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Glass?? or Steel??

Hi. I have a 37 Ford Tudor Slantback. I am missing the front fenders, and the back ones arn't all that good either.. My question is: Which would be better for a Newbe?? Glass, or steel fenders?? and in eithe cas.. Where would be a good place to buy from..I have been to ebay, and some of the others like Wescotts..Thanks..

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IMO - go with the Wescotts for the fronts - tho expensive, they have been the "standard" of the industry. Also, expect to have to spend a bunch of time fitting them up as an original car is now 69 years old and probably has been in a fender bender or so in its' lifetime. Also, since fiberglass moves around after it comes out of the mold, they often have to be heated to conform. As far as the rears, if you have at least a solid and complete fender, you probably will be money ahead - both in the purchase of the fenders as well as when you decide to sell it.

The best bet is to try to find good front fenders as well and have an all steel car. But they will be very expensive. My recollection of the two '37s that I had was that the fronts needed a lot of help, and that was over 40 years ago.

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I used Wescot fenders front and rear on a steel 37 cabriolet. They fit good and I was pleased with the quality.
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You will be money ahead to buy a set of wescotts. All four corners if your rears are messed up, Bodywork is not cheap if you pay someone else to do it.

Wescotts is as good as you will get.

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It'll cost you a nice chunk of change to fill the headlamp holes in those fenders too.
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I used Wescot fenders front and rear on a steel 37 cabriolet. They fit good and I was pleased with the quality.
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Hmm. wish I would have seen this one.
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I can find steel ones around. Just seems kind of high to pay $700. for two front fenders. As far as the headlights go. I have a friend online that is going to convert his 37 headlights to sealed beam. He said i could have his old ones. They are halogen with near new refectors in it. The body work need on the car i will do myself. Not to date how old I am, but I went to school for AutoBody Repair, and Custom Painting back in 1971. Now I have to learn things all over again. I have alot of patch panels to put in, along with new steel floor in the trunk area, and under the rear seat. I will cut and install that myself as well. Do you think I might be able to find used glass fenders??
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Spend the $. Steel is real and helps resale value.
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al, use wescot glass. you knock a fender off it only cost 250 to replace.
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al, use wescot glass. you knock a fender off it only cost 250 to replace.
Shine - those Wescott's ain't cheap anymore. Fronts are $470 each plus the inner shield at $185. The rears are 'only' $380 ea. The Wescott web site says call them as that price isn't current either and that's their on-line catalog which is a 2005. Even my Model A's are $365 now.

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I think I spend as much time fitting fiberglass fenders to the car as I did repairing a set of metal fenders.
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I think I spend as much time fitting fiberglass fenders to the car as I did repairing a set of metal fenders.



If you can fix the body yourself ... then go with steel fenders ... and repair them as necessary. Fiberglass is OK ... but a decent steel car deserves decent steel fenders in my book.

BUT ... I admit to be biased and prejudiced ...

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I can find steel ones around. Just seems kind of high to pay $700. for two front fenders. As far as the headlights go. I have a friend online that is going to convert his 37 headlights to sealed beam. He said i could have his old ones. They are halogen with near new refectors in it. The body work need on the car i will do myself. Not to date how old I am, but I went to school for AutoBody Repair, and Custom Painting back in 1971. Now I have to learn things all over again. I have alot of patch panels to put in, along with new steel floor in the trunk area, and under the rear seat. I will cut and install that myself as well. Do you think I might be able to find used glass fenders??
If you can tie into your local swap meet scene sometimes that sort of thing turns up..works if you are not in a big rush..since you have been there done that so to speak buying a sheet of 20 gauge metal and making what you need is doable..check out what some of the guys are doing With metal these days..

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no surprise, last ones i bought were for the 37. came from gibbon and i think they were 260 each. glass , metal it's all the same to me anymore. the last set of 37 fenders i had were not worth the trouble. theres a limit to how many hours i'll spend on beat up sheet metal.
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no surprise, last ones i bought were for the 37. came from gibbon and i think they were 260 each. glass , metal it's all the same to me anymore. the last set of 37 fenders i had were not worth the trouble. theres a limit to how many hours i'll spend on beat up sheet metal.
Thank goodness Gibbon has gone belly up - no more crap quality.
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