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Old 10-25-2012, 06:11 AM   #141
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Your flashing should work as long as there is nothing under it to funnel water back inside. Did you say you were not going to put the bumper box back on?

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Old 10-25-2012, 07:14 AM   #142
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Your flashing should work as long as there is nothing under it to funnel water back inside. Did you say you were not going to put the bumper box back on?

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If I do build a box there, I will give it an inch or more gap so that water can run past. I haven't decided how to finish off that part. I don't have a bumper at all so either need to buy or fashion something.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:45 AM   #143
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You probably have enough scrap aluminum to make a new box that is self contained instead of the original design that used the bottom skin to finish out the bottom of the box. I am in the same boat. I think I will make the frame rails just a little longer to make room for a new box.

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Old 11-07-2012, 08:15 PM   #144
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Working on wheel wells. Step 1 is curving some 1/8" aluminum to make a 30" long x 11 3/4" wide x 13" tall arc. I screwed a cleat to a board and started arcing a 48" x11 3/4" sheet with bar clamps. It seems to be taking this radius well with kinking or showing signs of stress. I'm going to let it sit like this for a day and see how much it relaxes. I am still figuring out how to attach the sides. Either I will hammer a thinner sheet into an angle or I will kerf an existing angle to make the bend. I thought about a square form but I couldn't resist trying to make the smooth radius bend. I may regret this, but I was impressed by how nicely it took the bend.

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Old 11-08-2012, 01:11 PM   #145
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1/8" man that is thick. That might even stand up to a blowout.

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Old 11-08-2012, 08:02 PM   #146
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I tried a couple of ways to make the rounded wheel wells but gave up. Is there any reason not to just build a rectangular box?

Perry, I hope you are right and that I never find out
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:41 PM   #147
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I tried a couple of ways to make the rounded wheel wells but gave up. Is there any reason not to just build a rectangular box?

Perry, I hope you are right and that I never find out
Why don't you take your metal to a sheet metal shop and let them bend it for you? Or take your old wheel wells and just let them fabricate them.
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:17 PM   #148
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Why don't you take your metal to a sheet metal shop and let them bend it for you? Or take your old wheel wells and just let them fabricate them.
That is a good idea, but I'm stubborn and cheap and like to do things myself. Also, I haven't wasted enough money or time yet to call in somebody who actually knows what they are doing.
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:28 PM   #149
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Our Hero!

Okay, I have ulterior motives... I'd like to see a bullet-proof and repeatable wheel well design come about from this...
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That is a good idea, but I'm stubborn and cheap and like to do things myself. Also, I haven't wasted enough money or time yet to call in somebody who actually knows what they are doing.
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That's funny Tim, I'm the same way.
Good luck with it! I'll be watching.
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Not getting as much done as I had hoped this weekend.

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So I've decided to just build a rectangular box for the wheel wells. It will be 1/8" plate aluminum all around except the outside face which will be 1/16" or thinner. I'll cut the thinner outside piece to match the shell cutout on the bottom and then rectangular on the other three edges. The original wheel well trim should fit over the thickness of the shell and the new thin wheel well. All the edges will be joined with 3/4" angle and buck rivets wherever I can reach. Not a great explanation but I'll show some pics as I mock it up hopefully later today. I am currently at a place called Kangaroo Zoo where my kids are attending a birthday party so if I am not fully coherent, I believe I have a valid excuse.
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Said box to act as inner or outer or replace both WW tubs?

On my '73 wells, with the two layers of plastic tubs crammed with an inch of pink fiberglass, it'd be easy to reuse the old exterior black tub as tire-blow-out cushion by tacking it in the aluminum box hollow, but that leaves a Kangaroo Pouch effect in the air spaces left unfilled...

I wonder if just gluing up an inch of foam board on the tire side of the aluminum boxes would provide enough cushion?
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Said box to act as inner or outer or replace both WW tubs?

On my '73 wells, with the two layers of plastic tubs crammed with an inch of pink fiberglass, it'd be easy to reuse the old exterior black tub as tire-blow-out cushion by tacking it in the aluminum box hollow, but that leaves a Kangaroo Pouch effect in the air spaces left unfilled...

I wonder if just gluing up an inch of foam board on the tire side of the aluminum boxes would provide enough cushion?
I am planning on just having one layer of aluminum. I was thinking about just wrapping the box with foam or prodex. I was also thinking about painting the tire side of the box with truck bed liner material. I don't know that is insulating at all but I think it should make it very tough. I don't see how the plastic tubs are very strong at all and I have a hard time imagining how a tire blowout would break through 1/8 aluminum plate but I have never seen one and I guess there is a lot of momentum in a tire at 60 mph.

I wonder if you could spray foam on the tire side of the box to insulate and cushion and then spray the truck bed liner on top of that to give it a tough protective casing.
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