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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 19, 1:56 PM Thread Starter
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Inner fender help

Hey everyone, I purchased some new Inner fenders to replace the previous ones (turns out they were both from the same company) on my 72 and I have an issue. The passenger side ones are around 6.5cm (2.5 inches) narrower than the drivers side.
Is this correct? It really feels wrong.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 19, 5:56 PM
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Re: Inner fender help

Can you define drivers side? is it the Australian drivers side ? or the American drivers side ?










I'm just kidding with you but I never noticed a difference between them because I replaced the pass side but just painted the drivers side and never compared them to each other.Does the old passenger side match the one that you removed ?
Also having a little more room might be to allow for the A/C components and the lines on the passenger side to have some extra room ? but that's just a guess.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Sep 6th, 19, 1:45 PM Thread Starter
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Not even close, these are the original ones I still have.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Sep 6th, 19, 5:00 PM
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Re: Inner fender help

I can't tell which part of yours is narrower, but the i have repop plastic ones in my car (got for free luckily) and the passenger side one is absolute crap.

The rear, where it should be flush with the frame and the firewall, it sits forward and outward at least 3-4" there is a gap big enough to stick your fist through back there. Terrible. My tire rubs on that edge on extreme turns, i need to get in there and trim it... no real way to get it to stay where it is supposed to.

I plan to eventually buy some metal ones and ditch these.

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Sep 6th, 19, 9:29 PM
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Re: Inner fender help

Just measured a pair of factory originals 19" and 20 1/2" measured at the same points as yours. Do you still have your old ones? What kind of funky tape measure is that?

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 19, 7:28 AM Thread Starter
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It's a metric tape measure, couldn't find my other one haha. Here is the size of my original and the "new" one I purchased. And the holes where you bolt the inner fender onto the firewall, on the one currently on my 72, that I bought these to replace.
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Re: Inner fender help

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I can't tell which part of yours is narrower, but the i have repop plastic ones in my car (got for free luckily) and the passenger side one is absolute crap.

The rear, where it should be flush with the frame and the firewall, it sits forward and outward at least 3-4" there is a gap big enough to stick your fist through back there. Terrible. My tire rubs on that edge on extreme turns, i need to get in there and trim it... no real way to get it to stay where it is supposed to.

I plan to eventually buy some metal ones and ditch these.

Don't count on them being much better. I had to butcher the new AMD inner metal ones I got last month. I was tempted to put the old cracked plastic back in they were so bad.
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Don't count on them being much better. I had to butcher the new AMD inner metal ones I got last month. I was tempted to put the old cracked plastic back in they were so bad.
Dang... thats unfortunate! I was thinking at least with metal I can beat them into submission to fit if you have to... couldn't really do that with the plastic!

Guess i probably should start watching closley for a decent set of originals. We can still find some "mostly" rust free ones out here.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 19, 11:27 AM
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Re: Inner fender help

The stampings were off, the holes were off, and I was ready to drink till I got done with them. In the end they work, and look better than the broken plastic ones did, but it takes some effort. It'd probably be a lot easier to fit them with the fenders off the car.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 19, 11:35 AM
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The stampings were off, the holes were off, and I was ready to drink till I got done with them.
LOL- Souinds like my experience with the plastic ones. I had to oblong all the holes in the front and trim the plastic back nearly an inch to get the nut clips to slide on and actually be exposed over the holes.... not even talking about the struggle to try and get that rear corner of the pass side one to lay where it was supposed to (simply not possible!).

Funny thing was as much as i struggled with the pass side, the drivers side nearly fell into place w/o effort. Figures, as the passenger side was the one i "needed" (to support the battery tray)
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