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    I am building a 51 starlight coupe hot rod and am deciding whether or not to weld up the seams on the front fenders. The rear ones as well as the air vents have been removed and smoothed over, The door handles and trunk are also smoothed over. My concern is about the paint cracking on the front fender welds due to torque and frame flexing. The powerplant is a r4 with 409 gears and a 700r4 tranny. Input would be appreciated.

  • #2
    It would look good smoothed out. I never have liked that seam. [xx(]

    Matthew Burnette
    Hazlehurst, GA

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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by mbstude

      It would look good smoothed out. I never have liked that seam. [xx(]

      Matthew Burnette
      Hazlehurst, GA

      I AGREED it will look much better. But what about it flexing?

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      • #4
        I have a 51 with all fender joints closed , about a 12 year old job , no cracks. It is a stock 6 engine, not v-8, but I do drive it hard and often.

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        • #5
          quote:Originally posted by oltrknut

          I have a 51 with all fender joints closed , about a 12 year old job , no cracks. It is a stock 6 engine, not v-8, but I do drive it hard and often.

          Thanks, by the by what color is that car. Is it black cherry. The picture looks like it might be. That is one on the short list of paint colors.

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          • #6
            After 6 years and 30,000 miles, no problems with my '53. Different model, but if anything, could be expected to flex more than your '51.


            Steve Hudson
            The Dalles, Oregon
            1949 "GMOBaker" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
            1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
            1953 Champion Starliner (custom/rod project)
            1954 Champion Coupe (daily driver)
            1960 Hawk (future project?)

            Steve Hudson
            The Dalles, Oregon
            1949 \"GMOBaker\" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
            1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
            1953 "Studacudallac" (project)

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