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Today 10:11 PM
Artfrombama Make sure the springs are not the limiting factor on wider tires instead of the sheet metal... Unless you're going 4 link.
Today 08:03 PM
John long Sorry, double post.
Today 08:02 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by 1971BB427 View Post
Maybe a big radius, and a pair of old time cheater slicks to help get the BBC power to the ground!

LOL, Not even a slim chance. Just want her down a few inches with a good stout driveline and clearance for the skirts.

BTW, The Muncie 4 speed is going behind a pretty bone stock 402 with a tall hwy gear........ we're gonna cruise, not race.

John
Today 07:36 PM
1971BB427 Maybe a big radius, and a pair of old time cheater slicks to help get the BBC power to the ground!
Today 07:16 PM
496CHEVY3100 IF ,,IF ,IF you can make mods without changing location of the top Cyl trunk hinges and rear seat I would add the mini tubs ,I am sure you want them as you are considering it. I like the tubs and you will probably need them with the BBC as a matter of safety and appearance,..you have the skills to easily do this the right way,as you have the rest of your build

My opinion ,Go for it .
Today 06:36 PM
John long Here is my issue. Without looking at the car it is easy to forget this is a convertible. The top well and inner supports absolutely hide the outer wheel house. The only way to access the outer wheel house is to do it from inside the wheel house lying on your back, welding overhead or opening the quarter panel.

Looking at the other side that I haven't opened up yet you can see how hidden the outer wheel house is. I will have to install a front quarter panel patch as well as replace the area above the wheel well. It won't be a big deal to go uo 10-12 inches instead of 4 inches I guess.









To replace the outer wheel house is pretty straight forward from the outside which, of course, on the left side is exposed while replacing the quarter. I am going to build the left one and see where I end up. Until I decide for sure I will not be cutting the old one out.



One other justification for opening it up is GM did not see the need to paint in there. It will give me an oportunity to inspect and treat inside the quarter panel area.

John
Today 04:19 PM
Too Many Projects Leave the flange and cut the tub 1/4" from the flange. Cut off the extra waste at the quarter, hold the tub where you want it and add a flat piece of sheet wrapped to match the circumference to fill the gap.

Similar to this procedure, except you are moving the outer house out.



Today 04:17 PM
deadbodyman we tub cars all the time with the 1/4s on so doing the other side even if it don't need it isn't much trouble at all......Plus you WILL kick yourself in the butt later on when you drop it down to the ground and throw the big meaty tires on it ,The REAL question is :hydrolics or air.....
Today 03:28 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
I say 6.70 bias ply white walls will fit, that's all you need!

Brian
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Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
Do it.

Nothing worse than the feeling of dread later. I've had it so many times that I'd hate to see the same fate fall on a fellow rodder.

I sometimes think that I've gone too far with my project but I know if I do anything less, I will feel the same way.
LOL. I think you are both right! I will probably run a set of 205/75 15s but they would fit if I have the right offset on my wheel to go with this Lincoln Versaille rear end. On the otherhand, that big old flange sure looks like an inviting place to weld to. Also, looking in from the trunk, You see very little of the outer house. It would still look pretty much stock..........

Hmmmmmmmm, I guess this is one of those times where there is no right or wrong.

I may mock up something but not cut the old one out until I make a decision.

John
Today 03:13 PM
123pugsy
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
I have been sitting here looking at this thing for 45 minutes trying to decide what I want to do.

The wheel house is in pretty good shape except for the bottom couple of inches and would be a pretty straight forward repair but this does seem to be a great opportunity to make a little more tire clearance by fabbing up a new outer wheel house. The draw back is, if I do that, I will have to take off that part of the quarter on the other side whether it needs it or not in order to do it.

I think, if I don't do it I will always wish I had.

Thoughts anyone?

John
Do it.

Nothing worse than the feeling of dread later. I've had it so many times that I'd hate to see the same fate fall on a fellow rodder.

I sometimes think that I've gone too far with my project but I know if I do anything less, I will feel the same way.
Today 02:55 PM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
I did get the back half fitted and trimmed today but did not have time to start welding it together.


The fluorescent lights make taking pictures difficult. Looks good so far.

John



So you were sitting in your wheel chair picking up plastic bottles for recycle and took this photo with your grabber against the panel?

Brian
Today 02:53 PM
MARTINSR I say 6.70 bias ply white walls will fit, that's all you need!

Brian
Today 02:50 PM
John long I have been sitting here looking at this thing for 45 minutes trying to decide what I want to do.

The wheel house is in pretty good shape except for the bottom couple of inches and would be a pretty straight forward repair but this does seem to be a great opportunity to make a little more tire clearance by fabbing up a new outer wheel house. The draw back is, if I do that, I will have to take off that part of the quarter on the other side whether it needs it or not in order to do it.

I think, if I don't do it I will always wish I had.

Thoughts anyone?

John






Yesterday 10:26 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
When you started the 1/4 I got the impression you had some doubts whether or not you could pull this off but I knew you could as long as you kept at it, not only did you get it done, you did an amazing job..
John this thread you started is one of the all time classics every bit as fun to read as "what did you work on today" congradulations on both counts.
I don't know what I'd do in the morning without them. it always starts my day in a positive way. Thank you...
What a nice thing to say. Thank you. ......

I never dreamed I would start a thread that would be supported like this one has. Of course, that has also been a tremendous motivator to get me to the basement for my 5 minutes a day. I am indeed the real winner here.

Anyway, thanks to all who read this thread whether you comment or not. Just seeing members and guests alike logged in, reading it really makes my day.

John
Yesterday 07:02 AM
deadbodyman When you started the 1/4 I got the impression you had some doubts whether or not you could pull this off but I knew you could as long as you kept at it, not only did you get it done, you did an amazing job..
John this thread you started is one of the all time classics every bit as fun to read as "what did you work on today" congradulations on both counts.
I don't know what I'd do in the morning without them. it always starts my day in a positive way. Thank you...
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