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#213124 - 06/17/09 07:07 PM Outer Wheelhouse
Knightrider Offline
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I just received my 1970 chevelle outer wheelhouse so that I can get to replacing my quarter panel. I have read here before that there are some differences and some modifications will be needed. Just holding it up to the old one it seems like a direct replacement with no real modifications needed. Just wondering if someone could give me a more detailed description of the differences before I start cutting sheetmetal.

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#213154 - 06/17/09 08:16 PM Re: Outer Wheelhouse [Re: Knightrider]
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Hey Josh,

Actually, it's going to need to be modified extensively.... The Chevelle outer wheel well edge is round....ours is pretty flat. I cut the edge off, dropped it down and then welded in some patches.

I suggest fitting it to the new quarter panel with the quarter off the car (have you put the quarter on yet?).

But if your housing isn't too bad.....I would cut the lip off the new and weld it onto your original, re-shaping it as you go.

My 2 cents,
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#213158 - 06/17/09 08:21 PM Re: Outer Wheelhouse [Re: Monteman1971]
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I mainly need the lip of the fenderwhell, the old one is all rusted out. So I will probably do the cut and patch method, I also need the very bottom piece at the rear for about 6-8" up due to some damage from a previous tire blowout.

I'll try to get some pics up later.
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#213163 - 06/17/09 08:59 PM Re: Outer Wheelhouse [Re: Knightrider]
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You can see where I cut this one on our 71. This is actually a used part from our parts car that I tacked on, and then decided to replace it with new metal. Like Steve said, the lip is different and so is the lower, rear part.
I prefit the new qtr to fit with the old wheelhouse in place, removed it, then I cut the new wheelhouse the same as this pic shows and tacked it in. Temporarily mounted the qtr again to see what was needed, removed the qtr. Made relief cuts in the lip at the sharp bends, bent the new lip down. Replaced the qtr and cut metal to make the wheelhouse lip extend to the qtr lip. It's a fair amount of work, just be sure to make the new lip of the wheelhouse wide enough that the wheel well molding screws will catch it. You need the screws to go thru both the qtr pnl and the wheelhouse lip, and don't forget to make sure the new wheel house is holding the qtr in or out the correct amount. You don't want a dip or bow as you look down the side.
Are you using fiberglass filler to seal the welded areas?



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#213170 - 06/17/09 09:23 PM Re: Outer Wheelhouse [Re: overdrive]
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I think I can pull it off.

Yes, I am using fiberglass for the first layer. On the other side that I patched in I sealed the underside of the wheel well with fiberglass, then smoothed with rage, then scraped off the old undercoating and redid it with the eastwood spray on rubberized undercoating, the seam on the inside of the quarter panel will be filled with liberal amounts of seam sealer. And the back side of the quarter panel weld seam will get covered in a roll on bedliner. Haven't done that part yet.


Edited by Knightrider (06/17/09 09:27 PM)
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#213193 - 06/17/09 10:20 PM Re: Outer Wheelhouse [Re: Knightrider]
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Once again Josh I amazed at how your tackling your car; good job. Don't really have any helpful input but just wanted to say good luck!
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#213244 - 06/18/09 02:29 AM Re: Outer Wheelhouse [Re: Knightrider]
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Sounds like you have a good handle on it. Keep us updated. We like pics. smile

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#213264 - 06/18/09 05:30 AM Re: Outer Wheelhouse [Re: overdrive]
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They are more different than I thought. Also some pics of the damage to the lip. Going to use the minimum amount of new metal possible. Just patch the lip and the little back piece.




Edited by Knightrider (06/18/09 05:31 AM)
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#213422 - 06/18/09 09:31 PM Re: Outer Wheelhouse [Re: Knightrider]
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65-66 impala and 66-67 chevelle work well but all require metal finishing and fabrication

Leo

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#213441 - 06/18/09 10:50 PM Re: Outer Wheelhouse [Re: KLASSIK1]
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Thanks Leo,

I'll remember that if I can't get this one to work.
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