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So i have a 71 chevelle and the front fenders are generally in great shape. Now i purchased the car in which it didn't have the inner fenders. So i am looking to add these in and when i went to go bolt them in i noticed on the tabs around the wheel area the tabs are either gone or totally cut off. So i am curious what guys have done. The fenders are in way too good of shape to just toss. I thought about re-drilling smaller holes and using smaller bolts for around the wheel. OR fabricate some new tabs and get someone to weld them on.

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1969 Grand Prix. 455 TH400 12 bolt.
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You could rivet some tabs on, not risk warpage and take care of it yourself that way. If you have enough overlap to put a bunch of 1/4" (minimum) holes and use bolts with broad free spinning washers (just a smaller version of whats there and more of them), that'd be my pick. 5/16" if you can. Screws ain't floating my boat. Rivets for tabs might hide under the well edge? I dunno. Theres my thoughts. I'm an old car bodyman so my official work answer would be butt welded tabs.
 

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You're missing a lot of structural stability by not running the inner fenders. They help to stiffen the front end of the car, I did the same and was surprised once I installed them. I wouldn't use little bolts as they might fail when the front flexes pulling into an uneven driveway or something similar. The factory used large bolts for a reason. ;)

As others have said above, I would get the tabs back on, SOLIDLY mounted. If there's enough meat left maybe rivnuts? Previous owner did you an injustice modifying the fenders that way, sorry to hear it.
 
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