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Old 05-24-2009, 08:09 PM
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Well I got the rear fenders on my 48 chevy, and now I realized the rear end is slightly over to one side... I would say about a half inch. Can I just space the other wheel out a little bit? How much is safe? Thanks.

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Iam not real crazy about wheel spacers . But i have used them when in need and 1/2 in not to bad . I wouldnt be afraid of that much with a spacer. But Why is it off 1/2in to start with? Cole
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Well it was my mistake, I thought everything was measured perfectly and I checked it over and over but i still messed something up. The leafspring to backing plate measurement is the exact same on each side but I guess it is out a little bit through the body??? Anyways it really bothers me so I was hoping to correct it by spacing the one wheel just a little bit. The fenders were not with the car when I installed the rearend but now that I have them and hung them loosely on the car I can see it. Everything is welded and painted underneath so I really dont want to redo everything to move it over that much.

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Is the body square on the frame? It seems that my '48 has body and frame holes that are a lot bigger than the bolts going through the holes...that could account for at least some of the 1/2" you're seeing.

But as far as wheel spacers go, I've been running them on my pickup for the last three years with no problems. Just keep it sensible.
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Well I got the rear fenders on my 48 chevy, and now I realized the rear end is slightly over to one side... I would say about a half inch. Can I just space the other wheel out a little bit? How much is safe? Thanks.
Use the thinnest spacers possible to get the job done.

Be sure that you aren't working w/different offset rear wheels. Take nothing for granted- measure them.

The lug nuts have to have adequate engagement w/the studs.
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The fenders were not with the car when I installed the rearend but now that I have them and hung them loosely on the car I can see it.
You have them on "loosely" and you see a difference? Tighten them up, install all braces to them BEFORE making any modifications!
First off, it could be that the problem disappears, OR it could be even worse than you think. Bolt up them fenders before proceeding.

Brian
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ok thanks for the help, I will try put the fenders on properly and if it is still out I may try the 7/16'' spacer. If it is still not good enough for me I will be taking the rearend back out and welding on new perches again!
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maybe not problem

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You have them on "loosely" and you see a difference? Tighten them up, install all braces to them BEFORE making any modifications!
First off, it could be that the problem disappears, OR it could be even worse than you think. Bolt up them fenders before proceeding.

Brian
If there is no interference, and if it looks OK on each side, forget it. You only see one side at a time....
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