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Offline 1979ta1978

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wheel flares?
« on: March 27, 2011, 07:05:44 PM »
Im now putting on the the wheel flares on the 79 and the dont fit worth a crap! They fit the holes fine, bhut with the molding stuff on it there is a 1/4 inch gap between the body and wheel flare. Any suggestions on how to fit them better of how to attach the molding stuff well. any help would be great.
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Re: wheel flares?
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2011, 10:21:57 PM »
This is a normal  issue with most original flares. A heat gun works wonders but be careful you dont get them too hot. I also used the welting with the adhesive strips already attached. When I installed the welting I tipped them in toward to body rather then stick them on straight.
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Re: wheel flares?
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2011, 03:29:51 PM »
I used a heat gun and gradually heated the edge of the flare, then about 1/4" from the edge, I used a pair of pliers to grip the edge and bend them in toward the body panel. Before it cools and returns to its old form, "set the flare"  shape you have bent inward by cooling it under cold running water. This process takes time to get it right, but it works. Trust me, I tried everything and ended up doing this. I am so glad I worked all of those hours to get these right, but I will NEVER take them off again, as they seem to lose their original form the long they are off of the car. This extra work is worth it right.