A long time ago I bought a Bi***in' Products Cowl Vent Filler. It was rough. I was pretty sure it wouldn't work so I put it on the shelf figuring I would work things out later. It is now later (much later).
It was too wide in the middle. And the sides were too far forward. So I ground the rear middle until the peak at the front fit. The center fits snug in the opening. As you move out to either side, the gap at the front grows. Even though the gaps are too big along the front edge when you get out to the ends, they are nothing compared to the gaps at the rear outer corners.
Looks like I get to cut a homemade filler out of 18 ga.
Productive Monday night! The cooler weather is a big help.
The remaining 7 holes in the right rear fender were filled. The rear fenders still need the weld proud on the inside cleaned up a bit. Some minor tweaking should improve the alignment with the body slightly. The pits need to be blasted and filled. And, a decision about the gas fill hole is still to be made.
The car was set down on the ground and the engine and tranny were pulled.
The inner fenders were pulled off the shelf. The area around the openings for the control arms and spring hats had the paint removed. Filling those openings is next up.
The right rear fender was installed. Compared to the left fender, the right one fits better at the front and worse at the rear. I am reluctantly coming to terms with the fact the fenders are going to require welting. The alternative will be lengthy bouts of cutting, welding, grinding, and repeating. In the end they may still require welting. Or, they could be welded on and leaded in. I don't want this to drag on for more years. Welting it is.
The area around the gas fill tube opening was cleaned up. I am planning on filling this hole and installing a smaller filler built into the fender.
The front 11 holes were filled first. I got 8 of the 15 rear holes filled. I have lost about 80 lbs. over the last year. There are few things which were easier to do when I was heavier. One of them, however, was sitting on a non-padded creeper seat for hours. My bony behind just could not stand filling the remaining 7 holes, so they are left for another day.