My Beetle Restoration

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Removing Driver Side Front Fender

by on Sep.29, 2010, under Disassembly

Removed the front driver side fender today. All the bolts were stubborn, but broke free. Of all the wheelhouses, this wheelhouse is in the best shape and will need the least sheet metal replaced.

Driver side front fender.
Front left Wheelhouse, full view.
Front left Wheelhouse, front view.
Front left Wheelhouse, center view.
Front left Wheelhouse, rear view.

 

I attempted to remove the horn, but the horn adjusting bracket snapped in two. The bolt and nut securing the horn to the adjusting bracket is severely rusted as well. It doesn’t really matter as I doubt the horn is restorable and will more than likely will be replaced. I will, however, clean it up and see if it is salvageable. Also when I was trying to remove the rusted adjusting bracket bolt, I felt and heard a spot weld break on the horn mounting bracket attached to the wheelhouse. This will need to be tacked back to the wheelhouse.

Broken horn bracket.
Horn, back view.
Horn, front view.

 

Once I had the front driver side fender off I decided to remove the running board on that side as well. All of the bolts attaching it to the heater channel looked really rusted and since the heater channels the running boards are going to be replaced, I didn’t bother with trying to remove them. I just wiggled it up and down until it broke off, which didn’t take much effort.

Driver side running board.
Heater channel under driver side running board.
Heater channel under driver side running board.
Heater channel under driver side running board.
Heater channel under driver side running board.
Heater channel in driver side front wheelhouse.

 

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