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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jive-Bomber, Jun 10, 2021.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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  2. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 1,862

    from New York

    If you look at the spare tire cover on Ford "Woodies" the outer cover made a great cycle fender. Guy's would cut them up to fit the wheel and fabricate the brackets. They have a nice raised center section and were perfect for a cycle fender. That, and they were a pain in the ass to get on, so many people just left them on the side of the road when they were finished changing a flat tire. That is one of the reasons that the spare tire cover for Station Wagons are so rare.
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  3. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 3,730

    from Colorado

    A lot of the spare tire covers on RV’s are stainless steel and have the correct radius for big tires.
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  4. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 3,218

    Speed Gems

    here’s a 1956 Rodding and Re-Styling article on adding fenders- Just incase you want to reignite the trend.

    @Jive-Bomber What month?

  5. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 3,218

    Speed Gems

    I seem too recall a lot of guys used '35 Ford spare tire rings for cycle fenders.
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  6. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,596

    Atwater Mike

    Cycle fenders were available in my shop through the late '70s, into the '80s.
    Engineering the brackets for the fronts (and unattached-to-body rears) was a challenge. Brackets went from 5/16" formed strap to 9/16" tube, finally to oval tube from my local steamfitter shop!

    Inertia was the enemy of heavy, suspended 'bike fenders', as fronts were cut from '35 Ford spare tire covers, with the attractive bead down the center. But SO sharp!
    Rears had to be rolled from 18 ga. flat steel, then rolled at edges, then again for that center bead that matched the fronts (only wider)
    Lots of guys had OEM rear fenders attached to bodies, then bobbed.
    I always preferred the unattached rears, as they stuck with the 'No Fenders' theme.

    My high school car was a channeled '30 'A' coupe, no fenders. Drove it year round, big rooster tails on rainy days...
    One morning I was on my way to school, made my left arm signal, then a fast left turn on Dana Ave... Wide gutter runoff, and the drivers 5.90 X 15 delivered a wave of cold water through my door window, my lap was drenched, I was "Arrrgghhh!" Soaking wet!
    But I held out, no fenders for the kid....

    My roadster got 'bike fenders' a couple of years later, mainly from daily pressure from the local fuzz.
    These days, when I see them I like 'em. Appreciate the work to attach, and look clean...
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  7. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 12,485

    from KCMO

    Man that roadster is all kinds of slick!!
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  8. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,660


    Yep, ‘35 spare tire rings are traditional… and they match a ‘32, 3W belt line mounding : 07E00D8B-CA76-47FD-9503-3E8505CF43D1.jpeg 822FD9B3-8BA1-4652-B70A-62775545F23F.jpeg
  9. hemihotrod66
    Joined: May 5, 2019
    Posts: 367


    Most early V8 tire covers make neat front fenders, but like anything else they are getting harder to come by....
  10. 32 hudson
    Joined: Mar 5, 2005
    Posts: 756

    32 hudson

    Planning on having fenders on the Essex
  11. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,383


    I made these from an early tire cover I paid $20 for!. I like that they keep shit from being sprayed all over my black paint!

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  12. I ran bobbed rear fenders and cycle fenders on the front of the coupe years ago when Pa. still had a fender law. When the law was finally thrown out I removed them and said FTF;). I do like the front cycle type fenders and think the bobbed rear fenders look cool.:)
  13. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
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    sloppy jalopies

    Got a spare cover, looked like '35-'36 fords...but aluminum,
    bolted them to the backing plates, i could not keep them on the car...
    built a set for a '34 project, used sections of tapered A rear wishbones as arms mounted to the framerail,
    mounted the fender towards the rear and lower area of the tire [1;30 to 4;30] so it did not need to move with the tire...
    they take the vibration of the frame not the vibration of the wheel... pre computer no pix...
  14. Al Consoli
    Joined: Mar 26, 2008
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    Al Consoli

  15. hfh
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
    Posts: 307

    from Western MA

    I too like the spare tire covers……

    Attached Files:

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  16. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,799




    Having owned, modified and ridden our Harley Sportster all over So Cal doing my photography business, I was thankful for that front fender. When I first got it, I took off the front fender and thought it looked faster. It was like a roadster without fenders and a lightweight look. A lot of motorcycle riders go without front fenders. It is/was personal preference.

    But, I wanted to arrive in clean clothes and the smell of exhaust fumes was already prevalent. I just did not like a little puddle on the street to splash stuff up into our faces and clothes. It was something necessary, so I put the front fender back on and arrived with non-stained clothes for any appointment. With the color on the rest of the motorcycle, the front fender looked like it should be there all of the time.

    A couple of hot rod guys I met wanted to buy my fender when I had taken it off. They were also looking for something to cover their front tires. They got tired of “things” flying into the cab and on the hot rod. I told them that our automotive/motorcycle swap meets in Long Beach always had people selling primed Harley Sportster fenders for low cost. They were the only wide fenders that fit hot rod tires.

    Fenders serve a purpose and the small ones on the fronts of hot rods work. It just takes a while to get used to them. For us, full fenders were the choice for hot rod coupes and roadsters over the small Harley sportster fenders. But, any fenders angled correctly would keep grime and make less of a disturbance on the coupe or roadster. (And occupants on a Harley Sportster.)
  17. Illustrious Hector
    Joined: Jun 15, 2020
    Posts: 148

    Illustrious Hector
    from Alberta

    I wanted to put Harley fenders (springer forks '36-49) on a project truck I have, I dig the shape and side skirting they have , but the cost, even repops was prohibitive.
  18. Guy Patterson
    Joined: Nov 27, 2020
    Posts: 144

    Guy Patterson

    Make a buck an form them yourself it isn't that hard
  19. Blake 27
    Joined: Apr 10, 2016
    Posts: 991

    Blake 27

    I took this pic at the 50th Fathers Day LA Roadster show. DSC071911.JPG
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  20. Blake 27
    Joined: Apr 10, 2016
    Posts: 991

    Blake 27

    The rear mounts appear to be more conventional. DSC071921.JPG
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  21. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 4,724

    sloppy jalopies

    shoebox woodies tire covers were about an inch wider than the '35-'36 ford spares...
    but they did not have the raised beadwork...
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  22. twenty8
    Joined: Apr 8, 2021
    Posts: 228


    For me, this is the best far......:cool::cool::cool:
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