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Old 09-02-2012, 04:12 PM
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41 Chevy Fender Brace - Needed or Not?

I need input from 41 Chevy guys. In stock form, the cars have a front fender brace which attaches to the core support. There is a captured nut on top to which the top flange of the front fender. It then extends out where two sheet metal screws go down through the fender into the brace. The chrome fender spears cover up the screw heads.



I don't have nor do I want the fender spears. But I also don't want a couple of sheet metal screw heads on top of my front fenders! As you can see in the photo, I have started fabbing a re-pad which will have a built in stud. The plan is to rosette weld the repad to the underside of the fenders.

I am concerned it will distort the fender as I drive, ruining the paint.

So, the question is, do I need them to mount the top of the fender to or can I cut them short so they bolt to the core support and take the fender flange bolt? What have you experienced.

I am not sure if this is 41 only or if the 42-48 cars had them as well.

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Your piece looks good.

If it were me I would add a couple of strips as shown to lock the shape up so it wouldn't have a chance of rocking/twisting.
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I like your concept better than the stud idea I had. Assuming I keep the brace, I am going with your idea. Thanks.
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