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Hiya,

I have a bit of drippy-drippy in the driver side foot well when it rains. Gonna go throught the whole cowl drain "system" and make sure it's all cleaned out, drains working, etc. How, pray tell, does one extract leaves, twigs and other schmutz from under the cowl vent? Tweezers? Compressed air? Sure, the "modern" cars have plastic removable cowls, but not us.
 

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I just blew most of mine out with compressed air. It was a combination of pine needles, leaves, dirt, and assorted mouse business. Got almost all of it out after a few minutes of blowing.
 

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I just blew most of mine out with compressed air. It was a combination of pine needles, leaves, dirt, and assorted mouse business. Got almost all of it out after a few minutes of blowing.
Thanks! I assume you blew it from up top (outside above the cowl)? Or did you blow from the inside through the fresh air vents?
 

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When my 76 Alfetta was dripping on my feet, it was due to the rust under the windshield seal. The rust wasn't obvious from the exterior, until I started probing with a screwdriver. I hope this isn't your problem.
 

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Thanks! I assume you blew it from up top (outside above the cowl)? Or did you blow from the inside through the fresh air vents?
Yeah, I did it from the top. I'd imagine some of the stuff would blow into the fresh air vents, so it probably wouldn't hurt to do it from both ends.
 

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When my 76 Alfetta was dripping on my feet, it was due to the rust under the windshield seal. The rust wasn't obvious from the exterior, until I started probing with a screwdriver. I hope this isn't your problem.
There is some rust forming in the corner of the windshield, pretty much in exactly the spot it's dripping on my feet, so there's definitely a good chance this could be the cause. I'll try to do some temporary repair, and then plan for a windshield-out repair next spring.

Still a good idea to clean everything out, though.
 

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The cowl/scuttle panel removes pretty easily on my '67 Duetto. Just remove the metal strip that holds down the rubber seal for the bonnet/engine bay (which also partially holds down the panel), then remove the wipers and shrouds, then remove the bottom chrome trim piece for the windshield. After that, carefully slide the panel back toward the engine bay and up over the wiper posts. You'll have full access to the scuttle area to clean it out. Be really careful reversing the procedure as you'll have paint on paint contact which could cause scratching if you're not careful.
 

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The cowl/scuttle panel removes pretty easily on my '67 Duetto. Just remove the metal strip that holds down the rubber seal for the bonnet/engine bay (which also partially holds down the panel), then remove the wipers and shrouds, then remove the bottom chrome trim piece for the windshield. After that, carefully slide the panel back toward the engine bay and up over the wiper posts. You'll have full access to the scuttle area to clean it out. Be really careful reversing the procedure as you'll have paint on paint contact which could cause scratching if you're not careful.
Has anybody done this with the Alfetta GT?
 
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