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Recessed Firewall Ideas?

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  1. Trichop
    Joined: Jan 8, 2008
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    from Eaton,Ohio

    Got a buddy just called wanting to now if I knew of any early "Van" engine covers around
    He's wanting to make a recessed firewall for his 1929 Ford Truck (that has a 289 ford installed with short pump)
    Years ago we used Wheel Barrow shells
    He likes the rounded corners
    Any Ideas from Hamb members? besides making one from Scratch?

    Thanks..........
     
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  2. j conrad
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    when i need to make some room i have used little red wagons they have nice rounded corners and a flange around them that makes a nice tidy install
     
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  3. Inland empire hot rods
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    I made mine to follow contour of 392 hemi, ill post pics soon
     
  4. need louvers ?
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    I have a wheel barrow riding ahead of me in the Plymouth now for just shy of twenty years... Don't mess with success!
     

  5. My 57 has a wheel barrow firewall. It looks like the car came that way.....the 454 is set back to clear the oil pan/steering linkage.
     
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  6. Inland empire hot rods
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    [​IMG]

    this is not the best pic, but you get the idea
     
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  7. Back in the 70's I used a wheel barrow very similar to this John Deere for the firewall of my Model A pickup. HRP

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  8. need louvers ?
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    When I bout mine about twenty years ago, as I wenthtrough the check out line the young gal tried to sell me assembly at an extra 10.00. "'cause those are pertty hard to put together..." I said no thanks, and I just asked if it was returnable - "why?" I'm worried it might not fit. Strange look and silence...
     
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  9. 41 C28
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    Used a wheel barrel for a firewall recess in my A roadster a few years back. The picture of the recess in progress go in my A coupe behind a 330 hemi. You can get just the bucket part of the wheel barrel at Menard's for about $14.
     

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  10. silversink
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    I did this with the kids little red wagon on its side. he'll thank me some day I hope
     
  11. hardysmodela
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    I have a friend that turned the stock firewall around. That gave him 3to 4inch setback for engine looks good .
     
  12. Did the wheelbarrow thing about 30 yrs ago. Works great.
     

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  13. bulletproof1
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    heres what i did to my henry j
     

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  14. farmer12
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    Here's what I did on my 41 Plymouth.
     

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  15. cartoon14
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    still use the wheel barrows and wagons, have used a feew 30-55 gal barrel rims over the years as well...
     
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  16. Trichop
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    Thanks for all the replies...

    Any other "Made From" ideas?
     
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  17. alchemy
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    I have an old charcoal grill that I'm keeping the lid from when the bottom rusts out. It has nice rounded corners like on those wheelbarrows.
     
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  18. Boones
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    My 31 PU project came with a hole in the firewall and a wheel barrow to fill it. not sure if I am going that route or not but I have it for when I start on it
     
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  19. Trichop
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    Good Idea!
     
  20. Love the wheelbarrow method. Did it once to a friends A.... The adage of measure twice cut once is a must.


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  21. Man, I had a engine cover from a '64 or 5 Chevyvan in my hand at PullaPart a while back and didn't know what I'd ever do with it! :rolleyes: Oh well, live n learn. I love the BBQ grill lid idea!
     
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