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Old 09-09-2012, 05:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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65 mustang - removing heater

I am restoring a 65 mustang convertible and I don't want to run the heater as it will be an occasional cruiser on sunny days. Does anyone make a plate to block off where the motor mounts and hoses run through on the firewall? I could just cut it out and weld in a plate to make it cleaner, but I'd rather leave the option for me or someone else in the future to install the factory heater.
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just use plastic plugs.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 65 mustang - removing heater

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Just use plastic plugs.
Yeah, you want to think of future value and heat is one to consider when buying a car. You want the heater just to be a bolt-in.

I wonder if FORD had a HEATER DELETE option? That would be the way to configure the firewall (IMO).
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I think there was a delete option. Have seen pics of Shelbys with a plate. Would same parts work from Falcon? South of the border cars seem to have delete heater.
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I found a round metal lid from an old paint can that was about an inch or so larger than the blower motor hole. I cleaned it up and painted it the same color as my engine compartment on one side, black on the interior side. Then I used pop rivets to install it from the back side. For the water lines I used those polished stainless steel hole plugs that they sell at hardware stores. It looks clean and if I ever decided to put a heater back in, all I need to do is drill out the four rivets and I'm back in business.

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John can you post a photo of that? Cheers

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Re: 65 mustang - removing heater

Here's the best one I could find. You can see the covered fan motor hole behind the shock tower and one of the stainless plugs just to the right and above the PCV cap.



Very easy to do and as I said, I could have it all back in a couple of hours. I took mine out a few years, back when the car was my daily driver. Living in So Cal it isn't something I used more than a few times and after having two cores go out and coolant pouring out inside my interior I had enough. When I re-did everything (engine & compartment) about three years ago, I finally pulled the motor & heater box and did this. For the $3.00 or so it cost I think it came out pretty good.

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