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Old 01-05-2020, 02:51 PM   #1
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Default 1940 Ford Pickup Cowl Vent Mechanism

Digging through my stuff for my wife’s 40 Ford Pickup and I am now stuck on the cowl vent mechanism. When I bought the cab nothing was installed but I did get a box of parts. I have the cowl vent, the “U” shaped bar that bolts to it and what appears to be the vent mechanism minus a few parts. I do not have a handle nor the piece that connects the vent to the unit that rotates the cowl vent open and closed, nor do I have a spring.

The pic is taken through the glove box opening .....

First question - what parts am I missing?
Second - are these parts available repop
Third - if not repop, anyone have the parts used that they are willing to sell?
Fourth - any pics/dimensions of the needed parts that I can can scrounge for or make up?

Thanks for any help you can give .....
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Old 01-05-2020, 02:58 PM   #2
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Default Re: 1940 Ford Pickup Cowl Vent Mechanism

I made a video which shows a lot of these parts in quite some detail.

Let me find the link..

Here it is:

https://youtube.com/video/vD20xHSZYqs
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Old 01-05-2020, 03:16 PM   #3
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You have the handle*. You are only missing the link. It would not be too difficult to make one if you can't locate one.

*Well, you have the handle but the knob is missing.

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Default Re: 1940 Ford Pickup Cowl Vent Mechanism

Mart - this is great! Thanks! So I need to find out if Drake or Nacewicz (spelling?) have the right bolts but I need the “T” piece from the handle to the cowl vent. Anyone have one or even a whole unit for sale?
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Old 01-05-2020, 04:47 PM   #5
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Tom, I'm hoping this photo will help you.
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Old 01-05-2020, 04:50 PM   #6
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Yes it helps - I need the link between the handle and the vent itself.

If I can’t find one I have some spare parts I can make it from. I just need dimensions and the approx angle of the portion that bolts to the vent ....,
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Nacewicz is now Mike Driscoll at third gen. 35fordtn on the barn.
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Old 01-05-2020, 05:49 PM   #8
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I think I have a complete unit(not the vent) that I would be willing to sell. If interested send me an e-mail or PM. and I'll look through my parts. To my knowledge no one repos any of the parts for the mechanism.
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Old 01-05-2020, 07:04 PM   #9
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Sent you a PM ......
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Old 01-05-2020, 09:46 PM   #10
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Drake has a picture in his catalog, page 139. Sorry old catalog 2013


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Old 01-05-2020, 10:04 PM   #11
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Same as car? Saved this a while back; but never put the vent together to know if it is an accurate guide.
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Old 01-06-2020, 01:56 PM   #12
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Wow, you can't get any better than that Rich, step by step and all the parts!
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Old 01-06-2020, 02:43 PM   #13
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Same as car? Saved this a while back; but never put the vent together to know if it is an accurate guide.
Pickup is totally different than the '40 passenger car. The Drake page shown is passenger car.
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Old 01-06-2020, 10:54 PM   #14
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Default Re: 1940 Ford Pickup Cowl Vent Mechanism - Update

The passenger diagram gave me the pattern for when and where the wavy washers are placed, the cerated washers that I knew about from the video from Mart but not exactly where they went - it put things together for me in their proper sequence.

Update ...... TJ has found a complete unit for me and it will be in the mail tomorrow - thanks Tom for going the extra mile for me. I appreciate it very much ......z
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Tom, you're welcome. I sent you a PM.
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Old 01-08-2020, 01:37 PM   #16
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Are the cowl vents and hardware the same 40 through 47 trucks?

And are the 40. 41 trucks cowl vents the same as a 39 40 ford car?

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Question 1. I think the truck ones are the same.
Question 2. I believe the car mechanisms are different.
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Old 01-08-2020, 08:16 PM   #18
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Are the cowl vents and hardware the same 40 through 47 trucks?

And are the 40. 41 trucks cowl vents the same as a 39 40 ford car?

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The cowl vents and hardware are the same from '40-47. The mechanism is pickup only. I've never compared the actual vent lid to a pickup vs passenger car. The cowl vent gasket is the same for 39-42 cars and pickups and the gasket for the 46-47 pickups is the same as the '46-'48 cars. This info is from Drakes catalog.

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Old 01-08-2020, 08:23 PM   #19
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Thanks guys. Appreciate your responces .
I compared the lid from the 40 pickup to a 40 merc sedan and the mercury lid is flat and the truck has a ridge in the middle.
I wasnt sure if the merc had been modified though.




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