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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-21-2010, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Question Fiberglass fenders?

I am a new owner of a 61 bel air and I noticed after i got it home today and was looking it over and noticed that it has fiberglass front fenders and inner fender wells, these look factory but i could be mistaken, they are badged and have the same level of paint fade as the rest of the car, so I wanted to ask the expert here about them. Also, is there a specific team bel air site or something of the like? Thanks, Matt
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-21-2010, 08:16 PM
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They are not factory if that is what you are asking. The factory hot rods had aluminum sheet metal not fiberglass.

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-21-2010, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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hmmm, interesting, are these a modern option like from a parts house or would these date back to the 60s or 70s?
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-21-2010, 08:53 PM
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My 1965 Impala wagon had a driver side fiberglass front fender on it when I bought it. I have found a steel replacement, and the glass one is on the wall. I don't think they are made any moore. If I were building a drag car I would like the other fender.

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Hi, Matt, welcome to the site!! Sounds like you have a rare find at the very least. Let's see some pics.
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-22-2010, 08:11 PM
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hmmm, interesting, are these a modern option like from a parts house or would these date back to the 60s or 70s?
Glass-Tek and Hairy's Glass back in the mid eighties sold fiberglass parts for just about every car in the Chevy inventory (and might as well say all GM cars as there was very little difference in sheet metal). You also have companies like http://www.artfiberglass.com/auto/6270impala.html that still sell parts.

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-22-2010, 10:18 PM
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Welcome Matt,

Dont want to hi-jack your thread but has anybody installed these fiberglass fenders,bumpers etc?
Are they difficult?

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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-22-2010, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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No big deal, I checked out that link and couldn't find fenders, I saw the inners but no fenders themselves. Anyway, I just wanted to check and see if I had something special or not, so looks like the wrench will come out soon.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-23-2010, 05:20 AM
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The glass 65 fender I have, has every bolt hole a metal fender has. And hard to tell its not metal unless you tap on it. It is of good quality.

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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-23-2010, 06:42 AM
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I had a 1970 Nova that had every piece of the dog house except the radiator core support made of lightweight fiberglass (you can buy glass in lightweight for racing or street weight which is thicker and stronger for normal; use though your girl friend still can not sit on the fender), and attached the glass with aluminum nuts and bolts used in aviation to knock 320 pounds off the nose. All of the parts were dimensionally the same as the steel part they replaced and bolted on the same way. I painted it in distressed primer with talc powder added to the rusty areas to add patina. Only way you could tell it was glass was a strong light behind the car would shine through it to show the diffused silhouette of the motor so while negotiating I had to be carefull where I parked on Friday nights.

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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-23-2010, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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That's the way these are, these are the heavy ones, heavy to the point that I would consider putting a girlfriend on them, anyway, thanks for the advice guys, but after much research and crawling all over the car, i think i'm gonna have to part her out, there is soo much rust under her, yes, it's a sad day when one has to die, but she will allow many more to be back on the road with those little hard to find parts. hmmm, do I start with ratchets or wrenches?
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