How do I access the vent between the hood and the rear window?

Ok, here's a good one. I'm finally starting on the bodywork on the 72 Super. I need to get access to the vent area (the one between the rear hood
and the back window). I must be missing how to do it, I even checked my manual and there's no help there. The area inside (louvers and panels) needs to be sanded down and re-painted. Please tell me I don't have to cut panels...
Thanks for any insight.
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Barnhart Pinball wrote:

It's spotwelded on :-( If you can get the welds off, no need to cut.
The alternative is to sandblast.
Speedy Jim http://www.nls.net/mp/volks /
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Barnhart Pinball wrote:

For what? Painting it? The short-cut is to mask over the grille and surrounding area and shoot paint into it. No brainer, except that so many people find it hard to handle a bit of masking tape.
Do that and be happy.
Or do what Speedy Jim suggested which I find more satisfying on the craftsmanship level. The outcome is the same.
It is up to you. Choose one and be happy. Or not.
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pico wrote:

What do you do when the inside of that area is all rusted out from salt air spray?
Anyone from Florida??
Jim
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Speedy Jim wrote:

Chemical stripper to remove paint, and acid to remove rust. Acid is applied with a long thing brush too. Then neutralize & rinse, and paint.
Citric acid, or what I've used, phosphorous acid. Some automotive parts or paint stores may carry it in your neighborhood. Apply acid, wait for 15minutes to an hour, then rinse. Repeat if needed. Heavier rust may take much longer.
Jan
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I needed that access too, to stripe it, paint it and install 3rd braking light inside the grill. You'll probably call my a butcher but i cutted a "litle window" from the inside of the car, right bellow the back window, and got my access from there. Then I screwed a metal plate to close it, and still have access if I nedd to fix the 3rd braking light. MM
On 07/08/08 4:23, in article snipped-for-privacy@mid.individual.net, "Jan"

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pico <pico.net> wrote in

Like I told Jim, it has mutliple crappy primer paint jobs in that section plus I'm fairly convinced it's seen one small engine fire (the edges & tops of the louvers are surface rusted). This is a full resto, and it's right in plain sight. I'll probably cut the spot welds. I was just hoping for an access panel somewhere...
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Ok, I can sandblast (although I'm concerned about particles getting down in the seams). I can also remove spotwelds, but what panel is spotwelded - the one that makes up the interior louvers (in other words, the panel on the inside of the engine compartment)? I'm assuming so.
The louvers themselves are starting to surface rust, but have multiple coats of crappy primer plus I'm not too sure it hasn't seen a small engine fire once.
Besides, I want to do this resto right - and this area is right in plain view.
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Barnhart Pinball wrote:

Chemical stripper. No, not a crackhead exotic dancer.
Apply with a brush or long spray nozzle.
After it has done it's job, hose the area down with plenty of water. Start slow, so the chemicals don't splash and run to places you don't want them to go.
You may want to chase the remains of it down with neutralizer.
Then paint... hmm. Some primer that can be applied with a brush, and that smoothes out as it dries. Maybe a 2 component paint that cures waterproof. Then surface paint, maybe apply with a thin, long brush again if you don't want to try a spray gun. The furtherst deepest corners you may need to finish off with a brush anyway.
Consider clearcoat too to help keep the area clean in the future.
Jan
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"Barnhart Pinball" wrote in message ...

Some info here: http://thebugshop.org/bsp57_11.htm
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