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Offline Pete

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Heater Core Alternatives?
« on: December 22, 2017, 10:23:52 PM »
My heater core is out of the car, and I dropped it off at a radiator repair shop.  They are closed for the holidays next week, so they won't even be able to test it until the 2nd of Jan. 
If repairable, it'll be $125.  If it has to be rebuilt (recore), it'll be over $300!
So, in the meantime, I am exploring alternatives:
1.  Bypass. I may Ben moving to PA, where heat, defogger, etc will be necessary. So, I don't think this will be the way to go for me.
2.  Trying to match one up from another car.  Looking at pictures on eBay, I even ordered one for $25. If it doesn't work, I can send it back.  HAS ANYONE FOUND A CAR THAT INTERCHANGES HEATER CORE?  (I searched and couldn't find info on this forum.) This is what I ordered: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F201940637551
3.  Swap in a 12V Electric heater element.  They come in 100W - 400W capacities. Has this been done before?  Would it work? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F231744648686

Ideas or information to above questions would be appreciated.  Thank you in advance.

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Re: Heater Core Alternatives?
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2017, 11:13:33 AM »
I would stick with stock...and I would not even consider bypass...trust me mine had a broken heater core for years..I drove it here on the farm every winter several years...just because I was intimidated by the dash..do not be...it is not that hard..really.

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Re: Heater Core Alternatives?
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2018, 12:34:35 PM »
Mine needed a core as well.  What I did with some advise was to cut the two copper lines that go through the firewall thus all that needed to be removed was the glove box and the air tube coming from the fan.  Trimmed some plastic on the cover for the tubes and used heater hose to make the connection.  If it matters any, mine is a non A/C Rocky.
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Re: Heater Core Alternatives?
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2018, 02:23:00 PM »
Wow that is a good idea... :13:

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Re: Heater Core Alternatives?
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2018, 08:11:34 AM »
I really don't know much about it, but would a Charade core be a good substitute?  They may be available.

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Re: Heater Core Alternatives?
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2018, 09:17:30 AM »
Seems like you could pull it apart and get the measurements...I actually have one out...hmmm

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Re: Heater Core Alternatives?
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2018, 07:04:22 PM »
If you need me to put a tape measure on the old one out of my Rocky let me know.
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