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The "new" cowl was in pretty good shape, but the bottom 1/3 on both sides needed some new pieces installed, which were obtained from the original cowl.
Additionally, the channel underneath the vent defrosters at the back of the dashboard needed some new pieces fabricated.
The hinges are NOS I was lucky enough to locate. Extremely rare, they are convertible-specific and thicker than a closed-car hinge. Additionally, the doors have been mounted here. The doors were aligned, not just with the cowl, but with the back deck and gaps between doors and body were adjusted to within a few thousandths. This also gave us the "precise" location of the cowl before it was welded in place.
Cowl is in place, but front pans have yet to be welded in in this shot. Gives you a better view of the whole process. The 2nd picture shows the transmission tunnel in place. This was actually bolted to the new pans before welding them, to make sure everything lined up properly. The tunnel is attached with speed nuts and bolts, just like HUDSON did it.