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History What year did the cowl disappear?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by sgtlethargic, May 16, 2020.

  1. The "one-piece" kind.
  2. uncleandy 65
    Joined: Jan 14, 2013
    Posts: 3,190

    uncleandy 65

    The 62 Corvette still had them, Trucks had them till 55 I think
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  3. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,073

    scrap metal 48

    If your talking "cowl vents", Plymouth had them through 1956, if that's not what your talking about, forget it and I go hang some more bird houses....
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  4. irishsteve
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 889


    For Ford the cowl started to appear smaller after 32.The 33-34 have a longer hood,and part of the cowl is under it.By the time the side folding hood ended it was largely gone disappearing under the front lift hood,

  5. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,628


    Even the T cowl was riveted to the subrails and would have had the quarter panels attached all in one big piece at the factory, most loose cowls are just cut off, I can't think of any car that has a bolted-on cowl in one big chunk.
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  6. rusty valley
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
    Posts: 1,925

    rusty valley

    i haven't drank or smoked anything, but it got confusing here. are we talking firewalls, cowls, or cowl vents?
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  7. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,871


    If you mean stamped out of one sheet of steel, the 27 T would have been the last Ford with a one piece cowl. The model A cowls starting with 28 are made up of several pieces. The newer they get the more and possibly smaller pieces all fastened together to make what serves as the cowl.
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  8. I still see 'em here on the HAMB all the time.
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  9. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,559


    I'd like to help, but I don't understand the question, or what the end result is that you are looking for. Bob
  10. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,559


    EXCEPT for the 28-29 Fordor & Cabriolet cowl.:) Bob


    Last edited: May 16, 2020
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  11. About the time the ducktail hair style and blue suede shoes went out.
  12. 1937 for Willys.
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  13. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,604

    anthony myrick

    My 1963 b600 bus has one.
    A cowl vent and a removable bolt on cowl.
    If you count commercial stuff if could be still going except the pop up vent part
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  14. primed34
    Joined: Feb 3, 2007
    Posts: 1,105


    I'm more confused than usual.
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  15. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,069


    How were the Ford ‘32 roadsters and rpu done ? Or even the closed cars ?
  16. Cowl top is a separate stamping from the sides.
  17. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,118

    Ned Ludd

    It wasn't a simple progression. Firewalls on '20s cars were almost always separate pieces. Some manufacturers/coachbuilders took the rear edge of the hood a distance past the firewall well before 1930 – sometimes leaving a gap which allows you to look into the footwell when the hood is open, which I think is quite cool.
  18. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,737

    from Michigan

    About 1948.
    And we haven't had milk since.

    Sorry, I don't understand the part about a "one piece" cow.
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  19. Rand Man
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 3,572

    Rand Man

    I think it’s just a style/design question. As per the photo, the cowl is a stand-alone unit, located behind the hood, and in front of the front doors. I have collected a handful of model T and A cowls. 32 Ford had a cowl. After that, they started to disappear, as stylist started to blend in the design elements. It could be argued that most manufacturers had moved on from the the “cowl” by the mid nineteen thirties.
  20. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,117



    This is what you're wondering about. I took the liberty of cropping the images and combining into one.

    This cowl is one it's made of more than one piece. The firewall is probably spot welded to the body panel(s), there might or might not be a seam at the reveal line, below where the top meets the sides.

    So....are you asking when they started making cowls like this? or when they stopped? or when what specific design feature changed?

    I'm confused, too, still.
  21. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 1,354


    All cows start out as "one piece"...which probably will change if their final destination is the diner table
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  22. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,117


    I'm not quite sure what you mean by "that way". The major change was when the fenders became one piece, and met the door, so the cowl "disappeared". Is that what you mean? If so, it started happening around 1940 or so, depending on the car make. Hoods got longer, and covered more of the cowl, and fenders changed shape considerably as the grilles began to get wider, and the hoods got wider. By 1949, cowls were completely gone on most cars, although they stuck around on pickup trucks through the mid 50s. Big conventional cab trucks still have cowls, look at a new Pete 389.
  23. Are you thinking RHD because of that hole in the firewall ? Thats to high for a steering column, probably from a manifold heater.
  24. rusty valley
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
    Posts: 1,925

    rusty valley

    lots of early cars had the ignition coil stuck thru the firewall as an anti theft devise. you would need to be inside to hot wire it. some even had a cable from the key switch to the coil which had the actual switch mounted on the can
  25. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,935

    from Iowa

    The shape may have changed but every car is still made with a cowl.
  26. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,117

    Member want to know when the A pillar became permanently attached, at the belt line.

    Late 20s, early 30s.

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