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944 fender removal

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last night i tried pulling off the drivers side fender and I can't quite get it off. There is a bulkhead right in front of the door that the fender is adhered to with a ton of undercoating. Is there any easy way to get these fenders off, or is it just going to require a ton of cutting with a razor knife? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Use a hot air gun and heat it up. Don't pry or pull with excessive force as you can crinkle the fender.
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I have found that the poles holding up the parking structures at aparments works pretty good. Still have to take the bolts out. And what's left of the fender.
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Hey,
last night i tried pulling off the drivers side fender and I can't quite get it off. There is a bulkhead right in front of the door that the fender is adhered to with a ton of undercoating. Is there any easy way to get these fenders off, or is it just going to require a ton of cutting with a razor knife? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Did you get the three bolts out that go from the inside of the fender into the bulkhead in front of the door?

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Glad to hear that mine isn't the only one that the front fenders were practically glued on with undercoating. My fenders were trashed, so after removing the inner bolts, I just yanked and pryed, they eventually pulled off.
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BlueQuestTSi, What color are you thinking about going with when your conversion is done?
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BlueQuestTSi, What color are you thinking about going with when your conversion is done?
Some form of Porsche silver. I haven't totally decided on what shade, but I really love the looks of a silver 951. It might be a flavor off of a newer P-car though, I just need to sift through the color chip books, I'd like to see a hint of pearl in it due to the nice lines of the 944.
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Bluequestsi....

May I suggest Artic Silver............it has a nice pearl in it.

It really is hard to appreciate the car in this pic........... but at night in the shimmer of street lights........... YUMMY



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That color looks good, especially with those wheels..
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i suggest white. All Porsche race cars leave the factory with white paint.
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i suggest white. All Porsche race cars leave the factory with white paint.
I seriously considered going with white. I came close to buying an '84 N/A that was a white with pearl in the clear, nice look.

I eventually got talked out of doing white based on how well white shows blemishes from gravel and what-not.


I do like the artic silver, it would look nice with my 993 Cup wheels too.

It's on the list of colors to pick from
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hey rob,
I haven't put anymore time into trying to pull the fender, but I think I'm going to tonight. Are the three bolts you're talking about found from the inside behind the carpet in the footwell? Cause I've taken out a few from the underside of the car, but nothing from the bulkhead really, do I need to remove the carpet around the trunk release and have a look? Thanks
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Nope, they are outside the bulkhead.

If this is an early, you'll have to pull the charcoal cannister from the driver's side, to reach the bolts. You might also need to pull the power antenna to reach them.

The best way to see these things is to crank the steering wheel all the way to the right, get a drop light, and shine it between the wheel and fender looking inside the inner fender well at the firewall. They may be caked with undercoating, but they are there on both sides.

You'd see them on the driver's side too, but the passenger side is currently an unobstructed view, which is why I say to look on that side.
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What about the screw in the very front attached to the Porsche emblem part? I'm sorry I don't know what it's called. But do I have to remove also to be able to remove the fender?
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propane torch to blast the coated bolt heads, then jam a socket on and itll cut through the rubber
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I use an oscillating tool to cut the undercoating where the fender joins the body. Get the blade under the fender lip where it joins the body. That is about the quickest method. If you do not have that tool, I have used a propane torch and a putty knife. That method takes quite a bit of time. I would pass on using a razor blade as the potential for large amounts of blood is a possibility.

As one of the other posters stated if you pull too hard on the fender you will damage it. Make sure all the rubber coating is cut.

As V2 stated, scrape the rubber off the 3 bolts in the fender well and hammer on a socket.

Where the fender attaches to the nose panel, I use a long 1/4" drive extension and a 10mm.
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i have found that the poles holding up the parking structures at aparments works pretty good. Still have to take the bolts out. And what's left of the fender.
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