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Username Post: Fender Installation w/ inner Fender?        (Topic#364025)
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01-18-21 12:40 PM - Post#2812339    

I can't seem to find the thread that discussed installing the fenders, so I thought I'd ask the question. Is it better to install the fender with or without the inner fender attached? I thought I'd read a few years ago that people preferred mounting the fender with the inner fender attached. My issue is that I have to install the heater box before I do that, and the heater core is on backorder. The car is on jackstands with no wheels, so I'd figure it shouldn't be hard to install later on, correct? What are your thoughts? I'd like to get the fenders off the floor and on the car, but not if it's going to be tough to install the inner fenders later.


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01-18-21 01:38 PM - Post#2812341    
    In response to jktucker92

I've only hung the front clip once and that was with the inners mounted to the fenders.

It seems to me that you will run the risk of scratching paint as you jockey the inner to get it mounted.

Having said that, I'm remembering that I pulled the inners long before I pulled the front fenders off in the restoration process. Of course I wasn't as worried about scratches coming apart.

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01-18-21 03:58 PM - Post#2812352    
    In response to Gaspains

Just installed mine the other day. The secret is to make sure the car is high enough so you can get up underneath them and jockey them in position. Put tape or some kind of protection on your A-frames and install the shields later. Leave the bolts loose until you’ll get them all in. Start with the two bolts with the big cupped washers on the top. Good luck. Classic industries sells a bolt kit with the correct hex head Fasteners .

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01-24-21 02:09 PM - Post#2812826    
    In response to jktucker92

Put the heater fan housing on and then install fender with inner attached. There is one nut on the heater box you can't get to with inner fender on but with it being fresh put together you can unbolt the lower 3 or 4 bolts to reach it or just leave that one nut off.


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