Also, if the fenders are painted off the car, should the inner fenderwells be bolted to the fenders prior to installing them? I did a test install of the fenderwells first, then the fenders and it was a little tricky getting the fenders mounted. I wonder how it was done at the factory.
After the fenders were painted body color and conveyed to the sheet metal assembly area, the inner fenders (which had previously been black dip-primed) were attached to the fenders, then the front sheet metal was assembled (fenders, header, rad support, center hood latch support, headlights, horns, etc.). The hood was installed after the front sheet metal was assembled to the body.