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Old 08-20-2013, 10:53 AM   #1
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Wheel wells for 72

During my frame off I would like to replace my wheel wells with metal ones. The plastic ones just seem so flimsy.
I know galvanized and aluminum don't like each other so a heavier gauge aluminum is what I'm thinking about for my dual axle 72 Tradewind.

I would like to know if this is a bad idea? Also, if this is ok to do, can or should I rivet to the exterior skin for rigidity as shown in the example picture attached.
(I'm aware that the pic is of a single axle wheel well)
I don't see a problem with it except exterior aesthetics.

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Old 08-22-2013, 08:33 AM   #3
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New wheel wells are a good idea. I have them made out of galvanized steel. The wheel well above shows a single axle 50s California trailer. I wouldn't use this method on a 72. On a '72 they are riveted to the exterior skin on the very bottom of the outside. Have them built to match the original plastic wheel wells. You can paint the aluminum and the galvanized mating surfaces with epoxy polyamide or zinc chromate to retard dissimilar metal corrosion. Shoot the rivets wet after dipping in epoxy or Z-C
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Can anyone add some feedback on the process of removing the "furniture" so that the wheel wells can be replaced?
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thanks Top,

Do you have any pics of wheel wells you've done? you stated that they are "rivited at the bottom", wouldn't you (I) follow the side and upper edges of the wheel well with rivets to the exterior skin....as shown in the attached pic?

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Sorry top,

I get what your saying now. The pic of wheel well above has an open side (the road side) meaning that side of the wheel well is actually the exterior skin. Which could pose a problem with a bad blowout. AS you said, make a totally enclosed wheel well like the original plastic ones.
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Here is a pic from a 65 Caravel
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Those look great and I see what you mean about the riveting!

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Check with a local HVAC shop, many will do side jobs like this very reasonably- especially if you are not in a hurry to get them back.
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My thoughts exactly Tim
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If you really want to go nuts check the difference in price to have them made in stainless. less than $100 for mine but they caught me on a bad week oh well maybe next time
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My first idea was to have them made in a heavier gauge aluminum. I have a few fabricator friends in the boat yard next to my office.
I think that aluminum would be middle of the road in cost. Glavanized being the cheapest and stainless being the most expensive.
I'll draw up my some fabrication drawings and get a few bids.

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