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A heater hose question

Years ago I got tired of crawling under the dash to get to the heater hose connections behind the glove box on my '66 289. So I cut them off under the hood, leaving a bit sticking out, and put brass unions in them. I just replaced the hoses under the hood and am wondering if I should do something about the old short sections hooked to the heater core.

I know I can buy a new heater core with extensions that stick through the firewall. At 76 years old, I would not look forward to the work required to replace it, although I have had no problem doing things just as difficult lately.

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I really don't see the point of making a join under the hood. If the hoses need replacing then eventually you have to replace the shorter section at the core.
It is not a lot of work really to remove the heater box, just requires an awkward position on the floor to get to it.


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I really don't see the point of making a join under the hood. If the hoses need replacing then eventually you have to replace the shorter section at the core.
It is not a lot of work really to remove the heater box, just requires an awkward position on the floor to get to it.
Yea, it's that "awkward position on the floor" that is getting more difficult for me to do. Taking the seat out makes it easier, and it's just four bolts. I can still crawl under the car fairly easily; getting back up just takes longer these days.
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Charles, you rock. I don't know about everyone else, but you sure inspire me to get out and work on stuff. With zero insult intended here, I always think "Charles is older than you, and HE'D go out and fix it. What are you wasting time for?" *grin*


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I would fork over $ for labor. I'm not in my 70s but when my hip and knee joints act up things not only take longer, they downright hurt. And with half your body twisted on the floorboard and the other half hanging out . . . . words begin to flow deserving of ivory soap.
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Charles, you rock. I don't know about everyone else, but you sure inspire me to get out and work on stuff. With zero insult intended here, I always think "Charles is older than you, and HE'D go out and fix it. What are you wasting time for?" *grin*


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In five years I'll be 65 and retired. I'm planning a small addition on my house and included in that will be an expansion to the back of my garage to make an expanded work room. My wife will sell her daily driver so I'll have room in the garage and adjacent enclosed area under the deck for our daily driver, my '64 TBird, and a project car. The garage is heated with waste heat from the boiler and I have a propane heater in the enclosure.

I plan on working on cars until I can't get out of bed. I don't have to make money at it so I can take my time. It's a lot more fun as a hobby instead of being a 17 year old kid who had to ride a ten speed bike to the parts store if you need something while making a repair. You can plan out stuff, leave something apart while waiting for a special part to come in. You can prepare a warm, well-lit work area instead of crawling under a car in the snow in your parents driveway.

I may even get one of those low lifts that are hidden under the floor slab. Pick up the car about 4 feet and us an old office chair to roll around under it.
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You're not wrong, GT. But then I often also think, "Does this sound like something GT would say? Because I don't want to seem offensive and rude to everyone!"


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You're not wrong, GT. But then I often also think, "Does this sound like something GT would say? Because I don't want to seem offensive and rude to everyone!"


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That is an old phrase I was quoting, not meaning you in particular.
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am wondering if I should do something about the old short sections hooked to the heater core.
If there is a core that has the pipes sticking thru the firewall I am interested. If there isn't one, the next time I change the core I will consider extending them. Because the hose from the core thru the firewall is all I ever need to change.

If you will go to the bottom of the linked album and then back up thirteen pics, you will see that all my heater "hose" forward of the firewall is copper pipe.

https://goo.gl/photos/PPcZpByXAgfp8kTk6
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I put the core with the longer copper tubes into my 66, also so I could attach the hoses from the engine compartment. (same link to CJ, I originally bought one from my local Mustang shop but the tubes were off by more than a quarter inch and wouldn't fit through the heater box.)
https://www.cjponyparts.com/scott-dr...7-1968/p/HC26/

Pictures showing how much hose I got to cut off, the first (wrong) core and also installed.
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Last edited by jsh13; 12-29-2019 at 11:30 AM. Reason: forgot original core pic
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