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49 mercury fender lip mode question

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by scott49mercury, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. I have been driving my mercury and have found if I turn too tight my front tires rub. I have brand new g78's on the front and just need to clearence them a little so they dont rub. what is the best way to do this do I find some fender lips and weld them on or do I just modify what I have. they dont rub real bad just when I turn real sharp.
  2. EchoOfGecko
    Joined: Aug 4, 2010
    Posts: 254


    Back in the day my buddies and me would roll our fenders with a baseball bat between the tire and fender (there's probably a million web search results that will show you how).

    But they make a purpose built fender rolling tool that you can use to do this, which a lot of auto parts stores and tool rental places will have. I just used to heat the area with a heat gun to minimize paint cracking, and if I did chip the paint at all I would just fill it in with clear finger nail polish (it's usually on the inside of the fender).

    Here's a pic of the one Eastwood sells.

  3. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 3,137


    Just keep going straight! All part of the deal with a low car. Learn how to live with it!
  4. thats a good idea but mu fender lips are round so this option won't work. I am thinking the only way to fix is by cutting out the lip and then putting in a lip from a different car

  5. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 7,432


    Last edited: Apr 3, 2013
  6. thanks I really like the look of the 52-54 lips but will have to see if I can dig some up. will have to check with a few locals and see what I can come up with. I just want to get pointed in the right direction. yes I could live with It the way it is but would like to get the bugs out so I can dive it without the chance of runing the white walls.
  7. why not change the Tire Size on the Front....??

    just my 3.5 cents

  8. This is the unit I used for mine (Avatar) it worked great. But if I where to have that problem again I'd get a rim with more back space or a smaller tire.
  9. I'm using series 2 Jag ones on mine.


  10. 51 MERC-CT
    Joined: Apr 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,594

    51 MERC-CT

    You did'nt say if you had stock suspension. If you do you can weld material to the end of the steering stop bolt.
    My brakes and suspension aren't stock but you can see here the steering stops I made to eliminate the same problem---
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2013
  11. I dont have stock suspension, it has a 72 buick skylark chassis. I think I could get a it to work buy maybe offsetting the wheels in or just by making a small recess in the existing lip. I just was looking for ideas for what other have done. I know I could go with a smaller tire but I just bought the tires so I really don't want to buy a different set. here is a pic of the car so you can see how the tires sit in the wheel well.

  12. mikes51
    Joined: Oct 4, 2001
    Posts: 2,195


    You can do some hammer work on the inside of the lip. This way the tire will rub on a rounded (hammered in) surface rather than grab on that edge of sheet metal. Stock lip has that edge that digs into the tire. But da Merc is gonna rub, scrape, drag if you're lowered like someone said, cost of being cool.
  13. Mike, good point I am thinking about doing just what you said hammer and dolly the lip and live with it, and if the price of being cool is a little rubing and draging I guess I will live with it.
  14. J'st Wandering
    Joined: Jan 28, 2004
    Posts: 1,772

    J'st Wandering

    I took electrical conduit and bent a piece to follow the wheel opening and welded it to the lip. It won't stop the tire rubbing but will keep the tire from catching the lip. I was told to do this by someone that has been around Merc's for longer than I have been alive so it is traditional.


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