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Old 10-26-2010, 09:16 PM
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1968 Mustang - replace PS inner fender apron - battery corrosion

hello all,

i have a 1968 Mustang Coupe.

question: can someone provide tips or suggestions on a good aftermarket source for a Passenger side inner fender apron?

mine is suffering from years of corrosion (from the battery).

i have read one on-line article on how to do this. the article also provided a source for the "sheet metal" replacement part.

i have also read that many of the after market sheet metal parts, vary GREATLY with respect to quality and fit. i would really appreciate any advice or source information from someone that has been down this road already

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Old 10-27-2010, 01:57 AM
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Arizona Muscle Mart on 59th Ave in Phoenix,AZ has a large stock of used donor Mustangs and will probably be able to hook you up,anyway have them send you a catalog they also have new parts.
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NPD has repopp inner fender aprons. I am in the same boat as you and am about to do this same repair.
I bought the cheaper apron because the consensus on Vintage Mustang Forum was that had the better fitment.
It is only about 30 bucks.

Check out a blog of a guy who did this. He writes very well and provides good pictures.

AOLSHOVE BLOG

He also talks about which repop piece to buy.

PS. Spent a lot of time in Belvidere, IL a few years back when I was working for Chrysler traveling to the Assembly plant there.
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thank you VERY MUCH for the great feedback.

thank you
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You may wish to try car-part.com as you may be able to source a usable part there locally..

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I replaced all my aprons on my 68 fastback, make a drawing of engine compartment and measure, measure, measure, make sure everything is fastened in place so when you remove battery apron nothing moves. i tried using spot weld cutters, junk welds too hard. what i did was drilled a 1/8" hole thru the center of the spot weld and then used a 3/8" drill till it reached the outer circle of the spot weld and broke the weld loose. the 3/8 left a counter sink spot where i drilled, when i weld the apron in place i filled in the counter sink hole, looked like the original spot weld
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thank you for the feedback.

question: when i remove the RH inner fender apron - is there a danger of something moving?

if so - what / how do i anchor things in place (so the rest of the components do not move).

thank you.

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from the top measure the inside distance of engine compartment width from left front apron to right front battery apron. write down the width. measure inside from right fire wall lip to radiator housing, that way you have the correct inside length and width. clamp in place and weld. i used metal screws, then removed after welding and spot weld the holes that the screws made. installing one apron will be easy. i installed all 4 plus front frame rails, got pretty hairy but i took all kinds of measurements from different points made braces and jigs to set frame in, all came out o k . hope this info helps
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yes - this really helps!

thank you,

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