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Any tips on removing/installing front pass fender???

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Boss, May 8, 2001.

  1. Boss

    Boss 1/2 ton status Author

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    This is for my 75' K5. Last thing I have to do to it before I give it a new paint jobt. I need to replace the passenger side front fender b/c I dented it pretty bad (don't ask :).
    Anyhow, I figure just remove a bunch of bolts and install is vice versa (simple enough I suppose)
    But, just wondering if anyone had some tips and advices and things I should look out for. B/c I don't have much time. I figure by the time my new fender (OEM) arrives, which is probably this Friday, I need to take mine off and put that on ASAP and send it to the paint shop, so I can start working on the axle swaps/lift and other mods to my 89' K5. Thanks for any help.
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    well theres really no tips or tricks to it other than plan on rust problems.the bolts thread into whats called j nuts theyll prob breakw/ a truck that old.mines 86 and i had problems.that and the nut thats welded into the door jamb area at the top,mine had to have the bolt head cut off and weld in another nut.also look at the new fender to find out where any "hidden"bolts might be.on my 86 i had to remove the cowl top panel,but the early trucks didnt have that,the hood goes all the way to the glass. its not all that bad unless you have a bolt that wont come out then it gets interesting.

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  3. dyeager535

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    Yep! Might have to grind the heads off the bolts that hold the inner fender to the outer, but once you do that, you can at least replace them. On the later (81 up) trucks, I could get wd-40 on all the bolt threads to try and help removal, so that is an option. As well, on some of them, you can get a wrench or ratchet inside the fender on the "j-nuts" or whatever, so even if teh little clip breaks, you can still hold the nut end...I think it may be a 1/2" open end that you need....

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    Make sure you keep all those shims handy. With a new fender, they wont take the same number of shims in some places as the old fender did. Just have to take your time and keep an eye out for even spaces and gaps between other body panels. Good luck! [​IMG]
     
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    Boss, you could always get that truck that took out your windshield to rape your passengerside with that WHIP. That would probably take it off.
    Sorry didn't mean to bring up no bad memories.
    Did anything good ever come outta that deal?

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  6. Grim-Reaper

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    Yeah bunch of bolts on that thing! There are a couple that you really got to look for. One is behind the turn signal (under the head light) and there a a few that you need to take the head light bezel out for. There is one under the lip of the fill peice that goes from side to side that's fun to get at because your fighting the bracket that hold on the fill peice. One you just cant see. It's tucked in the crevis where the core suport rolls around at the top. you can get your fingers on it and feel it but you can't see it. I had to use a long extension to get the ratchet over to the grill opening. Not enough room to swing the ratchet throught the headlight opening. Then a few behind the battery that you need to pull the tray out to get at. You got to pull the hood off too. The Hinge bolts to the fender not the fire wall.
    Hope you got an air ratchet. Lots of bolts to pull and install. I'd say about 25. You can leave the inner fender in but it's only 5 more bolts to pull it out. I would putt a couple bolts and go find some more of the J clips. I broke quite a few of those. That's fun when they break as your removing. Get to cut the head off then.

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  7. Boss

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    Thanks for the tips guys :) I guess this is a more time consuming job than I thought..damn. Oh well.
    But, atleast now I know what to expect :) Thanks!

    ftn96,
    LOL man. yeah, that would probably rip the truck in half. It was one of the huge dump trucks. No worries about bringing up old/bad memories. No, nothing good ever came out of that. I tried fighting for a while, and my insurance company wouldn't even get into it, so I just said the hell with it and took the loss. Oh well. atleast I replaced the doors that got wacked and the windshield, haven't replaced yet, but may. Take care.
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