1972 Door Jamb Vent Purpose?

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I came across a door jamb vent cap (no vent at all) and I like it because its marked "Mach 1" and black so its great for my resto, but I don't know the purpose of the actual vent and if this with interfere with a design issue. Can anyone advise what this vent actually does, or if its just an access point and not needed to be an actual vent? Thanks.

 
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The vent opening has been helpful when adjusting the stops for the rear windows, when laying wires between trunk and dash, and to spray primer while repairing the rear fender. It saved the work of removing the interior trim, which requires removing the rear seat. That said, those were probably not the intended uses but it works for me :).

I also wonder what was the intended purpose.
 

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The vent opening has been helpful when adjusting the stops for the rear windows, when laying wires between trunk and dash, and to spray primer while repairing the rear fender. It saved the work of removing the interior trim, which requires removing the rear seat. That said, those were probably not the intended uses but it works for me :).

I also wonder what was the intended purpose.
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I am pretty sure that they are there to just vent air so the trunk, and doors close easier. On a new car with good rubber seals and no rust holes, they would be pretty well sealed up, and without the vents you would probably have a harder time closing the doors and the trunk, air pressure would just impede you a bit.
 

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I am pretty sure that they are there to just vent air so the trunk, and doors close easier. On a new car with good rubber seals and no rust holes, they would be pretty well sealed up, and without the vents you would probably have a harder time closing the doors and the trunk, air pressure would just impede you a bit.
Alright then. Leave the vent. Thanks everyone.
 

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Also water gets in that cavity so I am sure it was to air it out so it could dry….since everyones quarters and door latch bases are rusting out I would say that was a fail….my convertible drip line dumps its water just in front of the rear tire in the quarter window cavity.
 

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Also water gets in that cavity so I am sure it was to air it out so it could dry….since everyones quarters and door latch bases are rusting out I would say that was a fail….my convertible drip line dumps its water just in front of the rear tire in the quarter window cavity.
Oh that sucks. Sorry to hear
 

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They were the exhaust vents for the DirectAire ventilation system.

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I guess Ford thought my convertible was sealed. It was delivered with plenty of cabin exhaust ventilation! 😆
 
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They were the exhaust vents for the DirectAire ventilation system.

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Thanks for that Hemikiller. Back in the day Ford was so proud of their "Directaire" system they regularly mentioned it in their print and TV media advertising as well.
 
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