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Post by keithg on Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:04 am

So, driving around Saturday evening and noticed when we stopped for dinner that there were drips coming out of the passenger side heater duct! I removed the core It appears to be leaking from the lower fitting where it is soldered to the core. Maybe repairable. I replaced the ducting with a sheet of aluminum so I can clean and paint the duct and components. No need for the heater in July so I connected the supply hose directly to the intake manifold fitting. Any hints on where to get one if this is not repairable? I searched the internet and could not even find a used one. I'm going to take it to a local place later in the week to see when they can do.

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Post by regal81455 on Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:24 am

Hopefully somebody will chime in with a source but I wouldn't hold out hope long lol -- I have a heater core in my storage unit that needs repaired as well. Decided that one day I might take it to a rad shop and see what they say BUT I don't ever plan to drive the car when it's cold enuf to warrant the heater anyways so I've settled in nicely without it -- I know from a complete car perspective though that I'd like to see it in as well -- if you come to some resolution ( either new or repaired ) keep me posted as I'm in a very similar boat.

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Post by Mark-CT on Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:09 pm

A good radiator shop should be able to re-core your heater core. My dad was in the radiator business through the 70's until about the mid 80's. I worked there as a teenager recoring many heaters.

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Post by regal81455 on Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:33 pm

I agree that they shouldn't haven't a problem re-coring -- problem is finding a core -- when I spoke to the local guy he said that core was abit of a odd ball size -- go figure -- anyways maybe in was just him...

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Post by 62cutlassconvert on Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:13 pm

Had to have mine re-cored locally. He also said it was an odd ball but did find a core and it was expensive. It was a while ago but it may been a core they had to modify to fit this application. Polar Radiator in Scotts Valley CA is the shop we use, old time type of shop.

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Post by keithg on Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:06 am

We have an 'old time shop' here in the city of Chicago (still). Cool Heat on Montrose. The 'old guy' there looked in his stash for a core, but was unable to find anything suitable. 320.00 for a new custom core! Ouch. I'll do it next month when I get the CFO to clear it.

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Post by regal81455 on Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:32 pm

keithg wrote:320.00 for a new custom core!

Ouch is right! Wish I would've checked with my local "RAD" guy before they closed their doors last year -- oh well don't really plan to drive it when the temps get below 50* anyways or when the need for a defroster might be required. I've yet to need the heat so I think I can live without till I have expendable beans.

Tx for the update Keith! Keep us posted if and when you move forward.

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