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Old 08-25-2020, 04:18 PM   #1
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yesterday, while installing the right front inner fender panel on my '46,i noticed what appears to be 4 factory made holes in the area next to the battery tray. 2 about 1/4" & 2 about 3/8". any one else have these? what might they be for? thanks!
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Old 08-25-2020, 04:44 PM   #2
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Yes, I have them too, on my '47. Thought maybe they for attaching some type of accessory but couldn't find any suggestions in that section of the 1941 - 1948 Ford Book.

If they are for mounting something inside the engine compartment, it would have to be fairly narrow in order to fit between the panel and the battery.
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Old 08-26-2020, 11:14 AM   #3
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I looked at my '46 Super Deluxe Coupe, and only found three. One 1/4" and one 3/8" holes towards the front of the battery, and one 1/4" just behind the stamped crease about 6" ahead of the battery. In any event, they can't be too important, because no one knows what they are for. 😊 When you look under the hood of newer cars, you will find all sorts and types of unused holes, as well as a number of unused electrical connections, depending on what options are installed. Fewer options, more unused holes and connectors.
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Old 08-26-2020, 02:31 PM   #4
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They may be tooling holes, possibly used for holding metal sheet in place when it was being stamped.
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They may be tooling holes, possibly used for holding metal sheet in place when it was being stamped.
Why would there be a need to hold sheet metal in place when being stamped?
That would mean there was a stamping die built to put the holes in and another to stamp something later. That makes zero sense.
I'd built more stamping dies than I care to recall - that's not how "it" works.
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My guess..... Just a guess.... If all you guys have V-8's it could be holes utilized to hold some do-dad of a part on a 6cyl car..

Or... If on a 41-46 MAybe some sort of barckets for a hot air heater??
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Could it be the holes for steering box mount on a Right Hand drive car.
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My guess..... Just a guess.... If all you guys have V-8's it could be holes utilized to hold some do-dad of a part on a 6cyl car..

Or... If on a 41-46 MAybe some sort of barckets for a hot air heater??
Michael, I was wondering the same thing. As noted, only 1.5 inch clearance between one of the holes and corner of the battery. That's the most narrow space on mine.
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My guess..... Just a guess.... If all you guys have V-8's it could be holes utilized to hold some do-dad of a part on a 6cyl car..

Or... If on a 41-46 MAybe some sort of barckets for a hot air heater??
How about for that windshield wiper vacuum tank? Are these holes in the firewall or inner fender?
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The windshield wiper vacuum tank was located on the drivers side lower fender area on the '46-'48. Rusty, are there any holes on the drivers side inner fender panel on your car? I'm off to my garage to check out my car.
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Yes, I just checked and I also have them on my '46 Station Wagon. The mystery continues!
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Old 08-26-2020, 05:31 PM   #12
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What about the funky heater that had duct work in the hood or a hotair heater off the exhaust

I remember the 6 cyl cars had the battery on the opposite side of a V8
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Where was the accessory windshield washer jar mounted on these years?? Surely not that close to the battery I would think.
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Old 08-26-2020, 07:54 PM   #14
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the only holes on the left side were for the horn brackets & they are in a different place.
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Where was the accessory windshield washer jar mounted on these years?? Surely not that close to the battery I would think.
Michael, I have that accessory and it mounts on the firewall.
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