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12-28-2011, 03:44 PM
need some help guys: have the above car about 85% ready: old age and grey matter have not been good to me on this project. inside the grill cavity on the passengers side inboard and to the left of the headlight bezel, there is a hole about 3" or so. don't remember what was there when the car was dis assembled, have no idea what may go there, at first thought maybe it was for fresh air for the heater. maybe it is, don't remember taking anything off, the heater is installed, just don't know what the hole is for. i have photo's that my friend sent to me, could forward if any one want's to see what the problem really is....
thanks guys
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b.j. cannon

12-28-2011, 07:29 PM
bjc, After looking in the body parts book, I find that the front clip is in the chassis parts book.
Looking at the exploded view on page 247 it looks like this is the right front apron, part number 287524 and is common to the 47, 48 and 49 Champions. The illustration does not show any holes in the area that is behind the grill. Perhaps it was cut for an after market addition.
Good luck.

12-28-2011, 07:40 PM
My 48 has the same hole and I have 49 front clip and it has the same hole. The only thing I can figure out it is to get fresh air to the fuel pump.

12-28-2011, 09:45 PM
ST2DE5, You are right. It was too cold to go out to the garage and look so I used the book. It does not show that hole. I guess that is what happens when one tries to do it the easy way. Thanks.

12-28-2011, 10:06 PM
My '48 business coupe has the hole with a small section of duct inserted to cool the fuel pump. There is also a metal heat shield at the top of the fuel pump to protect it from the heat of the manifold. Just a couple of the factory efforts to combat the famous vapor lock these cars often encountered.

12-28-2011, 10:13 PM
Another good use for the hole is to run your air conditioner hoses to the condenser.

Dwain G.
12-28-2011, 11:26 PM
The vent hose went into production on 1947 Champions at serial number G-220501. For cars before that serial number the factory offered a vapor lock kit part #522245.
Though the parts aren't illustrated, they are listed in the 1947-50 chassis parts catalog in the fuel section on page 49.

12-29-2011, 04:14 PM
thanks guys, without this forum we all would be in trouble from time to time...
now on to the next step.
Happy New Year