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Old 10-23-2013, 05:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cowl screen

Just took a pic of the T-Racer's engine compartment cover and decided to share this addition as well:



When I first got the car the HVAC basically did not work- no air would flow through the system. It took me an entire afternoon to drop the blower from behind the glove box and use hands, sticks, that cable grabby-fingers thing, shop vac, and compressed air hose to get all the leaves and mouse nest outta there! Yeah, it was a big one and during that time I spent digging through those virtually inaccessible ducts and whatnot I thought, "Are there no trees or rodents in Detroit? Then why are the engineers so $&%*# DUMB!!! "

Well, just because they were asleep on the job doesn't mean I have to suffer through this nonsense again. I fashioned these nice screens and as you can see, they work.

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Old 10-23-2013, 09:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice! I was lucky enough to buy a car that has screening already put in behind the grilles. Guess engineers in Japan are more awake than their Detroit counterparts.

Mouse nest, eh?
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That thing was the Granddaddy of nests; could have filled an ice cream pail.
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Put them on the rain gutters too.

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