Drilling a 1914 Rootlieb fender

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ben Popadak on Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 03:28 pm:

Hello, At Hershey I picked up my new 1914 right front fender. Before I drill the fender for mounting and turn the edge into swiss cheese, does anyone have a typical drilling detail? oldnrusty1


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tom Rootlieb on Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 04:23 pm:

The bottom of the fender has a tab that has a bend in it. If you look at the running board it has a taper cut on the front edge. That taper fits into that bend. With the fender sitting on a table, place the running board taper into the fender bend, matching up the outside edge of both pieces. Take a pencil and mark the fender tab by going thru the bolt holes in the running board. Take the fender and have someone hold it so the tab is flat on a piece of wood and center punch the two pencil marks on the tab. Then drill thru them with a 5/16 bit. Turn over and using a much larger bit clean up and material that may hanging down VERY CAREFULLY. Set the skirt on top of the frame where you think it goes. With the running board back in place, lift the tail of the fender and see if you are in the general area you need to be. You can put a bolt thru the board to hold it in place. Lay the hood shelf on top of the skirt flange and put a finger under the frame and feel for the bolt hole while thumbing the hole in the sill to see if they match up. Adjust skirt location until your happy that the holes match. Also check clearance to radiator to match other fender. You can mark thru with a pencil like the tab on the fender, or you can carefully remove the sill and c-clamp the skirt to the frame. That way you can check to see that the skirt is running parallel to the inside edge of the frame. With the c-clamps you can adjust the fender fit till you are happy. You can twist the nose of the fender to sit horizontal with the front of the car. When your happy with the fit, take a center punch, feel the hole in the frame and place the punch where you think the center of the hole is. Then smack it. The sheet metal will draw down into the hole if you hit it right. If you don't, no foul, try again. Hit both bolt holes as well as the hold down holes at the same time. Drill them out, clean up the holes and you should be where you need to be. Good Luck


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ben Popadak on Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 04:36 pm:

Thank you Tom


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