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Old 03-05-2018, 06:40 PM
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Default Center dash support bars

I have bought an early ERA 294. My question is / my car never had the dash support bars fitted (I know they are cosmetic only) , can someone with an ERA early or late car measure the top and bottom spread of the bars ?i would like to buy or fabricate them if possible. Have talked and emailed Bob but not heard back from him yet. He was not sure if the old bar set are the same as the ones after chassis 731. Any help appreciated.
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Old 03-05-2018, 07:36 PM
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Mine are 5 3/8 center to center at the top and 7 7/8 where they go through the tunnel. They simply extend through the tunnel about an inch and a half or so. There is a bracket welded to the top of each bar with a single screw into the bottom flange of the dash. My car is #795.

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Old 03-05-2018, 07:43 PM
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Thank you , the earlier cars may have a wider spread on the bottom per the build manual , but there is no top spread listed. Iím hopping to be able to buy one from ERA.
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Old 03-06-2018, 03:23 PM
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Mine measure 5.25" top and 8.50" bottom - center to center. My car is #347
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Old 03-08-2018, 10:48 AM
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#520 measures 5.25 top & 8 3/8 ( 8 1/2 )- center to center at the penetration of dash and tunnel. Same as #347.
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Old 03-08-2018, 11:25 AM
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I'm not 100% sure on this but I think at some point ERA raised the height of the transmission tunnel for more transmission clearance - which would account for why Kevins2 are a bit closer together where they penetrate the tunnel top on his newer model.
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Old 03-08-2018, 08:59 PM
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Thanks everyone - I forgot to ask what the bar diameter is ! I also assume the bar angle follows the approximate angle of the dash face. I’m going to try to match the early cars size.
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Old 03-09-2018, 05:47 AM
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The bar diameter is 3/4 inch. The angle when viewed from the direction along the dash is vertical. The dash support tubes are not parallel to the dash.
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Old 03-09-2018, 05:52 AM
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Mine measure about .85" but I wrapped them in vinyl for a street car - so looks like 3/4 inch outside diameter. Yes, in fore-aft direction they follow the angle of the dash panel. In side to side direction they should be pretty close to the side slope of the transmission cover sides.
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Old 03-09-2018, 06:44 AM
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Ok, the angle of the dash tubes is not quite vertical, it is 3 degrees from vertical. The face of the dash is 17 degrees from vertical.

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I am in the NRH/Keller area if you want to take a look at 806.
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Old 03-09-2018, 04:33 PM
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I was wrong - relied on less than perfect memory and how original cowl area was framed on originals. Mine are generally like RockBit's
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