Custom Covers – A Close-Up Look at Building Custom Inner Fenders
Some custom modifications on our vintage cars and trucks are born out of necessity, some stem from desire, and many are a little of both.
Take the custom inner fenders on the Goodguys Grand Prize Giveaway Squarebody ’86 Chevy pickup, for example. The low stance of the Roadster Shop Slammed SPEC chassis required a custom inner fender solution so we could run 20×10-inch B-Forged wheels and 265/35/20 tires without rubbing or interference. Deleting the inner fenders was not the solution we wanted. And while there are off-the-shelf inner fenders are available, the Goolsby team decided this was one area where they could put their custom fabrication skills on display.
The custom inner fenders crafted at Goolsby Customs not only solve a problem, they look great doing so. Like any good custom modification, these pieces appear to belong – they fit the space well and almost have an OEM feel thanks to the clean shape and well-placed beads and raised panels lending some design and distinction. The result is a better-than-OEM appearance – something that actually looks much cleaner than most mass-produced factory parts.
The Goolsby team did a great job of chronicling how these inner fenders were built, so we thought it would be cool to show you the behind-the-scenes process as part of our metalworking section. Not only will this help you appreciate the fabrication skill that goes into custom parts like these, it might also give you some ideas on how you might approach making similar parts for your own ride. And if that seems overwhelming, you can look for bolt-on solutions like this Slosh Tubz install. For now, though, let’s look at how seasoned metal craftsmen approach building custom panels like these.
Photos by Goolsby Customs