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I love my 56' with fender skirts...yes they are aftermarket parts and though they fit pretty good, the two clips that are used to align them in the opening and retain them in place...are pure junk!
1. There is no locking mechanism to keep them from backing off...and the skirt falls off.
2. The 1/4 x 20 bolt...is pointed on the end and is worthless due to the tiny contact area with the fender.
3. One of my skirts fell off about 8 months ago, got scraped at the lower front side but it was able to be rescued with installation of the gravel guards, and I have tried different ideas to make them more secure. Toyed with using a 1/4 x 20 bolt with a lock washer under the hex head...but no room to put a wrench on it as the clip bolts head is much smaller 10mm.
4. I finally settled on welding a 10/32 steel nut plate to the clip. I used a 5/16 headed bolt that is a 10/32 thread. I have the room for a 1/4 socket or dog bone, and the nut plate is a metal self locking nut plate. The 10/32 bolt has a much larger contact on the fender compared to the pointed original bolt, so its more secure and not able to slip. Also, the bolt will not backoff as it is self locking.
5. It took 4 nut plates and four 10/32 bolts, and a little welding.
6 Finally reinstalled my skirts and they are tight...finally!
7. I am enclosing pictures for your info...



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BTW...you can get these bolts in 3/4, and 1 inch. I used 3/4 length.
Helps that I have worked on aircraft for 52 years...hope this helps anyone with the same issues.
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I love my 56' with fender skirts...yes they are aftermarket parts and though they fit pretty good, the two clips that are used to align them in the opening and retain them in place...are pure junk!
1. There is no locking mechanism to keep them from backing off...and the skirt falls off.
2. The 1/4 x 20 bolt...is pointed on the end and is worthless due to the tiny contact area with the fender.
3. One of my skirts fell off about 8 months ago, got scraped at the lower front side but it was able to be rescued with installation of the gravel guards, and I have tried different ideas to make them more secure. Toyed with using a 1/4 x 20 bolt with a lock washer under the hex head...but no room to put a wrench on it as the clip bolts head is much smaller 10mm.
4. I finally settled on welding a 10/32 steel nut plate to the clip. I used a 5/16 headed bolt that is a 10/32 thread. I have the room for a 1/4 socket or dog bone, and the nut plate is a metal self locking nut plate. The 10/32 bolt has a much larger contact on the fender compared to the pointed original bolt, so its more secure and not able to slip. Also, the bolt will not backoff as it is self locking.
5. It took 4 nut plates and four 10/32 bolts, and a little welding.
6 Finally reinstalled my skirts and they are tight...finally!
7. I am enclosing pictures for your info...



Rods56 View attachment 330687

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Excellent!

And yes, skirts are the best!
 
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