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Keith
Keith Tanner
Grand Junction, Colorado
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10/31/2008 01:45AM

Main British Car:
For the purpose of this forum, 1972 MGB GT 5.7l Chevrolet LS1

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Mk1 Golf (aka Rabbit) fender flares
Posted by: Keith
Date: November 11, 2008 02:15PM

Poking around, I came across this car:
[www.entune2000.co.uk]

It apparently uses fender flares (in the rear at least) from a Mk1 Golf. Here's all the information I have:
"replacement steel arches as fitted to the VW Golf GTI, Passat or Bora"

Does anybody know of this modification? I like the looks of them.


Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
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10/23/2007 09:23AM

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'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: Mk1 Golf (aka Rabbit) fender flares
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: November 11, 2008 03:44PM

Keith, it's pretty much the same as using the Dodge Omni flares, just cut them from the VW body and weld into the B panels. They come from the early 80s Rabbits and Golfs, pretty much the same as the Omnis. You've got to go pretty far back, before the full front and rear plastic bumpers to get flares that reach all the way down to the rockers front and rear. IIRC the VW flares have a bit wider outer lip than the Omni items, but not by much. Repair panels for the rear arches are stocked by this company [www.rustrepair.com] but I don't know how large or compele they are. I'd say the parts for the 2 door bodies would be better for flares. They don't show anything for the Omni.


Keith
Keith Tanner
Grand Junction, Colorado
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Re: Mk1 Golf (aka Rabbit) fender flares
Posted by: Keith
Date: November 11, 2008 05:38PM

rustrepair.com has Mk2 and Mk3 parts, but I couldn't find any Mk1 stuff. I think I'll begin with picking up a couple of junkyard fenders that are here in town and cutting them up.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

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1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Mk1 Golf (aka Rabbit) fender flares
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: November 11, 2008 05:43PM

Nice!

http://www.entune2000.co.uk/et2gals/gall17/(1).jpg


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Mk1 Golf (aka Rabbit) fender flares
Posted by: rficalora
Date: November 11, 2008 11:34PM

Jim Adams has/had Omni flares on the rear & Rabbit flares on the front. Don't know what version of rabbit the flares came from but they looked good to me... I think the rabbit flares are a little smaller than the omni ones... I jave Jim's contact him; just let me know.

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jbarila
John Barilaro
Red Sox Nation!
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11/02/2007 08:29AM

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1977 MGB Ford 302/5L

Re: Mk1 Golf (aka Rabbit) fender flares
Posted by: jbarila
Date: November 14, 2008 07:18AM

When fitting the flares, are they butt welded or overlapped and spot welded?
Thanks,
JB


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Mk1 Golf (aka Rabbit) fender flares
Posted by: rficalora
Date: November 14, 2008 10:47PM

I'm doing this stuff for the first time, but I'm seam welding mine. If you spot weld I'd think moisture would get in over time.



Keith
Keith Tanner
Grand Junction, Colorado
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Re: Mk1 Golf (aka Rabbit) fender flares
Posted by: Keith
Date: November 17, 2008 12:24PM

I picked up some Rabbit fenders over the weekend.

http://www.slowcarfast.com/MG/images_lrg/img_0526.jpg

I'll cut them out and do a rough fitting soon. The rears looked really good, but the yard wanted $100 each to torch them out!


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Mk1 Golf (aka Rabbit) fender flares
Posted by: rficalora
Date: November 17, 2008 03:26PM

What's the spread at the bottom? I'm using Omni/Horizon flares... they came from a mix of cars & a couple were NOS replacement (non-OEM) fenders & found that there was a lot of variability... some measured 27" across; others 28" & one was close to 29". Front & rear were closer to 28.5" on my car so the 27" ones required more work to get them to fit well. Curious what you find with the Rabbit flares. Also, how much they end up extending past the body edge.


harv8
Martyn Harvey
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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10/23/2007 10:09PM

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MGB Rover V8, TVR Chevy V8, MGB GT Ford V8

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Re: Mk1 Golf (aka Rabbit) fender flares
Posted by: harv8
Date: December 09, 2008 07:02PM

Carl, any idea what spoiler was used on the rear deck of the MGB with Rabbit flares?


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Re: Mk1 Golf (aka Rabbit) fender flares
Posted by: ema
Date: August 24, 2009 08:12PM

Well, good luck on that. I also think that it's a good mod that your car could have. Meanwhile, you can check out this How to Replace Fender DIY to guide you through out that modification.


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