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Projects Radius the Rear Fender Wells OR NOT?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Dueced Up!, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. black 62
    Joined: Jul 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,895

    black 62
    from arkansas

    in the day enlarged wheel openings had a lot to do with changing tires for flat towing not looks...
  2. Mike51Merc
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 3,839


    Radiused arches were done to make fat tires fit.

    Yours already fit.
  3. Isn't that a four door? If so, doesn't that mean radiusing would destroy the jamb structure for the back doors?

    Oh, and I like them tucked.

  4. Deuced Up!
    Joined: Feb 8, 2008
    Posts: 3,868

    Deuced Up!

    It is (was) a four door but it has become a two door with some cool top chopping moves etc. You can see the entire build thread here:

    But to answer your question, the actual door jam follows the wheel tub...

  5. Hemi j
    Joined: Sep 17, 2009
    Posts: 389

    Hemi j
    from Colorado

    Yes !!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. 19blockhead72
    Joined: Feb 17, 2012
    Posts: 201


  7. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,152


    radius,, tire hanging out 1"+. Photo shop it without any art, stickers, ect as a blank Shiny black canvas. Those flames are too modern.
  8. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,703


  9. T&A Flathead
    Joined: Apr 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,798

    T&A Flathead

    IMO: Radiused wheel wells, big fat wheel tubs and big offset wheels don't work together. The entire package needs to be planned out or it will still look like a confused pro "gasser" street
  10. sadsack
    Joined: Jan 29, 2014
    Posts: 72


    no way sadsack
  11. 33hotrod
    Joined: Apr 21, 2007
    Posts: 103


    this to me, is the only way to go! Bad ass look! You can always go with old quarter panel if you had to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just my idea. Ya need to cut!!!!
  12. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,326

    from Berry, AL

    Cut 'em. The dinky wheel well makes the fender look fat . If you ain't gonna cut 'em, put fender skirts on it.:D
  13. I'd open 'em up in a heartbeat and let those sidewalls bulge out the sides a little. It's a HOTROD!
  14. stimpy
    Joined: Apr 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,547


    for "era correctness" and with Pie crusts , cut them , to me looks wise with a wrinkle wall marshmellow tire I would leave them .
  15. Baumi
    Joined: Jan 28, 2003
    Posts: 2,500


    I wouldn´t radius them... as stated before not every gasser back then had straight axles and radiused wheelwells, for practicabilty´s sake it´s probably making sense to cut them open... I´m lazy and I also like them tucked aswell as open, so I´d leave them unradiused.
  16. norcal rizzo
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 50

    norcal rizzo

    Id like to vote radius. I think maybe because it takes some of the staunch from the back, itll still be wild either way.

    the metric system? never heard of it.......
  17. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,352

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    Cut it or it's a pro-street car.
  18. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 5,770

    from Oregon

    That's true, but show me very many that were nose up with a straight axle that didn't get radiused in the back? This car already has everything, BUT the radius.
  19. Deuced Up!
    Joined: Feb 8, 2008
    Posts: 3,868

    Deuced Up!

    Alright the answer is in...(BOTH)! No not one side tuck and the other radius...LOL! I just completed assembling the rear end and with the wheels bolted up it measure 58" outside tire to outside tire. The factory wheel wells measure 59.75"


    So for now (and to get it on the road etc.) I am going to tuck them because I really like that look BUT since I have 3" studs on the Mosier axles, I can easily put an inch or so spacer behind them at any point and just make it outside the body at which time I will radius the wheel wells as I have always planned!
  20. X-2, I hate the gasser front pro-street rear look, like the car and owner are confused. What it really looks like is a pro-street car owner jumping on the latest fad being "gasser" and jacking up the front with no regards to ascetics. my .02 ...ha ha
  21. cut cut cut cut.....cut, there did my 5 votes change your mind:D
  22. fiat gasser
    Joined: Sep 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,572

    fiat gasser

    My question would be, if you leave the fenders like they are how are you going to get the rear tires off? It does not look like there is enough room to slide the wheel off the studs and still be able to work the tire from behind the fender. I ran into that problem with my car when the rear fenders are on it. I have to remove the rear fender to take the tire off. If you radius them that would solve the problem unless like suggested earlier you make a removeable fender skirt. Just my 2 cents. Awesome build I have been watching it from the start. Good luck.
  23. Deuced Up!
    Joined: Feb 8, 2008
    Posts: 3,868

    Deuced Up!

    Don't worry, at some point I will Radius them, as that has been the plan from the very beginning. However, with the swooping body line of the Somerset running all the way back through the rear quarters, I really like the tucked look. AND I decided not to call it a "Gasser" anymore.

    Since I am not running a Hood and several other issues from the "Gasser" rules, I decided to call it a "Competition Coupe". See section four of the 1964 NHRA Rule Book...


    I mean everyone and their brother is building a "Gasser" these days. I have not seen anyone building "Competition Coupes"...LOL! Dare to be different!
  24. indianhead74
    Joined: Mar 3, 2005
    Posts: 159


    Generally I think that radiused fenders done well are Gasser musts, but that little car of yours has such a cool body line carried thru the fender so it probably needs to stay original.
  25. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,201


    Competition Coupe is a whole different animal in most people's eyes.


    But you can sure call it what you like. :D

    Radius, btw.
  26. Deuced Up!
    Joined: Feb 8, 2008
    Posts: 3,868

    Deuced Up!

    I know...that was kind of tongue and cheek. Just stirring up trouble...LOL! I thought it was funny (in light of the topic of this thread) that in the rules it actually said I was allowed to run my tires inside the body! LOL

    There is actually an original Austin American (Austin 7) sitting on my show room floor right now...I can't tell you how hard I am fighting taking a torch after it!
  27. Mike VV
    Joined: Sep 28, 2010
    Posts: 2,020

    Mike VV
    from SoCal

    Easy, just depends on the "era" you're modeling after..!

    60's, open'em and roll the edges.
    If more modern, leave th eouter fender intact.

  28. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
    Posts: 7,659

    Larry T

    Maybe not.

    Attached Files:

  29. captain scarlet
    Joined: Jun 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,399

    captain scarlet
    from Detroit

    Radius them and bring the tyres to be just past the openings Detroit

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