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Old 03-02-2004, 10:00 AM
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I need help with fender patch panels.

this is a little long, but I could really use your help.

57 Chevy Pickup Truck - 3100 (attached is a picture of the patch panel).

Fender tips are rotted out on both sides, I've got both of the pre-fabbed patches for the fenders. My passenger side also had substantial damage to the brace down near the bottom. I cut it off above the damage and hammered it out...but later decided to purchase a new brace.

I've been using the method described on the Brothers Trucks site to install the patch panels:
-clamp new panel over old panel, ensuring it's perfectly aligned
-cut through both panels.
-Remove clamps and old panel.

This leaves you with a new panel that matches your cut line where you will butt-weld.

-intergrip new panel to existing panel

I've had good success on doing my one door like this. I was scared out of my mind to do the door, but it's turning out ok. I thought the fenders would be a breeze.

Here's the actual problem.
On my drivers side fender, the new patch panel fits perfectly over the top of the original. So I can clamp this down and cut.

BUT on my passenger side, the panel doesn't seem to be fitting on all of the way. I think I've identified why. It seems like since I removed the damaged brace, the fender has flattened out, where it should be curved to lock into the brace at the bottom.

Dilemna. There currently is no brace in place to lock the fender into the correct shape

I COULD install the replacement brace to get the fender locked into place...BUT, I'm going to end up cutting off the bottom of the fender anyhow.

I've PONDERED measuring the replacement panel and also measuring the fender and just manually making the cuts. I'm not really good at measuring or cutting so this scares me. ALSO, I have no idea what to use as a REFERENCE to do my measuring.
The original fender is pretty corroded at the bottom and also whacked out of can I measure from there?

The replacement panel doesn't span the height of the original fender, so where can I reference off of the original fender and apply to the patch panel...

I'm soooo lost. help me please.

if you guys want pictures of what I'm trying to convey, I can take some tonight. thanks for any and all input.
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