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Projects Fenders, no fenders

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by BigO, Nov 4, 2021.

  1. Hello all you hoodlums out there
    Hopefully this is my next project, but I do have to go from NC to Florida to get it. Anyway I'm just starting a plan for the truck and any ideas would be helpful, an please no rude remarks or opinions if you don't like the truck just go to another posting. Were here to have fun. NOW , fenders or no fenders (this is the same truck) at the moment the fenders are off the truck and yes I know its up to me as to what I want it to look like but I enjoy the HAMB and the people on it, your opinions mean a lot to me since I'm alone and not really anyone to bounce ideas off of, so have fun , your ideas can'thurt my feelings a all ... 4C278785-8CCC-4E1F-A4F9-140BB965346A.jpeg 576FA736-02D0-4DC6-9BCE-EDBD7EADF18E.jpeg
  2. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 2,389

    from norcal

    Fenders, and fix the headlight…..
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  3. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 5,854

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Another vote for fenders
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  4. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 30,198


    Personally I'd say that with fenders on that one you will find more reasons to drive it rather than excuses not to.
    That and the fenders and aprons hide a lot of clutter unless you are going to do a total rebuild on the chassis and clean the clutter up. I'd run the fenders, sell the 36 grill shell to someone who really needs and wants it and put on the correct for the truck grill shell and drive and grin.
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  5. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 8,987

    anthony myrick

    No fenders
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  6. twenty8
    Joined: Apr 8, 2021
    Posts: 645


    Either way is cool, but if you got them, I would use them.
    And by the way, don't ever think you are alone................we're all here.......;)

    Last edited: Nov 4, 2021
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  7. I have a thing for the proper headlights and that is one of the things that are on the list to change. I have an 11"set of Lincoln headlights and a repo set of Woodlites. Plus others. Thanks for commenting. "BigO"
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2021
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  8. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,748

    Jalopy Joker

    if you have seen it in person and/or many pics without the primer to show quality of metal work would run fenders
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  9. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 22,296

    Staff Member

    the pictures say it all, absolutely fenders
    can you imagine this car without fenders? neither can I
  10. I was wondering to myself what to do with the grille, I had a '32 Packard grille on my Modek Coupe, looked nice. Thanks for joining in. "BigO"
  11. Thanks , that's why I love this forum so much because you guys an gals too are always here. Even if I'm having a rough day you folks can make me laugh. "BigO "
  12. Yeah, I am a fenders guy too with that truck. Maybe a deuce grill.
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  13. twenty8
    Joined: Apr 8, 2021
    Posts: 645


    This would mean you could use the relevant hood (and maybe hood sides) which would immediately make a huge difference..........
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  14. He has sent me all the pics I've asked for and I do bodywork. And I'm just looking for a driver to work on when I can. Glad someone who has seen it answered the call for info. Thanks, BigO
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  15. I'm really planing on running fenders, even though I've been building hot rods a custom since 1975 you never know when someone has a good idea . Thanks, BigO
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  16. Thanks, I'm looking into a different grille for her, its on the list. Thanks, BigO
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  17. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 2,640


    My take.
    I've built several hot rods in my time. I've always wanted a fender less pickup. A few years ago I stumbled by an old truck that had really beat up fenders that would have required hours of time on each fender just to make them usable, and thought "Here is my chance!"
    I built the truck with the intension of it being fender less, I even got rid of those beat up fenders. I thought the truck looked great without the fenders.
    I drive my stuff lots of miles. What I quickly discovered it the rear tires kick up a lot of stuff. The truck was always dirty. Any drop of liquid on the road soon was covering the entire side of the truck. I also discovered that the front tires kick up a lot of stuff. Small stones that get caught in the tire tread will fly in whatever direction the front wheels are pointed. That means that small rock could end up against the windshield, or worse yet, through the open door window and hit you (or your passenger), or even at the car driving down the road next to you. Any liquid did the same thing, on the windshield or possible on you (or your passenger) through that open door window, or onto the car driving down the road next to you.
    It didn't take very long to dislike the fender less look. I was really careful about when I drove the truck. I didn't miss it at all after I sold it.

    You have the option to try the fender less route, maybe you will like it. I wouldn't get rid of the fenders until after you have driven the truck for at least a year without them on the truck. The fenders and boards sure do hide a lot of stuff you may not want everyone to see. Gene
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  18. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 4,422

    rusty rocket

    Fender vote from me. Another observation, maybe a filler panel of sorts between the cab and bed.
  19. Thanks, I'm planning on running the fenders, but this was a good way to maybe learn something new, even though I'm in my 60s you can always learn something new.
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  20. Haven't thought that far ahead and thats really why I started this post. Thanks, BigO
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  21. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 6,111

    from So Cal

    I was all prepare to say FTF, but in all honesty looking at those photos, it looks far better with the fenders. Just the same, mine will remain fenderless. And oh yeah, FTF! :D
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  22. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 2,640


    Yep, I was in my 60s when I learned this lesson. It was an expensive lesson for me, so if my experience has helped you or others, it was worth the cost of learning, and sharing.
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  23. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 3,183


    Keep the fenders.
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  24. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 21,801


    A True Jalopy this one...there's A lot of potential for a rebirth...

    Let the PS Team wrestle with it...Congrats on the newest Oldie @BigO
    Looks like a box mod since losing the fenders...
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2021
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  25. hipojoe
    Joined: Jul 23, 2021
    Posts: 299


    Way better with the fenders, and what ever era or period of time you choose for your ride, keep that theme from front to back,so it doesnt look like it was built in the 40s 90s East Los Angeles, Kentucky, New York and Lousiana all at once. Great starting point ...way better then most get to start with. Congratulations!
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  26. Thanks for your opinion, how about a pic of yours it might change my mind.
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  27. I'm sure many will learn from old guys.
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  28. I'm looking to do a lie '30s look since I have quite a few parts for that period, most if them not the normal pieces people would expect such as a set of reports Woodlites...etc
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  29. I've had them in all sorts of conditions but this seems a little special, I don't know why.
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  30. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 6,111

    from So Cal

    OK, here's a couple, but it's not like you don't know how to build a hot rod! 20201121_135959.jpg 20201121_140026.jpg

    And, it's a truck, right? Got to use it, make it earn it's keep.

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