Shock Tower Welding

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fishboy
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Shock Tower Welding

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Post by fishboy » 28 Feb 2018, 10:58

Has anyone welded the inner and outer tower together? I am in the process of welding up the torched grease zerk holes and while I am at it should I weld the inner and outer together? I imagine I should install the export brace first.
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Re: Shock Tower Welding

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Post by Blitz » 28 Feb 2018, 13:16

Not sure about that, but you should definitely consider doing these weld-in plates if you haven't already. There's also a video on that page (featuring my car!) on this topic. And yes actually it sounds like a good idea to put on the export brace (even if it's temporary) to make sure everything stays in the right place while you're doing stuff.
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Re: Shock Tower Welding

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Post by fishboy » 28 Feb 2018, 13:33

Yes I was going to order these and install, it looks like someone in the past put a few weld beads on the inner and outer tower.
1967 Cougar Standard, 4sp, early production
1966 Ford Galaxie fastback, 390
2008 BMW Dinan M5, 630 hp
2002 Ford F-250 Super duty, crew cab
2001 Ford F-150, Waldoch conversion
2013 GMC Denali XL
2014 Roush F-150, 570 hp

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Post by BossElim69 » 28 Feb 2018, 13:53

On my track Cougar I weld them together and added pieces to wrap it around and down to the sub frame. plus the filler piece under the upper control arm. This is on a 67 so it doesn't have the full wrap around from the factory. Yes, have the export brace installed while your welding and go back and fourth between the two towers to keep the heat build up down.
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Re: Shock Tower Welding

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Post by fishboy » 28 Feb 2018, 14:18

I cannot tell from the angle of the photo but it looks like the inner "flange" where you would weld them together is smoothed out? the way mine is it has a formed edge where they meet.
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1966 Ford Galaxie fastback, 390
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Post by scottfzeller » 28 Feb 2018, 15:15

I did the export brace first followed by welding the plates in. Best think I ever did for my 69.
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Re: Shock Tower Welding

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Post by Steve68Cougar » 28 Feb 2018, 20:34

Here's what I did with mine:

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I could have done more as others have, but for my mild 289 I decided not to do more for now. I'll probably revisit this area if/when I swap out to an FE. I also put the "dog bone" on the outside frame rails:

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As others have recommended, I installed an export brace before I did any welding. I was lucky enough that the shock towers lined up quite well and I didn't have to do any tweaking to the shock towers.
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