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Projects Shoebox ford skirts are rubbing the tires.

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by ab_51Ford, Apr 29, 2024.

  1. ab_51Ford
    Joined: Jan 16, 2006
    Posts: 328


    Anyone had trouble with their skirts rubbing the tires? I think they are foxcrafts. They were close when I first installed them so I actually notched the skirts themselves right where the tires would be closest. It has the original rear end, so it's not wider, 670-15 tires so not extra wide either. Do I just need to massage the bottom sides out a bit more? I'd appreciate any advise.
    - Andrew

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  2. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 8,112


    Body sway causes the rubbing.
    Rather than notching your skirts, could you change the backspacing of the wheels?
    Curve the bottom lip of the skirts outward just a little to provide more clearance. This may require cutting and welding so as to recontour the present bottom lip of the skirts.
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2024
  3. I don't have any advice on your skirt problems, but I do like the way the ass end of that Ford looks!!
    What rear bumper are you using?
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  4. I had the stock Ford and Mercury cut down skirts on my 49 Ford Coupe... never had a issue,, hmm
  5. eaglebeak
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 1,278


    Because the body curves in from the halfway mark and down, this puts the skirts closer to the tires.
    Either raise the back end or cut the skirts.
  6. Oneball
    Joined: Jul 30, 2023
    Posts: 1,029


    What’s the condition of your spring and shackle bushes like?
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  7. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 20,859


    Shoebox Fords came with 6.70 tires? Sounds big to me, but I’m no expert.
  8. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 32,361

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    Yup shoebox Fords came new with 6.70's. Are the wheels stock or maybe wider???
  9. miker98038
    Joined: Jan 24, 2011
    Posts: 1,237


    I went thru that problem on my 55 bird at one point. It only rubbed on the left side on a left turn. Careful measuring showed the body wasn’t centered on the frame. On a 4 post hoist with the body lifted and some dunnage and bottle jacks, and the bolts loosened (I could get to all of them, and none were frozen) I was able to shift the whole body. Surprised me how easy it was. Next step is to look at the room for backspacing and move the wheels in if possible. As above the shackles and bushings

    That looks too good the way it is to modify the outside.
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  10. ab_51Ford
    Joined: Jan 16, 2006
    Posts: 328


    1954 Lincoln
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  11. ab_51Ford
    Joined: Jan 16, 2006
    Posts: 328


    Air ride and a triangulated 4 link
  12. ab_51Ford
    Joined: Jan 16, 2006
    Posts: 328


    Stock wheels
  13. Oneball
    Joined: Jul 30, 2023
    Posts: 1,029


    Still worth checking the bushes or Rose joints. Even if they’re not that old.
  14. Mitchell Rish
    Joined: Jun 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,970

    Mitchell Rish
    from Houston MS

    If centering the body doesn’t help consider this. 3/4 X 3 inch strip of mulberry or Bo dock. Cut a slot mid way on the 3/4 side. About 1/2 deep. Sand a radius to the amount you need to clearance. Very gently roll it to clear. Did this on my 57 Chevy and it radiused the lip perfectly and didn’t touch the paint. ( my paint was xxxx anyway )but you get the point. I gained 3/4 of an inch on distributor to firewall clearance on a 57 simply by loosening the body bushing and shoving backward so do not rule the previous suggestion out.
  15. Bend them out in the middle about 1/2 in and they won't rub

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