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49 3100 fender install
#1376294 Mon Sep 07 2020 08:14 PM
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49 3100 removed front clip in one piece to paint inner fenders. can I install inner fenders, fenders and grill on truck piece by piece? any pitfalls doing it piece by piece?

Re: 49 3100 fender install
rad #1376305 Mon Sep 07 2020 10:01 PM
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If you're assembling it by yourself you must install everything piece-by-piece. The biggest pitfall that I can think of is to attempt to install the inner fenders first, then attach the outer fenders. This doesn't work due to their overlap at the top. You must bolt the inner and outer fenders together OFF THE TRUCK, then install them as a unit. Everything will go easy if you follow this assembly sequence that I just re-posted on another thread:

https://www.stovebolt.com/ubbthread...le-front-clip-1954-3600.html#Post1320840

1) Install the hood on the cowl, springs and all. It's easier to do it first before the fenders are in the way. Leave hood in the up position.
2) Mount the radiator support frame loosely onto the front crossmember. Start out with about 1/4" rubber shims under the feet.
3) Bolt the inner and outer fenders together OFF THE TRUCK.
4) Install the inner and outer fenders onto the truck AS A UNIT. It will go lots easier.
5) Install the large curved fender brackets between the radiator support and the outer edge of the fenders
6) Install the lower front splash shield. Connect the rods from it to the radiator support.
7) Install the grille.
8) Install the hood latch panel between the grille and the radiator support.
9) Install the radiator.
10) Install front bumper.
11) Install the front bumper filler panel.


1951 Chevy Panel Truck
Re: 49 3100 fender install
rad #1376307 Mon Sep 07 2020 10:03 PM
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Excellent, miraclepieco

This belongs in a "Hall of Fame".


Tim
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1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: 49 3100 fender install
MiraclePieCo #1376318 Mon Sep 07 2020 11:22 PM
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perfect, thank you

Re: 49 3100 fender install
rad #1376390 Tue Sep 08 2020 06:05 PM
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If necessary, you can install the inners and outers separate. Not easy, but I usually do it without scratching anything. Easier on my back.

Re: 49 3100 fender install
rad #1376405 Tue Sep 08 2020 08:10 PM
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Thank You miraclepieco!


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Re: 49 3100 fender install
DavidBraley #1377372 Thu Sep 17 2020 01:27 AM
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Originally Posted by DavidBraley
Thank You miraclepieco!

Glad to help. This question gets asked a lot. I wrote this up immediately after installing my front end piece-by-piece while it was fresh in my memory.


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