I have been asked about the roll bar ( “Style bar”) on my 1969 Convertible.
I had been reluctant to post as the previous format wouldn’t allow me to post photos, but this new system its a breeze.
When i first looked for my car i had a few things in my mind i wanted for it.
1/ had to be a 69 Convertible.
2/ wanted it blue,
3/ will get Magnum 500 wheels.
4/ fit a Shelby “style bar”
i soon achieved the first 3 but i was in doubt about the last wish list.
The only place to sell them was Tony Debranda Shelby parts.
I contacted them, but they couldn’t tell me for sure a Shelby/Mustang Style bar will fit a Cougar.
He said it probably will but don’t know for sure.
After a bit sole searching, i added up what i did know.
The back seats fit in both,
The 1/4 Trim panels fit,
Both cars under the exterior panels were essentially the same,
The back end was the same albeit a few inches longer.
The window regulators are the same.
SO, i grit-my teeth, and paid up and wieght for it to arrive.
The kit was about $1250usd plus shipping and taxes etc, ended up owing over $2000nzd.
In the kit you supposedly get every thing you need, but!
In the instructions it says to cut the top 4” off my 1/4 trm panels, but mine were to good to cut up.
After a bit of trolling on their online catalogue, i found they had the panels already made, so no need to cut up any thing !
When i unpacked the kit, i concluded i will need to paint the black panels the same colour as the existing upholstery.
Thinking about that, i thought that if it got scratched i would be an ugly black mark.
Made the decision to have it covered, and the trimmer i chose had exactly the same material
so all was looking good.
In fact i gave him the whole job to do…!
In the kit you will see some 90d steal tabs to locate the bar, but i felt they were a bit light weight .
So he fabricated some thing more substantial.
To make a long story shorter, after a bit push and pull, it came together well.