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Old 10-09-2011, 04:31 PM
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Heater Core Replacement

Hi everyone,
My name is Chaz and I own a very rusty 1963 Riviera with a 401 Nailhead. It's a basic-basic car without A/C, power windows, etc., but I love it to death... I really mean that since I think I killed it.

It needed a new Heater Core, so after six hours of removing the center console and the front seats to get under the dash... the heater housing with a congested Heater Core came right out. I have also removed squirrel nests and the refuse of some unmentionable rodents from the ducting.

Currently I'm trying to reseat the old heater housing under the dash, but can't figure out how a few pieces are supposed to be reset that should be taken care of before bolting in the heater core housing. They are holes for where the [optional] A/C would feed into the car. I took pictures of the process when taking it apart, but this step was not recorded (or somehow got lost). I can't figure out how it's suppose to go back together (the plugging for these holes). The two holes appear to have threadings, but none of the fasteners I removed are fitting.

I have several related inquiries:
--If you are a 1st Gen Riv owner (less the A/C), would you mind taking a pic of the exterior blower housing (under the hood) of this plug assembly and posting it?
--What type of sealant is the light gray gum that seals the inside housing to the firewall and where can I get it?
--Can I use an alternative?
--Is there a vendor that sells the insulation that sits between the heater housing and the firewall inside the car?

Any help would be great appreciated. Thanks much,
óChaz

The parts in the 1st & 2nd pics are the two on the right. The one on the left (I believe) goes inside the car and covers a similar shaped opening.

In the 3rd pic is the view from the passenger side looking at the Heater Assembly housing under the hood. Closer up in the 4th pic are the holes that need to be plugged. They are right behind the distributor.

The last [5th] pic is a view from inside the car.
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Old 10-14-2011, 02:01 PM
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I noticed that Rockauto has a '63 Buick service manual on CDROM available... might be a good investment.
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Thanks for the heads up Mauss,
I just received a MASSIVE (2000+ pages) manual from Bishko that I hope will help. It has exploded views of every part of the car. Now it's just a matter of locating my car in it.
Thanks again,
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