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Old 1st-May-2011, 03:42 PM   #1
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Installing or removing inner fenders - '72

On a forum someplace someone said you can install or remove inner fenders without removing the outer fenders (72 Nova ..or 68-72). On another forum response elsewhere someone said you could not.
Just looking it appears there might be room up thru the wheel well, if the front wheels/tires were removed. Anyone done this, or know for sure?????
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you should be able to R/R them with just taking the tires off. I know on my 69 i've done it many times that way.
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I'm working on my fiberglass ones right now. Have the right side in and out a few times for drilling holes and trimming.

I have the tire ON and can still sneak it thru the bottom. That said, I'm gonna pull the front tires for better access to finish the job and also if I decide to paint them...less chance to scratch anything up. As of right now though, I'm digging the rat rod faded black with a bit of primer here and there LOOK that they have.

btw..I'm looking for a pic of the u nut attachment to make sure I'm doing mine correctly...
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Thanks for your responses guys! Now I just have to make up my mind about whether to install them or not. Got the car with them out, it never sees rain or wet streets, ...and sure is more fun working on the car with them out. Thanks again!
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I'd keep them in. They serve several purposes in addition to strengthening up the front clip.
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Keep the inner fenders in it! Nothing looks more incomplete than a car with no inner fenders...
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After slipping mine in and out with the tire on, it usually starts off good to get the thing loose of hardware, then DROP the back end down onto the tire. From there a simple twist and turn, keeping an eye on the front of it making sure you don't grab any wires, should do the trick. I have some temp masking tape around my wheel lip for now as well, to protect the paint.
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No pics yet but I did realize something. Manual seems to show...its not all that clear, that the inner fender gets bolted to the exterior lip of the front fender.

Mine were fiberglass and needed some trimming. No way was I getting a clean edge nor do I think it would look all that clean. I ended up slipping my inner fender INSIDE the fender lip. All you see is the bolt head. The edge of the inner is hidden. Looks fine to me.

hack job or acceptable mod?
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Old 10th-May-2011, 08:36 AM   #9
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Just thought I'd add some pics (cause we all know how much nova guys love pics)

Basically I'd like to know......IS THIS INSTALLATION CHEESY?
My fiberglass inners were not able to make it by going the proper way, on the outside of the fender lip. So I had to tuck them in. Also, I haven't painted them yet cause with all the in and out, they'd get scratched anyway. This is the "rat rod" look I was talking about.

Comments appreciated. If you saw this at a car show (not that its a show car - its gonna be my driver) would you gasp in horror at my installation?





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