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Strange feature?

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Strange feature?

Post by pjbowman » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:58 pm

I recently looked at an SP250 in need of restoration (on which I passed), but there is a curiosity I'd like to hear from the group about. In the attached picture, does anyone know what the 'gill-like' openings are just to the right of the heater box (as viewed in the picture)? On my car, that area is solid, and is where the body tag resides.

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Re: Strange feature?

Post by Vortex O'Plinth » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:46 pm

Certainly unusual!

Could perhaps be some owners attempt to reduce under - hood (or bonnet to us) temperatures by venting air through the 'gills' and out through the plenum grille? I have seen this area vented to aid cooling on a car before, but not done quite so elegantly.

The picture shows the six rubber hood buffers in place and these are normally adequate to establish a gap between the hood and the body allowing hot air from the engine bay to escape. A problem normally arises when the buffers are mistakenly replaced with a full lip seal around the hood aperture. Maybe in this case the car lived in sunnier part of the USA?
Nick

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Re: Strange feature?

Post by pjbowman » Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:13 pm

Vortex O'Plinth wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:46 pm
Certainly unusual!

Could perhaps be some owners attempt to reduce under - hood (or bonnet to us) temperatures by venting air through the 'gills' and out through the plenum grille? I have seen this area vented to aid cooling on a car before, but not done quite so elegantly.

You are correct, if it is owner-done, it is a very nice job! Never seen anything quite like it.
Peter B.

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