79 Cowel Replacement

Discussion in 'Body Restoration' started by KeithMontana, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. KeithMontana

    KeithMontana New Member

    Dec 29, 2018
    Ok, So when I got my 79 Z28, I always new there were issues with the cowel panel as it had one of the worst fiber glass patch jobs I had ever seen, I was prepared to live with in the short term until I went about changing my windshield (see pics!!) Time now to change the panel, New one on the way from Rock Auto. Can anyone give me some advice on best way to go about this, Thanks a million Screenshot_20190211-201210_WhatsApp.jpg Screenshot_20190211-201210_WhatsApp.jpg Screenshot_20190211-201219_WhatsApp.jpg
  2. R.Jones

    R.Jones New Member

    Feb 8, 2018
    The right way would be to pull the front end off the car and replace the cowl with a new panel. Which would mean cutting out spot welds and welding it back in.
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  3. simso

    simso Veteran Member

    Jul 10, 1999
    Australia Perth WA
    The dash panel is only part of the problem, with the amount of rust there, likely the base of the a pillars has rotted away.

    You cannot buy replacement A pillar braces for the bottom, so it has to be hand fabricated.

    Page 1 of my resto shows the area of concern


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