View Full Version : 62 lark front fenders

02-06-2007, 11:44 AM
How do you remove the front fenders on a '62 lark it looks like is spot welded.
Is it ok to drill out the welds to remove the fenders?

02-06-2007, 01:58 PM
I've never done fenders on a 62 Lark, but judging from experience on my 1964, drilling the spot welds is exactly the way to go.

Assuming you want to reuse the existing inner fenders, drilling should be the least damaging method. Also if you plan to reuse the existing inners, there is should be no need to remove them from the car.

02-06-2007, 02:02 PM

Dick Steinkamp
02-06-2007, 02:40 PM
Are you trying to remove the fenders from the car or removing the inner fenders from the outers or both?

Usually, the inner fenders remain attached to the outers. They are welded together. Only rarely are the inners removed from the outers (and I can't think of a good reason off the top of my head to seperate them).

Seperating the inners from the outers is not part of the process to remove the fenders from the car.

Removing the fender assemblies from the car is fairly straight forward and intuitive, but if you haven't done it before, the shop manual will walk you through it.


02-06-2007, 05:27 PM
I'm with Dick here. Are you going to replace rotten fenders or are you just trying to get them off to facilitate work on them or the chassis/driveline???

You DON'T want to drill out the spotwelds unless you're installing new sheet metal or fibreglass ones!

Taking inners and outs off together is a matter of 10 or 12 bolts. If you're determined to drill out the spot welds, I'd invest in one of the special drill/saw bits to do so. I've got a couple I bought from a paint and body supply place and they do a really neat job on spot welds!:D

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

02-06-2007, 05:49 PM

Mr. Biggs and Dick are right on this one! If you must separate the inner and outer fenders get the tool (spot weld remover) this is a self-centering bit that will drill out just the spot weld and not everything else around it. This greaty eases reassembly! Any decent tool supply should be able to set you up with one or the kit, usally around $20.00 for the kit.

02-06-2007, 06:49 PM
How do you put those puppies back together once you drill out the spot welds? I've entertained thoughts of replacing my front fenders instead of repairing two very small rust spots, but the thought of having to drill out the spot welds holding the inner fenders (and headlight buckets) in place stops me cold.

I saw a 66 once where they had bolted the inner fenders onto the new fenders[}:)]. I wouldn't want that[B)].

Mark Anderson
1965 Cruiser


02-06-2007, 07:12 PM
The correct method is to re-weld the fenders back together using the holes that you just drilled out. One side will be solid (new or repaired metal) and the other side will have the small hole made by the spot weld remover bit. Just the perfect size and placement as the original welds!
-Or you can bolt the two pieces back together.

Either way Iím sure you would loose points for originality :)

02-06-2007, 09:32 PM
Ha, yea there are about 30 spot welds in each fender, 20 some on the top at the inner fender and about 10 more on the the front splash apron. Not fun to drill em all out; especially the ones that go up from the bottom over the brow and the ones on the outside edge of the front apron....put a couple holes an my hand drilling mine out BE CAREFULL and use a sharp spotweld cutter if you must drill them out. I used a snapon cutter http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item.asp?P65=&tool=all&item_ID=15684&group_ID=951&store=snapon-store&dir=catalog
I used a 3/8 cutter
its expensive but works great, maybe find something similar but cheaper?

02-07-2007, 01:48 PM
If it were my car, I probably would bolt them together. but that's just me. I like stuff to be able to come apart again. I'd probably use some fender welt and/or tar-like goo to seal up the seam, however, it looks like a pretty good trap for road salt.


55 Commander Starlight

02-07-2007, 02:02 PM
Sorry Guys, that was my salt belt mentality kicking in. Unless you are installing new outer fenders, just unbolt to remove and replace the front clip as a unit.