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Technical COWL VENTS

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  1. Pictures or it didn't happen.:):)

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  2. cvstl
    Joined: Apr 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,456

    from StL MO
    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    @bchrismer & I, cowl vents open, on the way to HAMB Drags a couple of years ago..... stopped to visit the famous @povertyflats, taker of this pic. Bret&Me-Paul Kruse.jpg
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  3. Well, it truly was a "dress up" day. LOL
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  4. badvolvo
    Joined: Jul 25, 2011
    Posts: 469


    I love em, but... Engine set back on my Coupe didn't allow it, so it is filled. BUT I got wing vents!!
  5. Retrorod
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 2,021


    My 35 sedan still has a working cowl vent, it leaks a bit in the rain even with a brand new gasket but it isn’t too bad. After I put the a/c in the car the original lever wouldn’t work so I put a servo on it and operate the vent with a switch in the glovebox. Even with the a/c it saved our bacon on our last Route 66 trip...sometimes you just don’t need air conditioning.
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  6. proartguy
    Joined: Apr 13, 2009
    Posts: 452

    from Sparks, NV

    I tried to use a electric headlight motor to actuate a vent when I put a/c in my Dodge panel and could not get it to seal well enough. The original mechanisms usually go over center to pull tight against the seal.
  7. cshades
    Joined: Sep 2, 2011
    Posts: 487

    from wi

    even with a/c i like my cowl vent(s) i have a friend with a 32 5 window that the vent was filled when he bought it. we got a brookfield roadster repair vent section and i cut out the top and replaced it. it was filled very poorly, they hammered the vent down and then proceeded to cover it in a nice thick layer of lead. the car is black with no air so you can image how much he enjoys having the vent
  8. Black_Sheep
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,221


    The only car I owned with a cowl vent was my ‘37 Packard. The relief it provided sure helped on hot summer days, even at low speed...
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  9. thintin
    Joined: Mar 24, 2006
    Posts: 223


    useful except for hitting yer head on the handle if working under the dash.....c'mon ..must have happened to somebody else!!!
  10. Shamus
    Joined: Jul 20, 2005
    Posts: 1,177

    from NC

    I had the cowl on my 1st series '55 PU filled, put in Vintage AC. Realized the benefits of the cowl vent in a '38 Chev coupe I had (it had Vintage AC), so decided to put it back during it's current re-do. Put an electric opener to facilitate the AC. Hope it all works when finished. Have no mods on the roadster so it still has the vent w/AC behind it. Love those vents.
  11. The cowl vent on my 32 roadster was filled at some point in time. It was leaded but has low spots. I had been debating whether or not to try to repair what I have, but I believe I will cut it out and replace it . I have an original vent and cowl top that was in the pile of parts when I bought the car.
  12. DaveK87
    Joined: Sep 8, 2017
    Posts: 15


    Mine was installed by the previous owner after the earlier owner had filled it in! I sure do enjoy it

  13. Never2old
    Joined: Oct 14, 2010
    Posts: 648

    from so cal

    I found out the hard way with a swarm in my '33 2door. I now have a '34 door that comes with a screen.
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2020
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  14. I still have the cowl vent in mine even with the A/C. It does leak a little- but that is due mostly to my poor engineering when I converted it to power to allow room for the A/C unit.I find I use the cowl vent in conjunction with a window for two lane cruising and early daytime when it’s cooler out.If I am on the super slab on a hot afternoon- the windows go up, the vent closes and on comes the A/C. Would not be without the cowl vent if possible
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  15. My 31 Pontic doesn't have one. I cut a donor out of a 41 Chevy. Been sitting there about 9 years as im having a hard time bringing myself to cut the cowl.
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  16. David Gersic
    Joined: Feb 15, 2015
    Posts: 2,257

    David Gersic
    from DeKalb, IL

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  17. nunattax
    Joined: Jan 10, 2011
    Posts: 2,338


    got the ccowl vent working in my 38,i love it.only problem i had with it was getting springs,in the end i used 2 lokar trottle return springs in stainless ,works well
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  18. camcrusher
    Joined: Aug 11, 2013
    Posts: 164

    from Candor, NY

    "Hotter than monkey love"! I nearly pissed my pants laughing about it. I've never heard that one before.

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