No wheels today sorry. But I did start to claw back some space in the shop. The body lifter went back to being a storage rack. A lot of the metal pile used for the chassis fabrication became scrap metal. Need to decide if I am going to keep or scrap the chassis platform; not really needed at this point and it is in the way.
Also decided I have too many v8 engines: One foam mock up, one core that lives under the English wheel and a fully machined one in bits that eats of a ton of room with all the boxes of parts. The core has got to go!
So, while the car looks the same, the shop feels a lot roomier. Will try for wheels on Sunday.
OK, so its not really resting on the suspension at ride height, but this is pretty much where it is going to end up relative to the body.
the chassis plate is in the way of putting it on the ground, so I had to shim the tires up to the right height.
So, some issues. Unless I want to go all "Hella Flush" there is a clearance issue with the tires. My desire would be to not alter the body if possible.
Currently 205 55 16 tires. could go down to a 50 profile and see if that helps. It is that close if i am willing to roll the fenders.
Can try another offset, but Not a fan of the flush looking wheels nor do I know how to do this without buying a selection of wheels and tires.
It is at the limit of getting away with rolling the fender lips. Even that is not a good thing in my universe.
I could just declare war and pull out the saw and English wheel and do flares, but that is a lot of work that I don't look forward to, not do I always like the results. Designers are well paid cause they are good at what they do, and I think they nailed this car.
A possible but laborious option is to shotern the a-arms by 1/2", but that seems like a lot of work at this point. Is it more work than doing fender flares? Not sure yet
I think what I might do with the chassis frame is use it to form the basis of a rotisserie.
If it help's at all I have the set of standard 14" steel wheels off my other halfs Mk2 Mx5 I could check the dimensions of. This might give you an idea about how far you can go inwards to clear the suspension and brakes. A lot of after market wheels seem to be made to stick out more then really needed, I don't think those wheels you have are genuine ones are they ? If you really wanted to use those wheels is there any excess material on the hub face that could be removed perhaps.
It looks pretty close to being right with the front end on there, it's almost as though you could get away with just a very slightly stretched tyre, just enough to take the curve out of the sidewall. Slightly different offset on the wheels should see you sorted and keep the trimming to a minimum I hope.
Whole thing looks very purposeful and right, like you haven't done anything (even though we know you've done LOADS), which is good.
Thanks all for the feedback. Good to know this appeals to more than my twisted imagination.
Vulgalour has it right, the goal would be to not do any changes to the body. And it is early days yet. It will be tight no matter what, but I think that there will be a way to get rim and tire inside of the fenders.
Keep in mind that the rims I have are the first effort bought to get the project rolling. Wheel and tire size are one of the first things that needs to be determined when doing this kind of project. I also like the BBS brand that somehow seems fitting for this car, don't ask why? Unfortunately, I don't think they will make the final cut. I expect that the final solution will involve a new set of rims with a bit more inward offset and a tire with a bit less bulge and even then a roll of the fender lip might be required. I am hunting for 3/4"
I will check out the link above (thanks) and see if it helps.
Post by 07lilredwagon on Nov 30, 2015 23:11:11 GMT
this project is just awesome...good luck getting the tires and wheels to behave....I'm sure you will come up with a tasteful solution. I agree with "just a bit of tuck" to get them inside the fender lip would do wonders...any chance of actually lifting the back end slightly?...
Just for fun I tried a set of 15" by 6.5" wide with 195 55 15 tires. JUST squeaks by on the front with only a bit of issue at full lock. The rears are still 16 mm shy of tucking inside. The BBS wheels have a 42 mm offset and these are 40, so it kind of cancels out any benefits when looking for clearance.
That does sound tricky if the 195/55s are still causing issues at the back. The front looks ace though! In fact your last picture looks pretty good as is!!
I was trying to think what's available in 4x100 with a higher offset than 40, and struggling... A quick search seems that some Renaults might work or the BMW mini could be an option (and easier to find over there)
Mind you, that would only give 10mm extra and you're after 16mm. I doubt you'd want to go narrower than a 195 running a 302 V8!!
You could try and source some split rims and build them up to suit? What's the inside clearance like?