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Old 02-23-2003, 17:48   #1 (permalink)
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Question Tool to cut through bonnet to install vents

Hey all,

i was wondering if there is a tool or sumthin out there to cut through bonnets to install vents....I was thinking of jus using a grinder, but then thought the sparks that come off will damage surrounding paint/windows and stuff. (I plan to cut it on the car) I thought about a hacksaw, but is there an easier way?!?!?!!?

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Old 02-23-2003, 18:08   #2 (permalink)
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Not a grinder

A Nibbler (sorta like electric tinsnips) or if you cant get one of those a Jigsaw, NOT A GRINDER!
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Mark out the area you want to cut, drill a start hole, then use either of the above tools Falchoon mentioned.
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Old 02-23-2003, 18:45   #4 (permalink)
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cool.....i did a quick search, and read sum where about an attachement for a drill ...kinda like a bit - is this that nibble thing?but as my luck would have it my PC fell over and now I cant find the post again!!!!
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Old 02-23-2003, 19:37   #5 (permalink)
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There are a couple of options for you,

Hand Nibbler; this is a hand held/driven device worth about $30. Will on with most panels on your car needs a 12mm hole drilled to start. Good excersise for your forearms.

Power Nibbler, sorta like a jig saw to look at will do most thicknesses of panel needs a slightly bigger hole to start . Much easier on the forearms.

Power Jigsaw, about $50; will cut flat panels fairly easily as long as you use a metal cutting blade. Don't use the wood cutting blade makes a serious mess of everything.

Power Saber saw; Uses half a normal hacksaw blade, will cut everthing your hearts desire if you have enough time.

Air Hacksaw; If you have access to an aircompressor, this is a magnificent tool. Much better than an Oxy for surgically cutting up car bodies. It also uses half a normal hacksaw blade.

Hope this helps, these tools are available at real tool shops.
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Here's an article with a couple of photos on installing bonnet vents.
http://www.teirney.net/civic/BonnetVentPhotos.htm

You'll have to post up a photo when they're done.
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Ever heard of stitch drilling?
Cover where you want to cut with masking tape and mark out the hole, then using a small (1/8") drill bit go around the inside edge of the hole you want to cut and then file it to size. Remove the masking tape and you should have a relatively chip free hole.
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Ever heard of stitch drilling?
Cover where you want to cut with masking tape and mark out the hole, then using a small (1/8") drill bit go around the inside edge of the hole you want to cut and then file it to size. Remove the masking tape and you should have a relatively chip free hole.
Is that like what you do when you have a drill wit a 10mm chuck but the hole you need to drill for a bolt to go through is 12mm so you use the side of th drill bit to make the hole?

Or more like drill heaps of little holes next to each, and file to make even?



btw guys,

wot sort of vents should I get...i was thinkin of the escort style (i think thats wot they are) square one.... do you think the ef/el xr ones are a bit too curvy for the square shape of the eb maybe?


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The latter, lots of little holes.

I've seen both sorts of vents on EB's, and EBGT ones came with my EB.

If I didn't like the ones I have already I'd go for the EL style, they look good, eh.
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Usual bit of advice, not teaching you to suck eggs etc...

Be careful what section you cut because sometimes it can be illegal. Yes, even a bonnet vent. Have seen Qld State Support Group (Qld Police) issue defect notices if you cut the wrong spot on the bonnet. Structural member etc....
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