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Old 11-12-2005, 08:25 PM
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Need fender alignment help

I'd appreciate any words of wisdom on how to get the new aftermarket fender on my '76 Chevy pickup to line up better. It's the right side fender. The inner fender is also new. I was able to get all but a couple of the bolts in.
I had to pry the new fender forward 1/8-3/16" to get the door to clear it (it's now where the left side door is).

The problem is that the bottom of the back edge adjacent to the door sits too far IN, making it look like the door is sticking out. Also, profile of the back edge of the new fender does not match that of the door as well as the original fender (which was not perfect either).

The top has two mount points that had/have fender washers to align them.
The bottom has a single bolt hole that draws the fender IN when tightened.
I can't figure out how I'd insert a spacer without removing the fender and taping/gluing one on.

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most aftermarket parts never fit right,either get a used one, or drill the holes larger on the aftermarket fender.that will give you little adjustment. just "egg" the hole a lil bit
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Old 11-12-2005, 10:07 PM
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You know it's funny, I loathe aftermarket sheet metal, but I have have found that those Chevy pickup parts don't fit too bad. Maybe it is just because the originals fit like crap themselves.

ALL of your bolts must be loose before you try to fit it.

As I remember you can shim the bottom out, it holts up against the side of the cowl with a horizontal bolt right? So if you put a shim or washer between the fender and the cowl it will hold the fender out further than it is. If the bolt is going vertical up into the bottom of the cowl you will need to open the hole up as mentioned in the last post. You can tape a washer in there, done that many times.

As for the shape, that can be tough. However, if you get the top and bottom right you can then bend the middle in or out to get it closer.

To get bottom of the fender gap to open you can lift on the frame a the front with a floor jack, just to get your fender bolted up.

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That body style of Chevy P/U is always a wrestling match, even with OEM parts. The fit tends to be poor even when done as good as can be. Alignment shims are available in 1/8" and 1/16", and they have a slot in them so you don't have to remove the bolt every time.

In addition to what MARTINSR said, if you need more gap at the top of the fender, you can put a jack under the frame around the body mount below the passenger footwell. tighten the bolt with the gap just a bit larger than you want, then let the jack down and it should stay put.
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It was cold and raining when I installed the fender (in my backyard), and I didn't feel like laying on the cold, wet ground. It's dry today. I'll take a look underneath. Thanks for the advise...

A warning to anyone else who is thinking of using aftermarket sheet metal: Watch out for sharp edges and burrs!
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Old 11-14-2005, 01:21 PM
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yep stamped metal is sharp edged

always wear some gloves

even stock gm stamped steel was known to have fitment problems when the vehicles were being assembled brand new in the plants, you jkust shim and egg out holes wherever needed, gotta MAKE the parts fit and align

this is how it work

its a form of art, if youd like to call it something

adjustments and adjustments again and some coaxing, some egging out, some tapping maybe

do what you have to

i always save body shims from parts vehicles i snag up before i haul to shredder

for this reason.,

good luck
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