Since the lift kit sent later this month (I hope), I had planned to install a bunch of small parts and route the brake and fuel lines. Changed my mind and decided to get started on the fenders. I knew they'd take a lot of work and boy was I right
Special thanks to Dave (243). The pics and posts on his fender work really helped out.
Started stripping the fender panel. The center was bulged, so I knew it was seriously rusted. Took me almost all day on this one fender.
Three layers of paint and bondo...what fun. The body filler was put on by a PO who used 10 times too much.
The fender is in good shape and should have only needed a little hammer work and a small thin filler layer to do the job.
Stripped fender with panel removed. The bright spots at the top of the rust blob is sunlight. I'll have to cut the rust out of this area.
Backside of the fender panel. The paper has the template for the curved portion in case the rusted area disintegrates, which it might
. The rusted area is very weak and I plan on cutting out the damaged are and putting in new metal. The tub mount area has some metal that will also need replaced. The curved portion of the panel is in good shape with no damage and with a little hammer and dolly work on a few areas, should come out ok.