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Old 07-31-2020, 11:30 AM   #1
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Default '32 woodie - holes in cowl

Hello, all. I'm wondering what these holes are for? They are cleanly cut and appear original, yet I haven't seen them on other '32s. Please remember, I'm a novice . . . so if the answer is obvious, please shame me nicely :-)
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Old 07-31-2020, 11:34 AM   #2
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Spare tire bracket, maybe BUT then again they don't mount through the cowl?????

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Aftermarket antenna
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Old 07-31-2020, 12:52 PM   #4
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They are to mount a spare tire bracket. Is there a well in the fender for the spare tire? Jim in San Jose
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They are to mount a spare tire bracket. Is there a well in the fender for the spare tire? Jim in San Jose
Yep, you can see it if you look hard enough (or put your glasses on).
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The spacing sure looks too wide!!!! AND way to far back towards the door opening
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Old 07-31-2020, 01:41 PM   #7
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I assumed spare tire at first, but the bracket only appears to attach to the frame and to two smaller holes near the front edge of the cowl.
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I assumed spare tire at first, but the bracket only appears to attach to the frame and to two smaller holes near the front edge of the cowl.
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Yes guys put your glasses on.The 2 holes for the side mount bracket are at the lip edge of the cowl near the hood.
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Yes guys put your glasses on.The 2 holes for the side mount bracket are at the lip edge of the cowl near the hood.
Nicely disguised by the "Patina" of the paint job I might add. More apparent with the "enlarged" photo!!!
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The big holes where your arrows were for an aftermarket antenna, as stated above. Sheldon is correct as to the purpose of the two small holes just behind the lip at the front of the cowl.
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Old 07-31-2020, 03:51 PM   #12
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I'd love to see a pic of one of those antennas, if anyone has one. Was this a period aftermarket piece? Dealer installed? Or are we talking something much later? Thanks so much for the replies.
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I'd love to see a pic of one of those antennas, if anyone has one. Was this a period aftermarket piece? Dealer installed? Or are we talking something much later? Thanks so much for the replies.

Here you go.
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Here you go.
Thanks, Bob. Do you know when these were available?
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Thanks, Bob. Do you know when these were available?

They're still available > https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Pic...cAAOSwSVdbwTBn


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Cool. Might be fun to figure out how early they were available and find an old radio to go with it. I'll have to do some research. Obviously, I won't do anything to compromise the woodie's originality, but the holes are already there, so what the heck.
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Cool. Might be fun to figure out how early they were available and find an old radio to go with it. I'll have to do some research. Obviously, I won't do anything to compromise the woodie's originality, but the holes are already there, so what the heck.

I don't believe I've ever seen an antenna like that on a car anywhere near that early, although that is probably what those holes were for. I remember seeing those on late '40s and some earlier '50s vehicles. Probably available at the likes of Western Auto, Pep Boys, Sears Roebuck, etc. FWIW, if it were mine and in keeping with your theme, I believe I'd pop a couple of appropriately-sized Wilke buttons in those holes, painted to closely-match body color. Later on down the road when folks ask WTF 'those' are, just have a 'fun-like' BS story that just MAY be slightly plausible....something like "that's where a very early, experimental police radar unit was mounted before someone stole it." DD
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I don't believe I've ever seen an antenna like that on a car anywhere near that early, although that is probably what those holes were for. I remember seeing those on late '40s and some earlier '50s vehicles. Probably available at the likes of Western Auto, Pep Boys, Sears Roebuck, etc. FWIW, if it were mine and in keeping with your theme, I believe I'd pop a couple of appropriately-sized Wilke buttons in those holes, painted to closely-match body color. Later on down the road when folks ask WTF 'those' are, just have a 'fun-like' BS story that just MAY be slightly plausible....something like "that's where a very early, experimental police radar unit was mounted before someone stole it." DD
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I do like a good story

Yeah, and two Wilke buttons are cheap-cheap! DD
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I have an aerial like that on my 33. probably retrofitted sometime in the 50s. I have to make sure it is extended somewhat, with it down there is a danger of getting it in my eye or up my nose when getting into the car.

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