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Town Wagon Fender Repair
Ron Reichhart repairs the rear fender of Joe's Townie
Date(s): December 9, 2002. Album by Joe Cimoch. 1 - 15 of 15 Total. 1508 Visits.
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1963 Town Wagon passenger side fender. Typical rot.

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Ron cuts out the rot, back to some solid steel. He left the bottom edge of the fender intact to use as a guide. He ground down the paint above the cut.

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Ron using a flanging tool in his air tool. This makes a nice flange to weld into in very short time.

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You can see the nice lip the tool creates. You can also see the badly rotted inner fender. Ron fabricated a piece of steel to repair the inner fender as well.

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Ron sets a compass to get a distance from the bottom edge of the fender to the top part of the lip created by the flanging tool. This will be transferred to the donor fender later.

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Ron with his 4 1/2" grinder mounted with a 3M disk used to grind off paint.

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Back side of disk.

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Face of the 3M disk. Ron says these come in 3 grits, available from welding supply houses.

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Ron grinds the paint off a Dodge stepside rear fender donated by Eric B. The shape is almost identical to the Town Wagon rear fender. Stepside fenders from 53-85 should work.

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Ron marks the fender with the compass he set from the Town Wagon fender.

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Ron cuts along the pencil line he just made with the compass, using an air chisel.

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Ron positions the donor fender into place using Vise-Grip clamps.

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Ron used his mig welder to weld the panel in place. He stitched the panel, let everything cool down, then finished welding along the entire seam.

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Grinding down the welds with a flap wheel.

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Ron applying a coat of plastic filler. Nice job Ron, thanks!

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