AMD Fender Fit

Discussion in 'Body Restoration' started by Grizzlyman, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. Scott51

    Scott51 Veteran Member

    Jan 2, 2012
    New Zealand
    As far as body repairs go, the lower fender patch is actually pretty simple, but there are couple of things people often slip up on:

    measure before you cut anything - check the fender is straight with pretty good alignment on the car and take some reference measurements from bolt holes, body lines, panel edges. I'll often scribe a couple of datum lines and reference points just outside of the repair area to assist.

    fit your patch panel before you cut away the original
    - too many people hack out all the rusty metal then start fitting the patch panel in the gaping hole which makes proper fitment and alignment way harder than it needs to. If you need to trim some of the original fender away to get the fitment close, try to leave things like body lines and braces in place to help 'register' the patch panel.

    plan your cuts - to do decent repair you'll need to do some hammer & dolly work to stretch the HAZ area, so think about where to cut to make this easy. On a lower fender repair this means cutting the inner brace out, chances are this is rusty too, but you'll need to make the cut at least an inch above the butt join of the outer skin to give you dolly access. Large flat areas warp more so keeping the joint close the lower body is a good idea, but not so close that grinding and finishing the weld is overly difficult. Sorry Giggity but ideally your joint/cut should have been 1-2 inches higher or lower.

    check it before you wreck it - when you think you've got your patch in the right shape and place, mark it and trim things back so there's about 1/2" overlap of old and new. Bolt up the fender and use strong magnets or sheetmetal screws to hold the patch in place and check fitment. If you really have to pry or push on things to get the patch to line up, it needs more work. This may mean taking the fender/patch on and off at least a few times.
  2. CamarosRus

    CamarosRus Veteran Member

    NO ETA on AMD fenders.................

    I would think they would sell pretty well...............

    I have quite a few fenders that are excellent
    and quite a few needing lower patches...

    What company lower patch piece is BEST to use?????
  3. Scott51

    Scott51 Veteran Member

    Jan 2, 2012
    New Zealand
    good question, I had some from a swapmeet that were really average and it sounds like others have had the same experience. If the lower wheel arch area is salvageable I'd recommend making your own, the rest of it is very simple to make without specialist tools
  4. boardog

    boardog Veteran Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    north ga
    amd has a fender being reproduced. been in the works since last year. it will be a good fender. they have worked to make it as correct as possible.[indentations and wrinkles]
  5. badazz81z28

    badazz81z28 Veteran Member

    May 4, 2001
    Las Vegas, NV
    ^^^hopefully it's a lot better then the header panels.
  6. CamarosRus

    CamarosRus Veteran Member

    The header panels you write about...are they MFG by
    AMD or by someone else ??? (such is the case with the
    current Fender on the AMD web site)
  7. 76 for 26

    76 for 26 New Member

    Dec 29, 2015
    Resurrecting a dead thread to let everyone know that amd has received their new 2nd gen Camaro fenders. They are showing in stock for $300 each. Checked summit and some other retailers (cheaper) and they do not have in stock yet, just old "x" fenders.
  8. jbloake

    jbloake Veteran Member

    May 1, 2002
    NS Canada
    New from AMD, Nice !

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  9. badazz81z28

    badazz81z28 Veteran Member

    May 4, 2001
    Las Vegas, NV
    They seem to have the crinkle marks...I would give a pair a try
  10. DrPepper

    DrPepper Member

    Aug 29, 2017
    Central VA
    Well, I just ordered a LH fender from AMD. Their site says the fender is in stock and delivery 'should' be within 5 business days.
    The fenders & hood I have are Goodmark and we (I have a 30 body man helping me) have spent hours trying to align the front clip. Everything lines up w/ good gaps except the LH hood/fender gap. Tight at the windshield and fat at the front.
    When I get the fender installed, I'll update w/ 'my opinion' of AMD's new product.
    badazz81z28 likes this.

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