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Front wheel well

#1 Post by Tony Proasi » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:33 am

Im looking for pictures to see how the front wheel wells are finished specifically I need to know if the two panels are flush or if the outer panel is supposed to sit about 10-12mm lower. I have seen both ways on really nice cars. Here is the way I have it now.

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Re: Front wheel well

#2 Post by John Lindstrom » Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:56 pm

Mine are flush.

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#3 Post by Spencer Harris » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:59 pm

Tony Proasi wrote:Im looking for pictures to see how the front wheel wells are finished specifically I need to know if the two panels are flush or if the outer panel is supposed to sit about 10-12mm lower. I have seen both ways on really nice cars. Here is the way I have it now.
Here are a couple of photos of my '53 cab after chemically stripping and before cutting on anything:
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And here with the new door cell and closing panels installed with bottom edges flush:
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This is a photo I took of a Speedster in a restoration shop near San Diego a few years ago indicating the outermost closing panel to be lower as you describe.
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Re: Front wheel well

#4 Post by Rick Albro » Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:36 pm

My 53 coupe 50199 has the inner panels flush at the bottom.
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Re: Front wheel well

#5 Post by Tony Proasi » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:59 am

Guys thanks for the photos I’m going to go with flush and move on.

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Re: Front wheel well

#6 Post by Donald Zingg » Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:43 pm

A related bit of trivia - - -
When inspecting unrestored pre-A cars, if you look closely at this area sometimes you will see an odd-looking tack weld or a rusty bit of wire hanging from the lower edge of the closing panel. That was part of a reinforcement for the rocker panel. When the body was manufactured the forward end of the rocker panel on some pre-A cars got a little brace wire that connected the closing panel and the lower edge of the rocker - - - -
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Re: Front wheel well

#7 Post by Tony Proasi » Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:39 pm

Donald that is a intresting detail! Thanks for sharing.

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