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vegas paul
06-07-2007, 10:14 PM
Within the engine compartment, attached to the inner fender (wheel well?) are pieces of rubberized fabric, presumably to keep road tar/dirt/etc. from entering the engine compartment. These appear to be "stapled" into the metal of the inner fender. If I want to replace these, what do I use and how do I attach them?

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gordr
06-07-2007, 10:52 PM
The factory used a big, heavy-duty stapler, near as I can tell. One that was tough enough to punch through body metal.

If "concours-perfect" is not an issue, pop rivets or small nuts and bolts would be appropriate. If concours-perfect IS an issue, then the only answer I can see is to form new staples out of soft iron "mechanic's wire" and use an awl to punch holes in the new flaps to lineup with the pre-existing holes in the metal.

FWIW, later model cars use plastic "Christmas Tree" fasteners for stuff like this.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

vegas paul
06-07-2007, 10:53 PM
What do I use for replacement material? It looks like old tires cut up!

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whacker
06-08-2007, 12:14 AM
I think you have answered your own question! I have also heard of people using pieces of conveyer belt.

60Lark
06-08-2007, 12:48 AM
I replaced mine with 1/8" black neoprene gasket material, purchased it from a local aftermarket gasket shop. This material is typically used on high temp.steam system applications.

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garyash
06-08-2007, 09:59 AM
You can cut some from a mud flap for a big truck. A jig saw or saber saw will cut through them. The mud flaps also make good material for body mounts and shims.

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55studeman
06-08-2007, 12:26 PM
Not sure if it's available for a 51, but for 55' HT, SI has them available -bought some a few years ago.

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N8N
06-08-2007, 03:06 PM
I'd check with either SI or else FBN Upholstery, I know I've seen them at at least one of their displays at various shows.

nate

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vegas paul
06-08-2007, 04:00 PM
If I can cut them from available material, it seems like that's easier and cheaper than buying a specialized part. I still have my old ones(torn and frayed) to use as patterns. I'll get some mud flap material. Thanks.

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lstude
06-08-2007, 09:12 PM
quote:I'll get some mud flap material. Thanks.


Make sure you don't get the ones with the mud flap girl on them. :D

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