Now onto some well needed modification, and a little fun. Wheel well mods!
There's a tight pinch point at the front, inside of the rear wheel wells that many people take a sledge to if they have problems fitting bigger tires. I've had this planned for a while and finally got it going. I was able to ease this pinch point by around an inch. Here's the rear floor area with the wheel well removed. I drew a red line showing where the pinch point is - basically the floor curves outward at the red arrow
By making the red mark, parallel with the centerline of the car, it gave me a good line to re-bend the floor edge to. Here you can see the floor bent to my red line and the un-modified wheel well in place. You can now see the difference more clearly.
Now to see if my plan would actually work. I was going to make a slice on the wheel well and bend it to match the floor. Here are the two cuts I needed to make to allow the well to bend inward to match my new flange.
Fast forward one week, to today - I finish welded the well's new opening with some new metal.
Looks kind of ugly but I this is the stitching it takes to keep from heating the metal up too much and to hopefully grind off without needing followup welding.
Here's a close up of the flange re-bent and showing the 1" more clearance I gained.
Here's a view of a test fit of a tire close to what I might fit in there eventually. I think it's a 265/40r17. Fit in there with lot of clearance without even rolling the fender lip, which I'll do eventually. I think I could easily tuck in a 275 or 285 once I roll the lip. Feels good actually doing a few performance mods after all this time!
Now I have to weld up the passenger side and start epoxy priming all the joints and start welding in all those body panels to the unibody