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Started replacing the drivers side, outer wheel house last night. What a pain that is.
I just finished fitting it. Took about 10hrs. I didn't
expect it would be easy due to all of the spot welds. Turned out removing
the old (original) was the easy part. The replacement housing fit like crap.
I ended up having to butcher it (as far as I'm concerned). The lower bend
where it fits the rocker wasn't even close. I mean it was off over an inch
plus the bend was so puckered from forming, it was too wide too fit into
the rocker. I'll bet I had that thing off and on 5 times. I didn't expect it
would be perfect due to it being a repop but I'm so disapointed I may
return the other side and try a different brand. One problem is these did
not come labeled in any way as to the brand. Anyone recommend a brand ?
I'm not a professional body man by any stretch but I do own and
operate my own machine shop so I do know what "fit" and "attention to
details" means. I would like too hear from anyone that has a brand to
recommend. The part number on mine is 1667331 and came from Classic
Industries.

Thanks for listening,
Al
 

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Anytime I've had to use the repops I do the same as Mike, splice them. Just seems better to keep as much as the original as possible. Usually I end up only using a couple of inches of the repop, makes the fitting go a little easier.
I still end up asking myself; why in the Heck would someone go to the trouble to make it and not go the last step and make it right?
 

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Mike & Paul, I actually started with the intension of splicing the wheel
house. I should have stuck with that plan. Maybe I'll do that on the
passenger side. As you said Paul, Why not make it right ? Whatever
"it" happens to be. It just drives me nuts. If I decide to get a diffferent
brand I'll look at AMD. From all I have read about them, they have a
pretty good reputation.

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Al
 

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CARS used to make a good fitting one. I started putting one on and like you it was a pain. I got the other side from CARS and it fit a lot better. It was bare metal and the first one that didn't fit was black E coat. I'm not sure if the ones today are the same. This was on a 69.
 

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And it just gets worse !!
The way this is going I may just not use the one I spent 10hrs fitting.
I have it clamped in place (not welded yet) and just tried fitting the
new quarter panel. Not even close around the wheel opening. The new
quarter fit just fine on the original wheel house. Even splicing the
wheel house would not have helped. The flange that fits inside the
quarter panel is flared badly (not bent sharp enough). This is causing the
bottom of the quarter to sit outward about 1/4" or so. I'm sure I can
beat the damn thing into shape but I'm so mad I hate to start swinging
even a soft (rubber) hammer. I may not be able to refrain from causing
some serious damage. Man, I hate ill fitting parts. A guy spends his
limited available time working on this stuff and then gets slapped in the
face with this crap. Imagine if I were paying a professional to work with this junk.
Again, thanks for listening.
Al
 

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Sonny, Thanks for the encouragement. Blake, what brand of wheel house
are you using ? I've got mine fitting pretty darn close now. Had to use
the flat panel vise grips and of course hammer and dolly. Getting ready to
weld it in and then finish fitting up the quarter panel. Every other piece
of sheet metal I have replaced fit relatively well. You know, take your time
replace one piece at a time, checking everything else that might be
effected, don't cut too much out at once, etc. This wheel house has just
plain worn me out.

Al
 

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I just finished welding in the wheel house. Had to mig weld all of it as
my spot welder (cheapy) doesn't have the power for 3 layers of sheet
metal. Going to have to massage the wheel house a bit more to get a
good fit with the quarter panel. My quarter came labeled OER but I'm
pretty sure it is from the same mfg. as AMD. For all we know all sheet
metal may come from the same stamping house. Check out this video
of a Chinese stamping house.
Al

 

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Nevin, Your Camaro is looking good. It does take a looong time. Belair
Bobs is in Georgia so shipping charges start to add up to Iowa.
I have 3 or 4 local suppliers so I'm going to do some checking before starting the passenger side.
Todd, That's the mentality we in the USA are up against. People are
nothing more than a commodity in China. These damn wheel housings
are quite possibly stamped in the same manner.

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My wheel houses were never welded to the quarters when the quarters were replaced. What structural integrity issues does this create? Sorry for the hyjack.
 
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