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Old 08-10-2004, 04:46 PM
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A Body mini tub question

Hey everyone. New poster here. I usually lurk over in the garage and Body/Exterior sections but I think this question belongs here.

I want to mini tub my 65 LeMans and need some pointers and or critique on my ideas of how to do it.

As I understand it you split the stock wheel wells and weld in some more material between the two halves (3 inches in this case). I'll have to cut the trunk floor appropriately to "slide" the inner wells inboard (I guess that's the best way to describe it) right so far? Looks like I'll have to do something about the trunk hinges too, right?

It looks like I'll have to relocate two body mounts inboard. The one that is next to the middle of the wheel well can just be moved in on the existing support (there's already a hole there at exactly 3 inches). The one directly behind the wheel well will take a little more work but looks like it's doable. The last body mount by the bumper can stay as is and I'll weld a new tab on the outside of the frame that will fit perfectly (again, 3 inches is perfect). The body mount in front of the wheel well will stay as is and will go to the stock place on the frame.

Now for the frame. I plan to cut it just behind the area where it bolts to the body in front of the wheel well. I plan to take a 3/16" slice out of it and put a plate in there to weld the frame to when I slide it in 3 inches. I'll gusset it on both sides to create a sort of jog in the frame. Sound kosher? The other cross braces (spring buckets and rear crossmember) I'll just section 6 inches out of them and weld them back together with diamond gussets over the welded seam. Again, kosher?

I plan to fab up a truck arm suspension and put the crossmember in for that as well during this operation so I'm not too concerned about the original suspension mounting points.

Any critiques, tips or pointers along with some websites with pictures would be greatly appreciated.

Big project, I know. BTW, the body is off the frame already.

Thanks.


Wally

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Old 08-11-2004, 05:09 AM
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Sounds like you've got a plan Wally. Gusset everything as you have said and you should be okay. And welcome to the board...
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