Heater core box help

Discussion in 'The Big Chill' started by StfSocal, May 22, 2019.

  1. Utah455

    Utah455 Well-Known Member

    I bought my new heater core from year one a few years back. Haven’t installed the box yet. I’ll see if I can find the part number.
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  2. Utah455

    Utah455 Well-Known Member

    I paid $32.19 back in 2015. Had to have a 25 or 30% off promo code that they usually run during holidays. It’s an AC car too.

  3. StfSocal

    StfSocal Well-Known Member

    Very cool, thanks for the info!

    At this point I think that I will probably go ahead and order a replacement. At least I still have the factory tanks right? lol. In the future i could always see about having the OEM heater core redone.
  4. 12lives

    12lives Engage! - Jean-Luc Picard

  5. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member


    Send them out here when you're ready.
  6. StfSocal

    StfSocal Well-Known Member

    Ya I wish I would have taken you up on that before committing to the shop here :oops:, oh well. Not end of the world right?

    Luckily with the long weekend, I should be able to get the whole box cleaned and ready for assembly.
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  7. StfSocal

    StfSocal Well-Known Member

    Welp, got the heater core in from Ground Up SS396. Looks like it’s not gonna work. Tubes are way to close and done appear to be the correct angles. See the pics.

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  8. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member


    My offer to have my guy do your OEM one still stands.

    Let me know....
  9. 12lives

    12lives Engage! - Jean-Luc Picard

    Scott - you can move the tubes a bit - just be gentle.
  10. StfSocal

    StfSocal Well-Known Member

    I may have to do that, it’s just gonna suck to have to eat that kind of money. I’ll let you know Brett.

    Bill, I would heat up the tubes and slightly bend them, but I think I’m just gonna return it. My luck it’ll break and I’ll be out the $$ :mad:
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  11. StfSocal

    StfSocal Well-Known Member

    Welp, ordered a heater core thru YearOne. It finally came in and it's aluminum. No mention of that on their website otherwise I would have not ordered it. So this one gets returned as well.

    Brett, I will take you up on your offer. Message me where to send my messed up original to lol.


  12. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    PM coming.
  13. 1973gs

    1973gs Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't replace them. These days, with the great Chinese parts, I would never replace a working USA made part.
  14. StfSocal

    StfSocal Well-Known Member

    I ended up sending the original core that my local radiator shop messed up out east to Brett. He dropped it off at his radiator guy who was able to correct everything and get it back to 100%.

    Looking forward to getting it back and getting the box back into the car.
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  15. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    This is what it's supposed to like like.

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  16. StfSocal

    StfSocal Well-Known Member

    Can't thank you enough Brett for helping facilitate this.
  17. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    My pleasure. I'm happy to be able to help.

    Good radiator guys are becoming harder to find. It's basically become a lost craft. I have the original core that I just took ouf of my car and an extra set of Harrison IA /CF tanks that Dennis will be doing in the future.

    They don't make this stuff any more and I love being able to recycle OEM stuff.
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  18. BennyK81

    BennyK81 Well-Known Member


    what was the total cost of the core plus replacing it?

    I just disassembled my heater box and the heater core is the original Harrison unit. The tubes are slightly bent but otherwise it's completely looking okay. It is clogged up inside but some vinegar solved this.
    I am unsure about putting it back in as it's so very old.

    I won't put in an aluminum part..
  19. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    I think a safe number would be around $250 total.

    Scott's was a little more but that's because my guy had to fix the lousy craftsmanship the core had previously suffered.

    As you know, time is money and you can't beat good quality USA stuff.

    As an aside, I took mine out yesterday for the whole day and had to turn on the heat on the way home. I actually had crack the window because it was getting hot in the car.
  20. StfSocal

    StfSocal Well-Known Member

    Don't bother finding an aftermarket replacement. Yes it costs substantially more (even more in my case lol :rolleyes:), but if the tanks are good go with a recore. Brett's guy did a stand up job at fixing my monstrosity from the pics Brett put up. It got dropped off at my house today (watched the USPS dipshit THROW the box onto my porch via my Ring, I swear if it is damaged...:mad::mad::mad:) so I'm more than anxious to get home and check it out. If it wasn't such a pain to get the heater core out I would have skipped this part (AC was remastered by a member on here), but since i was already in there and the whole front clip and engine are outta the car, it was a no brainer.

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