90 tbird lx.. I've been putting long hours into this since monday, and the
last 2 days I just haven't made progress at all..
pulled everything I could... steering column is now layed down to the
floor.. every bolt I could find with my 9led flashlight is out, whether I
think I'll ever get it back in or not..
any duct that could be in the way is out..
some dash peices seem impossible to remove completely, but I don't think
that matters as the dash will pull out a good 8-10" from the firewall.. it's
not in the way..
under the hood the 2 large round nuts are off of course, as are the hoses..
I dremel-chopped the AC lines 1" from the firewall (don't worry
enviromentalists, there wasn't a drop of R12 or anything left in there
anyway).. I removed every bolt I could find on any side of the heater box..
my dash is now a jigsaw puzzle.. if I hadn't just spent another 250 on parts
(body and mechanical) this thing would be in the scrap yard at this point..
my fingers look like I got into a fight with a cat..
I can wiggle the whole heater box 1" or so in any direction, but there seems
to be something somewhere around the drain area holding it from the
back,even though I can't find any more bolts on the outside of the
firewall.. the drain valve doesn't appear removable from outside.. or
inside.. where is this hidden bolt/screw/snap/superglue? give me another
day trying to get this one stinkin part out and I'll be releasing the
e-brake just to see how far it rolls.. I'll probably never figure out how to
get hte dash back together now anyway.. and no, I don't seem to be able to
find anyone competent to come help..
just as out of money as patience,
would never ask for help putting that jigsaw puzzle back together.. just in
finding what was holding that box in place.. the puzzle is my problem..
true enough, but as stated above.. didn't want anyone to finish it (sure
would be nice, but I'd never lay that task on anyone..
but I still don't see a bad decision anywhere, because I learned something
new.. and now I will know just how it's done..
24. Disconnect the blower motor wire harness from the resistor and motor lead.
*25. Working under the hood, remove the THREE nuts retaining the heater
assembly to the firewall. (Did you miss one, or is there really only 2?)
26. In the passenger compartment, remove the screw attaching the heater
assembly support bracket to the cowl top panel.
27. Remove the one screw retaining the bracket below the heater assembly
to the dash panel.
28. Carefully pull the heater assembly away from the dash panel and remove
the assembly from vehicle.
thank you, very, very much for this post.. I had searched the autozone site,
but I guess I did it wrong, because I couldn't find the procedure there..
My Haynes manual (I'll never buy another) clearly said 2 nuts.. WRONG!
after reading your post, I scoped around extra hard, and peeled back a nasty
little bracket mounting the AC accumulator.. and surprise! well hidden under
the same bolt that held that bracket... another nut, just like the other 2!
impossible to spot or remove without unmounting the accumulator..
I am in your debt friend.
Haynes and Chilton manuals are hardly worth the paper they're printed on.
shop manuals are plentiful on E-bay for close to the price of the Haynes/Chilton
books. This job can spank you pretty hard without the factory info, as you found
the hard way. It's really not too bad with the proper documentation. You may
consider getting the factory manual to help with reassembly.
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