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Old 07-21-2008, 11:43 AM   #1
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Both fenders rusted - fix or replace?

On my '99 328is, I had mud flaps that pinched the metal edge of the fenders and now both lower fenders are rusted (below the moulding). The inside flange of the fender is already all eaten up so the lining gasket has nothing to hold on to and is dangling...sadly. That draws attention away from my new rims.

I was ready to give it a shot and do it myself since it's just below the moulding but some guy I know that does body work says that given the work involved (welded metal, bondo), to to a decent job, it might be better to get new primed fenders.

The thing is, I can't seem to find these panels easily.

Anybody here knows of a good place to get them from? And how much approx. do they go for?

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Old 07-21-2008, 12:03 PM   #2
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Hey Pop,

Try the junkyard or the wreckers for replacement panels.

Otherwise, you will have to go down the route of fixing them... Which is NOT easy because your going to have to sand and grind off the rust. Then rebuild the panel from scratch using Bondo (easiest way), or cutting out sheet metal and welding on new peices. No this isn't anykind of normal welding because you will need a special Acetylene, and O2 mix. With a special type of metal alloy to prevent the new part from rusting. Then you'd need certified training etc... to use one of those damn things...

But you can always try a mig welder to do the job Body work is a lot of work, and I can't even begin to tell you what more is involved.

So I hope that helps, any more further questions or concerns, don't hesitate to PM me.

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Old 07-21-2008, 12:05 PM   #3
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contact dave @ autopia, he can help
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Old 07-21-2008, 12:51 PM   #4
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Yeah, a hard job to fix. Probably why my body guy suggested new panels.

I thought about the scrap yard too to get fenders but for an E36, the most recent panels will be close to 10 years old which is bad news for cars that lived through our canadian winters...

I'll keep looking though

Thanks guys
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Old 07-21-2008, 12:57 PM   #5
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Any good shops closer to me in the Ottawa area?
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:45 PM   #6
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I wouldn't fix it, it will never be the same. Keep looking for perfect panels off old cars. Try Eurostyle if you wanna come down to Toronto to pick them up.

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