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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Anybody ever open up the rear wheel wells of a wagon like the Impala SS or later Caprice? What kind of hell would one be getting into to try? Is it just a matter of steeling a section of a later quarter panel? I saw one wagon that had this done, and I really liked the look...
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
There was a DCM wagon on the net with open wheel wells. I can't remember where I saw it though. Take a look at SSinisterss 9C1 and Defiants RM they both did the rear of their sedans. I am sure both could tell you what's involved. I think the rear fenders are the coolest feature on the wagons (next to the wood that is). :D
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
I was going to cut mine "but" I like the wheel tucking in there.
Maybe next time or next wagon.
There is a DGGM one on the web.
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
it all goes back to my mis-spent youth and the 55 Nomad I was dumb enough to sell in the mid-80s.... the 55 was the only year of the Nomads that had the open wheel well. I know the 57 didn't, had one of those before the 55, but the 55 has a special place in my heart, so was just waxing nostalgic, don't want to make full clone, just thot that one signiture piece might me nice...
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
The guy that used to own the Corvette attraction in Daytona had made an Impala SS clone Wagon with the rear wheelwells done as you suggest. He told me it was a really big deal, but he had had it done by a street rod specialist and probably paid a lot more than he should have.

If you miss your old Nomad, wait for the regrets you will have in a few years after cutting up a nice B-Body Wagon.
 
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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
That DGGM does not look to bad though. Up close you would see how the lines of the car would be altered. Plus the skirts are less aero drag :cool:


If I had another wagon, I would maybe try it.
 
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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Like everything radical, the open wheelwells on that wagon take some time for the eyes to get used to. I think they look great! At the same time though, I also like skirted wagons. To me, skirts give a car a "cruiser" look, while open wheelwells look sportier and more aggressive. What you decide to do all depends on your personal taste and where you're going with your car. Either way it'll look good :cool:

If you want to see some of what was involved with my car, here are some pics. It's not finished yet, but almost there.
 
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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Open wheelwells on a wagon? Nah. Totally ruins the long lines of the car, and makes the rear windows and gate look out of place like they're just "hanging" off the ass end of the car.

Open wheelwells on the sedan definately looks better than the skirts though.
 
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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Defiant, Your car is looking awesome, I can apprciate the hours of work you have in the car. Looks like you hand fab'ed the wheel well opening... it that the only route? I was hoping that one could simply graft a section of a later quarter onto the older body to achieve the open wheel well. Is the rear door area different? I couldn't tell from the pics, did you hand fab it because you wanted to create your own wheel well shape?

Any help would be apprciated.
 
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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
I had to hand fab the openings on my car, because the quarter panels on the Roadmaster sedan are unique. Unlike the Impala and Caprice sedan/wagon, the rear doors on the RM sedan are part of the opening. What I did was use a big piece of cardboard to get a rough copy of the front wheelwell opening, then transferred the shape to the rear and carefully cut it out with a cutoff wheel. I still have to smooth it out some more and weld the inner wheelwells to the outer panels. I won't be using moldings... going for a perfectly smooth look :cool:.
 
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Discussion Starter · #16 ·
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by threeimpalas:
Open wheelwells on a wagon? Nah. Totally ruins the long lines of the car, and makes the rear windows and gate look out of place like they're just "hanging" off the ass end of the car.

Open wheelwells on the sedan definately looks better than the skirts though.
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What he said.
 
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Discussion Starter · #17 ·
I still want to cut mine before I repaint it, but with those I can tuck lugs when its on the floor.
I might plate says IMP WGN.
Color will stay the same.(thought of black)
What do you gut think.
 
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