New Inner Fender Panels and Billet Hood Hinges Can Immediately Clean Up The Engine Bay of Your Project Car
By Brian Brennan – Photography By the Author
Anyone working with vintage sheet metal, something that is more than 30 years old, will most likely have to deal with corrosion, packed-on dirt, cracks, dents, and other impacts. Our 1965 Chevelle is no different. While swapping out power plants it became obvious that the inner fender panels needed help. So, a quick call to Golden Star Classic Auto Parts was a great solution to quickly solving our problem.
Why We Choose Golden Star Auto
The Golden Star OEM-style inner fender panels (PNs IF03-64R-RH and IF03-64L-LH) are designed to protect the engine bay and other related sheet metal from corrosion. These panels come stamped to match what was there from the factory and come with a protective coating that can be left as-is or can be prepped for painting.
Hood and Fender Removal
In our 1965 Chevelle project we looked at fitting the inner fender panels while the sheet metal fenders remained on the car. It didn’t take us long to realize that the removal of the hood and fenders would make the project go more smoothly. So, off came the factory sheet metal, hood, and both front fenders. Our Chevelle, while sporting lots of patina, is in truly good condition. The factory inner fender panels did their job and have sacrificed themselves to save other components throughout.
Test Fitting The New Inner Fender Panels
Once the hood and fenders were removed, we fit each inner fender panel to its respective fender. The initial fit was very good and required a minimal amount of fitment. Remember we are dealing with a car that is 57 years old and over time things change. It was to be expected that the mounting holes from the new inner fender panel to the original sheet metal fenders matched up very closely.
Modifying The Mounting Holes
We did find that one hole needed a bit of massaging. Now, the first reaction might be to elongate the original inner fender mounting hole and possibly the new inner fender panel hole. Don’t. This can cause fitment and allow the panels to move on their own, introducing new fitment issues. As you go through the accompanying photos you will see how we trimmed a small portion of the new Golden Star Auto inner fender panel, thus allowing the new hole to align with the factory original mounting hole. From here it was a simple matter of aligning and completing the project.
Billet Hood Hinges Installation
At this time, we also installed our new hood hinges that came directly from Eddie Motorsports. We opted for the aluminum billet hood hinges that utilize sealed bearings as well as stainless steel nitrogen gas struts. While these hinges come in an assortment of finishes, such as bright polish, raw machine, or anodized, we opted for the black anodized versions.
Well, there you have it. Follow along with the photos for this truly easy-to-perform inner fender replacement project on our 1965 Chevelle. MR
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