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Old 02-16-2004, 09:20 AM
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Removing front pannels.

I was watching the rides episode with the 56 truck and saw something I never thought of trying. They pulled the fender iner and outer along with the radiator support, and several other parts all as one piece. As part of painting my 54 dodge I need to strip and paint the firewall, and this looks much easier than pulling it piece by piece like I did the other 54, and has the added bonus of less to put back together later. Anyone done this before? How bad is it. I'm guessing I'll at least need some folks to help me lift it off.

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Being that you are painting the truck you should just pull it all apart. It's much easier to get to all of the nooks and crannies when you can manuever just a fender rather then the whole clip. I have pulled clips like that when doing engine swaps and such but it takes a lot of finish to get everything back together without scratching and dinging the doors or fenders.
Trust me... you'll want to take it all apart.
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Old 02-16-2004, 01:07 PM
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i agree with everything Astroracer said. in the long run i think you'd be happier that you went the longer route of taking everything apart. if you're painting the firewall anyway why not make nice with all the pieces. lot easier to prevent scratches and dings this way.
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Old 02-16-2004, 03:21 PM
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I'm thinking for ease of removal more then reassembly later. I know working on it on the frame sucked on the other one.

Oh and it's a car, 1954 coronet. The rides episode had the truck which got me thinking I could get mine off in one piece.
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Old 02-16-2004, 04:01 PM
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It's called pulling the doghouse off. Remove the bolts at the rear of the fenders at the top. Remove the bolt / bolts at the rear of the fender at the buttom underneath. There will be two bolts at the core support underneath the radiator. Disconnect the wires at the junction block on the firewall by removing the bolt and pulling it apart. Get another person or two an lift it up over the tires and away. Depending on what you are doing to the car this is a much simpler way to dismantle it. Then you can pull apart the doghouse as you wish.

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Old 02-17-2004, 09:08 AM
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Thanks for the info. Since I don't have a lift and the concrete is cold in NY in February, I was hoping to spend as little time on my back as possible.
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