My mini tub job

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Re: My mini tub job

Postby speedphreake » Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:02 pm

I now have plenty of room to fit a 255/60/15 in the pics with room to spare. The trunk area looks stock, barely noticeable that anything was done back there, aside from the battery sticking out. I had no other choices to put it.
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby Yenkoboy » Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:12 pm

Glade to see things are going well, I like the Camaro tank in there. Can't wait to see pics of the car on the ground.
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby BadBowtie » Sun Apr 11, 2010 6:27 pm

How did the 255/60/15 fit before the mini tub job? Would you call that setup "street able" ? And slightly off topic of the mini tub job, but how was the range of the front wheels in the car (205/60/15) ? Im going to be getting tires/rims soon and i really dig your stance 8) glad to see your car on the road :th:
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby speedphreake » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:22 pm

BadBowtie wrote:How did the 255/60/15 fit before the mini tub job? Would you call that setup "street able" ? And slightly off topic of the mini tub job, but how was the range of the front wheels in the car (205/60/15) ? Im going to be getting tires/rims soon and i really dig your stance 8) glad to see your car on the road :th:


The fit was tight but doable. I had to hammer the inner reinforcement some and I rolled the lip of the outer edge. I wasn't planning on doing the minitub and planned to drive it with the 255's and stock wheel wells.

Streetable? are you referring to the minitub job? It is totally streetable. I put 150 miles on the car with no problems with the tubs or tire size on the rear.

What are you referring to the "range" on the front tires? turning radius? If so, it's not to bad. Not really any worse than any other tire size when running the 2129 headers.
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby BadBowtie » Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:28 pm

speedphreake wrote:The fit was tight but doable. I had to hammer the inner reinforcement some and I rolled the lip of the outer edge. I wasn't planning on doing the minitub and planned to drive it with the 255's and stock wheel wells.

Streetable? are you referring to the minitub job? It is totally streetable. I put 150 miles on the car with no problems with the tubs or tire size on the rear.

What are you referring to the "range" on the front tires? turning radius? If so, it's not to bad. Not really any worse than any other tire size when running the 2129 headers.


You answered all my questions haha :mrgreen: Im looking forward to getting my project on the road after seeing yours!

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Re: My mini tub job

Postby LL8 Vega GT » Mon May 24, 2010 11:49 pm

I don't get it..... why scary to cut up an h-body?? Its not like they are worth anything rust-free or not? I thought these were the kind of cars to cut up and make them work right with some HP?? Not trying to be a smart azz, just trying to understand, please explain.
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby speedphreake » Tue May 25, 2010 8:55 am

It's so hard to find a nice clean rust free Vega, I didn't want to screw it up.
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby 48 Fiat » Sun Jul 25, 2010 5:52 pm

I am interested in doing the same thing to my 71 vega hatchback. Do you have any more photos of the project? I plan on using a trailer fender and cutting it down to the correct size. Any tips and suggestions will are appreciated. Thanks Jason.
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby speedphreake » Sun Jul 25, 2010 6:38 pm

Careful trimming and you can reuse the factory inner wheelwell. Take your time measuring, trimming, fitting. Its hard to explain what and how i did everything but I will try if you have any specific questions.
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby trukinjp13 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:03 pm

LL8 Vega GT wrote:I don't get it..... why scary to cut up an h-body?? Its not like they are worth anything rust-free or not? I thought these were the kind of cars to cut up and make them work right with some HP?? Not trying to be a smart azz, just trying to understand, please explain.


I've got 15,000 original miles on my car, original paint except roof and hood. Nothing was cut up putting in the smallblock or the 700r4, Or the rear end. I've been hesitant to start cutting into my car too. It's just so nice going to a car show and having a clean vega. I want to find another one to cut up and put a cage in. It's irritating how anal I get sometimes with where I take the car :bang: I know I know it's just a vega lol.
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby LL8 Vega GT » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:02 pm

yeah, its just a vega, and outside a few hundred people, they are worth nothing :th: So get the sawsall out and cutoff wheels ... its the only way to make it good

it reminds me of when my friend found a rare hotwheel still in the package. Another guy who is a collector offered $50 for it. He said no, and tore it out of the box and gave it to his kid, and said 'what fun is it in the box? here, play with this'

you can guess the reaction... but i learned a valuable lesson that day. The vega is just metal, it has more scrap value with a cage and tubs :D
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby Nocash » Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:35 am

Im thinking of mini-tubbing my rust free Monza. Very scary decision!
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby cjbiagi » Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:45 am

Looks like it is coming along very nice. If a mini tub is done correctly you shouldn't hardly even notice that anything was done. It's a great way to stuff bigger tires in there and still retain that stock look.
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby camarosrus » Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:08 pm

Very nice job. I'd like to do the same thing. What scares me is that mine is not rust free. I'm afraid of what I'll find when I start ripping into it. The fender lips are rusted, and the front inner fenders are pretty much toast. Its a 72 Panel I bought and V-8'd in 78, and its been in the garage since 87.
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby strokerchevyman » Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:41 pm

:th: how much would you charge me to do the same to my 72 vega and where you located
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