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Old 05-20-2005, 06:02 AM
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1939 Chevy Fenders

I have a 39 chevy 2 door sedan, when I got the car the front end was totally disassembled. I have bought fenders and inners from superior fiberglass but I have no clue how they attach. Does the inner bolt to the frame, then the fender bolts to the inner?

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Old 05-20-2005, 08:06 AM
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If it is anything like my '36 Pontiac was, the inner fender wells do not bolt directly to the frame. They bolt to the body @ 4 or 5 captured nuts that are in the depression where the fender goes then they bolt to the front radiator support. Then fenders then bolt to the body, rim of the inner fender well and grille which is also mounted to the radiator support. The only thing in front that bolted to the frame was the radiator mount and two stamped heavy sheet metal fender support brackets that attached @ the radiator support and followed the curve of the fender and attached to the fender bead on its outer edge. That was pretty standard construction across the industry for decades - my '53 Chevy pickup has virtually the same assembly method. Nothing in front of the body attaches directly to the frame except the radiator support which is attached in the very center bottom. This allows the frame to move separately from all the sheet metal without distorting it I guess.
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Thats going to be another problem, I don't have the rad support it was removed prior to getting the car, Is there a manual or pictures that would show this. i have the original (reprint) manual for the car but it does not show it.
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Maybe someone can send you the dimensions. That thing is the key to the whole assembly so you definitely need one. Do the guys who made your fenders have a repro support or any recommendations of what to do if you don't have the support? It wouldn't be very difficult to build one from some rectangular tubing if you could get a few clear photos and some basic dimensions. Surely someone on Hotrodders.com has a '39 BoTi disassembled to the point they could give you some valuable info.
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I have an aftermarket rad support. Chassis Engineering, I think... Bought it a year ago. Look in my project journal. I THINK after pic 80, or so.

Nothing bolts to the frame except the rad support.

Radiator first
Then grill shell
Hood
inners to the cowl and rad shell
outers to the inners, rad shell and running boards




Got a link to Superior?
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Old 05-20-2005, 10:43 AM
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Here is one, in case you havent heard of this web page it rocks!

http://www.tocmp.com/ (the main page)

http://chevy.tocmp.com/1929_54chevyparts/info/042.HTM
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