OPGI was not particularly helpful. They could just tell me that the kit contained front, rear, and middle braces. I'd have thought the middle brace was the one I needed:
(random picture from the interwebs, don't know source)
I think the unknown "middle" brace is for a Chevelle (see this Chevelles.com thread with a pic). Regardless - the set got returned. It does not appear that the middle brace I need is being reproduced, nor the equivalent for the longer-roofed vehicles.
|So the logical next step is to make my own. It ain't got to be pretty. Cut a sheet of 22ga (I'd have preferred 16 or 18ga but didn't have it big enough). That strip is 3" wide by 27" long.|
|Cleaned up the edge a little with a file.|
Used the flanging tool to put a nice bend on the edges to add some strength.
Test-fit. Cleco at the back, front wraps around a flange. |
This needed to have more of a bow to it.
|Used the bow I had in each of the holes to identify the range that was
valid for each of these clips. |
|And then the welding starts.|
|Weld, weld, weld. Skip around so nothing overheats.|
|Grind the welds.|
Also I cut a small bit of metal to match the back edge of the roof to the B-pillar and welded it in. This looks a lot better.
|Started grinding the welds in the rear window area. Ran out of daylight, more to come.|
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