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Old 07-16-2004, 08:47 PM
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Unhappy 1980 Camaro Replacing both Front end finders, before I start help needed...

HI to all!, My car, 1980 Camaro Z28

I am going to be replacing both of the Front Fenders, and also the nose of the Camaro.

I have purchased Original GM replacements from a friend in Hudson NY. I have them at home.

Any tips on the installment would be Wonderful. I am thinking with original GM replacements, no such Buying from other countries, I should not have that many issues,, I hope I am right on that.

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Old 07-16-2004, 08:55 PM
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keep track of all the spacers and place them back in the same place it will make for much less adjustment troubles still will prolly have to lpay with em since nothing is perfect ever
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Old 07-16-2004, 09:16 PM
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Thanks 77Z,

I have noticed many Spacers on the original Nose and apper to be glued there, so Hopefully none will fall of when I remove the nose,


Also, in what order do I replace the front end peices as in Nose, And left from Fender and Right.

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Installing fenders

When you install body panels always start aligning from the rear and work forward. Before bolting on the fenders make sure your doors are aligned with the quarter panels and rockers if the alignment is good and your hinges are tight bolt on your fenders starting at the rear of the fender at the fire wall .keep track of the body shims and how many were in each location when you remove the old fenders ,install a fender with old shims when tighteng the bolts make sure your door to fender gap is even and the fender is flush withe the door, you have to make sure that you have enough gap to open the door without hitting the fender, if your fender is not aligned with the door you will adjust your alignment by removing or adding shims, it somtimes takes a little trial and error, if your fender is to high at the top and bottom you could try taking one shim from the top and put it on the bottom, somtimes the bottom of the fender looks good and the top is high and the center is in to far, you remove a shim from the top and leave it out when you tighten the top bolt the center will move out. After the rear of the fenders are aligned bolt on your front panels just snug the bolts, and install the hood hinges and hood , don't close the hood yet! you need to square the hood opening I measure across from the rear corner of one fender to the other side to the of corner of the hood opening and do the same from the other side and adjust the front to square the opening and then carfully lower the hood and adjust it to fit the opening. If the hood fits but is to high in the rear you adjust the hood hinge by loosning the rear hinge bolt and lowering the rear of the hinge or if its as low as it will go you could raise the front of the hinge.and if its to low you do the oposite, takes some time but it will make a difference in the overall look of your car. I hope this will help if you have a problem or have a question I'll check back every day and will be glad to be of help.

When you install body panels always start aligning from the rear and work forward. Before bolting on the fenders make sure your doors are aligned with the quarter panels and rockers if the alignment is good and your hinges are tight bolt on your fenders starting at the rear of the fender at the fire wall .keep track of the body shims and

When you install body panels always start aligning from the rear and work forward. Before bolting on the fenders make sure your doors are aligned with the quarter panels and rockers if the alignment is good and your hinges are tight bolt on your fenders starting at the rear of the fender at the fire wall .keep track of the body shims and

When you install body panels always start aligning from the rear and work forward. Before bolting on the fenders make sure your doors are aligned with the quarter panels and rockers if the alignment is good and your hinges are tight bolt on your fenders starting at the rear of the fender at the fire wall .keep track of the body shims and
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repeating

I don;t know what caused the repeating on that answer at the end?????
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Thanks Jhenery

I appreciate your reply on my upcoming job to replace those parts. Now that I have the info you provided and others too, I am sure I now know how to start this job and complete it. I will let you know how it goes.

Also, if you know, will I be able to change the Heater Core once I remove the fender on the passenger side of the car? i have been needing to replace it for some time now. And it will be better than I do so that I will be ready to run the heater this winter.

Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it.

Juice,
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Nose peice

where did you find a replacement nose peice?Im 17 and also have a 1980 Camaro. It was hit about 4 months ago in the front end. the nose peice is ruined and i've been looking for one for a while.it would be awsome if you could tell me where i can find one.
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Try Goodmark Industries.
Click "Muscle Car Parts" to find 1970-81 Camaro.
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This can turn into a time consuming job! I did this recently for the first time and put a lot of hours into it. Be careful you don't chip your paint on the door where it gets close to the fender, I chipped mine up pretty good on the edge. Maybe put some tape on there.
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