Today’s Zip Corvette technical question is one that many 1968-1982 Corvette owners have asked when their heater system stopped working properly:
How do you change the heater core in an A.C. equipped Corvette?
Answer: 1968-1982 Corvette heater cores typically begin leaking due to a breakdown in materials dropping anti-freeze and coolant on your Corvette’s carpet. This is not a pretty sight. Removal of the heater core takes place from inside your Corvette. First the RH side lower dash pad must be removed, then access can be gained to the inner heater box. Remove all duct work (windshield defrost, floor duct, side ducts, etc.). The main inner heater box is supported to the firewall by 4 to 6 studs, these stud plates are riveted to the inner heater box. By removing the nut on the opposite side of the firewall, the inner box can be removed from the Corvette. The heater core is mounted with straps inside the inner heater box. Once the inner box is removed from the Corvette, the heater core can be replaced and reassembly can begin. At this time it is also a good idea to replace all the seals in your Corvette’s heater & air condition system. Seal kits for 68-77 & 78-82 Corvettes include duct work seals, inner box seals, heater/ac flapper door seals and firewall mount seals for internal and external heater boxes. Replacing these seals not only improves your Corvette’s heater & AC performance, but also eliminates air drafts which are common on all C3 Corvettes.
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