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Jimmie
05-05-2009, 07:03 AM
I am ready to put the front fenders back on my 50 Champion:D but am unsure what goes on first:(. Do the tabs that have the bolt holes that line up with the holes in the front of the frame sit directly on the frame or do they sit on top of the bracket that holds the radiator. Also, when I took it apart I saved 9 large washers that went on these same bolts. I didn't count them at the time but I do remember that there obviously was a different number on each side. Most likely they were included to level up something. Just not sure what or where[?][?].

I didn't draw a picture of this area with notes like I did for most other areas so I am unsure about where each part goes.[:I]

Any help would be greatly appreciated.:)

Jimmie
Orleans, INdiana

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1950 CHAMPION -ORANGE COUNTY, INDIANA

Studeman
05-05-2009, 07:59 AM
In order:
-Doors shim body mounts to make the doors fit the opening- especially around the window surround, and hinge pillar
-Install Hood, be sure the cowl rubber is in place. Center the hood, and align the cowl-gap at the windshield
-Install "doghouse". IE: the fully assembled front end. All bolts should be snug- but you should be able to adjust gaps and alignment with light manipulation using the heel of your hand.

The set of washers you speak of...are used to align the fenders to the hood, and the rear of the fenders with the hinge pillar. Install the UPPER fender-to-cowl bolt(first)...making sure the fender aligns with the cowl. You can then center the doghouse, and align it with the hood (side-to-side). Install the other fender-to-cowl bolts, and shim/adjust as necessary to get an even gap at the hinge-pillar.

The assembly procedure is nearly the same for most post-war Studes..
http://www.raylinrestoration.com/TechnicalPages/BodyAlign.htm

Ray

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Jimmie
05-05-2009, 08:47 AM
Ray--
Thanks so much for this detailed description of how this is to be done. It is quite different from what I had intended to do, thereby saving me lots of extra work and frustration I am sure.:D

Well, off to the shop and so thankful for your help!

Jimmie
Orleans, Indiana

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1950 CHAMPION -ORANGE COUNTY, INDIANA