Side vent drainage holes...

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Side vent drainage holes...

Postby JiMR2 » Sun Apr 03, 2011 11:28 am

Hey all,

Have removed the side vents just now (much easier than i expected) and have checked the side drains... cant believe just how much CRAP had accumulated! I reckon i was well on my way to full blockage, and i have a hard top on from Oct - March, so assumed id be invincible!

Anyways, cleared debris and flushed them a few times with pints of warm water to make sure its flowing well.

Would it prove more benefical/efficient to cut off the flap/cover of the drain as well as the 3 prong "filter" over the drainage hole? My assumption is that this would make the flow rate faster and cutting the 3 prongs away would allow bigger debris to exit... again, just my perception...

Any thoughts?

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Re: Side vent drainage holes...

Postby life of bryan » Sun Apr 03, 2011 11:39 am

This may increase road noise inside the cabin.
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Re: Side vent drainage holes...

Postby JiMR2 » Sun Apr 03, 2011 11:52 am

Seriously?

In that case just remove the prongy things you reckon?
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Re: Side vent drainage holes...

Postby Patch » Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:50 pm

I removed the flaps. I DID have a full blockage, and ended up with 1" of water in the drivers side foot well. After a bit of Vax action it was fine.

There was an unexpected benefit to the blockage - carpets came up like new after the Vax!!! :lol:

Can't say I've noticed increased noise in the car, though.
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Re: Side vent drainage holes...

Postby nathanMR2 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:23 am

Personally i wouldnt do this.

If you think about it the water/sludge runs off the hood down into the car and through the drainage hole. This poors out the flap into the wing and out the bottom of the wing.

My guessing is that the flap and restriction in the pipe is to stop big bits of debrie getting through into the wing. Water will be able to flow out the wing. All the sludge may struggle. Its bad enough having to clear the drainage holes out let alone getting the whole wing off once it fills up with sludge in a few years time
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Re: Side vent drainage holes...

Postby cclarke99 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:47 am

Just cleaning the crud off the drain hole flaps casued a noticable increase in noise. On one side there is a connection to the engine compartment for the air inlet, so it's probably quite noisy in the area behind the covers. For that reason I wouldn't remove the flaps.
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Re: Side vent drainage holes...

Postby JiMR2 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:28 pm

Thanks for the responses guys

Decided not to cut anything off! :P Guess its there for a reason!!!!!

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Re: Side vent drainage holes...

Postby andyroo104 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:33 pm

Any pics of the vents with the new mesh then Jim.
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Re: Side vent drainage holes...

Postby JiMR2 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:37 pm

Here we go...

2 x sable vents
bit of aluminium cross mesh (similar style to Zunsport grill, not chicken wire)
Tube of bond later :)

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By the time id eaten and sorted out the bins for rubbish day (tomorrow) it was too dark to start messing about fitting!

Have popped em in when the bond was still wettish though and the look UBER!

Will fit tomorrow evening and get better pics :D
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Re: Side vent drainage holes...

Postby andyroo104 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:37 pm

Looking good Jim!!!!!
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Re: Side vent drainage holes...

Postby Fatbloater » Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:01 pm

Just washed my car and taking inspiration from yourself (and we have the same model) popped off the side pods and cleaned out the drainage holes.
Glad I did...very dirty and pretty much fully blocked although no dampness in the cabin so guess I got lucky.
So thats a '54 reg almost blocked, anything older that hasn't had it done...don't hesitate.
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Re: Side vent drainage holes...

Postby JiMR2 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:07 am

Nice one FB, really is a 5 min job once the courage to pull the cents off has been gathered... Will be doing every spring when the HT comes off now.

Just for closure thought i'd chuck up a pic of the vents meshed and fitted;

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All kudos to Perry190's guide in the how to section, very well written and explained guide. Also thanks to Nathan for telling me to take a deep breath when the vents wouldn't go back into the car, nearly ended up with 2 smashed up side vents... ;)
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Re: Side vent drainage holes...

Postby nathanMR2 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:29 am

Looks great mate.... even better that they are all in one piece 8)
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