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Old 06-18-2017, 03:59 PM   #11
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This is some pictures of a 1937 chev that I recently finished for a friend of mine that did the paint and body work on my 55 chevy, "chevy light". On all of these cars that I build, I buy the tires and wheels first because you have to buy them anyway. I set the car at the ride height I want, put the tires in the wheel wells, move them in and out and front to back until I get the car to look exactly the way I want it. I measure between the two wheels on the inside. That is your hub to hub measurement for your axel. Speedway will make the axel any width you want it. This is real close, depending on how heavy your motor is, but ride height should put the bottom of the frame rail about 8 1/2 inches from the top of the axel. In my opinion a tire and wheel that is even 1/2 inch too far in or out spoils the look of the whole car.
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I have to mention that I struggled with the long stud fat tires and how to fight them on and off the car , jack it a mile in the air and take loose a spring shackle !!!! Finally I gave into reality and simply opened the wheel opening . It looks great " Butch " told me once it does and suddenly the problem just went away !!! Another problem solved with elegant simplicity : )
Well, on mine I have to disconnect the coilovers, drop it down, then let every speck of air out of the tire (or tires) and fight like a Gorilla to get them off.

As much as I like 55's with radius wells, I'm not a big fan of opened up wells on a 56. The only one I've seen that I've liked belongs to a member here. I haven't seen him post for quite a while though.
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Daniel !! Are you saying mine doesn't look great ??????
That combined with ease of ingress egress how could you not start cutting
tonight , Ha Ha !!!
I like how you kept the sweep Steve. On the others guys car I mentioned (forgot his handle here, but I think he's from your Apache territory) he sorta did it like a 55 would be done, the problem with that is that the front and rear openings don't match. At least on a 55 once the rears are cut the front and rears are much closer to being the same shape instead of looking like two different cars are welded together.

As far as mine goes, I'm not sure it would look right since my tires are 33's. That would require a pretty big cut, and would probably look pretty stupid. Plus, talk about NOT matching!
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Dan, I've never thought the radius on most Tri 5 Chevys (after opening the rear) was the same as the front. Even a '55 is more squared up in front, and not the perfectly round radius that most gassers had at the rear. So matching never concerned me, and I usually cut the rolled lip off the rear of a '56 and put in a patch panel to make the radius look like a '55 that was radiused.
I had the same issue as a '56-'57 on my '63 Falcon, as it also had the sloped rear opening. I cut the opening, and then made up two little triangle patch panel fillers to go behind the tire and make it fit the shape of my slicks better.
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Dan, I've never thought the radius on most Tri 5 Chevys (after opening the rear) was the same as the front. Even a '55 is more squared up in front, and not the perfectly round radius that most gassers had at the rear. So matching never concerned me, and I usually cut the rolled lip off the rear of a '56 and put in a patch panel to make the radius look like a '55 that was radiused.
I had the same issue as a '56-'57 on my '63 Falcon, as it also had the sloped rear opening. I cut the opening, and then made up two little triangle patch panel fillers to go behind the tire and make it fit the shape of my slicks better.
Well I didn't mean to say 'exact' Vall. But look at how dorky and miss-matched the openings are when left stock.
I've never understood how GM could have left that, but what do I know except what my eyes tell me?
That's two different cars glued together!



On the other hand, once they are opened up things start to look more pleasing and natural.



As far as 56's go, the front to rear perspective gets a little more pleasing as far as a match because of the long sweep.
If a guy starts cutting he has to be really careful not to disturb that.

This one isn't TOO bad. but it's approaching the edge. I'm sure you'll understand.

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I always thought the '55 Nomad had the perfect front rear wheelwell openings. They match up much better than the other models ever did.
I just never liked that trailing edge opening on a '56 Chevy when it's radiused. It just looks like too much open space back there.
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I always thought the '55 Nomad had the perfect front rear wheelwell openings. They match up much better than the other models ever did.
I just never liked that trailing edge opening on a '56 Chevy when it's radiused. It just looks like too much open space back there.
I understand what you're saying, and mostly agree. If a guy is to cut them, like I said earlier it pays to be careful. Otherwise things get out of whack in a hurry.
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