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Fat tires for a Torino Cobra

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Fat tires for a Torino Cobra
Posted by vinnietbird on Monday, January 05, 2004 3:38 PM
I bought another Torino (I think that is number 5).I looked at the photo of the real car on the box,and it has some serious tires on the back,as far as the kit goes,it doesn't have the inner wheelwell space.I need to make the wheelwells bigger,but I have to keep the car looking factory,subframe rails and all.I can't have the tubbed look.I've tubbed cars before,but not under these conditions.Any ideas on how to do this?
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Posted by roadhawg on Monday, January 05, 2004 4:33 PM
vinnie i just take a dremel and start grinding away if the tires are street type tires and not those huge pro street things. i know that sounds crude but the inner and upper fenderwells are rarely visible anyway. i had to do that on a 66 nova im building.

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Posted by vinnietbird on Monday, January 05, 2004 5:02 PM
I thought of a similiar fix,but I just can't do it.Just knowing that I didn't go to all of the trouble to build it the hard way,would bother me.I know that sound idiotic,but I'm crazy that way.When I build,I have to "engineer""everything that has to be modified.I need it as realistic as possible.All of my cars end up on a mirror for show,and I try for as much detail as possible.Sometimes,it seems the more "thinking" I have to do,the more I appreciate the car when it's done.
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Posted by roadhawg on Monday, January 05, 2004 8:02 PM
yeah i know, im sorry for being a cheapskate. give me another chance,pleeease...
how about doing like we do on real cars? cut out the inside of inner fenderwells and move them inboard to get enuff clearance,fill the gap with strip styrene.you can prob leave the framerails where they are but move the springs inboard a couple of scale inches? you are talking street tires,right? thats the way we do real cars, its called mini-tubbing. if you only tub it about 2 or three inches it looks stock.

I went to a "gentleman's club" because the sign said they had all the hottest models. I thought it was a hobby shop. Man, was I ever disappointed.

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Posted by roadhawg on Monday, January 05, 2004 8:03 PM
torinos are leaf springs,right?

I went to a "gentleman's club" because the sign said they had all the hottest models. I thought it was a hobby shop. Man, was I ever disappointed.

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Posted by vinnietbird on Monday, January 05, 2004 11:45 PM
Yep,they're leaf springs.I like the mini-tub thing.As long as it looks stock,I'm cool with it.I like to build a car with modifications,sometimes a lot of them,but I want to do the mods in a way that people look at the car and notice somethimg may be different,but can't quite put their finger on it , like my '71 Plymouth Satellite.I put a reverse opening hood with functional hinge (i.e. Vette),removeable t-tops,Inotched the trunk lid by the rear window (in the midle) and put the gas lid there.Deeper grille,350 ZX right hand steer dash4 Jeep Grand Cherokee seats (2 front,2 rear),opening doors,rear roll pan ,aluminum exhaust tips,'87 T-Bird chassis (lengthened),poseable steering,AAR "Cuda hood scoop,big ol' Hemi,sliding front seats (front to back),and a few other things.It took me about a month to design the car,then another 4 months to build it.The thing is,all of these things look as though they actually supposed to be that way.Very functional.If it couldn't work on the real car,I won't do it on the kit.I'll do some measuring on the "tubs",and see if that will work.It seems like a solid idea.Thankyou.
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Posted by scalespeedworks on Tuesday, January 06, 2004 11:17 AM
I did the mini tub thing on a '69 Barracuda. The tires fit right against the leaf springs but the tubs had to be cut away. I then filled the opening with styrene sheets and deleted the rear seats. You may or may not get to keep the seats on the Torino, you'll have to see.

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Posted by vinnietbird on Tuesday, January 06, 2004 3:01 PM
Seats are mandatory!I need the Torino's tires to be as wide (in scale) as the Torino Cobra on the box.I'm wanting factory stock appearance.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 06, 2004 3:20 PM
Vinnie you might not get a 100% accurate torino since it sounds like the frame or body wasn't build to scale.
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Posted by vinnietbird on Tuesday, January 06, 2004 3:24 PM
Yes,I have to agree.I think it's in the frame.It's only plastic.There must be a way for me to fix it.I have plenty of time,and plenty of patience,and plenty of Evergreen plastic and glue.All of the ingredients are there,all I have to do is mix them up and bake them at 375 degrees for a couple of hours.Cross your fingers.
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Posted by kevlar86 on Tuesday, January 06, 2004 7:17 PM
My fingers are crossed for ya Vinnie. Let us know how it turns out. Good luck Smile
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Posted by vinnietbird on Tuesday, January 06, 2004 8:12 PM
Thanks.Oh,by the way,I appreciate you all.
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