Help with front fender braces 72 Cutless Supreme

Old January 14th, 2019, 02:49 PM
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Help with front fender braces 72 Cutless Supreme


I am putting together a 1972 Cutlass and have two front fender braces that are marked R (assume passenger side) and L (drivers side). The L fits perfect the R has a sharper bend in it ( maybe it was bent) and does not fit. It does not look bent looks like it was made this way. Curious if anyone has any ideas before I bend it back, Pretty sure I have the slotted end in the correct position.

Top bar is marked R
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Old January 14th, 2019, 03:38 PM
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Pretty sure those are the center bumper supports Tim
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Old January 14th, 2019, 03:41 PM
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I agree, those are bumper braces.
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Old January 14th, 2019, 04:59 PM
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Could they be the upper fender braces from a W car, that attach to the third hood hinge bolt hole.
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Old January 14th, 2019, 05:12 PM
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Could they be the upper fender braces from a W car, that attach to the third hood hinge bolt hole.
No, the W car fender braces are curved and much longer. What the OP posted are front bumper brackets that shoot out to each side from the heavier center bracket. I'll see if I have a pic from one of my '72s.

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Old January 14th, 2019, 05:22 PM
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Old January 15th, 2019, 09:20 AM
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Great pictures thanks, what I can't tell is if the two brackets are bent the same angle. Again my problem is that it does not fit. So in the bottom photo you can see the top bracket has a sharper bend than the bottom bracket. Your brackets look the same to me so I am thinking mine was bent at some time, but I can't see yours good enough. I know I am over thinking this but before I started to bend a bracket thought I would check, thank you for your time!
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Old January 15th, 2019, 09:25 AM
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Those struts are supposed to be mirror images of each other, so clearly the bumper they were bolted to got tweaked at some point in the last half century.
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