Ill be using this soon, but not until I replace it with a 3.5 Cabby dash
so i started doing this awesome job today and let me tell u it blows. Im at the point of getting the heater core out but the rebar is in the way. I drilled out the steering cloumn bolts and took out the torx on each side, am I missing something? (rebar only moved a hair with those bolts out) Do I need to remove the large black box to the right of the heater core box?
anyone? i really need to get this finished upp today please help me out
im pretty sure the 13mm ones hes refering to you do need to take out bc they are bolted to the back of the dash
I just did mine this weekend. Works great now.
One thing that I have to say is you don't NEED to drill out the stearing column. I started but my drill broke and I didn't have another one. So I unbolted the rebar a both sides and just forced it back far enough on the passenger's side and changed out my heater core that way.
Drilling it out would've made it easier since I wouldn't have to fight it but this way works too.
Need help please. I've got the dash out and I've removed all the rebar bolts that I can locate. I have not removed the ignition sheer bolts because I read it was possible to replace the core without removing them. I can not figure out how to remove the A/C. Here's some pix to help with where I am at.
the dash shell dosent need to be seperated from the rebar either.. you can swing the whole assembly from the passengers side. you just have to remember to disconnect the plugs that go to the twist lock terminal to the pass front door, and a ground (under pass kick panel) there was alot of over kill in that write up, but i am not going to bag on him. i did it the same way when i did my very first one. one more thing that might help, the break away bolts i use a die grinder and slot them and use a standard screw driver to remove them
hope this helps someone that has to endure this job for their first time
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From looking at the pictures, you still need to remove the duct in front that directs the air into the dash vents. It's held on by two plastic 10mm nuts. This should give you more room to get the heater core portion of the heater box out.
Last edited by OddJobb; 11-28-2010 at 12:21 PM.
thanks everyone. i was able to replace the heater core without removing the steering wheel shear bolts. i found my error, the passenger rebar was still caught on the trim. i was able to yank it free and have PLENTY of room to do anything i want in the dash.
however, after all that and putting everything back together again, i still have no heat. the hoses look as if they are in the correct position. i really don't think they are backwards.
Great write up man, ive been using it to help with my heater core replacement.
But i cant seem to get the heater core out, dash is off, three fire wall screws are off rebar is loose and ive came across a few little metal clips holding the heater core onto a few other parts.
But i can only loosen it up. Are there more of these metal clips that im not finding? Perhaps behind the heater core by the fire wall?
Great write up.. I jus did mine this past weekend with a buddy. But we found it easier to just remove the whole steering column.. Once that was out of the way the rebar was easier to move out of the way to get to the heater box... But great job either way.
I know that I have to do this soon...prob before this winter. So I made a pdf of this so that I could print it out. It's much more printer friendly than through a web browser. Since I haven't jumped into this yet, I had no comments of my own to add, but I did throw a few other people's comments at the bottom and resized all the pics and install notes.
If you're in the same boat as me and don't want your laptop hanging out in the garage, pm me. I also made another pdf for this diy: