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roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2973 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Fiberglass Wheel "Arch" Mod's
Posted by: roverman
Date: May 01, 2012 09:23PM

Some "how it was done", for moving wheelbase , increasing track width or increasing opening diameter, would be helpful. I'm staring at my front "arches",(that cut-out that allows you to see the wheel/tire). and not joyfully. Cheers, roverman.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/31/2012 05:53PM by roverman.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4411 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Fiberglass Wheelwell Mod's
Posted by: Moderator
Date: May 01, 2012 09:43PM

I find epoxy resin night-and-day more pleasant to work with than polyester. Longer pot lift means you don't have to rush so much before it "kicks off". Rushing less, it's likely you'll use less resin and the resulting modifications with be both lighter and stronger. If your budget allows, I'd recommend this stuff: [www.entropyresins.com]


Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
(358 posts)

Registered:
12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: Fiberglass Wheelwell Mod's
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: May 06, 2012 06:28PM

here is our MGB wheel arch modifying system, it's pretty esy to do i think the average guy with a few tools could do this mod in 2 hours a side.Basically you mark a line 12" down from the character line either side of the stock wheel openig, set the template in place mark the radius and start cutting with a die grinder and recipro saw, our FRP wheel house should fit up there comfortable and then riveted/bonded in place, the eccess material would be trimmed to whatever flares/ body kit you are installing.
Dave Craddock
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roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2973 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: Fiberglass Wheelwell Mod's, Jensen Healey ?
Posted by: roverman
Date: May 07, 2012 12:43PM

My Bad, I should have asked JH ? I suppose it's only natural, an Ugly Duckling should take longer,lol. I think starting with an 8" rim and 24.5" dia. tire/front, in the first go-round, should do ok. Time will tell. Thanks, roverman.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/07/2012 02:10PM by roverman.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4411 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Fiberglass Wheelwell Mod's
Posted by: Moderator
Date: May 30, 2012 03:25PM

Dave, that's really slick!

You're offering this system as a kit, right? And the kit fits pretty much any flares someone might want to install, right?

What are you charging for these?


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2973 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: Fiberglass Wheelwell Mod's, composite tub ?
Posted by: roverman
Date: May 31, 2012 11:06AM

Ok, rear wall of tub is steel, body is steel. Why not use steel ? It seems only natural. Welding these 3 units together, to make 1 one strong assembly ? No rock/gravel erosion problems. No delamination problems and should be able to match weight ? Onward, roverman.


Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
(1337 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 09:23AM

Main British Car:
'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: Fiberglass Wheelwell Mod's
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: May 31, 2012 12:27PM

Art, that's about what we did on the Roadmaster. Used sheet metal to bridge the gap between the inner fender well and the outer skin and then extended that with some curved pieces from a donor car to mate up with the flares. Check the Roadmaster build threads and you can see some photos of the process.
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When we were done, the guys at Terry's body shop then reshaped the outer flares a bit from what is shown in the last photo, but the process was pretty much the same.



Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
(358 posts)

Registered:
12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: Fiberglass Wheelwell Mod's
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: May 31, 2012 01:52PM

Curt, yes this is the standard kit that comes with our SPEEDSTER/ SEBRING BODY kit, but will work with any sort of flares a person may want to use, , it's very easy to install particularly for the guys who have'nt got a lot of equipment.The complete kit , instructions parts and epoxy bonding agent $225.
Dave Craddock



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/31/2012 01:56PM by Preform Resources.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4411 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Fiberglass Wheelwell Mod's
Posted by: Moderator
Date: May 31, 2012 02:33PM

Nice, Dave. Sounds like that kit will really help its intended audience!

Art and Bill: the title of the thread is, after all, "Fiberglass Wheelwell Mod's". If you're installing fiberglass flares, fiberglass seems a logical choice for the wheelwell extensions too.

Coincidentally, earlier this spring I replaced my MGB's original steel front splash guards with fiberglass ones. Advantages: lighter weight, impervious to corrosion, and MUCH better seal to the fenders. (They're a line-to-line fit and I applied "Right Stuff" gasket goop along the flange.)

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Sparkie3006
Henry Sparkes
Near Bristol
(3 posts)

Registered:
08/18/2012 11:16AM

Main British Car:
MGB GT 1968 1798

Re: Fiberglass Wheel "Arch" Mod's
Posted by: Sparkie3006
Date: August 18, 2012 11:23AM

I don't suppose anyone knows someone that that can fit the Sebring wheel arches on my 1968 BGT for me?

Thanks



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Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
(358 posts)

Registered:
12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: Fiberglass Wheel "Arch" Mod's
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: August 19, 2012 08:15PM

Henry, we can supply and install our SEBRING kit if you want, I don't like doing paint however we are nort well equipped to do overall paint jobs but there are shops in our area that can do nice work for a reasonable price.
Dave
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