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Old 05-04-2016, 10:50 AM   #1
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While applying 303 to my top I decided to run over the molding and mirror exteriors. I have to admit, I am impressed. The faded rubber and plastic came back to life.

As I walked around to the front of the car I saw the cowl vent. It looked terrible, so I put a bit of 303 on my rag and proceeded to wipe it down and bring back the missing luster. As soon as I touched the cowl it broke!

Right now I have a love / hate relationship with this car. It's my daily driver at the moment due to the blown engine in my truck I have discussed. So far I have a noise in the drive train that I need to investigate. I need new tires for the car. I know I need an adjustable clutch cable because the stock cable is being used and I feel it needs to be adjusted just a bit for a better clutch feel.

Right now I am whining, and white frankly angry. I have had a lot of things go wrong lately. The last thing I needed was something else to break that I cannot afford to repair. I know a cowl is not a major item, but the car looks great, and I want to keep it looking as new as possible. I treat everything I have with the best care I can. Now I have a busted cowl that is staring at me.

Yes, I am venting on a board full of strangers. Sometimes life sucks, and right now I am going through that particular point.

Does anyone have a spare wiper cowl for a 99-2004 Mustang sitting around? Paying for a new one is not an option at the moment.

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Well it's a 14 year old car now. Things are going to break. And yes they, most of the time, break at the most inconvenient times. It happens.
What you can do find is a New Edge at a local junkyard; to see if they have a decent cowl.
Or go on eBay and check out cmdelk. They're a Mustang salvage yard out of Lebanon, TN. They will have it and are priced reasonably. Or just google Delk Performance.


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Well it's a 14 year old car now. Things are going to break. And yes they, most of the time, break at the most inconvenient times. It happens.
What you can do find is a New Edge at a local junkyard; to see if they have a decent cowl.
Or go on eBay and check out cmdelk. They're a Mustang salvage yard out of Lebanon, TN. They will have it and are priced reasonably. Or just google Delk Performance.


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I know, it's a 14 year old car. I knew that when I bought it. I just needed to whine a bit. I was beyond irritated earlier. I have had a series of things go wrong recently.

Recon, Thank you for your response.
I did ask my local salvage yards, but it seems as if the sun has done its job baking them. This is one of those times that I miss my dad's auto body shop. I would have made a call and had one delivered using the shop's account for a discounted price.

I have considered welding the plastic, but I'm afraid if I pull the part that it will disintegrate due to the length.

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On my 03 I managed to bust the cowl with zero effort. The plastic cowl on these cars are just plain brittle. These are costly to replace, and the after market 2 piece ones don't look so great, or fit very well. The pull a part over in Augusta very rarely has new edges, which makes it even harder. Graves in Aiken gets them more often. Check out rockauto.com also, they may have a decently priced one.

Post a pic of the damage if you can, it may help us find a temporary solution for you.

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On my 03 I managed to bust the cowl with zero effort. The plastic cowl on these cars are just plain brittle. These are costly to replace, and the after market 2 piece ones don't look so great, or fit very well. The pull a part over in Augusta very rarely has new edges, which makes it even harder. Graves in Aiken gets them more often. Check out rockauto.com also, they may have a decently priced one.

Post a pic of the damage if you can, it may help us find a temporary solution for you.

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I will definitely take a look. I appreciate your response.

There is a great group here within this forum.

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