.html

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Does any company make these yet?
Yes, as linked in the above post, MMS Stainless has them for $55 and polished stainless so they won't rust.

They also sell other items for our cars like other body braces and assorted engine bay dress up items and hardware. Bought from them many times and very good products and pricing.

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Stainless will rust if it is in contact with a piece of non-stainless. The non-stainless contaminates the stainless at the point of contact, and it does rust there.

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post #7 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-07-2017, 10:27 AM
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If only they would fit the wagons! Im just going to put a trailer hitch on mine, does the same thing. Up front I can use the Fcar touring brace...Speaking of wagon rear ends. Does anyone know if any of the 77-96 Chevy Bbody wagons had rear disc brakes? Or were they all drum?
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As far as I know no disc brakes on wagon rears from GM. But Navy Lifer (Bill Harper) has a kit available to convert wagon drums to disc. I have one, not yet installed.
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As far as I know no disc brakes on wagon rears from GM. But Navy Lifer (Bill Harper) has a kit available to convert wagon drums to disc. I have one, not yet installed.
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Ive seen that. Im wondering if a pick up truck rear end with the mounting hardware relocated would work too though. Then Im still staying GM OE parts...
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Wasn't this "brace" which was on roadmaster sedans more for reducing "harmonics" vs being a "frame brace"?

I would assume beyond buying one you could easily make one and make it out of something "stronger" if the goal is to make a rear brace more similar to the Pro Touring front bar brace, or other home made versions of it.

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