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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-30-2018, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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67 vs 68 Fenders

We are looking to replace the front passenger fender on our 67. We are having difficulty finding one. Other than the hole for the side marker light, will the 68 fender work as a replacement?
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I think the front of the fender where the cornering lamp fits might be different from the 67.

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I think the front of the fender where the cornering lamp fits might be different from the 67.


I was trying to compare photos of them and see. And I wasnít sure if the 68 came further down from the top or not. Hard to tell with different trim.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-30-2018, 04:38 PM
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Difference in size and location.

Hole for side marker lamp can be filled in with a patch panel, as can the difference in the marker lights if your corner isn't mangled from a wreck (assumes that damages is the result of rust causing fender to be rotted away from the bottom up).

If a '68 is all you have then with metal working/body working skills can make it look like new.

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Difference in size and location.

Hole for side marker lamp can be filled in with a patch panel, as can the difference in the marker lights if your corner isn't mangled from a wreck (assumes that damages is the result of rust causing fender to be rotted away from the bottom up).

If a '68 is all you have then with metal working/body working skills can make it look like new.

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The damage is from the wheel coming off. Fender did move back making it difficult to open the door. But it is in otherwise decent shape besides the denting and curling of the rear portion of the wheel opening

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We have talked with a body shop and they think it would be less expensive to find a used fender in good shape than to reshape this one.
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May be less expensive; but not if it is not an option because they don't exist.

That damage doesn't look that difficult to fix. Might want to buy a hammer and dolly set and give it a try, as right now it is just scrap metal.

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I had the same thought. Canít hurt to try, right?
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-30-2018, 05:09 PM
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Exactly.

Watch a few old Muscle Car Episodes:

https://www.powernationtv.com/build/...pontiac-lemans

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Thanks. I will watch them.
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The '67 and '68 Fenders will not interchange. They may look similar but that's about it.

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The '67 and '68 Fenders will not interchange. They may look similar but that's about it.


Thanks for the confirmation.
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Anchor the front of that beast some how, space and spot weld some skinny bolts down that back ridge that bends inward and hook you a come-a-long onto the bolts and start cranking. I would start pulling about 3-4 inches from bottom first and go from there. Just watch how the metal moves as you pull and it will let you know how much and where to pull next. You would be surprised how much of the damage will straighten doing this method.


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