The cowl cover requires some dimples, or bowls, around the wiper arm pivots. Taking hints from others on this site who use tree stumps for anvils, I brought a cedar stump home from the lake this past spring. I fashioned some holes and bumps in it with the grinder and set about whacking a piece of 20 gauge with a pear-shaped plastic hammer. Here's some progress.
My only disappointment with the photo journal here on Hotrodders.com is the inability to comment on the journals. For Father's Day, my daughter copied all of my posts in this journal to a blog on Google.
I'll continue to post here, but I plan to duplicate each post on the blog. Feel free to visit the blog and add comments if you like.
More work on the cowl cover today. First, I completed installation of the edging for the bottom of the windshield frame. Originally, this edging was to be the primary support for the wiper arm pivots but it has evolved into a simple reinforcement for the lower edge of the frame. The edging was cut from some one-inch square tubing. Relief cuts allow me to bend the piece to match the curvature of the windshield frame. With the edging complete, I cut reliefs in the cowl cover to allow the bent edge of the cowl cover to slide under the edging while cover rests on the wiper arm supports. I'll have to add a fourth unused support on the passenger side over the wiper motor.
Enough thinking about how to cover the wiper arms and blend into the firewall. It's time to do something. I've been fretting about the attachment of the cowl cover to the bottom of the windshield frame. I've settled on a pinch and bind method using the brackets for the wiper arms to push the cover up and hold it under the windshield frame. The first step was to cut the arc of the frame into the cover. The second was to bend the curved arc up to fit under the frame. I used the English wheel with the flat wheels and pushed up on the sheet metal as I moved it through.
Seeing this VW photo inspired me to get back into the garage. My car WILL NOT turn out like this if I can help it.
I bought three rear wiper arms for a 1998-2007 Chevrolet Venture. They're about 12 inches long. I bent the ends about 10 degrees using my heat gun and vise. The 15 inch wiper blades fit well. I need to move the center pivot up about 5/8 inch, but they look pretty good otherwise.