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Old 12-06-2010, 08:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey i was wondering if anyone has any good write ups or sites about stretching out quarter panels like the link here....

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Im needing to do this to my 68 mustang with cobra IRS to fit my 305/35/18s. Was hoping i could get a few more pointers on where to cut etc. before i dig into this project.
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That is a pretty cool read.
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I haven't seen anyone add a significant amount of clearance simply by "stretching" sheetmetal. Whether adding more traditional wheel flares or basically bringing out the entire panel, you'll just have to decide where to cut and section in additional sheetmetal where you want it. If you want to retain original body lines, add sheetmetal in a relatively flat, horizontal surface as they did.

The front fenders aren't as labor intensive as quarter panels since there aren't any wheelhouses to worry about. But for the quarters, you will have to modify/add material to your existing outer wheelhouses to reach your wider quarter panels, also as they did.

I'm also not aware of any pre-cut/formed metal widening kits out there; all projects I've seen have been custom with photos like TCP's link.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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ya i get the gist of it all....was just wondering if anyone had more photos of doing such a thing. And sorry for the term "stretching" was just refering to how it looks like the quarters are just stretched out from the car. Imma run it past my sheet metal/body guy and see how he feels in tackling this. Shouldnt be much harder than installing a quarter panel i would think. Just a bit more custom fab involved. Ill make sure to do a good write up once we do it!
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You can gain over an inch or more by doing this mod.If you split the outer wheelhouse and the section below the rear quarter,behind the tire.The put a porta power in the wheelhouse and push out until you get the amount that you need.Then you have to make a panel that fills the gap in the outer wheelhouse.i did mine and have a 295/45/18 0n back of my 65 mustang,and nobody can tell the quarter has been modified.
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Rsrr,

Do you have any pics? A visual would help me understand it. What is a porta power?

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Rsrr,

Do you have any pics? A visual would help me understand it. What is a porta power?

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A porta power is a hydraulic ram with various attachments, used in body work to move sheet metal into position. It also has other uses.
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You can gain over an inch or more by doing this mod.If you split the outer wheelhouse and the section below the rear quarter,behind the tire.The put a porta power in the wheelhouse and push out until you get the amount that you need.Then you have to make a panel that fills the gap in the outer wheelhouse.i did mine and have a 295/45/18 0n back of my 65 mustang,and nobody can tell the quarter has been modified.
Did you happen to take pictures of how you did this? Or maybe a few pictures of the finished product?

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Old 12-14-2010, 06:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The finished product was on the cover of march 2010 issue of modified mustangs mag.You can find it online,i think i have some pictures during i will try to find.
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RSRR,

You fastback is inspirational.

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Very Nice.
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Here's a thread on a really well done 'stretched' quarter panels and front fenders. You have to open most of the pictures, but it's worth the effort.

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Old 12-19-2010, 03:33 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Tim,

RonS' car is an extreme example. I think RSRR has a trick that gets another inch of clearance without splitting the fender.
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