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DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) PowerDork
10/27/20 5:24 p.m.

That front wheel is an 8x15 with a 195/45/15 tire on it. In final trim it'll be replaced with a 10x15 wheel with a 275 or 295 tire. Me thinks I need a fender flare solution.

John Welsh (Moderate Supporter)
John Welsh (Moderate Supporter) Mod Squad
10/27/20 5:26 p.m.

Your flares need flares! 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
10/27/20 5:48 p.m.

I'm not sure it's the first thing you need.

nocones UltraDork
10/27/20 6:26 p.m.

Whatcha building?  More details?

gumby (Forum Supporter)
gumby (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
10/27/20 6:27 p.m.
nocones said:

Whatcha building?

I don't know either, but I like it!

Stampie (FS)
Stampie (FS) MegaDork
10/27/20 6:29 p.m.

It's an LS tube framed something that needs a lot more body for me to ID.

SkinnyG (Forum Supporter)
SkinnyG (Forum Supporter) UberDork
10/27/20 6:33 p.m.

You need to work faster, so I can this completed!

Early Corolla, correct?

11GTCS Reader
10/27/20 6:48 p.m.

Sure looks a lot like an early 70’s Corolla front fender.   My first efforts at body work was replacing the lower parts of these that had rusted off on my first car. Same color too!

grover Dork
10/27/20 6:51 p.m.

Are flares ever a bad idea? 

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) PowerDork
10/27/20 6:56 p.m.

It's my perpetual Challenge car build. Tube framed 1972 Corolla SR5.  An aluminum block 5.3 LS (LM4), TH350 trans, Miata front suspension and steering gear, 4 linked Ford 8.8" rear end. Even though the suspension is stock Miata width the combination of 10" wide rims and the narrower Corolla body will require a flare almost 6" wide to cover some meaty tires.

nocones UltraDork
10/27/20 7:39 p.m.

I like this.  I approve of the proposed giant fender flares.  

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) PowerDork
10/27/20 7:41 p.m.

An older picture of the body shell...it's missing all the firewall, floor and rear wheel tubs now.

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) PowerDork
10/27/20 7:45 p.m.
nocones said:

I like this.  I approve of the proposed giant fender flares.  

I just need to figure out what kind of flares I want to do. Current leader is to use a trailer fender as a mold and make four simple round fiberglass flares.

jmc14 Reader
10/27/20 8:39 p.m.

Cool build!  Give the flares some flairsmiley



Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/27/20 8:47 p.m.

For the fronts, you could just move the fenders out 6 inches, leaving gap at the front and in front of the door for some sick aero stuff.

For the rears, id talk to duster about t-shirts and hardener.

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) PowerDork
10/27/20 9:09 p.m.

Roller chassis without the fender blocking the view. I weighed it with a bathroom scale just for giggles. 1060 lb with questionable accuracy.

Appleseed MegaDork
10/27/20 9:16 p.m.

buzzboy Dork
10/28/20 7:07 a.m.

Why flare when you can just widen the whole car? Sawzall down the middle!

84FSP UltraDork
10/28/20 7:15 a.m.


SkinnyG (Forum Supporter)
SkinnyG (Forum Supporter) UberDork
10/28/20 8:46 a.m.

I narrowed the 10-bolt axle in the V8 Firefly nine inches to make it fit.  Struts wouldn't fit because the engine was in the way, so I went double wishbone.

An instructor of mine widened an entire TR3 to fit 240SX drivetrain.  You got theis, either way!


DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) PowerDork
10/28/20 11:13 a.m.

In reply to SkinnyG (Forum Supporter) :

When I started this I had ASSumed I would need a narrowed rear end, but surprisingly , the Fox Mustang axle is almost exactly the same width as an NB Miata rear. I even threw those rear wheels onto my NB and measured to confirm it.

10/28/20 2:53 p.m.

There would appear to be gains that could be made with different wheel offset. Or is there inboard stuff in the way?

A 401 CJ
A 401 CJ SuperDork
10/28/20 2:58 p.m.
nocones said:

Whatcha building?  More details?

I don't know but I'm pretty sure it'll jab your eye out.

rustomatic Reader
10/28/20 6:34 p.m.

That looks awesome.  Just put the wheel openings where the wheels are.  You can fill gaps on top far more easily with flat sheetmetal than you can flare things.  Just my two centavos . . .

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) PowerDork
10/28/20 7:22 p.m.

In reply to NOHOME :

The 8" drag racing set of wheels are lower offset than the 10" autocross rims. With the autocross tires there will be a normal Miata gap to the front springs so higher offset wheels wouldn't work. Measuring the front width  with the 10" wheels installed you get 70" to the outer edges of the rims, less the 11" actual width of the rims leaves a track width of 59".  Stock is 57.6" with 6" wide wheels. The scrub radius is slightly increased but the wide autocross tires necessitated the extra overall width............................The real reason for it is the wheels were cheap and selection in 10" is limited.

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