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Spare tire well modification.

Discussion in '1936-Present Suburban' started by Mudbone, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. Mudbone

    Mudbone Registered Member

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    I have an 88 3/4 Burb. Its stock except for the 33x12.50s that the PO put on it. (well there is that jungle gym of a homemade redneck brush guard/winch mount.) I plan to keep some type of large tires on it and they will not fit in the spare tire well. How difficult would it be to cut out the well and have a sunken tool box fabbed up with a flush lid? Also since two is always better than one, how would you re-route the gas filler neck so that I could put one on the other side?
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I have no idea how tough it would be, but if ou do it take lots of pictures and post up.
     
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    depends, how good are you at welding sheet?

    if your good, then make a square box the same size cut out the wheel well, and drop the box in and weld it up make a lid.

    if yo still want to use it i have thought of getting a replacement, wheelwell from lmc or something, and cutting it wider, "tubbing" it out wider to fit a larger tire.
     
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    My yellow crapsman carry toolbox fits there. I put acouple rags under it so they dont fly around put the tool box in and there is room for a quart or two of oil and brake fliud on the sides. I put my 4 star in the well in front of the toolbox to keep it snug. Less than half the box sticks out and it all stays pretty secured. Plus you can take all your tools to the front of the truck when you work on it instead of walking back and forth.
     
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    It would be cool to just cut it out and leave a hinged lid on it so you could...uhhh...use the facilities in private whenever you wanted :shame: :woot:
     
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    There's not alot of room to reroute the filler tube. Maybe you coud put it into the wheelwell with an elbow and some extra tube. I think the fuel cap assembly would unbolt and you could relocate. then you could make a little box behind the fuel door to "hide your weed." I know of a guy locally who cut out the tire well completely, put in a flat sheetmetal floor and trimmed the fenders right under the body fold line.
     
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    So if you don't use the spare tire well, where do you keep your spare? :confused:
     
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    its a 37" spare so it doesent fit the spare location anyways. Its just ratcheted down in the middle of the bed.
     
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    mines housing two optimas
     
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    Thats a good idea.
     
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    Just make sure you don't have a tailpipe below it, otherwise... :haha:
     
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    I just pulled mine out. I'll prob make a hinged lid for it and figure something out later. I'm thinking about cutting another hole above the gas tank to make trail repairs on the fuel pump easy.
     
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    I was just going to remove mine and replace it with a flat piece. One of these days I will need the clearance....
     
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    I like the idea of putting a lid over the well and usingit as a toolbox...nice and flush, so no A$$ will see my tools and try to steal them...
     
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    It would certainly be a new way to deal with tailgaters.
     
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    Bombs Away!

    Talk about the S**t hitting the fan! LOL This feature would be great on a suburban with say....8-12 inchs of lift..get that Bomber effect! :bow::bow::bow:
     

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