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maxo
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From: Fresno, CA
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posted 02-12-2002 11:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for maxo   Click Here to Email maxo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well my '65 is going in for a unexpected repaint (pass side door & front fender met a '99 courgar butt [in my driveway ]) I going to make the best of this and get the coupe repainted. The front fenders are reproductions (I think) and the headlight doors have never fit quite rite a little low on both sides. Any tips for getting them to fit better while I'm prepping the coupe for paint would be helpful.
thanks maxo

PS - also need tips for getting a shelby fiberglass hood w/hood pins to fit better seems to hang out about 1/8+ too far in the front but back looks about the way it should.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 02-13-2002 08:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Eggshape the mounting holes for the headlight door studs with a dremel, I'd say. Hopefully you'll have room for the nuts. Details like that make lots of difference in a car's looks.

I remember being at a car show in Nashua, NH and looking down a whole row of 65-66 stangs and not seeing a pair of nice fitting ones down the whole line.

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maxo
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posted 02-13-2002 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for maxo   Click Here to Email maxo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Steve - I didn't even think of that, are you talking about the holes on the doors or the mounting plate/fender?

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 02-13-2002 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The headlight doors have studs which match holes in the front of the fenders. Go very little at a time until you get the fit you want.

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'72 Mustang Sprint Coupe 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Lok
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Moneymaker
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posted 02-13-2002 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OEM doors will NEVER fit well on repop fenders. We tried everything and just live with it. Long screws, eagg out the holes, shims, etc. Bummer.

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maxo
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posted 02-14-2002 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for maxo   Click Here to Email maxo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the ideas, I worked with them last night and they look much much better!

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 02-14-2002 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent!

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mellowyellow
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posted 02-14-2002 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Headight doors and 1/4 panel extensions have always been a problem. Ever notice on a 65/6 that the headlight door and the hood have problems. And for me, it seemed like it was always on the pass side. Have seen that on cars at shows and in MMonthly. That is one area that I've learned to accept. And if you look at untouched originals, that problem was there. I remember hearing a conversation at an MCA show where there was talk of bondoing the 1/4's to line up to extensions, etc. Re pop fenders and headlight door fit is a major problem. The Goodmark brand of repo fender is the best that I've seen so far. It's also the same guage as orig. I had a repop fender on a car that weighed 2# less than an original. The worse repop fender I ever saw was one for a 68. It didn't fit right anywhere!

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