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Old 08-03-2011, 09:18 PM
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Putting a 37 back together

I have started to put my 37 Chevy 2 door sedan together that I purchased as a project that was started but not finished. I have purchased fiberglass rear fenders, new steel running boards and have a couple of sets of original front fenders that I hope to make a decent pair from the four. I have run into a problem just trying to mock it up. Nothing seems to fit together at all. The running boards seem too long, the curve of the boards doesn't match the curve of the rear fender, the fender seems too hang to low under the board and so on. Where is the right place to start? Do I start in the front and work to the back or vice versa? Is it normal to have to trim these parts to fit? What's the best way to make the fiberglass fender match the steel board? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated!

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Old 08-04-2011, 06:51 AM
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I don't know for sure, but maybe coupe and sedan parts are not easily intrerchangeable? I think someone more knowledgeable will know for certain.
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:52 AM
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Have you been to the VCCA chevy purists site. They are very helpful. Especially if you are a restorer
http://vcca.org/forum/ubbthreads.php/forum_summary
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:23 AM
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No I did not try the vcca, I thought that they frowned on street rodders.
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Adopt a don't ask, don't tell piolicy.
They can advise you about the body etc without you tipping your hand. Some are switch hitters. Just depends . Luck.
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I have started to put my 37 Chevy 2 door sedan together that I purchased as a project that was started but not finished. I have purchased fiberglass rear fenders, new steel running boards and have a couple of sets of original front fenders that I hope to make a decent pair from the four. I have run into a problem just trying to mock it up. Nothing seems to fit together at all. The running boards seem too long, the curve of the boards doesn't match the curve of the rear fender, the fender seems too hang to low under the board and so on. Where is the right place to start? Do I start in the front and work to the back or vice versa? Is it normal to have to trim these parts to fit? What's the best way to make the fiberglass fender match the steel board? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated!
in my truck 38 the running boards sit on brackets bolted to the frame.start there.the front fenders seem to sit on the running boards.the running boards seem to slide back till they hit the rear fenders..put a few nuts/bolts in but leave them a little loose you will need an assistant,plenty nuts/bolts /spanners to hand.best of luck i will be tackeling this shortly,
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First off, and foremost, you are dealing with reproduction parts. Reproduction parts are not the "same" as original, they are "similar and can be used if nothing is available" pure and simple, they are not going to fit like original.

Ok, that being said, without photos we can't tell you much of anything, nor can any other site. We need photos to see what you are talking about.

Things like "seems too low", "seems to hang down" are extremely subjective terms. What is wrong to you could mean a grinder and a second and a half on the fiberglass to correct to us. Or it could be that you have totally wrong fenders, and "seems too low" is three and a half inches off, we don't know.

So post some photos and let's get you through this.


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Oh dear God, I did it again, this thread is 4 years old runattax! Geeez, the guy has the car done and has went to three NSRA Nationals in it......or sold it at the next swap meet. But he sure as heck isn't messing with these fenders after all this time.....I hope he isn't!


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It's all together
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Thanks guys, but like Brian said that was 4 years ago.... no NSRA events yet but now it looks like this....
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putting 37 back together

it looks great now.are they the original headlights
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They are the original buckets, the chrome ring is a aftermarket sealed beam conversion.
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They are the original buckets, the chrome ring is a aftermarket sealed beam conversion.
how are the lights/what bulbs are you running.i bought cibie lenses.delighted to say they were a perfect fit in 77 year old buckets.cant commect on how effective they are yet.
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They are just Wagner 7 inch halogen sealed beams. Nothing great but I don't have an issue with them.
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