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Old 09-12-2010, 07:15 PM
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Good advice...

Does anybody know where the vent knob is? I haven't seen one on my 58.

I have the little round black knob level on each vent. I didn't know there was a separate vent knob.

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Old 09-19-2010, 02:07 AM
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The 58 bird has 2 vents as noted in previous posts and non ac and AC bird are the same. The vents very often rust up slightly making the knobs very hard to pull on the 58's I hav eben lucky as mine have worked as long as I have owned the birds. Very easy to break the black knobs if trying to force the vent open. 58's the vent is opened by pulling the knob straight twords the cabin. Not easy as there is a couple pivot points that are not straight.

There is no other vent system that I am aware of on 58 birds.

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Old 09-19-2010, 02:38 AM
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Rob, to my knowledge, the only two air vents in your Tbird are those two round black knobs. You may have to squirt the levers with something to cut the rust or crud that might be keeping them from being pulled.
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The problem is that it dosnīt seems as these round black knobs are avalible, so be very careful.
They are fitted with a little tiny screw, and if you carefully loose these, take the knob out and use a plier to the metal part in order to be more firm if you want to lubricate and "push & pull" untill it goes little easier. That fasten the knob again. But DONīT overtight the screw, or you will break it as it is old, not flexible and very frigile.
I broke one of mine while tighten it just too much and have looked just everywhere for replacemnts without any succes.
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Hey Anders, send Carl ~ partsetal a PM or email Bob at Bob's Bird House to see if he has them, or Bird Nest. Or try some of the others listed in the Advertisements Forum. Carl has several parts cars and might have one. Bob's Bird House has a lot of parts also.
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I had to get the little knobs from John at Thunderbird Ranch. Nobody seems to sell reproductions of them.
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Thanks very much, guys! I have the vents open and working. It is indeed an awkward little assembly but, once oiled, it works if I manipulate it a bit while opening and closing. What a difference! It's still in the upper 90s in Georgia this week. Will try to get a new knob from one of these guys.

(I did kind of hold my breath while washing the car in fear that I might channel water from the cowl to the floor board through those vents, but no issue.)

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I found this thread on hard to operate cowl vents. My 1960 AC car vents operate with some sort of rod assembly to open and close like a flip open can lid. It isn't a push-pull and it can't be operated while driving for 2 reasons: I can't reach it, but even if I did it takes Samson to work it.

Does this fall under the WD40 rule? They do not look frozen, but neither do a lot of things.
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post up some photos
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I can't. But mine feel like they're connected to strong springs.
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