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3rdGenStude
05-21-2008, 12:59 PM
I picked up my C/K front fenders from the sandblaster. They had at least 4 layers of paint on them, plus the undercoating. I knew they were rusty, but I thought they were repairable until I saw what was left.

Parts that looked solid before were like window screen after. There were areas by the seam for the outer/inner fender that are totally gone, that looked OK with all the paint still on.

Well, that's what I wanted to know, so the blasting served its purpose. I think I might be able to cut away the grill mount panels so I can weld them into another pair of less rusty fenders (*I think from a Hawk) that I got with the car, so they'll work with my '55..

What are used, repairable 55 C/K fenders going for these days? If I can still afford gas by then, I'm planning on Lancaster in September.



Paul

In memory of Boris, the 1950 Land Cruiser project,
. . . he became a down payment for. . .
Natasha, the 1955 Speedster project

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sweetolbob
05-21-2008, 01:48 PM
That's the frustration of commercial sandblasting. No matter how carefully they try to be, they are a high pressure, high volume operation. I had the same experience as you with my austin healy 3000 and went out and bought a large compressor and pressure blaster. It's much better. Don't get me wrong, really bad metal must be replaced but the home system saves quite a bit. As a suggestion, if the problem is the fender area by the doors, Classic enterprises sells repair panels for $75 per side.

N8N
05-21-2008, 02:43 PM
I believe CE still makes a repair panel for about the rear 2" of the fender; or are you talking about the area at the top of the fender at the hood opening?

nate

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61hawk
05-21-2008, 03:13 PM
You might want to get Ray's opinion of CE's fender patch panels before ordering them. Here's how he fixes C/K fenders.

http://ncsdc.com/TechnicalPages/Fender/index.htm

Lee

3rdGenStude
05-21-2008, 08:42 PM
Bob,

These guys have a really good reputation locally with car people. I've seen the 53 Ford hardtop they almost have done, along with fenders from a 1910 Metz and a door I didn't recognize. They're pretty careful.

Nate and Bob,

Mt original plan was to use CE panels by the door and the vent openings. It was when I found out how weak the rest of the panel was that I decided to go the other route. I have them on their sides in the back of my Explorer on the way home, with one kind of slid in inside the other. I watched the cowl area on the one bounced a little on even the smallest bumps. By the time I got home, that fender had almost folded over along the top ridge!

Lee,

That fender Ray is working on in those pic's is about as good as my GOOD fenders that came as extras with the car. The one's I had blasted were/are WAY worse than that.

I half expected they wouldn't be usable. Blasting just confirmed it.



Paul

In memory of Boris, the 1950 Land Cruiser project,
. . . he became a down payment for. . .
Natasha, the 1955 Speedster project

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