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Hot Rods 32 ford Front fenders

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by lcfman, Mar 26, 2018.

  1. lcfman
    Joined: Sep 1, 2009
    Posts: 276

    from tn

    I am starting to collect needed parts for an upcoming 32 five window build and what some steel fenders. Are all the 32 front fenders the same?
  2. There were early and late fenders but unless you knew what you were looking at you probably wouldn't notice it. The width of the shelf (where the horn mounts) is slightly different for both fenders. The passenger car and commercials are the same except the fender well is larger for the large commercials that used a larger tire. The thing you need to watch for is the '33-'34 pickups and big commercials used a fender that looked like a '32 fender to the casual observer. The easiest way to identify a '33-'34 truck fender is by the raised area that cleared the rivets for the front crossmember.

    Charlie Stephens
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2018
  3. Gray Ford
    Joined: Oct 18, 2008
    Posts: 491

    Gray Ford
    from Illinois

    Did the '33-34 & big commercial fenders have a wider bead than the '32?? Perhaps about 3/4" ??
  4. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 16,852


    No, the 33-34 truck fenders have the same bead shape as 32's.

  5. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,982


    How do the new repro ones compare to originals?
  6. aerocolor
    Joined: Oct 7, 2009
    Posts: 1,191

    from dayton

    Haven't used aftermarket steel recently but good used are pricey!
  7. lcfman
    Joined: Sep 1, 2009
    Posts: 276

    from tn

    Thanks Charlie for the reply. Since I am a novice on 32 features could you post a photo of the area were the 33-34 commercial fenders have the raised area you mentioned.
  8. Andy
    Joined: Nov 17, 2002
    Posts: 4,736


    One check on the fenders is the area where they fit on the top of the frame rail. A 32 fender is flat from the radiator area to the firewall. The 33-34 truck fenders have a easily seen curve. There are other differences like all the hole positions are changed and the tail length is different. I thought I could make truck fenders fit a 32. Wrong!
  9. This is the best photo I could find. Sorry about the quality, if I had the fender I would get a better picture. This raised area was to clear rivet heads and is a quick way to id the fender. The problems mentioned in other posts are the reason to avoid the '33-'34 fenders (not just this raised area that could be fixed with a hammer and dolly).

    Charlie Stephens IMG_0109 (1).jpg
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2018

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