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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 13th, 15, 7:19 AM Thread Starter
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Kick panel inspection cover?

I am wanting to use the cavity the drivers kick panel inspection cover normally plugs for a kick panel speaker placement. Can anyone tell me what this cover actually does and what would be the problem if it wasn't installed? Below is the cover I'm talking about.


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Re: Kick panel inspection cover?

It seals the cowl and keeps water out of the inside of the car. If you run without it, and it rains, the water will come into the car.

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It seals the cowl and keeps water out of the inside of the car. If you run without it, and it rains, the water will come into the car.
Dave,

This panel goes behind the drivers side kick panel right by the e brake. Are we talking about the same thing? I'm just thinking if water gets to the area the cover goes it's too late unless there is something back there I don't know about.

If I posted the wrong image then it's my fault.

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Its the correct image and correct part, and it seals the hole behind it that a non a/c car uses for the kick panel vent with pull knob. The area that it covers is open to the cowl, water goes in at the base of the windshield, down the cowl past this plate and into the rockers that were advertised as "flush dry" to reduce corrosion. On the right side, if you have an a/c car, there is a flapper that closes off the top of the cowl on that side when the ac goes into recirc to keep outside air from coming into the car. At the kick panel on the right side is a door hat can open to let fresh air into the car, it is sealed to the cowl and the opening has a sort of shelf over it to bypass the water so it wont get into the car.
On every Chevelle that I've had the front clip off of, I drill two 1/2 holes at the bottom of the cowl so the water drains straight onto the ground behind the fender.

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Re: Kick panel inspection cover?

Dave,

Thanks for the answer it sounds like I need to have this panel there which is weird because that cavity seems so open. I wonder if I can modify it to allow for clearance of the speaker magnet.

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I wonder if I can modify it to allow for clearance of the speaker magnet.
Yes, provided your mod is watertight.

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I would think you can modify it by making a box smaller then the cavity. Water doesn't need big space to move. Obviously it needs to be water tight


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Re: Kick panel inspection cover?

Shouldn't be hard to make it water tight I could build a square box and weld it on or use some other method.

I'm glad I asked cause I had no idea I even needed this.

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