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sic67coug
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From: clearlake california
Registered: Dec 2002

posted 01-21-2003 02:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sic67coug   Click Here to Email sic67coug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i got a car, where the cowl is just fullll of leaves. anyway to clean that thing out without takin it off?

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dalorzof
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From: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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posted 01-21-2003 04:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dalorzof   Click Here to Email dalorzof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Its a pin in the *&^% but you can remove the heater box and vent and reach up inside from underneath. Either that or open 'em up and drive real fast and let all the crud blow through the car!!! (it really works!) ;-)

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kwazykat
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From: ...a wonderful place to be.... orange county... NC!!!! M&M member #92 .... a blue-oval GRRL-deluxe.....
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posted 01-21-2003 06:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kwazykat   Click Here to Email kwazykat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sic67coug:
i got a car, where the cowl is just fullll of leaves. anyway to clean that thing out without takin it off?


it is a pain ..... a small pain.... and a definate pain ....... kinda like bad gas .... heh heh...... you will feel better once it is done .......

but.... i would definately recommend you take that sucker apart and check it out for rust and leakage.... my vert had a danged mouse-nest in the cowl and water could not drain properly, resulting in a cruddy rusty spot..... dad ended up piece welding some metal in it to keep my feet dry when it rains.... heh heh

it was not visible at all until he took it apart.... we had no idea the mouse nest was even in there!!! let alone about the rust!

my vote? i know it bites... but take it properly apart and give it a clean bill of health!!

kk

ps.... the driving really fast part is always fun ... do that first .... repeatedly ..... THEN take it apart!!! heh heh

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mellowyellow
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posted 01-21-2003 07:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Something has to come off to start the job. The easiest, on a non air car would be to take off the fresh vent housing on the driver side-and THAT'S a PITA but not as bad as the heater, which on second thought, is probably stuffed, also. Getting these off, air pressure should get the job done. If your car needs carpet, you could then jack up car on one side and stick a hose up there. Not the the highest pressure, please. This should wash the sh*t out and reveal any cowl leaks. Do this with other side, too. NOW!! you probably have water running down into the car. I hope not but if you do, get out your spot weld cutter. If your car is 68 on down Cougar or Mustang, you'll be drilling out about 140 spot welds. This is AFTER you have removed the w/s and fenders. To do it RIGHT/NOT "RIGGED", there is no other "lasting" repair. If you have a 69 up, will defer to someone else. If you have AC, there is nothing much worse than a 67/8 with AC other than say a 69. These cars were just NOT made to last 35 years!

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Just Strokin
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posted 01-21-2003 07:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Just Strokin   Click Here to Email Just Strokin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is almost as easy to remove the fenders and reach in with some type of hook to scrap the stuff to each side......and then using air or water, try to wash the remianing junk out. And if you have to do cowl repair, you are going to have to remove the fenders any way.

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cynot65
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From: New York
Registered: Apr 2000

posted 01-22-2003 02:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cynot65   Click Here to Email cynot65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gotta go with Larry here if all you're going to do is clean it out. I would though, do some testing like described above, to see if your cowl does leak. If it does leak, fix it now or you'll be replacing much more than the cowl in the very near future.
Tony C*

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-22-2003 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Or if you have a '71-'73, you take 10 seconds to remove the cowl grilles, vacuum the leaves out, replace the grilles, and go on with your life.

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73trials
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posted 01-22-2003 11:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73trials   Click Here to Email 73trials     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
Or if you have a '71-'73, you take 10 seconds to remove the cowl grilles, vacuum the leaves out, replace the grilles, and go on with your life.


Yet another good reason to get a '71-'73.

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Stewart
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From: Monterey, CA Mustangsandmore Member #437
Registered: Apr 2000

posted 01-23-2003 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stewart   Click Here to Email Stewart     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Or Fox Mustang! Easy cowl cover removal!

Stewart

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