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Has anyone installed new rubber splash shields on the inner fender wells of their 1st generation? Getting ready to replace the missing/deteriorated ones on my 68 and looking for any advice/tips on this. I figure i can just remove the old staples and insert the new staples through the existing holes and then bend the ends back with pliers and a small ball peen hammer. What do you guys think?

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Just got through with this @ 3 weeks ago. I had to do this on some inner fenderwheels that had just been powdercoated and the holes for the staples couldn't be seen because the powdercoating covered it up. I drilled out the holes with a drill first and then inserted the staples thru the inner fenderwells and then thru the guards with the staple opening being on the inside of the inner fenderwheels. I would consider this a two person job because the staples are VERY stiff and require a good amount of pressure to close. Pressure needs to be applied to the closed end of the (engine side) staple to assure that the staple is fully seated through both the fenderwell and fender guards prior to you closing the staple on the wheel side of the inner fenderwell. I would suspect yours may be easier to install since you have some existing holes to work with. Still though, I would get a friend to help you!!

[This message has been edited by sr71bb (edited 05-09-2000).]
 

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I havent done mine yet either, but sounds good. Instead of pliers(might damage the rubber)try a hammer and a body dolly.
 

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Joe, I did this job on my 69 about a month ago. I found it helpful to glue the rubber to the fenderwell with some weatherstrip adhesive. That way my hands were free to work on the staples. The replacement staples I got with the kit were of a larger diameter than the original staples, so I had to drill out the holes. The new staples are certainly durable, but I was able to bend them into place with pliers. Dan.
 

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Joe, could you look in Body Shop under my name..it should be the first post and see if you could help me out? Thanks man.
 

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I just finished replacing the splash shields
on my 1969 Camaro. I ordered the kit and the
shields are not exactly the same shape as the
originals. I also noticed the staples were a thicker gauge and smaller. I searched around
for some suitable replacements. I did not find any. What I did was use the same gauge
safety wire and some safety wire pliars. This
was very easy and only took 1 hour to replace all the shields. I used a small hammer to flatten the wire to simulate the original staple look. From inside the engine compartment, it looks original. I then
undercoated the fenderwells and you cannot see the saftey wire. Good luck
 

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Is it correct for the staples to face down? I too just got a kit for my '69 and would think they would stay on better if the folded over ends face up. I don't think that is the way the factory did it though...

I didn't see a single car with them at the Dream Machines show in Half Moon Bay last weekend!!!


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Thanks for all the tips guys. I think i'll try Dan's advice on using adhesive to hold the shields in place while installing the staples. Thought i might have to drill out the holes. The safety wire sounds like a good idea. I'm going to try to use the staples first, if thats to much of a hassle i'll try the wire.

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You might want to consider using stainless steel staples. That's what I used over 5 years ago on mine and they still look good. They are used in the air staplers here at work.
 

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DjD, my original staples face down. i agree that having the face up would probably hold better. i bet the only reason the factory put them face down is cosmetic. it looks better from the engine compartment side and you cant really see the closed end on the wheelwell side. just my opinion. joe
 

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When I replaced my shields a few years back on my 69, I drilled some small holes in the inner fender lip and used #6 stainless machine bolts with a washer and nut on the back to hold the rubber on. It looks a lot more trick and holds it on just as well.
 
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