Original vs NOS left side fender difference(s)

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  1. BillyDean7173

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    70-77 fenders and 78-81 fenders are different. The difference in side marker area or lack of is the most obvious difference.
     
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    Oh yes! Very different from the from the wheel well forward. The urethane nose forced a big change since it eliminated the lower valance.
     
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    Thanks Badazzzz.
    I wasnt trying to say my fender(s) is / are original to my car, I'm inclined to say they aren't considering the cut off metal on DS, and lack of date stamps, and thats with me owning the car since 81.
     
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    Oh no, I was just implying that its never surprising what a cars history is. My parents wrecked a new car driving it home from the dealer.
     
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    I purchased a pair from a guy that scraped a 70 car . I believe these were sold over the counter between 1974-1977 They have the same layer paint inside and out. The DS has the washer bottle area inner structure but is missing a tag ! The PS has the indent on inner structure. Part of the GM tag is still attached,but looks like somebody tried to pick it off. I believe they were successful at removing the DS tag . Note the square corner to the GM tag . The later tags got rounded corners.
     

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    On 8/19 1976, 0110211016.jpg purchased a pair of gm over- the-counter fenders for $55.50 each ("Sears Discount," Ha!). The right side had the indent, the left side had UNCUT washer bottle mount. Love to have a time machine!!!
     
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    What was $55 back in the day? Was that expensive?

    It would be nice to see a uncut fender with the tag. I don’t doubt some had to exist, but haven’t seen one. Even some early restored cars have cut fenders. They had to be short lived.
     
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    What is $55 in 1976 worth in today's money?

    Adjusted for inflation, $55.00 in 1976 is equal to $254.66 in 2020. Annual inflation over this period was 3.54%.
     
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    Has anyone seen the amd fender and does the hardware look like original? I think they were called capture nuts? Small 5/16-18 rectangular shaped.
     
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    I think the inflation calculators online are kind of BS and objective....What was $55 in 1976? I can say $20 in 1999 doesn't seem that much different to me here in 2021. In terms of car parts it does...but not buying a gallon of milk.
     

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