When looking at the
body, I decided that I wanted the brake vent openings to actually vent the
brakes. I don't care for that hollow look behind the front facade.
So the first step was to clean up the openings and to cut in the opening in
the fender well. In order to figure out how all this would fit
together in final assembly, I re-installed the horns and horn brackets.
Using a paper cutout
of the vent opening, I marked it on the inside of the fender wells and cut
I took careful
measurements of the openings and the angle between them since they are not
the same side to side. I then built up a mold out of blue foam in the
shape of the opening. I made the mold about 1/4" larger all the way
around so that it would go over the lip on the inside of the vent opening.
After the glass dried, I trimmed them to shape after dissolving the blue
foam with lacquer thinner.
Here is the initial
After a few trims to
the front edge of the part, I was able to mount the vent to the inner fender
well with self tapping screws.
This is what it looks
like from inside the radiator opening. As you can see, the new part
fits around the lip. This provides the right amount of clamping
pressure to hold in the vent screens.
Here is the finished
That finished up all
the pre-body construction. Back to the body-to-frame construction