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Yesterday 08:11 AM
Leakie Found it.... 29-54 CHEV Passenger Catalogue- If you look down the list of 37-38 parts they list a 2 inch wider front fender.
Yesterday 08:02 AM
Leakie
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Originally Posted by matts37chev View Post
You may be right, I just tried looking it up and all I could find was the rears in +2".
But I could swear they used to make fronts also, but I can't find my old superior glass catalog.
I haven't bothered to compare them to the front fenders on my 37.
A few minutes with a tape measure will tell me.
You are right Matt, when I was looking for my rear fenders I ran across a website that listed front fenders there were 2 inches wider. I could not understand why they would make the fronts wider too. I can not remember the name of the company but it was not Superior, that is were I got mine.
Yesterday 06:00 AM
matts37chev
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
Get both rear wheels off the ground, make a horizontal line on the drive shaft and a vertical line on the drums. Turn the shaft 1 revolution and count how many times the drums turn. Not exact science but will get a close idea of the ratio.
I could add that to the to do list, when I am trying on the new wheels
Yesterday 05:57 AM
Too Many Projects Get both rear wheels off the ground, make a horizontal line on the drive shaft and a vertical line on the drums. Turn the shaft 1 revolution and count how many times the drums turn. Not exact science but will get a close idea of the ratio.
Yesterday 05:52 AM
matts37chev I just picked up my 18x9 rear wheels yesterday, so I will test fit them tonight.
Next I need to install the cheapo little tach I got, to see how many RPMs I am actually spinning down the Hwy to help determine what size tire I really need.
It sounds like it's really wound up, but it may just be the lack of insulation and the flowmasters.
Yesterday 05:47 AM
matts37chev
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
If you have fiberglass front fenders too, they should be the same dims as original. As far as I know, only the rears were made 2" wider...
You may be right, I just tried looking it up and all I could find was the rears in +2".
But I could swear they used to make fronts also, but I can't find my old superior glass catalog.
I haven't bothered to compare them to the front fenders on my 37.
A few minutes with a tape measure will tell me.
05-20-2015 06:08 AM
Too Many Projects If you have fiberglass front fenders too, they should be the same dims as original. As far as I know, only the rears were made 2" wider...
05-20-2015 05:55 AM
matts37chev
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I doubt more backspace would help. Here's a pic of the car when I got it. It had 185/65r15 tires on 15X4" wheels and they rubbed... As seen, they sat well inside the fender but rubbed on the front wheel opening at full turn.



I didn't care for tires that skinny so went to the 6" wheels and 215 tires.

The tires and wheels that are on the front of my car now are 14x6 with 3.25" ish back spacing.
You add 2" to the fenders, and that puts them tucked under there a long ways.
I also need to remember that my 38 has a different chassis.
(I don't know the track width on it)
So it's not a very comparison, when I am trying to figure this stuff out.

But when I get back to working on the 37 again, (w/stock frame rails) I can come back and look at this info.
05-19-2015 08:10 PM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by Leakie View Post
Same exact thing with mine. Maybe if there was a half inch more backspace on the wheel it would not be an issue. But TMP is right they sure look good low
in the front.
I doubt more backspace would help. Here's a pic of the car when I got it. It had 185/65r15 tires on 15X4" wheels and they rubbed... As seen, they sat well inside the fender but rubbed on the front wheel opening at full turn.



I didn't care for tires that skinny so went to the 6" wheels and 215 tires.

05-19-2015 07:42 PM
Leakie
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
They rub on the fender. My fenders are all original steel. The car sits quite low too. It may be better if the body was higher, but I kinda like the stance, so I leave it.
Same exact thing with mine. Maybe if there was a half inch more backspace on the wheel it would not be an issue. But TMP is right they sure look good low
in the front.
05-19-2015 02:02 PM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by nunattax View Post

are they rubbing on the inside or on the outside.i have the stock steel fenders
They rub on the fender. My fenders are all original steel. The car sits quite low too. It may be better if the body was higher, but I kinda like the stance, so I leave it.
05-19-2015 12:08 PM
nunattax
brake pedal

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Originally Posted by Leakie View Post
Here are the best pics I could get. It's pretty cramped under there but you can at least get the idea.
Pic 1 shows one 90 degree bend that goes up and you can just make out the pedal going thru the floor behind the brake light switch. Pic 2 shows the other 90 down to the hook up to the master cylinder (you can see the power booster behind it).
thanx man i will try for 45 degree bends x2 itl be less stress on the bends and i will have to add a little length to the pedal as well
05-19-2015 12:02 PM
nunattax [QUOTE=Too Many Projects;3139874]255/60/15 rears with stock fenders is a good fit. That is what I have.

235/60/15 on the front will rub on full turn. I have 215/65/15 on 6" wheels and they rub.

are they rubbing on the inside or on the outside.i have the stock steel fenders
05-18-2015 07:25 PM
Too Many Projects
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Hey Too many Projects, did you check your PM's?
Yep, I was just going back to reply.

I looked at the other hood I have today and it has both rods and brackets, so I'm good there.

The braces that hold the rods to the hood are bent and cracked, but I can straighten and weld them.

Thanks for the offer, I appreciate it...
05-18-2015 06:45 PM
Leakie It's amazing what a little ride will do!
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