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Front fenders not lining up on 59 chevy truck
#1419077 Sun Aug 01 2021 10:05 PM
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Hey everyone:

I just put together my 59 Chevy short fleetside for the first time and am having some body alignment issues. The cab and bed match up very nicely. However the front clip is off. The top of the fenders on both sides are touching the top of the doors (this is after I took the mounting pads off of the radiator support bracket) and there is a 1/2 gap on the bottom. The frame was not original to the truck but it is an original frame for the same model. I did install a TCI front suspension and 4 link. All body parts are original except the inner fenders. Anyone have this issue? Picture is attached. Thanks.

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Re: Front fenders not lining up on 59 chevy truck
Lsuman99 #1419092 Mon Aug 02 2021 12:18 AM
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My guess would be you need to raise the front of the cab. That will close up the gap at the lower part of the fenders.


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Re: Front fenders not lining up on 59 chevy truck
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Looking at the picture, the back of the fender look like it could come up a bit and that would close the gap a little.


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Re: Front fenders not lining up on 59 chevy truck
Lsuman99 #1419132 Mon Aug 02 2021 02:06 PM
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I do not have FAM for your year truck but I would research and find the cab to frame dimensions and verify that the cab floor to frame relationship is correct ( height of cab floor to frame near each of the cab mounts ). Not knowing if the "new frame" has been tweaked in its previous life and if you have the radiator support setting on the frame ( no pads , no shims ) then you'll need to work with the cab mounts. Just an opinion based on my experiences with a 54 1st series.


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Re: Front fenders not lining up on 59 chevy truck
Lsuman99 #1419179 Mon Aug 02 2021 09:11 PM
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You need to start at the front radiator core support. Once that's setting on it's mounts then raise or lower the cab to make it line up with the doors. Note; the gap at the rear edge of the doors needs to have already been adjusted before adjusting the front clip.

Are the fenders original or reproduction?

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Re: Front fenders not lining up on 59 chevy truck
Mike B #1419461 Wed Aug 04 2021 11:54 PM
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Thanks Mike. The fenders are original. I shimmed the front of the cab with the shims that come with the mounting kit. The lines for the bed and cab line of very well. I am concerned that if I shim the front of the cab anymore those lines will get off. I was thinking of moving the brackets on the radiator support to lower the front.

Re: Front fenders not lining up on 59 chevy truck
Dusty53 #1419462 Wed Aug 04 2021 11:56 PM
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Good suggestion on the assembly manual. I have one and will take a look. Thanks.

Re: Front fenders not lining up on 59 chevy truck
Lsuman99 #1419661 Fri Aug 06 2021 07:44 PM
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I wouldn't worry about the bed at this time...get the cab and fenders lined up first which may require you to lift the cab. Then shim the bed to match the cab...you should not have to cut anything. Your repro mount kit may not be as tall as original.

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Re: Front fenders not lining up on 59 chevy truck
Lsuman99 #1420299 Wed Aug 11 2021 11:09 PM
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Is there a certain amount of shims that an be placed under the front cab mounting points? Only 2 or as many as it takes to level the cab cowl to the fender. I have 5 under each side.


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