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Old 09-13-2011, 07:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to replace inner fender aprons like the factory??

I need to replace my driver side fender apron at the radiator support and upon inspecting I realized that these panels are fused together somehow.

anyone mind explaining this to me?

how do these panels come apart and how do i put them back together like the factory did or is this impossible? will I just need to weld them in place?


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They were spot-welded in place by huge welders. A common restoration technique is to "rose weld" into the underlying panel through holes punched in the same locations. Careful welding, and perhaps a little grinding, produce a factory-like repair.


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Old 09-13-2011, 09:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just did this on a '66. Some of the welds I was able to reach with a "tong style" spotwelder, but most I had to drill holes in the new inner fender and plug weld (aka "rosette" weld). The old panel is removed by drilling out the old spot welds and separating the panels with a thin chisel or in my case a very tough putty knife.

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The results can be well worth the effort.


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You can read a little about how I did it (with pictures) here:

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