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Old 04-14-2012, 07:19:26 PM   #1
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Fenderwell on the inside of fenders right?

The first time I built my car, I put the outside, raw edge of the inner fenders UNDER the actual fender so that they were exposed and "under" the inside of the wheel well. I saw where somebody else asked this, can't find it and can't remember the response. Seems it was different for Ponchos"

Anyway I will assume, until told otherwise, that the inners fit inside the finished edge of the fender. This makes the fenders infinitely harder to put on SO do you mount up the inner fenders and put the whole assembly (inner and real fender) on at the same time? I was told that the inners are the last piece of the nose to put in after everything else is done becasue they can pull off the alignment.

I mounted up a fender as a test today and quickly lost the battle where I was trying to put them inside. I MUST say though that the inners have cool indentations for the nut clips so I think I get how they go together but NOT how to do it!

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Old 04-14-2012, 07:30:30 PM   #2
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Inner fenders are on the outside of the outer fender in the wheel well area.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:26:44 PM   #3
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Thanks Chris, guess I got that mixed up. Good news is that I did not make myself crazy trying to make it work before I asked! Usually I do the opposite.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:37:22 PM   #4
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Agreed, the inners are are outside the fenders. You can see the exposed edge of the inners after the fender is installed.
Along the same theme as this thread....can you put the inner fenders on before the fenders? I seems when I took mine apart the inners had to come out first to access some mounting points for the front of the fenders. Mines is a '79 BTW.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:38:44 PM   #5
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If everything's painted,tape the hell out of it all.Lotta scratchin goin on during assembly.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:58:47 PM   #6
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If everything's painted,tape the hell out of it all.Lotta scratchin goin on during assembly.

So is it better to leave them out and then install them once the fenders are on?
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:04:46 PM   #7
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Yeah.Still have to tape it up with blue tape.Underside of the fender is one good spot,where it bolts to the inner,the whole outer edge of the fender.Its amazing how many ways something wants to go wrong,lol.
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Yeah.Still have to tape it up with blue tape.Underside of the fender is one good spot,where it bolts to the inner,the whole outer edge of the fender.Its amazing how many ways something wants to go wrong,lol.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:18:19 PM   #9
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Do yourself a HUGE favor and installthe inner fenders with the lower front valance OFF. It has a lip that goes between the upper header and lower valance anyway, plus it is a close fit against the rad support. I have done it with everything together but there were lots of scratched up paint.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:11:14 PM   #10
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I'm not sure how I did it the first time but I think I put the inner in place, bolted it very loosely and mounted the fenders, then spent most of a day with an air rachet and pointed body bolts trying to get the rest of the sheet metal for the inners and fillers etc. to line up.

I think the inners look like a$$ where they mount. But I do recall that it is the correct way to do it.

It is like most everything else, it takes time patience and determination. I had it all together once, it did not look too bad then so I will get it.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:14:54 PM   #11
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On another note, this time around I will jamb and assemble then paint assembled.

Unless I am missing something, and considering the fact that I am likely going to attempt what will be a tri-stage pearl job, I will need it to be together. PLUS if I painted it and started putting it together only to bust paint of fresh edges. . . .I would crap.

It can be pretty discouraging to put it all together, spend a lot of time lining it all up then busting it apart again just to put some color on it.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:46:57 PM   #12
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I've been asked about my inner fenders before. My inner fenderwells are mounted "inside" the outer fender. They were like that when I bought the car.
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Old 04-15-2012, 01:48:32 AM   #13
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cali,
I think it would look better and it looks like the inners I have are ready to accept the clips and flush mount. Who knows, maybe I have the wrong ones.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:27:42 AM   #14
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I've been asked about my inner fenders before. My inner fenderwells are mounted "inside" the outer fender. They were like that when I bought the car.
Tire slop from the road has a better chance to into that joint and rot your fender lip that way.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:24:45 AM   #15
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I've been asked about my inner fenders before. My inner fenderwells are mounted "inside" the outer fender. They were like that when I bought the car.

Sometimes they're reinstalled this way to provide additional tire clearance. Doing so can eliminate tire rub when the tire/wheel fit is very close.
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