A rare roll bar find

I first saw this roll bar on a fellow forum members Stang.  I immediately noticed it was different from the all the 4-point roll bars you see on foxbody verts.  The rear legs do not go into the back seat, hindering a backseat passenger comfort.

As I inquired about it, I discovered it is the Hooker Competition Car Bar #18617HKR and that it is no longer available.  After several months of combing the internet and classifieds, I found one for sale in Rhode Island fro $125.  The guy was parting out his vert and was gracious enough to ship it to me.  Installation instructions are still avialble at Jegs for downloading here, but it was a lot harder than just bolting it in….as it fits ’83-’93 Mustang verts.  LOL!

This roll bar is a 4-piece/4-point design. It is constructed of 21/4 O.D. .125 wall steel tubing with 3/16 attaching plates.  But it is NOT meant for roll-over protection and NOT NHRA 0r SCCA certified.  It strictly for show.  Altough it is very heavy and sturdy, the rear legs do not touch the floor and are at such a narrow angle that it would not enable the bar to withhold the cars weight if it ever flipped.

Hooker car bar

First thing I did was have the bar powder coated semi-black at Action Powdercoating.  The pictures below show how the how the legs bolt in and where the rear legs attach to the support frame.  So far it’s pretty basic with all the panels out of the way.

Roll bar

Roll bar

Roll bar

Roll bar

The main hoop is bolted to the floor.  I decided to bolt in instead of weld.  I really like this bar and it was so hard to find.  I would definetly keep it if anything happened to the car.
Roll bar

Roll bar

And the hard part…fitting the rear panel and seat belt feeder.  The instructions have your relocate the bolt that mounts the seat belt 1/2″.  Unfortunately, my car had the plastic Styling Bar and a piece was cut out to mount it.  Even if I could, I dont think it would work.  I think the instructions were for earlier cars, this was real a tight fit and we had to use a plate to re-locate the mounting bolt as seen in the pic above.  Then you have to be very good at measuring to cut out the hole in the panel, again the instructions had a template to trace….but it was for pre-’91 models only.  LOL.  FYI, the factory 5×7 speakers no longer fit, but maybe a set of 4″ speakers could be fabricated to fit.
Roll bar

Roll bar

Roll bar

And finished….job well done!  It was really wort it.  The bar only cost me $125, but after shipping costs and powder coating, I am very happy.  I think it looks really good compared to other bars, especially the plastic styling bar.   You’ll also notice in the pics below, a wind deflector I found online.  It is from Love The Drive, and fits great, plus really works.  My wife loves it, it really cuts down on wind in the front.
Roll bar & wind deflector

Roll bar & wind deflector

Roll bar & wind deflector

Roll bar & wind deflector

Roll bar & wind deflector

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