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Post by Hawk03 on Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:11 pm

The below thread has some good ideas to remove the vents.

https://www.g3gm.com/t4826-remove-deflector-vents-on-a-dash
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Post by g3chevy on Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:11 am

I've changed them out on several cars. And yes, it is difficult. Here's a pic of the center vents to show the 4 screw locations. Hope this helps.

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Post by crice63 on Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:12 am

Yes these pics are helpful because they also show the screws that hold the frame on, which you want to remove to get the vents out. They face forward, so there is no question of removing them without getting the whole thing out

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:16 pm

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Post by crice63 on Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:58 pm

Boy that NOS is already losing some chrome, isn't it?

When I was in the JY saturday I was looking for pre-80 trucks to compare them but we didn't have any. When Bill has said there were repros out there I searched and found the truck repros but the missing link was the part numbers. Good detective work!

I'm looking at the cost to paint mine black compared to the cost of rechroming. Now I might add this repro set to the cost comparison list. My car would need 4 chromed ones, or I could be like the 73 Laguna and keep driver's one black. Maybe I should go with red or something? (ha not likely) I'm guessing I will be going black.

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:18 pm

I beg you not to go red...lol!
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Post by SSTOOLMAN on Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:43 am

I replaced my vents with ones I bought from The Parts Place #IN5862V
https://www.thepartsplaceinc.com/Home.aspx I drove down to the store near DeKalb IL and
compared them to my old ones, they were an exact match to my 73 even though it says 74-77
I bought all 3 for the passenger side of the dash. They are a little pricy at $39.99 each but they are very nice, and excellent quality. I know there are some Parts Place haters (that's why I drove down) but these parts are nice.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:52 pm

With that in mind, I suppose $81/3 vents isn't such a bad price. Gotta believe they are coming from the same manufacturer, anyway.
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Post by thatfnthing on Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:02 am

SSTOOLMAN wrote:I know there are some Parts Place haters (that's why I drove down) but these parts are nice.

I don't know about 'hate' so much as they seem to be spotty on part quality/fitment. I've had decent luck with the outer window trim I bought from them a bunch of years back. Seems to depend on the part.
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Post by builtnotbought on Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:14 pm

I painted all vents black, looking good. The most coolest thing I'm thinking of is to cover them with some black matte rubber paint like plastidip or something similar to look like modern car vents
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Post by crice63 on Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:24 pm

Hey, I didn't even think about Plasti-Dip! I could go red just for a few weeks to scare my wife! Actually, she wouldn't care, I would be scaring myself mostly.

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Post by builtnotbought on Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:07 am

I plastidipped plastic dash insert to change color from blue to black but I think I didn't prep plastic carefully so in some places it peels off very easy. It was my first experience.
The only thing that is cool in this type of coating - it gives soft rubber feel when touching surface and it gives a surface slightly matte appearance instead of rude plastic look.
Of coarse I think modern cars interior panels are not plastidipped and are using another type of rubber coat. I didn't google for it and don't know if it's wide spread for private users.
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