Heater core

vristang

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Life kicked me around a bit the last few years, but I now have a new to me commuter n/a 2.3 auto, 89 hatchback. The car runs well, and is in pretty decent shape, except for the smell of coolant in the cabin. I don't have any moisture accumulating on the floor, but the coolant smell does not go away, and the windows constantly fog...

Heater core is the obvious, but is there anything else worth checking before I start removing the entire dash?
Never had to do a heater core, and have owned foxes since around 96, lol. Guess my number came due...
 
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General karthief

wonder how much it would cost to ship you a pair
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I'm afraid you likely will be pulling the dash, one way to check would be to disconnect the heater hoses and bypass the core, see if the problem goes away.
oh and welcome back!
 

General karthief

wonder how much it would cost to ship you a pair
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You got a thread on the 351 build?
you know you can change the title of your build thread to include the new addition and it keeps your thread on going and on the front page.
just try'n to help you out and I don't have to search around for your converted 90 gt
 

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Honestly, I have no idea... probably don't have a thread on the swap, just random aspects of the build. Swapped to 351w, then built 408w, then it died, during rebuild I got married, had 2 kids, got divorced, and now the car is still parked waiting for an engine.
It is more likely that I had a thread on my old commuter though, and all the efi changes I did in the last few years of its life... I'll dig around and see if I can find old threads
 

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I second the idea of just looping the two core hoses together and seeing if the problem goes away. At least then you don't need to worry about a sudden failure and pissing coolant all over your feet until you can do the repair.

welcome back. Post pics of this hot rod
 
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There's really nothing else with coolant inside. The heater core pipes stick through the firewall. The air comes in through the cowl area. It pretty much has to be the core.
 
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