Yeah, that looks great. Nice work. Maybe post pics if the fender trimming for future reference?
Thanks for the compliment!
Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures during the trimming process , but I do have a finished product picture. I'll post that below.
This was my process:
1. Remove trim
2. Measure from pinch/spot weld to inside of fender lip
3. Make marks at a reasonable distance away from the weld
4. Make a "comfort guide line" with a scribe along that line
5. Use painters tape to help protect the finished exterior paint
6. Use electric sheet metal shears to trim along that line (make sure to angle the shears so the handle is away from the outside finished paint)
7. Test fit the rims and use a straight edge to check clearances from about "10 to 2"
8. Once you are happy with the amount of trimming, reattach the fender trim
9. Use a fine tip marker to go along the top edge of the newly cut fender lip, marking the cut line for the trim piece
10. Take the trim back off and cut the trim piece to fit the fender
11. Reinstall the trim piece and make sure it follows your cut line (I had to drill new holes closer to the outer fender for 3 of the trim screws)
12. Next, I used a die grinder with a soft stone to soften the edges and remove the sharp pieces (I made sure to go very slowly and take breaks so that the metal didn't heat up too much and wreck the paint)
13. Have a beer (or two...or five)
14. Go back and prime and paint the bare metal that you just created. You'll thank yourself later.
The entire process took me about an hour per side (not including the priming/painting). It wasn't bad at all. Keep in mind that I'm a novice at this kind of stuff. I had never used sheet metal shears in my life, but man was it easy.
Here is a picture of the passenger side finished product:
It may not be perfect, but I am overall happy with the result. Keep in mind that I only trimmed the area at the top that the tire has a chance to touch. You'd only notice it if you crawled under the car and looked for it.