GM Firebird 1967-1981 Repair Guide

Fenders

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See Figures 1 through 10

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Fig. Fig. 1: To remove the front fender, first remove the mud flap retaining screws ...



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Fig. Fig. 2: ... and remove the trim mud flap from the wheel well



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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the wheel well trim screws and trim piece ...



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Fig. Fig. 4: ... then remove the lower trim panel from the front fender



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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the trim panel mounting strip by disengaging the retaining clips



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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove all of the wheel well-to-fender mounting bolts ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... then remove all of the lower fender mounting bolts



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Fig. Fig. 8: Detach the upper brace from the fender by removing the attaching bolt ...



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Fig. Fig. 9: ... then remove all fender upper mounting bolts



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Fig. Fig. 10: With the help of an assistant, lift the front fender off of the vehicle

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION Front



This is a general procedure which applies to all models. It may need certain slight modifications to apply to your specific vehicle.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Open the hood and disengage the front side marker light wiring connectors.
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  5. Loosen the front wheel lug nuts slightly. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle on jackstands. Remove the front wheel(s).
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  7. Remove the trim panels from the wheel well and lower fender edge by removing the mounting screws. Remove the lower trim panel retaining strip by disengaging the mounting clips with a small prytool.
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  9. From inside the wheel well, remove all of the fender-to-wheel well attaching bolts.
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  11. Remove all of the mounting bolts from along the bottom edge of the fender.
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  13. Remove the crossbrace-to-fender mounting bolt in the engine compartment.
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  15. Remove all of the fender-to-front bumper attaching bolts and loosen all of the front bumper mounting fasteners so that the bumper can be pulled forward approximately 1 inch.
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  17. While an assistant holds the fender steady, remove all of the top fender mounting bolts, including the one nestled next to the upper door hinge. To gain access to this bolt, the door must be opened.
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  19. With the help of your assistant, lift the fender up and off of the vehicle.
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  21. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Make certain to tighten the mounting bolts securely and to retighten all of the front bumper fasteners.
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Rear

The rear fenders are an integral part of the structure of the car. New fenders must be welded into place after the old fenders are cut off. Because of the expense of the tools and extensive amount of specialized skill necessary to perform this procedure, it is best left to a qualified automotive body shop.

 
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