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Old 01-23-2018, 05:10 PM
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My current 56 project (the one pictured above) has a custom flat firewall and no stock inner fender mounting brackets. The reason that I mention this is because I have no need for the lower mounts on the new inner fenders. That said, I noticed that the Midfifty inners are rounded at the lower back corner and have no place to mount them to the stock firewall brackets. I am not sure why they did that...I even measured the overall width of the inner fender just to see if it was wider than a standard 48 inch sheet of metal, it is not. Plenty of metal to extend the panel to the stock firewall bracket. It is my opinion that the metal is stiff enough that the inner fender should not "flap in the breeze" but if it bothers you then you could always make a bracket to tie the back of the inner fender to the stock firewall bracket.
 
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I noticed that my mid-fifty custom inner fenders don't touch the frame at the bottom where they have the 90 degree bends. They line up fine, but there's a 3/4" gap. Anyone else have that? If so, did you secure the panels to your frame somehow?
 
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That gap is as per design. The cab/front sheetmetal are attached to the frame via rubber mounts. The frame is designed to flex and the cab/frontend must accommodate the flex of the chassis. That said, you don't want the inner fenders attached to the frame as it would tweak the sheetmetal.
 
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That gap is as per design. The cab/front sheetmetal are attached to the frame via rubber mounts. The frame is designed to flex and the cab/frontend must accommodate the flex of the chassis. That said, you don't want the inner fenders attached to the frame as it would tweak the sheetmetal.
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The shop I am working with made up a set of inner fenders out of aluminum for a buddy of mine. Here is a pic showing his truck as he gets it reassembled. The shop stretched the top edge of the inner fender panel to give it a little arch...the gap is almost nonexistent but the aluminum is a little flimsy. I think that a stiffener strip is needed where the inner bolts to the outer fender. This inner fender design is not one that any of the aftermarket vendors sell.
 
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This thread hasn't been replied to in a couple months, just wondering if anyone has found a good, easy way to fill the gap with these flat inner fenders? I haven't bolted my outer fender on yet but the gap is larger than I thought it would be...

 
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Have you tried putting a bolt and tightening it to see what happens.? I'm sure there would be a fair amount of flex on that inner fender.
 
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Looking at the pictures, I don't see any easy way to fix that gap. Have you given any thought to cutting off the upper section, bending it to the curve, then fitting and welding in a patch filler section? Not easy, but this would give you a perfect fit.

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I used the inner fender spacers that midfifty sells, it helps fill the gap and prevents the inners from having too much warpage when you tighten the bolts, acts like a huge fender washer.
 
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I used the inner fender spacers that midfifty sells, it helps fill the gap and prevents the inners from having too much warpage when you tighten the bolts, acts like a huge fender washer.
Somebody mentioned they weren't happy with those spacers in this thread but if you had a good experience maybe i will give them a shot.
 
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Somebody mentioned they weren't happy with those spacers in this thread but if you had a good experience maybe i will give them a shot.
when I get home on Wednesday Iíll take a picture for you.
 
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