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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old Nov 27th, 19, 9:30 PM Thread Starter
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Uneven fenders

Hi guys,

I started doing some body work on this car.

I was looking for some insight into what is possibly going on with the driver's side fender.

Is it aftermarket? Is there a method of aligning it correctly?

What are the possible ways to fix it?

I have not taken the fender off yet, it doesn't look to difficult to do. I would like to know what I should be looking for.

Advice and links are welcome!

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old Nov 27th, 19, 9:39 PM
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Re: Uneven fenders

You must be talking about the gap around the headlight housing to the fender. I would be looking at where the fender bolts to the radiator support. Even the fender is a bit higher than the hood line.

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post #3 of 29 (permalink) Old Nov 29th, 19, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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Yes.

The front of the fender as a whole is a bit higher.

How do I adjust from there, if that is the case.
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Re: Uneven fenders

Before you assume that the fender is at fault, you'll need to do an inspection and measurements of the affected area. Look for signs of prior frame damage, damage to fender mounting points, rust damage, etc. Is the fender really higher, or does it just look that way -- check out how the headlight assembly is bolted on, etc.

Once you've determined which parts are really misaligned and/or damaged you can plan a repair.
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Re: Uneven fenders

I was thinking the hood is low on the dr side. Terry
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I was thinking the hood is low on the dr side. Terry
I agree. Adjust the hood bumper that's mounted to the radiator support.

I doubt you have a repop fender, I don't think they make them for your car.

There's no reason to remove the fender at this point. In order to be of more assistance, we would need to see more angles of your front end sheetmetal.
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post #7 of 29 (permalink) Old Nov 30th, 19, 6:53 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Uneven fenders

Sounds good!

I will take more detailed pics tomorrow.

I have been in and out of the car, while I would not doubt that this may be the result of a fender bender I do not see any type of tool marks or indication that any of the part the car has been straightened.

I will try to post some pics with a tape measure as well.

I think what may also be helpful is from what to what points should I be measuring to see if any of the internal mounts are tweaked?

Thanks again!
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post #8 of 29 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 19, 6:12 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Uneven fenders

I took a bunch of photos.

Also, I am beginning to come to the conclusion that it may not be the driver side is high but the passenger side is low.

The google doc I will link here will allow you to post comments (I tried to put the pics in an organized table).

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing

I have a couple of thoughts, but that doesn't mean I know how to realign the parts.


I have three theories:

The battery try is rotted out pretty badly and is no longer supporting the passenger side fender.

or

The guys I purchased this from repainted the car. Maybe they took the front apart in order to make it easier to paint and did not align things correctly.

or

As mentioned above it may not be the fenders at all and the bumper, headlights, grill, and hood are all messed up.

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post #9 of 29 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 19, 6:59 PM
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Re: Uneven fenders

For one thing these cars were far from perfect gap wise from the factory. The battery tray shouldn't be holding up the passenger side fender the radiator support does that. Looking at your newer pictures I would try raising the hood rubber bumper on the drivers side a smidge just to bring the hood line up about half the distance to line up with the fender line closer. Now check where the front fender bolts to the top of the radiator support to make sure there are no shims in between both parts. If there are no shims the angle part of the fender that bolts to the top of the radiator support may not be formed sharp enough in the 90* bend or it could be welded off a bit holding the fender up.

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post #10 of 29 (permalink) Old Dec 2nd, 19, 5:36 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Uneven fenders

I took a look and I don't have "L" brackets to the radiator support.

It works the opposite way on this Skylark where the radiator support has a 90 degree bracket.

I will mess with it some this weekend and see what I come up with.

For the record I have been trying to get on v8buick forum but to no luck. While I know this is for Chevy's I am hoping to get enough insight here to align these fenders a little better.

Looking at pics it seems to be getting done somehow.

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Re: Uneven fenders

Marco, the passenger side fender shouldn't touch the bumper. It may have been tweaked in a fender bender at some point. Also take a look at where the radiator support is bolted to the frame horn on both sides. The bushing on the passenger side tends to degrade worse because of battery corrosion. How do your door to fender gaps look on both sides?

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post #12 of 29 (permalink) Old Dec 2nd, 19, 7:48 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Uneven fenders

I will check those things out for sure! Thanks again!

I will get under the car this weekend and take a look.

Also, I was watching a video on aligning Chevelle fenders, the person used a paint stick as a distance indicator for the lines.

Does that make sense?

I can say with certainty that the lines are not the same for both doors.

I don't want to touch anything until I have a good understanding here. I am afraid that I will make the situation worse.
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post #13 of 29 (permalink) Old Dec 8th, 19, 8:26 PM Thread Starter
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So I took a look under the car and on one side the radiator support fairing was visable then on the passenger side not so much. Leaving me to believe it might not exist anymore.

Here is my question.

Should I just buy a hole polyurethane body bushing kit?

The rubber softseal ones I purchased cost me $30.

I see entire kits in polyurethane for 80...

Thoughts, advice?

I have never done this kind of work before.

Thanks!
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post #14 of 29 (permalink) Old Dec 9th, 19, 4:20 PM
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Re: Uneven fenders

There is a patch kit available to repair rot under the battery. Sold by OPGI, Year one etc, made by mrbuick.com. Has to be welded in, smoothed, finished, painted etc

There are shims at the front of the fender to adjust the front fender heigth.

Bumper also has adjustments in the brackets and bolts.

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post #15 of 29 (permalink) Old Dec 9th, 19, 6:44 PM
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Re: Uneven fenders

If you want to get into changing body mount bushings be advised if you start spinning cage nuts or breaking the bolts you just opened a bigger can of worms.

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