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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old May 12th, 04, 04:55 AM Thread Starter
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This is posted in "convertibles" too, but JohnZ suggested I put it both places.

Okay guys, I have a question/problem I am hoping someone can help with.

I just bought a 69 convertible that is a rolling shell with all new GM sheet metal hung, and the majority of the rest of the car came in boxes and pieces. To think I sold a 68 convertible driver to buy and restore this thing; why are we all so sick?

Anyway, the 69 is missing the passenger side bolt-on brace that runs between the reinforcement behind the door opening and the reinforcement on the inner wheel house that also mounts the rear of the convertible top assembly. This piece is not available repro, so if I want it, I'm going to have to hunt.

So, my questions are:
1) Does anyone know exactly what this brace is called, and what function it serves? In other words, if it's not on the car, what happens? Having owned and restored the 68, I am familiar with all the bracing on the 'verts, but I'm just not sure how key this peice is.

2) If it is important, would it still be important on a car with weld-in subframe connectors? The 68 had the frames tied, and I'm good friends with the new owner, so if it isn't important after the frames have been tied, I might be able to buy that brace back from the 68.

3) Anyone know where I can hunt for one? I've checked D&R, Rick's, and two local guys that have used stuff, and no one has it. I'll be at the GM Carlisle show in a few weeks to hunt there, but if anyone knows of a Camaro/Firebird Junkmaster General, I'd love to hear about it.

Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 05, 09:19 AM
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Re: Convertible Bracing

Call Camaro Specialties if you have not found what you need yet. They have been doing First Gen Camaros for twenty+ years now and have many used parts. 716-652-7086
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 05, 09:49 AM
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Re: Convertible Bracing

Very important part ..... ricks has them listed used
part numbers cv -46 for left
cv-45 for right
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 05, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Convertible Bracing

Holy cow, talk about a post coming back from the dead...

I got this resolved soon after the post with a dog bone from RickD's donor car, so I am in good shape.

Thanks anyway!

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68 'vert driver RS clone -- gone!
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 05, 10:54 AM
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Re: Convertible Bracing

jeez... this was from over a years ago.... must be that related posts thing again.

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