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BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER.... A's, G's & E's


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EconoCarl
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    Post by Rayallen Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:43 am

    Who all has removed the heater box?

    I do not see myself ever using it seeing that here in Central/South Texas it really does not get that cold at all. I imagine it will free up some amps to.

    I could leave it seeing that its keeps the van somewhat original but that is about all it will ever do.

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    Post by EconoCarl Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:26 am

    Rayallen wrote:Who all has removed the heater box?

    I do not see myself ever using it seeing that here in Central/South Texas it really does not get that cold at all. I imagine it will free up some amps to.

    I could leave it seeing that its keeps the van somewhat original but that is about all it will ever do.


    On my side of the state the defroster comes in handy sometimes! If you drive it everyday, the heater does help in the winter, even if it's only needed a few times a year. IMO Wink
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    Post by Smallblockbug Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:58 am

    6 nuts from under the floor behind the front grill and it will come out.
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    Post by Rayallen Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:24 am

    Carl you are right there are those occasional cold days around Jan-Feb that make you think you are not in Texas anymore. I will leave it and tuck the hoses and wires away to make it look a bit nicer. Would keep my passenger (my wife) warm to. She hats anything colder than the 50s.

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    Post by Guest Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:10 am

    The first thing I do to my vans is remove the heater. I have never used one in 40 years But I don't drive my vans much in the winter and never in the rain.
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    Post by Rayallen Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:18 am

    I plan on driving mine 64 year round once I get it to the point where I can do so. We do not get snow here in San Antonio unless its one of those weird weather years. As far as the rain, screw that- im still rolling 4 wheel drums and I do not trust them in wet weather.
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    Post by Guest Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:30 am

    I used to live in San Antonio. I don't remember it ever getting as cold there as it does here. It never gets under 18 degrees here and then only in winter when there is a lot of snow in the mountains above us and the wind is blowing.
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    Post by OldSkoolVannin Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:18 pm

    I live in NJ and heat in a car is certainly something required. Has there ever been a conversion that completely changed the original design and gone all electric? Maybe 2 batteries with an upgraded alternator? If not electric, is there a configuration from another vehicle with a heater core that could be mounted up under the dash?? It just seems as if it wouldn't take much to get that crazy black box off the middle of the floor??
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    Post by Smallblockbug Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:36 pm

    The 67 econo heater system was a better design.
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    Post by txmarshall65 Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:55 pm

    THINK ABIT RAY....I LIVED IN AUSTIN FOR 12yrs AND RECALL HAVING TO USE MY DEFROSTERS QUITE A BIT.BUT I HAVE BEEN GONE 25yrs NOW.HAS THE WEATHER CHANGED DRAMATICLY SINCE I LEFT? DON' THINK SO..LOL..YOU COULD REMOVE OLD STYLE FLOOR HEATER AND UPGRADE OT AN UNDER DASH UNIT(65/66/67) MITE COST A FEW BUCKS, BUT THINK OF THE SPACE YOU'LL GAIN...JUST A THOUGHT.
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    Post by OldSkoolVannin Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:05 pm

    So I presume retrofitting a 67' into a 63' is doable? Anyone have a diagram of the installation? There is a core on eBay for $50 that would get me started.
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    Post by sasktrini Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:39 pm

    You also have to source a housing and weld in a blank to fill the hole covered by the floor-mounted heater.

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