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Re-designing fastback vent louvres

Yeah, I'm messing with decades of tradition and all. I just don't like the 5 slots, they are too big for my interest, heavy, have way too many little parts and take out too much of the body of the car.


I'm interested in doing this;



If you don't recognize those, they are how Ferrari did the 275 GTB. These cars kind of look like an Italian version of the 65 fastback actually.


different angle showing inside the louvre or maybe a different year, slight modification

This car very much reminds me of what Italian 1965 mustang fastback would have been designed to be.

So they did 3 louvres instead of 5, slightly smaller to be less obtrusive on the side of the car, much simpler design with a lot less parts involved and integrated into the panel which is what I have been looking for an example of.

I believe I can make these. I would retain the inside slider. Am I crazy? Ok, don't answer that, LOL.


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Give it a try.

Youíre messing with my favorite design aspect of the car (or pretty much any other car for that matter), but Iím always interested in creative alternatives.

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It has been done already. This is Helleanor. I didn't know it had already been done. I just now stumbled across this photo. It looks like they had the exact same idea.




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Hey, it's your car so "knockyerselfout". It just seems like a lot of trouble to go to for something few will notice. It happens I know about that sort of thing. I removed the wide recessed grille trim from my car and moved the grille flush forward. Unique. GypsyR saw pics and said he doubted anyone would even notice. I think it looks terrific, but GypsyR was right.
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I think it looks really nice .

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Hey, it's your car so "knockyerselfout". It just seems like a lot of trouble to go to for something few will notice. It happens I know about that sort of thing. I removed the wide recessed grille trim from my car and moved the grille flush forward. Unique. GypsyR saw pics and said he doubted anyone would even notice. I think it looks terrific, but GypsyR was right.

I've always thought the '67 grill was a bit gaudy looking with corall and bars. I had removed those a long time ago and was thinking of blacking out the inner moulding. But now, I just might use your idea. I like subtle mods that most people wouldn't notice. Can you share a pic from an angle?
If in the future anyone asks, I'll say its the 4ocious mod.
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That's I did to mine:
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I just might use your idea. I like subtle mods that most people wouldn't notice. Can you share a pic from an angle?
Here ya go. A more detailed focus and description are in the thread titled "What I came up with" pics if you care to use the search function.
(I should note that, like macstang, my inspiration also came from an old Ferrari. A 250 GT SWB Berlinetta to be exact.)
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The important thing in my mind is to keep the lines, many of these mods disrupt the lines. Mods should remain true to the roof and fender lines or other defining features of the car. The eye subconsciously seeks either parallel or convergence which it defines as beautiful. They are drawn to even imaginary points of convergence that are actually behind the car. It finds pleasing lines that are in concert with each other. Respectfully, the red mustang above, while beautifully done, the upper line of the single gill feature does not converge and infact creates a second imaginary point off the car which I find subtly disruptive. The lines of the gills of Helinore however do converge nicely with the roof and fender lines at the rear of the car. Lines IMHO make or break a modification...


I was sitting outside my motorhome with the Mustang parked next to it. I spied this shot which caught my eye, there is something about how the upper lines, even the headlight bucket slightly lowered that all these lines I found pleasing as they seem to have a parallel nature pointing to a point out in front of the car. Please feel free to join the masses that call me crazy!
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It has been done already. This is Helleanor. I didn't know it had already been done. I just now stumbled across this photo. It looks like they had the exact same idea.
I think it hold look different on 65-66, but on that car, I donít love it.

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I have seen your treatment on a few cars online. Is that something you have to make or can you buy that piece?


Here is a 65-66 with that panel.


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I have seen your treatment on a few cars online. Is that something you have to make or can you buy that piece?
I don't know if you can buy it. I had to ask body shop to do that modification.

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I doubt there would be a pre-made panel available and if there were I think we would know about it. Looks like it would be fairly simple to do though using a flat sheet cut to shape and slightly recessing it in the front of the original opening.

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