Will be following your progress. Keep at it.
Mine are really bad. I'm either going to powdercoat them a gloss black (so they stand out just a bit from the satin color that will be on the panel). Or maybe do a silver or chrome powdercoat and then spraypaint them black and wipe off the paint from the top.Just realized I hadn't posted anything about the lastest works. As long as I was working on the quarter vents, I decided to go ahead and look at the inside panels. The panels themselves are in very good condition but the chrome inserts however are pitted pretty bad so first order of business was to see if they would polish out any. Nope, too far gone. Searched and searched, doesn't appear anyone reproduces them either. Ended up searching Fleabay and found a set at a decent price with decent looking chrome and did the "Buy It Now" thing and got them in. The chrome is not perfect but is MUCH better than what I have, the panel itself was poorly painted some time in the past, black over top gold. Used a mix of paint stripper, scrub brush and wire wheel to remove the black, along with some of the gold. Followed up with good scrubbing with hot water and Dawn. I looked at possibly removing the inserts but it was going to be tricky both to remove them and then to reinstall them so decided to work with them in place.
I taped off the front side of the chrome to block over spray and taped around the edges on the back side then turned them over and applied 3 coats of John Deere Blitz Black. Once paint had dried but before hardening I pulled the tape and wiped faces down with little thinner to remove paint soak through and polished them out. No, not exactly new but pretty close and much better than what I had.
I mounted mine on the side of the inner fender (below the hood hinge). Then just found some heater hoses at the auto parts store with the bends I needed to make it work. You should have more room on the side and can route the heater hose back to the engine however you'd like. I'm going to wind up going down to the frame and then forward, and then back up to the water pump. Longer routing but it will be cleaner looking than going over the top of the intake.Here are a couple of pictures that might help. I placed the CMCVs on the back of the intake for reference. My car is a 70 Mach 1 and the firewall has been modified on the PS of the engine. I am currently looking for how to plumb the heater bypass valve. It is getting tight behind the engine.
The firewall area is not done, so still a work in progress.