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 Posted: 06-26-2010 02:19 pm
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whitedog1
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Greetings,

I am doing a complete bare metal resto on my early 1973 but cannot determine what the bottom portion of the front fenders are suppose to look like because they are rusted away.

Does anyone have pictures showing the bottom edge from the INSIDE of a detached fender??? Parts book is of NO help and I can't find any pics to use for fabricating the sheet metal. Cheers.

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 Posted: 06-26-2010 05:13 pm
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Gary Martin JH 15371
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I have a extra fender that is off the car. I can take pictures of it tonight and post them. (at work at the moment). The fender is damaged, but OK in the area your talking about.   Gary 

I can never figure out how to place pictures on the message board. Procedure escapes me. So, I put them in my JHPS photo gallery and here is the link.

 

http://jhppg.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=28642

 

Last edited on 06-27-2010 04:51 am by Gary Martin JH 15371

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 Posted: 06-27-2010 06:41 am
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Thanks Gary ! much appeciated!!

Question: in your photo I spy two oval holes for mounting along the bottom edge, presumably to the rocker. Given that the bottom edge of mine are rusted away/ bondo, are the attach bolts going thru the fender and into threaded clips or a fixed nut on the rocker? I have two new rockers but don't remember seeing any attach points on them for that bottom edge of the fender. So....can you tell me how the attach point plays out? i.e. Clips slid into a hole or the edge of a square opening or is it a welded nut?

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 Posted: 06-27-2010 03:14 pm
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Brett Gibson JH5 20497
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On an original rocker panel there are nuts welded into the panel so that the fendor bolts down to it, if you have the Delta replacements they do not come with that and you need to add them, there is a pop rivet style thread insert that does the trick nicely.

It's also not a good idea to bolt the fendor flush on to the rocker, what I discovered on my car was the factory had fitted a long plastic or PVC strip along the flange to keep them seperated slightly, approximatley 1/16" thick.

Brett 

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 Posted: 06-27-2010 04:55 pm
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Thanks Brett! Gotta love the Internet. People you've never met reponding to lend support within a day of posting. I have weld nuts laying about looking for pupose in life. Thanks too for the tip on clearance. I will be using narrow seam tape as an intermediary there and along the top edge where it joins to the inner fender, it helps preserve the paint where they meet and as they are bolted. In the case of the bottom edge, the tape will be several pieces spaced apart rather than one long one to give better drainage. While it's been said many times many ways, I am simply astounded by how poorly designed the body is with no eye towards designing for "mechanical" rust prevention. The "box" area formed behind the fender and encompassing the top of the rocker and footwell metal is a classic example of apparently having learned or caring little about previous rust problems. Interestingly, my floor pans are all solid but the rockers are trash.

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