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Old 01-28-2016, 06:27 AM   #1
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Material Choice for Wheel Wells

I am off to a sheet metal fab shop to get some frame crossmember spent.
Still need to fab some wheel wells.
1952 Silver Streak Clipper. Galvanized or Alu? Thickness?
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Are not a good pattern to copy. Sorry already removed the plywood.
Please help. Moving towards the finish of this project...
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Old 01-28-2016, 07:51 PM   #2
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Galvanize will be more durable. I made mine out of 22 gauge sheet metal and then painted with bedliner. Mine are tandem wheel and are pretty little.
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Spell check strikes again! I meant to say they are lite
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I'm getting ready to replace my wheel wells. Since I'm doing an off frame restoration, I am looking at the width of the wheel wells and noticed that the extensions making up the wheel well are 14 3/4 inch from the frame. When I put the old wheel wells over the tires on the extension, I can see about 1 1/2 inches of galvanized metal stick out from the top of the trailer frame. So that makes the inner wall of the wheel well closer to the tire. Can not figure why, other than it does give you 3 inches inside, but both wheel wells are under cabinets/beds/ so losing that space inside doesn't bother me.

See any reason not to make them wider?
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The extra space at the top inside will be good if you have wider tire than the original. It will be easier to wrestle the wheel off the hub.

Especially true if your original tires are 14.5" trailer tires and you want to switch to radials which are wider.
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