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Chevy front fenders #732571
February 01st 2018 11:53 pm
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Are all Chevy front fenders from 1971-96 the same? I'm in need of a driver side fender for my '78 and am hearing from a few sources that 1971-77 are different from 1978-1983, which are yet again different from 1984-96. Is that just hogwash?

Looking at them, they are all the same but I would hate to hack off a fender from a random Chevy at a salvage yard and get it home to find it won't work for some reason.

Re: Chevy front fenders [Re: Scrojira] #732574
February 02nd 2018 12:55 am
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Yep thats when the body lines changed ... 71-77, 77-88, 88-95 & 96 to present


SUNSHINE VANS-VAN DIEGO
ADRENALIN BY THE GALLON & CHASIN RACIN
ONE FOR THE DIRT & ONE FOR THE STREETS
'93 CHEVY G30 454 4X4 SPORTVAN EXT 146" WB
'92 CHEVY G30 454 BEAUVILLE EXT 146" WB
Re: Chevy front fenders [Re: Scrojira] #732575
February 02nd 2018 1:09 am
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I know that's true for the doors and side panels but the fenders are smooth aside from the body line that wraps around the hood, have no middle body lines on them and all look the same to me. Am I crazy?

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Re: Chevy front fenders [Re: Scrojira] #732580
February 02nd 2018 1:34 am
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The 88 I got to fix my 93 wasnt the same as it sat different on the mount points, forward an 1/8 an in an 1/8. The grill mounts were in a different place also. Cosmetically on the outside it might look the same but unseen things make it different.


When you say ft fenders your talking about the ft qtr panel, right, the pc that has the badges on it ?

Last edited by frscke1; February 02nd 2018 1:40 am.

SUNSHINE VANS-VAN DIEGO
ADRENALIN BY THE GALLON & CHASIN RACIN
ONE FOR THE DIRT & ONE FOR THE STREETS
'93 CHEVY G30 454 4X4 SPORTVAN EXT 146" WB
'92 CHEVY G30 454 BEAUVILLE EXT 146" WB
Re: Chevy front fenders [Re: Scrojira] #732588
February 02nd 2018 10:02 am
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I used a cut out piece from a 1992 on my 1985, but I only used the outer skin around the marker light area and it was all the same. You might be alright if you are only using the outer sheet metal.


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Re: Chevy front fenders [Re: frscke1] #732589
February 02nd 2018 11:00 am
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Originally Posted by frscke1
The 88 I got to fix my 93 wasnt the same as it sat different on the mount points, forward an 1/8 an in an 1/8. The grill mounts were in a different place also. Cosmetically on the outside it might look the same but unseen things make it different.


When you say ft fenders your talking about the ft qtr panel, right, the pc that has the badges on it ?


The entire outer front fender, or quarter panel like so:

[Linked Image]

I found a '75 in a salvage yard but would prefer to make sure the fender will work on my van before I head over there and cut the thing out.



Last edited by Scrojira; February 02nd 2018 11:23 am.
Re: Chevy front fenders [Re: Scrojira] #732590
February 02nd 2018 11:27 am
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A 75 will fit a 77 correctly ...


SUNSHINE VANS-VAN DIEGO
ADRENALIN BY THE GALLON & CHASIN RACIN
ONE FOR THE DIRT & ONE FOR THE STREETS
'93 CHEVY G30 454 4X4 SPORTVAN EXT 146" WB
'92 CHEVY G30 454 BEAUVILLE EXT 146" WB
Re: Chevy front fenders [Re: Scrojira] #732591
February 02nd 2018 11:36 am
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If the only difference is the grille and/or headlight mounts, that's not a huge concern because I've got the entire pre-'78 grille & headlight setup I plan on using. I just want to make sure the fenders can be welded on without too much headache.

Last edited by Scrojira; February 02nd 2018 11:37 am.
Re: Chevy front fenders [Re: Scrojira] #732592
February 02nd 2018 11:39 am
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Originally Posted by Scrojira
I found a '75 in a salvage yard ...


What yrd do you use ?


SUNSHINE VANS-VAN DIEGO
ADRENALIN BY THE GALLON & CHASIN RACIN
ONE FOR THE DIRT & ONE FOR THE STREETS
'93 CHEVY G30 454 4X4 SPORTVAN EXT 146" WB
'92 CHEVY G30 454 BEAUVILLE EXT 146" WB
Re: Chevy front fenders [Re: Scrojira] #732594
February 02nd 2018 11:59 am
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I found this particular parts van in a collision shop's yard down near Escondido.

The whole front end is present aside from the grille, headlight buckets, bezels & blinkers (which I already have anyway) so I may just have the shop do the work to swap everything over so I don't have to screw around with hacking up my radiator mount and fabricating stuff to make the back-dated parts fit. It's probably a pretty big job to swap out a radiator mount though...

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