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Well, GM must have not engineered the crossbar parts strong enough on a lot of these manual transmission vehicles. My son had to weld his crossbar in his 39000 actual miles 64 Chevelle and my El Camino had been welded before I got it. Now the frame bracket holding the crossbar broke so I'm welding again. I have repaired quite a few of these in my life.
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No, that would not be easier.
fair enough, can you please explain why? to me it looks like a simple" pull the bracket off, trace a template onto a thicker piece of steel, drill the holes, use a hydraulic press to get the obvious horizontal offset, and remount.

what is it that I don't know?
 

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fair enough, can you please explain why? to me it looks like a simple" pull the bracket off, trace a template onto a thicker piece of steel, drill the holes, use a hydraulic press to get the obvious horizontal offset, and remount.

what is it that I don't know?
It was a relatively clean break so I removed it by taking the tire off and removing the 3 mounting bolts and loosening the crossbar shaft. I beveled the edges of the break and clamped the pieces together and welded the bracket on both sides, about 30 minutes total including re-adjusting the clutch. I figure making a new bracket would have been around 1 1/2 hours, minimum, and involve more machinery and tools. I didn't have time to manufacture a part. It broke as I was leaving to run some errands and I did successfully complete the repair and run the errands is short order.
 

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It was a relatively clean break so I removed it by taking the tire off and removing the 3 mounting bolts and loosening the crossbar shaft. I beveled the edges of the break and clamped the pieces together and welded the bracket on both sides, about 30 minutes total including re-adjusting the clutch. I figure making a new bracket would have been around 1 1/2 hours, minimum, and involve more machinery and tools. I didn't have time to manufacture a part. It broke as I was leaving to run some errands and I did successfully complete the repair and run the errands is short order.
yep, with your skill set and available tools that was a much faster fix. (y) I'm still wondering, if time allowed, whether a thicker piece would be better as mentioned.
I like to make repairs permanent, which is why on the 5th gen headlight switch mounting bracket, which is made out of plastic, I spent the $15 for a metal replacement bracket offered by one of our site advertisers.
 

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yep, with your skill set and available tools that was a much faster fix. (y) I'm still wondering, if time allowed, whether a thicker piece would be better as mentioned.
I like to make repairs permanent, which is why on the 5th gen headlight switch mounting bracket, which is made out of plastic, I spent the $15 for a metal replacement bracket offered by one of our site advertisers.
If time allowed (which in this case it did not) I am sure that a better solution than welding the single sheer mounted 60 year old fatigued bracket could have been accomplished easily if the required tools and materials were in his garage. Since that was not the case we will have to wait until it breaks again to find out. :)
 

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If time allowed (which in this case it did not) I am sure that a better solution than welding the single sheer mounted 60 year old fatigued bracket could have been accomplished easily if the required tools and materials were in his garage. Since that was not the case we will have to wait until it breaks again to find out. :)
another 60 years? I'll be waiting
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