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Rear Patch/outer wheelhouse oddities

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Good afternoon...

Reaching out to the experts in the community.

My 65 Fastback had rust on the rear fender, where the water collects at the intersection of the wheel well and wheel house.

Seems the wheelhouse has a profile that is larger than that of the fender.

So, I'm looking for picture to help me figure out what to do, how to handle. I have attached picture of my situation and welcome any constructive input.

Thanks in advance

Tony
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Is there a wheel house patch and a quarter panel that you are installing? In the second picture it doesn't look like your quarter is pulled in tight to the trunk drop off. Is the wheelhouse patch holding the quarter panel out?
I would remove the wheelhouse patch and clamp your quarter to your trunk drop off and make a template of what shape the wheelhouse patch should be. Might have to cut the flange off of the patch and reform it.
 

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Is there a wheel house patch and a quarter panel that you are installing? In the second picture it doesn't look like your quarter is pulled in tight to the trunk drop off. Is the wheelhouse patch holding the quarter panel out?
I would remove the wheelhouse patch and clamp your quarter to your trunk drop off and make a template of what shape the wheelhouse patch should be. Might have to cut the flange off of the patch and reform it.
Thanks.... that was what I was planning but then thought maybe there was a more efficient method Or, I thought the wheelhouse patch was placed wrong ( since I really have no instructions).

On the wheelhouse patch-- yes, it appears to be wider than the space between the fender and trunk rails. I am not sure because the originals were rusted to powder
 

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I would get the quarter where it needs to be and then get the patch to fit that area. You may need to slice the patch and widen it and add material to it to make it fit the quarter panel lip correctly.
 

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Wils is on the right track.
Get the quarter in the right place, and make the wheelhouse fit.
I spent a lot of time working on that small area to get it as tight as I could.
The second side went easier. :)
Wise...

Do you have any pictures of the fit of the wheelhouse with the lower fender? That is one part that I am missing. Seems like the wheelhouse would go all the way to the bottom of the fender, but with these crap CJ part, the wheelhouse does not match the fender at the bottom of the fender. If you had a pic to share, that would be great!

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I don't have any pictures.
But I do remember that I bought a lower wheelhouse patch and used a small part of it.
I clamped the wheelhouse patch to the trunk dropoff, like in your photo.
Now you'll have to slice the wheelhouse and bend it outwards to meet the quarter panel, and clamp it.
Once both sides are anchored, cut a metal patch to fill the open area. This is what I used the lower patch panel for.
It's a cut-and-paste, but with metal.
It took some time to get it all, and you'll never get it perfect, but the fit was good, and seam sealer hid the welds in the tight areas.
The most important thing is to anchor the wheelhouse at the quarter and trunk drop, then the rest gets filled in.
 
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