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Technical COWL VENTS

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Aug 15, 2020.

  1. Country Joe
    Joined: Jan 16, 2018
    Posts: 350

    Country Joe

    lol..It was nice and sunny when I parked...
  2. Been there and done that, I've had the wet carpet to prove it! :D HRP
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  3. Another thing I noticed on a friends 32, he kept complaining about his right foot getting wet every time it rained, I told him he just needed a new cowl vent rubber and he told me he had replaced it just a few months earlier.

    I handed him the hose told him to spray water on the cowl vent while I was in the car.

    As soon as he started a little drip fell and then another, as I got up under the dish I realized he didn't have a hose on the factory drain that catches any water that gets past the seal, a cheap fix and no more wet foot. HRP
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  4. dsiddons
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,488

    from Indiana

    I would like one on my 28’ Roadster. The top is a bit to small for a 32’. How about a side cowl vent?

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  5. United Pacific offers them. HRP

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  6. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 3,615


    My 41 Plymouth has a working cowl vent, although I did install an electric actuator. That made room for the A.C. The mechanical linkage took up a LOT of room under the dash. I enjoy it on nice days with the windows down.
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  7. garage2small
    Joined: Aug 16, 2015
    Posts: 530


    I had a 32 cowl vent installed on my A coupe when I was having it built. Even on 90 degree plus days I get cool air on my feet and up into the car. The cost of the vent and installation was an extra $400 I think probably the best return on the dollar in the whole car. 20200801_120440 (2).jpg
  8. That looks great, BTW where was the photo taken? HRP
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  9. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 22,271

    Staff Member

    Took the 40 to dinner, cowl vent open

    82CD8756-71D3-46AA-B9E7-9051AFD39B86.jpeg 621DE7A0-0D0A-404D-AB64-D87C7230EEB1.jpeg FA7D41A7-124A-4718-BECE-9B968348F472.jpeg
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  10. garage2small
    Joined: Aug 16, 2015
    Posts: 530


    Photo was taken on the Foothills Parkway which runs from Hwy 321 at Wears Valley Tn. in the foothills of the Smoky mountains to Hwy 129 AKA "The Dragon" that particular spot is overlooking Maryville Tn. in the distance.I cropped the phot0 to show the vent, here is the full shot 20200801_120440.jpg
  11. buford36
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 220

    from Maine

    cowl vents.jpg Dual cowl vents on my Model A. They were side vents from a 26 Buick...
  12. I've done the tail of the dragon on my old Harley but never in a hot rod. HRP
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  13. I see John Collins back there too!!!!! And yes, I love and use mine
  14. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 9,003


    Fixed the rusty OEM in my 46 Olds, thanks to a HAMBer who helped with shipping downunder
    cowl rust.jpg

    cowl 5.jpg
    cowl repair 2.jpg
  15. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 5,194

    from Berry, AL

    Hummmm, now you have gotten me to thinking. I don’t know if the Lincoln had a drain hose, for sure there’s not one on there now. As many times as I’ve been under that dash, I’ve never noticed a spot for one, now I need to take another look. The couple of times I drove it in a light rain, it dripped, and it does every time I wash it, just figured it was the rock hard gasket......
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  16. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 15,599

    from oregon

    Now I guess I'll be the first to say "his and hers" cowl vents.
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  17. "Dual Climate Control" ;)
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  18. primed34
    Joined: Feb 3, 2007
    Posts: 1,206


    Got it and use it on my '34 Chevy coupe. Use the vent windows too. I don't have A/C.
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  19. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,235

    Dave Mc

    another customers' 32 before sandblasting
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  20. oldsman41
    Joined: Jun 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,556


    My avatar 41 olds has the cowl vent I think it’s a shame the car makers done away with them.
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  21. Dennis D
    Joined: May 2, 2009
    Posts: 799

    Dennis D

    if someone confuses Burro with Burrow , They don't know their Ass from a Hole in the ground
    That's some funny shit right there. :p
  22. hkestes
    Joined: May 19, 2007
    Posts: 572


    Would never fill the one on my 37 Plymouth even with A/C. Really miss having the wing windows I had on my 48 Plymouth. The wing windows and cowl vent combined were great.
  23. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,448


    My Dad's chopped 32 5-window project was an old hot rod with a bashed-n-welded-n-leaded cowl vent. 30 years ago I cut that mess out and welded in a nice flat panel. Now that we are finally doing the final body fab we are changing gears again and I will replace a vent into the cowl.

    Last edited: Aug 19, 2020
  24. Crocodile
    Joined: Jun 16, 2016
    Posts: 288


    It's a dang cold day when you might see my 40 or my 33 without the cowl vent at least cracked open a little
  25. My RPU at Bonneville, you really need one out there. (Peter Vincent photo.)

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  26. Back in the 60's it was cool to fill in cowl vent , now I wished I had one .
  27. The cowl vent is one of my favourite things when driving my ‘32 pickup. I use it all the time.
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  28. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,814

    from Ks

    Man Mick that RPU is beautiful! Lippy
  29. LAROKE
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,972


    Both my trucks have crotch coolers and I've spent considerable effort, over the years, to keep 'em working. Somewhere, up in my loft, is a plastic stencil of the three Rice Crispies characters. If I ever find it again, I'm going to use it to paint their image on the back side of the vent door so you can see it when open.
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  30. Funny you should say crotch coolers, I vividly remember Brenda and I on the way to a friends wedding and it was in August and I opened the cowl vent wide open on the 400 Ford sedan, her dress blew up over her head, she was a good sport and we both had a good laugh, she had never been in the car all dressed up so it was a complete surprise. HRP
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