2) '40 Fenders

The repair of these fenders required the use of most of my body and fender tools and all of my skills of which I added to greatly. Removing the old paint revealed lots of filler when removed revealed lots of damage that needed repair. As with many old fenders there was evidence of much grinding and filing from past repair work. The type of body work I do does not require either, in fact the heat shrinking seems to strengthen the metal where it has previously been ground and filed on. 

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                                                (A)                                                                                                         (B)                                                                                                            

A&B) We used paint remover to get the old paint off, which also removed some of the filler, the remainder we had to dig and power wire brush out.

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                                                     (C)                                                                                                         (D)                                     

C&D) This the right fender after some roughing out with hammer and dolly and bull's eye pick. Also some shrinking has been done on top near the back and behind the headlight opening. Note the layout dye showing high and low areas. Once the fender is ready for primer, all the remaining dye must be removed with lacquer thinner otherwise it will bleed through primer and paint. 

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                                                      (E)                                                                                                         (F)                               

E) There was a rusted out hole in the lower front of the left fender, the opening was cut back to good metal and a patch welded in. 

F) The fender was then attached to the rack and roughing out begun.

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                                                (G)                                                                                                         (H)                                     

G) The same area after roughing out and shrinking, additional patch is seen where the curve changes, note the old grinder marks under the headlight opening.

H) More shrinking and the area looks almost ready for priming.

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                                                     (I)                                                                                                           (J)                                   

I) However, when the fender was turned in the rack, there was still a problem with the shape of the fender where the curve changes. J) More dye, hammer, dolly and and bull's eye pick work was required.

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                                                     (K)                                                                                                         (L)                                                    

K) After some work there is still a need for more shaping and shrinking.

L) Finished area ready for primer except for a small ding near the headlight opening.

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                                                   (M)                                                                                                        (N)                                               

M&N) Another area of the same fender that needed some work, before and after. Both fenders needed quite a bit of the type of work shown above, once it was done then a coat of sealer primer was applied and then 3 coats of high build sufficer  primer.  

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                                                  (O)                                                                                                        (P)                                                  

O&P) The fenders after the first coat of high build primer.

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                                                   (Q)                                                                                                        (R)                                 

Q&R) The right fender after 3 coats of high build, a guide coat and some sanding with 180 grit sandpaper on 21" flexible sanding board. Once the guide coat sanding removed all the irregularities from the fenders, one more high build coat was applied and wet sanded with 600 wet/dry sand paper rapped around a 6" flexible rubber sanding block to remove the 180 grit sanding marks.

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                                                     (S)                                                                                                        (T)                                                                                         

S&T) A final coat of sealer primer was applied to the fenders to preserve them until use.

NOTE I knew that the fender on the left in (S) was a pickup fender and the right a passenger fender. I thought the only difference was the number of holes in the mating surface and that either fender would fit either application. WRONG, the following diagram shows the complete difference.  

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