When I'm done, it "will"
look quite a bit different than simply "adding six inches through the trunk area"
. I will, in the end, post pictures "before modifications"
and "after modifications"
But your comment does lead me to my next planned step in the modification of the car's body.
Joined Jun 26, 2011
· Jul 29, 2022
"Maybe it's the perspective the pics were taken from but I have his feeling when you are done with the rear you're going to end up deciding to kick out the front a bit."
jag1959, I must confess that your comment was never lost on me (I have always thought that the front end of the car was a little too short)
but because I did not want to go through the work I tried my hardest to resist making a front end change.
I figure at this point “I’m whipped”. I have already pursued “fins” and wasted alot of time and money, so I figure if I don’t end up with the look that I am after by the time that I invest money in finishing it (painting it)
that I will have really wasted my time and money. So I intend to bump the front end out perhaps 5” while moving the engine carriage (and consequently front wheels)
forward 2.5”. This will not only lengthen the front end but would also give me a 2004 Taurus that could comfortably fit 33” overall height wheel/tire combos at all four corners (not that I would do it)
My initial thoughts are to completely strip the front end (bumper and its cover, fenders, hood, etc.)
Then move the mounts for all of these items (bumper, radiator, fenders)
forward 5”, through extending the frame rails if necessary. Then move the engine cradle assembly mounts forward 2.5”. I figure that because I intend to increse the size of the front wheel wells approximately 5” (just like the rear of the car)
that I can simply purchase some sheet metal to fill in the gaps at the top rear of fenders (the portion behind the wheel wells)
. The only thing that I anticipate purchasing at this point in order to make these front end changes would be a second hood, which I would use the rear 5” of to extend the length of my current hood.
More to follow…..