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Username Post: Mounting 61 Valance Panels        (Topic#355636)
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03-15-19 10:18 PM - Post#2762197    

How did GM mount these? What hardware is used? My car came with them unattached and in sorry shape in the trunk. I just had them sandblasted today and will be refinishing them. I can see from fitting up the panels, there's probably a couple thru bolts and some sheet metal screws? What style screws? There is one screw still attached to my car that has a large washer and hex head screw. Is this the 'correct' style. I figure as long as I have to purchase hardware I will make an effort to get the right stuff.

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1961 Bel Air Bubbletop

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03-16-19 02:39 AM - Post#2762202    
    In response to BelAirBub

May I suggest a 1961 Assembly Manual?

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03-17-19 10:08 AM - Post#2762299    
    In response to BelAirBub

I checked my car, came up with 5/16 bolts for the rear. I counted 14 total but I may be missing some. You also need 2 5/16 clips for corner- rear mount.

Don't forget your gonna need the rear bumper kinda loose. You will need tighten your rear bumper as last part of mounting. I'm unsure about the front valances.

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03-18-19 06:44 AM - Post#2762349    
    In response to Spas602

Thanks Spas. That conforms the fastener I have is right for the rest of the holes. Appreciate your helpful response! Also thanks for the tip on loosening the bumper.

1961 Bel Air Bubbletop

Edited by BelAirBub on 03-18-19 06:45 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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03-18-19 08:46 AM - Post#2762366    
    In response to BelAirBub

If the bumper isn't tweaked, I've had good results removing all the screws with a 1/4" ratchet and a small socket.


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