Sadly, you have to pull the instrument panel. It looks pretty daunting, as you
removing a large chunk of your car, but it isn't all that hard. Some will tell
loosen the inst. panel and move it slightly, but at this point you are 20
from getting it completely out of your way. The very first thing I recommend is
getting the correct Ford shop manual. Chiltons or Haynes won't cut it for
Here's the basics:
1. Have the refrigerant in the AC recovered. Drain the coolant. Disconnect the
heater\AC hoses and plug the heater core tubes tubes.
2. If I'm working on my car (as opposed to flat rate) I usually pull the seat(s)
get it out of the way (about 5 minutes each). Remove the kick panel trim,
trim, and center console (if equipped).
3 Lower the steering column onto the seat (Or remove it completely)disconnet
from the right side of the panel, connectors are in the right kick panel. Do the
on the left side. Disconnect wiring and vacuum lines from the inst. panel to the
4Remove the inst panel mounting screws across the top (usually 4, near the
5.Check for an inst. panel to firewall brace near the middle of the panel,
6.Remove the 2 bolts holding the bottom corners of the intrument panel. Remove
panel from the car.
7. Remove the heater\AC box, split the case,, and replace the core.
Just follow the steps in the manual. It looks like a lot of steps, but many of
are one or two screws and take less than 30 seconds.
I've done a lot of these and can do it in about 4 hours. Set aside a Saturday
Sunday, get a friend to help and hand you tools, etc. Have a good supply of your
favorite beverage handy and have fun.
Tom, you make it sound sooooo simple! ;-)
Actually with familiarity does come simplicity. Like you with this vehicle,
give me a Mitsu and it would be a job...but not a chore. I can vision me now
trying to locate all those hidden fasteners and choosing the correct metric
equivalents. Still, this will be made easier now that you guys have given me
more guidance and assurance as to what "must" come out to facilitate the
Sounds like you gave some knowledge (at least which end of a screwdriver to
). Approach it with patience and care and it won't be an unpleasant experience.
13mm, 8mm, 6mm, (and I'll bet one 5.5mm Let me know where you find it).Take the
to clean inside the case and flush the exterior of the evaporator with bleach
Go to your local Home Depot, Lowes, etc and get a roll of that adhesive backed
used as weatherstripping. Theres some foam seals that tend to deteriorate.
From one car nut to another...
'71 LS-5 Corvette Stingray Convertible. It's 100% stock with matching
numbers. As well as being stock it's basically original. Aside from new
leather, carpeting and rag, it has the original 454/365, Turbo400,
hardtop...and AM radio. ;-) I bought it back in '86 for $5000! Completed a
frame-on restore shortly after purchase but considering it is a driver
(almost daily) it's time for another. ;-)
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