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narrowed front end.... fireall mods?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jekbrown, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    I am in the process of narrowing the front of my K5. Front fenders will basically be just skins hung on tube. Problem is, the factory fire wall kind of buldges out up top where the fender attaches and it really in the way if you want to narrow the front very much. What did you guys do to resolve this? Cut/weld new sheetmetal? beat it with a BFH?

    I thought about just cutting the buldge off at an angle similar to what I want the fenders to do and then welding some sheetmetal (I have a ton of it, thanks to the truggy plan!) over the new hole.

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    sounds like you answered your own ? .......cut it on an angle and patch it up.
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    guess I was just wondering what others did... definitely more than 1 way to skin a cat in this kind of mod... figured I'd try to learn from the experience of others. Thats usually the quicker/cheaper/safer way to do things. :D

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    I cut them at an angle... I dont have tube to hang my fenders on, so i just used the factory mounting points on the fire wall.. The only hole is where the inside vent is. I am going to patch it up one of these days.. Ill try to get some pics.
     
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    I've seen the BFH technique used quite a bit.... then Tube instead of fenders.
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    Yup, Like Marv said. I didn't use a BFH on the bulge, I let the rocks do the work for me :)
     
  7. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    awesome, thanks for the pics. I can't weld sheetmetal myself... by 55willy can and he has to come get some tires... :grin: Prolly look a lot cleaner than the hammer/rock approach. ;)

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    hey Jason, just wanted to tell you thanks...found your 52" front spring swap article very informative...will be running 52" springs on my Gen1 so it helped out a lot...i didn't know where else to post this up so sorry for jacking your thread...thanks again
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    np amigo, appreciate the kudos. I still need to finish the tech article though, lol! I got into the truggy project to the point where I have to finish it before I finish the 52 swap thing... oh well.. something this spring/summer. ;) :thumb:

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