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Old 08-30-2004, 09:49 PM
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Mini-tubbing and a few questions

I'm looking to tub my 65 Nova. I've looked everywhere and havent been able to find any decent information on how the process is done. I hope to fit some 29x12.50-15 M&T Sportsmans out back. How will I go with along shortening the rear axle and the overall tubbing. Is there a special way and can I order some pre-cut tubs? Is there a good way to go about measuring and getting everything to fit right if there are no pre-cut tubs available? Are there any dangers to a tub job gone bad?

Any help would be greatly appriciated.


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This site has a lot of useful info...
http://www.cachassisworks.com/howto.htm
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Old 09-02-2004, 11:19 AM
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I looked around on that site and didnt find any information on tubbing. Anything else? I know there is at least one person out there who has had some experience with tubbing.


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This site has a lot of useful info...
http://www.cachassisworks.com/howto.htm
This site has lots of what you want to do. Look at the section on adding a ladder bar suspension, reframing a truck, and installing a sub frame and suspension. All of this is needed info when tubbing a car.

Sounds to me, that you don't have enough experience to attempt this .

Personally, I was never one that appreciated a tubbed vehicle. I find that for a street car, you can generally get more than enough tire under most cars to get good traction. Most times a little tuning of the suspension is all that is needed.
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Here is some info

http://autoweldchassis.com/Instruct.ivnu

Tubbing is fun.
I enjoyed cutting up my car and installing tubs. It was an exercise in patience and frustration that I hope I will never have to repeat.
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I would only go for the tubbing if it's gonna be a serious racer. For an ocasional trip to the drag strip and every day driver on the street I woulndt spend my money on tubbing.
1) It aint an easy thing
2) can be expensive
3) if not done right it can screw up your whole car
4) like poncho said you could probably fit quite big meats in the stock wheel wells
5) It will require serious suspension upgrades



Just MHO,


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Heres the deal. I'm currently looking at the M&T 29 x 12.5-15 Sportsman Tires on Wheel Vintiques Hot Rod Style Chrome Rally. The Stock wheel tubs are about 12.25 inches. I would love to have the stock stance with the Sportsmans. With the stock wheels and rims on, the top of the wheel is exactly 11 inches from the top of the wheel well so I know I have enough space there. What my main concern is the wheel width. As it sits now I have 1/4 an inch from rubbing on the fender, and I have 5.5 inches clearance on the inside.

I have come to the conclusing that with these tire set-ups I should'nt have to tub the wheel wells. But I might have to shorten the real axle to accomodate the 4 1/2 inch larger Sportsman Tires.

Are my measurements accurate?

Oh and thanks Poncho, I didnt realize that.


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Old 09-03-2004, 08:27 PM
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Are you sure your stock axel will handle those tires and the engine (that is if you're dropping in a different engine)?




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On a 65' Nova, A 235/60-15 tire on a 15 x 7 wheel with a 4 1/2" back spacing is going to be the limit for a stock wheel well. The first thing that hits on the inside is the springs. If you relocate the leaf springs inboard, you can step up to an 8" wheel and a tire with a 10" section width. Your 29 x 12.5-15 Sportsmans have a 13" section width. Dan
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Well I was browsing through the Summit Catalog yesterday in bed and I found this:

http://store.summitracing.com/defaul...2032&x=21&y=12


They relocate your springs and make room for 13-14 inch tires. Sounds pretty cool to me..........

Oh, and your gonna need these as well
http://store.summitracing.com/defaul...5090&x=16&y=10


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Thanks for the help guys!


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