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Post by Dave Chisholm Tue May 02, 2023 9:12 pm

I just bought a partially assembled car. It's got rear leafs, so I'm told it's a Sebring 5000.
I plan to put it on a C4 Corvette chassis, which is about seven inches wider. I'm wondering if anyone here has put larger flares on or even cut and widened the entire body.
I'll have MANY questions during the build and thank the community in advance for your help.
Also, is there a PDF assembly manual available? [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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Post by AHSebring64 Wed May 03, 2023 2:13 pm

Welcome to the Forum. You can find a build manual on the Home Page - General - Database.

You may want to consider updating/improving the suspension that you already have before you embark on trying to adapt your Sebring to a Corvette chassis. Less work and you won't lose the inherent look/charm of the Austin-Healey body style.
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Post by David V. Thu May 04, 2023 12:20 am

Welcome! I've only heard of the swap to a C4 chassis being done once, the flares were widened and re-shaped. Let me see if I can find it.

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Post by AHSebring64 Thu May 04, 2023 12:51 am

Doesn't like too bad with extra wide fender flares!
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Post by Dave Chisholm Thu May 04, 2023 9:56 am

It looks great. Thanks for the pics.

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Post by Jerry & Lisa Mills Sun May 07, 2023 1:02 am

Hello Dave C, Welcome
To answer your question...."or even cut and widened the entire body" yes it has been done by none other than Donald Healey.
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You can punch in "Austin Healey 4000" in your favorite search engine for more details.
If you can pull that off, (it would be so cool) you will go down in history.
On the other hand, have to agree with AHSebring64.
With Mustang II suspension you have so many choices to alter it to suit. If you want to see an absolutely amazing build, scroll though master car builder Hotrods write up here.
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It's long but worth it. I'd be willing to bet his car can mop the floor of any C4-C7 Vette and probably even a C8 up to 150mph.
Flares would be easier, but when they get that wide, they look kinda clownish (just my opinion) and you will lose the overall look of a design that has stood the test of time. Went to two car shows today and met 4 more people that had one. Also had a few younger people asking what it is. Couple kids sat in it and parents took pictures. The design is appealing to a wide range of ages because the proportions are correct. Super oversized flares wouldn't do it justice. I'll say again it would be super cool if you could widen it but man-o-man there's a lot of challenges there.

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