Subject:RE: RE: '54 165 ST Drive chain rubs fender Date:Tue Jun 19 12:08:38 2012
Response to:17500
Thank you.

Before you try to alter the fender check (again) the wheel
centering in the frame, and the nuts & washers on each side
of the wheel. There is a possibility you can bend (re-bend)
the fender to give clearance but you'll have to do it after
you've warmed the paint.

With a block of wood carve what you want the inside of the
fender to look like use a paint stripper heat gun (like a
hair dryer) you may be able to warm the painted fender and
bend it around the form to the new shape. You'll get the
grain of the wood pressed on the tire side of the fender but
the paint might not crack where the new bend is nor where
the old bend was removed. You can shield the rest of the
fender from heat, possibly make an inside and outside mold
to press the fender into the new shape but this will mar the
finish surface.

Remember where it is, most will never look that closely but
a judge might. And a judge will mark you off less for an oil
smudge than for a notch in the fender.


Almost done with restoration, chain is hitting the
fender both coming and going, hate to mess up this nice
clear coat paint job, do I dremel tool a nothch(s) or bend
I have seen pics of fenders that are stepped for this but my
stock one is not.
Thanks for any advice. Not a 100 point job.