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The Captain
03-31-2010, 04:18 AM
So you want to have wide body fenders on the front of your vert. Well, as luck would have it the vert fenders are unique. They're shaped differently at the bottom to clear the added rocker support that's welded to the body. I already rolled the rear fenders and found a 17x8, 35mm wheel easily cleared. In the front the wheels stuck out 1/4" past the fender! With a little bit of trimming and bending a wide body fender can be made to fit.

Here is the original fender on the left and the WB (wide body) on the right.
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z220/92benzman/93vert/P1020104.jpg

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z220/92benzman/93vert/P1020107.jpg

Here is the vert fender bottom:
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z220/92benzman/93vert/P1020105.jpg

Here's the WB fender bottom:
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z220/92benzman/93vert/P1020106.jpg

Using a piece of thin card board I traced the vert fender noting the height of the body seam.
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z220/92benzman/93vert/P1020108.jpg

Carefully trace the pattern to the WB fender bottom. I used tin snips to cut the fender. I strongly recommend you leave lots of extra metal on the fender and trim as needed. I almost cut it too short on the first one! When you make the "ear" for the bolt holes, bend it with two locking pliers to make it a flat mounting surface. Slip on the fender and at least bolt the top near the windshield and the one near the headlight.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z220/92benzman/93vert/P1020111.jpg

Before checking with the spacer, use a plastic hammer and tap to make the mounting surface and tab identical angles:
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z220/92benzman/93vert/P1020112.jpg

Now test fit the spacer. Look behind and see where the bolt holes are in the body. Grind/trim to get the spacer lined up with the holes. Then mark for drilling. . .
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z220/92benzman/93vert/P1020115.jpg

TADA!!!
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z220/92benzman/93vert/P1020117.jpg

Now align all seams and make sure gaps are even. Trim/grind and adjust as needed. This is so much better to do BEFORE paint!
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z220/92benzman/93vert/P1020118.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z220/92benzman/93vert/P1020119.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z220/92benzman/93vert/P1020120.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z220/92benzman/93vert/P1020121.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z220/92benzman/93vert/P1020125.jpg

The second fender took half the time. Learning curve and all. The bottom rocker cover fits nicely to the fender. The original vert mud flap covers all the trimming area. The mounting of the mud flap is a little different as the WB cars didn't have one. If you can do this to the fender, you can easily figure out the flap mount. I'm just glad I didn't screw up brand new gen-u-wine Toyota fenders.

Murgatroy
03-31-2010, 02:07 PM
Looks good.

I cant wait to source widebody fenders for Chaos.

85gtsblackman
03-31-2010, 04:53 PM
nice

now do the rear so it matches

Luni
03-31-2010, 05:32 PM
You cant Joe.

Rears are widebody hatches. The quarterpanels are totally different. Coupes are completely different beasts.

There would be a lot of special cutting and grinding and repainting and welding and stuff.

The Captain
03-31-2010, 08:36 PM
You cant Joe.

Rears are widebody hatches. The quarterpanels are totally different. Coupes are completely different beasts.

There would be a lot of special cutting and grinding and repainting and welding and stuff.
Bingo.

Funny thing is, with widebody fronts and narrow rears, the fenders are the same width. Put the wide body in the back and you've got to run a spacer.

GT4SOM
04-01-2010, 01:52 AM
Damn that is hot! lol.

Okctrd
04-04-2010, 06:39 AM
love it.. can't wait to see it when it's all finished!

91convertible
06-12-2010, 03:32 PM
Do you have any pictures of it with the front bumper back on and it sitting on the ground?