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#1437197 Fri Jan 14 2022 02:52 AM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 93
Hi Folks , I wish everyone here a a happy , healthy and prosperous New Year .
Well when you get a little older and a bit chubby it's hard to climb up and into the engine bay on a big bolt . So I decided to make the front fenders and grill flip forward . After a bit of cutting and welding . It works . You will have to take a look to see if this would work on a pickup also .
Some points
Where I cut the fenders is good but it needs a 1" sheet metal lip welded onto the under side of the back portion of the fender , the full length of the cut instead of the 2 steel tabs you see in the pic .
Not in pics I cut the radiator support just below the 2 bolts on each side that go to the grill support .
Where the headlight wires come out on each side have to be moved up so when you raise and lower the clip they won't get snagged on the radiator support .
The wiring clips have to be removed also .
I had to trim the lower lip off the bottom of the inner fender . And the rear part of the inner fender that has the 3 holes that mount to firewall has been cut from inner fender and will be mounted separate from the rest of the inner fender . I also had to to trim a bit more ( about an 1' ) of the inner fender up where it meets the fender and firewall , it was catching and wouldn't let the clip flip forward .
I'm just going to use a trailer plug to disconnect the lighting wiring harness , when I flip it forward .

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Last edited by PAUL NOLZ; Fri Jan 14 2022 03:54 AM.

1948 Chevy 2 ton flatbed ex fire truck , and various motorcycles .
Re: MOD TO FRONT CLIP 1948 6400
PAUL NOLZ #1437220 Fri Jan 14 2022 12:32 PM
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That's some Good Work and excellent example of thinking out of the box (bottle? smile


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A

Re: MOD TO FRONT CLIP 1948 6400
PAUL NOLZ #1437247 Fri Jan 14 2022 04:11 PM
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That approach is probably much better than welding the hood to the fenders and making the whole front clip pivot. I'm wondering about long term stability- - - - -will the sheet metal get sloppy when it gets a few miles on it because the cowl to radiator support braces won't have as much rigidity as there once was?

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Re: MOD TO FRONT CLIP 1948 6400
PAUL NOLZ #1437269 Fri Jan 14 2022 05:49 PM
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That's an awesome idea. I'll have to look into doing it to my 1955 first series 6400

Re: MOD TO FRONT CLIP 1948 6400
Hotrod Lincoln #1437372 Sat Jan 15 2022 01:37 PM
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Posts: 93
Hi , Hotrod Lincoln
I agree with you but your post made think about the fact in 1948 most roads were in far worse shape than now . So all the extra bracing now really isn't necessary . Also it's possible without to much trouble to run a brace from the engine side on the radiator support to the frame if needed . For now the the rubber pad under the radiator support has been removed and it's bolted solid to the frame . Where as the the front clip now rest on the hinges . With the hood bolted to the fire wall is nice if I have to take the front clip all the way off , I can just pull the hood if it rains .

Last edited by PAUL NOLZ; Sat Jan 15 2022 01:42 PM.

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