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whytry
04-09-2008, 09:14 AM
I am looking into minitubbing my Camaro, I do things a$$-backwards alot and the car is already painted and I am really trying to get better at welding as well so I can do this in the garage at home. I wanted to see from the people that have done it in their garage what have been their experiences. I have watched the DSE Video on it, but I am fairly new to welding in general and I also want to go to the Airbar while I am doing this as well. I want it low, so I know I have to do some mods to get the exhaust to run out the back too.

But as far as minitubbing, thoughts? Ideas? I know the welds don't have to look perfect but I would like them to be somewhat presentable.... As far as mods to the back seat, pretty straight forward as well?

nicks67camaro
04-09-2008, 03:47 PM
Do not worry about the car being in its present state. I have never approached this type of project and I am just taking my time. The DVD is okay but here is some info for you.

Things to note...
-Be careful as you cut the trunk towards the rear as you measure the cut points taper it in as you get to the back of the tub...(has potencial of a big gap)
-Stay tight to the shock mount on the cut side (there is a 3 fold of trunk, frame and floor that is a PITA)
-clean the crap out of everything I am very new to welding and the welds are good.
Here are some pics that may help

Rough measurement for rear seat
http://picsorban.com/upload/new seat width.jpg

frame welds
http://picsorban.com/upload/frame.jpg

all done in my garage
http://picsorban.com/upload/garage.jpg

If you done have a welder this was $250 used and works great
http://picsorban.com/upload/welder.jpg

If you have any other questions let me know....
Nick

David Pozzi
04-09-2008, 09:20 PM
Here are some photos:
http://hometown.aol.com/__121b_7l7+cGztldYzcqay1BdqXPtX4iTYlqGXwy6qjTTuzHo =

1969CamaroRS
04-09-2008, 09:33 PM
I'm in the same boat, learning welding so I can mini-tub my car myself. Going with a G-Bar as well.

Just ground off the undercoating on the inner fenders today to where I can see the spot welds. Going to be a interesting long process.

David - those pictures are really helpful, thanks!

whytry
04-10-2008, 01:45 PM
Awesome, thanks for the pics! I am hoping to start this soon.

1969CamaroRS
04-14-2008, 01:56 PM
Here is another link I found recently (SteveN):
http://www.pbase.com/steven69/minitubs

What is interesting about this set is he reinforces the rear frame rails on the inboard and under sides.

Gave me some good ideas :)