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Widening the wheel base on a 67 MGB GT
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MGB Yank



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:13 pm    Post subject: Widening the wheel base on a 67 MGB GT Reply with quote

I wanted to widen the wheel base on my B by about an inch or so. Any advice on how to accomplish this?
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Nic Jarman



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can fit the after market wire wheels and you may have to remove some of the rear wheel arch rebate.
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victor 101



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You used to be able to buy spacers with extended bolts, the spacer was a disc with slotted holes to fit different PCT's and the bolts had a head the depth of the spacer with a thread on the inside that screwed on your exsisting wheel studs, the spacer stopped them unscrewing and you put your wheel on as normal. Obviously no good if you have wire wheels.
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Phil - Nottingham



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spacers and wide wheels put extra strain on the wheel bearings and steering joints which may be marginal anyway given the car's "pedigree"
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are you trying to achieve?
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MGB Yank



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wanted to widen the wheel base to accommodate an added design feature. I do have and want to keep my wire wheels. I wanted to add about an inch around the fenders, and build up the metal coming up the top side.
I found this picture on the web and love the way the car looks.

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victor 101



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe it would be possible to have your wires rebuilt with a wider rim.
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Rich5ltr



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Humm not to my taste, looks like an attempt at a Sebring MGB but lacking in taste and I really think that modern low profile tyres on classic cars look awful but that's just my opinion. Each to their own eh? Look for Sebring MGB/MGC wheel arches and you'll get what you want.
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MGB Yank



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, i am not looking to put on new rims i just want to add the trim around the fenders and keep my wire wheels. But if I add the trim i think my wheels will be too deep into the well?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MGB Yank wrote:
I agree, i am not looking to put on new rims i just want to add the trim around the fenders and keep my wire wheels. But if I add the trim i think my wheels will be too deep into the well?


yup I think it would look a bit odd, with flared arches and standard wheels and track. If you're going down the modification route, how about some big Minilites, a la Sebring? As others have said, I'd be wary of using spacers due to the loads etc

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Rich5ltr



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here you go, this is the way to do it!
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MGB Yank



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Much too grandiose for me. I am looking for something a little more subtle. I wanted to extend flare about an inch at a maximum. Thus looking into the wheel spacers, figuring if I could get an additional half to three quarters of an inch I would be ok.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did find some information on cutting out VW rabbit front fenders and Dodge Omni rear fenders to achieve the desired look, and experience?
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