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Old 11-29-2003, 09:33 AM
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37-39 rear fender welt/ fender repair?

On the back half of the rear fenders, is there suppossed to be a "on edge" piece of welting between the body and fender, and then on front half,a "flat" piece between body and fender where it tucks under the body? My fenders had been removed before Igot the car so don't know for sure.I just bolted them on to check alinment,and find a gap on rear side that looks like it would have welting in it. Also does anyone sell patch panels for the rearsection of 39 fenders? Any ideas on making that section at the lower rear part where wraps around to inner mounting flange but also curves up from bottom to top. Thanks for any help.

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Old 11-29-2003, 01:01 PM
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Fenders on a 39 what? I have a 38 DeSoto and the fender welt runs from front to back. No where does it go under the body. Just one long welt. Depending on what (model/year) of car you have, you may have to make your own patch panels or get fenders from a donner car. The rear of my car under the trunk is missing. I can guess what it needs by matching it to the sides of the car but I've been thinking of making it flip up a little when I weld on new metal. Or, I may go with the roll pan look. Haven't decided yet. Hope that is of some help to you. Are you going totally original or customizing it some?
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Sorry, I forgot to say that it is a 39 Chevy 2 dr. The fenders are profiled so that it appears that the welt may lay flat on the front half of the fender,sandwiched between top side of fender and body. On the rear half,the way the fender is shaped, it appears as if the welt would sit on edge between the body and fender.As for the rust repairon the rear of fender, I have to make a patch that curves both horizontally front to back, and vertically bottom to top
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Some of the guys on here may have better ideas for you but I'm cutting out the rust spots and laying my patch panels in from the back side so I get the curvatures right. I know there are 39 chevy guys on here maybe they can get you a little closer info on what you need.
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Bringing this back to the top....I have a '39 Pontiac with rusted out mounting flanges on the rear fenders too.
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Dave, by mounting flanges do you mean where the fender has a bracket and a bolt that connects to a support bracket tied to the frame? Mine are pretty rusty and unusable. I'm cutting the old ones off and making new bracket and welding them back on the fenders in the same spot. Also drilling a hole for the bolt and welding it into place.

Jcarter, I had a similar situation with my front fender. I tried to bend/shape it with both anlges top to bottom and front to back. Once I got it fairly close I tack welded it at the top then started down one side then the other. By the time I got to the bottom I had both curvatures of the fender fairly close. If you can't find another fender it's worth a try. It worked for me. Good Luck! Let us know how you did.
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Dave, by mounting flanges do you mean where the fender has a bracket and a bolt that connects to a support bracket tied to the frame?
Sort of...it doesn't look like a bracket on my car, more like part of the fender, and yes, attaches to the body, on another flange, that area appears to be one with the body too, with nut plates on the backside. Mine are unusable as well.
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Yes mine are on the backside of the fender near the bottom rear. They are short and U shaped with a flange on each side . They would be very easy to grind off and make new ones and weld right back on. Take a closer look. You can probably do it easily yourself if you have a welder. It's simpler than it looks.

http://hotrodders.com/gallery/data/5...fndr-thumb.JPG Now let's see if I can post my fenders on here. Well it came out pretty small Jcarter but it's in my photo album if you want a closer look.
O.k. Let's try again!http://hotrodders.com/gallery/data/5...r-med.JPG?3320 There that's much better. After all winter I'm finally getting good at this.

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Thanks 38 special for the help. Dave my fenders are like what you are describing, with a flat flange on the rear third or so of the fender that bolts flat to the body.I repaired the mounting nuts like 38 special then cut out a card board template of thefender mount area to cut a new flange for the rear side of the fender.Bolt it onto your body with the rest of your fender and cut and bend and weld till it looks like it was made for it. I've spent a week on one fender and it is starting to look o.k. P.S. A museum called today looking for a driveline part for a 37 -39 chevy, Pontiac should be the same. If you still have that stuff they may be interested. Mine didn't have a powertrain. Reply back if anyone has stuff kicking around . They need the ball like piece between the raer of trans and enclosed drive shaft.I guess it was a kind of u- joint . Thanks
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