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'Bolter
Just go to one of your local warehouses with pallets out back, the steel banding works perfect and you can cut it with tin snips.

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Housekeeping (Moderator) Making a Stovebolt Bed & Paint and Body Shop Forums
Originally Posted by Jon G
I made some out of 1/16" plain aluminum and they've worked fine. They just hold the defrost vent in the proper orientation and a piece of foam rubber cut in a triangle shape keeps the warmed air going in the right spot. As long as you copy the original shape, they'll work fine and won't rattle. In mine the rubber sat on the outside. There are 2 on each side.
Mine has wire clips in the defrost vent location, and there was one rubber wedge (maybe the rest of them straddling the defrost vents evaporated). Makes sense about that.

And Brad's idea about steel banding makes a lot of sense.

Thanks everybody for the ideas. thumbs_up

Last edited by klhansen; Mon Jun 14 2021 11:15 PM.

Kevin
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
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'Bolter
Here's what I do.
Nothing.
If they are still in place, Yippee! If they aren't, big whoop.
I can't tell the difference once the truck is back together either way.

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Former BMW Rider
Originally Posted by 52Carl
Here's what I do.
Nothing.
If they are still in place, Yippee! If they aren't, big whoop.
I can't tell the difference once the truck is back together either way.

That my friends is a classic vintage example of 52Carl! Straight and to the point. thumbs_up

With all of this discussion, I'll have to see if there are any on the '47. I haven't noticed any rattling or collapsed trim. Anybody care to offer up the dimensions of these little gems?


Andy

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Yeah! What the heck did those engineers know about making Chevy trucks anyway?


"Adding CFM to a truck will only help at engine speeds you don't want to use."
"I found there was nothing to gain beyond 400 CFM."
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Housekeeping (Moderator) Making a Stovebolt Bed & Paint and Body Shop Forums
Originally Posted by HandyAndy
Anybody care to offer up the dimensions of these little gems?
Andy, Regardless of what Carl says wink , here's what I came up with.
This is a PDF scan of a tracing of the profile of the clips. Also a closeup photo.The PDF should be to the correct scale, so printing it should be a true profile.

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AD Windshield Clip.pdf (10.14 KB, 13 downloads)
IMG_3994.JPG (132.14 KB, 56 downloads)

Kevin
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
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Former BMW Rider
Perfect, those will get the job done!

Thanks Kevin!! thumbs_up


Andy

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Originally Posted by buoymaker
Yeah! What the heck did those engineers know about making Chevy trucks anyway?

You are absolutely right, why, without those clips and spacers in place, you would never get enough airflow through the vents to instantly fog up the windows on a muggy and rainy day when you turn of the heater in the defog/defrost position. smile
That's been my experience with these trucks, anyway.

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