My mini tub job

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My mini tub job

Postby speedphreake » Wed May 27, 2009 5:26 pm

Well, I did it. I cut up a perfectly good rust free car to mini tub it. Scariest day I've had in a long time. lol I'm running 26x10 slicks, they stick out 1 1/2" past the lip of the wheel well on a 9" wheel. My car is now covered in rubber from 2 burnouts last weekend. My goal is to run a 275/60/15. I'm moving the wheel well in 2" to get it to fit with room to spare and be totally inside the wheelwell.
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby speedphreake » Wed May 27, 2009 5:27 pm

Waht a big hole now... lol
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby speedphreake » Wed May 27, 2009 5:31 pm

I can now fit the tire completely inside the wheel well with room to space. Now I just need to piece it all back together.
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby 73astregt » Wed May 27, 2009 6:58 pm

well you are definitely a braver man than me lol! ive been getting bugged to death by a couple buddys to do this to mine but i cant bring myself to cut into the car. please keep the pics and info coming as you do this id like to see whats involved to do the mini tub job !
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby Yenkoboy » Wed May 27, 2009 8:25 pm

Can't wait to see you finish up. I will like to see pics of the Suspension being moved. Are you staying 4 Link?


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Re: My mini tub job

Postby speedphreake » Wed May 27, 2009 8:35 pm

I've been putting this off for awhile cuz I was scared to cut into it, today I decided just to jump in with both feet.

Yes, staying 4 link. I'm using the insides of the stock mounting points on the body. This way I can still run the car at "stock suspension" class races. I think my biggest suspension issue is moving the springs. I've got it figured out and it should come out pretty good, I hope. lol
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby 72 SS PNL » Wed May 27, 2009 8:40 pm

looking good so far , keep at and keep posting pics
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby waybad » Wed May 27, 2009 9:08 pm

speedphreake wrote:I've been putting this off for awhile cuz I was scared to cut into it, today I decided just to jump in with both feet.

Yes, staying 4 link. I'm using the insides of the stock mounting points on the body. This way I can still run the car at "stock suspension" class races. I think my biggest suspension issue is moving the springs. I've got it figured out and it should come out pretty good, I hope. lol



Keep taking pictures,, I have the same thoughts,, but everyone here is telling me I'm crazy
to cut up a rust free car also :bang: .. I just want a better look and a bigger tire,,
i want to keep my back seat also?? might have to cut it down a little? :dance:
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby speedphreake » Wed May 27, 2009 9:22 pm

I'm trying to keep the back seat and still be able to fold it down. It looks like bottom will squeeze back in with no mods. The top part will be the issue. Once I finish one side of the minitub I'm going to test fit the seat and see how bad it will be.
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby rocketride » Wed May 27, 2009 10:47 pm

Looking good. I know what you mean about hesitating on cutting a rust free body. I went through the same thing before I cut my Starfire but I always liked the pro street look. A sawsall is one of the best investments I've made, Told my wife I could use it to trim the branch on the trees with it too. :lol:
Keep up the good work and more pictures.

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Re: My mini tub job

Postby greg72 » Thu May 28, 2009 9:23 am

Good start!

I love mini-tubbed cars.... I have always wanted to do this to a Dart or Duster. years ago Direct Connection sold a srping relocation kit (leaf spring) that was used to move the spring so the cars could be mini-tubbed.

Your idea to utilize the inside edge of the stock lower control arm mounting points reminded me of the leaf spring relocation kits , that's what they did.

I already love your car, this will just make it better!
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby Fasterthansome » Thu May 28, 2009 11:46 am

Wow thats alot of work to tuck a 26" tire. I'm lazy I would just stick a 9" tire under it. :D Or mini tub it for a 28x10.
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby waybad » Thu May 28, 2009 1:35 pm

speedphreake wrote:I've been putting this off for awhile cuz I was scared to cut into it, today I decided just to jump in with both feet.

Yes, staying 4 link. I'm using the insides of the stock mounting points on the body. This way I can still run the car at "stock suspension" class races. I think my biggest suspension issue is moving the springs. I've got it figured out and it should come out pretty good, I hope. lol


Are the upper mounts going to be useable also,, can't tell from the pictures if you cut into them?
are they further inward were you didn't have to cut them? and hurry up!!!!!!
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby 73astregt » Thu May 28, 2009 7:38 pm

you should contact one of the moderators and have this thread transferred to the project journals section im shure this would garner a lot of interest from other members looking to do the same thing to thier cars . i for one would like to see this job documented from start to finish with good pics!
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Re: My mini tub job

Postby BillPappy » Fri May 29, 2009 7:33 am

Waybad Showed me this link back sometime ago .. Should be included..

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