Cocobola wood A/C air vent vanes for 73 Chevy El Camino

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Project by savannah505 posted 01-14-2009 04:15 AM 2490 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here is something you don’t see to often or ever. I made these vent vanes from cocobola wood that I sliced 1/8th. in thick. I then made a jig that took 1/8th in. teflon rod and formed a 1/16th in. pin on the end that I inserted into the ends of the vane. This makes up the hinging point and one end has two pins (one for the hinge point and one for the lever bar that pivots them). I show in the second picture the original vane that comes stock in the vehicels of that era. I had a chevy el camino at the time that I was wanting to customize and never was able to finish, so these never made it into it. I have four bundled sets of these, matched in order of their grain. If anyone knows of someone that would want these, please let me know, I don’t want to throw them away or let the work go by the wayside. I also have the side trim that you can see on the vane holder unit in the first picture. I also made a cocobola wood dual swivel light sockets that go with this. I just don’t know what to do with them now. I also made shift lever, turn signal stem, and tilt wheel lever, with cocobola knobs and inlaid with Austrailan opal in them.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#1 posted 01-14-2009 04:17 AM

Nice offer and nice job. Did you junk the car before they were installed.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 01-14-2009 04:36 AM

Now thats a great idea and looks really cool or hot “no pun intended”

Job well done Dan

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#3 posted 01-14-2009 04:37 AM

You never cease to amaze me , Dan : ) It seems as though you might be able to contact a vintage Chevy club in your area and see if you get any bites .....Good luck : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 01-14-2009 04:41 AM

No, I sold it and moved on. Thanks Karson. Thats a good idea Dusty, Thanks

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 01-14-2009 04:57 AM

That is cool! I wonder if you have a budding niche market when word gets out. Anyway, I hope your efforts were not in vain (someone had to say that!)

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#6 posted 01-15-2009 05:00 PM

Sweet! Thats a cool way to have air blow on you, in style!

-- Dennis Zongker

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