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The PO of my 65FB dented the LF fender while parked in his own garage. Ouch!

There are a couple of 2" creases in the wheel opening. Am I better off finding a good resto body shop or buying a replacement fender?

Seems that either way I need to get the fender painted.

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Locate a reputable shop in your area and get an estimate. If you don't know of one, hook up with your local Mustang club to find out. Repo fenders require some considerable work (read this as hammering, filling, etc) to fit properly.



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If you can, repair the original. I replaced my fenders with repros because they had lots of "rust ventilation added," and they are going to take some work to fit correctly. Dickson

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If they can be repaired ... repair them. I, too, have repro fenders on my '66 ... they were a royal PIA to fit, and there's still too big a gap between the driver door and fender. The repro fenders suck!

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I also vote yes in trying to save the original fender or finding a used original. The Chinese made fender I used on a 'Stang I've sold looked like it was made while a Tong war broke out in the factory. All the captured nuts or threaded inserts were in the wrong locations which I had to cut out and re-weld back in their correct place. I built up the leading edge of the fender next to the door inorder for it to match the contour of the door and provide a good gap.

The overall width of the front of the fender was 1/4" wider than the headlight bezel so I used USC ALL METAL body filler to make the headlight bezel wider to match the fender.

Stay with Ford originals, you'll be happier!

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