Gain extra benefits by becoming a Supporting Member Click here find out how!

Classic Performance Products Nu-Relics Power Windows
American Auto Wire Hellwig Products IncPerformance Rod & Custom
Danchuk Catalog



Username Post: 53/54 vent tubes        (Topic#367372)
kool53 
Member
Posts: 868

Loc: Mukwonago, WI
Reg: 06-18-04
01-05-22 07:53 PM - Post#2833930    

Looking at restoring the vent tubes under the hood of my '53 and was wondering what some of you have done to replace what I believe is some kind of heat absorbing material inside? Did you just go without or use something else after tearing out the old stuff to paint them?


Jay


 


eplantage 
Valued Contributor
Posts: 2505

Loc: Southern MN
Reg: 03-15-04
01-10-22 12:55 PM - Post#2834311    
    In response to kool53

I left them as they were. It's in there to insulate them either from engine heat cooling the fresh air from the outside or transmitting engine noise into the passenger compartment. A similar type of insulating panel is on the back of the dash access panel above the steering column in the engine compartment to keep engine heat out.

Age: 67 at the moment
1950 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1953 BelAir Convertible Project
2002 Heritage Springer FLSTSI
1930 Model A Standard Coupe


 
DZAUTO 
Member #51
Posts: 9125

Loc: Mustang, OK, USA
Reg: 12-25-99
01-10-22 01:09 PM - Post#2834312    
    In response to eplantage

Back during the Civil War days, I removed the vent tube on the 51 (ONLY on driver side, heater is on pass side), and it also had the insulating material material inside. I could not come up with a material or method to replacement, so I just left it out. Actually, I cannot tell any difference.



 
belairbob50 
Contributor
Posts: 500

Loc: OH where rust never sleep...
Reg: 03-17-13
01-12-22 05:11 PM - Post#2834453    
    In response to DZAUTO

Hey Kool 53, can you do me a favor. Can you measure the distance across the open end of the fresh air vent tube at the radiator end? Thanks



 
kool53 
Member
Posts: 868

Loc: Mukwonago, WI
Reg: 06-18-04
01-12-22 05:43 PM - Post#2834456    
    In response to belairbob50

5 1/4"


Jay


 
belairbob50 
Contributor
Posts: 500

Loc: OH where rust never sleep...
Reg: 03-17-13
01-12-22 06:40 PM - Post#2834458    
    In response to kool53

Kool 53, you just made my day. I have had a pair of sheet metal panels with the screens that the fresh air vents attach to for 30 years. I bought them for my 1950 BUT the vent tubes are 4 1/4" - not 5 1/4". The original wire tags that were attached to these panels showed a part number of 385483. If you look that number up, it is for a 1964 Olds Delta 88 3 seat station wagon carpet option. Now I can honestly sell them as a 1953-54 part. Thanks again.

[image]https://[/image]

[image]https://[/image]



 
kool53 
Member
Posts: 868

Loc: Mukwonago, WI
Reg: 06-18-04
01-13-22 04:12 PM - Post#2834503    
    In response to belairbob50

Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news...

It's a little hard to tell from the angle at which that photo is taken but I'm fairly certain those are not '53 Chevy panels. They do look like they could be '54 but someone with a '54 would need to confirm. '53 and '54 are definitely different due to the wider grille opening in '54.

Jay


Edited by kool53 on 01-13-22 04:14 PM. Reason for edit: I'm a bad speller!

 
54delivery 
Contributor
Posts: 140

Loc: Salem, OR
Reg: 11-19-13
01-13-22 05:24 PM - Post#2834506    
    In response to belairbob50

It is difficult to see from that single photo because they are pictured upside down and swapped side for side of how they appear on the car...but, after looking at my 54 in the shop just now, and also comparing a pic I have with fenders off, I'd say they certainly could be 54 panels. A better picture could confirm what you have.



Edited by 54delivery on 01-13-22 05:28 PM. Reason for edit: I'm a worste speller

 
belairbob50 
Contributor
Posts: 500

Loc: OH where rust never sleep...
Reg: 03-17-13
01-13-22 06:20 PM - Post#2834507    
    In response to 54delivery

I found a photo taken of a CT member's 1953 Bel Air. The driver's side panel is taken along with that photo. Not being familiar with the difference between a 53 & a 54, what should I look for or measure to confirm which year they fit? Thanks

[image]https://[/image]



 
kool53 
Member
Posts: 868

Loc: Mukwonago, WI
Reg: 06-18-04
01-14-22 03:07 AM - Post#2834518    
    In response to belairbob50

In the inset photo where it shows it mounted on the car, notice the shape of the bottom of the panel. See how it bends down at an angle towards the outside of the car and has four holes to mount the splash pan. - that is'53. In the picture of your panel, it looks straight across with an upward notch on the right side. Again, not '53 but possibly '54.

Anyone have a '54 they can compare this to?

Jay


 
54delivery 
Contributor
Posts: 140

Loc: Salem, OR
Reg: 11-19-13
01-14-22 08:16 AM - Post#2834525    
    In response to kool53

BelairBob's last pic looks just like the panel on my 54.



Edited by 54delivery on 01-14-22 08:19 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
alltak 
"13th Year" Silver Supporting Member
Posts: 321
alltak
Loc: dallas texas
Reg: 10-04-04
01-14-22 08:04 PM - Post#2834558    
    In response to 54delivery

Looks like a 54 to me...

Attachment: IMG_0763.jpg (2.19 MB) 6 View(s)






 
belairbob50 
Contributor
Posts: 500

Loc: OH where rust never sleep...
Reg: 03-17-13
01-15-22 05:30 AM - Post#2834563    
    In response to alltak

Thanks Kool 53, 54 Delivery and Alltak for your help. I've had these panels since just after dirt was invented. They were sold to me for a 1950 - WRONG. So now I can find them a 1954 home. Thanks again for the help.



 


Icon Legend Permissions Topic Options
Report Post

Quote Post

Quick Reply

Print Topic

Email Topic

883 Views
FusionBB
FusionBB™ Version 2.1
©2003-2006 InteractivePHP, Inc.
Execution time: 0.661 seconds.   Total Queries: 18   Zlib Compression is on.
All times are (GMT -0800) Pacific. Current time is 09:51 AM
Top