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Old 11-20-2005, 11:56 AM
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What is the best way to make a cowl panel for a 33 pu.

I am currently working on a 33 ford closed cab pickup. An unfortunate series of events has given me the opportunity to have to make a filler panel for the cowl vent opening that is much larger than than the original opening. I gave some templates of the curves required to the local custom metal guy with the English wheel. He is having no luck getting the opposed curves required to form this piece. Although the curves are not as severe as a model A cowl, they still seem to present a problem. I talked to 2 other people who said they are familiar with using their own english wheels and they had no suggestion. Is this a panel that is better to make with a hammerform or do I need a better English wheel guy? Thanks for reading this.

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I seem to remember seeing a prefab replacment piece for your cowl top somewhere. Give a call to some panel replacement suppliers, Rootlieb, Brookville, etc.

How big is this part, the top of the cowl would be very easy to produce on an english wheel. Does this piece needed go out over the lips at the firewall or something?

How about getting another cowl top and swapping it?

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I am currently working on a 33 ford closed cab pickup. An unfortunate series of events has given me the opportunity to have to make a filler panel for the cowl vent opening that is much larger than than the original opening. I gave some templates of the curves required to the local custom metal guy with the English wheel. He is having no luck getting the opposed curves required to form this piece. Although the curves are not as severe as a model A cowl, they still seem to present a problem. I talked to 2 other people who said they are familiar with using their own english wheels and they had no suggestion. Is this a panel that is better to make with a hammerform or do I need a better English wheel guy? Thanks for reading this.
How about some pictures.
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I imagine it's a reverse curve. Not for the faint of heart!!! They can be a real bear, but a good wheel guy should be able to get it without too much trouble.

My request is right in line with Keith's....send some pics!!

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Thanks randy, you are right about the reverse curve. This is what made the 3 metal guys that I have talked to be scared. The hole I have to fill is 21"across X 8" front to rear. A stock 32 roadster cowl patch panel with a filled vent will not work as it is curved outward in both directions. I am looking into whether or not a 30-31 cowl patch panel will work. Also the $288.00 price tag that brookville has on that is a deterrent. I will post some pics tommorrow and then it will be a little bit clearer what I have got to do.. I really need to learn how to do this kind of thing myself.
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