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Old 05-19-2017, 08:54 AM   #1
randy500
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Repro report, reproduction parts that is

I am reporting the fit of reproduction front fenders and grill on my '72 SWB build. I posted pictures there and a description of the fit.

In summary the fenders fit well and so did the grill, inner and outer, although some tweaking was required.

The passenger fender fit out of the box without tweaking.

The drivers fender did not match the contour of the door, it was bowed out from about 2 inches below the cowl to just below the emblem area. Total bow was about 1/4". To correct this I cut 2 spot welds at the upper fender mount reinforcement to loosen it up, then placed the fender on the shop floor with the mounting points resting on 1" Styrofoam. I then placed a piece of Styrofoam on the outside of the fender and stepped on it to remove the outward bow, I think it took 3 adjustments, test fitting each time and the final result is it now fits nicely!

I just remembered both front fenders did not have enough clearance for the grill where the fender meets the hood, too high by about 3/16" so I beat it down there with a chisel type body hammer to create clearance for the rolled lip of the aluminum grill. It was simple.

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Old 05-19-2017, 10:11 AM   #2
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Re: Repro report, reproduction parts that is

Having read many horror stories over the suitability of aftermarket parts, it sounds like you had a happy ending after a little extra effort.
Was the grille shell itself a replacement part as well?
Would you mind sharing the brands or source for the parts?
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:22 AM   #3
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Re: Repro report, reproduction parts that is

What brand of fenders did you use, Good info. Thank You

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Old 05-19-2017, 11:02 AM   #4
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Re: Repro report, reproduction parts that is

My truck has the following new sheetmetal parts

Complete bed from GMCPauls box labeled Woodall Industries, bedsides are exactly the same as AMD bedsides ordered from Summit, I have 2 new beds.

New drivers door with various labels, purchased from Wes at Classic Heaertbeat, I am pretty happy with that but not totally, I explain it in my short bed build thread, basically the door latch is too low, I need to move it up about 1/4".

Front fenders, inner and outer grill are AMD.

Front and rear bumpers are Key parts.

Rear bumper brackets, I have 2 sets both are identical, one set is AMD the other is Goodmark. Those boxes may have been marked key parts, don't remember. One of those brands was $10-$12 cheaper than the other one.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:07 AM   #5
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Re: Repro report, reproduction parts that is

I ordered the fenders from Jegs, passenger side arrived in good shape. First drivers side was damaged, second one too, damaged was where inner structure at rear contacted outer skin, I think its a manufacturing defect.
It was easy to hammer out the second fender and they gave me about a 50% discount on it.
The return of the first fender was very easy with Jegs, great customer service.
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