MX2: Cab Wheel Wells

Posted on Posted in MX2: 2001 Ford Ranger

Today I started to tackle the wheel wells. Since I want to keep the little curve, where the body line rolls into the back of the cab, I cut those pieces from the cab.

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The small portion to the bottom is the little curve I mentioned above. Roughly cutting the two pieces to fit I then clamp them into place.

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No backing material was used to weld this up. As you can see, things got a bit ugly.

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I repeat on the driver side pieces.

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After welding the driver side, I realize the angle was way off. I replace the part cut off from the wheel well edge.

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Grinding off the welds I smooth the edges.

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Next I cut a extra piece of 18 gauge steel to reinforce the curve. Unfortunately I didn’t snap a photo until I was finished. You can see the slight bulge where the reinforcing strip was welded on though.

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Wanting a better picture of the body line curves, I went outside into the sunlight. With better lighting they don’t look half bad.

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Next I dry fit the passenger side onto the body panel. I have to push the panel inward to align with the door.

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I make my trimming marks

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Then I trim and clean up the sharp edges.

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Going in the same fashion I use a strip of 16 gauge steel behind the seams. Tack welded wheel well curve into place.

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After tack welding, I tie a piece of string to hold the panel in place.

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I finish up welding the passenger side and repeat on the driver side.

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