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Old 12-18-2019, 11:34 AM   #1
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Looking for someone in the Fresno area to help correcting the fender and door gaps on a 56 Belair.
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Old 12-19-2019, 10:20 AM   #2
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Do you have a way to post photos of what they currently look like?

Both the doors and fenders are adjustable with just a few bolts. Check the door pins while your at it by opening the door about 4-6" and lift the back of the door. If it moves up and down you'll need new pins/ bushings.
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Old 12-19-2019, 10:31 AM   #3
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These are from the driver's side door and front fender.
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Looks like the 1st and main issue is the door sag at the rear. How are the hinges when the door is opened about 4" is it loose when trying to move it up and down. If it is you need to rebuild the hinge(s) with new pins. You'll be able to tell which or both hinges need repair. If they are good you will need to remove the door panel to access the 6 bolts to adjust the door.

Once that is done you can move to the fender.

It appears it could go up in the rear only. this is done by loosening the rear lower bolt, applying pressure upwards to desired location and tighten the lower bolt.

Moving to the front by the hood is and easy fix. Loosen the two bolt to the cross bar and insert a shim or two to get the desired gap. Tighten it back up and check the fit.

Sometimes it's trial and error to get them to fit just the way you want them so be patient.
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I'm 3 hr's down the road in Tehachapi but could adjust those gaps
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Old 12-19-2019, 05:41 PM   #6
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Looks like the 1st and main issue is the door sag at the rear. How are the hinges when the door is opened about 4" is it loose when trying to move it up and down. If it is you need to rebuild the hinge(s) with new pins. You'll be able to tell which or both hinges need repair. If they are good you will need to remove the door panel to access the 6 bolts to adjust the door.

Once that is done you can move to the fender.

It appears it could go up in the rear only. this is done by loosening the rear lower bolt, applying pressure upwards to desired location and tighten the lower bolt.

Moving to the front by the hood is and easy fix. Loosen the two bolt to the cross bar and insert a shim or two to get the desired gap. Tighten it back up and check the fit.

Sometimes it's trial and error to get them to fit just the way you want them so be patient.
Fuzzy it is a 56, and unlike the 55 and 57's the last 2 suggestions you make are not going to work very well. 56 fender adjustment up (at the rear) may not be able to be done because the lower bolt goes straight up in the brace on the end of the rocker. If that brace is installed wrong, there will be no up or down movement.
Looking at the photos it appears to me the lower mount needs to have washers placed between the rocker mount and the fender to stretch it and flatten the curve. It also must be moved forward.

The front hood to fender is another matter all together because the grill top bar has no holes in it to mount to the inner fender/fender. The adjustment is made using a special "L" bracket to move the fender out. It is a very poor excuse of a bracket and most 56's have an issue on both sides as a result. You almost have to shim the grill to turn signal backing plate to make any significant adjustment there. Add to that the reproduction hood bar is flatter across the front and this tends to make the front of the hood wider as a result.

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You're right Mikey. I had forgotten about the L brackets at the fender to grill bar location.
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The front hood to fender is another matter all together because the grill top bar has no holes in it to mount to the inner fender/fender.
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Since I'm a 56 guy and used to seeing this all the time, it looks like the hood corner is too far back a little too. Wish the pic had shown how the 'bump' is where the hood curves back. Sometimes the diagonal braces need to be adjusted or replaced in order to push harder forward on the front of the hood to bring the bump down and the face of the hood a little farther forward.

Maybe it's just my eyes, but it looks like someone pried the end of the hood bar out to get the front of it to match a little better too. Those dang front hood corners are always a problem.

That hood to fender gap makes me cringe. As you guys know well, those hoods can flex a bit depending on where you grab and hold it when closing. Do it the wrong way on the OP's, and off goes the paint there.

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Hello guys. I have a 57 2door hardtop that I am having this same front fender issue with. My door gaps are good but the left front fender is getting too close at the bottom of the door. I have just about every attach point loose on the fender. It will move left and right at the door, but it will not budge up and down or for and aft on the front end. It appears to me that I only need to raise the front end slightly and move it forward a hair.
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