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post #61 of 68 (permalink) Old 07-12-2017, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Interior Heater/AC Restore

I was doing some Craigslist searches and came across a 67 interior heater/AC assembly. The metal was shot, but the fiberglass was in excellent shape. Mine was just the opposite, so I bought it and proceeded to work on the restore. I have read that the fiberglass in good condition is very hard to find and he only wanted $50, so I jumped on it. I had to make a few fiberglass resin repairs, but nothing serious.

Here are some pictures I took of the results. I think it turned out pretty good. Probably overrestored for something no one will see, but oh well.

I don't have the heater core in it yet nor have I joined the two sides. I was going to get some rope putty before I bolted it all together to seal the two halves.

I am looking for recommendations on the heater core. I have the original Harrison, but I can tell it has already been repaired once. I am guessing it could be repaired again, but I don't want to put something in that will fail soon down the line. The other option is to get a replacement through NAPA. They still make them and they look like they are copper and aluminum, just like the original. I am just not sure if a new replacement would be more reliable than a fixed original. I obviously don't want to do a heater core replacement anytime soon. Please let me know what you think.
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The fiberglass has greyed out, if it isn't broken I would get the 2 part fiberglass resin and coat the plenum.
It is very brittle and if a passenger were to kick it there is a good chance it could shatter.
The original resin has deteriorated compromising the integrity of the fibers.
Mine was so bad I had to use cloth and resin after JB welding tabs and hinge pockets.
50 bucks was a steal for the unit, mine was 175 and I had to drive out to Twentynine Palms to pick it up.
The metal part had been butchered by some idiot who took tin snips to the core support to take the heater core out from inside the car.
I used the best parts from both plenums to restore mine.
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It amazes me when I get back to posting something on my car and realize how long it has been since I have posted anything. Sorry about that. I am making slow, but steady progress. It just seems that the little progress I make is not "news worthy". Hopefully, some fun things will start happening faster and I will post more.

Since my last post, I finally finished all of the floor panel replacements. I had a "move a body" party a couple of weekends ago and my friends and family helped me put the body back on the chassis, so I would have nice, straight alignment when I tackle the rear quarters, sail and back tail light panel.

I will pull the body off of the chassis again once I finish the quarters, so I can do the undercarriage finish and then it will go back on for good.

It will still be a while before it goes off to paint because I plan to paint the inside (POR 15) and the trunk before I send her off.
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Projects are just that. Have not touched my '68 in over a year and had expected to be way further along than where I am now. Other projects seem to come up and weather is a big factor for me without a garage and so far, this summer is starting to look like a repeat of last summer.......rain all summer. Its been raining for about 1 1/2 weeks now and going for 2 weeks according to the news. And of course, had to screw up a nice 3-day weekend hoping to get some work done on another project.

I am thinking my 5-year plan might be 10, and by then I'll be ready for retirement and can work on it full time and knock it out - if my body & health holds up. Getting old 'ain't for pu$$y's. LOL
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I hear ya. I am not getting any younger either. I thought this would be my first project. HA. I guess we will race to the finish.
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I hung the doors so when I started pulling the rear quarters, I would have a reference so that I could get my gaps close. Then I removed the rear drivers side quarter. That was pretty difficult. The upper part of the quarter that tucks under the roof is actually welded on both sides to panels under the roof. I had to drill through two panels to get the quarter free, but that still wasn't all of it. Apparently, the quarter was welded in before the roof was put on, so it made it very difficult to get to all the welds.

I prepped the new quarter by adding the drip rail from my old quarter and adding the door strike brace. I also added all the trim pins and drilled all the holes based on templates I made from the original pieces.

I have just started to fit the new quarter in place. I still have quite a bit of work to do to get the new quarter to fit perfectly, but I am pretty happy for how it is fitting so far.
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In my last post, I was just starting to fit the new quarters, filler, and tail light panels. Since then, I have remediated all the rust I could now get to with the quarters and filler off. Once all rust was removed and/or repaired, I painted everything with POR 15 to seal it and stop any further rust. I prepared all weld locations with weld through primer. The attached pictures show everything prepared for the panels prior to me starting to weld. I have started some of the welding and will post more pictures when the welding is complete.
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