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wheel tubs using trailer fenders?

Hi guys, I'm building a '39 Ford tudor. I've heard it mentioned that you can use trailer fenders to make wheel tubs. My question is: how much from the tire, or center of the axle, should the top of the tubs be for proper clearance? Is there a specified distance? Thanks in advance, Rod

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Go to Morrison's www.artmorrison.com or Alston's www.cachassisworks.com and click on the tech pages, you should find what you need, and why not use trailer fenders, we used to use wheelbarrows for firewalls.
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Jalopy45....... Brilliant!!

Wheelbarrows for firewalls.... I'm impressed. That's the kind of thinking that makes this country great.
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These aren't tubs, but I did weld together two trailer fenders to make these fenders on my current project. It's pretty straight forward stuff to use them but my journal has more detail on what to expect when cutting and welding the pieces. http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...age=5&reverse=

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You want enough clearance that when your rear suspension is at the top of its travel that the tire does not hit the wheel tub.
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I've seen drag slicks expand 2" before.
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how much from the tire, or center of the axle, should the top of the tubs be ...
I used 2 1/2" on this current project - which is just beyond the upward travel in my shocks. If you have bump stops already installed, you should be able to use those to determine the travel distance of you axle and then locate your tubs accordingly. If you don't have bump stops you could install and match them to your wheel well heights to insure the tires will never hit the wells. (Might jolt you a bit on a good size pot hole but at least your tubs will be undamaged.) From the things I've read, 5"-6" of total travel in the rear suspension is about normal - so cutting that in half the tub or bump stop should be 2 1/2-3" above the tire or axle.
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Thanks, guys

Thanks for all the good input. I now have a plan to get the "tubs" in place. Thanks again, Rod
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