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Old 08-12-2019, 05:49 AM
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Default Fender to Body Attachment

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I've finally got the project back in the garage after a long hiatus.
I need to repair the cowl area where the fenders attach.


I've seen some kind of rubber welting material between the fender and body but I don't like the look. How do others attach these w/o using that? Just bolt them together with nothing between?






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Old 08-12-2019, 10:46 AM
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The welting strip is the worst for causing rust in the fender lip and the cowl as is present in our photo. I believe that it was used for a loose tolerance in stamping and aligning to compound curves. If you want the exact fit with no welting most people sculpture with filler to the shape they want. Remove the fender and continue to sculpture both halves and getting fill in-between the two pieces,.The down side comes when re-tightening the bolts and/or long term flex, where the filler cracks off.
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Old 08-12-2019, 12:43 PM
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Thanks John.


I will sculpt my metal to fit the fender to cowl.....man, this is going to be fun.....
I've already changed the flange on the fender.


I had one guy mention setting tape in the crack.
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Old 08-12-2019, 01:20 PM
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Yes a layer of tape between the two stops them from sticking together during filling.
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Personally, I would make the fit fit the best you can, between these panels, and thoroughly apply Epoxy sealer along that mating surface, then use windscreen mastic sandwiched between. This will allow flex, movement whilst still holding firm against the mating surface.
If not! The vibration of these panels will wear the paint down, so you end up with creaks and squeaks, then the dreaded rust will start over again as it will bare metal in areas.

I have used 3M protective tape along both edges on a different cab, but same application, the tape just wore through to steel.
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Thanks.


Sounds about the same as the setting tape for glass that another fellow mentioned. Will definitely use something there. Flange and cowl metal will be reinforced and thickened for a strong connection. Fender flange is 14 ga now.
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I'd have the welting put back in and you'll need to be very precise with those mounting holes. The sheetmetal in these early car daisychain together and you have to start off perfect or by the time get out to radiator cores and front aprons nothing will match up and the hood won't set in place.
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I'd have the welting put back in and you'll need to be very precise with those mounting holes. The sheetmetal in these early car daisychain together and you have to start off perfect or by the time get out to radiator cores and front aprons nothing will match up and the hood won't set in place.

Thanks. I have new metal made up, welded the cowl patch in, and was about to cut the fender before I checked everything for level. I can see how welding the new fender flange on just a wee bit crooked to the fender will gum up the whole works.


I will go out and level off the whole car before moving forward.









































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