The reason to do a "mini-tub" job is to make room for larger rear tires. The
job isn't difficult, but it is very time consuming. When working in the Dodge
Dart you have to be a bit of a contortionist to get to all of the areas that
need welding. The job appears to be somewhat easier in the Duster, Demon and
Barracuda. This is the first time I've ever attempted this. If I can do it, so
I cut the wheel well from the trunk floor with a plasma cutter. Holding
the gun right next to the wheel well helped with a straight cut.
Wheel well removed.
The flange which is left on the rail must be removed with a grinder and
the seam welded shut.
Hinge mount before cutting to size.
Hinge mount after cutting.
Frame and floor welded back together and ground down.
Hinge mount closeup.
Patch panels held in place with Cleco fastners. I flanged all of the patch
panels with a hand held flanging tool.
View from Inside wheel well.
Interior, patched and welded.
Trunk patched and welded.
Nearly complete drivers side tub.
Passenger side wheel tub removed.
Wheel well reinstalled and interior patch panel is in place.
Inside of the wheel well. Cleco's holding the panels prior to welding.