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Old 11-26-2014, 07:44 PM
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Cowl vent filled or working?

Doing body work on my chopped 52. Should I fill the cowl vent or keep it working. Biggest question is how bad they leak.

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I have a 54. It does not leak after I put a new rubber on it. I say keep it. They provide lots of air and it is one of the unique things about our old trucks.
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Unless you are putting in a/c, keep it, you won't believe how much cool air you can get through that thing on a hot summer day.
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What these guys just said. The cowl and window vents are part of these old trucks. I don't think either of mine leak.
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I say keep it too. I have AC but I still use it when I don't need the AC.
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Really appreciate the input fellas! The cowl vent has been pardoned and stays in the truck. Have a great thanksgiving.

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Started to take my vent out today and it has some rot inside I think it's the lower part will drill the spot welds and see over the weekend
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Keep it functional. Nothing better than fresh air. It's the only part on my F1 that is stock.

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I see you probably have made your decision but I wanted to add my vote for keeping it in. My trucks are stock and there is nothing like cracking the cowl vent open on a hot day. I don't have trouble with them leaking unless it's raining and I have it open. The firewall and floor are good transmitters of heat in these old trucks and the vent really helps.
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I would say keep it I have 4 trucks, good gaskets mean no leaks.
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Doing body work on my chopped 52. Should I fill the cowl vent or keep it working. Biggest question is how bad they leak.

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To me the big ? Is how rotted they are these are both off of a 49
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I am removing the vent in truck #1 and keeping it in truck #2. As much air as they bring in they dont help much in slow driving traffic
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Here's an old thread about cowl vents: http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/11...vent-lids.html

The "sandwich type" like you have is very prone to rust-through. I'd get one that is the other style as shown in the thread.

I also vote for keeping them, I was quite comfortable in 100 degree weather at 55 mph with it wide open.
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