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Old 01-10-2013, 03:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm redoing the firewall and dash in the 68 stang. I was thinking about going with a heater delete setup since the thing will only ever get used on track days or nice days for street driving. I'll weld in a plate over the firewall, but was thinking about using a passenger side trim piece where the fan/ heater controls were. Any feedback? Was there a heater delete available from the factory?
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I wouldn't do it. My car is only driven in nice weather but on cooler days or evenings you will want to have some heat. Or if you happen to get caught in the rain you will fog up and will not have any heat/blower to help get rid of the fog.
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They sell strong little electric heaters. That what I plan on going with if i ever drive when it rains.

I deleted all my heater stuff and A/C. I'm in socal, so could be different for others, but no big issues at all. If I wanted to be warmer, I would get those electric car heaters for the window.
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If you have vehicle inspection in your state, be sure and check your regs. Here in the PRVT if it's a '64 model year or later it needs a defroster.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks, I'm in Minnesota but will never drive it in the winter (snow). Probably never in the rain either. If it does rain though thats the beauty of having wing windows. There is no vehicle inspections here either. Mike
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you'll save a bunch of weight losing the heater and box .
i made a piece of sheet metal to block off my 65 fastback put some silicone for a gasket and bolted it in place , easily undone if need be .
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i made a piece of sheet metal to block off my 65 fastback put some silicone for a gasket and bolted it in place , easily undone if need be .

That's what I did
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I'm redoing the firewall and dash in the 68 stang. I was thinking about ... using a passenger side trim piece where the fan/ heater controls were. Any feedback? Was there a heater delete available from the factory?
Great idea! I hadn't thought of that myself, and am just about to redo the interior. I haven't had a heater for over 7 years in the '67 daily driver, so no big deal (I'd just hate to cut up all that heater stuff and linkages... but if you don't care, then I say do it).

I say give the passenger side trim piece a try. It's cheap enough that if you screw up, you can easily just buy another if you have to. Keep us posted!
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i am in the middle of this right now and wondering the same thing.....
i still havent come up with anything i like yet..but this thread is proving valuable.
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I relooking at this, I see that the heater controls extend higher up on the dash than the passenger side trim piece does. So just using one passenger side trim piece likely won't do it. If you cut up two pieces and bring them together somehow, that might work. Keep us posted - and pics are great too.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:35 PM   #11 (permalink)
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i'll post picks this weekend. I cut out the firewall from the lip down to the toe board from the right kick panel spot welds to just past the hump. It is a GIANT hole! I made a flat piece out of 17 gauge steel and bent the lip on to spotweld back onto the side panel. I also put a 45 degree bend in to match up to the toe board. Should work real good. I cut off the cowl lip and am going to weld the joint to smooth it out. I removed the dash as well, so I can install a 12 point cage before installing any body parts.
I hav'nt looked at the trim pieces yet. but there is not going to be a heater control on the left side.
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I went and took some pix even though its 8 degrees out right now!Sorry they are pretty blurry
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